Rep. Tim Ryan: It Will Be ‘Very Hard’ To Win House With Pelosi In Leadership

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, speaks to reporters following the House Democratic Caucus elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, for House leadership positions. Ryan challenged House Minority Leade... Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, speaks to reporters following the House Democratic Caucus elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, for House leadership positions. Ryan challenged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., but lost, 134-63. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) MORE LESS
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Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who ran an unsuccessful campaign to unseat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) last year, said Thursday it will be difficult for his party to take back control of the House with Pelosi at the helm.

Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday, Ryan called the Democratic brand “toxic” and addressed his party’s losses in special elections this week, particularly in the sixth district of Georgia, where Republican candidate Karen Handel and outside groups supporting her bid repeatedly tied her Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff to Pelosi.

“We’re asking candidates in these deep, red districts to battle the Republican Party,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of energy in our base, which is very exciting for a lot of us to see that on the ground, but you’ve got to beat the Republican and you’ve got to carry this very toxic Democratic brand on your back, too. That’s a tough thing to ask a candidate running for Congress.”

Ryan predicted it would be “very hard” for his party to win back control of the House with the constant “commercials that tie these candidates to leader Pelosi week in and week out.” He said Democrats need to work to rebrand themselves and focus more on developing a clear economic message, without losing sight of the party’s historic emphasis on social issues.

Those issues are very important, and I don’t think we should yield any ground at all on those issues because they’re vital to our society when you’re talking about refugees, you’re talking about a woman’s right to choose, when you’re talking about voting rights,” he said. 

“These are really important, but when you’re going to be a national party, you need to have a national message. And what’s the thing that binds all those groups together? It’s an economic message,” he continued. “So, we’ve got to stand for those issues, we’ve got to fight for those issues, but the thrust of our message needs to be an economic one, because no matter who’s hearing you, and you may be with them on the other issues, they know that you’re talking about what they’re thinking about every day at their own kitchen table.”

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  1. So if dems replace pelosi all that does is give the GOP a shiny new target.

  2. Shorter Tim Ryan: I rather be a Republican.

  3. Shut up. Just shut the FK up. If you ‘think’ Pelosi is the problem Tim, you haven’t been paying attention. The cowardly GOP has to find a ‘boogiewoman’ because they don’t have the balls to stand up and demonize men. If it’s not Pelosi, it’s Warren or hell, it’s Hillary because she’s ALWAYS a good target. Instead of whining, groom future leaders, work hard and SHOW THE COUNTRY you are BETTER than the fear mongerers. STOP attacking your own party.

  4. Avatar for win win says:

    “It Will Be ‘Very Hard’ To Win House With Pelosi In Leadership.”


    “The thrust of our message needs to be an economic one.”

    Hear, hear!

  5. Challenge her Tim if you’ve got the balls. You lost earlier but maybe you’ll gain more votes. But otherwise, shut the fuck up. In the UK, they don’t whine like this when they want to take a party leader out. They figure out if they can get support for a leadership challenge. If they don’t have those votes, they shut up and fall in line. You should do the same. Put up or shut up.

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