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November 14th, 2012
09:57 AM ET

Gingrich: Pelosi has 'consistently delivered' for Obama, Petraeus made 'human mistake'

This morning, Rep. Nancy Pelosi has scheduled a news conference where she's expected to announce whether or not she plans to run again for House Minority Leader.

Former presidential candidate and House Speaker Newt Gingrich weighs in on her decision on Starting Point today, saying that he has a "hunch" that the president will ask Pelosi to stay and that she'll comply.

"I think he sees a team he's worked with for four years," Gingrich says. "She and Harry Reid have delivered for him consistently."

Gingrich and his wife Callista also discuss the ongoing investigations into Generals Petraeus and Allen, with Newt stressing that what "makes no sense" is that such high ranking officials could engage in email correspondences "thinking they're invisible."

The Gingriches also discuss their new historical books, "Victory at Yorktown" and "Land of the Pilgrim's Pride."


Filed under: Nancy Pelosi • Petraeus scandal
November 14th, 2012
09:47 AM ET

Rep. Israel: LIPA after Sandy a 'management disaster trying to manage a disaster'

New York Rep. Steve Israel held a press conference with Rep. Nancy Pelosi yesterday to welcome new House Democrats, and on Starting Point today the Congressman weighs in on the Minority Leader's political future.

"I hope she decides to stay," Israel says. Discussing the recent election, Israel says that "more than anything, [Pelosi] has helped elect a class of problem solvers."

Regarding the impending fiscal cliff, Israel stresses, "Solutions have a mandate. Compromise has a mandate... In this election, most of the Tea Party generals, the icons of the Tea Party, they ended up getting defeated in this election, so that's the mandate we have."

Rep. Israel also addresses the ongoing power outages in Long Island caused by Hurricane Sandy, calling the situation "outrageous and unacceptable."

"This was a management disaster trying to manage a disaster," Israel says. "LIPA needs a top to bottom reform in accountability."


Filed under: Fiscal cliff • Hurricane Sandy • Nancy Pelosi