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Video: Pelosi Chokes Up, Warns Opponents They Must "Take Responsibility for Any Incitement They May Cause"

1:45 PM, Sep 17, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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One final note from the Pelosi press conference today. Asked if she was concerned about anti-government rhetoric inciting violence, the speaker responded: "I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw--I saw this myself in the late 70s in San Francisco. This kind of rhetoric was--is very frightening and it gave, it created a climate in which violence took place," referring apparently to the killing of gay-rights activist Harvey Milk. She added that people "have to take responsibility for any incitement they may cause." You can watch her response at the 12-minute mark of this video.

Here's the transcript:

Q: In terms of the political tone, the tone of the debate, Hoyer said earlier this week that it was the most vitriolic since '93, '94. Around that time we also saw acts of domestic violence, domestic terrorism. How concerned are you about the tone of the debate in terms of people talking about anti-government rhetoric and so on and the possibility of violence?

PELOSI: Well, I think we all have to take responsibility for our actions and our words. We are a free country and this balance between freedom and safety is one that we have to carefully balance. I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw--I saw this myself in the late 70s in San Francisco. This kind of rhetoric was--is very frightening and it gave, it created a climate in which violence took place. So I wish again that we would all curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made understanding that the ears that it is falling on isn't as balanced as the person making the statement might assume. But again our country is great because people can say what they think and they believe. But I also think they have to take responsibility for any incitement they may cause.