House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., charged Republicans with “exploiting” the questions surrounding the Benghazi talking points, the AP phone records seizure and the IRS scandal to attack President Obama because “they fear” his agenda and eloquence.
“This president — they make so much of these issues because this president is such a great president,” Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press briefing. “They will use talking points on Benghazi, they will use the IRS, they will use AP, as, I think, subterfuges — evasions — of what the American people want us to do.”
Pelosi said that Republicans need scandals because they are over-matched by the “visionary” Obama. “He has a knowledge of our country and the concerns of the American people as of what plan we should go forward with to strengthen the middle class, and he has an eloquence to communicate that message,” she said of Republicans. “They fear that.”
She did emphasize that the IRS officials have behaved scandalously. “These people were not treated fairly,” Pelosi said of the conservative groups targeted for inappropriate reviews. “That was wrong. Somebody must be held accountable.”
On Benghazi, Pelosi repeated President Obama’s contention that the focus on the talking points is “a sideshow” and called it a “disservice” to the Americans who died in Libya.
Pelosi also conceded that she has “serious questions” about the AP phone records subpoena.