A "far and balanced" inquisition

Fox News wants to know: Does Nancy Pelosi pray for the troops "to win"?

By Tim Grieve

Published October 8, 2007 12:36PM (EDT)

Just before President Bush vetoed bipartisan legislation on children's healthcare last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was "praying" that he wouldn't.

For Fox News' Chris Wallace, that's called an opening.

Wallace: You said the other day that you were praying for President Bush ...

Pelosi: Yes.

Wallace: ... to change his mind about vetoing SCHIP. Do you pray for our soldiers to win in Iraq?

Pelosi: Of course I do.

Wallace: To win?

Pelosi: Of course I do. Of course. What a question.

First of all, I pray for President Bush all the time, and I prayed especially hard that he would sign the children's health bill because it's so important to America's children.

Wallace: When you pray for President Bush, what do you pray for?

Pelosi: I pray that -- well, at the same as I pray for him, I pray for America's children and that there can be some compatibility in their thinking. But I pray for his health, his well being. I pray that he makes the right decisions for the American people. But when I ...

Wallace: Do you ever pray for him to change his policies?

Pelosi: All the time. But let me draw a line. When I was growing up in politics, we were always told that we shouldn't pray for a political outcome, that we just pray that God's will would be done.

We pray for the children. We pray for poor people. And we pray for people who need help. And we always, always, always pray for our men and women in uniform who make our freedom to pray possible.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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