Rep. Tony Cardenas (D. Cali) spoke about plans to replace Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D. Cali) and refused to back her in an interview with CNN hosts John Berman and Poppy Harlow Wednesday.
The California Rep gave a telling answer when asked if Democratic meetings to replace Pelosi following the Georgia special election defeat were necessary.
“I think that those meetings are necessary,” Cardenas said. “We’re a body of members elected by the public and the bottom line is this: The question I have to my colleagues is are we putting our best foot forward? What do we need to do?’”
The Democrats, who haven’t controlled the House since 2010, believe they have a great message to deliver to the American people and have much to gain from winning back control.
“What are we doing to make sure our message is there, that we’re working for the people of America?” Cardenas said. “We care about children’s education, we care about health care, we care about those things. Obviously, we need to do a better job of communicating that.”
Cardenas was pressed if this specifically meant that there was no future Democratic Party with Pelosi as leader, but remained diplomatic.
“No one person is more important in this country,” Berman said. “And the bottom line is this: we need to move on with our best foot forward, with the best plan, with the best individuals and having the best, honest message.”
“Can you do that with Nancy Pelosi? Yes or no?” Harlow asked.
“Undecided,” Berman said.
“That’s not an answer, but we have to get to commercial,” Harlow said.
“That is an answer. Thank you,” Cardenas responded.
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