Shocker: CBS Hounds Pelosi Over Shutdown: 'You've Called Them Arsonists'

October 4, 2013 - 3:21 PM
Shocker: CBS Hounds Pelosi Over Shutdown: 'You've Called Them Arsonists'

From the 4 October 2013 edition of CBS This Morning:

GAYLE KING: What do you say to people that say, just work it out, without going into the tit for tat that seems to be going on both sides? What will it take, Madame Speaker, to resolve this issue?

REP. NANCY PELOSI, (D), HOUSE MINORITY LEADER: ...It's very hard to negotiate with the Republicans when they can’t negotiate with themselves. But having said that-

KING: I know, but they're saying the same thing about you guys, too.

ANTHONY MASON: Senator [Harry] Reid called some Republicans anarchists. You've called them arsonists. How do you get-

PELOSI: And that's (unintelligible)-

MASON: How do you get a meeting of the minds when people are talking like that?...

NORAH O'DONNELL: ...[D]o you see a scenario, though, where Democrats would be willing to give on a larger budget deal – the grand bargain coming back, and giving on entitlements, so that we can move forward?...

KING: ...[Y]ou have five children, and you're used to squabbling. In one sentence, what would you say to your children if they were behaving the way the Democrats and the Republicans are behaving? What would you say?

PELOSI: Well, I don't agree to your stipulation of behavior. The President of the United States has gone forward with – extending the hand of friendship over and over. I think that has been lost in the news....

MASON: But, at the same time, the President's saying, we won't negotiate, and he's taking criticism for that-

PELOSI: No, no, no, no.