CUOMO: "I have something for you along these lines. You gave as you good segue there. I want to bring in Mary pat, retired, lives in Maryland. Mary pat, what is your question? A beautiful scarf you have on."
MARY PAT: "Leader Pelosi, quorum.us says more than half the senators running for re-election this year are over 65 years old. If they win, their term of service will be six years. Their constituents are about 20 years younger. Isn't it time for some members to return to private service and to encourage younger folks run for office so --"
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PELOSI: "Should I take personally?"MARY PAT: "You're not in the Senate. You're good."PELOSI: "Let me say this. Two things. First of all, what I said earlier about money, if you reduce the role of money in politics and increase the level of civility in politics, you will have more women, more young people, more people of color. Nothing is more wholesome than that. The fact is that Congress has a seniority system. So people in different regions want to make sure that the people who represent them are in a senior position to help express their views. The concerns of their region. But I'll take it personally and say that as a woman who came to Congress later because I raised my five children before I decided to accept the opportunity to run for Congress, so lots of times women are a bit older because they've been raising their children. Now I'm happy because lots of young women are running with young children and trying on make it as family friendly as possible. But for me, I don't think age has that much to do with it. I think it is about, especially as a woman. I want women Fong whether they're going from college to Congress -- they can't really do that. 25 years owed to Congress, or in my case, from the kitchen to Congress after my kids were grown, that whatever you're bri