November 3rd, 2010
08:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Pelosi reflects on time as Speaker

(CNN) - In her first interview since Democrats lost control of the House, outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended her leadership and was unapologetic.

"[I have] no regrets because we believe we did the right thing and worked very hard to convey that to the American people," Pelosi told ABC's Diane Sawyer on Wednesday.

When asked if she feels bruised given the election results, she said, "When I get time for that, I'll call you and let you know."

Pelosi expressed sadness over the losses dealt to her colleagues that will not return to Congress for another term saying, "it's never been about me."

She also said she has a "good rapport" with the likely new House Speaker, Ohio Rep. John Boehner.

The California Democrat and grandmother of eight declined to say what she would do next, but said she would pray and consult her family before she makes any decisions. She said she is grateful for her time as Speaker.

"I relish that, I treasure that, but it was in its time and in its place, and now it's time to move on."

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    Why don't the two-faced woman just go away now. No one cares what she thinks or does, except to go far, far, away.

    November 3, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  2. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    First female speaker, what a joke. Did NOTHING to advance a progressive agenda.

    November 3, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  3. Get A Grip

    If donations are being taken up to get her out faster.....please count me in for a big one. This woman needs to GOOOOOOOO! Her and her two buddies, Obama and Reid, have already done enough damage to our country.

    November 3, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. Frank

    The unjustified personal attacks on this first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives, made by the GOP generally and its Tea Party wing in particular, should be an embarrassment to our country. The accomplishments of the last 20 months, from ending the great recession in terms of economics and adding private sector jobs for 10 months in a row (for the first time in 10 years) should make her and the Obama Administration proud.

    November 3, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. vic nashville tn

    I watched the interview if she decided continue in congress she will be powerful person in future ( king maker )

    November 3, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. BradKT

    Lyndon Johnson she ain't...that's for sure! Nancy Pelosi is far left wing the caricature that conservatives love to paint of the entire Demopcratic Party.

    November 3, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. The Corruptionist

    Pelosi is the most irresponsible speaker," We need to pass it in order to find out what's in it!" She seemed clueless all the time.

    November 3, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. The Corruptionist

    Pelosi is also the worst house speaker in the U.S. history.

    November 3, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  9. rob

    ""[I have] no regrets because we believe we did the right thing and worked very hard to convey that to the American people," Pelosi told ABC's Diane Sawyer on Wednesday."

    She has to "convey that to the American people"...They didn't think about what we wanted before they pushed their agenda. That is the single most telling admission from the soon to be FORMER speaker. She and the Dems were out of touch. Pelosi's quote " We'll have to pass Health care so you can see whats in it" was exactly what was wrong with their leadership.

    Although I hoped for a Harry Reid loss last night, it just may be a gift. He is the absoluly the worst spokesman for the dems moving forward that one could hope for. He is President Obama's problem now and no help from his friende in the liberal media will hide his feeble and incompetent voice for the failed Democrat experiment with socialism light in the USA.

    Let the games begin,

    Nov, 2012 can't come fast enough.

    November 3, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. Scot

    As a life long Democrate and a very big supporter of OUR president I think this woman was the worst Sec of Sate that we have ever had. She is the reason that the policies that the people wanted from the 2008 elections did not happen. She could not even control her own party !

    November 3, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. joanna partakian

    you did do the right thing, Speaker Pelosi. we voted you in, and Pres Obama, to pass healthcare, to reform credit cards and wall street policies, to protect the middle class from the elitist republicans, to begin the repair on a torn up economy and poor world community standing, and you've done that, with or without the republicans, who just can't knock it into their heads that these are things we do want as Americans, and these are the things we voted you in to do. it's always up to the dems to restore basic rights and honor the constitution, and as we'll soon see YET AGAIN, the republicans spew all over this. so i wanted to say thank you Speaker Pelosi. thank the universe for intelligent, selfless lawmakers who honor their constituents' votes, as the republicans have NOT for the past two years. i'm frankly disgusted with republicans today, none of you seem to own a brain between you. so back to the Unsmart leading our house of reps. congrats to dimwit Bachmann, and crazy DeMint et al. we'll see how you fair. you haven't done a thing yet that's worth mentioning, minus talking bad about everyone else. sick of you. You, republicans, are UnAmerican in your attacks on other Americans who don't think JUST LIKE YOU. there's no room for that childish game anymore. take Sarah and leave. she can see Mars from her bathroom.

    November 3, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. Janie

    I'm out of touch with the American People Pelosi–don't let the door hit you in the face. If you run for reelection in 2012 you will lose....but then again people are betting you'll be retiring soon.

    November 3, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  13. DENNA

    You will be missed, Madam Speaker. You have class and style Ms. Pelosi and your detractors are not fit for you to walk on. I just cannot wait to see the GOP try to deliver after two years after saying no. Well, get to work GOP. There are people hurting and out of work. You have 2 years! Two years!

    November 3, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. Ancient Texan

    Nancy....At the same time the people were telling you they didn't want a government takeover of their personal healthcare. You didn't listen, because in your infinite liberal wisdom you knew better what the people needed than they did? Well, now you know....

    November 3, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  15. T'SAH from Virginia

    I don't care what anyone BLOGS – Nancy is a STRONG WOMAN – something the FAR-RIGHT is afraid of – LQQK at what they are presenting as STRONG WOMEN!!!

    Look out for Kamala Harris – I don't know if she won or not but hopefully, she will be the next Attorney General of CA!!! That is a STRONG woman of COLOR and she's coming from the LEFT – Hillary is another example....

    T'sah – Out of Campaign Mode – BACK-N2 helping President Obama continue to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD to the 21st Century!!!!

    November 3, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  16. Cheryl

    One of the first people in a long time not to pass on their congratulations to the victorious party. The Republicans congratulated the democrats in 2008, Obama congratulated the Republicans this year. However, the former speaker of the House remains as bitter and partisan as she always was.

    November 3, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  17. Liz the First

    Thank you, Madam Speaker, for your historic service to this country! it's so sad that you lost your office because of stupidity and apathy. hopefully, the dark side won't be able to destroy all you have accomplished for the American people.

    November 3, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  18. JD

    I'm glad she's out. I don't agree with how she does things, how she treats opposition people, her policies, etc, etc, etc. But....................I respect her. Anyone who can accompllish what she did, under the belief it was right (and I think she does), is to be respected.

    November 3, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. jc

    Thank you Madam Speaker for your service to our nation. It's ashame that most do not understand that it takes time for change to take place. most would rather return to the back and forth politics as usual. I predict that we will see the same theing happen in 2-4 years when the Dems will take over again and will again attempt to make change and the Reps will fight and again will take control 2-4 years later and the cycle will never end. One step forward two steps back.

    November 3, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  20. John

    I am glad she is praying. I prayed before the election that she would lose her speaker post. He answered my prayer. Maybe God will grant her an understanding of why for the last 4 years she has let this country down with her self serving liberal agenda. Thank God she will be gone soon.

    November 3, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  21. 66Biker

    If you had done what you were elected to do, you would still be Speaker of the House. But you didn't and now we're stuck with that whining weasel John Boehner. Thanks a lot...

    November 3, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  22. Clark1b

    Ms. Pelosi ... you believe you did the right thing and worked hard .... but as of last night .... we the people told you with a very loud voice that you did the wrong thing ... and you have the wrong values!

    November 3, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  23. Denny

    What's sad is that she really does think she did the right thing in jamming through a disastrous healthcare bill in the slimiest way possible, with midnight votes, the bill not read, payoffs galore, and not a hint of compromise with other viewpoints. Pelosi is a dangerous delusional person; too bad the goofballs in San Francisco continue to re-elect her and inflict her on the rest of the country. At least the budget will benefit from ending her 757 flights with friends and family. She's the epitome of what's wrong with career politicians.

    November 3, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  24. Snow

    This woman is so dumb a tree stump has a higher IQ. Maybe she can just say goodbye and we can say good riddance as she flies off into the sunset on her broom.

    November 3, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  25. brian

    Your right about one thing nancy it is time to move on. Thanks for cramming obama care down an unwilling nations throat. GO HOME

    November 3, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
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