"At least a decade".
"They had a debate, and each got to ask one question", he said. The honest answer is, in some areas of the country, yes, she is. The president continues to be seen as standing apart from the Republican Party - Handel, well-known to Georgians as a former secretary of state, was seen as part of a tradition of conservative Republicanism dating back to when Newt Gingrich represented the district.
"This is certainly something that we have to discuss because it's clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic Party, we need new leadership", the MA lawmaker said.
Pelosi says the Democratic base is energized, adding, "We must now put forth our message". When Democrats have no choice but to rely on a banjo-playing, cowboy hat-wearing political neophyte to run a statewide race in Montana, it's a safe assumption that there are some recruiting issues that run deeper than House leadership. And that's my concern. We need a vision-where are we going?
Pelosi insisted that the current leadership structure already gives opportunities to younger members, telling reporters, "I have always featured the young 30-somethings. and they are so impressive".
The congressman, however, remained quiet about whether he will attempt to challenge Pelosi for leadership as he did last November.
And then, in the "Morning Joe" interview, he took a whack at his own party: "The fact that we have spent so much time talking about Russian Federation has been a distraction from what should be the clear contrast between Democrats and the Trump agenda, which is on economics". "My decision to stay is not up to them", she said of her critics, noting that she welcomed and respected "the ambition that exists in my caucus" and members who are "having fun on TV".
In over a decade leading House Democrats, into the majority and out again, Pelosi has beaten back all comers, including last fall when Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of OH ran against her. Ryan fell well short but garnered dozens of votes, enough to underscore dissatisfaction with Pelosi and with her aging leadership team that has left promising young Democrats with few places to rise. "I sat in a meeting the other day, and I listened to a rationale as to how we should be happy as a caucus because we didn't lose as badly. two days ago as we did a year ago", Rice added.
But whether or not the attacks are accurate, they're working, and Republicans are winning, she said. "It's time for a new generation of leadership". "And I personally believe that time is now".
"That's the first one I think he didn't write".
"This is not anything personal between me and Nancy Pelosi".