Pelosi: Democrats Need to 'Brag' More About Their Message

August 13, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said Sunday Democrats need to "brag" more about their message and accomplishments, pushing back against the idea that the party didn't have a unified front heading into the 2018 midterms.

MSNBC fill-in anchor Jonathan Capehart told Pelosi on "AM Joy" that Democrats are concerned the party has "no message," saying it's clear they are against President Donald Trump but they don't know what they're for.

"Is that a true statement, and if it's not, what are Democrats for?" Capehart asked.

"Democrats are for the people," Pelosi said.

"What does that mean?" Capehart asked.

"Democrats are for the people," Pelosi repeated, saying the party wanted lower health care costs, larger paychecks, and reducing "big, dark money" in politics.

House Democrats rolled out the new slogan "For The People" in July, following the widely panned "A Better Deal" motto used by Democratic lawmakers in 2017.

Pelosi proudly said the party was "unified in our message" and praised fellow Democratic Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.), David Cicilline (R.I) and Cheri Bustos (Ill.) for bringing the new slogan about.

"It's not that we don't know what we stand for. It's how do we convey the message, and every day we have a fight. What we have to do is brag about it more," Pelosi said.

Pelosi, who has said she intends to run again for speaker of the House, said Democrats "intend" to win the midterms. They have not won a majority in the House since the Republican Tea Party wave in 2010.

She told Capehart she remains the "best person for the job" and had instructed her members to do whatever it takes to win this fall.