Pelosi: ‘We’re Keeping it Positive,’ But ‘Republicans Poison the Debate’
Warner Todd Huston | October 1, 2012
In an appearance on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D, CA) claimed that Democrats were conducting a “positive” campaign but Republicans were trying to “poison the debate.”
Pelosi also told Maddow that Republicans are trying to “suffocate the airwaves, suppress the vote, poison the debate,” and cause “people throw up their hands and say, “I just don’t even know if I want to participate in this.’”
Pelosi went on to claim that she and her party are trying to “keep the campaign positive.”
Pelosi has for months been selling her idea to create a Constitutional amendment that would nullify the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and she did so once again on the Maddow show.
Amend the Constitution to overturn Citizens United. It can be done, the public wants it, we have to take the first step. Reform the system. Public financing of campaigns, get rid of the role of money and, e, d, a, r, e; elect reformers. I don’t care if they’re even Republicans, or Democrats, or whatever, who are willing to stand up for our democracy that our Founders sacrificed everything for; the government of the many, the government of the money.
Pelosi went on to claim that “multi-multi billionaires” now “control the mechanics of the elections” and “have an advantage” to win them. “We have to offset it, but we also have to win so we can change it,” she also said.
Pelosi didn’t mention that before the Citizens United decision, only unions “had an advantage” over everyone to “control the mechanics of the elections” and that after the decision the playing field was leveled for all.
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