Nancy Pelosi: GOP Wants to 'Destroy Government,' Asks 'Do Their Children Breathe Air?'

September 4th, 2011 9:20 PM

During a Democratic fundraising event in San Francisco late last month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D- Calif.) declared Republicans are ‘hijacking’ the deficit issue in order to ‘destroy the public space’ and wondered aloud “Do their children breathe air?”

An audience member recorded Pelosi’s address at the August 21, 2011 fundraiser where the California Democrat attacked Republicans on the deficit. “The Republicans right now are using the idea of deficit reduction as an excuse, they’re hijacking an idea that has some resonance, we all want to reduce the deficit, in order to not reduce the deficit but to destroy the public space, destroy government,” Pelosi said.

The House Minority Leader went on to claim that public schools, public safety, clean air, clean water and food safety are among the targets of the GOP.“You name it. Forget about it. They’re defunding every initiative in that regard.”

“You wonder do their children breathe air? Do they drink water? Why do they not care? But they don’t,” Pelosi said.

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