After Tuesday's election, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's return to her former speaker seat has been assumed, but Rep. Tim Ryan Thursday morning said that her return to power has yet to be determined.
He also told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he is not interested in running for speaker himself.
"There's a lot of new members," Ryan said. "I think it's important that we listen to those new members. They got elected in red districts, conservative districts. They did a heck of a job over the last year. I think their opinions should matter."
Pelosi has been speaking out since the Democrats won back the House Tuesday, but Ryan said the question really should be what will be done about moving into the future.
"How do we build a long term durable sustainable majority?" Ryan said. "I think asking new members who just campaigned for new leadership to come in and cast a vote for the status quo, that's not why they got elected. It can hurt us going into 2020."
"We lost the narrative on the caravan in the last six weeks," said Ryan. "We lost the narrative on Mitch McConnell saying he will gut Medicare and Social Security. We have to think who are the better people to put in place to go and campaign for these new members that we got?"
Meanwhile, rather than focusing on impeaching President Donald Trump, as some have called for, Ryan said the main thrust of the Democrats' arguments must be to reduce economic anxiety. At the same time, there must be "sober oversight."
"Article I gives us the constitutional obligation to oversee the president," said Ryan. "President Trump is not a king."
Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics.
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