Pelosi blasts 'hypocrisy' of new members
January 6th, 2011
08:01 PM ET
12 years ago

Pelosi blasts 'hypocrisy' of new members

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now part of the minority party in Congress, but don't expect her to be introspective after the November losses.

"I do introspection, I don't do public introspection," Pelosi said Thursday on CNN's "John King, USA."

But the California Democrat conceded that her party was destined to lose the November elections because of the economy, in spite of their passage of health care and Wall Street reform.

"We still would have lost the election because we had 9 ½ percent unemployment," Pelosi told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "That came from the policies of George W. Bush and the Republican's support for his initiatives."

She was critical of the new members of Congress who campaigned against the health care law and want to repeal it but are eager to sign up for the coverage they receive under the plan as members of Congress.

"That is hypocrisy," Pelosi said.

Though she now holds the title of House minority leader, Pelsoi said Democrats will be back.

"I have been the minority leader before, and I put forth a plan for us to win the House for the American people and we succeeded. I know how to do that and we intend to do that again," Pelosi said. "We'll be back."

When asked if she is confident she will be speaker again in two years she said, "It's not about me. It's not about me. It's about President Obama being re-elected; it's about Democrats taking back control of the House."

Pelosi said it's not up to her to dole out advice to new House Speaker John Boehner, but said she wished him success, which is "more than they wished of me." She also said the next session of Congress is an "opportunity" for Republicans.

"It's an opportunity because I think as the Republicans now are in office with a Democrat in the White House and the American people see that they're here for special interests, as their handmaidens, that they're here for the tax cuts for the wealthy, that's their job creation initiative," Pelosi said.

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  1. TEW

    Great job Ms. Pelosi. The republicans used Tsun Tsu Art of War tactics on you. The Republicans were out numbered so that agrivated and frustrated their enemy through vilification, mis-information and out-right lies. You were successful in fullfilling the Presidents initiatives for the good of the country and you should be commended for your courage and conviction. I beleive that within two years the public will see just what a mistake they made by putting these crooks back in power. Thank you very much and hope to see you as Majority leader really soon!

    January 6, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  2. Chad from Tampa

    This coming from the same woman who said the other day that her primary focus over the past few years has been to reduce the deficit and pay as you go. Who in their right mind would believe anything this woman says?

    January 6, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. Mike Jonesby

    Talk about sour grapes!! She comes across as one of the most self absorbed and egotistical politicians in either party. I hope she keeps the same attitude for the next 2 years and doesn't change a thing. That should eliminate any chances of Obama getting re-elected.

    January 6, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. Rodnay

    I don't think there is a person more arrogant than Nancy Pelosi! I cannot believe her. She thinks she needs to be leading everything. She still won't take any of the blame on the economy or unemployement! Just blame Bush. Come on Nancy, that is getting old and starting to make you look BAD. If the Democrats new what was good for them, they would get rid of her. I get real tired of the career politicians and she is most definately one of them

    January 6, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. Shannon

    So far what have the Republicans done, they've back out of three of their promises in their little contract with America. They read the Constitution and Boehner and Cantor left to go do interviews with FOX News. Two of the Republicans didn't bother to show up for the swearing in ceremony, they were at a fund raiser, and they've done nothing about the American people's jobless plight. Hypocrites would be the perfect word for this bunch.

    January 6, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  6. Hi

    Just me but I don't understand any of Nancy Pelosi's answers. She seems like a nice enough person kind of like George Bush but at the same time your just the light house is on in their.

    January 6, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  7. DW

    This coming from Pelosi who said the famous line "we need to pass the health care bill to find out what's in it" Sorry I can't put much weight to a moron that said that. She is an idiot today and will still be tomorrow also!

    January 6, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  8. National Kato

    It is telling that the new members of Congress, mostly Republicans and Tea Partiers, are so eager and quick to take from big ol' bad government's teat now that they have access to such great healthcare and so little cost. Shame they were so fond of protesting it when it would've been applicable to the people.

    January 6, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. Bob

    Pelosi is in utter denial. She has been in control of congress, with the Democrats, since the beginning of 2007. There are so many Bush policies like Iraq, Afganistan, Gitmo and others that she and her congress could have defunded and been done with. But no, the blame game continues. And the elections in November mean nothing to her. So out of touch and reality. I can't believe that she continues to get re-elected. CNN, have the courage to post different viewpoints here.

    January 6, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. Stephen Sopko

    Nancy....... I am saying this with all my heart. Shut up and go away ! We voted you out of power and the liberal nightmare is over.... Please zip your mouth shut and sit in the back row and be quite ....

    The American People..

    January 6, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  11. 2+2=5

    Thanks Nancy, for stepping aside for the American people's best interest. You get it. As do most Democrats. The Republicans with their lack of education, toting of Nazi-like propaganda, and new baby faced kids in office calling for less government, you know its a recipe for disaster. Time will tell. In fact, they are already off to a terrifying start judging from what I seen today. Enjoy it while it lasts.

    January 6, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  12. Steven

    You must be kidding. Nothing about Palin !?!? OMG a day without Palin. There is hope after all.

    January 6, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  13. Informed citizen MD

    America has forgotten too fast that Bush and the republicans got the country into this mess..from a surplus left by Bill Clinton, mind you. The "shellacking" could have happened to anyone in power because of the high unemployment %, and the fact that midterms do not attract younger voters in general...Not a exactly a MANDATE.
    The democrats poorly advertised their achievements and clearly did not explain things in terms that the general public would understand. Republicans invested billions of dollars in misleading ads and propaganda took care of the rest (thanks supreme court!!)...Republicans couldn't care less about the average american and I hope that voters are taking good notes

    January 6, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  14. vbk

    GW is gone for 2 yrs but still Miss P cannot give a statement / interview without dragging GW into the subject. Its becoming old that 8 yrs of destruction cannot be fixed in 2 yrs. Well this was the promise that was made all along, Change you can beleive in etc....

    January 6, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  15. artraveler

    Well said, Ms Pelosi. The Republicans wanted to be in charge and let's see if Boehrner can get his group together. If getting Democrats to agree on anything is like herding cats, what do we call what Boehrner is going to have to do to get his group of nay-gaters to agree on anything. Could be fun to watch except that it is our country that they are intent in destroying because they don't like a smart black man in the WHITE HOUSE!

    January 6, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  16. ingyandbert

    She is absolutely right.

    January 6, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  17. B. A.

    Nobody, but the infirm, believes a politician. Hypocrisy is not news.

    January 6, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  18. aklogic

    The majority of voters disagree with you, that is why your party got its tail kicked-you still don't get it?

    January 6, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  19. Alan

    I like how Nancy Pelosi forgets that the Democrats controlled Congress for four years and managed nothing, even when they had a Democratic president for two them. Her only answer was to spend and create more government jobs.

    January 6, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  20. rude

    Of course they have NO problem with the government healthcare for themselves, they earned it. Natural selection dictates that the poor must die, and quickly so as to not be a burden on society.

    January 6, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  21. Keith

    1. May I ask if John King asked Ms. Pelosi what insurance coverage that she has, because from what i understand of the health bill, there is no individual or small business insurance exhanges available until 2014 when available insurance policies are able to be bought from this Health Reform Act.

    2. Why is she complaining about the congressman/women buying health insurance because they will be fined if they don't have insurance?

    3. And if this healthcare reform act is so great, why didn't John King ask why the Administration and her party giving all sorts of waivers to companies and unions not to participate in this healthcare government reform package because of the regulations of the health care act?

    January 6, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  22. Lizinstlouis

    Well, let's see what J. Boehner.....after bad mouthing Pelosi will's a tough job and she did her best!! I was shocked to learn that the woman who spear headed the formation of tea party (forgotten what her name was)...benefited from either medicaid or medicare...and admitted she could not have afforded the treatment without of hypocrisy!!!

    January 6, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  23. John

    She has every reason to be sublime and serene at this point. The tea-oh-pee is only in office a day and they are embarrassing themselves with stunt that only prove to the public that republicons never bothered to read the Constitution before, and pretending numbers don't matter when they show how foolish a republicon position is.

    Pelosi will regain the gavel in 729 days. HOwever, she will have to have custodial staff mop all around the podium to sop up the Weeper of the House's buckets of blubbering tears. I suspect they are going to have to replace the carpet under the Weepers podium every month or two from all the mold his copious tears will cause.

    January 6, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  24. Shinea

    If anyone would know a hypocrite, she would be the one. After all, she sees one every time she looks in a mirror.

    January 6, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  25. RightasRain

    Please go away. I don't care how impressive your credentials're not likeable. The public rejects you: and you're so hard on the eyes (pun intended) that I can barely watch a State of the Union address. I'm a liberal. I want Obama to succeed... but you need to go.

    January 6, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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