Pelosi: ‘Many Members of the Republican Caucus Don’t Believe in Government’


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (AP Photo)

( – In an interview on Thursday with National Public Radio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that many Republicans do not “believe in government.”

“There are many members in the Republican caucus who do not believe in government,” Pelosi said in an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep. “And bless their hearts, they act upon their beliefs.

“So day to day, we vote here on issues that eliminate government initiatives for clean air, clean water, food safety, public safety, public education, public transportation, public housing, public health, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security.

“They don’t believe in a public role,” Pelosi said. “And if you don’t believe in a public role, then why do you even have to have taxes to pay for it? … They’re anti-government ideologues, and that’s what the speaker has to deal with.”

Pelosi also had praise for the “Grand Old Party,” which she said has made “enormous contributions to the success of our country,” but that the party has changed to be one that wants to destroy government.

“While we may argue about the size of government, the Republican Party has not been a party that says, ‘I want to destroy government,” Pelosi said.

She said Republicans should “take back your party.”

“The country needs more than one-party dominance, as much as I believe the Democratic Party is the party for the middle class. … We need to have a marketplace of ideas,” Pelosi said.

Calling it the least-important question Inskeep asked during the interview, Pelosi would not say if she believed she would become speaker of the House again.

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