Nancy Pelosi

  • Aired:  10/25/12
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi articulates her "Mittology" theory and explains how voters rather than pundits will determine the election. (7:32)

>> Jon: MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC MINORITY LEADER AND SERVED CALIFORNIA'S 8th DISTRICT.

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM NANCY PELOSI!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) HOW ARE YOU?

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE WITH US.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION, SO IN THE SENATE WHEN YOU ARE-- YOU DON'T HAVE THE

MAJORITY IN THE SENATE, EVERYTHING IS GEARED TOWARDS YOU BEING ABLE TO STOP THE OPPOSITE PARTY.

DOES THE HOUSE HAVE ANY MECHANISMS FOR THE MINORITY PARTY TO SLOW DOWN LEGISLATION OR NOT-- HOW HAS

YOUR ROLE CHANGED FROM HAVING THE MAJORITY TO NOT.

>> WELL, THE POWER OF THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE IS AWESOME.

IT IS VERY DIFFERENT-- .

>> Jon: LIKE THOR, WE SAY?

WHEN YOU HOLD THE GAVEL, THUNDER?

>> SOMETIMES MORE DAMAGE THAN THAT UNDER THE REPUBLICANS.

BUT IT IS-- IT IS, IT'S A DIFFERENT, IT'S JUST COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

AND SO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS JUST WIN THE HOUSE FOR THE DEMOCRATS SO THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS A CONGRESS

THAT WILL WORK WITH HIM.

>> Jon: SO THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT YOU CAN DO IS --

>> YEAH, PRETTY MUCH.

WHAT I LIKE IS WHAT PRESIDENT LINCOLN SAID, HE SAID PUBLIC SENTIMENT IS EVERYTHING.

SO JUST TAKE IT TO THE PUBLIC AND THAT IS WHAT ELECTIONS ARE ABOUT.

AND THAT'S WHY ON THIS BALLOT IT'S NOT JUST DEMOCRAT, REPUBLICANS, JUST NAMES ON THE BALLOT, IT'S EVERYTHING ON THE BALLOT,

HARD FOUGHT RIGHTS FOR WOMEN ARE ON THE BALLOT, THE MIDDLE CLASS IS ON THE BALLOT, THE AMERICAN DREAM

IS ON THE BALLOT, MEDICARE IS ON THE BALLOT.

>> Jon: ARE YOU CONFIDENT THAT THE DEMOCRATS-- YOU KNOW, I FOLLOW THE POLLS, NOTHING ELSE.

(LAUGHTER) I AM NOT AN ISSUES GUY.

I LIKE NUMBERS.

THEY SAY THAT THE SENATE WILL BE VERY CLOSE IN TERMS OF DEMOCRATIC CONTROL, REPUBLICAN CONTROL BUT THAT

THE HOUSE REALLY LOOKS PRETTY CLEARLY GOING TO STAY IN THE REPUBLICAN CONTROL.

>> THAT'S WHAT THEY SAY.

BUT THAT'S WHY WE HAVE ELECTIONS.

IT ISN'T DETERMINED BY PUNDITS T IS ERMBY THE PEOPLE RZ.

>> Jon: YOU ARE SAYING WE SHOULD GO AHEAD WITH THE ELECTION.

>> I THINK WE SHOULD.

>> Jon: KIND OF A BOLD STANCE.

>> IT WILL BE VERY INTERESTING.

YOUR SEGMENT SHOWS YOU VERY CLEARLY THE DIFFERENCES OF OPINION IN OUR COUNTRY.

AND YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE ROMNEY-- GOVERNOR ROMNEY HAS ENDORSED PERSONHOOD AMENDMENT IN MISSISSIPPI.

>> Jon: I REMEMBER THAT.

>> AND EVEN THE PEOPLE OF MISSISSIPPI REJECTED THAT POSITION.

>> Jon: WELL, ROMNEY ALSO REJECTED THAT POSITION AS WELL.

>> WELL-- THE PRESIDENT CALLS IT ROMNESIA.

I HAVE MY OWN, WHAT I CALL MITTOLOGY.

>> Jon: SLUNT ALL THAT BE MY JOB, SHOULDN'T I BE ONE THE ONE THINKING UP THESE VERY CLEVER THINGS.

BUT HOW ABOUT THAT, YOU GUYS DO THAT-- LET ME JUST GO RIGHT TO THE LAW.

(LAUGHTER) DOW CONSIDER-- I FIND THAT IT SEEMS LIKE PRESIDENT OBAMA IS NOT SEEMINGLY THE HEAD OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

IN THE WAY THAT, LET'S SAY-- HE IS BIG ON SEPARATION OF-- HE HASSLE VATED THE LEGISLATIVE POWER, TO SOME EXTENT.

>> WELL, IT IS A QUESTION OF SHARED VALUES.

WHAT IS IT WE ARE THERE TO DO.

IT'S TO THE ABOUT HAVING A JOB, IT'S ABOUT DOING THE JOB FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> AND WHEN WE WERE THERE AND HE WAS IN-- WHEN WE WERE IN THE MAJORITY WITH THE PRESIDENT, WE WERE ABLE TO

ACCOMPLISH A GREAT DEAL FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

WHEN THE REPUBLICANS CAME IN THEY SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT NEVER, THIS DOES NEVER WORK FOR YOU BECAUSE THAT IS WHEN

WE'RE GOING TO WORK WITH YOU, IT JUST WOULDN'T GOING TO HAPPEN.

SO CONTRARY WHEN WE WORKED WITH PRESIDENT BUSH AS THE MAJORITY DEMOCRAT SO THIS IS SOMETHING QUITE DIFFERENT

WHAT THEY ARE DOING.

>> Jon: YOU THINK IT IS AN UNUSUAL STRATEGY THAT THEY HAVE-- .

>> AND BAD FOR THE COUNTRY.

BUT THE FACT S AS I SAID, ALL THOSE THINGS ARE ON THE BALLOT.

SO THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ELECTION.

WE CANNOT ACCEPT, AS I SAID, WE CAN'T LISTEN TO SOMEBODY SAYING YOU CAN'T WIN.

WE DON'T AGONIZE OVER THAT.

WE ORGANIZE TO GET EVERYBODY TO VOTE SO THAT PRESIDENT HAS A CLEAR MANDATE AND A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS.

>> Jon: DO YOU THINK THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE ENOUGH TO IMPROVE THE ACCOUNT ABILITY AND EFFICIENCY OF GOVERNMENT?

IF YOU ARE'S GOING TO BE THE PARTY THAT ADVOCATES FOR STRONGER GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION FOR TYPES OF

ISSUES AND THINGS, YOU DON'T HEAR AN AWFUL LOT ABOUT THAT, EFFICIENCY, ACCOUNT ABILITY, THE IDEA OF REDUNDANT

PAPERWORK OR REDUNDANT BUREAUS OR THAT TYPE OF THING, LIKE JUST MORE GOVERNANCE RATHER THAN ROLE.

>> DURING PRESIDENT CLINTON'S TERM AS YOU KNOW, YOU MAY RECALL, VICE PRESIDENT GORE WAS IN CHARGE

OF THE WE INVENT GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE.

>> Jon: WHAT IS THAT NAME AGAIN?

I WAS MAKING A JOKE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> OKAY.

MAYBE I MISSED THAT.

>> Jon: NO, YOU GOT IT I THINK YOU GOT IT.

>> BUT UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA, EVERYTHING IS-- ALMOST EVERYTHING THAT CAN BE SUBJECTED TO SCRUTINY AND

REVIEW HAS BEEN.

AND THE STATISTICS WILL SHOW THAT THERE WASN'T A GROWTH OF REGULATION DURING PRESIDENT OBAMA.

THERE HAS BEEN A REDUCTION.

BUT THIS IS ABOUT THE ELECTION AND WHAT GOES FORWARD.

>> Jon: FOR YOU IT IS MORE PHILOSOPHICAL THIS TIME T THIS IS A BIG PHILOSOPHICAL ELECTION.

>> WHEN I SAY-- ALL OF OUR NAMES ARE ON THE BALLOT BUT THAT IS SO UNIMPORTANT, EVEN DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN.

WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THAT WE SAVE MEDICARE, THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO SEVER THE MEDICARE GUARANTEE, END

IT AS A GUARANTEE FOR SENIORS.

THAT TO ME IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT IS ON THE BALLOT WHEN YOU THINK OF THE IMPACT IT HAS ON SENIORS

AND THEIR FAMILIES.

AND YOU KNOW WHAT, THEY MISREPRESENT IT.

THEY SAY, YOU KNOW, THEY REVERSE IT THEY SAY WE TOOK MONEY, SPENT ON OBAMA-- NOT TRUE.

>> Jon: THEY SAY THEY ARE SAVING IT BECAUSE IT IS GOING BANKRUPT SO THEY ARE GOING TO SAVE IT.

>> BUT THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WE DID.

WE TOOK THE MONEY TO SAVE IT.

THEY TOOK THE MONEY AND PUT IT, GAVE TAX CUTS TO WEALTHY PEOPLE.

MILLIONAIRES OVER MEDICARE.

THAT'S A LOT OF WHAT THE ELECTION IS ABOUT.

RESPECT FOR WOMEN OR NOT THAT IS MORE MITTOLOGY.

>> Jon: IF THAT IS WHAT THE ELECTION IS, THAT WOULD BE A STARK CONTRAST.

>> AND THEN THE WHOLE IDEA.

>> Jon: I THINK THEY WOULD PUSH BACK ON THE IDEA IS ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY RESPECT WOMEN BUT I UNDERSTAND.

>> AND IT IS.

AND WOMEN HAVE JUST ABOUT THE MOST TO LOSE, WHETHER YOU ARE A WOMAN OF CHILD BEARING AGE OR A SENIOR

WOMEN, IN MY CASE -- DID --.

>> Jon: NOT BEING EITHER ONE I'M NOT QUALIFY TO ANSWER.

(LAUGHTER)

>> WELL, THAT'S GOOD YOU SAY THAT BECAUSE MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES SAY THAT I THINK I KNOW MORE ABOUT HAVING

BABIES, HAVING FIVE CHILDREN MYSELF.

THEY SAY NANCY PELOSI THINKS SHE KNOWS MORE ABOUT HAVING BABIES THAN THE POPE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: WOW.

WELL, TO THAT END, I KNOW MORE ABOUT SITTING IN MY UNDERWEAR DRINKING BEER THAN THE POPE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> BUT YOU RECOGNIZE THAT, AND THAT'S IMPORTANT.

>> Jon: I ABSOLUTELY DO.

AND CONTINUE TO RECOGNIZE THAT AS WELL.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY.

NANCY PELOSI, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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