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

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soundoff (272 Responses)
  1. Billie

    Why does noto Hillary just call it quits? Her campiagn is deliquent on paying bills, esepcailly to the small buisness person. How shameful! Her master plan was that the primary campiagn would not last this long. With such poor planning (along with some cloudy judgment), how can she be respected as a viable presidential candidate?

    April 1, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Matt

    I see that Hillary compared herself to Rocky Balboa, saying that just like him in the movie, she isn't a quitter. Thats all fine and good, but doesn't she know that Rocky LOST?!?!

    April 1, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Zoe Owen

    Around seating Florida and Michigan ...
    Both candidates signed an agreement that they would abide by the DNP
    ruling on this....Clinton is resurrecting this as a voter issue when its a Clinton backslide, because she knows she has failed to win this race
    as she thought she would.

    This is no "Rocky" story folks....this is a story about taking the whole ship down if you can't be the captain. I hope Dean holds his ground and doesn't let the Clintons continue to manipulate the voters.

    April 1, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Jerry

    It's obvious whom Pelosi supports. Why don't she just come out and admit it, instead of dancing around the issue. The truth should set you free. But most politicians, like her, don't know what the truth sounds or looks like.

    April 1, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. NoObama

    Why would Obama drop out? he not going to win in general election with
    John McCain.

    All we need is Hillary to be President.

    April 1, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Jennifer

    Nancy Pelosi is an idiot. Why doesn't she just come out and say she wants Sen. Obama as the nominee? She, Howard Dean and the media are slanting everything towards Obama , and slamming Hillary all the time....what about Obama's lies? Obama hid the pastor from the beginning of his campaign. Obama at first said he had never heard those things Rev. Wright said, then later had to admit that he had. What about lying to the people who believed in him and then quietly behind their backs said to the Canadians that he didn't really mean it? What about telling the anti-war people that he will pull out of Iraq when he knows full well he will not be able to. Howard Dean has destroyed the Democratic Party. Hillary may not be perfect, but all of the slander I read here is disgusting and not true – what a bunch of parrots – if a tabloid or Rush Limbaugh says she will do anything to become President, people believe it – just like everyone allowed themselves to get sidetracked with "gay marriage" when Bush ran for office – stop believing all the propaganda and slander. Obama is the one who suggested that Hillary step down now because he knows she will win big in Pennsylvania and PR, and millions voted for her in Florida (where he ran ads in violation of the agreement, I may add) and in Michigan. Howard Dean messed this whole situation up and he should GO!!

    April 1, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Ray

    Obama should ignore Hillary and focus on campaigning against McGain, LET'S GET out the word on the issues that matter to the people AND STOP PLAYING HER GAME.

    April 1, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Sumaya Conners. East Chatham, NY

    Nancy Pelosi you became Speaker and did nothing that we Democrats asked in the 2006 elections. Bush and Cheney impeachment is off the table by your edict. Hillary Clinton should drop out. Who do you think you are anyway? Let the primaries run its course and you just do your job and stop all your orders that will lead nowhere. Nobody is listening to you, just go away. I hope you will loose your position in the next election. You do not deserve to be head of the democrats.

    April 1, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. JS

    Hey CNN, Why do you only post the pro Obama messages????

    April 1, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Rob L.

    Hill's a self parody now.

    April 1, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Carl

    I dont understand why people are asking the most experienced candidate to quit, typical null, narrow minded Obama supporters, not a clue about politics.

    April 1, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Benny

    I like the fact she will not go down with out a fight.

    Is this not what one would consider a good quality?

    All of them lied one time or another so we need to cancel that one out

    All of em have shady backgrounds to some degree.

    Seems that BO is suggesting to quit is a sign of his weakness not hers.

    April 1, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. jenni chang

    Thank you Pelosi! for a very fair statement. Clinton wants to play the game, fine. But she shouldn't rip apart the game board just because she is losing.

    April 1, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Nicholas Hussein

    All Hillary needs to do to win this election is start talking about the negatives of partisan politics. She can go after Obama for being too partisan, and pledge to run with a Republican running mate, offering voters "the best of both worlds."

    A Clinton/Cheney ticket, for example, woudl win by a landslide...

    April 1, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. elmerg

    I truly believe the only political statement Pelosi will not capitulate on is her blather about "impeachment is off the table".
    Any other declaration on an issue on her part is malleable as play-dough.

    April 1, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Vet in S.A.

    Dems tearing dems apart, I luv it!

    April 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Jayson

    At this point thinking that the Democratic convention won't be a knockdown drag out fight is just wishful thinking. This kind of fight is a good thing for the US since it highlights the fact of how truly hypocritical the Democratic party is when it comes to the issue of race.

    April 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. dan

    And in some good news, Rasmussen today reports that Clinton is LOSING support in Pennsylvania, and leads Obama by only 5% points, down from previous double digit leads.

    The fat lady has begun to sing...

    April 1, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Paul

    Am I missing something? Clinton supporters say Obama can't win against McCain... While Hillary is losing to Obama? Clinton supporters say Obama supporters are hateful and divisive... while being much more willing to abandon the party? Uh... okay.

    April 1, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  20. jill

    Hope? Tell us your plan!

    April 1, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Kenneth

    Hilarious primary! You have a racist and a liar who are splitting the party apart.

    You could not pay for such amusement even if you tried to.

    April 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. yahooo

    CNN where are the tax returns, how long has it been since people have been asking to see this????????????

    April 1, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Just why is this crucial aspect of the electoral process banned from publication here? Hmmmm.....

    April 1, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Kenneth

    I love all the phoney democrats who want the primary to end. It looks like the only time they want ALL votes to be cast is when they think they will win, otherwise they really do not care about people being able to vote and have their say in the election process.

    April 1, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. dave

    Everyone knows the Clintons, now things we are getting to know Mr Obama, let him stay out there lets get to know him before we make a dicisiom we will regret.

    April 1, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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