On April 8, Nancy Pelosi visted the Tufts campus and, in the midst of federal budget negotiations in Washington, explained the situation the United States is in to a packed house at Cohen Auditorium for the Alan D. Solomont Lecture.
Four days later, newswoman Katie Couric hit the Tufts campus for a booksigning and interview with Jonathan Tisch at the Edward R. Murrow Forum. With rumors swirling that Couric will leave the CBS Evening News when her contract ends later this year, she dodged questions about what the future might hold, but said a syndicated talk show with Matt Lauer was not part of her plans right now.
In October 2010, Forbes Magazine rated Pelosi the 11th most powerful woman in the world and Couric the 22nd most powerful.
Here's a few sound bites from both during their visit (Scroll through the videos on the right for more):
On Democrats and Republican finding common ground on values:
Try to make sure that the values that I'm sure we all share are reflected in the choice you make. Another I way I would say to my Republican friends: Take back your party, so it doesn't matter so much who wins the election because we have shared values about the education of our children, the growth of our economy, how we defend our country, have civil liberties, how we respect our seniors.
On of her motivation to join Congress:
My motivation about politics I see as a extension of my role as a mother -- now a grandmother -- to make sure that we have a strong economy, strong national security, keep us safe and economically sound, but that our children -- who are everything to us of course -- have the opportunity for education and a better future.
On the deficit:
We are faced with a budget decifit that we know we must reduce. We know you don't reduce it by giving tax cuts at the high end, we know you don't reduce it by not promoting growth -- creating jobs, bringing revenue in -- we know you don't reduce it by not educating our children, because nothing brings more to the treasury of the country, or the state, than the education of our children ... but those are some of the suggestions that are out there.
On her interview with Sarah Palin:
I think there was a lot that wasn't known about Gov. Palin. So I wanted it to be revealing. And I wanted to hear her positions. I thought it was important to solicit her positions on a variety of policy issues.
If you have a steady diet of just one media outlet that again, confirms your thinking, that that doesn't necessarily encourage a healthy dialogue.
On her future:
I'm figuring out what I'm going to be doing. I'm excited about the future and weighing some options. I'm right in the thick of it.
On teaming up with Matt Lauer again:
The speculation is sort of interesting and amusing and fun and all that, but he's got a job and I'm going to figure out what I'm going to do.