Tim Ryan announces plans to challenge Pelosi for House leadership

  • Tim Ryan announces plans to challenge Pelosi for House leadership

Tim Ryan announces plans to challenge Pelosi for House leadership

If elected House minority leader, Ryan pledged to take his party back into the majority. Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Clyburn - all in their mid-70's - have occupied the top three leadership seats for almost a decade. The caucus leaders include Sen.

Manchin said these voters have looked elsewhere because "they lost all hope that anybody cared".

They didn't think we were communicating.

A senior House Democratic aide called Ryan's bid a "publicity stunt".

The first female speaker of the House, Pelosi has led House Democrats since 2002.

Ryan said that being a leader of the Democratic Party was never his "life's ambition" but that he felt compelled to step up after the election results and promised to offer a fresh approach.

Ryan said he wanted to be "in the fight" and said the Democrats "screwed up" by ignoring working-class voters. I mean, if there's a repeal of the healthcare bill, if there's a privatization of Medicare, if there's gutting of Medicaid, for example, a lot of people who are receiving benefits now are going to lose those benefits.

Ryan definitely represents most Washington Democrats' idea of what it would mean to position the party more favorably to succeed in Rust Belt states.

Trump won OH by 8.5 percent and Democrats hold just four of the 16 Congressional seats, the lowest number since 1947. But the campaign in 2018 is going to be about Trump and Republicans controlling Congress. MI also has the fewest number of Democrats serving - five - since 1947.

Some Democratic lawmakers expressed their frustration in the closed-door session, and some grew angrier after Pelosi left the room to hold her weekly news conference, according to those who attended the session and spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the session.

The group credited the California Democrat for squandering their majority - losing 63 seats to Republicans in 2010 - by promoting unpopular policies like Obamacare. But in January 2015 he announced a conversion to the pro-choice viewpoint in what most people saw as an effort to position himself as a possible vice presidential candidate.

Democrats had been slated to re-elect Pelosi on Thursday. She used the example of a married couple to relay her point.

"We need to give our younger members and our newer members opportunities to have some exposure because the face of our party right now is pretty old and it's pretty long term", said Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky.

Her messaging has shifted.

The discussions come as Democrats are struggling to chart a path forward after President-elect Donald Trump's stunning victory last week. "This is for everyone", Pelosi added.

Rep. Ron Kind represents western Wisconsin and isn't saying who he supports.

Working in Pelosi's favor is her formidable reputation as a fundraiser.