Transcript of Pelosi Interview on MSNBC's The ReidOut with Joy Reid

August 17, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Joy Reid on MSNBC’s The ReidOut to discuss the House-passed Heroes Act, the House’s plans to come back into session to save the U.S. Postal Service this week and other news of the day.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks: 

Joy Reid.  I'm joined now by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Speaker Pelosi, have you had a conversation – thank you for being on with us again.  We always appreciate you being here. 

Speaker Pelosi.  My pleasure. 

Joy Reid.  Have you had a conversation with Mitch McConnell about whether he will match the action that you've taken and bring the Senate back to vote on the House bill? 

Speaker Pelosi.  Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Leader in the Senate, has called upon Mitch McConnell to bring the Senate back.  And we'll see how he responds to his own Members.  But, remember, when we're bringing the House back, the Congress back, we expect to receive bipartisan support on our legislation, send it to the Senate and see if they reject the will of the people. 

The President says he wants to save the Post Office now.  We have to save the Post Office from the President now. 

Joy Reid.  Do you expect to get any Republican votes on this bill to save the Post Office? 

Speaker Pelosi.  Yes. 

Joy Reid.  You do? 

Speaker Pelosi.  I do because – Joy, again, it's my pleasure to be here with you.  Thank you for your attention to this Post Office issue, which is a matter of concern to Americans across the country. 

Joy Reid.  Yeah. 

Speaker Pelosi.  It is, to use the word, volcanic.  It has been explosive in terms of the response that Members, Democratic and Republican, all over the country have received to this assault on this connection that they have, Americans have with each other. 

This matter of how – access to health care; 1.2 billion prescriptions were sent through the mail in 2019 even before the coronavirus, that is.  And way overwhelmingly, 82 percent or higher, of VA drugs are sent to our veterans through the mail.  That's just two examples of meeting the needs – health needs of the American people.  And when those medicines come a week, six days late, we keep hearing examples of how late that medication is coming.  That's just one connection.  It's about the health of the American people. 

It's also about the health of our democracy as they do this to make an assault on the mail in terms of absentee balloting and the rest. 

Joy Reid.  Yeah.  Well, the reason I ask you about whether or not any Republicans will come over, because first of all, most of them have been very quiet even though I'm quite sure their own constituents are also hurting from not getting their prescriptions and their Social Security checks and their paychecks on time.  They haven't said a lot.

And Mark Meadows, who used to be the head of the Freedom Caucus, and so he’s friends with a lot of those guys, I just want you to listen to it.  I'm sure you've heard this because it's been played a lot on cable television.  This is what he said about claiming that there's voter fraud tied to mail-in elections, and this is the justification they are using to try to destroy mail-in voting by breaking the Post Office. 

[Clip of CNN’s State of the Union]

Mark Meadows.  Sending ballots out just based on a voter roll registration.  Any time you move, you'll change your driver's license but you don't call up and say – 

Jake Tapper.  But there's no evidence of widespread voter fraud. 

Chief of Staff Meadows.  There's no evidence that there's not either.

[End of Clip]

Joy Reid.  I mean, in just talking with Members of the House on the other side, who's more influential over them, their constituents or the Trump Administration?

Speaker Pelosi.  If I may with all due respect to reporting and the rest, don’t pay attention to them.  Their purpose is to frighten people from voting.  The more chaos they can create, the more fear they can instill about, ‘Well, your vote's not going to count anyway; it won't matter.  And it's probably corrupt and get caught up.’  That's their purpose. 

Their purpose is not to move obstacles of participation to honor the vision of our Founders that we would have the sacred right to vote.  It's to scare people.  So, ignore them.  Just ignore them. 

I have on now my California Democratic Party hat, which I was years ago.  And, again, you can't let the other side kind of frame the climate in which the election will take place.  We will have vote-by-mail.  It will be successful.  We will not depend on the President to anoint it.  But we will vote early.  We will have our organization.  We don't agonize; we organize.  And don't pay attention to their scare tactics, because that's a victory for them. 

Joy Reid.  And what do you anticipate you are going to hear tonight?  This is a very different kind of convention.  And you've been to them.  I've only been to a couple, but they are a theatrical event.  And this is being staged in a very different way.  What should we expect to hear tonight?  What do you think is going to be the difference between the way that the messaging is done for the voters you're talking about? 

Speaker Pelosi.  Well, I think it's going to be very exciting.  This is my fifteenth convention.  My first one when I was twelve years old when my father was Mayor of Baltimore at the time, I went with our family.  And this is my fifteenth since then. 

I've been Chair of the Convention.  I’ve been Chair of the Platform Committee.  I've been Chair of the Host Committee.  I’ve played almost every role in it.  And so, I welcome this as just another version of inspiration and hope.  And I'm so excited.  I can't wait to go home to watch the proceedings tonight. 

And I do think, with all due respect to all of our presentations, the succinctness of it will gain impact –

[Laughter]

Joy Reid.  No one has to get played off the stage.

[Laughter]

Speaker Pelosi.  Again and again, musically or otherwise.  But I do think that Chairman Perez and the Biden and now Kamala Harris campaign, they know how they want to use time.  They want to use time to show the talent, to show the vision, to show the plan on how we're going to win. 

I think it's going to be really a wonderful, wonderful week.  I'm excited to see it and to participate in it later in the week on behalf of the House Democrats.

Joy Reid.  All right. well, we look forward to watching as well.  I am a convention nerd, so I cannot wait to see how it comes out. 

I will definitely be watching for that hearing on Monday.  I think a lot of Americans are going to be interested to see what happens.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi, thank you so much.  Really appreciate you being here.

Speaker Pelosi.  My pleasure.  Thank you, Joy.