President Barack Obama warned Democrats on Capitol Hill not to simply become an opposing party while serving under a Republican-controlled Congress, in a press conference in Peru Sunday.
“I certainly don’t want them to do what Mitch McConnell did when I was elected,” Obama said. “Meet the day of and say our sole objective is to not cooperate with him on anything even if the country is about to go into a depression so that we can gain seats in the mid-terms and defeat him.”
“My advice to Democrats is know what you care about and what you stand for and fight for your principles even if it’s hard fight,” Obama added.
Obama also praised former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, calling the Democrat who presided over the House before Republicans took over a “remarkable leader.”
Pelosi faces a difficult re-election for House minority leader, as several Democrats vie for the position following the paradigm-shifting Trump election victory. Democrats are trying to draft Rep. Joe Crowley to run, but he has yet to confirm whether or not he plans to challenge Pelosi.
Democrats voted to postpone leadership elections from last week, despite Pelosi claiming she had enough support to force the matter while the House was in session.
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