Pelosi Still Believes Democratic Policies Worked for Americans Under Obama

• February 5, 2017 11:08 am


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that she still believes the policies that the Democratic Party implemented during the Obama administration are working for the American people.

Host Chuck Todd played a clip from Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D., Mass.) speech in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday in which she listed the Russians and FBI Director James Comey as reasons that helped Donald Trump win the presidential election in November. Warren then held her own party accountable for the results.

"We can't let ourselves off the hook so easily," Warren said. "Not as progressives, not as Democrats. The excuses end now."

Todd then asked Pelosi to respond given her comments earlier in the segment that the Democratic Party has been "responsive" to the American people.

"How do you respond to her?" Todd asked. "Because you were just making the case that the Obama administration and the Democrats [when they] were in charge were being responsive. Elizabeth Warren is saying, ‘No, the Democrats weren't.'"

"She went on further to say that it wasn't about what we have done; it's how we did not message it," Pelosi responded, echoing a point that former President Obama frequently used to explain why Americans would disapprove of some of his policies.

"No, but [Warren] said no," Todd interjected. "She actually said the opposite: It's actually not about a new set of talking points; it's actually about policies that aren't working."

"Well, but they have," Pelosi said, arguing that her party's policies from the Obama era have been working. "Let's see the record. The record is what did we do."

Pelosi went on to say that Democrats had bailed out the auto industry and therefore saved millions of jobs.

She then turned the conversation back to questioning what information the Russians had on President Donald Trump. Pelosi continued to demand that Trump should release his tax returns.