May 29th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
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Pelosi prepared to 'step in' to end race

Pelosi says she is prepared to 'step in.'

Pelosi says she is prepared to 'step in.'

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton has hinted that she is prepared to take her fight to fully seat Florida and Michigan all the way to the party's convention in late August, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that's not going to happen.

In an interview with her hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, the California Democrat said she is prepared to "step in" if the presidential race does not resolve itself by the end of next month.

"I will step in," Pelosi told the paper. "Because we cannot take this fight to the convention…It must be over before then."

Pelosi, who will serve as chair of the convention, has largely stayed on the sidelines during her party's prolonged primary race. But the House Speaker has said Democratic superdelegates should not overturn the pledged delegate winner, and has warned of irreparable harm if they do so. Barack Obama officially won the majority of pledged delegates in last Tuesday's primary contests, though it's been clear for several weeks Clinton could not overtake him in that category.

Pelosi also indicated she opposes the Clinton campaign's desire that both Florida and Michigan's delegations be fully seated at the convention. The party stripped both states of their entire delegations last year after they moved their presidential primaries ahead in the nominating calendar.

Pelosi said she agreed the two states should be seated in some way, but said only "in a way that is not destructive to any sense of order in the party."

"If you have no order and no discipline in terms of party rules, people will be having their primary in the year before the presidential election," she said. "So there has to be some penalty."

The Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee meets Saturday in Washington to consider exactly how to seat both states. It's likely the committee will vote to meet the rule-breaking states halfway - a move that will help Clinton close the delegate gap with Obama but not overtake him.

soundoff (915 Responses)
  1. Stacy Clarks


    DEMOCRATS IN 08!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |


    May 29, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    Thank God she is stepping in. Hopefully by then hillary will have run out of scheme's, we hope. BTW, how is she more electable?

    May 29, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Vanessa

    Yes. Let Clinton have her run and come June 3 she should gracefully bow out. If not, the Party leaders should start their endorsements.

    May 29, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. Chris from San Antonio

    So, the Democratic Leadership is finally showing....leadership. Why did we have to wait for so long? Only Hillary supporters thought Clinton could win.

    May 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. prairieguy

    Thank you Nancy!!!! I hope the rest of the party leaders feel the same way.

    We cannot wait until the convention to know our nominee...if this happens and we come out of the convention not united we will be handing McSame the election in Nov and we will have to deal with a 3rd Bush term...America cannot afford for this to happen!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. usa

    ==she's useless.

    ======impeaching bush is off the table, she said!!

    =========she lost my respect long time ago.

    ==============she only cares about her botox appt.

    May 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Robert in Albuquerque

    Hey Nancy

    Worry less about the election and more about doing your job. What have you done for us lately? Those first 100 days sure amounted to nothing!

    A fellow Democrat

    May 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. nader

    SHE IS 100% RIGHT.

    May 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. FL for Obama

    Way to go, Nancy! Let's end this NOW! Florida and Michigan did not follow the rules and should be penalized. Their delegates should be seated, but not counted. Obama's name wasn't even on the ballot in Michigan for heaven's sake! If the rules are changed, what message would the DNC send to America's youth? It's time for the party to be united to defeat McCain in November (and I'm a Republican!).

    BaRack the Vote! Obama "08

    May 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Independent for Obama

    She is exactly right, it can't go to the convention. This should be obvious to anyone who actually wants to see a democrat in the White House.

    May 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. Sheila WA

    I think if the DNC finds a fair way to seat the delegates without favoring one candidate over the other and at the same time is penalizing to Fl and MI, I think this race will officially be over by June 30. I guess we'll find out this weekend. Let the General Election begin.. DEM 08

    May 29, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. mike

    Pelosi mind your business, you are the one dividing the party!

    May 29, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. RR

    Alright Nancy!....Tell it like it is!

    May 29, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Jim

    Another male insider trying to steal the election from poor Hillery right Clinton supporters.

    May 29, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. John

    For every HRC supporter that says they will not support Obama, there are at least five people who would not support HRC if she is allowed to bully her way to the nomination. It's over HRC–now do what's best fo the Democratic Party.

    May 29, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. Von Bismark VIENNA


    May 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Celeste

    These people like Pelosi are so transparent. They sit on the sidelines until a presumed winner is here just to see what kind of post or position they can get in the White House. They should campaign for their canidate on the issues only and be held to a standard of not attacking people personally. Issues only. I think they should have declared before Super Tuesday in February and they we would not be playing the blame game. Then let all voters cast there votes through June and no one would be saying he elite chose the canidate.

    May 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. eStreet4ever

    Thank you. Please follow the will of the people and do whatever is necessary to make candidate Obama become President to Be Obama.

    May 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. Say anything to win

    Go girl, she say she's a fighter, but you are the shot-caller...woohoooo!!!

    OBAMA 08

    May 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Deb

    Well about time!

    They have let hilary rage for too long already.

    She has created nothing but bitterness in the democratic party and i hope this is the end of her career. I pray i never see that womens face again on tv because she is way too elitist and arrogant.

    She is in denial as are allot of her fanatical followers.

    Maybe those uneducated that support her soo much should become educated because anyone with half a brain would realize that obama and hilary have pretty much the same agenda for america.

    4 years of mccain will mean another 600billion dollars being poured into iraq and countless lives of americans. When you go to vote be sure to vote for the country and not your bitterness.

    May 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. wise electorate

    Democrats should ask themselves this question.

    Is an individual more than the party?

    HRC preparing to take the fight to the convention.... That cannot and will not happen.

    After June 3rd, Super Delegates must declare their support for Obama and end this nightmare.

    May 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Atlanta Obamacrat

    Can we say, Pelosi for VP...

    May 29, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. Katrina in Texas

    The Clintons have lost their minds. It has become completely transparent that they have become desperate and determined to fulfill their personal agendas. Everything Hillary has said about wanting to unify the part etc. was purely lip service as usual. Otherwise she would not continue to smear Obama and say that he cannot win the general election. Think about it? How can she argue the opposite point when Obama becomes the nominee and we are now combating the Republicans. Of course they will use Hillary's entire campaign against him.

    She is a shame to this party. Her followers continue to be disillusioned by her. When is enough, enough? Clinton must be stopped or she will succeed in making sure a Republican gets in the White House. We all know that will equal disaster.

    Also- I have a serious question for the women who support Clinton and say they will vote for McCain in the fall. First of all can I just say that makes NO SENSE. Also- women, do you know he will try and overturn Roe v Wade? Do you want to take a 20/30 year step backwards and allow the govt. to tell us what to do with our bodies?

    Learn the Truth!

    Obama 2008

    May 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Bri, VA

    Finally, it's about time you stopped sitting back in the cut, watching the Dem party eat itself alive. Welcome, late comer.

    May 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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