Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Some House Democrats mull over how to oust Pelosi as leader

Just hours before the news conference, moderate Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice of NY reiterated her call that it was time for Pelosi to step aside. Keep raising the concern that something needs to change within the ranks of the party's leadership.

Along with Archie Parnell's loss Tuesday night in a SC special House election, Democrats have now lost four straight specials this year where at least some within the party saw the chance for an upset.

"Right now, what I'm pushing for is a conversation within the caucus", Rice said.

Ossoff initially campaigned on a promise to "make Trump furious" but more recently backed off that approach.

Ellison said the Georgia 6th was not as competitive as 64 other House seats that Democrats could win in 2018 to wrest control away from Republicans, adding, "They're the ones who better be anxious". "The fact is that when we need to redistrict our country so when we get the majority of the votes in the country, it is reflected as the majority of the votes in the congress".

"I don't think when people vote, they vote based on leadership in Washington", said Rep. Eliot Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

A lot of anti-Trump obstructionism is already in play, mostly by Democrats but also by Republicans, so if the GOP does lose its much-needed majorities, then Trump's administration will face even more difficulties in pushing through its policies.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., left, walks offstage after speaking at an election night party for Democratic candidate for 6th Congressional District Jon Ossoff in Atlanta, Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

"They always want to choose our leaders", Pelosi said of Republicans criticizing her and others, such as former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Many of her campaign e-mails told supporters that Pelosi and the "resistance" were pouring millions into the district to sway the results in Ossoff's favor. But he said there is no doubt that "this is one occasion when we ought to say he deserves to take a victory lap".

Moulton is one of the House Democrats who has been most vocal in calling for a new generation of leadership.

Hoyer said about the 2018 midterms, "I think we can win back the House, I really believe that".

"Of course, there's a letdown after something like this", Owens said.

"We're still going to be on the defense in November of 2018", with Trump a likely "liability", he added. Nancy Pelosi's liberal agenda put America 20 trillion in debt, and Jon Ossoff is on her side. "I love the fray, I'm not disrespectful of people's views".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in particular, has come under fire.

'Do I think it's fair that the Republican playbook over the last four election cycles has been attacking Nancy Pelosi and demonizing her?' Rice began.

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