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April 6th, 2014
11:09 AM ET

Nancy Pelosi Not Pulling Punches

By Susan Garraty

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is feeling pumped up about the seven million plus Americans that the White House says signed up for the Affordable Care Act. She slammed former Obama White House spokesman Robert Gibbs’ questioning of whether the employer mandate will survive any tweaks in the ACA’s final implementation.

“I don't know who his clients are or what his perspective is,” Pelosi says about Gibbs in an exclusive interview with Candy Crowley.

In a paid speech last week, Gibbs told an insurance conference, that he thought the employer mandate would be one of the first things to go, according to “BenefitsPro.” Gibbs stepped down as White House press secretary in 2011.

Pelosi says the employer mandate will not be removed.

Pelosi concedes that a few Democrats are distancing themselves from Obamacare, but overall she says, “We’re very proud of it.”

As the midterm election seasons starts in earnest, Pelosi also spoke about the recent Supreme Court decision allowing for more money to be poured into campaigns. While castigating the high court for its decision, Pelosi concedes she and her fellow Democrats won’t exactly be turning away donations.

Struggling to explain her contradictory position of accepting cash while complaining about the Supreme Court’s actions Pelosi says, “We have to raise money to win the election so we can reduce the role of money in politics.”

Pelosi is running for re-election but wouldn’t predict whether through some Herculean effort the Democrats could take back the House. She calls her successor as Speaker of the House, John Boehner, an obstructionist and takes a swing at former Vice President Dick Cheney for his position on “enhanced interrogation techniques.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify parts of a report outlining post September 11th interrogations conducted by the CIA. It’s expected to say that such techniques as water-boarding and other controversial actions were used for many years.

Pelosi says the CIA was only doing what it was told to do by: Dick Cheney. She says Cheney isn’t showing any remorse.

“I think he's proud of it. I think he's proud of it. I think he's proud of it.”

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