From NBC's Luke Russert
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), a lightning rod for conservatives herself, grew emotional today at her weekly press conference when fielding a question regarding the increasingly hostile political climate that seems to be engulfing the country these days.
Pelosi, visibly choked-up and teary-eyed, softly said, "The balance between freedom and safety is one that we have to carefully balance. … I have some concerns about some of the language being used, because I saw this myself in the late 70s in San Francisco; this kind of rhetoric was very frightening, and it created a climate where violence took place. I wish that we could all curb our enthusiasm in the statements that we make and understand that some of the ears that it's falling on are not as balanced as the person making the statement might assume."
She continued, "Again our country is based on people being able to say what they believe, but I also believe they must take responsibility for any incitement they may cause."
On the Baucus bill, when asked by NBC News whether the bill was futile, because, as Rep. Elliot Engel (D-NY) said yesterday, Democrats had "negotiated with ourselves," the speaker said, "We all hoped they would come up with something with Republican support."
Pelosi was emphatic that a health-reform bill that would pass the House would contain a public option.
"A public option will be in the bill that passes the House," Pelosi said.
On ACORN, Pelosi also said it is up to the Appropriations Committee to look into the activities of the controversial community activist group ACORN, and that the House, "has to have our own scrutiny" on the matter.