House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in a new interview, warned Democrats that they must stay united to ensure President Donald Trump isn’t reelected.
While she hasn’t endorsed any of the candidates, Pelosi said any of the Democrats running for president “would be better” than Trump.
“I can’t even envision a situation where he would be reelected. But we are not, we don’t take anything for granted. As I say, we have to have our own vision for the future. But everybody knows that [Democrats] must be unified in making sure that he does not have a second term,” Pelosi told CNN on Sunday in an interview.
The interview comes on the heels of a failed Democratic-led bid to remove Trump from office following a monthslong impeachment inquiry. At the same time, Democratic candidates are continuing to jockey for position in a crowded 2020 field, with no clear front-runner after the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.
“We know one thing: we have a better vision for America, and we must defeat Donald Trump who does not share a vision that is about unity and unifying the country,” Pelosi said, adding that the Democratic hopefuls have “made a very valuable contribution to the debate.”
“I think every one of our candidates, all 25—I don’t know if Michael Bloomberg is counted in the 25, but Michael Bloomberg, too—have made a very valuable contribution to the debate putting forth their vision, their knowledge, their judgment, their strategic thinking,” the speaker said.
Pelosi also responded to a question about former Vice President Joe Biden, whose 2020 campaign has suffered recent setbacks in New Hampshire and Iowa.
“With all the respect in the world for Iowa and New Hampshire, I’m not counting Joe Biden out. There’s still races ahead that are much more representative of the country,” she explained.
Following the Nevada and South Carolina primaries on Feb. 22 and Feb 29, respectively, candidates will face off on the March 4 Super Tuesday. Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia will hold their presidential primaries on that date, where more than 1,300 of the 3,979 pledged delegates will be awarded to the candidates.
In a Sunday interview, Biden said he believes his campaign will perform well in South Carolina as the state has a significant number of African American voters. He said, “I’m the only one who has the record and has the background and has the support. They know me. They know who I am.”