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

Filed under: Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (272 Responses)
  1. Patrick M

    Hillary is arrogant like her cheater husband Clinton. If she is the nominee, I'll vote for McCain. Period. I don't want to see these arrogant at the White House again.

    April 1, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. La Raza

    Lies, Lies, Lies!!! Bosnia, 35 years of experience, tax returns, red-phone call, I can't take anymore. Hillary please drop out.

    April 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Chris

    I'm sick of people complaining that Michigan and Florida were disenfranchised. The DNC warned these states repeatedly that it would bar those delegates from being seated at the convention, but state officials ignored that warning and didn't play by the rules. It is up to the VOTERS of those states to go after those officials, not whine and cry asking for a re-do. They have nobody to blame but themselves for not going after their state officials.

    April 1, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. case

    Again Clinton shows her lack of foresight. It is clear she can not win, and she should get out now.

    She can not win, and she can not pull disenfranchised Republican or independent votes the way Obama can.

    Obama will talk circles around McCain when the debated moves to the war and the economy. McCain has sucked up to the GOP and the policies of the worst administration ever.

    His rhetoric is based off of fear, and is old just like him...OLD.

    Out with the old McCain, and Clinton.

    Independent for Obama

    April 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |

    Go away Obama-bots!! Obama and his followers want to deprive American citizens of their right to vote! Doesn't that tell you all you need to know about his so-called belief in the American way. As Michelle Obama put it, "I have never been proud to be an American!" This man does not need to be President, he does not need to be in any position of authority within our government.

    Go Hillary!! Fight for AMERICANS!!!!!!!!

    Hillary in 08

    April 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Carol/Lansing Michigan

    Hillary will not stop at any cost, even the cost of not paying the health insurance of her own workers.

    For someone who claims to work so hard for health care reform, here's a hint – PAY YOUR BILLS SO YOUR OWN EMPLOYEES WON'T LOSE THEIR HEALTHCARE.

    How in Gods name can you tell me you can balance our screwed up National Budget when you can't even take care of your own campaigns.

    April 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  7. Jay

    This is Pelosi's jump-the-shark moment. She has totally overstepped her role. The system that the democrats have in place is poorly thought out, they've denied two absolutely key states a say in the election, and all she can do is tell Clinton to act as though the system is producing a clear favorite and just give up. Pelosi is nasty, scheming, and jealous of Clinton's success, and she has no place telling anyone running neck and neck with another candidate to step out of the race.

    April 1, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  8. scott

    So tired of HRC and all of the twisting and turning to keep a grip on power.

    We need a gifted leader we can believe in. Obama is a generational leader - how else could he rise from obscurity in a few short months to reshape the political landscape.

    Obama 2008

    April 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. jimmy


    When you say the superdelegates shouldn't overturn the will of the people, did you inform Ted Kennedy and John Kerry that they would be punished by the party for overturning the will of the people in their states?

    April 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Tim

    Rasmussen Poll out today. In Penn, Clinton 47% Obama 42%. Doesnt look like she'll win so easy now. Go Casey, Go Pelosi, keep up the good work.

    April 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. case

    Independent for Obama then McCain, but never ever Clinton.

    April 1, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. A in GA

    so what if hillary won the "big states". they also happen to be big BLUE states which ANY democrat will carry in november!!

    April 1, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. Carol/Lansing Michigan

    I'm so tired of reading how she wins the big states. Guess what, all the states are counted not just four.

    And I know that Hillary and her campaign has made it clear that the only four that matter are the four big ones, but guess this is a National campaign/election. ==== Not a four state campaign/election.

    All states count.

    April 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Diana

    everyone claims that Obama is way ahead, when two large states have not been counted. Yeah Hillary was the only one on the ballot in Michigan and 40% voted uncommitted but both Edwards and Obama were serious contenders at the time, splitting that 40%. Obama claims he wasnt known in Florida but that was held after he won in Iowa. Seriously Obamania is just proving itself to be more and more of a dream world. We need democratic elected officials (like superdelegates) to come in and fix this mess before we get the next Jimmy Carter or John Kerry as the nominee

    April 1, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Dennis in Spokane

    Today ,You Tube is abuzz with Hillarys lies about NAFTA with plenty of video from MSNBC exposing her again. Last week Tuzla, this week NAFTA. What's next?

    Let the race go on and the Clintons will have no legacy left to stand on.

    April 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. No Obama


    Finally someone has put some sense into you. The race is not over until FL and MI are resolved.

    April 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. From PA

    Maybe whats best for the country and best for DNC is a Civil war in the DNC party.

    I read what some of you write...do we live in china? russia?

    This is a democratic nation...all voices must be heard, if you agree or disagree with it

    April 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Mike

    Whoever said that Obama is indicative of the "far left" of the Democratic party is an idiot. Look at their issues on policy... there's really not a lot of difference between Hillary and Barack on most of the major issues, besides nominal differences in economic stance and healthcare provisions. The difference is more in what each brings to the table from a holistic perspective; while Hillary has burned bridge after bridge in Washington, Obama offers a more meted approach to policy, one that is inclusive of Republicans. This is especially vital in a time when our country is so fractured and everything is red-state/blue-state. Regardless, I feel like Democrats will end up getting behind whoever the nominee is come convention-time, but the question will be: can Hillary bring in independents and people from the right? Decades of anecdotal evidence isn't in her favor.

    April 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. MP

    Do all you Hillary supporters think she is for democracy? Honestly? She could care less about the voters rights. She accepted the fact those two states would not count if and when they broke the rules. When she was ahead on delegates her stance was all about the delegate lead. Now she is crying foul again saying she has the right to change the pledge delegate vote. What? Every vote should count?..Unless it is a vote against her. Every Clinton supporter is screaming about how unfair their canidate is being treated. She is treated that way because she is dishonest, and negative. Obama has no choice but to defend himself. "Shame on you Barak Obama"..? Is she serious? The funny thing about that line was, what Obama said about her in Ohio and Nafta turned out to be true. It has nothing to do with the fact she is a woman. I was going to vote for her. She is negative. She thinks the American people are idiots. The spin she puts on everything, the lies, the misstatements ect……Everyone just didn't wake up one morning and say to themselves, "lets all be against Hillary" She did this to herself. Her campaign is a mess. Lets talk about healthcare. Under her plan she would be charged with a criminal offense for not paying her healthcare bills for her campaign. How can she say every american must pay for healthcare than not pay her own bills? Wake up!

    April 1, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Andrew

    I'm an Obama supporter, but we have to let all the states decide. Hillary has every right to contest every election and she should. That's democracy at its best and I hope she stays in through the very last election. Obama thinks that she should stay in to, according to recent comments.

    April 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. JW

    All this complaining about the primaries dragging on when it was the party that set it up this way. If you wanted a clear winner in February. All the elections should have been done by then. not just the few states who lobby for an early date. You can't say every vote is meaningful and want to end it before all are counted. Would you want the November presidential election to end at 5pm eastern and all votes not cast before then not to be counted

    April 1, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. LA

    What American General will serve under Hilliary? Especially after she called one a LIAR.

    April 1, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Angela

    I can't believe some of you would actually vote to have our children and grandchildren fighting in a war that we didn't advocate.

    If we don't know what we're fighting for, how will they know?
    Democrats must find a way to unite.....PLEASE!!!

    April 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Kareem from Hampton VA

    Hmmm, they know something!! April is the month! Just sit back and watch!! Tax returns...Fraud cases oh yeah this is about to get good again!

    April 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. bessie

    One of the major problems with Obama's electibility is that he could not win the crucial big blue states and the swing states which the dem nominee would need to win in the general election. Maybe he'd win California, but he's going to have major problems with Ohio, PA, and even Florida which the Dem desparately need in order to win in November. Also, the reason he's ahead in delegates is because of winning mostly the caucuses. There will be no caucuses in the general election. That's why I think Obama is not going to win the election if he's nominated.

    April 1, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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