During an interview with “60 Minutes” on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) threw some shade at more progressive members of the Democratic party by claimed there are very few Democrats who support extremely liberal policies.
Interviewer Lesley Stahl highlighted the division in the part and asked Pelosi how she would be able to unite a party that seems very fractured.
“So you are contending with a group in Congress: Over here on the left flank are these self-described socialists, on the right, these moderates,” Stahl said. “And you yourself said that you’re the only one who can unify everybody. And the question is, can you?”
The speaker responded that she did believe Democrats were capable of working together, but that it would require some to come towards the middle.
“By and large, whatever orientation they came to Congress with, they know that we have to hold the center,” said Pelosi. “That we have to go down the mainstream.”
However, Stahl continued to press Pelosi, pointing out that there seem to be two distinct groups:
Stahl: “You have these wings– AOC, and her group on one side.”
Pelosi: “That’s like five people.”
Stahl: “No, it’s – the progressive group is more than five.”
Pelosi: “Well, the progressive – I’m a progressive.”
Watch the moment below:
Nancy Pelosi: "By and large whatever orientation they came to Congress with, they know we have to hold the center. We have to go down the mainstream."
60 Minutes: "You have these wings. @AOC and her group on one side…"
Pelosi: "That's like five people." pic.twitter.com/yxVQDiUxgu
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As IJR has previously noted, some Democrats are not as willing to give up their progressive policies in favor of those that would bring bipartisan support. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich), for example, have both been extremely outspoken against the Republican party in the past.
Some 2020 presidential candidates also support progressive issues, such as the failed Green New Deal and Medicare for All.
During the same interview, Stahl continued to push Pelosi for answers, pointing out that the majority of House legislation is dying in the Senate.
Watch the confrontation below:
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) April 14, 2019
“We haven’t died, nothing’s died,” said Pelosi. “We already put together 100 days. The fact that we even passed them in the House is a victory. Let’s figure out the places, figure out where we can find common ground.”
While Pelosi may be calling for unity, it is uncertain if many Democratic representatives share the same goal.