Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters Thursday that House Democrats will run on their own policy agenda that may break from the platform of the Democratic presidential nominee.
Pelosi said Democrats won the House in 2018 by pursuing a “non-menacing” policy agenda and she will use a similar message in 2020.
“Ive been very clear in all of this: Our responsibility is to win the House,” the California Democrat said during a press conference in the Capitol. “We know how to win. Weve demonstrated that in the most gerrymandered voter-suppressed political arena you could name.”
When Democrats won about 40 seats during the mid-term elections, they used a “message of a bold, progressive agenda that was mainstream and non-menacing.”
Pelosi, who has not endorsed a candidate, said the party would unify behind any of the candidates, including self-described democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has triggered fears among some members of the Democratic party about whether his policies are too far left. Sanders has promised free healthcare, free college, elimination of student debts, and free child care.
His anti-corporate message has won him millions of followers and supporters, enabling to take a delegate lead in the Democratic field before they head to the crucial Super Tuesday primaries on March 3. But some Democrats fear a Sanders-led presidential ticket might hurt the freshmen Democrats or vulnerable Democrats who are seeking reelection.
On Thursday, Pelosi didnt mention Sanderss proposed policies but attempted to show that her party is unified.
“Our responsibility is to make sure that those who [were] elected last time return to Congress, keep the majority, and add to our numbers,” Pelosi said. “The presidential is its own race, and contrary to what you may be hearing or writing, we are all unified,” she added. “Whoever the nominee is of our party, we will wholeheartedly support.”
At one point, she was asked about Sanderss “Medicare for All” health care plan. “Well, I think that health care is the most important issue in the campaign,” Pelosi replied. “There are three issues: Health care, health care, and health care.”
Pelosi also said that Democrats will support any of the candidates who are the nominee. While she didnt mention Sanders by name, sheRead More – Source