Pelosi: ‘I’m Not Counting Joe Biden Out’; ‘I Can’t Even Envision’ 2nd Term for Trump

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi rips a copy of President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech on February 4, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi rips a copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech on February 4, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in Germany for the Munich Security Conference, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Saturday that she’s not counting Joe Biden out of the presidential race; and she’s proud of all the Democrats vying for their party’s nomination, because “any one of them would be a better president” than Donald Trump.

“I can’t even envision a situation where he would be re-elected,” Pelosi told Amanpour.

Amanpour told Pelosi, “I know you’re not going to weigh in on behalf of any candidate, but where do you think you are as a party?”

“I think we’re what the Democratic Party is, a party of vitality, differences of opinion, which we will resolve,” Pelosi responded:

I have trust in the American people. We — let’s see what the elections put forth. It isn’t up to me to decide, it’s up to the people.

And I’m excited. I think every one of our candidates, all 25 — I don’t know if Michael Bloomberg is candidate 25, but Michael Bloomberg, too, have made a very valuable contribution to the debate, putting forth their vision, their knowledge, their judgment, their strategic thinking of how to connect with the American people to have a better future for our country.

Easy to say any one of them would be a better president than the current occupant of the White House. But we want to (be) very positive about how we go forward, and this is how you make those decisions. So, I’m grateful to all of them for putting themselves on the line, putting forth their ideas. And now we come down to the winnowing process.

But I see everything as an opportunity, and I see — and quite frankly, with all the respect in the world for Iowa and New Hampshire, I’m not counting Joe Biden out. There’s still races ahead that are much more representative of the country.

Pelosi reminded Amanpour that Democrats took back the House in 2018 by embracing a “progressive agenda,” but not a “menacing agenda.”

“It was about lowering the cost of prediction drugs, building paychecks by building the infrastructure of America and cleaner government. I’d say the first two, I think, we have a chance to unify with the president. Cleaner government, I don’t think he has any interest.”

Pelosi said Democrats “have a better vision for America…that is about unity and unifying the country and making sure that everybody has a chance in our country and that no one is above the law, not even the president.”

She said Trump does not share that vision:

“Oh, I can’t even envision a situation where he would be re-elected,” Pelosi said:

But we are not — we don’t take anything for granted. As I say, he — we have to have our own vision for the future. But everybody knows that we must be unified and making sure that he does not have a second term.

Our country is great. The American people are wonderful. We’re a resilient country. We can withstand one term. But the destruction that he would do to the courts in our country and the environment where he says, I’m not going to use science as any basis for decisions on the environment, when he says Article 2 says I can do whatever I want, he must be defeated.

And again, I always say in the arena to our candidates, when you’re in that arena — and I say this to the women members, we’re so proud to have so many, you know, 91 Democrats, you know, I say to them, when you’re in the arena, you have to be prepared to throw a punch because you have to be prepared to take a punch for the children.

 



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