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. A Texas Voter

    I just wonder how many people really think HRC is just going to say I am done, let me go ahead and start campaigning for Obama. We all know her and Pelosi are going to wrestle on the floor at the Convention, there is no way folks, that fat lady refuses to sing!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Chep

    Well not allowing their party to have a vote for election of the highest office seems like a major fumble for the democratic party to me. Michigan and Florida might as well just secede and vote in their own presidents as new countries if they don't matter.

    Politics. So dirty.

    May 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Republican Hillary Supporter

    Pelosi is a JOKE!!! The people of Florida and Michigan have a rights to have their full delegations seated!

    Hillary keep fighting the country needs you!!! Don't listen to Pelosi, for she'll probably lose her seat in the house in November anyway.

    May 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Terry Martin

    It is hard to believe that someone that should be very smart, like Speaker Pelosi would entertain stopping this primary process at any point. This is a democracy last I heard. Senator Clinton has proven that she is the strongest and most prepared to be the President of the United States at a time the country needs this kind of experience. Senator Obama is getting votes based on his charm and great speeches with nothing else to offer. I think the Speaker and the Super Delegates should be proud that Senator Clinton is willing to take this as far as she can. I personally will never vote for Senator Obama because I am intelligent enough to know you do not need a President at this time that is only a figure head. Please tell me there are others out there that realize the same thing. Thank you.

    May 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. George

    It's about time that Pelosi stepped in and said something. We need to end this now and unite the Democratic party. I predict Obama will announce victory Tuesday night.

    May 29, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. No WMD ever found

    HRC should have already bowed out gracefully. She is now widely seen as a spoiled child and has made it very difficult to exit this race gracefully.

    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Evelyn Florida

    You politicians are crooks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I voted in Florida and so did many voters we did not violate anything. Our legislation in our states did the violation. Should the people be penalized for that? That means now in the future any state can break the law to their liking to control future primaries, by doing that the legislation can rigg any primary out there. Where is the democracy i this country? All votes should count fromt the people. You all are crooks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Politicians SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Scott

    Thank you Nancy! Please stop this endless bickering now.

    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. steven

    why did it take so long for this to happen you created this monster and now you cant control her, she is dividing ths party on purpose we need time to bring the party together Hillary is working against Obama and trying to hold on to her supporters in the process, she wants you to think that she is a fighter the ol Huckabee move remember but what she is doing is giving people a reason to be divided in the party when the issues are getting push asided. Democrats are Democrats and Republicans are Republicans not once has she spoke to her supporters about not voting for Obama we are not blind to the madness

    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Mike

    Does Pelosi decide DNC rules now? Dean better look out for his job. Hillary can take this fight to the convention if she wants to. She has enough people on her side that it warrants it.

    This is why I am becoming disgusted by the DNC now. They have screwed Hillary at every turn in this race. Hillary is the only realistic candidate we have and can beat McCain. Obama is Bush 2.0 and sold out to Excelon just Bush was to Enron.

    I will vote Hillary or McCain but never Obama.

    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. TO

    I agree with Pelosi. Sen. Clinton may start arguing that's not democratic, but Clinton's math excludes the results of caucus, while including votes in FL and MI, which do not reflect the actual opinions of ALL people - There are many who ended up not voting because they knew their votes would not be counted. And, this is not Sen. Obama or DNC's fault. Both states broke the rules and the very rules were supported by the Clinton campaign until Sen. Clinton began losing. We cannot allow another president who twists the reality to manipulate the public view.

    Sen. Clinton. If you think you are a stronger candidate, please play a fair game and stop trying to change the rules or using skewed numbers favoring your position.

    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. B positive

    Your article stated that Pelosi, "has largely stayed on the sidelines during her party's prolonged primary race." You may want to rethink that statement.

    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. jbs

    It's amazing how Hillary said it was all about the superdelegates and when she realizes she can't win with them, she changes her mind. It's past time for her to get out of the way and stand in support of Obama.

    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Willis, Texas




    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Greg

    I understand that they are building a replica of the White House in rural New York to move Clinton into. That way she will be able to go on thinkling that she won!

    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. The Truth


    Oh wait a minute...... Pelosi's a WOMAN.........ummm


    Oh wait a minute......Their about the same age....hmmm


    The Supers know she lost.....
    Her top advisors know she lost...
    Her intelligent supporters know she lost....
    Republicans know she lost.....
    Most Americans know she lost....
    Bill IS LOST................Everyone received the notice!
    Enough of the nonsense Billary....Someone please someone hit the send button on their e-mail notifying her that she lost the race.


    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. JIM WHITTAKER, Hemet, CA

    Oh, good!

    A catfight between Nancy and Hillary!

    My money's on Nancy.

    Hillary's gone from TRACY FLICK, to GLEN CLOSE.

    Bill's gone from Bill, to W.C. FIELDS.

    Delicious, just delicious....

    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. karen

    Get Hillary out NOW!!!! This thing has gone on way to long!!!! Hillary keeps putting her foot in her mouth every couple days. Obama needs the time to fight Bush/McCain!!!! I want this country back and one of the main reasons Hillary has run such a bad champaign is she has stayed with Washington insiders and lobbiests which is the main reason she is loosing!!!! We, the American people want change, change and more change!!!!! Obama has run a fantastic champaign and organization without Washington!!! And he is NOT in debt to anyone except the American people who he will fight for!!!!! Ger her out NOW!!!! Go Obama!!!! And I'm a 64 year old grandmother!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |

    you go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!madam pelosi, you are an example of a woman leader!

    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Tim in NC


    Some leadership among the democrats, don't get me wrong, I am an Obama supporter, but this is ridiculous.

    One way or the other this has got to end, McCain is the real target, not ourselves.

    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. sprkl12000

    HaHa...I guess Hillary isn't calling the shots after all....GO NANCY!!!!

    I am glad to see that there is someone else who can END this farce...regardless of her motives (if she wants a job in the administration, more power to her), she has the final authority on this issue...THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS...

    go away haters!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  22. Voice of Reason

    [Off topic]

    Gotta love the folks that say, "I'm not gonna vote for Obama 'cause he can't win."

    I'm surrounded by idiots. This nation deserves WHATEVER leadership it gets, just as we -as a nation- truly deserve to be in the abysmal quagmire in which we now find ourselves. Sure, maybe NOW Bush's disapproval rating is 70+% but "now" is too late (by seven years). I saw that cowardly imbecile for what he was BEFORE he stole the presidency, and that he was RE-elected is one of the saddest commentaries on the mental state of the average American.

    Besides... Who even WANTS the job now? If either Hillary or Obama cannot clean up this incredible mess in one term, half the nation is going to scream to high Heaven that they failed because they were a woman, or black. Give it to McSame and let HIS team sink along with us. (Hey... We can handle 2000 more dead troops, 10,000 wounded, 50,000 more dead Iraqi civilians, $10 gasoline, $5,000,000,000,000 of national debt, further enrichment of the Bush family and their cronies, etc... Right?) Then -with a disapproval rating of NINETY-FOUR percent- maybe we can move toward some REAL change.

    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Just Me

    Totally time someone stepped up. Hillary, you didn't care before you were totally losing about the votes, you agreed with MI to break the rules and kept your name on there with that other shady guy. Just let it go......start backing our democratic nominee instead of hurting the party....

    May 29, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Dina/Bronx for Obama

    I hope this will end all the bickering and lies, and that we can then vote for the Democratic winner - No matter who HE/SHE is! But I hope all you people know that if you decide to vote for McCain just because your Democrat didn't win, you're only hurting yourself, because you're adding four more years to the Bush Administration.

    Democrats! Stick together or be ready for the return of the draft.

    May 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Louise - MN

    Nancy who? It's amazing how an actionless politician like Pelosi thinks she will have any effect on shutting down the campaign of the most powerful woman in American politics.
    This All-Star cast of candidates should not be swayed by the petty, ineffective politics of b-squad players like Pelosi.
    Keep your fingers out of the pot Nancy or you are likely to find out that Capitol Hill is only big eonugh for ONE leading woman.

    May 29, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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