WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that President Obama’s “respectful” treatment of Republicans is the “reality” behind the accomplishments made by Congress.
In an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley, the California Democrat said, “The president has always been very respectful of the views of the Republicans in the Congress and their leadership and their membership, said Pelosi. “He always tried to accommodate it. This idea that but for that we would have gotten all these other things done is just not reality.”
Crowley noted that despite Pelosi’s backing of Obama’s respect for the GOP, the president has said that he is actively committed to defeating House Republicans in the 2014 elections.
Pelosi also stated that past efforts from Congressional Republicans – such as Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell vow to make Obama a “one-term president” – had more malicious intent than that of President Obama.
“When Mitch McConnell said that, he was talking about stopping, obstructing initiatives to create jobs, stopping initiatives that would show bipartisanship on the part of the president,” said Pelosi. “They want to show, they wanted to show, that he couldn’t come to agreement with the Republicans simply…it didn’t matter what the subject was they were not going to support it.”
House Speaker John Boehner has also shown disagreement with Pelosi’s view of the president’s bipartisanship. During budget talks at the beginning of the year he told a gathering of Republicans that he believes Obama has a commitment towards destroying the Republican Party.