Ryan and Pelosi Come Together in Effort to Tone Down Rhetoric: ‘It Goes Too Far’

They’ve had many arguments during their years in Congress. But on Thursday night, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came together to try to tone down the partisan rhetoric on both sides.

Speaking with Jake Tapper during the Congressional baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, the two party leaders in the House said they thought it was important to come together on the day after the shooting at the Republican team’s practice on Wednesday.

“All of us have a responsibility to watch our rhetoric,” Ryan said. “We’re passionate and believe passionately about our causes and issues and we can do that without being vitriolic and fomenting around the country. That’s what leaders do and members have the responsibility to do that.”

Ryan added that the partisan bickering “goes too far,” placing the blame on both sides.

Pelosi added that she believes the bipartisan work Congress has done has gone unrecognized in favor of more contentious issues.

“What’s newsworthy is what is controversial,” Pelosi said. Touting the work of the appropriations and intelligence committees on which she sits, Pelosi added, “those committees are notoriously nonpartisan. Left to their own devices they can get their jobs done in a bipartisan way.”

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