House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi appeared on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley and spoke on a variety of topics. From celebrating Obamacare to running for House Speaker again, Pelosi told all and somehow managed to still blame George W. Bush. Below are her statements:
We are celebrating the fact that we have over 7 million who have signed up -- not counting the 3.1 million who are on the policies of their parents until they are 26 years old, not including over 3 million—and probably closer to 5 million—on Medicaid, bringing us close to 15 million people who now have quality, affordable health care. It's really pretty exciting to those of us who made this fight -- the employer mandate, the individual mandate -- all integral part[s]…
Democrats embrace the Affordable Care Act -- we are very proud of it.
On loosened campaign finance laws:
I'm a big believer in donors' choice. And we're respectful of the fact that people have not only federal limits but they have personal budgets, and the people that I talk to, who are very idealistic about the environment, and children being educated and the rest of that, this is not a pragmatic agenda -- it is an agenda for the future.
On the CIA's "enhanced interrogation techniques:"
I do believe that during the Bush/Cheney Administration that Vice President Cheney set a tone and an attitude for the CIA. Many people in the CIA are so patriotic -- they protect our country in a way to avoid conflict and violence, etc. -- but the attitude that was there was very, I think, came from Dick Cheney. That's what I believe…I think he's proud of it.
On the Republican budget:
I call it the ideological manifesto of the Republican Party. It is a budget that takes us so into the past, shall we say, contrasted with the Democratic budget that is about the future; investments in growth, education, science and innovation.
Crowley asked, "Are you going to put a budget out next week -- Democrats, Monday -- and does it balance?" Pelosi stuttered:
It's about growth and growth will take us to balance. It takes us to about a 2% of GDP deficit -- which everybody says is very manageable.
On the media's double standards against women of power:
Well, let me just say that as one who has been the Speaker of the House, I've had to have a very thick skin about every kind of thing that was thrown at me. In fact, what's sad about it is, women say to me, I would run for office, but I could never put my family through. [sic] I don't want my children coming home crying because of what somebody said about me and that the media just kept repeating, and repeating, and repeating, where if it were a man, they might not.
If Hillary Clinton thinks there's a double-standard -- she's been in the main event, that is a presidential race -- then I respect that. From my own standpoint, I never expected anything but a double standard. I don't know if it's the media or people say things that's news that you have to cover. But I do think that from equal pay for equal work there's a double standard all the way up to the top echelon and that women who want to be in the public arena have to expect some of that.
On running for Speakership again:
That would be totally up to my members. I actually did not necessarily want to be leader again but they wanted me to be, so here I am.
Speaker is very important and I think that when they see the obstruction of the current speaker [John Boehner], they understand the awesome power of the speaker, where many people didn't realize what the speaker was before. They just didn't know. But the Speaker has a great deal of power and I've had my opportunity to do that. We passed the Affordable Care Act, Wall Street reform, Lilly Ledbetter, Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal, we did so many things. Even some things with President Bush where we had a great deal of cooperation.
On a pay raise for Congress:
Time is not now for that while we have the challenge that we have for our economy and so many people out of work, where we have budget deficits that we need to address. Perhaps we should be saving that for another day.