House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be maintaining a calm demeanor when it comes to Democrat Party unity, but if her recent interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” is any indication, then she may be losing control of its members.
BizPac Review reports host Lesley Stahl asked the House Speaker how she was handling Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other “self-described socialists” in her party.
Pelosi told Stahl that she was in control and that her party was a unified group despite “like five people” who were acting out.
“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 via BizPac Review.
“You yourself said that you’re the only one that can unify everybody. The question is, can you? ” Stahl asked.
“By and large, whatever orientation they came to Congress with, they know that we have to hold the center, that we have to go down the mainstream,” Pelosi unconvincingly answered.
“They know that?” the host pressed. And, “it doesn’t look like that.”
“They do,” Pelosi said via BizPac Review.
“It looks as if it’s fractured,” Stahl pressed again. “You have these wings, AOC and her group on one side—”
Pelosi interjected: “That’s like five people.”
“No, it’s the progressive group, it’s more than five,” Stahl quipped.
“Well, the progressive– I’m a progressive,” Pelosi defended.
According to the report, Pelosi said she “reject[s] socialism as an economic system.”
“If people have that view, that’s their view,” the House Speaker added. “That is not the view of the Democratic Party.”
Here’s more from BizPac Review:
Stahl pressed Pelosi on the accomplishments – or lack thereof – of Democrats in Congress.
“One of the complaints we’ve heard is that you don’t reach across the aisle. Because it seems like right now nothing is getting done. You pass things, whatever it is, it dies in the Senate…,” she began.
“Nothing died. Nothing died. We’re together 100 days,” Pelosi quickly corrected the interviewer. “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. There’s always been bipartisan support for DREAMers, bipartisan support for gun safety, bipartisan support for infrastructure.”
“But why doesn’t anything get done?” Stahl asked.
“Because we just started. We just started, We just started with three months since we’re in office,” the Democrat leader argued.”
When Stahl reminded her that Trump has been in office for more than two years, Pelosi quickly noted, “And we’ve been here three months,” reminding her of the “power of the Speaker.”
“Hey, may I introduce you to the idea of the power of the Speaker is to set the agenda? We didn’t have a Speaker who would bring a gun bill to the floor. We didn’t have a Speaker who would bring DREAMers issue to the floor,” Pelosi declared.”
“We do now. And that’s a very big difference,” she added. “The power of the Speaker is awesome. Awesome.”