Nancy Pelosi

  • Aired:  02/22/12
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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi believes that super PACs threaten American democracy and that Citizens United should be overturned. (8:13)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BARK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT SWORE UP AND

DOWN SHE WOULD NEVER APPEAR ON

MY SHOW SO DON'T TELL HER THIS

ISN'T THE SET OF THE "PRICE IS

RIGHT."

PLEASE WELCOME DEMOCRATIC

LEADER, NANCY PELOSI.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

MADAM SPEAK ETHANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR COMING ON.

WELL, YOU YOU KNOW, YOU SAID

YOU'D NEVER COME ON HERE BUT DO

YOU-- DO YOU OFTEN BREAK YOUR

PROMISES?

>> WELL, THIS IS PART OF MY LENT

RESOLUTION, TO DO GOOD WORK, BE

KIND TO REPUBLICANS, SO HERE I

AM.

( LAUGHTER ).

( CHEERS )

>> Stephen: THANK YOU, THANK

YOU.

>> YOU'RE WELCOME.

>> Stephen:

( NICE WITH THE LATIN.

YOU'RE A CATHOLIC, I'M A

CATHOLIC.

WHY NO ASHES?

>> LATER.

>> Stephen: LATER?

YOU KNOW, THIS IS BROADCAST AT

ABOUT FIVE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT.

YOU HAVE TO GET ON IT.

>> IT'S CALIFORNIA IT'S THREE

HOURS EARLIER.

>> Stephen: EXACTLY.

IT'S A LOOPHOLE THAT JESUS

DIDN'T ANTICIPATE.

( LAUGHTER ).

ADAM, YOU KNOW, I'M GRATEFUL

THAT YOU CAME ON, BUT YOU HAVE

ATTACKED ME.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE ATTACKED

ME IN THE SPRN OF OF MY SUPERPAC

BY SAYING SUPERPACS AND I,

SPECIFICALLY, AM HURTING

DEMOCRACY.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

>> I THINK IF WE WANT TO CANCEL

ELECTIONS AND JUST HAVE THE

WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE

AMERICA-- ANDUN WHAT THEIR NAMES

ARE-- GIVE MILLIONS, TENS OF

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS, WE CAN JUST

ASK THEM WHO DO THEY WANT TO BE

PRESIDENT?

WHO DO THEY WANT TO RUN

CONGRESS?

WHO DO THEY WANT TO BE GOVERNOR?

>> Stephen: THAT WOULD BE

POLITE.

>> NO, THAT WOULD BE A PLU

PLUTOCRACY, AND WE ARE A

DEMOCRACY AND OUR FOUNDERS

INTENDED THAT THE PEOPLE WOULD

DECIDE NOT--

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT, NOW

YOU'VE HIT ON SOMETHING.

YOU'VE HIT ON SOMETHING.

IN THE CITIZENS UNITED DECISION,

THE SUPREME COURT MADE TWO YEARS

AGO, THEY SAID BECAUSE

CORPORATIONS ARE LEGALLY PEOPLE,

AND BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE THE

RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH AND BECAUSE

MONEY IS SPEECH, THEREFORE,

CORPORATIONS HAVE THE RIGHT AND

INDIVIDUALS AND UNIONS TO SPEND

UNLIMITED AMOUNTS OF MONEY IN

POLITICAL SPEECH.

SO WHY DO YOU NOT WANT PEOPLE TO

HAVE THE RIGHT OF FREE SPEECH?

>> WELL, I DO, BUT --

>> Stephen: BUT THESE ARE

PEOPLE.

AND YOU DON'T WANT THEM TO SPEAK

WITH THEIR MONEY.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> ARE THE ME SAY I WANT THEM TO

DISCLOSE.

I THINK THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT

TO KNOW AND WE WANT PEOPLE TO

STAND BY THEIR AD.

IF THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TEBZ OF

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THEY'RE

PUTTING UP FOR A CANDIDATE OR

CAUSE THE PUBLIC HAS THE RIGHT

TO KNOW BY WHOSE AUTHORITY IS

THIS COMING TO THEM.

>> Stephen: THIS IS PART OF

THE DISCLOSE ACT.

TELL PEOPLE WHAT THE DISCLOSE

ACT WOULD DO.

YOU HAVE A FETTIVISH FOR

TRANSPARENCY.

>> ACTUALLY, THIS IS WOULD BE

GOOD FOR YOU.

BECAUSE YOUR AMERICANS FOR A

BETTER TOMORROW, TOMORROW, COULD

BECOME AMERICANS FOR A BETTER

TOMORROW, TODAY, IF YOU COULD --

>> Stephen: WE CAN'T DO THAT

BECAUSE IT'S TOMORROW.

>> NOT IN CALIFORNIA.

>> Stephen: OH, EXACTLY.

TOMORROW--

( APPLAUSE )

CALIFORNIA IS STILL 1967.

( LAUGHTER )

OKAY.

SO HOW DOES THIS HELP?

>> WELL, IT HELPS IN THIS WAY.

FIRST, WE WANT TO DISCLOSE.

THE PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW

WHOSE MONEY IS COMING IN THERE,

INSTEAD OF SOME FEW-- THE BANK

ROLL OF A FEW DETERMINING THE

OUTCOME OF ELECTIONS RATHER THAN

THE VOICES OF PEOPLE, DISCLOSE.

STAND BY YOUR ADS.

WIN THE ELECTION, REFORM THE

SYSTEM, OVERTURN THE SUPREME

COURT DECISION BY AMENDING THE

CONSTITUTION AND GIVE THE VOTE

AND THE VOICE AND THE POWER TO

THE PEOPLE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: BUT IF PEOPLE

KNEW--

( APPLAUSE )

THANK YOU FOR APPLAUDING THE

CORPORATIONS.

( LAUGHTER )

BUT IF PEOPLE KNEW WHAT

BUSINESSES WERE GIVING MILLIONS

AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO

INDIVIDUAL POLITICAL CANDIDATES,

ISN'T THERE A CHANCE THAT THE

CONSUMERS WOULD RETALIATE

AGAINST THOSE BUSINESSES BY NOT

BUYING THEIR PRODUCTS?

>> THAT'S WHY THE BUSINESSES

DON'T WANT TO DISCLOSE.

>> Stephen: EXACTLY, BECAUSE

IT'S NOT FAIR TO, SAY, BRAWNY

TOWELS.

>> FOR EXAMPLE --

>> Stephen: FOR PEOPLE TO

FIND OUT THAT THE KOCH BROTHERS

OWN BRAWNY TOWELS AND OWN THE

REPUBLICAN PARTY.

>> EXACTLY.

( LAUGHTER )

AND WANT TO OWN THE PRESIDENCY.

>> Stephen: OF COURSE YOU

WANT TO OWN THE PRESIDENCY

BECAUSE IF YOU KEEP THE RECEIPT,

YOU CAN CHANGE HIM FOR A NEW

PRESIDENT IF YOU DON'T LIKE HIM.

THAT'S JUST LOGICAL.

THAT'S BUSINESS.

YOU DON'T BELIEVE IN BUSINESS,

MADAM.

I SAY LET THE FREE MARKET DECIDE

WHO REPRESENTS US.

>> WELL, THAT'S INTERESTING FOR

THE FREE MARKET, AND I SUPPORT

THE FREE MARKET.

BUT I ALSO SUPPORT FREE

ELECTIONS.

>> Stephen: CAN I TALK TO YOU

ABOUT SOMETHING?

CAN WE TALK ABOUT CONGRESS IN

GENERAL FOR A SECOND RIGHT HERE?

YOU'VE BEEN IN CONGRESS AWE LONG

TIME --

>> 25 YEARS.

IT'S MY ANNIVERSARY.

THAT'S WHY I'M HERE.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU.

>> I'M HERE FOR MY 25th

ANNIVERSARY.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERY

MUCH.

>> YOU'RE WELCOME.

>> Stephen: THEY ARE HOLDING

HEARINGS IN THE HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES RIGHT NOW ABOUT

WOMEN'S REPRODUCTION.

OKAY.

IT'S A BUNCH OF GUYS UP THERE.

>> RIGHT, FIVE GUYS, FIVE GUYS.

THAT WOULD BE ALL RIGHT FOR

HAMBURGERS BUT NOT FOR --

>> Stephen: WHAT DO YOU HAVE

AGAINST FIVE GUYS UP THERE

HOLDING THIS?

AREN'T GUYS REALLY THE ONES WHO

SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS BECAUSE

WE'RE THE ONES WHO HAVE THE

RESPONSIBILITY OF TELLING THE

LADY IT'S REALLY HER

RESPONSIBILITY.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

>> YOU HAVE DEFINED THE PROBLEM

VERY WELL.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERY

MUCH.

BUT-- DID YOU THINK WHEN YOU

TARTED IN CONGRESS 25 YEARS AGOS

THAT YOU'D BE DEBATING

CONTRACEPTION 25 YEARS LATER?

>> WELL, I KNEW OVER THE YEARS

THAT WE TRIED TO TELL PEOPLE

THAT THIS WAS AN ISSUE IN

CONGRESS, BUT, FRANKLY, THEY

DIDN'T BELIEVE IT.

>> Stephen: AS A CONSERVATIVE

CATHOLIC, I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT,

EITHER.

RICK SANTORUM AND I,UN-- YOU

KNOW, WE LOVE MAKING BABIES.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

WHAT'S-- WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT?

WHY ARE WOMEN-- WHY ARE WOMEN SO

OBSESSED WITH CONTROLLING THEIR

OWN BODY?

( LAUGHTER )

>> THIS IS A WOMEN'S HEALTH

ISSUE.

AND THE SIZE AND TIMING OF

FAMILY --

>> Stephen: SIZE DOES NOT

MATTER, MADAM.

( LAUGHTER )

ISN'T IT A QUESTION OF WOMEN'S

RIGHTS?

>> NOT WOMEN'S RIGHTS.

IT'S A WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUE

WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT TO EVERY

FAMILY.

A MOTHER'S HEALTH AND THE HEALTH

OF THER CHILDREN AS SHE AND HER

HUSBAND AND THEIR DOCTOR AND

THEIR GOD DECIDE WHAT THAT IS.

BUT IT ISN'T UP TO FIVE GUYS

SITTING AROUND THE TABLE IN

WASHINGTON, D.C. TO DETERMINE

WHAT THAT-- WHAT THAT SIZE AND

TIMING WILL BE.

NOW, I HAVE FIVE CHILDREN.

THEY'RE ALL GROWN, I HAVE

GRANDCHILDREN --

>> Stephen: CONGRATULATIONS.

>> YES, YES, YES I'M VERY PROUD

OF THAT.

I AM, SHOULD I SAY, A PRACTICING

CATHOLIC, BY THE BOOK-- I LOVE

MY CHURCH --

>> Stephen: I DON'T NEED TO

KNOW.

>> MORE INFORMATION.

>> Stephen: DON'T NEED TO

KNOW, DON'T NEED TO KNOW.

>> I RESPECT WHAT MR. SANTORUM

HINKS AND BELIEVES FOR HIMSELF,T

BUT I THINK-- I THINK THAT IT

WOULD BE WISE FOR THE DWAM TO THE GENTLE

TO UNDERSTAND, MAYBE THEY NEED A

LESSON IN THE BIRDS AND BEES OR

WHATEVER IT IS, BUT THERE HAS TO

BE ANOTHER WAY.

>> Stephen: CAN WE MAKE A

DEAL?

>> ANYTHING.

>> Stephen: THIS DISCLOSE

ACT, IS IT FORTUNATE YOU?

>> YES, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT.

>> Stephen: IF I THROW MY

WEIGHT BEHIND THE DISCLOSE ACT,

IF I SUPPORT DISCLOSE ACT, WILL

YOU ENCOURAGE THE DEMOCRATIC

MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES TO DO MY "BETTER

KNOW A DISTRICT" SERIES?

>> IT'S A DEAL.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: IT'S A DEAL!

LET'S PUT CALIFORNIA'S 8th

UP ON THE BOARD!

LOOKS LIKE SOMEBODY JUST SPARKED

UP SOME MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

NANCY PELOSI, EVERYBODY.

THE DISCLOSE ACT.

IT'S GOT TO HAPPEN.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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