The Washington Times - May 16, 2013, 12:31PM

With the White House facing increasing flak from Republicans over several bubbling scandals, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Republicans are exploiting the matters in order to tarnish a “great” and “visionary” president.

The California Democrat told reporters Thursday that Republicans have overly hyped the 2012 Benghazi attacks, the Justice Department’s snooping of The Associated Press and the IRS scandal, among other issues, in order to distract the public from their failed economic plans.


“They will use these as, again, subterfuges, evasions of what the American people want us to do here. They want us to create jobs,” Mrs. Pelosi said during her weekly news conference at the Capitol.

“If you’re a party in Congress and you have no intention of creating jobs, you want to change the subject. So I think this is as much about forcing their anti-government ideology … as well as undermining the president.”

Mrs. Pelosi said some of the issues are legitimate concerns, particularly the IRS targets of conservative groups and the Justice Department secretly obtaining phone records of AP journalists, but that they “should not dominate everything.”

She added that President Obama has strong pulse on the concerns of ordinary Americans and that Republicans “fear that.”

“And so any issue that comes up, they will try to exploit,” she said.

“The president is strong. And because he’s strong and because he’s effective, they make him the object of their political action. … But I have great confidence in him.”