During an interview at the London School of Economics and Political Science (“LSE”) on Monday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested that a “glass of water would win with a ‘D’ next to its name” in districts like her own and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s.
“[W]hen we won this election, it wasn’t in districts like mine or Alexandria’s, however wonderful—she’s a wonderful member of Congress,” stated Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “I think all of our colleagues will attest. But those are districts that are solidly Democratic. This glass of water would win with a ‘D’next to its name in those districts.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comments stem from the Q&A part of her interview at LSE, when an alumna of the Geography Department of the LSE in the audience asked about Pelosi’s appearance on “60 Minutes” where the Speaker called for the Democratic Party to have on a more centered message and whether or not the socialist message from representatives like AOC would be a “part of the Democratic Party program in maybe not 2020 but 2024, 2028?”
Below is a transcript, in pertinent part, of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s remarks during the interview on Monday:
“Well, let me say, you’re referencing a comment because— And when we won this election, it wasn’t in districts like mine or Alexandria’s, however wonderful—she’s a wonderful member of Congress, I think all of our colleagues will attest. But those are districts that are solidly Democratic. This glass of water would win with a ‘D’ next to its name in those districts.
“And not to diminish the exuberance and the personality and the rest of Alexandria and the other members, but when I said three, they were talking about three that were getting a good deal of press on it. But the 43 districts – we won 43, net gain of 40 – were right down the middle, mainstream, hold the center victories.
“And if we’re going to be helping the one-in-five children in America who goes to sleep hungry at night, who lives in poverty in our country, we have to win.
“Now, I’m a liberal from San Francisco. I can compare my liberal credentials across the board. And I said to them, ‘Anything you’re about, I got that sign in my basement 25 years ago.’ Single-payer, all this – been there, done that – pushing a stroller many decades ago, with all of that. So, I share those values, but we must win. It doesn’t mean that lower health costs, bigger paychecks, cleaner government – that’s the progressive message. That is— What we’re saying is to have a message that appeals to people in a way that does not menace them, that really does address their concerns.
“When we win, and we have the White House and we have that, then we can expand our exuberances to some other things. But our message, our progressive message is down the middle. But it is, it is, again, addressing the concerns of America’s working families. It isn’t, again, a message that you were describing – works great in my district. I get over 80 percent in my district, and these folks do in their districts as well.
“But that’s not where we have to win the election. It doesn’t mean we don’t curb those enthusiasms, reach for the moon, put out there what you want, go for it, talk about it, but when we have to go into the districts that we have to win, we have to cull that which we have the most in common with those people, not compromising our values, our principles, not even changing our message, just taking a piece of the message as we go forward.
“This is about winning. This is about winning because so much is at stake.”