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Donna Brazile: No More ‘Hyper-Partisan Political Pundits’

Donna BrazileWith November 2 fast approaching, mediabistro.com sat down with frequent TV commentator and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile to see how she’d grade the media’s performance in this year’s midterm election season.

“The one thing I would get rid of in the world would be hyper-partisan political pundits because I think they add more heat than light to the political debate,” she said. “They don’t provide critical analysis for issues like healthcare, where it’s important to inform the public about what’s at stake and how it impacts their lives — and not just disagree basically because your party doesn’t like it.”

As for how she avoids screaming at her peers on-camera, Brazile says she has one rule: speak directly to the people of… Nebraska?

“When I’m on TV, I’m not talking to just my anchor or my colleague on my right. I’m talking to America. I look into the lens and in my head, I’m talking to somebody in Nebraska. Why Nebraska? Why the Cornhusker State? I have no idea. But it feels like it’s a good place to talk to people.”

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Nancy Pelosi: ‘I Fully Expect to Be Speaker After Midterm Elections’

Jeff Zucker, Nancy PelosiWhen Nancy Pelosi sat down for her keynote address at Women@NBCU’s annual Power of the Purse Breakfast this morning at Cipriani’s in New York, host Jeff Zucker wasted no time getting her take on the state of politics this year. Specifically, the outgoing NBC Universal CEO and president asked if Pelosi herself would still be in office in five weeks.

“I fully expect to be Speaker in five weeks,” she said. “I have big confidence in my candidates. They’re excellent; they’re battle-tested. They know what they believe, and they’re doing just fine in their districts.”

Pelosi said the biggest lesson she’s learned since taking office is that women have to seize their own power.

“Women were not going to wait another 200 years to take power in Congress,” she said. “When I first ran for leadership, the men [in Washington] said, ‘Who said she could run?’ Their attitude towards reaching women was ‘let’s find out the things women want, and then we’ll do [those things].’”

Pelosi explained that she initially entered politics because she “saw it as an extension of being a mother.” She also championed President Obama‘s health care reform strategy, saying that women and families would be the primary beneficiaries. “No longer will being a woman be a pre-existing condition,” she said.

A video excerpt of Pelosi’s address is after the jump. Read more

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