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Pelosi: Obama can't control the weather

Rain concerns forcing the Democrats to move President Obama's convention speech to a smaller venue Thursday night won't dampen spirits or dilute the president's message, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday.

The Democratic leader said the weather is "a higher power" that the president can't control.

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"It's rain, what can we do?" Pelosi said at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor. "There are some decisions that are made from a different place and whether it rains or not is not in the president's control."

Weather was also uncooperative at the Republicans' convention last week in Tampa, Fla., where GOP party leaders condensed the three-day event into two as Hurricane Isaac rolled through the Gulf of Mexico.

Pelosi also used the forum as an opportunity to bash Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential contender, for what she called distortions of Obama's Medicare record.

"When you see a person who would be president — Mitt Romney — go out there and say what he says about Medicare," Pelosi said. "Either he doesn't know the facts, or doesn't want to tell the truth.

"He can't possibly be oblivious to that extent."