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  Pelosi blasts Lieberman
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Last EditedArmyDem  Aug 13, 2008 11:03pm
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MediaNewspaper - San Francisco Chronicle
News DateThursday, August 14, 2008 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionZachary Coile, Chronicle Washington Bureau

Wednesday, August 13, 2008
(08-13) 14:22 PDT Washington - --

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted Sen. Joe Lieberman today for making what she called "totally irresponsible" remarks about Democrat Barack Obama, which she warned could prompt Senate Democrats to strip him of his committee chairmanship.

In a wide-ranging interview with Bay Area radio talk show host Ronn Owens, Pelosi also chastised some of Hillary Clinton's supporters for being "less than gracious" toward Obama, although she praised the New York senator for rallying behind the party's nominee.

Pelosi's remarks are certain to anger Clinton backers, especially those seeking to have Clinton's name placed into nomination at the party's convention in Denver later this month. But the House speaker's comments about Lieberman may please Democratic activists, who've grown frustrated at the Connecticut senator's sharp jabs at Obama.

Campaigning for Republican John McCain in York, Pa., Tuesday, Lieberman appeared to question Obama's patriotism when he called the election a choice "between one candidate, John McCain, who has always put his country first, worked across party lines to get things done, and one candidate that has not."

Pelosi was asked by a caller on Owens' show what could be done about the attacks from Lieberman, the Democrats' vice presidential nominee in 2000 who is now an independent but still caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate.

"You're right," Pelosi said. "Joe Lieberman has said things that are totally irresponsible when it comes to Barack Obama. Here we have a leader for the future, really a great leader for the future and one that comes along only every now and then, and they know it so they have to undermine him. And one of their best weapons, of course, is someone who is considered by some to be a Democrat."
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