Pelosi a ‘conservative Catholic’?

By Les Kinsolving

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At today’s White House news briefing, WND first asked deputy presidential press secretary Scott McClellan about a recent statement made by the new minority leader of the U.S. House of Represenatives, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

WND: On CNN and reported by The New York Times yesterday, new House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “I’m a liberal Democrat, but I’m a conservative Catholic.” But attorney William Donahue of the Catholic League announced yesterday, noting the record, that Mrs. Pelosi supports partial-birth abortion, and he said, “Pelosi’s spin game is insulting. No conservative Catholic we know OKs the killing of kids 80 percent born.” I know the president is very deeply concerned about this, so could you tell us, does the president agree with Mr. Donahue, or does he agree with Mrs. Pelosi’s claim?

McCLELLAN: Well, first of all, the president’s views on partial-birth abortion are well-known, and he believes we need to end it. Second of all –

WND: He doesn’t think she can be a conservative Catholic and be in favor of partial-birth abortion, does he?

McCLELLAN: Second of all, Les, the president looks forward to working with all the new leaders in the upcoming Congress. He believes that the elections made a clear statement, that we need to work together to get things done. And I would remind you that there is an important vote coming up in the Senate tomorrow on the bill to create the Department of Homeland Security. And we urge the Senate to move forward quickly and get that to the president’s desk.

WND then asked McClellan about a recent news story about efforts to curb illegal immigration.

WND: The Arizona Daily Star reports that Cochise County’s newspaper has issued a call to arms and is spearheading the formation of a local militia to combat illegal immigration. And my question is, does the president plan to do anything more than is being done by federal authorities, which is not stopping so many thousands of illegals from getting across the border?

McCLELLAN: We have taken a number of steps to secure our borders while keeping in mind the importance that America was founded on the tradition of welcoming immigrants to the country.

WND: Not illegal, though – not illegal immigrants.

McCLELLAN: And the important security legislation just recently passed in the House. So we’re taking a number of steps to continue securing our borders.

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