Nancy Pelosi said Monday that Democrats are in no way responsible for gridlock in Congress.
The House minority leader made the comments to MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow Monday afternoon:
Farrow: “You yourself are an incredible, powerhouse fundraiser for Democratic candidates — is important because of the issues at stake. You’ve been fighting, banging your head against the wall, if you will, on immigration, not getting much traction. I know you think that we could have progress on some of those issues with different leadership. But, as a whole, this has been called again and again a do-nothing Congress. 142 bills passed into law by this Congress, down from 906 in 1948’s famously, also, do-nothing Congress.”
Pelosi: “So you can imagine how ‘nothing’ this is…”
Farrow: “Do you feel some culpability lies with Democrats for that?”
Pelosi: “No, I don’t. Let me just say that any of this equivalence of both sides, this or that, no. We never treated President Bush the way they treat President Obama. It’s no use whining about it, we just have to get people out to vote…”
Farrow: “We were talking before cameras started rolling about just how little people seem to fathom how much is at stake…”
Pelosi: “So much is at stake in the election and I would hope, if i could put one word on the ballot, it would be ‘bipartisanship’ so we can return to a time when we were proud of our beliefs and what we stood for. Wanted to find common ground with the other side, which is our responsibility. And then if you can’t, then you stand your ground. But they have said that President Obama’s failure is their top priority and they will not, anything he proposes, it’s never ‘that’s our timetable for that Mr. President.’ So again, it is a fact, we just move on from that.”