The Latest: Pelosi OK with 2 men on 2020 Democratic ticket

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s interview with The Associated Press (all times local):

4 p.m.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she’d like to see a woman on Democrats’ 2020 presidential ticket — but she’s not insisting on it.

The California Democrat said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press that it shouldn’t be surprising that a few men have risen to the top of the large Democratic field.

She says she’s “very proud” of the women in the contest and says anyone running would be better than President Donald Trump.

Asked if she’d see a problem if Democrats nominate only men for the ticket, she replied, “No.”

“Would I love to see two women (nominated)? Yes. Would I like to see one? Yes,” she said. “But it doesn’t mean that if there isn’t one … that it’s not a ticket that we should all get behind.”


3:45 p.m.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Americans should judge former Vice President Joe Biden on “what he’s done in his career,” rather than recent allegations of inappropriate touching.

Pelosi said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press that she thinks Biden understands why his physical contact with women is an issue as he considers running for president.

But she added, “What I’m more interested in about Vice President Biden is what he has done in his career for the American people and indeed for women” by backing such policies as the Violence Against Women Act and equal pay.

Pelosi says she sees “a fascination with the frivolous, and it’s not frivolous. A woman comes forward; that’s important.”

But Pelosi adds, “Let’s talk about women more completely than just if Joe Biden is from a school of thought that is more friendly.”

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