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. Mike

    Well if Obama goes to Iraq as he suggested there might be a problem.

    Obama might join the insurgents in their fight. Didnt his Audacity of Hype book state if the political winds get to strong he would cling to the Muslims?

    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. sue

    Hillary will get my vote even if she not the nominee, I will write her name in on the November ballet. I will support her to the end. And those that knows Hillary will not believe the lies that are being told on her,She is a very strong woman and will make a good leader,We do not need a Bush wanna be like McCain in office,enough is enough.

    May 29, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Edana Popp

    To Creative Woody:
    Yes, the Spurs are down 3 to 1, but is anyone asking them to just quit because the odds are long??

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Tired of idolatry

    If Pelosi and Obama are the "new" Democrats – I will certainly crossover – His accomplishments do not compare with either Clinton OR McCain and she has managed to do NOTHING since the Dems took control. The whole party is a joke and I am ashamed.

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. MikeCT

    Why wait until the end of June? If June 4 comes and she hasn't conceded, Pelosi needs to end it right then. You can't trust Clinton to get out at the end of the primary season, seeing that she should've conceded weeks ago. She's only hurting the party by staying in the race now.

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Girl from Louisiana

    I DO wish FL & Michigan could get counted IF thecandidates would have protested this LAST YEAR. Why didn't I hear Hillary talking about this BEFORE the election? Asking them to change the rules after the fact is very suspicious.

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. E. POWELL I MD, E POWELL MD II & ER. POWELL MD

    FINAL SOMEONE WITH COMMON SENSE HAS SPOKEN. WE HAVE NEVER CLAIMED TO BE FOR OR AGAINST MR. OBAMA OR HRC. WE HAVE CALLED FOR THE "REASONING OF COMMON SENSE". RULES ARE RULES. LIES ARE LIES. MORAL VALUES ARE MORAL
    VALUES. WHEN YOU THROW ALL THE LATTER OUT THE WINDOW AND PROFESS TO BE BETTER THAN THE REST, THE WROSE ALWAYS COME BACK TO YOU. IN OTHER WORDS, "TO CAST A STONE WITHOUT SIN IS ONE THING, BUT, TO CAST THAT SAME STONE WITH SIN WILL EVENTUALLY COME BACK TO HIT YOU IN THE BACK. THIS PRIMARY SEASON HAS BEEN HISTORICAL IN THE SENSE OF A PARTY THAT SUPPOSE TO BE FOR THE PEOPLE HAVE SEEN MANY PEOPLE WRONGLY CASTED IN ALL KINDS OF LIGHT THAT JUST MAYBE A STONE THAT OUR PARTY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET OVER. LIKE WE CONYINUE TO SAY - "GOD DON'T LIKE ULGY".

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Kennedy Ghetubba

    This is one of the most outstanding women and leader in this great country of ours. Her wisdom is enormous. She knows the political game all well. If this fight goes on to the convention she will be the one to blame and finally she will loose her power terribly, and so to the hardworking American people whose will be in turmoil for along time to come. As I said earlier Hilary Clinton will be a president one time if she is wise but not fighting to the convention to win nomination. That is a debacle and Pelosi knows better.

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Robin

    How dare you Nancy. What gives you the right to speak for the millions of voters, and supporters of Hillary Clinton. I dont know why you are trying to kiss up to obama and the republicans. You are not the woman I thought you were. If you step in and stop this race, you yourself will be the blame for losing this elections to the republicans. There will be no more DNC, we will not give a dime to the DNC, and certainly will not vote for obama.

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Joyce

    I don't know who Nancy Pelosi thinks she is. If she had accomplished anthing at all maybe she would have a leg to stand on. She alone will not decide who the canidate is for the democratic party. Her arrogance has made her an inefective leader and I think she should step down and let someone who can achieve some changes for this country take over. What if she worked on the gas prices before the elderly and poor in this country have to deal with a winter where they will not be able to heat their homes. She doesn't have to worry about that she can just go to a fireworks display some big corportaton will put on for her and forget all about the people like she did at the last convention.
    I wish someone would tell her to just be quiet!

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. susants

    Hooray! Someone with guts!
    It will take a woman to deal with the loser Clinton's determination to grab the nomination from the winner.
    God help us Dems if Obama nominates a woman for VP over Clinton.
    Only Pelosi could walk into the job.
    Pity for all the women Clinton is blocking.

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. guy in Toronto

    Nancy should end it! this was long way overdue. As long as Bill is Hillary's husband he will not be ready to give up the oval office. This campain is about Bill and not Hill. Hill is being used by Bill; that's why he's traded his legacy for supidity.
    for Hill to be on the same ticket with Obama, she needs to promise that Bill will be out of the picture, because I love Hill

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. CP - Texas

    Some of you HRC supporters are delussional. If your a Dem. then support your candidate through the end of the primaries, then get behind the winner and be a Dem.

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Donna

    Ms. Pelosi,
    I think stepping in and doing whatever to end the primary debates would be a grave mistake. Look at the history of conventions. They are full of debate and discussion and eventually nominees. STAY OUT OF IT. In fact, I'd prefer if you'd work to penalize oil companies, get our men/women out of Iraq and impeach Cheney/Bush rather than sticking your nose in the DNC.

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. Kiah

    Clinton is done. The party elders will not allow her to destroy this election, but THAT is precisely what she intends to do if not stopped.

    She is a disgusting candidate and I can't wait for June 3rd where she will finally be forced to end this...

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. linda-Texas

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

    The race should continue until a nominee is determined by the DNC process, not a declaration by Nancy Pelosi.

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. Lancesmom

    Finally, some backbone in this race. Thank God Nancy Pelosi is standing up to this barrage of BS from the Clinton campaign. I have never seen such a meglomaniac in all of my life except perhaps with George Bush. Whether a democrat or republican and nut is a nut and we don't need another in office.

    I feel so saddened by HRC's behavior during this election. I use to have such admiration for her but now I have seen her worst colors and that impression has overshadowed the fine qualities I once saw in her.

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Fred

    I am convinced that many who support Obama do so because they don't know much about him. Little by little, the press is reluctantly releasing more information, and the more we learn, the more we realize that he is NOT the candidate of "change" or "unity." He is, in fact, the exact opposite. For example, how can someone claim to be a "uniter" when their religion is based upon racism, i.e. black liberation theology. Here is a statement from James H. Cone, one of the founders of black liberation theology, about the nature of Obama's religion, and you tell me if it is consistent with "unification."

    "Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community. Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love."

    I recommend that you do a little research on Obama’s so-called religion, black liberation theology. First, here is a link to Obama’s church where they admit they preach black liberation theology, and that it is based on the teachings of James H. Cone. They offer his seminal book about Obama’s religion on their site, also. It is called “Black Theology and Black Power

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Leah

    Glad to see Pelosi showing some leadership on this. The contests will be over next Tuesday and that should (and apparently WILL) be the end of it. On to the general election to kick Grandpa's butt.

    We're gonna win and it's not going to be close. I have no doubt.

    May 29, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. And Don't Worry About McClellan . . .

    He's no Judas – he only did it for the money. But don't worry about him. I'm sure Axelrod (Obama's "brain") is already grooming McClellan to be his next puppet!

    May 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. Walt

    This Congresswoman is impressive. She did not flinch when she was threatened by Hillary supporters a few weeks ago. She has stayed on point and is ready to do the job.

    This is what I expect of a presidential candidate or House Speaker. Take note Hillary.

    May 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. Kris In Atlanta

    Speaker Pelosi disappointed me when she chose not to impeach Bush. And she had all the ammunition to do so. Since then, she has somewhat lost credibility with me. She has flip flopped on this primary issue a total of 3 times now. I'm voting for Obama already but I think Pelosi should be focused on letting the subpoenas flow like syrup on pancakes. Gas prices, Iraq, the Ohio vote in 2004, Enron, fired U.S. attorneys. This kind of poignant corruption can't go unchecked. Democrats have always sood for democracy. Let's see that in action, Pelosi. Obama '08-and let's see those subpoenas start rolling.

    May 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Crazy Broad

    Big whoop – somebody should have stepped in 2 months ago to stop that crazy broad Clinton from making a fool out of herself and the democratic party.

    I've never voted Democrat before, and if it wasn't for Obama, I wouldn't be now either. What a joke of a party.

    May 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Stephina

    So, it is okay for Ted Kennedy to take his fight all the way to the convention but not for Hillary.

    The rules are she can take her fight all the way to the Convention!!!!

    Nancy Pelosi is a such a nut. I can't imagine how this woman got elected to anything. Oh, I forgot that she is supported by the liberals – that explains it.

    McCain 2008

    May 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. K

    Pelosi was timely in her most recent remarks regarding the turn-out of the Democratic Primary. The DNC must unify now, and direct their efforts toward creating a strong national platform surrounding key issues such as ecomonics, education, healthcare and national security, and a resource pool to combat actions undertaken by the RNC. Otherwise, the RNC will continue to capitalize on its headstart and strip the DNC of its unique chance to secure the O8 presidential election.

    May 29, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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