Pelosi says Dems 'have to be ready to throw a punch — for the children' in 2020

Pelosi says Dems 'have to be ready to throw a punch — for the children' in 2020
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico This week: House jump-starts effort to prevent shutdown Schumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill MORE (D-Calif.) previewed a tough presidential race in 2020 and said Democrats must be ready to respond to conservative attacks on their record. 

“This is going to be a tough election, because for them this is going to be about money. They’ll put up any amount of money to protect their investment of degrading the environment, and the rest, guns and all that,” she said at the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) summer meeting Friday.

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“So you have to be ready to take a punch. You got to be ready to take a punch. And therefore you have to be ready to throw a punch – for the children.”

The comments come amid an internal debate within the Democratic Party over whether its ultimate presidential nominee should engage with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE in a verbal back-and-forth or whether they should ignore any personal barbs from the president. 

Trump and Republicans on Capitol Hill, as well as conservative outside groups, have started hammering the crowded Democratic primary field, trying to label the candidates as socialists, among other messages they hope will turn off swing voters.

Trump in 2016 wielded personal barbs against his Republican opponents to help clear the primary field and repeatedly went after Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump's economic approval takes hit in battleground states: poll This is how Democrats will ensure Trump's re-election The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE’s character in an effort to cast her as corrupt and dishonest.