House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in his recent comment has one word to describe Speaker John Boehner’s decision to step down — courageous.
“He gave up the gavel rather than shutting down government, that was I think, courageous,” Pelosi told David Axelrod, who was former senior adviser to President Barrack Obama, during a 30-minute interview for his podcast “The Axe Files.”
Axelrod asked Pelosi whether she felt pity for Boehner based on what he had experienced within his own party, which ultimately led him to resign. She punted on the question but shared what advice she gave to him when she passed the gavel in 2011.
“There are times when your caucus will not want to go to a place that you know we have to go for the country,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi said she told Boehner he has to let people vote the way they feel strongly about, but it’s his job to make what is needed happen.
“What I said to him is ‘What you have to do is let them vote their hearts out, don’t ask them to vote against something they don’t want to be for, let them vote,but you will be able to put together a combination of votes that will get it done.”
And when Axelrod asked her why no one wanted the speaker job, Pelosi said.
“They want it, they just don’t have the votes. They want it, everybody wants it,” she said. “They just don’t have the votes when they say ‘Oh I don’t know if I want it.”