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


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soundoff (272 Responses)
  1. Hawkeye

    Pelosi has led the Democrats down a dead end road with her lack of leadership. She is pure justification why Hillary should not be president. Leader HaHa? Why don't she just continue in her roll of failed leadership and leave the real decision making to the American people.

    April 1, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. SK

    Clinton's are selfish and power hungry. They are master of spin.

    April 1, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. D.Kimbro OHIO

    I am concerned that the tax returns will reveal additional lapses in Hillary's memory. If you are in the pocket of special interest groups you would do the same thing.

    April 1, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. lol

    what country do the democrats think we live in. why all the calls for hillary to drop out. americans who have not yet voted, want their votes to be counted. here in PA hillary's ahead double digits in the polls. she carries the must win big states. obama can't win the big states against hillary, let alone mccain in november.

    April 1, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Jim Shimmer

    I am absolutely disgusted with the Clintons. They have lost my vote, my friend's vote, all of my familie's vote. Everyone I know will not vote for Billary ever. No Way.

    She will do anything to win.
    Obama is the one we need in office.

    April 1, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. CB in FL

    Ms. Pelosi, just leave the Clinton's alone for now. They say everyone grieves differently and you know the Clinton's don't deal with losing very well. Hillary knows Pennsylvania will be her last big win so, she'll be giving us all a “look at me superdelegates" speech afterward. Count on it! Thanks Ms. Pelosi for at least letting America know you are concerned about the race and are knowledgeable of the shenanigans going on. Don't let anyone fracture the party. We don't want Big John McCain at the helm!

    April 1, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. pgg

    I wish people would stop saying that it is going to end before the convention. How many times does Hillary have to say that she is gong to the convention? She will go there if for nothing else, to see what happens to Michigan and Florida, whi9ch Howard Dean said a few days ago, "will likely get seated".

    April 1, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Deana

    I think Clinton should show the Democratic Party the same respect they have shown her, pull a Lieberman leave the party and run independent. You would see some freaked out scared people then. I so think she could pull it off, she would have my vote. Forget the Democratic Party Hillary what have they done for you lately, GO INDEPENDENT!!!!

    April 1, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Jeff

    Why are you Obama supporters so adamant about your current position that Clinton should drop out? (Although I don't like her nor Obama but I do stand for right)

    What are you saying, that the next 10 or possibly 12 states don't count? I hope you who are saying that realize you are not patriots of this country, and move to a country that is opened to such undemocratic, unrepublic and unconsiderate views.

    All people of America count - your way of thinking is socialist.

    McCain 2008

    April 1, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Dee JAY in miami

    hillary is a lier cheater and she renigs on her words....................

    how can we have a leader like this...

    leaders are born ( like OBAMA)

    hillary is a product of a leader building factory"'

    I have yet to see one good leader without a personallity

    hillary does not have it to be my president

    OBAMA EDWARDS 08

    April 1, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. wycliffe

    Conventional wisdom is that let the loser run as long as he/she can as long the people have identified and unified under one candidate.

    April 1, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Michael in Lorton

    Pelosi should be a candidate on "Dancing with the Stars." The forerunner is pretty much decided, and she so tactfully avoids answering that quesstion directly; and we all know exactly how the political delegates are going to vote........they are not going to vote contrary to their pledges. Obama will always have another chance at Presidency should the nomination favor Hillary (and I seriously doubt that); however this is Hillary's first and last chance. She has been defeated and she will not be welcome back into the Senate realtionships....its is over for Hillary....she is "over the hill."

    April 1, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. sozzi

    Mathematically speaking, attention Hillary it's over. No one is trying to suppress, or disenfranchise voters.

    Look at Hucklebee, Romney, they quit even before the race was decided, no one is complaining voter disenfranchising.

    Attention; Hillary, Ed Rendell, CNN, FOX Netowrk, & Joe Scarborough-MSNBC, mathematically the race is OVER.

    April 1, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. cyp

    I agree with Pelosi or the joke will be on the Democrats.

    They disqualified Florida and Michigan because they voted early.
    Now they want to disfranchise 10 states for not voting early.

    So, you sees how stupid and hypocratic Obamas supporters are ?

    April 1, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. Chris

    Hillary is wasting much of our time and energy and Pelosi`s statement should clear matters for Hillary. It is time to drop out and to let Obama and the democrats concentrate on the general elections

    April 1, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. Madison , PA

    Hillary , where are your Taxes? She is hidding some thing. She wants her taxes released after we voted for her... We are not stupid... I am your supporter , but if you don't release your Taxes before April 15 I am not voting for you.

    April 1, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Talimee

    Pelosi: If you want Florida and Michigan to count, then do it now. What is the point of waiting until the convention when a nominee will already be chosen (according to you it will happen before). Thank you.

    – Florida Voter

    April 1, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Pam

    I AM SO TIRED OF HEARING THAT THIS SHOULD END. IF THAT IS THE CASE THEN WE HAVE ALLOWED THE POLITICIANS AND THE PRESS TO CHOOSE FOR US. I THOUGHT ELECTIONS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE THE PEOPLES CHOOSE. I AM SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD NOT WANT OBAMA AND A LOT OF PEOPLE DO NOT WANT HILLARY. IF THIS IS CHOOSEN, FOR ME I WILL VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!!

    April 1, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Nando, Florida

    HILLARY TAX RETURNS PLEASE???

    April 1, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. MCNEIL

    WHO CHANGED NANCYS MIND FOR HER .I GUESS SHE REALIZED HOW WRONG SHE WAS AND IF HILARY BECOMES PRESIDENT HILARY WILL NOT FORGET HER AND WHAT SHE WAS TRYING TO DO TO HER......... I NOTICED THIS MORNING SOMEONE WHO SUPPORTS OBAMA WANTED TO KNOW WHY HILARY DID NOT USE HER OWN NAME ...WELL I THINK SHE DOES .ITS HILARY RODHAM CLINTON ...SHE IS CALLED THIS NAME ALL OF THE TIME .......NOW THE QUESTION IS ....WHY IS OBAMA NOT CALLED BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA?AND WHY IS CNN NOT REPORTING THE STORYS ABOUT OBAMAS MOTHER AND FATHER AND THE KENNEDY CONNECTION AND THAT HE DID NOT GROW UP POOR AND LOTS OF OTHER LIES THAT HAVE BEEN REPORTED LATELY

    April 1, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. debra

    If she wants to take that stance, thats fine but then she better speak to Kennedy and some of the other superdelegates who have already pledged to Obama from states that Clinton clearly won . This does not work like Pelosi wants unless they all do it. You can't have it both ways. Besides, that is not the rules the superdelegates are required to follow. Also, Clinton won Texas but somehow Obama came away with more delegates. Something was clearly done there in the back rooms also. If we are listening to the popular vote in the state- that should not have happened. The whole idea of caucuses disinfrancises millions of older people and people in the service. This should be stopped as it doesn't allow them to have a voice and should be unconstitutional. Everyone should have a voice when it comes to nominating someone for president. What is going to be done with Michigan and Florida. Whats wrong. Is Barrack afraid that if he allows everyone a voivce, he will lose?

    April 1, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Grant

    how very unamerican Veterans love Obama. Vote as long as you support our candidate? if this is what supporters obama brings to him, I hope for America's sake he loses and loses BIG.

    April 1, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. yahooo

    It is time for more Superdelegates and party leaders to voice what they stand for and to say who they support. Why is everyone afraid of the Clintons????

    April 1, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Stevo

    Please Nancy, Howard and maybe Al Gore, resolve Florida and Michigan! This is her real reason for continuing. After this resolution, we will clearly have our Democratic President. Remember, give her something of value otherwise Bill and Hill might take this to the US Supreme Court.

    Even if Hill win most of Florida and Michigan, she still will not have the popular vote or delegates to overcome Barack's lead. Therefore, give her something fair and move on with it!

    Also, if she keeps annoying the DNC she might not be Veep either and this may damage the party, and she know it. Does she care???

    April 1, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Love the joint ticket, TX

    Ridiculous for Pelosi to say anything. On C-span the other day, she interjected in the middle of a policy speech a meandering story about having grandchildren etc.... She has been the poster child for polarizing congress and resulting inaction.
    I was shocked yesterday to see in number of senators in favor of Obama-Hillary the number is 13-11. Based on the news, I was thinking it must be 13-2 against Hillary. Obama's pastor and his use of his sermon as the tilte of his book leaves the race very much open. With Florida and Michigan and their superdelegates, Hillary is still in. Still liking the joint ticket.......

    April 1, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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