Opponents make DeVos ‘more resolute’

Feb 10, 2017 by

Washington — Betsy DeVos sometimes found it hard to keep her composure during her grueling confirmation process as the nation’s new education secretary. The ferocious and largely personal attacks on her character and commitment to promoting school choice were withering.

“I try not to be cynical,” DeVos says, during an exclusive interview in her new Washington office Wednesday, her first with the media since being nominated by President Donald Trump on Nov. 23. “I am disappointed with how some people have behaved, yes. But I still remain very hopeful that if people can unite around doing what’s right for kids we can ultimately find common ground.”

That’s a lot to hope for, given how intense the resistance was to her nomination. Democrats spent 24 hours on the Senate floor before the confirmation vote tearing apart her credentials and career. Teachers and their allies flooded the Capitol with letters of opposition. She was mocked in a “Saturday Night Live” skit.

And it took an unprecedented tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence to put her over the top.

Did it make DeVos angry?

Source: Jacques: Opponents make DeVos ‘more resolute’

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