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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  1. Hillary is DIRTY

    What she is doing though is sadistically brilliant. She knows John McCain will only be a 1 term president. She is trying to trash Obama so much so she can get the nod in 2012. What a piece of trash. Doesn't even care about the DEM party.

    April 1, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Drew

    Sylvia-
    How can you say Obama has others do his dirty work when your candidate has their entire family campaigning for them? Richardson came out and said a big reason why he loves Obama is simply because HE called him himself. Hillary NEVER called him, it was always a different person each time. You Clintonites need to stop calling Obama supporters dillusional when it is YOU who are too blind and ignorant that your candidate is a dirty, devisive, LIAR.

    Obama/Richardson '08

    April 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. La Raza

    I am an Obama supporter, but I must say that if Pelosi was running I would vote for her in a heartbeat. I think the country is ready for a woman president, just not Hillary. Think about it .... if she wasn't a "Clinton" would we even be talking about her? Hmmmmm...

    April 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. kentucky

    Nancy, you don't have to soften your remarks because of the Clinton cronies. You were absolutely right the first time. Clinton baggage, exaggerations {sniper fire} and the "big one" NAFTA, have all been the demise of Hillary Clinton. If Hillary could somehow reverse NAFTA, and call it ATFAN {NAFTA in reverse} it could help her. It would stand for{Americans Treated Fairly After November} This of course would not be possible after she repays the favors she owes the lobbyist and foreign interest.

    April 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. Kat

    I agree with Ms Pelosi's take on all of this; but I have to wonder why the media and others continue to accuse both candidates of attack-mode politics. The Clintons injected race and religion into the mix, trying to throw Obama off his message of unity, hope and change, a campaign of positives, knowing that when he defends himself, the media and others will accuse him of the same gutter politics the Clintons have mastered so well.
    I find it hard to believe that the Clintons care for anything more than themselves and the big win. I think they are afraid that releasing their tax returns will expose just how 'down-to-earth' and understanding of the common folks they really are. Not.
    I look at Obama as hope for the future. My children and grandchildren deserve better than the usual divisive politics and self-serving that we've seen these last few years. Those who think only of their own predicament and cannot or will not see the larger picture, are sentencing us all to more of the same. This country is in a world of hurt and only an attitude adjustment, on a large scale, will take the pain away.

    April 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. CHERYL

    THE FACTS DO NOT CHANGE............

    OBAMA LIED AND DISENFRANCHISED TENS OF MILLIONS OF VOTERS OF THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE!!!!!

    THE WRIGHT SCANDAL AND THE LAND DEALS WITH REZKO!

    AND THAT IS NOT THE END! THERE IS MORE COMING!!!!!!!

    SENATOR CLINTON GETS UP EVERY DAY AND KEEPS FIGHTING AFTER ALL THE AWFUL ATTACKS!

    THIS WOMAN HAS GUTS AND THAT IS WHAT WE NEED IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!

    HILLARY CLINTON ===== REAL CHANGE!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Eunice, Maryland

    Nancy Pelosi and all those calling for Clinton to quit her campaign are so wrong. She is a disappointment to so many people in America and this could hurt her in the next election. They want to bambuzzle the nomination for Obama without allowing due process to run it's course. That is fraud and dirty politics. By them constantly calling on Hillary to quit publicly on the media is having the desired effect because they are indirectly telling the Superdelegates that Obama already has the nomination and that they should vote along that line. Also, my question is if John McCain leads Obama in the General election by 1% before about 8 or 10 states votes are counted, will they ask Obama to concede the election to John McCain because McCain is leading already by 1%? Why do that to Hillary if the answer is NO?

    Or in another scenerio, if Clinton is leading Obama with 1% and without the votes of as many as 8 or 10 states including Florida and Michigan, will they be asking Obama to withdraw his candidacy? This is dirty politics that the Obama supporters are playing and it will definitely backfire on them. The Superdelegates are smarter than that. This is a typical case of manipulation and intimidation. If it was the Clinton campaign playing this kind of politics, then Obama camp will be crying fraud and that it is because he is Black. But now look at how Hillary is being treated and she has continued to keep her head cool and just going about campaigning without paying any attention to her detractors. I can't believe that this is happening in America. I thought that it is only in third world countries that one see this kind of corruption.

    Pelosi has lost her respect credibility as far as her role in this election is concerned. I still believe that Hillary can still win this election and they know that too. That is why they don't want Florida and Michigan to vote and for the Superdelegates not to vote.

    This is a shame.

    April 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Rick

    All Nancy has to do is look at the current numbers and what has to happen to change the current situation. Barring Barack doing a public naked jig on Nancy's desk, Obama's lead in pleadged delegates will not change. So just how does Nancy think it will all come together? Does anyone really believe Hillary will gracefully withdraw in early June? Face it, the whole process was set up by the party insiders to annoint Hillary before any serious challenge could be mounted. But something happened along the way and Hillary et al are offended at even the possibility of being denied what they thought was rightfully their's. They won't let go. She (and he) will be more willing to hand the Presidency to McCain with the hope of doing this in 4 eyars rather than being shut out for 8.

    April 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Tony Z- MD

    The lose of a legacy. The Clinton Dynasty no more just pay the people what you owe them.

    April 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. white old lady

    THE CLINTONS ARE GOING TO RELOAD THE SLIME MACHINE &

    HOPE FOR A DIRECT HIT, SO SHE CAN GIVE ENOUGH REASON TO

    SOME OF THEIR GUTTER CRONIES TO GIVE HER THOSE

    SUPERDELEGATE VOTES. WON'T WORK. THOSE GUYS WILL BE

    VOTED OUT OF OFFICE. THERE IS NO HONEST REASON TO VOTE

    FOR CLINTON OTHER THAN GENDER, RACE AND NASTY.

    April 1, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Veteran in Kansas

    Veterans love Obama

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

    Really, Obama has shown me nothing, other than he is a good actor, that needs to be shown a script on respect for the flag.

    Veterans for Clinton, if not then McCain and and your statement above is one of the very reasons I can not and will not support Obama.

    April 1, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Bob

    Hillary seems to think she is entitled to the election. Maybe she doesnt understand is that she isnt Queen Hillary. Hillary represents the same politics as the last 40 years just with a different coat.

    April 1, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. bob

    floridian democrat for mccain..if hillary is not nominee

    obama is not man enough to allow the revotes in fl. and michigan

    floridia democrats for mccain and growing

    April 1, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. MannyG

    B.H.OBAMA is no better than a snake oil salesman. The only thing he is good at is being a master of deception. He's got nothing to offer as president.

    Stay in there Hillary!

    April 1, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Drew

    Monica-
    The problem is she wont even release her returns for 2000-2006. And her 2007 returns are completed, they are just being filtered and censored like her First Lady Schedule was. They are hiding something, and you stupid women that HAVE to have a female president even though she is a proven liar make me sick. Go shove a tampon up your butt.

    April 1, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Sean

    Clinton is tearing the party apart all for greed.

    While I support Obama, I do like Clinton. But she's clearly dividing this party and it won't help in the November election.

    April 1, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. Diane

    Why don't they change elections to all Primaries and every state vote on Super Tuesday.

    I think Obama is power hungry. He is a rookie and needs more experience. I think Pelosi's power has gone to her head.

    April 1, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Michael

    Hillary has a right to go to the convention just like Ronald Reagan did in 1976. Nobody's going to roll over for Obama. If not Hillary should run as a third party candidate. take that Pelosi!

    April 1, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Louis

    This is a close election, let everybody vote and count ALL THE VOTES or Come November all you Obama supporters with all your hate for Hillary and all the words that spill over this site and other will come back to hunt your candidate. All the call not to count the votes will give you a illegitimate candidate with a split party.

    All your comments are so hateful and vial that I will vote republican for the first time in my life if Obama is the candidate. Just like the man in the Whitehouse self called “the uniter” is nothing compared to your man.
    STOP CALLING HILLARY TO DROP OUT!!!

    April 1, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Why Democrats Lose

    This is why Democrats lose. They lack the willingness to fight when they have to do so. That's what makes Hillary the best candidate to take on the Republicans! She is a fighter. The Democratic Convention rules were written for this very reason and if Hillary feels that taking this fight to the floor of the convention, then she needs to do just that. The party will be better for it. It will be stronger because of it. Obama's willingness, along with his supporters, to suppress the will of the voters in Florida and Michigan, and to deny those who have yet to cast their vote, will do more to harm the Democrats than a floor fight at the convention. It's about time the Democrats grow a pair and begin fighting for what they believe in instead of rolling over.

    April 1, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Herman LA, CA

    Hillary I am really getting tire of you accusing the Obama campaign of suppressing vote. CNN why don't you set the record straight you can do it but you won't you have Senator Clinton on record saying that MI & FL voters should not count. Why don't you run the clip, you only showed this once? CNN you could do a better job of setting the record straight but you want this thing to keep on going. Obama is not on record saying what Senator Canton said about MI & FL voters.

    CNN why don't you request that Senator Clinton & John McCain release their tax records and Earmarks. Why CNN? Why? This is not fair that Senator Obama was forces to post his taxes and Earmarks but they have yet to release theirs.

    What are they hiding CNN? YOU KNOW IF CLINTONS & MCCAIN RELEASE THEIR TAXES THIS THING WOULD BE ALL OVER.

    I AM SCREAMING MAD!!!

    AND I HOPE YOU POST THIS…

    April 1, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. looneyl

    Guys, be on the alert!

    Sen. Clinton is only staying in the race because someone is doing some dirty work in the background.

    Mark my words, the Clinton campaign is cooking up some alligator stew!!!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    if you let her hillary will bring the party down. hill &bill are way more important to them selves, then the american people. shades of dick cheney

    April 1, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. CHERYL

    OBAMA IS A WIMP!

    HE ACTS A GOOD GAME LIKE HE IS ALL MR. NICE GUY!!!!!!!!

    BEHIND CLOSED DOORS HE IS A MANIACAL POWER HUNGRY MAN!

    WHO USES OPRAH'S MONEY TO GET WHAT HE WANTS!!!!

    I DO NOT THINK THAT HIS SUPPORTERS CARE ABOUT WHO THE NEXT PRESIDENT IS!

    ALL THEY WANT IS A BLACK MAN! OR THEY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH WOMEN!!!!!!!!

    IF OBAMA REALLY CARED ABOUT OUR COUNTRY HE WOULD STEP DOWN!!!!!

    HE IS NOT ELECTABLE!!!!!!!!!1

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Brandon

    Well said.

    April 1, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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