Iowa Dem candidate on Pelosi: 'Definitely' time for new leadership

Democratic House candidate J.D. Scholten declined to support House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Negotiators remain far apart on coronavirus deal as deadline looms Top federal official says more details coming on foreign election interference MORE in an interview with Hill.TV that aired Thursday.

“I definitely think it’s time for new leadership,” Scholten told Hill.TV co-host Krystal Ball, when asked if he would support the top Democrat.

Scholten, who is running to unseat Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden builds big lead in battleground Florida Progressive Bowman ousts Engel in New York primary Colorado GOP Rep. Scott Tipton defeated in primary upset MORE (R) in Iowa, is one of a growing number of Democratic candidates who are distancing themselves from the party's House leader.

Many have said outright that they would not back her for Speaker if the party retakes the House in the midterms.

Pelosi herself has downplayed those comments from candidates, saying her focus is on just ensuring that Democrats win their midterm races.

“If they have to do that to win the election, I’m all for winning,” said in May about Dem candidates criticizing her leadership.

In his interview, Scholten also said the Democratic party needed to do a better job representing the Midwest in the nation's capital.

“You look at who the [Democratic] leaders are right now ... in the Senate it’s someone from New York and then in the House it’s someone from California,” Scholten said.

Scholten said the Midwest is an important battleground for many key issues but that Democrats were absent.

“The battle for a lot of things is in the Midwest right now and Midwest Democrats are few and far between” Scholten added.

— Tess Bonn