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House Speaker Pelosi Rejects Troop Surge Plan

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi discusses Democratic strategy in the House debate on a nonbinding resolution that would oppose President Bush's decision to send 21,500 more combat troops to Iraq. A vote is expected Friday.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Madame Speaker, welcome.

    REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA), Speaker of the House: Thank you.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    First, just going through some of these things, first on North Korea. You heard what the president said, it's a breakthrough. It's a good deal. Do you agree?

  • REP. NANCY PELOSI:

    I think it's good news. It's not new news. It's pretty much what President Clinton had in place when he was in the White House that had been sort of set aside when the Bush people came in, but it's fine.

    I think it's fine, and let's just see where we go from here. It's going to take some verification to make sure the North Koreans do what they have to do, but I commend the president. I think it's a good — it's good.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    OK, on Iran, he said today that he is not trying to form a pretext for war against Iran. Do you agree with him?

  • REP. NANCY PELOSI:

    The president has told us over and over on the subject of Iran that he is committed to robust diplomacy there. And I take him at his word.

    We need to — we must prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear state, but we have to do it in an international, global way, with all nations weighing in. And so I believe him when he says he is not looking for a pretext to war.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    What about the issue of these weapons that are going to Iraq, what the president said about some of these weapons are being used to hurt American troops? What do you feel about that?

  • REP. NANCY PELOSI:

    Well, there's some question as to the provenance of these weapons. Are they state-sponsored or are they not — Gen. Pace said he thought they were not. The president said it's an open question.

    But I agree with the president, that if somebody is hurting our troops and there's a supply of weapons coming to them, that that should be stopped. That should be stopped within Iraq, though, not in Iran.

  • JIM LEHRER:

    OK. And you support what the president said about that today, right?

  • REP. NANCY PELOSI:

    Yes, people are supplying weapons to hurt our troops, no, we want to stop that. But, again, this is an issue within Iraq.

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