By Adele Hampton - 11/14/12 07:39 PM EST
"No, excuse me,” Russert said. "You, Mr. Hoyer, Mr. Clyburn, you’re all over 70. Is your decision to stay on prohibiting younger members for moving forward?”
“So you’re suggesting that everybody step aside?” Pelosi answered. "Let’s for a moment honor it as a legitimate question, although it’s quite offensive. You don’t realize that, I guess.
"The fact is, is that everything I have done in my, I guess almost decade now, of leadership is to elect younger and newer people to the Congress," she continued.
"In my own experience, it was very important to me to elect young women ... I was blessed to have that opportunity to sequentially raise my family and then come to Congress. But I wanted women to be here in greater numbers at an earlier age so that their seniority would start to account much sooner."