Pelosi: Dems need to unite around 'boldest common denominator'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiConservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Grassley, Wyden reach deal to lower drug prices Why do Republicans keep trying to outspend Democrats in Congress? MORE (D-Calif.), who has had to balance the goals of progressives and members of her party who won districts that President TrumpDonald John Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota MORE carried, said in a new interview that Democrats should unite around the "boldest common denominator." 

“While there are people who have a large number of Twitter followers, what’s important is that we have large numbers of votes on the floor of the House,” Pelosi told USA Today, seemingly referring to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Trump's risky bid for attention Conservative former NFL player says Trump met with him to discuss 'black America' Louisiana police officer fired after saying on Facebook that Ocasio-Cortez 'needs a round' MORE (D-N.Y.), who has 4 million followers. 

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When asked how progressive members responded when she told them they needed legislation that could pass, she responded, “They’re fine."

“As I say to my own district, ‘You go out and elect 218 people just like San Francisco, then we can talk,’” she added.

One example of the tension between wings of the Democratic Party occurred in February, when Republicans got several Democrats to push through an amendment to a gun control bill promoting the deportation of immigrants without legal status.

When asked by USA Today about the incident, Pelosi said the GOP amendments, formally known as “motions to recommit” and designed to put members of the majority in uncomfortable positions, were simply “procedural” and “not anything that is worthy of our conversation.”

Former President Obama expressed concern about the party's progressive wing this weekend, saying that they could create a "circular firing squad" and undercut allies.

"One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United States —maybe it’s true here as well — is a certain kind of rigidity where we say, 'Uh, I’m sorry, this is how it’s going to be,' and then we start sometimes creating what’s called a 'circular firing squad,' where you start shooting at your allies because one of them has strayed from purity on the issues. And when that happens, typically the overall effort and movement weakens," he said in Germany.