October 27, 2015

Pelosi Casually Points Out She Voted Against DOMA With Bernie, Says He Could Win

In an interview at The George Washington University today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was asked about the Democratic candidates running for president.

Pelosi, while listing the things she views positively for each candidate, casually mentioned that she and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) voted against the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA):

“Bernie Sanders was my colleague in the House. We voted against DOMA, you know, against all of those things people are subjecting to scrutiny now. He’s fabulous, and he has a very important tonic for the country and for the Democratic Party because he has ideas.”

On Friday, Hillary Clinton came under attack for rewriting history about DOMA in an interview on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Clinton claimed DOMA was signed into law by her husband to prevent further legislation on the issue:

CLINTON: “Well, I – I want to say a word about the – the issues you mentioned, because my – my – my take on it is slightly different. On Defense of Marriage, I think what my husband believed – and there was certainly evidence to support it – is that there was enough political momentum to amend the Constitution of the United States of America, and that there had to be some way to stop that. And there wasn’t any rational argument – because I was in on some of those discussions, on both ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and on – on DOMA, where both the president, his advisers and occasionally I would – you know, chime in and talk about, ‘you can’t be serious. You can’t be serious.’ But they were. And so, in – in a lot of ways, DOMA was a line that was drawn that was to prevent going further.”

This claim has been widely debunked by sources like The Huffington Post and The Advocate.

Perhaps annoyed by Clinton’s revisionist history of DOMA and Clinton’s personal position on the issue (she supported DOMA until recently), Pelosi went on to add about Bernie, “He might win the nomination.”