Pelosi gave an interview during CBS News’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday. She was asked about inflation – the top issue for American voters heading into midterm elections, followed by the economy and jobs.
“And the fact is, is that, when I hear people talk about inflation, we have to change that subject,” Pelosi revealed. “Inflation is a global phenomenon.”
Inflation is a losing issue for Democrats. A new ABC News poll found that 36% of Americans trust Republican leadership to handle record inflation versus 21% who believe in Democrats.
Pelosi defended the record inflation in the United States that has crippled Americans by saying, “The E.U., the European Union, the U.K., the British, have a higher inflation rate than we do here.”
“It’s not – the fight is not about inflation. It’s about the cost of living,” Pelosi told host Margaret Brennan. “And if you look at what we have done to bring down the cost of prescription drugs, to bring down the cost of – of energy and the rest in our legislation, you will see that that has been opposed every step of the way by the Republicans, and they have no plan for lowering the cost of living or helping with inflation.”
Bloomberg reported last month, “August electricity bills for US consumers jumped the most since 1981, gaining 15.8% from the same period a year ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”
Brennan asked Pelosi if she regrets sending out $1,400 checks and passing huge pandemic relief bills, and if they contributed to inflation.
“No, absolutely not, because this – that was necessary for people to survive. Our purpose,” she responded. “But the point is, is that, when you reduce unemployment, it’s inflationary. That is a fact.”
Brennan pointed out a CBS News poll that found abortion ranks as the seventh most important voting issue for Americans, and the top concerns are the economy, inflation, crime, and immigration. She asked Pelosi if Democrats made a “miscalculation” in going all-in on abortion messaging and seemingly neglecting the economy.
“Well, I can just say this. Nobody ever – elections are about the future,” Pelosi replied. “They’re about the economy. Everybody knows that. Nobody said we’re doing abortion, rather than the economy, but it’s – it’s about both. And I can tell you that that issue is very, very provocative and encouraging people to vote across the country.”
Brennan asked Pelosi if she intends to remain in a leadership role when the new Congress happens in January.
Pelosi shot back, “I’m not talking about that. I’m here to talk about how we win the election.”
“I’m not here to talk about me,” the 82-year-old Democrat continued. “I’m here to talk about the future, America’s working families, for the children. It’s always about the children.”
In December 2018, Pelosi vowed to step down as the top Democrat in the House by 2022.
“Over the summer, I made it clear that I see myself as a bridge to the next generation of leaders, a recognition of my continuing responsibility to mentor and advance new Members into positions of power and responsibility in the House Democratic Caucus,” Pelosi said in a statement nearly four years ago.
“For some time, there have been a number of conversations to advance a proposal to institute term limits for senior leadership positions in our Caucus,” she added. “This proposal, which was developed by Members who care about the institution of the House of Representatives, would provide that Members in senior leadership positions can serve 3 terms with an additional term with two-thirds support of the Caucus. It would include the two terms of the Democratic Majority from 2007 to 2011.”
“It is my understanding that Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries and incoming Rules Committee Chair Jim McGovern plan to bring up this proposal for a discussion and a vote by February 15th. I am comfortable with the proposal and it is my intention to abide by it whether it passes or not,” Pelosi concluded.
Nancy Pelosi Refuses To Say If She Will Remain In Democrat Leadership In The Next Congress