Pelosi to Dems: ‘You Have to Be Ready to Throw a Punch … For the Children’

'This is going to be a tough election'

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) on Friday said the 2020 presidential campaign will be tough and Democrats will "have to be ready to throw a punch—for the children."

Pelosi was speaking at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting in San Francisco, Calif., when she made the comments about the uphill battle against Republicans.

"This is going to be a tough election because, for them, it’s about money," Pelosi said, referring to President Donald Trump and the Republicans. "They will put up any amount of money to protect their investments in degrading the environment, guns, and all of that."

"You’ve got to be ready to take a punch," Pelosi added. "And therefore, you have to be ready to throw a punch. For the children. Throw a punch for the children."

She went on to ask the audience whether they were ready to debate their differences and then unify behind their Democratic candidates.

"Are we going to strengthen our majority in the House, to win the United States Senate for the American people, to win the White House for America, for our  children, for the future," Pelosi said. "Thank you Democratic National Committee. I know that you will make that happen."

Pelosi began her second tenure as speaker after Democrats took back the House majority in 2018. The GOP had previously controlled the House since winning it in the 2010 midterms.

While the field has slightly winnowed, there is still a large slate of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates hoping to challenge Trump next year. Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) have established themselves as the top three candidates in early polls.