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Pelosi weighs in on Redskins name

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has a suggestion for how to put an end to the controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins’ team name: holding a contest.

“I think we should have a contest for naming,” the House Minority Leader told BuzzFeed’s John Stanton at the website’s “BuzzFeed Brews” event in Washington.

Pelosi, a Baltimore native whose dad was a Maryland congressman said, “I don’t know if there’s any will to change the name, but maybe a good enough name, you never know.”

Several individuals, groups and lawmakers have called on the District’s football team to change the name, citing racial insensitivity.

“The first song that I ever learned to sing outside of church was, ‘Hail to the Redskins,’ ” Pelosi told the crowd.

Pelosi initially declined to weigh in on what she thought the name should be changed to, before pointing to a sign behind her set up for the BuzzFeed Brews event and offered, “How about the Red Brews?”


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