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In response to Boehner's comments, which were the harshest of any elected Republican official since the attempted attack, Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected the accusation that luck was the reason for the plot's failure.
"Oh please, please," she said. "The harder we work the luckier we get, and I think that's sort of the point. I don't think anyone accused them [Republicans] of getting lucky when the millennium plot [for various bombings] was foiled 10 years ago."
The speaker explained her belief that vigilant citizens are one part of the administration's comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism, which goes hand in hand with law enforcement.
"Are we fortunate in our country to have vigilant, community-minded people? Yes. Is that luck? It's good fortune for our country," she said, adding, "I think it would be important for us (in Congress) to close ranks to protect the American people. It is our first responsibility."
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