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. Dan

    Nancy Pelosi is basically the U.S. version of Baghdad Bob.

    January 7, 2011 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  2. chewnut

    Pelosi.. I am glad she thinks so much of herself.. and she actually believes CONGRESS... is AMERICA.
    Kind of ironic she blames Bush for the Economy and then Bush voters pushered her out of the Speakers chair ??? Poor girl is confused...
    IF congress had anything to do with anything it would have already been done. We have a $16 Trillion economy that is in major re allocation mode.. The idle rich will also play a big part when they get off their $40 Trillion in assets.

    Congress: silence is golden..

    January 7, 2011 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  3. mary

    The Democrats WILL retake the House in 2012. Voters in the midterm thought the RePubs would get the economy going and create jobs–Do you hear the party of no talking about jobs now??? All they want to do is derail Obama and every good thing he and the Democrats have done for the people..I hope they enjoy the BRICK WALL they are up against ! The're not about working for the people's anyway -only paying back the BIG business and special interests that paved their way to Washington. Wake up people and realize it's going to take time to undo the implosion that was the BUSH years. The WARS are the single biggest contributor the the national debt and the outsoursing of jobs started a LONG time ago. Do your homework! It's on record that Nancy Pelosi is the best of the best. No one can dispute her record as being the most successful Speaker of the House in history.She has fought for the people and she will keep on doing it.... Go Nancy!

    January 7, 2011 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  4. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Representative Pelosi could learn a valuable lesson from the GOP in this mix. Hypocrisy? You bet but they are at least making an effort to make a statement with their proposals. Ms. Pelosi you had an equally fine opportunity to make a statement to the American people a few years ago and you let it get away instead of putting it out there, and that is bringing articles of impeachment against the President Bush and Vice President Cheney. It may not have had a chance in going anywhere but at least you would have started dialogue by the people that showed you actually cared enough to put the agenda forward. In the street vernacular they call it "growing a pair" and until the Democrats exercise this option the GOP will always have the high ground in that area.

    And as far as having a plan before to get the Democrats back in power, remember the best ammunition you had was "W" in the White House and nothing that you did.

    January 7, 2011 07:18 am at 7:18 am |

    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 talking back control of the House."

    This is one of the reasons they lost. It is not about him or her, it is about the American people. They did not listen and they lost.

    January 7, 2011 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  6. John Thom

    No Nancy, it's not about you "anymore". Please go back to Californa and pick your grapes. You have done enough damage to the rest of us for a lifetime, please, no more!

    January 7, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Words can not even describe the damage that this woman has done to the country. She's clueless. The reason the Democrats lost the last election was not due to the economy. It was because Pelosi and her ilk set an agenda up that is leading America down a dangerous path. They are the ones that have blocked industry, let jobs flee overseas, set up wasteful entitlement programs, shake down the common taxpayer and the make high rolling back-room deals with Unions and other insufferable organizations that pose as wolves in sheep clothing. This is why she lost. So long, lady. Good riddance.

    January 7, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  8. John V.

    Hypocricy thy name is Pelosi. As I recall, Speaker Pelosi's party exempted themselves from Obamacare. So how is it hypocritical for new members to avail themselves of the medical plan that has always been available to them and which would be available to them without Obamacare? The lady's chutzpah knows no bounds.

    January 7, 2011 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  9. Ben Ben

    She is speaking the truth. Republicans are hypocrites and only work for the rich.

    January 7, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  10. Damon

    Former Speaker Pelosi– shut it! Don't try and portray the new health care plan that you pushed for and received as something special that wasn't previously available to members of Congress. Our elected members of the Senate and House of Representatives have had a top-notch health care program for decades. What you pushed for and passed last year had nothing to do with Congress and to try and use that as a black mark against the newly-elected is garbage. Go back in your hole for a while and accept you're not in charge anymore.

    January 7, 2011 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  11. BJs65

    You got that right Nancy. As long as these crooks have their healthcare, they don't give a da*n about anyone else.

    January 7, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  12. Bruce

    You tell 'em, Nancy.

    January 7, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  13. Mike in MO

    Yes, make a meaningless and time-wasting gesture about repeal, but rush to sign up for the very same thing and complain because it doesn't take effect fast enough. Right on.

    January 7, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  14. Right Leaning Independent

    One of America's greatest hypocrites calling Repubs hypocrites!! Does anyone take this $itch seriously? You had your chances and America slapped your party down during the last election. Just because your party does not want to admit it does not mean that the election was not a mandate to correct these insane liberal policies you are your cronies passed!! I am for repeal AND REPLACE with a good program! I am for JOB CREATION! I am(and this scares you liberal Dems) for SPENDING CUTS!! Lets cut spending before we talk about increasing taxes on any class of Americans!!

    January 7, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  15. kd

    when she's right, she's right

    January 7, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  16. Torino

    Two days ago she said that "deficit reduction has been their mantra". To her, this doesn't mean spending reduction but rather tax increases. OK- I'll buy that. But then she states that they have obeyed the Pay As You Go rule which is HYPOCRISY. There is something unstable about this lady- she's nuts- an appropriate leader for the Dems.

    January 7, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  17. Navybill

    Poor woman is delusional. Sad, but true. Good luck, Nancy.

    January 7, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  18. Sam

    Well, I absolutely agree with repubs hypocrisy...They are against government handouts...Does that mean they don't collect SSI or unemployment benefits. I always wonder, of the 44 million uninsured in this country how many are republicans. Same goes for those unemployed and if not for democrats efforts would have gone without those benefits.

    January 7, 2011 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  19. Trythefacts

    How can anyone take seriously a person that lies so much? And why does the media allow it to happen? Is everyone ignorant??? It tells me a lot about the democratic party to support Pelosi . . . it is truly sadness!!!

    January 7, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  20. Jet Graphics

    Her credibility is non-existent.
    "You will know what is in the bill after you pass it."

    Congress – the best government bribery can buy.

    January 7, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  21. Robin Bray

    Time to turn up the heat on The Red Herring Party. They are breaking promises on their first day. Now that's a record to be proud of. President Obama was working for months ahead of taking office to be prepared to fix the previous office holders mistakes and follies. I'm sure these broken promises will be blamed on Obama by some strange way of thinking.

    January 7, 2011 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  22. SpeakTruthorGoHome

    Reps are such hypocrites. In the public eye, they campaigned heavily against the health care plan, but now they are rushing to sign up for their benefits that the health care plans provides. If they are against it so much, why not pay for your own health care benefits. That's called having integrity..but then I guess we ARE talking about republicans here aren't we?

    Go figure. It's all relevant.

    January 7, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  23. Jim

    It's not about me. It's about President Obama being re-elected; Your kidding right.

    January 7, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  24. unknown

    Its not about who has control, this power struggle needs to end. The idea of two parties is that neither party has control, otherwise, we have problems, as we have seen and are seeing.

    January 7, 2011 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  25. Nathan S.

    Pelosi actually had a good point there.

    January 7, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
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