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Pelosi on Harry Reid: 'He stops listening long before you stop talking'

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that she hasn’t “the faintest idea” why Bob Woodward reported that she put President Obama on mute during a phone call. But she added that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., might well have ignored the president.

“That didn’t happen,” Pelosi told Mike Allen during the Politico Playbook breakfast today at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. “When the president of the United States is having a conversation with the Speaker of the House and the leader of the Senate — or just the president and speaker — it’s a formal situation. It’s history . . . Mostly, I clear the room when I’m talking to the president (I don’t want anyone to hear one side of the conversation). I clear the room and I take notes and we have a conversation.”

Woodward reported in his new book, The Price of Politics, that Pelosi put Obama on mute so that she and Reid could work without Obama knowing they had stopped listening.

Pelosi joked that Reid might have indeed tuned out the president. “Harry Reid is probably — when he’s finished, it’s over. He stops listening long before you stop talking,” she laughed.

Asked what she thinks about Bob Woodward, Pelosi replied, “I don’t think about him a lot.” She allowed that she enjoyed his book about Richard Nixon, All the President’s Men.

 

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