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Maddow calls Pelosi's record 'Rayburn-esque'

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Nikki Schwab

Sure, we've heard of the Rayburn Building and the Dirksen Building, but what about a future Pelosi House Office Building? Over lunch Wednesday in Washington, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow chatted with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and suggested that the former Speaker's record deserved that kind of esteem. 

"TARP, the stimulus, health reform, Wall Street reform, student loan reform, the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the new GI bill," Maddow began. "The number of major pieces of legislation that you not only saw passed in the House — but we can also include cap-and-trade, we can include the DREAM act there —but beyond those, the ones that also became law is, and I don't just mean to flatter you, but is [the] kind of list of legislation we associate with people whom we name large buildings after in Washington." 

Maddow's suggestion got a wave of applause and one shout of "yes, please" from the largely female audience at the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum on Capitol Hill. 

"Your Speakership was Sam Rayburn-esque," Maddow continued in her compliment. The liberal television host linked up with Pelosi to celebrate the 25 years that the California Congresswoman had spent as a Member of Congress at an event sponsored by the National Women's History Museum.

"Did you ever think of leaving?" Maddow asked. "I didn't come here to be a lifer, if that's what you mean," Pelosi answered. "I figured about 10 years would be an appropriate time and then I would, hopefully by then have grandchildren, which was my goal in life." The grandchildren came, but Pelosi stayed and made history. "One issue led to another and then I got the chance to be in the leadership and we won and then I became Speaker," she said. 

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Nikki Schwab

Staff Reporter - Yeas & Nays
The Washington Examiner