House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) dismissed news over controversy within the Democratic Party, which has still not resolved who will serve as party chairman, by saying that the party’s values "unify us." Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation” today,  Pelosi claimed, "Our values are supporting working families. What we want is a better connection of our message to working families." 
 
She was recently re-elected to her leadership position by Democrats and will serve another term as House minority leader. She defeated a lackluster challenge from fellow Democrat, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio.
 
News host John Dickerson claimed that Democrats have had significant losses across the board since 2008. Pelosi attributed the losses to voters’l reactions to the party that holds the White House.
 
"We went up so high in 2006 and 2008 and let me put that in perspective," she said. "When [Bill] Clinton was elected Republicans came in big in the next election."
 
“It’s about policy. It’s not about politics,” Pelosi said. “It’s about politics for some, but for us it’s about protecting Medicare, social security, good paying jobs for America’s workers, protecting women’s rights to choose, issues that unify us.”
 
As for Donald Trump, Pelosi said that Democrats “respect the office that he holds and the people who elected him to the office.” She said, “We will engage where we can, and we will oppose where we cannot.” She said that child care and early childhood education, as well as infrastructure, are points of engagement with the incoming president.
 
“We won’t work with him and this on privatization of Medicare and privatization of the VA,” said Pelosi. As for House Speaker Paul Ryan’s voucher system for Medicare, Pelosi she criticized it as a future “tremendous loss.”
 
Pelosi remains bullish about the future of the Democratic party, saying that she is more “optimistic about the strength of the Democratic party.”
 
“It’s about policy. It’s not about politics,” Pelosi said. “It’s about politics for some, but for us, it’s about protecting Medicare, social security, good paying jobs for America’s workers, protecting women’s rights to choose, issues that unify us.”

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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