Fox News interviewed Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D–Ill.) Friday, who got tongue-tied when asked if he plans to vote for Nancy Pelosi as leader of the party after the 2018 midterm elections.
Dozens of Democrats have hedged their bets against Pelosi, who is facing deep criticism from the left-wing faction of the party and younger voices like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Harris Faulkner asked Krishnamoorthi, “Congressman, is it coming down to it is going to be Pelosi versus people like Ocasio-Cortez in the Democratic Party?”
Krishnamoorthi said, “I don’t know. I think there’s going to be a wide diversity of viewpoints.”
Faulkner then asked, “Is Nancy Pelosi or Ocasio-Cortez the future of your party?”
Krishnamoorthi again dodged, saying, “I think right now there are a lot of different voices in addition to [Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez] that are speaking…”
Faulkner asked about the GOP using Pelosi in attack ads, to which Rep. Krishnamoorthi shrugged off Pelosi’s future inevitability as speaker, saying, “Currently, in my view, obviously leader Pelosi is the head of our caucus in the House. What happens after the elections, again, we have to first take the majority before we can even talk about the speakership. And then after that, we can talk about who has the most compelling vision to connect to the economic issues of working families.”
Harris then asked, point-blank, “Would you vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House if you all were to take over the House?”
The Congressman said, “I’m going to to wait and see if we take back the majority. If we do, and I think we’re going to do so, I’ll wait to hear the compelling visions that each lay out, each of the candidates lay out for me.”