April 1st, 2008
12:20 PM ET
3 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. Elder

    Mrs.Pelosi should focus on the Economy, I am tire of this party.
    The Democratic party is a mess completely. Why we are voting these do-nothing politicians after all .

    April 1, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Jim in FL

    I say tie their tails together and put them in a closed room ! In the meantime, YOU GO HILLARY ! DESTROY YOUR PARTY !

    April 1, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Vincent

    Hillary will tear apart the party – she only cares about herself. She knows there is no way to win it with any honor and dignity, but she continues to waste money campaigning anyway. Concede Hillary, if you have any semblance of loyalty left.

    April 1, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Arnold, WV

    We had just well get ready for the long hall.If Hillary was on the Titanic instead of getting on a life boat she would rather take the ship down with her.

    April 1, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Allen in NC

    She'll wiat until after she dukes PA out of thier votes before she releases her tax returns... If she releases it before the PA primarys, And the people get to see whats she been doing behind folks back, It'll just be bad for her.

    April 1, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Tricia

    Hillary if you're not the democratic nominee, run as an Independent.

    April 1, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  7. anon

    wow, is that a photo of Pelosi or Nancy Reagan?

    April 1, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. joanna

    No way Jose, millions of Clinton supporters wants her to stay in the nominational contest, fighting for the disenfranchised voters of Mi and Fla. If B.O. chose to stay out from those primaries ( yet sneakely ran political ads) tough luck, he again used bad judgement!

    Hillary all the way!

    April 1, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. JCL, Kentucky

    Well, I'm from Kentucky and all I have to say to Nancy Pelosi is thank you oh so much for your permission to vote! I didn't know I needed it, but thank you ever so much for your approval.

    And to my fellow Americans who have already cast your vote and are now calling for the election to end before the rest of us have our say–in order to know how the rest of us feel, you need to move someplace where you don't get to vote: someplace like China, Michigan or Florida!!!

    April 1, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. Insert Eye Roll Here

    Wow, Pelosi was singing a different tune just a few days ago. I thought she said Clinton's supporters would not sway her. She is just another flip-flop politician... just like Obama

    April 1, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Sylvia

    Hillary has shown strength to fight a battle....Obama shows how he lets opthers do his dirty work....THAT's who you want for president???
    HILLARY or McCAin....NEVER Obama

    April 1, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. Victor

    Pelosi is correct. A frontrunner will emerge well before the convention. At that point second place must drop out of the race for the sake of the party and the country

    April 1, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Jon

    It does not matter at this point who wins the nomination. The damage to both canidates is done. Neither canidate will get the majority of the independent vote. You need a majority of the independent vote to win in November. McCain will get no less than 65% of the independent vote in November. The Right hates both Clinton and Obama. The Left is bitterly split between Clinton and Obama. Do the math and you will see the logic of why McCain will win the general election. McCain will win in November because he is a moderate. Clinton and Obama are too far left on almost all issues to win the moderate independent vote.

    April 1, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. NW Independent

    The system was set up so that in an election like this one party bosses would have their say. It looks like they will get it in August.

    From someone without a dog in this fight, I'd say they might consider turning to Clinton. I really don't believe Obama is electable now in the general. She has bagage but he now carries a whole train load that won't be overlooked. My bet, he flips at least 20% of Dems to Reps in the general in states that matter most...think OH, PA, FL, MI. A loss in PA pretty much sinks him. She can at least compete.

    April 1, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. Chipster

    Yes, we seriously get it: Ms. Pelosi strongly supports Obama and has been trying desperately to get Sen. Clinton to surrender. However, there are many states and voters yet to make their choice. Senator Clinton has the support of 34 retired Generals and 2 Admirals. She has won the states that have the largest number of electoral votes needed to defeat McCain and has won the popular vote in some states where Sen. Obama ended up with the most delegates. She could end up with the most popular votes and that is what Pelosi and other Obama supporters fear because they have been making the "popular vote" argument. Of course, they haven't insisted that Sen. Clinton take the most delegates in those states she has won the popular vote but lost delegates due to arbitrary rules. Hmmm – imagine that.

    April 1, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. Veterans love Obama

    You said it sister.

    ANYONE WHO SAYS THEY RATHER VOTE FOR MC CAIN THAN OBAMA, HAS NO BUSINESS VOTING.

    The issues are what count, not the personalities. The Democratic agenda is the complete opposite of McCains. I would support, Obama, Hillary, Edwards, Richardson, Gore 100% before I switched to Grandpa Munster.

    April 1, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  17. Marisa

    Obama cannot win the nomination without superdelegate votes any more than Clinton can. So far, they are both in the same boat. If one drops out, the other will receive the requisite number of delegates needed for the nomination. He can't get the requisite number without winning big in the remaining contests either.

    April 1, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  18. Katie

    I used to love Bill Clinton when he WAS our President, but now my eyes are wide open. The Clintons, all three of them, are willing to do anything to win, including lie, cheat, and steal. We, the American people, can not, should not, and will not trust them ever again.

    Michigan delegates should be split 50-50. It was unfair to begin with that Hillary left her name on the ballot, and when this election took place, it was BEFORE anyone in Michigan knew who Obama or any of the other candidates were.

    We have had a blatant liar for our President for 8 years straight. We can't afford to have another blatant liar (Hillary) in office for another 4 years.

    April 1, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. Rob

    Well the candidate people will back is Clinton. Obviously. We need someone who has the experience and wisdom so that we can beat McCain. She will win the election before the convention. The super delegates will see why she should be the nominee and not Obama. If Obama does get the nominee when the general election comes people will go "O my god, he has no expereience, who exactly is this person. He intends to do good, but can he, does he have the experience to know how?". And they will vote McCain. So for the sake of the democratic party lets hope Clinton get's the nominee.

    April 1, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Ben

    The media is covering three Clintons in this campaign but one hears the pundits and commentators saying that there is less coverage of the Clinton compaign or media biase. I don't understand the math.

    The other question has been Clinton winning the big states. Has she won the states against the republicans or against another democrat? Winning against another democrat does not mean that she can win against republicans. I'm yet to hear the logic from the political pandits who can explain this reasoning. Does Clinton mean if she is not the nominee then all who voted for her will vote for republicans in the BIG states?

    April 1, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. mp

    Nancy Pelosi is correct...The campaign needs to run its course. And when it looks like an obvious winner, hopefully the other will bow out gracefully and let the more important fight go on till November.

    April 1, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Tired voter

    Johnson,

    I completely agree with you. I think it's the obvious, and only smart thing to do. Can't we, as a country, decide that and move from there?

    April 1, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. dean in houston

    And I can't wait for your "DO NOTHING TERM" to run it's course!

    April 1, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Monica

    Folks, the Clinton tax returns were available all throughout Bill's presidency. They have been turned inside out throughout their public life. It makes sense to me when her 07 return is completed she make it public. What's the problem? Why are you Obamababies afraid of Clinton. Let the process take place and the people have their votes. Florida and Michigan are going to be seated, the DNC will not alienate those voices – they can't afford to or McCain may walk away with this. And when all the voices are heard Hillary will come out ahead as she should.

    Hillary '08

    April 1, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Alex, MA

    The only advantage Clinton has is a brand recognition among uneducated voters. "Clinton" brand is well know due to Bill's tenure.
    In all other counts she wouldn't be running by now.

    April 1, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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