Transcript from Andrea Mitchell’s interview with Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.):
MITCHELL: Joining me now, Democratic Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher from California’s 10th Congressional District. She’s also the incoming chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.
Welcome very much. Good to see you.
TAUSCHER: Thank you, Andrea.
MITCHELL: Nancy Pelosi, first speaker, what is the real meaning for other women in the House to have a…
TAUSCHER: We are (inaudible). She’s not only the first woman speaker, but she’s from my neighbor district in California. And she is just a fabulous mom, a great wife and a great American. And she is going to make history today by being the first woman speaker.
But she’s also someone that deeply cares about public policy and the American people and children. And she is going to work very hard to make sure that this agenda moves back toward the change that we promised that, when we got the mandate in the November election, that it’s going to be about the America people and it’s going to be about restoring confidence today in the ethics process.
MITCHELL: Well, the ethics process, of course, presents some challenges. William Jefferson, the…
MITCHELL: … who has had all sorts of difficulties from Louisiana and legal problems, can she be tough enough on the people in your own party who have had ethics problems?
TAUSCHER: Yes. Nancy was tough, specifically with Mr. Jefferson, by removing him from the Ways and Means Committee because it is the tax committee; and saying, you know, when this gets cleared up you can come back and have your seniority restored and join the committee.
But Nancy’s tough because she has very strong values that all Americans share—from opportunity, responsibility, community. And she is a very strong Democrat, but she’s also someone that understands that this new role that she has is a constitutional role and it’s one about being speaker for both parties.
MITCHELL: Also within your own party, some of the old bulls are having problems with term limits on committee chairmen. Is she going to lose some support because of that?
TAUSCHER: I don’t think she’s going to lose any support. We have the most united Democratic caucus that we’ve had probably in decades.
And we’re all supporting her. And we’re supporting her because she delivered for the American people and she will continue to do that as speaker.
MITCHELL: Thanks very much for all of your help.
TAUSCHER: Thank you. Thank you, Andrea.
MITCHELL: And good luck to you today.
TAUSCHER: Thank you.