Pelosi gets ‘sharp’ when asked about AOC during ’60 Minutes’ interview

Pelosi told correspondent that she should ask AOC the

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave an extensive interview to
“60 Minutes” that aired Sunday night, and one of the
highlights was when correspondent Lesley Stahl asked her
about the party’s future leadership.

Stahl pointed out that Pelosi is 80 years old and House
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is 81, and she asked why there
are no clear heirs in the party.

Especially since “The Squad,”
the group of young progressives, command such a large
following on social media.

Pelosi told Stahl that the question was essentially based on
a false premise. She responded that party leaders have
groomed future leadership, and perhaps she was unaware.
“Why does AOC [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.]
complain that you have not been grooming younger people
for leadership?” Stahl asked.

Pelosi responded, “I don’t know. You’ll have to ask her—
because we are.”
Stahl seemed to be taken aback for a moment and said,
“That was kind of sharp, kind of dismissing her.”

Pelosi said that was not her intention and said AOC is “very
effective, as are others—many other members in our
caucus that the press doesn’t pay attention to. But they are
there and they are building support for what comes next.”

Ocasio-Cortez told The Intercept in an interview published
in December that Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck
Schumer should no longer hold the leadership positions in
the party that they do. She said the party has little interest
in grooming future generations.

“I think one of the things that I have struggled with — I think
that a lot of people struggle with — is [that] the internal
dynamics of the House has made it such that there’s very
little option for succession if you will,” she said.

Pelosi once also caught the media’s attention when she
seemed to downplay Ocasio-Cortez’s victory over Rep. Joe
Crowley in the Democratic primary in 2016. She said a
“glass of water with a D” could win in these Democrat

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