House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tried to tamp down the perceived influence of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive freshman Democrats, saying their wing in Congress was "like five people."
Speaking with CBS News' Lesley Stahl on "60 Minutes," Pelosi said the 29-year-old congresswoman from New York didn't have a significant impact on the Democratic Party.
The House speaker also said she rejected socialism "as an economic system."
"No, it's the progressive group, it's more than five," the interviewer pushed back.
The speaker added that she believes Congressional Democrats "by and large ... know that we have to hold the center, that we have to go down the mainstream," and said she "reject[s] socialism as an economic system."