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. Tina

    For weeks I have been wondering and waiting to see what is taking these 'Supers' so long to put an end to it. I wouldn't have an issue with Hillary campaigning until the last primary race, if she would stick to the issues. If she were truly concerned about the ultimate goal: winning the general election in the fall, than she would stop painting the obvious nominee as unelectable and she would stop rallying her supporters against Obama. She is causing a huge rift within our party. The fact that she is even contemplating taking this fight to the convention in August is simply unacceptably selfish and ludicrous. Wake up 'Supers' : Save your party - while you still have a chance!

    May 29, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. augustin

    The party leaders should understand it's time to end this fight. It's hurting to both(Obama and Clinton ) in november general election. It's really time to move on and put it behind.

    May 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Anna

    Everybody knows that Obama will be the nominee. Let's unite behind him and take back the White House.

    Hillary, we love you, but it is beginning to look like your priorities are out of order. It is not all about you and your dreams. Our party can not win if we are divided. You keep saying that "We will have a united party. This prolonged process is good for the party. etc." I'm sorry, but I beg to differ. There is more hatred and division because of this prolonged process. Please bow out gracefully and throw your support behind Barack Obama 110%.

    Democrats Unite

    Obama 08

    May 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Nora

    Finally, someone going to step in & stop this power hungry clintons' . HRC I admire your determination in being president, I admire you for you but I am very disappointed that you have taken this too far. At first, I understood you did it for determination but now, your prolonging & destroying our union of the democratic party. I have never voted democratic in my life, always been a republican. Both you & Obama have changed my mind in being a republican & now I very proud to be a democratic. Please, Please bow down gracefully & god will guide the democratic party to win against McCain. If you still continue to ruin the party, you are being selfish...YOU ARE MORE INTERESTED IN HAVING POWER THAN HEARING THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE THAT NEEDS CHANGE IN AMERICA & ALSO TO SEND HOME OUR MEN & WOMEN WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR A WAR THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE ALONG TIME AGO. SO HILLARY PLEASE BOW DOWN GRACEFULLY & UNITE THE PARTY """"NOT BREAK THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY"""" YOU HAVE LOST A GOOD FIGHT.

    May 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Edana Popp

    What are you all afraid of??? Can anyone tell me one thing that they're going to do differently because the party is "divided"? People are just mouthing words.

    This campaign is the best thing to happen to American democratic participation! Take it to the convention! Would you all rather be yawning through 4 days of coronation? This way, the speakers on the podium might actually be listened to!

    May 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. 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 thinking that she won!

    May 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Seminole3232 - Atlanta

    Bring in the sandman!

    May 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Heidi

    ***********YOU SAID IT ALL*************

    Put the Clintons and their campaign in their place. All this cheating is not going to be tolerated nor will we allow " a few MONKEYS" to ruin a party.

    Pelosi is just the person to set Hillary straight. This way she can't use the "Gender" card or any other card she is holding on to.


    North Carolina

    May 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. The Truth

    Typo: That should say OBAMA.

    May 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. Why?

    It's gone to the convention before, why is today any different? Pelosi's a moron, unfortunately it appears that so are far too many democrats these days. Obama's gonna lose in November and the far left, liberal, conspiracy theorists will blame Clinton, instead of themselves for nominating a candidate that is ahead in delegates solely because of a failure to count votes and a reliance on a caucus system that is heavily skewed towards Obama's demographic.

    May 29, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. vic nashville,Tn

    President G.W.Bush Backing Sen. Mc Cain

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Backing Sen. Barak Hussein Obama

    Pelosi approval rate is less than Bush

    So our votes Hillary or Mc Cain

    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Harry

    Hillary Clinton is staying in the race because her supporters WANT her to stay. I am amazed at her stamina and resoluteness. I pray that she makes it to the White House, because she is the only candidate who has shown the strength of character it will take to get us out of the mess Bush has made. Obama and McCain can not hold a candle to her.

    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. Edy from NJ


    If you can end this thing, I will take you out on a date. I promise that I will be a gentleman on the first night. The expenses are on you by the way because you are making more than me.

    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  14. Petra, Independendent from PA

    Go Nancy, First Woman president for 2016. You have guts and you are definitely not devisive!

    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. Streetkid wano e Toronto

    Nancy you are the woman of the year! Please go ahead and end this bickering by the Clintons. We need a unified party. Obama deserves credit for running a great campaign.

    I support Nancy Pelosi for VP!

    Obama/Pelosi '08

    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Generation X

    @fred or fred II
    This has got to kill both of you!! HA! HA! Your girl, Hillary is toast. Okay here comes; Sharon, MN and the rest of the Hillary supporters (all ten of them) if Hillary is not the nominee, write her in or vote for McShame. HA...HA....HA.....HA Republicans get your game face on because we Obama supporters are ready.

    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Bob from Mo.

    You Democrats , have been ratching your jaws. And what have you acomplished. Nothing, Nothing , most are getting feed up with the Speaker an her Know it all . I say best they start over , If they stumble in controll , Have you got an idea what a year after wards , will look like.

    Won't make good stew . Even Heinze would not be ready to , even look at it. Barrack, Peeosie, an Swift Boat , Kennedy at the Helm . Dumping wasted fuel into the Bay.

    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Ex-Democrat in Iowa

    She has NO RIGHT to do this. Hillary is following the "rules" you Obamabots are so quick to point out.


    If she tries to bully Hillary my vote is hands-down for McCain. Shame on this party...

    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. bruce

    Pelosi has always been pro-Obama. She is fron San Fransisco where Obama is big. Going to the convention is not a bad thing. It was the way it was in the past. Want to talk about doing what is good for the Party? In the Florida primary, where Clinton and Obama both did not campaign and both had a few ads run due to satellite TV, Clinton recieved 870,986 votes and Obama recieved 576,214. The biggest blowout in the primaries. Obama cannot win Florida over McCain but Hillary could. What an unfair nomination process.

    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Anup K. Sen

    Speaker Pelosi is correct and I hope she steps in and ends this race. Senator Clinton is getting away with her own tactics for a long time and it must be stopped. She should swallow her pride and concede to Senator Obama who is a real hero for American people.

    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. Paul

    If she does then it will be the first thing she has done –

    Pelosi is such a disappoinment – Obama will need to distance himself from the do-nothing Pelosi

    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Chipster

    Of course, she's prepared to support Obama. She always has been but what does she thinks she's going to do? She can further damage the chances to defeat McCain by completely alienating FL & MI voters, who are well aware that they have been punished for supporting Clinton while SC was allowed to move their primary date twice (gee, who do you suppose SC supported?). Howard Dean has already made a mess of this contest and Pelosi wants a shot a making it worse.

    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Tim MN.

    Hillary won your state Nancy! Who are you voting for?

    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Kenneth M


    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. MJAMES

    I sincerely hope after the final primary next Tuesday the current uncommitted deegates win come out and throw their support to Obama so there will be no need to take this to the convention. It is amazing to me there isn't a true leader in the democratic party that can tell Hillary it's over and she is hurting the party. You just can't change the rules you agreed to just because you came in second.

    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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