April 1st, 2008
12:20 PM ET
7 years ago

Pelosi: Dem race has to 'run its course'

 Pelosi said Tuesday the presidential race should run its course.

Pelosi said Tuesday the presidential race should run its course.

(CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday she wants the Democratic presidential election to continue through the last round of primaries, but warned against a floor fight at the party's August convention.

"I think the election has to run its course," Pelosi said, later adding, "I do think it is important for us to get behind one candidate a long time before we go to the Democratic convention if we expect to win in November."

Pelosi's comments come as Hillary Clinton is increasingly suggesting she is willing to take her presidential bid all the way to the Democratic convention at the end of the summer.

"I have no intention of stopping until we finish what we started and until we see what happens in the next 10 contests and until we resolve Florida and Michigan. And if we don't resolve it, we'll resolve it at the convention - that's what credentials committees are for," the New York Democrat told the Washington Post.

In the interview Tuesday, Pelosi said she understands why Clinton is making that argument, since 10 more primary contests remain over the next two months.

"We don't know what these next elections will do. We do not know what the conduct of the campaigns in the next four to six weeks will produce," she said. "So if you are a candidate for president, you certainly are saying that you are going to the convention - you can't say anything but. And Senator Clinton might well be going to that convention as the nominee."

But Pelosi suggested a clear frontrunner will emerge well before the party's convention.

"At some point it'll be clear that there is a frontrunner - and at that point we would hope that, for the greater good, for the country, that we can all rally as early as possible behind one person," she said.

The House Speaker also maintained her argument that the party's superdelegates should not overturn the pledged-delegate outcome, and suggested she wasn't affected by a recent letter from powerful Clinton fundraisers criticizing that stance.

"It wasn't important to me," she said of the letter.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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soundoff (272 Responses)
  1. Yes, DM again Arlington, TX

    Nancy, why is the Clinton scared to show there Tax Returns what are they hiding?

    April 1, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Johnson

    Just goes to show how far the Clintons will go for power. She is down in both the popular votes and the delegate count. Unless she wins by very LARGE margins she won't get the nomination. Rather than unite the party she keeps going and tries to polarize the party. Way to rip the party apart. Thats why we are seeing so many people saying that they will vote for McCain if their candidate does not get the nomination. I think both Obama and Clinton should focus on attacking McCain rather than each other. We have had enough of that already. People already know where these candidates stand. Lets focus on the GOP and let the people vote based on what they have been hearing since December!

    April 1, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. shirley riley

    please go away obrack i wont be voting for you?i will be voting for john mcain?ha ha go away obrack?

    April 1, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Ric

    Democrats for Mc Cain!!!

    Obama '08 = racist church, anti American.

    April 1, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Uncle Sam

    Senator Clinton should remain in the race for the good of the party and the country. Barack Obama has written that he serves as a blank screen upon which others may project their fondest hopes and dreams. Only in this media-driven age, where superficial appeal is valued over seasoned experience and wisdom, would a virtually unknown candidate with questionable influences be on the verge of the presidency.

    April 1, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Illinois

    Sounds like something's brewing that may knock Obama out of the race and some top insiders know what it is. There's no other reason why she'd suddenly change her tune so completely.

    April 1, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Look byond

    Stealing documents from the Nixon Scandal.
    Was fired and not recommended for a job.
    Neal Boortzs call Hilary Clinton an harbitual Liar.

    Dishonest, liar, should have been disbarred from practicing Law.

    Why is she still running.

    Lied about the BOSNIA SNIPER FIRE three times.

    Which was made up, we can tell of the smark on her face.

    How can we trust Hilary?

    April 1, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Grif

    Yes! But, not in an 'Egg and Spoon Race' Lady... The shell.s are already fractured... You have done your best, to be a 'Margaret Thatcher'... You're getting there slowly... Power crazy....
    'No other woman is going to tell you what to do...

    April 1, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. PA

    Will Clinton has money to stay in the race? Her campaign has not paid it's bills lately – she even owes her own High School $3000 and Ohio companies are saying that her campaign refuses to return their calls for money that they are owed.

    Media bias?!? Hillary, Bill and Chelesa are on the news everyday compared to just Obama on his side. That is media bias!

    I am voting in PA. I would like Hillary's tax records BEFORE I VOTE!!!!

    April 1, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Karen G

    Hillary should keep going you big sports fans would be pretty mad if they stopped a football game in the middle and said,"well they are a couple points ahead,they won". So get over your whining obama supporters, lets let it go and see where it will end.

    April 1, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. Linda

    It won't go beyond NC/IN – once they've voted and catching up becomes a mathematical impossibility, they will all get behind Obama.

    This race will be over in Early May.

    Obama 08.

    April 1, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Pamela, Chicago, IL

    Amen Johnson! (4/1/08 @10:51am) HillBill's quest for power is barely hidden beneath the double speak. I was torn between Hillary & Barack but no longer. In the last few week, Hillary has proven that she will say or do anything to be the nominee. If she is not the nominee she is totally willing to take the party down with her. Think about your legacy woman! Do you want to go the way of Al Gore and be more popular abroad than in your own country? At least Al had global warming to fall back on. Go back to NY, run for governor and let us have our inspirational candidate in this cycle.

    April 1, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Gail

    Hillary is willing to tear up the party for her victory. Not enough attention is given to the fact that this was her contest to win by a landslide and she has not been able to get the job done. She has been fighting to come from behind since Iowa and the media acts as if we are tied.

    After June the superdelegates will make a move to deterimine who is the nominee based on the will of the people.

    April 1, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. After further review,Texas

    I hope the tax issue comes out soon,so these morons stop whining about what is being hidden in them.

    April 1, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. APS in Hawaii

    About time the Democratic elite and the news media let all of the the people's vote count. This is going down as the worst covered election ever. The press should watch SNL more often. The coverage has been absolutely disgusting. Funny, how you think it is ok to ask Chelsea ok about the Blue dress and other stupid questions, and you will not press Obama about his pastor or his close ties with lobbyists. What a bunch of hypocrites!!! Just for once, report the news instead of making the news. That would be refreshing.

    April 1, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Thomas, LA

    The only ideology the Clintons have is to put themselves in power.
    Their ends, to get elected at all costs, do not justify the means which will do incalcuable damage to the Democratic Party and more importantly to the country as a whole. Make no mistake–we are at a pivotal moment our country's history, and if Hillary insists on desperately clawing on to an impossible hope then she will be personally responsible for taking us down the wrong path.

    Hillary, for the good of the Party, for the good of the country, for the good of all us including you - it's time to unite behind Obama. Support him and we can all come together to make sure this is the dawning of a new day in America, not the twilight of a failed American Dream.

    April 1, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Dylan

    Hillary has to win an astounding 2/3 or the remaining SUPERDELEGATES in order for her plan to steal the nomination to become a reality. Look at how many superdelegates Obama has won and how few Clinton has won since Feb. 5 and please explain, Clinton-supporters, how this is going to happen...

    April 1, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. Dear: Yes, DM again

    Hillary has already released her answer. Move on and get used to the fact that Hillary is in it, to win it!

    On another relative subject, the media has been wrong in the past and are continuing to be discredited rendering them an unreliable source of information.

    April 1, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Obama 2008

    I think Pelosi will be a great VP candidate for Obama. She has the potential to win the Presidency in 2016, after 8 Obama/Pelosi years.

    April 1, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. JB


    This will never change. It is impossible for it to. Therefore Hillary is going to act like a spoiled child (similar to the child who takes their ball and goes home). If she can't play no one will be allowed to play. She is in it to destroy Obama. Then back in 12' to "save" the party.

    April 1, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Christine Atlanta, Ga.

    I vote the person not the party. Hillary is not giving up, no matter what. I will not have Barack Obama shoved down my throat by the media or the Democratic Party.
    If the Democrats lose the election, so be it.

    April 1, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Manuel TX

    This race is far from over.

    Don't forget MI and FL.

    Hillary could very well be ahead in the popular vote if ALL the votes are counted. 🙂

    The far left is not representative of the Democratic party!

    April 1, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    April 1, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    It's already clear who the front-runner is: John McCain.

    April 1, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |

    Nancy Polisi, You are not to blame for this absolute mess.
    You must know the Clinton's well. You must be exausted.
    The Clinton's are more horrible, monsters than I ever thought.
    I knew they were conivers, tricksters, master liars, master
    manipulators but I just did not know really how bad and I
    know that Congress and the Senate have seen her in action
    many times before this. Anyone, like Carville, that comes out
    defending the Clinton's will be remembered as liars too.
    Richardson knew them better than anyone and he had to
    get away from them for the sake "of the people."

    Retired Professional White Woman for TRUTH. Obama from Day 1.
    If we get another liar as President that would be awful. I have
    to know I can believe what the President says. If we get another
    liar in the White House, that would be sad, very sad.

    April 1, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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