Dem rep: I'm not going to challenge Pelosi, but we need 'new generation of leadership'

Dem rep: I'm not going to challenge Pelosi, but we need 'new generation of leadership'
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Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training Business, labor groups teaming in high-speed rail push Here's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer MORE (D-Mass.) said Sunday he has no intention of challenging House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiManchin on reported boos at Democratic luncheon: 'I heard a lot of nos' Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy Ocasio-Cortez: Democrats can't blame GOP for end of eviction moratorium MORE (D-Calif.) for party leadership, but reiterated his calls for a fresh direction for the Democratic Party.

“This is bigger than one person. What we need is a new generation of leadership to be honest about the problems that we face,” Moulton said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“We need a uniter in our party,” he continued. “We can continue to have these narrow and divisive politics with our current leaders, or we can find leaders who are going to really bring us together.” 

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“Are you that leader?” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked.

“I’ve said very clearly that I’m not challenging Leader Pelosi, but I am going to talk about kind of leadership we need,” Moulton responded.

The second-term congressman and former Marine has been critical of Pelosi and attempted to recruit young candidates to run for office as part of a broader effort to regain Democratic control of the House.

Moulton is part of a growing number of Democrats who have voiced a desire for a change in party leadership in the House, though many of those individuals are candidates who have not yet been elected to office.

Republicans, meanwhile, have sought to tie Democratic candidates to the minority leader leading up to November's midterm elections.

Pelosi has welcomed the strategy, saying last month that winning elections is worth the cost of enduring attacks on her status as leader.

“Many are saying we need new leadership. I don’t take offense at that,” she said.

“I’m OK. Just win, baby.”