Skip to comments.Pentagon Rejects Speaker Pelosi's Request for Military Aircraft
Posted on 02/07/2007 5:42:02 PM PST by Hadean
A source close to the controversy over the request made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for use of a military plane that can fly to and from her home district in San Francisco, Calif., without having to stop to refuel, tells ABC News that the Pentagon has rebuffed Pelosi's request.
The source says that Pentagon officials and the Bush administration have instead offered Pelosi use of the same plane made available to former Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois: a C-20, which seats about 12 passengers and five crew members.
A C-20 can make the 700-mile flight to Hastert's Aurora, Ill., district easily but would generally have to stop to refuel to complete the 2,800-mile trip from Washington D.C. to the San Francisco Bay Area, depending on the headwinds.
Pelosi has expressed concern about having to stop and refuel, primarily for security reasons, her office says. Since 9/11, the Speaker of the House second in line behind the Vice President in the line of presidential succession has been able to use a military plane for travel, for security reasons.
In response to the Pentagon offer, Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly tells ABC News, "We appreciate the Defense Department's continuing concern for the Speaker's security. We are reviewing their letter."
Why can't she use her brooom???????
What make her hot stuff that she can't used commerical plane she is first Speaker of the house ask for special plane
I didn't hear jack from previous speaker like Hasbert Ginrich or whoever
Nice to see ABC chose to omit a few key details, like the fact that Bela Pelosi's request was for way more than just herself.
LOL... Mrs Pelosi you are the best friend for terrorists by your defeatist attitude that gives them aid and comfort all the time. You are for sure not on their target list.
"Why can't she use her brooom???????"
STFU, Nancy. You'll take whatever aircraft you're given.
Good! They didn't cave on this one.
Tell the witch to ride her broomstick. She can ride on it or use it wherever the sun don't shine.
She just wants to make sure she does not have to stop in "fly-over" country!
Why is she constantly flying back and forth?
Is she like Vlad Drac, where she has to sleep in her home soil or she'll die?
Stay in Washington and do some work, dammit!
Pelosi thinks she's royalty. Please someone inform her that she's lower than a snakes belly. I don't think even a snake would associate with her.
Fort Bliss and White Sands are plenty secure, include the approach paths, so her argument is 100% BS.
Let's see what the witch does with the military budget. Like was posted above she should just stay with her broom.
MSM touting an untruth. That is not spelled out in the Constitution. If it comes down to who follows the VP the decision will be made by SCOTUS.
How dare she even ask for one.
These Democrats are worse than the Roman Senate.
The c-20 was fine. Pelosi doesn't need any more then that. She's just lucky the pentagon doesn't tell her to pound sand and take commercial.
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