(CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is confident she will be elected speaker of the House by the incoming Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, said on CNN today that she will be “center stage” and that she is ready to be both a “workhorse” and “show horse” there.
“I've been the workhorse and people say, well, you're not a show horse,” Pelosi told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “Well, I have to be a workhorse and a show horse now because I'll be center stage.”
Here is an excerpt from Pelosi’s interview with Cuomo:
Chris Cuomo: "I wonder, with all that you've done and all that you've achieved, is there any part of you that says, yeah, I'm about to dive into what may well be the most contentious and difficult period of your public life—if you are speaker of the House. Right now, being set up as we saw in the paper this morning, in direct opposition to the most powerful man in the world, who fights in a way we haven’t seen recently in politics. Do you have any reservations about whether or not you want this in your life at this point?"
Nancy Pelosi: "No. None whatsoever. In fact, it's an urgency that I can't resist. I mean, if Hillary Clinton had won, my, our Affordable Care Act would be protected and I could go home. You know, no one in California ever gets Potomac Fever. We always want to go home. But that didn’t happen—sadly for our country. So this is something that I feel that I, all of my experience is geared to, all of my legislative--"
Cuomo: "Do you think you can handle Trump on a regular basis, the way he is, as personal as it can be, as constant as his attacks can be?"
Pelosi: "You know, I've been the workhorse and people say, well, you're not a show horse. Well, I have to be a workhorse and a show horse now because I'll be center stage. But all of these candidates, all of our incumbents, they'll be taking their message home. So the public will see. The public will see what this discussion is about, where we have our agreements and we have our disagreements and what it means in their lives."