Former House speaker Nancy Pelosi is not remaining mute about a new Mitt Romney campaign ad depicting her, via an anecdote from Bob Woodward’s new book, as disrespecting President Barack Obama early in his term.
The current House minority leader is miffed about her starring role in the new ad, titled "Mute Button." In Woodward’s "The Price of Politics," the author reported that Pelosi muted Obama while he was on a speaker phone during negotiations for the economic stimulus package, Politico reported.
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In the 30-second ad, the narrator says: “Bob Woodward, the Washington Post reporter who broke Watergate, recently wrote that during stimulus negotiations, President Obama called his Democratic leadership team, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi. And as President Obama spoke, Nancy Pelosi hit the mute button, went on with their meeting, ignoring the President. Not even listening to what he had to say. If he cannot lead his own party, how can he lead America?”
Pelosi called the ad "clearly ... an act of desperation" and denied that she ever muted Obama, according to Politico.
"As speaker and as Democratic leader, any call from the president would treated with great formality and respect," Pelosi said. "There was absolutely no situation in which either President Bush or President Obama were cut off from speaking. I respect the office of the President and the office of the Speaker, including the historic nature of any communication between these two offices."
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