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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday said President Biden’s speech on voting rights delivered Tuesday was “wonderful” and "fabulous,” dismissing criticism from a top Senate Democrat of the president’s impassioned pitch for election reform.
During her weekly press conference Pelosi was asked about comments made by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the No. 2 Democrat in the upper chamber. Durbin on Wednesday said Biden’s may have gone “a little too far” with his rhetoric when delivering a speech on voting rights in Georgia.
Asked for her thoughts on Durbin’s comment and if she believed Biden may have gone a bit too far, Pelosi said she stands with the president. She also said she understands that Durbin, the majority whip, “has to do what he has to do” for his caucus.
"No, I stand with the president. I think that I, I thought his speech was wonderful and I stand with him in the fight for voting rights. I, no criticism of Mr. Durbin, he has to do what he has to do and vis-a-vis his own members and the rest,” she said.
"So again, since you asked my critique of the president speech, I thought it was fabulous. I come out to congratulate him for it, it was well received even among those who have had some apprehension of what's going to happen with this, all of this next, so I thank him for it and I stand with the president in the fight for voting rights,” she later added.
Biden on Tuesday directly expressed his support for changing Senate rules “whichever way they need to be changed to prevent a minority of senators from blocking action on voting rights,” setting the scene for a high-stakes battle in the upper chamber on election reform.
The president also appeared to express ire with the slow pace that voting reform negotiations have ... (Read more)