House Dem: Party's aging leaders is 'a problem'

House Dem: Party's aging leaders is 'a problem'
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Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesDem lawmaker on Omar tweet: Be careful about how you discuss sensitive issues Dems seize on Trump feud with intelligence leaders Meghan McCain on Ocasio-Cortez: She is 'just like Trump on Twitter' MORE (D-Conn.) said during a Friday appearance on CNN that the age of the top three Democrats in the House is problematic as the party seeks to reach out to younger voters.

“The fact that our top three leaders are in their late 70s — I don’t care who those leaders are — that is, in fact, a problem,” Himes, the chairman of the New Democrat Coalition, told host Poppy Harlow.

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Himes said there is a generational gap that needs to be bridged, and the party will need people "who can speak to people in their 40s, to people in their 20s, no doubt about that.”

The Connecticut Democrat declined to say whether he'll back Pelosi to lead the party following November’s midterms, but offered praise or her leadership. 

“I have not made up a decision because I don’t know who’s running, so you’re not going to get a yes or no out of me today,” he said.

Himes went on to praise Pelosi's "operational capability" and ability to fundraise. 

"I've watched a bunch of Speakers in the House in my relatively short congressional career. I have seen three of them. John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Bill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word Left flexes muscle in immigration talks MORE was incapable of controlling his party — he got tossed out. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE, incapable of controlling his party," he said of the Republicans from Ohio and Wisconsin, respectively.

"Nancy Pelosi in the years 2009, 2010 and 2011, did the impossible. She took a rollicking caucus that included all sorts of people from all over the country  — South, North, white, black, poor, rich —and got the Affordable Care Act passed, got Dodd-Frank passed, got the Lilly Ledbetter bill passed."