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Rep. McCotter: ‘Terrible mistake’ to blame Pelosi’s speech for GOP opposition to bailout.

By Satyam Khanna on September 30, 2008 at 4:36 pm

"Rep. McCotter: ‘Terrible mistake’ to blame Pelosi’s speech for GOP opposition to bailout."

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As ThinkProgress noted today, several House conservatives have retracted their talking point attributing their opposition to the bailout on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) “partisan” speech yesterday. Interviewed on the Dennis Miller radio show today, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) admitted that it was a “terrible mistake” to blame Pelosi’s speech:

McCOTTER: I think it was a mistake for House leadership to say that Pelosi’s speech mattered to anybody on our side.

MILLER: Yeah, me too, me too.

McCOTTER: Because we yell at each other like this all the time. And so, what they’ve actually done is a victory for the American people, a victory for the institution of Congress, and a victory for Republicans and Democrats who voted against it. It’s being counter-messaged by their own leadership, who didn’t get it through. That is a terrible mistake and it’s hopefully not going to impact our ability to get this done more quickly than we, as quickly as we need to.

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