Schiff ‘confident’ Pelosi is right person for Speaker job

Schiff ‘confident’ Pelosi is right person for Speaker job
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan House Intelligence enjoys breakthrough with Justice Department Schiff blasts Trump's 'un-American' order to intel agencies to cooperate with Barr probe MORE (D-Calif.) said Sunday that he is confident that House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Trump-Pelosi fight threatens drug pricing talks MORE (D-Calif.) will be elected as next Speaker, and that she is the right person for the job. 

"I'm very confident she is going to have the votes that she needs, and, even more, that she is the right person for the job right now," Schiff said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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A handful of Democrats in the House have said they plan to oppose Pelosi, but she can afford to lose up to 18 votes in the party and still be elected Speaker. There is currently no one who has announced a bid against her. 

Schiff also said Sunday that Democrats "don't want to go into" the next Congress without Pelosi as their leader.

"We don't want to go into this very challenging time, where everything is on the line for the country, where the rule of law is on the line, where people's health care is on the line, without the best tactician, without the best organizer to keep our caucus together," he said.

He added that he would support someone else if there was someone who "had that same package or talents."

"But no one, I think, is better qualified than she is right now. There's no one I want to see more in that role," he said. "And I'm confident, at the end of the day, she has the votes to do it."