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Nancy Pelosi On Harry Reid: ‘He Stops Listening Long Before You Stop Talking’

Speaking Thursday morning at a Politico Playbook breakfast, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) addressed some controversial accusations made about her interactions with President Barack Obama in an upcoming book. She denied those accusations, but took a playful swipe at her counterpart in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), saying that his tolerance for phone conversations is so low that “he stops listening long before you stop talking.”

Pelosi was asked about the revelations contained within an upcoming book by Bob Woodward about the Obama administration. She was asked to weigh in on an anecdote in the book which recalls how she hit the mute button on her phone while President Obama was making an “uplifting speech.”

She said that the event described never occurred because when she talks to the President of the United States, she claims she clears the room and takes notes. She describe those moments as “formal” and says she considers herself to be making “history.”

The House minority leader went on to say that the president is not prone to long phone conversations in the first place. She said that her counterpart in the Senate, Harry Reid, has even less patience for phone conversations.

“He stops listening long before you stop talking,” said Pelosi.

Watch Pelosi’s interview below via C-SPAN:

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