(RepublicanWire.org) – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has taken aim at California Gov. Gavin Newsom after he chastised his party for being absent on abortion rights.
“Democrats have failed to target Republicans,” he said about his own party on Wednesday.
“Where is the Democratic Party – where’s the party?” he said. “Why aren’t we calling this out? This is a concerted, coordinated effort and, yes, they’re winning. We need to stand up. Where is the counter offensive?”
The Speaker spoke with “Face The Nation” on CBS on Sunday and pushed back on the governor’s comments.
“I have no idea why anybody would make that statement unless they were unaware of the fight that has been going on,” the Speaker said of the California governor.
“The fact is that we have been fighting for a woman’s right to choose – and that is to choose. We have been fighting against the Republicans in the Congress constantly,” she said.
“This is a constant fight that we’ve had for generations – decades I should say, in my case, in the Congress,” she said. “The science hasn’t changed, but the court changed.”
The host, Margaret Brennan, asked Pelosi why the Democrats never codified Roe V Wade into law when they could have.
“Back when Democrats held majorities in the House and the Senate in 2009 when you were Speaker, President Obama was asked about codifying Roe v. Wade and said ‘abortion is a moral and ethic issue’ and ‘not the highest legislative priority,” she said to the Speaker.
“Do you think it was a mistake for him – for other presidents – not to push harder when Democrats had the majority?” she said.
“I think that this is a waste of time. The fact is in 2009 we really did not have a pro-choice Democratic party,’ Pelosi explained. ‘I had to fight against some of the people who did not want to pass the Affordable Care Act because they were concerned it would enable more freedom of choice,” Pelosi hit back.
“Right now we do have a pro-choice Democratic Congress and we passed the law months ago,” she said.
But they did not pass a law. They passed a bill in the House that never had a chance to be passed in the Senate.