Pelosi: Republicans need immigration reform to win presidency again

(Jacquelyn Martin — Associated Press)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Jacquelyn Martin — Associated Press)

Republicans will have to pass immigration reform if they want to ever win another presidential race, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday.

"I believe that the members of Congress ... will do what is right for our country," she said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "And it's certainly right for the Republicans if they ever want to win a presidential race." 

Her comments echoed those of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who told "Fox News Sunday" that Republican leadership would push the House to pass reform for the party's sake.

As for Democratic plans for the next presidential election, she said she wasn't endorsing yet but that she was "really excited" by the prospect of a woman president, especially one "as well qualified" as former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

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