February 13th, 2013
04:48 PM ET
10 months ago

Nancy Pelosi is no fan of … Congress?

(CNN) - She's only asked for the job 14 times.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has represented her San Francisco district in the House since 1987. She's served as speaker and is currently the top Democrat in the House. But she told CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo in an interview that she is no fan of Congress.

"I would not be among the, what is it, 12%, who support Congress. Count me among the others," she said.

An emblem of Washington dysfunction, stalemate and partisan bickering, Congress has recently scored low approval ratings. A CNN/ORC International poll conducted last month found only 21% of Americans approved of how their Congress was handling its job. The last time at least three in 10 Americans approved of the legislative branch was in August 2009, according to Gallup.

Pelosi's party holds a 49-seat disadvantage in the lower chamber after picking up several seats in the 2012 election. In October 2011 - about 10 months after Republicans won control of the House - she told CNBC that she was "dissatisfied with Congress" and didn't "know who is in favor of how things have gone forth because you have seen a polarization."

She didn't indicate whether she thought Congress was in better shape when she led the chamber.

Pelosi also clarified her comments from an interview last weekend on Fox that "it is almost a false, wrong to say we [the federal government] have a spending problem."

"Well I think when we talk about the investments that we make it has to lead to jobs," she said. "I don't think that we have created enough jobs.

Pelosi repeated her belief that priorities are the issue, adding, "It isn't as if there isn't a recognition that we have a moral responsibility to reduce the deficit. We have to spending cuts, we have to have revenue and we have to invest in growth."

She also responded to House Speaker John Boehner's statement at a meeting with reporters on Tuesday that President Barack Obama hasn't the "guts" or "courage" for "heavy lifting" on pressing issues in tandem with Republicans.

"I don't understand that because he's a gentleman, the speaker is," Pelosi said. "But that remark was almost - he was projecting onto the president his lack of being able to pass any bill that created jobs since he became speaker."

– CNN's Jamie Crawford contributed to this report


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. freedom

    Talk about someone who causes DYSFUNCTION. Her home life must be nonexistent. Her whole existence is manipulating and spinning her web – in Congress – including implementing Obamacare. She really is like Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter – "I must not tell lies. Where are the centaurs?

    February 13, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. Enosh

    She is crazy. The only thing she is right about is no one likes Congress. Most of us like our individual congressman but when she ran the House I disliked it even more than I do now. Boehner was right on about Obama and that was respectful compared to the trash she and Reid spouted about Bush for 8 years.

    February 13, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. elmo

    nancy needs to retire....she is out of power..

    February 13, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. don in albuquerque

    She is correct. With the lowest approval rating in history, it would appear that no one in the country is a fan of congress.

    February 13, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. CryBabies

    She and her entourage have done more to hurt this country than can be imagined. One inarticulate and selfish person....herself first, Country second.

    February 13, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. marty

    Nancy Pelosi can get things done, quite an accomplishment in this "man's" Congress. The Boehner/Cantor/McConnell triumvirate continue to be disastrous for our citizens and our country.

    February 13, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  7. cbr

    Ms. Pelosi is correct. Congress has defied all logic and has the lowest approval rating in history. That took work _ even if that work was sitting on their hands and refusing to put the good of the country above their own need to show their importance. Speaker Boehner has not been a gentleman. His remarks to the press are not worthy of a gentleman. He is not in charge as his Republican colleagues continue to defy his calls for votes, etc. e cannot keep them on task. He is not showing the level of leadership skills needed to be Speaker. The question is why?

    I don't know where some of the writers were over the last 4 years but Mr. Obama has been subjected to do some pretty evil statements. Those in charge of the House, Mr. Boehner, Mr. Cantor, Mr. Walsh did not do anything to get their members back on track. This lack of respect has not been seen in a very long time. The comments made at rallies, at TEA Party events, at campaign stops, etc. certainly did nothing to unite this country and everything to keep it polarized.

    February 13, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. me

    she is in congress so you don't like her either? yoou can't eat your cake and bave it too

    February 13, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. Ancient Texan

    Nancy, the House has passed jobs bills, but they are rotting in the Senate waiting on Reid to bring them up for a vote.

    February 13, 2013 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  10. Ed1

    Time for Nancy to go home we are tired of her voting for bills she doesn't read and spending our tax dollars like a drunken sailor at least they do stop after they run out of money if only she could lean from that.

    February 13, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    San Francisco loves Rep Nancy Pelosi. She can keep the job for as long as she wants. Democrats outnumber Republicans about 8 to 1 in San Francisco.

    February 13, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |