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. Mary Sue

    Hillary should stay in the race. There are only 10 states/territories left–we can all be patient a little while longer.

    I agree with Pelosi that after the remaining primaries, the superdelegates should QUICKLY come together around one candidate. They should NOT bow to the Clinton machine and take this all the way to the convention–that would be a burden to the Democratic nominee, who will need time to regroup to fight old man McCain.

    I am so ready for this process to be over though. It has gone on too long.

    April 1, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Barack the vote INDY

    Pennsylvania please help us stop this non-sense. Vote Obama! He is the only candidate capable of brining people together. You Clinton supporters who would rather vote for McCain make me want to throw up. Quit whining just because your candidate isn't going to win. As much as I don't want too I would back Hillary if she got the nod, but mathematically that just doesn't seem possible.

    April 1, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Nalini

    hillary is not abinding by the rules of the DNC. I am sure if she was up in everything she would not care about Michigan and florida and these states need to understand that. Obama is ahead in everything, why should he agree to a recount when that would jeopardize his presidency, he has to lookout for himself too and he did abide by the rules. Come on, Mrs. Clinton, step aside.

    Obama for 2008, may she should try to rerun in 4 years if she is not VP

    April 1, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Madison , PA

    ROB you are wrong... Hillary does not have any experience. ..!!! she made up her Resume... She is a liar.... Watch the news... She has experience living in the White house... NO JOB EXPERIENCE ; She is a LIAR...

    April 1, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Tim

    What Pelosi really means is, "Obama is the front runner, Hillary please drop out now because you have no shot at getting more pledged delegates."

    April 1, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. David

    looks doubtful for Hillary anyway. Obama will pile up enough delegates in the remaining contests and if they work out a plan for FL & MI it will not take away his lead. the only way for Hillary is to steal this thing with some of that good 'ol Clinton chicanery with the superdelegates.

    April 1, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. florida

    if obama is the nominee i will vote for mccain.

    obama is way to liberal. we need a moderate!

    April 1, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. AJizzle

    I find it funny that people call Barack an "anti-American" when he's running for president of this country and always talking about how great this country is and how we can make it better. I'm trying to think if ANY OTHER candidate in the past 100 years has been so often characterized as an anti-American...no? What is different about Barack than every other liberal candidate before him didn't? Hmmm..I'ma sit on that one. And I'll let go of any anti-Barack comments since this isn't what the story was about. I think it's fair for Clinton to continue, since Barack's lead isn't completely insurmountable...another Wright moment that the media gets frenzied over [whoever said he wasn't grilled on this is too pro-Clinton to think straight] might just give her the edge that she needs to overcome his lead. There's a slight possibility. But I think she's basing most of her hope on the fact that superdelegates might re-vote for the people, and that is plain selfish. To be more concerned about you winning than about the people's votes meaning something in the election is not exactly the most honorable thing...but she wants to win, so let her keep going

    April 1, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Mattbama

    Translation for Hillary Clinton: The candidate will be chosen without bending or breaking rules despite one's change of heart over the validity or the rules and the cries of disenfranchisement that this individual annoyingly insists on doing whenever she's in front of a camera. We'll finish the elections (if you squeak by here and there), But we aren't taking a death march to Denver over twisted logic and desperation. God Bless you, Nancy Pelosi, for providing some Senior Democratic leadership and also the voice of reason. And not taking any "you know what" from Clinton Fatcats.

    April 1, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Hanging Chad


    Nancy, please don't have your picture taken outside again.


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

    Wow, what a bunch of rhetoric above. I especially like the one "Veterans Love Obama". Well I am a veteran and know of many other veterans who do not "Love Obama". Anyone who does not stand tall and put their hand over their heart when the National Anthem is played does not deserve the support of any veteran or from any American.

    Semper Fi' and OOHRAH

    April 1, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. James Nelson

    If Hillary were truly "in it to win it" she'd need to quit now, as any mathematical possibility of her in fact "winning it" has disappeared.

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

    People Raise your hand if you have unjustly accused Polisi of
    being a bad rep. I think she is one of the most honest people
    in the Senate. She cares about the voters. Really cares. You
    people take the good people and trample all over them and
    you take people like Bill and Hillary and reward them. Not this

    Retired Professional White Woman of 63 for Obama from Day 1.

    April 1, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Wake up

    Does Dem. want to win Nov. election? Historically, whoever win Ohio win the election.

    Think who is electable and who has won all the delegates rich state. Emotion does work in general election. Don't be fooled.

    April 1, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. jj

    To Veterans Love Omama, I DO NOT WANT SOMEONE IN THE WHITEHOUSE WHO HAS AN AGENDA THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE ALL AMERICANS REGARDLESS OF RACE. The race issue is very big for Obama, we don't have that luxury right now, our country is in deep deep trouble and we need someone who can get us out of it, not someone who is driving the party apart by putting racism first. I want experience, if I have to vote McCain to get it, I will.

    April 1, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. scott

    As if Pelosi is above any fray. Her lack of strong leadership has left this country in a quagmire of mess with divisions galore. More news is breaking in the days ahead about the Obama campaign. Stayed tuned, and watch this phony's momentum and approval ratings plummet faster than the dollar is declining in world markets and quicker than oil and gas prices are rising daily.

    April 1, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Nick

    Speaker should stay away instead of taking Obama side. I am Democrate and if the leadership of Democratic party is going to decide instead of voters I will vote Repuplican

    April 1, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. DemsV

    The question is. Do people really support Obama or they hate the Clintons so much that vote for Obama?

    Obama doesn't have anything good to offer to the people except words and lies (NAFTA, Church ect.). he is a racist.

    I'm another typical white person that will not vote for him like many many others.

    April 1, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. Adam

    Obama is going to destroy our party!

    April 1, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Sharon Minnesota

    It finally dawned on me why Obama is the Media and DNC favorite. I've been trying to understand what it is that he's got that makes him a media and DNC favorite. Well here it is:

    I believe that the power hungry democrats on the committee would like a candidate (Obama) that they can push around and influence to achieve their own individual agenda's. They have their man with Obama. The media also likes the ability to push around the president of the United States, so he's just the ticket for them too.

    Hillary is not someone to push around, she is a mature, strong and grounded individual who will LEAD us into a better America. The president needs to LEAD not follow. Obama is a follower. He has picked up Hillary's ideas for himself on every issue. Get a clue people, he's just a puppet of the media/DNC.

    Sorry, Nancy it's going to be either Hillary or McCain. We're on to your antics.

    April 1, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. heather in nc


    One says if Hillary wins she is "stealing" the nomination from BO - Another says if Obama wins then I will vote for McCain.

    What gives here?????

    Would anyone out there say at the end of a basketball game the score in so bad we should just stop the game now. NO!!

    Does anyone think Pelosi is running for VP with Obama – she surely wants it!!!

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

    Nice picture by the way. Did she get out of bed to have it taken. What is she talking "we have to get behind one candidate long before the convention," she is obviously already behind obama. One more reason for me not to vote for him.

    April 1, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Freida NYC

    One more comment,

    I am amazed at the media pro Obama bias. You people (the media) have made it very clear that you are electing the least qualified candidate (Obama) for the American people. I am asking all the corrupted media to stop their choosing our president. This country is facing major terrorist threats from Osama Bin Laden, and Al Queda, and you guys are pushing for Obama!!??? Unbelievable! He is just another one of them.


    April 1, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Concerned Voter

    This does need to run its course and Pelosi has come to her senses. This primary has not ended because there are a huge number of Clinto supporters still out there and voting. It is clear that Obama has failed miserably in uniting the Democratic party. Perhaps this is finally coming to light. Obama fanatics will not go far.

    April 1, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Flat-earther, Georgia

    I agree with Madame Speaker. Let our system work. Let each State have its election. It may go to convention. If so, that is what conventions are for.

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