Shuler Punts on Announcing Run Against Pelosi

Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., refused to commit to a challenge against Nancy Pelosi for Democratic House leader in the next Congress.

He was repeatedly pressed on CNN'S State of the Union about his plans and he refused to make an announcement. Shuler continued to blast the current speaker saying it's "unacceptable" for Pelosi to remain leader of the Democrats and "not get us where we need to go as a party."

Shuler says he hopes that Pelosi will step aside (she says she's not going anywhere) and that if she doesn't he WILL challenge her. He said if Pelosi does step down he wants Steny Hoyer and James Clyburn to be the party's leaders.

"I don't see that happening if she's at the top of the leadership," Shuler said about Democrats chances of regaining the House majority in 2012.