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Nancy Pelosi Quotes

Nancy Pelosi (1940-)

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Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi (June 1 2007)

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Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman from California's 8th District, is noted for her support of issues like environmentalism, women's reproductive rights, and human rights. An outspoken critic of Republican policies, she was a key in unifying Democrats leading to taking control of the House of Representatives in the 2006 elections.

Selected Nancy Pelosi Quotations

• I'm very proud of my leadership of the Democrats in the House of Representatives and proud of them to make history, choosing a woman as their leader. I'm proud of the fact that we have had unity in our party... We have clarity in our message. We know who we are as Democrats.

• It's an historic moment for the Congress, it's an historic moment for the women of America. It is a moment for which we have waited over 200 years. Never losing faith, we waited through the many years of struggle to achieve our rights. But women weren't just waiting, women were working, never losing faith we worked to redeem the promise of America, that all men and women are created equal. For our daughters and our granddaughters, today we have broken the marble ceiling. For our daughters and our granddaughters, the sky is the limit. Anything is possible for them. [January 4, 2007, in her first speech to Congress after her election as the first woman Speaker of the House]

• It takes a woman to clean House. (2006 CNN interview)

• You must drain the swamp if you are going to govern for the people. (2006)

• [Democrats] haven't had a bill on the floor for 12 years. We're not here to whine about it; we will do it better. I intend to be very fair. I do not intend to give away the gavel. (2006 - looking forward to becoming Speaker of the House in 2007)

• America must be a light to the world, not just a missile. (2004)

• They'll take food out of the mouths of children in order to give tax cuts to the wealthiest. (about Republicans)

• I didn't run as a woman, I ran again as a seasoned politician and experienced legislator. (about her election as party whip)

• I realized in over 200 years of our history, these meetings have taken place and a woman has never ever sat at that table. (about meeting with other Congressional leaders at White House breakfast meetings)

• For an instant, I felt as though Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton -- everyone who'd fought for women's right to vote and for the empowerment of women in politics, in their professions, and in their lives--were there with me in the room. Those women were the ones who had done the heavy lifting, and it was as if they were saying, At last we have a seat at the table. (about meeting with other Congressional leaders at White House breakfast meetings)

• Roe vs. Wade is based on a woman's fundamental right to privacy, a value that all Americans cherish. It established that decisions about whether to have a child do not and should not rest with the government. A woman -- in consultation with her family, her physician, and her faith -- is best qualified to make that decision. (2005)

• We must draw clear distinctions between our vision of the future and the extreme policies put forward by the Republicans. We cannot allow Republicans to pretend they share our values and then legislate against those values without consequence.

• America will be far safer if we reduce the chances of a terrorist attack in one of our cities than if we diminish the civil liberties of our own people.

• Protecting America from terrorism requires more than just resolve, it requires a plan. As we have seen in Iraq, planning is not the Bush Administration's strong suit.

• Every American is indebted to our troops for their bravery, their patriotism, and the sacrifice they are willing to make for our country. Just as our soldiers pledge to leave no one behind on the battlefield, we must leave no veteran behind once they come home. (2005)

• Democrats did not connect well enough with the American people.... We're ready for the next session of Congress. We're ready for the next election. (after 2004 elections)

• The Republicans did not have an election about jobs, health care, education, environment, national security. They had an election about wedge issues in out country. They exploited the loveliness of the American people, the devoutness of people of faith for a political end. Democrats are going to ban the Bible if they are elected. Imagine the ridiculousness of that, if it won votes for them. (2004 elections)

• I believe that the president's leadership and the actions taken in Iraq demonstrate an incompetence in terms of knowledge, judgment and experience. (2004)

• The president led us into the Iraq war on the basis of unproven assertions without evidence; he embraced a radical doctrine of pre-emptive war unprecedented in our history; and he failed to build a true international coalition.

• Mr. DeLay's display today and his repeated ethical lapses have brought dishonor on the House of Representatives.

• We must be sure that every vote that is cast is a vote that's counted.

• There were two disasters last week: first, the natural disaster, and second, the man-made disaster, the disaster made by mistakes made by FEMA. (2005, after Hurricane Katrina)

• Social Security has never failed to pay promised benefits, and Democrats will fight to make sure that Republicans do not turn a guaranteed benefit into a guaranteed gamble.

• We're being governed by decree. The president decides on a figure, he sends it over and we don't even get a chance to look at it much before we're called upon to vote on it. (September 8, 2005)

• As a mother and grandmother, I think 'lioness.' You come near the cubs, you're dead. (2006, about Republican early reaction to reports of Congressman Mark Foley's communication with House pages)

• We will not be Swift Boated again. Not on national security or anything else. (2006)

• To me, the center of my life will always be raising my family. It is the complete joy of my life. To me, working in Congress is a continuation of that.

• In the family I was raised in, love of country, deep love of the Catholic church, and a love of family were the values.

• Anybody who's ever dealt with me knows not to mess with me.

• I pride myself in being called a liberal. (1996)

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