Wallace Presses Dem Rep: 'Is Nancy Pelosi a Liability for Democrats?'
Is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a liability for Democrats heading into the midterms elections?
That's what Chris Wallace asked Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) on "Fox News Sunday."
Wallace pointed out that there have been growing calls from some Democrats for Pelosi to step aside, and Republicans have invoked her to attack Democratic candidates in recent special elections.
He noted that strategy was recently employed against Democrat Conor Lamb in the race in Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district, but Lamb was able to win, in part because he distanced himself from Pelosi and said he would not support her for House Speaker if Democrats recapture the House in November.
Crowley, the chairman of the House Democratic caucus, said all of the Pelosi attacks are a sign that Republicans are "bankrupt on ideas."
"They don't have anything else to offer except to go after Nancy Pelosi to win elections," he said. "If they think that's a winning strategy, they're completely mistaken and wrong. That's not the winning strategy."
When Wallace noted that part of Lamb's strategy was "dumping" Pelosi, Crowley argued that Lamb won because he ran a local election, not because he rejected the House minority leader.
Wallace asked Crowley if he would run against Pelosi for House speaker should Democrats win the House, or if he would run to replace her if she stepped aside.
"If Nancy Pelosi stays, I don't see a scenario by which I would challenge her for that position," Crowley said, adding that his focus right now is winning back the House.
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