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. Dee

    If this situation was reversed, Obama would probably step down. Hillary is 'RED' in 'BLUE' clothing. She has consistently supported the party that completely bashed her husband. The same group that wanted to impeach her husband!

    The more she continues to bash Obama with ridiculous garbage, the more republican she looks. (I need garlic and a crucifix after typing 'republican' twice). YUCK!

    NO MORE CLINTONS – NO MORE BUSHES!!

    Obama!

    April 1, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Vivian

    Clinton cares less about people. She never did and Bill never did! She is not fighting for our voices, she is fighting to win and will not stop at anything. She is behaving like an animal. She is a pathalogical liar, she is accusing Obama of not wanting NC to vote, while he campaigns there and says in his speeches that she has the right to run as long as she wants. I think he has shown me that he is the kind of politician I want in the white house and someone needs to stop Hillary clinton from lying as we are all dumb and stupid. People can read, hear and understand Hillary. Do you really think that if you plant a buzz you will win? that is so stupid! you are stupid enough to think that the american people are stupid, we're not! not all of us, just people who are voting for you after they see you in a lie and another and another etc... go away, but not until everyone has voted please. We are happy to see Obama continue to carry his message in more states, which means we'll be well aquainted with him by the time the general elections come. But right after the primaries are over, I'd love to see you take a long, long, long vacation in another country somewhere. Please be sure that there are no snipers, maybe you won't be so lucky this time!

    April 1, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Grif

    Look beyond the Clouds..... I think that was a Movie....
    Deep Throat.......... Give her a Medal.....
    "I Am Not A Crook" Go Hillary...........Win...

    April 1, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. Joanne

    Obviously, the superdelegates will decide this race. Our votes don't seem to matter. With these delegates in place, our voices have been effectively silenced. It seems like a big scam and "they" are hell-bent on shoving Obama down out throats. We should be looking more closely at all politicians and the way they set this up, as opposed to bashing all the candidates.

    April 1, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. Don't Give up!

    Why is Hillary damaging the party? Why? Is it because she’s not surrendering to “everyone’s” pressure? To me that is good leadership quality. She’s not a wimp and we all know we don’t need a wimp in the WH. She has every right to stay in the race, and every one’s voice should be heard. Rather you like it or not! This will turn into another Bush/Gore election. When are you all going to call in the Supreme Court? You people just want to get your candidate in and get Hillary out of the way. That’s all. And, you call yourselves Americans? You are noting but selfish Americans. It’s about you and the heck with everyone else.

    April 1, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Roxanne

    If neither of them could get to 2024, which is required to clinch the nomination, who died and left Pelosi the god to tell Superdelgates what they should consider in the plan B, which is what all the superdelgates will have to consider.

    It is simple, plan B should be the one with the popular votes, because most Democrats will have voted for that person to become their nominee.

    Some SD's may even want to consider the one most electable, most veted and maybe, just maybe, the one who is not left vulnerable to the barrage of attack from the right about the Wright.

    Nansi has already led us down a hole in the House with a 12-23% approval ratings. She should just shut up and stay neutral, although it is obvious now that she's on Obama's side. Why else would she be insisting that we could his less than 2024 pledged delegates?

    April 1, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. scott

    If we knew then what we know now about Obama, I guarantee Dems would not be having these discussions. We would have our nominee, and Obama would have returned to his Rezco-paid mansion.

    April 1, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. Mikey, Scottsdale AZ

    Can somebody ..ANYBODY ...please tell me what the exact verbage was that the Democratic candidates all signed regarding MI & FL.

    How can Billary say she wants all votes to count NOW when apparently they were not important to her eight months ago ?????????

    April 1, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. CHERYL

    OBAMA IS UNPATRIOTIC!

    HOW CAN HE BE ALLOWED TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT??

    REAL AMERICANS DO NOT TAKE AWAY OTHERS RIGHT TO VOTE!!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. Voter from Delaware

    Applications are now being accepted by Bill for White House internships.

    April 1, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Otto F

    Look at that photo. Even after all those botox treatments you can still see that she hates Hillary. Always has.

    April 1, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. HEIDI

    AND THE FRONTRUNNER WILL BE "BARACK OBAMA"

    BUT WE CALL KNOW THE CLINTONS WILL JUST PULL ANOTHER TRICK OUT OF THEIR BAG....

    WHAT IS LEFT IS A TRIP TO THE HOSPITAL...SOME ILLNESS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO GET SYMPATHY VOTES FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    **SIDE NOTE** CHELSEA GO BACK TO WORK FOR THE HEDGE FUND YOU TOOK A LEAVE FROM. YOUR NOT HELPING IF YOU CHOOSE TO BE SELECTIVE IN THE QUESTIONS YOUR ANSWERING

    April 1, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Tim in Canada

    Looks like a civil war to me.

    April 1, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Brian

    Screw Hillary... someone needs to as we all know Bill is not...

    McCain '08

    April 1, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. jwilliams

    right on JCL Kentucky!!!!!! I agree I am from Kentucky and I love being able to Vote it is my right and I sure am going to do it!!!!!

    April 1, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. norb

    Pelosi and congress have a lower voter approval rating than George W. What does that tell ya? All talk, no action?

    April 1, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Guido in New Jersey

    You're right. Pelosi is just another flip-flop politician. It was very evident that she is an Obama supporter, however, perhaps she changed her mind after Obama's mentor made the anti-Italian comments last week. After all, she is an Italian-American just as I am. SHAME ON YOU, PELOSI. Where are all my fellow Italian-Americans? If the shoe were on the other foot, there would be hell to pay in the media!!!!!
    How can Americans be so naive about Obama and his campaign?

    Keep going Hillary!!!!......YOU WILL DO IT.

    April 1, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  18. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    I agree with Nacy Pelosi that the "...election has to run its course..." and that "...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."

    I also want to applaud her for her handling of the recent letter from powerful Clinton fundraisers criticizing her stance. She couldn't of said it any better than me when she flatly stated "it wasn't important to me." What were they thinking when they signed and sent that letter....or were they thinking at all?

    April 1, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. California Voter

    What's wrong with having two candidates running for President? Why are Pelosi and some other democrats trying to disenfranchise not only the voters in Michigan and Florida, but also the remaining states? I think all the voters should be heard. If Clinton's campaign had folded up as some suggested before Texas, voters in the democratic party would have been left with no choice, there are many in fact who have already voted who may not have wanted to vote for a candidate who shows his lack of judgment by belonging to a racist church for 20 years. Obama won dirty in his previous contests and wants to win the same way with this one. This is far too important a position to have someone running who has not been fully vetted. Thanks, to CNN and other news media, facts about Obama have taken a very long time getting out to the public.

    Where is Michelle Obama?

    April 1, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Tesa P

    I say kick the Clintons off the Island.....

    April 1, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Ron

    Whom ever is the Democratic nominee turns out to be, that person will have the slimest of margins over the other person. In no way will either candidate be able to claim anything else. It is entirely possible that the candidates will go to the convention with one having more pledged delegates and the other having more of the popular vote. Regardless, the superdelegates are going to chose the Democratic nominee. Therefore, I hope the superdelegates honor the popular vote of their respective states and support the candidate that won in their state. Anything less would be ignoting the will of the people they are supposed to represent.

    April 1, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. scott

    Obama kool-aide drinkers are fools! Wake up people, and get a clue! The Cat-in-the-Hat is not for real and his entire campaign platform is deceitful and divisive.

    April 1, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  23. Jen

    HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT

    GP HILLARY

    WHO IS PELOSI? GO AND SIT DOWN PEOLSI, OBAMA.

    HILLARY IS OUR CANDIDATE

    April 1, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. GBB

    Hillarly shows depth of loyalty and love and sacrifice to this country. She was an outstanding first lady. I remember everyone always saying, "you know it's Hillary running the White House", McCain has shown honor, dedication and sacrifice to this country. Please tell me what Obama has to offer, what sacrifices has he made to deserve the honor of this seat, I'm still waiting to see it. Something about him rubs me the wrong way. Can't trust that he won't compromise this country given his alliances. I have eternal faith that Hillary or McCain wouldn't hurt or compromise our country, Can't vote for him, I wouldn't do that to the rest of my fellow Americans.
    Hillary 1st / McCain if I must

    April 1, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. RW

    The Best Candidate is Hillary and she should stay till the end. I can't believe what's been going on with certain people wanting her to quit and It's not fair to her. Hillary is no quitter and I can't wait for her to be the next President. Keep Going Hillary there is no stopping now!

    April 1, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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