Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi rejects requests from her own caucus to bring ‘change’ to the party’s aging leadership team.
The 82-year-old speaker, who is running for reelection, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, 75, that President Joe Biden did a’spectacular job’ and that winning was the most important thing.
The veteran NBC correspondent inquired about Rep. Elisa Slotkin’s plea for ‘fresh blood’
Pelosi dismissed the remark and characterized it as a political maneuver by the Michigan Democrat.
‘I say, simply win, baby. Simply win. If this is what you must say to win, then fine. We will not do anything other than provide full mobilization, message, and financial assistance to help those candidates win their campaigns,’ she said.
Simply win, baby. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 82, dismissed calls for new leadership in her party, despite stating that ‘generational change’ was necessary.
Pelosi is on a fundraising drive that will take her to Michigan on Wednesday in an effort to combat historical patterns and preserve her party’s small House control.
Yes, generational transition is necessary, of course. However, there is no substitute for experience in certain circumstances,’ Pelosi told Mitchell.
She also showered praise on President Biden, who has previously praised Pelosi’s role in advancing his agenda in the House.
And I believe that what we’ve been through with the legislation under the guidance of President Biden, who has done an outstanding job, was a remarkable accomplishment. He has had a more successful two years than the majority of presidents in recent decades. With the bailout package, the Inflation Reduction package, the Chips and Science Act, the PACT Act for our veterans, and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, he has done so again. She stated that he has a wonderful track record.
It was the type of support for Biden’s legislative accomplishments that the White House would want to see more of, given that a number of Democrats occasionally distance themselves from the administration on immigration and the economy in light of Biden’s poor approval ratings.
If they are after us, all we can do is win. That’s all I’m saying,’ Pelosi said, dismissing the internal criticism amid rumors she will resign should the Democrats lose the House.
I simply want you to win your campaigns, because nothing less than our democracy is at risk. Nothing less than our planet is at stake. Nothing less than our freedoms and a woman’s right to choose is at issue,’ she said.
The Slotkin remark that spurred the inquiry comes at a time when she confronts an uphill battle to win a third term in a newly defined district.
“I have been extremely vocal about the need for a new generation, even via my own leadership in the House. The whole Democratic Party, including the House, the Senate, and the White House, requires new blood. She stated, “I believe the country has been expressing that.”
Former CIA analyst and Defense Department employee Slotkin, 46, commented on a leadership team that has won political victories while locking out younger people.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Pelosi’s longstanding partner and occasional leadership adversary, is 83 years old, while House Majority Whip James C. Clyburn, a crucial supporter of Vice President Joe Biden, is 82 years old.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (New York) is 71 years old, whereas his Republican challenger Mitch McConnell is 80 years old.
Pelosi was not the only person to get criticism. Keith Olbermann, a podcaster and former MSNBC anchor, criticized Mitchell for questioning why Biden did not “fight harder” to codify Roe v. Wade. Pelosi informed her that obtaining 10 Republican votes in the Senate to break a filibuster was impossible.
And I apologize for Andrea to the audience. “She should retire,” he tweeted.