Pelosi Insists She Won't Step Down as Leader

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But Pelosi insisted she's already done that by bringing younger members into leadership.

Ryan told MSNBC's Hardball Wednesday morning following millennial Democrat Jon Ossoff's defeat to Republican Karen Handel in the Georgia special congressional election to occupy the seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price that that loss as well as others is indicative of the Democratic Party's perception among some as a "toxic national brand".

Fox News host Melissa Francis pointed out that Vela was using "softer language" than in his Wednesday comments to Politico. Ryan added, "I don't think it's fair".

Rep. Nancy Pelosi in front of Capitol on Thursday.

LINDA SANCHEZ: In the previous election, the Republican candidate won by more than 20 points.

"They've spent over $100 million dollars demonizing me", Pelosi said.

"We need leadership change", Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., told CNN. And have an honest dialogue with herself.

"I think I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly".

"And the answer is obviously she should go?"

Put on defense, House Democratic leaders from Pelosi on down tried to spin the outcome in Georgia as positive, arguing that coming in a close second in the solidly Republican district augured well for their chances of taking back the House next year.

In a press conference Thursday, Pelosi said she's proud of the unity within her party and the leverage it has given her in various negotiations. "It'd be interesting to see if, what'd they say if I was from some other place".

In addition to mentioning her district, she stated that the attacks on her were due to her effectiveness and her abilities as a "master legislator" and "strategic, politically astute leader". "I don't know how many 'moral victories' the Democrats are going to be able to stomach before they realize it's time to actually start winning".

Despite losing a total of four elections this year-Kansas, Montana, Georgia, and South Carolina-Pelosi has said those elections "would normally not have been priorities for her party", according to the Times.

'Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker, she was a great leader, but her time has come and gone, ' the New York Democrat said. That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay! The CBC includes roughly 40 House Democrats, many in senior leadership and committee positions, including Pelosi allies.

"That means we basically can't lose anybody", the President said of the 52-48 Senate edge.

"The fact remains that since Donald Trump won the election", co-host Joy Behar explained, "since he was nominated, the Democrats have lost three elections".

WASHINGTON (AP) - Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is telling Democrats that next year could be the year they take back control of the House.

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