House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's recent slam of Republicans who oppose a minimum-wage hike and an unemployment insurance extension was a "demeaning" and "dishonest" attack, conservative political commentator Pat Buchanan says.
Pelosi, speaking before the 2014 California Democrats State Convention on Saturday, said of the GOP:
"I asked a Republican friend why his party remains so opposed to extending the vital lifelines for struggling families and really hungry children. This colleague’s response was telling in its blunt nature, and it’s stunning in its honesty.
"What he said was, to the Republican caucus, these people you are talking about are invisible, and the Republican caucus is indifferent to them. Invisible and indifferent, this is just plain wrong. That is not the leadership the American people deserve."
On Tuesday, Buchanan, who sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1992 and 1996 and ran on the Reform Party ticket in 2000, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV:
"I would echo Nancy Pelosi and say that is not the kind of leadership America needs. That is an outrageous comment to make. It is demeaning to Republicans. It is dishonest, in my judgment."
Buchanan was stunned by the notion that liberals care more than conservatives.
"Certainly they don’t [care] about the unborn. We know that, and the idea that they're far more concerned about starving children is preposterous," he said.
"America's a good-hearted country, and that's true of most Americans across the political spectrum. To make this statement about her Republican opponents . . . I mean, the Democrats say it's too nasty up here. Well, that's the kind of statement that's responsible for it."
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