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 PelosiOvernight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul Five things to know about Tuesday's impeachment hearings McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' 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 TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' 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 ClintonDemocrats ask judge for quick ruling on McGahn subpoena Hillary Clinton: 'Every day Stephen Miller remains in the White House is an emergency' The Memo: Centrists change tone of Democratic race MORE’s character in an effort to cast her as corrupt and dishonest.