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Dem Rep: It Will Be Very Hard to Retake the House with Nancy Pelosi in Charge

Tim Ryan told “Morning Joe” that it’s a tough thing to ask a candidate running for Congress to carry this very toxic Democratic brand.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) said that it would be “very hard” for Democrats to retake the House of Representatives with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the helm of the party during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday.

The Huffington Post‘s Sam Stein asked Ryan if Democrats can win back the House with Pelosi scheduled to be Speaker of House in 2018.

“I think it will be very hard,” replied Ryan. “I just, you know, we can do it because it’s Donald Trump, but I mean you think what if it was John Kasich, what if it was Marco Rubio? I mean, we would be in real trouble right now as a party. And we can’t forget that fact.”

Ryan continued, “I think it’s going to be more challenging certainly. You see these commercials that tie these candidates to Leader Pelosi week in and week out in the last several months. That still moves the needle.”

“So we’re asking candidates in these deep red districts to battle the Republican Party, we’ve got a lot of energy in our base, which is very exciting for a lot of us to see that on the ground,” Ryan said. “But you’ve got to beat the Republicans and you’ve got to carry this very toxic Democratic brand on your back too. That’s a tough thing to ask a candidate running for Congress.”