Slow Learner: Pelosi Says Democratic Party Doesn’t Want New Direction


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she doesn’t believe people in the Democratic party want to take a new direction during an appearance on “Face the Nation” Sunday.

Despite the Democrats’ underwhelming results on election night, Pelosi said the party is not questioning its identity.

“Well, I don’t think that people want a new direction. Our values unify us,” she told host John Dickerson. “And our values are about supporting America’s working families. That’s one that everyone is in agreement on.”

A number of Democrats blamed her for the party’s poor performance Nov. 8, with Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan challenging her for her leadership role, arguing if they don’t change directions they will soon become obsolete. Pelosi said it is not the direction, but the messaging that is off:

What we want is a better connection of our message to working families in our country. And that clearly in the election showed that message wasn’t coming through,” she said. “But we are united in terms of the security of our country, which is our first responsibility, to be smart and strong and not reckless in how we protect the American people, strong in how we protect our economy.

Republicans praised her leadership win, saying as long as she is in power they believe they will retain the majority.

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