They’re scared now…
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) warned the field of 2020 Democratic presidential nominees that they should resist the urge to move leftward, suggesting that the party cannot win in key states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio with a severely progressive platform.
Speaking at a Bloomberg News roundtable, Pelosi mocked the liberal ideas, like “Medicare for All,” that candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are using to fire up Democrats on social media, noting that what wins in her home district in San Francisco, California, isn’t what wins in states where Democrats have struggled to remain compeitive, and where voter bases are more moderate.
Instead, Pelosi said, Democrats should focus on what wins in the Rust Belt, because voters in decidedly “blue” states will respond to those policies, too.
“What works in San Francisco does not necessarily work in Michigan,” Pelosi said, according to Yahoo News. “What works in Michigan works in San Francisco — talking about workers’ rights and sharing prosperity.”
“Remember November,” Pelosi added. “You must win the Electoral College.”
At Friday’s event, Pelosi also took aim at Warren’s Medicare for All proposal specifically, calling it, essentially, a pipe dream with a sky-high price tag.
“I’m not a big fan of Medicare for All,” Pelosi said, referencing Warren’s signature agenda item. “I mean I welcome the debate, I think that we should have health care for all.”
“There is a comfort level that some people have with their current private insurance that they have, and if that is to be phased out, let’s talk about it, but let’s not just have one bill that would do that,” she continued, also noting that Medicare for All could be “expensive.”
“We have invited advocates for it to testify in Congress, in the Ways and Means Committee, in the Budget Committee, in the Rules Committee, being respectful of the point of view,” she explained, but, ultimately, Democrats have repeatedly declined to press the plan.
Instead, Pelosi suggested, candidates should focus on a message that incorporates “healthcare for all.”