Pelosi Challenger: 'An Earthquake Went Through the Midwest' on Election Day
The rust belt Democrat who is challenging Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for her House Minority Leader post in the next Congress spoke with Neil Cavuto about why he chose to challenge the longtime leader.
"There was this earthquake that went through the Midwest last Tuesday, and... working class... folks in my district rejected the national Democratic Party because I think we failed to talk about economic opportunity for them," Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said, referring to Donald Trump's victory.
"We need to move in a direction where we can connect to those workers. We have to look in a new direction... and pull [working class, blue collar workers] back into our fold so we can win the majority back and represent our people," Ryan said.
Ryan said Pelosi is a "very skilled politician," and added he "has a great deal of respect for her."
"I think she's terrific [but] I think it's time for a change."
"How many seats do we have to lose before we have to make a change," he said, referring to the 68 House seats lost since 2010, "I take no joy in having to do this, but this has to be done [for] the future of our party-- we can't be a 'coastal' party,"
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