"We Have To Start From A Level Of Trust"

Three days after the elections, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to TIME's Perry Bacon Jr.

TIME What will it mean to be the first woman Speaker of the House?

PELOSI It is a sensational feeling. Women walk up to me on the street. Every place I go, they are so thrilled. It is a source of inspiration for a lot of people. What it means is, I have to uphold the highest ethical standards and to have the most open and bipartisan Congress, to do so in a way that makes women proud and makes sure that pretty soon we'll have another woman Speaker of the House.

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