Pelosi Dodges on Whether Dems Can Win House in 2018: That Question Is ‘So Unimportant’


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) dodged Fox News host Chris Wallace's question on Sunday morning on whether Democrats can win back the House in 2018.

"What are the chances Democrats win back the House in 2018, and if so, will you run for speaker?" Wallace asked.

"That's so unimportant," Pelosi responded before she shifted the conversation to discuss the importance of Democrats having a lively debate on the issues.

"What is important is that we have a lively debate on a better deal, better pay, better jobs, and a better future, and that's what we look forward to having," Pelosi said.

"We have unity in our party. You thought with the fight on the Affordable Care Act in the House and in the Senate. We are very proud of the fact that our party has diverse thinking in it. We can accommodate that," Pelosi added.

Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), and other Democratic leaders rolled out an economic message last week to rebrand going into the 2018 mid-term election. Their new slogan is "A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages."

The slogan was a major flop among several progressives and media figures who castigated it, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

Former Barack Obama speechwriters Jon Lovett and Jon Favreau both criticized the new slogan on their podcast "Pod Save America," with Lovett saying he thought it was "garbage" upon first hearing of it.

MSNBC host and former Republican Joe Scarborough called the slogan "so bland" and "so terrible," and liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson said it lacked emotional heft.


MSNBC host Chris Jansing noted the derisive comparisons on social media to the Papa John's slogan, "Better Ingredients. Better Pizza." She said it didn't exactly roll off the tongue.

Progressive commentator David Pakman referred to "A Better Deal" as "flaccid," and former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean said Sunday, "Do I think it's the best slogan I ever heard? No, but it's a start."

Cameron Cawthorne

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Cameron Cawthorne is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2013. Prior to joining Free Beacon, Cameron was a Legislative Assistant in the Virginia General Assembly and a War Room Analyst at America Rising.

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