Pelosi defends herself as leader

Faith Castro
June 25, 2017

The leadership of the House Democratic Caucus tried to put the best face on Tuesday's special election losses in Georgia and SC by saying they're making progress, and the GOP victories were much more narrow than in the past.

"If we think we're going to win these elections because President Trump's at 35 percent, I think in districts like mine and certainly Georgia and SC, it takes more than that", said Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota.

Rice said she has significant respect for the long-serving California lawmaker, but not as the ongoing leader of the Democratic Party.

"We've let people say that Nancy Pelosi is some frightful person for so long without defending her that people started to believe it".

Swalwell's point, beyond the fact that making the regressive opposition party feel comfortable is not a prerequisite for the job, is that Pelosi knows how to do something that no House speaker has been able to do since she lost her speakership: legislate.

Trump quickly congratulated Karen Handel on Tuesday night's win in the Georgia special election. She has been a successful fundraiser since she joined the leadership team in 2002. "When it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun", she said.

"I'm not saying it's fair but the perception in the world is that democrats are liberals, elitists from the coast who do not connect to working class people", said Ryan. "It's time for a new generation of leadership in the party". As it stands, many members of the Democratic caucus still see Pelosi as their defacto leader and until a suitable challenger arises, she'll remain just that.

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At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Pelosi defended her leadership against mounting criticism from her own party and attacks from Republicans.

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In fact, in all four special elections - including a surprisingly close race in SC also on Tuesday - Democrats outperformed Hillary Clinton in 2016, and they really only tried hard in one of them (Georgia).

"I do not believe she's an out-of-touch San Francisco liberal", said Rice. In her comments, Pelosi was keen to underline that in 2006, she secured a Democratic majority in the House for the first time in over a decade.

But some rank-and-file House Democrats scoffed at such explanations and raised questions about Pelosi's continued leadership. "It would be a very sad day for Republicans if she steps down".

Pelosi said: "Usually they go after the most effective leaders because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have". "The Democratic Party needs new leadership now", he tweeted.

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