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. Helen

    Nancy Pelosi finally speaks like a house speaker.

    April 1, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Pete, San Francisco, CA

    Nancy is doing a wonderful job of remaining neutral and focused on moving the democratic nomination process forward in a positive way.

    April 1, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. BobW

    I haven't heard the media talk about a single issue that the candidates are standing for. Hillary gave a big economic speech about a week ago on what she would do for the economy, but the media is only covering little squabbles and blowing them out of proportion. There will not be a clear winner before the convention. The convention will decide on a third candidate – my guess is that it will be John Edwards.

    April 1, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Glenn, Cary, NC

    Obama bowled a 37. A 37!!!

    I think it's clear who should drop out of the race.

    April 1, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. RFP

    It isn't over until the last out...

    April 1, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. RealityKing

    Nancy is all talk and no action..

    April 1, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |

    Why CNN cut her words of" the superdelegates should vote depends on their judgement"?

    Just Google it, you will be able to read the whole conversation.

    This is a mistake or an intention?

    Please do not delete my post.

    April 1, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. pgg

    The party is not destroyed at all. And it won't be. There is simply a neck in neck race for the Democratic nomination. Just because the media and the opposition tell you the party is in trouble, does not make it so. Just remember the last second Giant's at Superbowl. No, not the same; but this is a campaign, and both candidates have a right to go as far as they can to win, especially in that Obama will not make it to 2,025 anyway. This is not like Huckabee and McCain, which was such a black and white; they are neck in neck, like any other contest, be it sports or politics or the spelling bee.

    April 1, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. Dyinglikeflies, NYC

    When will this hypocritical shrew Pelosi stop trying to force the process to shut down? I'll bet if her preferred candidate were behind by a nose, with a chance to win, she'd be screaming to let the process continue. It's hard to have confidence in a party which would choose Pelosi as Speaker of the House.

    April 1, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Freida NYC

    Good grief!

    Finally this woman is coming to her senses!

    Hillary or McCain, but no Obama under any circumstances. He is not a true American, and will destroy this country. Please dems vote for Hillary!

    April 1, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. John

    First, she should help to let FL and MI votes count. She has the influence to do so. If not, just plainly tell FL and ML don't join Nov. gereneral election, because they are not welcomed and their votes does not mean anything.

    Second, she should tell Governer Richardson to vote according to his state's will as a super delegate. So does herself. Clinton has won both state.

    Third, we all aready see who can win the big state. If she wants Dem. to lose in Nov., countiune to do what she is doing now.

    April 1, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Sasha


    I can see you are very educated and realistic..................McCain is a war monger! We will be in Iraq and at some point Iran for decades to come..........................

    April 1, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Mister Will

    Good advice, Hillary should drop out long before the convention, a floor fight would be a disaster

    April 1, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. jj

    Gail, if the Obama supporters hadn't pressured the blacks to vote your race, then it would have been a fair campaign. Obama put the race card out there, or his supporters did, they pushed to support him for the first black president, not even thinking about what he stands for or what he knows, or that he sat & listened to racism & hate filled preaching for 20 years, about his underhanded deals and his using people to get ahead, all they saw & pushed was that he was black and a good talker. All of his ideas are copies of Clintons, if you go back to the first debates, he didn't have a clue, he always agreed with her and then he would start spouting them as his own ideas. I want experience in our leadership, not an unknown who has shown a preference for a certain race and not equal to ALL races.

    April 1, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Veterans love Obama

    Obama/Pelosi? Very interesting.

    April 1, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. jj

    Its either Hillary or McCain!

    April 1, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Alice

    Oh, finally, Pelosi said something that makes sense. Guess there's a first time for everything 🙂

    Then she had to go and spoil it by saying it's OK to break the superdelegate rule (because that would favor Obama) but not OK for Florida politicians to break the primary date rule (because that does not favor Obama). LOL! Guess she must tell her kids that it's only OK to break rules if it's for their own benefit, and rules are "not important" to her unless they benefit her buddy Obama.

    Got news for you Nancy – 10% of the Democratic party votes in Florida, and we're very annoyed with your and Howard Dean's selective rule-breaking.

    April 1, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Ralph

    All intelligent voters are for Clinton, and not the freak.

    April 1, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. Slick Willie's Daddy

    I agree, we should have a true front-runner by the time all remaining primaries are finished and to him/her should the spoils of victory go…the second place contender should accept the results and get behind the victor. It would be prudent for the super delegates to support the will of the people and also support the front-runner…by not doing so would be the biggest mistake those leaders could possibly make.

    April 1, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Alonzo Demetrius

    Who cares what Pelosi thinks! She is so full of hatred for one-half this country that she can't make a comment that doesn't show her hatred. She and Reid are big problems for the Democrats. Why don't the Dems remove them from their power positions?

    April 1, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. cj-delhi ny

    Good idea Pelosi, (Barack), get behind someone, (Barack),. Maybe you should lead the other superdelagates, (Barack), and pick someone now,( Barack). I don't care who they pick, ( Barack), but at least pick someone before the convention, (Barack)

    April 1, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Susan for Clinton

    Vote Of Clinton. Do not be afraid to vote for a woman president. We have women lawyers, doctors, and the majority of our techers are women.... who teach our children. And mothers, who play a very important role in children's lives. Obama seems to be 'too star struck' and instead of talking politics, he talks negative about Clinton. Our family is now for Clinton.

    April 1, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    It appears that Ms. Pelosi is backing down somewhat, but not all. I wonder if the Clinton machine is after her!

    This is getting ridiculous.

    April 1, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. R for O

    Replubicans for Obama!

    McCain = More War!

    April 1, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Mike

    The experts already agree that even if Hillary wins every single remaining state by a large margin she still cannot win the nomination. The only thing she would have going for her, if that happens, is momentum.
    I sense the Clinton machine is calling in some owed favors. Some that were probably earned during Slick Willies presidency. You think he pardoned all those rich criminals because they earned it. Get real. He was buying chips in the big game. He knew his criminal wife would be running for president this year and knew he would need the favors.
    Bill probably knows a ton of secrets about many superdelegates. They don't want their skeletons brought out of the closet, trust me.
    Something stinks here and it's not the stench of Democratic party's mascot. It's the usual stink of the Clinton family.
    P.S. If you don't want your daughter answering EVERY question asked then pull her off the campaign trail. She no longer is your daughter but a spokesperson for the campaign and she should grow up and learn that the questions are not posed to her because she is their daughter but because she is a representative of the campaign. If she can't take the heat then stay home where you belong.

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