'We Do Need New Leadership': Dem Rep Says It's Time to Move on From Pelosi
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, said Democrats need new leadership if they want to take control of the House in November's midterm elections.
Dozens of Democratic House incumbents and candidates have said they will not back House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for Speaker if Democrats retake the House.
Speaking with Dana Bash on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Ryan, who in the past has challenged Pelosi, echoed the sentiment.
"I think we do need new leadership," Ryan responded when asked if he would consider running for Speaker.
When Bash pressed him on opposing Pelosi, who has said she will run for Speaker, Ryan said he's "not closing the door on it."
"I think it's time for us to move in another direction. I thought that 18 months ago. I think that today. If we're going to reach out to those voters, to those independent voters, I think we do need some new people going out to make the case," Ryan said.
Ryan was unsuccessful in his 2016 bid to replace Pelosi, but he was able to garner 63 votes from his Democratic colleagues in a private caucus vote.
In a July interview with Rolling Stone, Pelosi described Ryan as "inconsequential."
She also recently claimed that she has "a following in the country that's unsurpassed by anybody, unless they're running for president."
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