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Pelosi on Newt ‘dumbest thing’ climate ad claim: ‘Plenty of stiff competition for that honor’ [VIDEO]

Jeff Poor Media Reporter

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called his appearance in a TV ad created by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project with then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “the dumbest single thing I’ve done in years,” but Pelosi said Sunday there is “there’s plenty of stiff competition for that honor.”

“Well, I don’t want to make any comments about Newt Gingrich,” Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But he has been fined $300,000 dollars by the Ethics Committee, you’d think he’d consider that a big mistake … Since you brought up my name in association with him as the ‘dumbest thing’ he ever did, I think there’s plenty of stiff competition for that honor, as far as his activities go.”

Pelosi said she didn’t regret appearing in the ad with the former House Speaker.

“No, I’m not turning my back on the need for us to address the climate crisis in the world,” Pelosi said. “I hope he isn’t either.”

Pelosi also praised Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul, Gingrich’s rival for the GOP nomination, who she has served in the House with since 1997.

“I have a great deal of respect for Ron Paul,” Pelosi said. “He acts upon his convictions, and he’s a nice fellow in the Congress of the United States — he’s a gentleman.”

Pelosi added she had no impression of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

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