Pelosi on Clinton Helping House Democrats in 2018: 'That Would Be Great'

June 2, 2017

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) was not sure Friday whether Hillary Clinton was a "good messenger" for the Democratic Party's efforts to retake the House in 2018, but she said it would be "great" to have her help.

The failed 2016 presidential candidate said this week that Democrats could potentially retake the House of Representatives in 2018 and she would assist in that effort.

"Is she a good messenger for the Democratic Party in 2018?" a reporter asked Pelosi.

Pelosi sputtered at first over whether Clinton met that threshold.

"Well, you know what, there are going to be all kinds of messengers in this ... Some people will be more helpful some places than others," Pelosi said. "But I didn't hear that, you're telling me now that she says she's going to be helpful, and that would be great. She is highly respected in our country."

She added it would take "everything" to defeat the Republicans because of their "secret, dark money flowing like black substance into the campaigns, suffocating the airwaves with their misrepresentations."

Pelosi was the first woman to be speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011, but the Republicans have controlled the House since winning the 2010 election. They have controlled the Senate as well since taking it back from the Democrats in the 2014 midterms.