House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi rebuffed questions from NBC host Chuck Todd on Sunday about whether her party needs new faces at the top to grapple with the challenges presented by President Trump and the current political climate.
"Does the Democratic Party need new leaders to touch base on [issues where Trump's message resonated]?" Todd asked, citing a recent speech by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) calling for dramatic changes to her party after Democrats' failure to adequately appeal to Americans in the 2016 race. "Whether it's Hillary Clinton, yourself, Chuck Schumer, you've all been in power a long time, and there was a rejection of that in the 2016 election," Todd said to Pelosi. "Do you accept that?"
"Well, we have plenty of room for all kinds of leadership at every level," answered Pelosi, who has led House Democrats for 14 years. "Right now we need experience, as well as new leadership. And I was a new leader when I emerged myself. I'm all for that. But that's not the point," she added, before diverting the conversation to Trump's economic policies. Watch her comments in context below. Bonnie Kristian