Pelosi Repeats Her 2012 Election Response: ‘The People Have Spoken’ – But, That Won’t Stop Us

Craig Bannister | November 4, 2021 | 11:38am EDT
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Responding to Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s upset victory over Democrat incumbent Terry McCauliffe, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that, even though “The people have spoken,” that won’t stop Democrats from pursuing their current agenda – the same answer she gave after the 2012 elections.

"Well, the people have spoken. We respect the results,” Speaker Pelosi said Wednesday, the day after Youngkin won Virginia’s gubernatorial race.

However, Pelosi responded “No, no,” when a reporter asked, "Does it change the agenda for the House?"

In November of 2012, after Pres. Barack Obama won reelection, but Republicans held onto their majority in the House, threatening Democrats’ tax-and-spend agenda, Pelosi also said “The people have spoken,” but Democrats won’t change course.

In an appearance on NPR’s All Things Considered, Pelosi was asked about Congress’ need to address the approaching fiscal cliff and whether House Republicans have a mandate on taxes, given that they maintained their majority:

“What do you say to Republican House members who say, ‘the public spoke, they reelected us.  They kept us in the majority and sent us back.  We’re the same people who rejected the deal the last time the grand bargain was on the table, so we’ve been reaffirmed in our position.’”

Pelosi replied that, even though “The people have spoken,” Pres. Obama won’t back down on his campaign promises:

“This is just a decision.  There’s no mystery, there’s no new factors that are going to enter into the situation. The debate is a clear one.  The election was held. The people have spoken.”

“The president campaigned on this balanced and fair, big agreement -- now let’s just get to it.”

“The president has been very clear. The president has said that, for us to go forward, we must have expiration of the [Bush Administration] tax cuts for people making over $250,000 a year,” Pelosi said.

“Individuals or couples making 250,000?” NPR Host Robert Siegel asked.

“That’s couples. That’s couples. Yes, that’s couples making over $250,000,” Pelosi confirmed.

As reported at the time, more than three million households, many of them small business owners and dual-income families, had adjusted gross annual incomes of at least $200,000 in 2011:

“Much of the debate has centered on taxes, with the Republican-controlled House vowing to keep rates down for all Americans.  President Obama has repeatedly argued for extending the Bush rates only for those Americans who make under $250,000 annually, saying the rich need to “pay their fair share.”

“Many small business owners, mom-and-pop operations, as well as dual-income households file annual incomes over $250,000 but they are not all multi-millionaires or billionaires.

“According to IRS data, there are 3.1 million households that show an adjusted gross annual income of between $200,000 and $500,000, and another 492,568 households with an adjusted gross income of between $500,000 and $1 million.”

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