May 29th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
6 years ago

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. Steve from California

    "I will step in,.." says Nancy Pelosi. This is yet another example of how the radical left wing power elite has hijacked the Democratic Party. Pelosi thinks she can wave her magic wand while riding in her limousine and end a democratic process that has every right to proceed. There is a serious divide in the Democratic Party yet Pelosi thinks it will all be solved and Democrats will start dancing behind her simply because she "steps in". Pelosi has an inflated opinion of herself.

    May 29, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. joni

    Thank's Nancy a voice of reasoning.

    May 29, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Debbie

    How convenient, she never stepped in to impeach Bush but will use her power to insure her candidate Obama. She should be fired and someone with honor put in as Speaker of the House. I am ashamed of her.

    May 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. NO OBAMA

    I will be very ,very happy to vote for John McCain. He's a far better man than obama could ever hope to be. If you think people won't remember that you are shoving obama down our throats you're wrong. obama is the most dangerous man to ever run for office in this country, and you are lady, are so full of yourself you don't realize just how stupid you are.

    May 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. TONY

    IF FLORIDA WONT SEAT ON THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, MY FAMILY JEWISH AND I WE ARE READY FOR THE CHANGE BUT FOR
    JOHN MC !!!! ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE MY VOTE WILL COUNT !!!!!

    I WILL LOVE OBAMA LOOSE THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTON FOR MORE THA 40%%%%%%%%

    JEWISH & LATINS FOR FOR THE ONLY ONE !!!!!!!

    HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. james from brooklyn

    i'm glad somebody has the gutts to stand to clinton. everyone of those so call superdelegate r afraid of clinton. she has been very disrespectfull to every democart, yet no one seems to understand her patronising tone.
    Pelosi, i'm glad you are coming out swinging because the clinton does not run this party.

    May 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. bond

    Pelosi got more cojones than Howard Dean. Howard Dean has been punked by the Clintons. He should have ended this a long time ago after the 11 straight victories in February for Obama.
    The Dems lack strong leadership at the helm,but I understand,,, they are all scared of the Clintons.

    May 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. clbrune oregon

    Pelosi claims "If you have no order...people will be having their primaries a *year* before...the election."

    Wow. She just went from ineffectual to ludicrous.

    And what a smart idea to "step it." Does Pelosi have a clue about how a large part of the democratic party will perceive such an "intervention?"

    May 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Ami

    And Nancy has the power to do WHAT?

    If only she were so concerned about the war as well as getting something done in Congress...

    May 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. Duke

    If I could "re-vote" here in NY, Obama would be my choice today. I'm sick and tired of hearing Hillary's crying. You got my vote once, Hilary, but you've lost my support. Your true colors are showing, and they're not red, white and blue! Democrats arise! Get rid of the thorn in our sides. Heal our party!

    May 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. ???

    Jeff
    May 29th, 2008 10:35 am ET

    "RE enlightened voter — Hillary Clinton is more electable based on the fact that she has won swing states and big states. YES, Obama is ahead is pledged delegates — but those delegates are from states that held caucauses and states that will go to McCain in the general election anyways. YES, Obama is ahead in the popular vote — until you count Michigan and Florida, which Hillary would easily win even if there was a theoretical revote. It's Hillary or bust for the Dems."

    Yes, she won big states like New York and California, but since when is it even possible for a Democrat to NOT carry those states? We should be looking at North Carolina, Colorado, and possibly Mississippi and New Mexico which are Red states that Obama is able to swing. That's much more important than carrying California and New York by a slightly larger margin (especially since it's winner take all in the GE). Basically, Hillary wins in the standard demographics that all elections have run on, Obama wins by throwing a wrench into the Republican "reliable" base.

    May 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Leah

    Maragaret - you must have misread the story. Pelosi isn't "selecting" the winner that she wants, she is prepared to end a long fought primary by making sure the candidate who won the most delegates, and won by every other metric, gets the nomination that he earned rather than allow the losing candidate to continue whining and dividing the party. Hillary is not going to be allowed to destroy our party and our chances at winning in November by wreaking havoc at the convention. A rational person would realize they have lost in every single metric - especially the only one that counts which is delegates - and bow out gracefully AFTER ALL THE CONTESTS ARE OVER on June 3.

    May 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Louis, Texas

    It is nice that the House Speaker is willing to step in and end this.....I've al ways respected Sen Clinton and President Clinton....I like the fact that her team has surrounded themself with some of the old guards of the Dem Party they have demonstrated the ability to go toe to toe with the Republican Party and we will need them to win in November.....Sen Obama has played by the rules set forth by the Dem Party and it appears that he has won the nomination so we Dems need to get behind him so that we can win the Presidency in November.....Rather than acting like spoiled Brats....Things didn't go the way I wanted it to so I just won't vote....ie...I will take my ball and go Home...................

    May 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Lawrence - Virginia Beach, VA

    Pelosi for V.P.!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Fav

    Don't even think about it you old hag!!

    Let the games end fair and square!!

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. sacto joe

    KICK CLINTON'S ASH, PELOSI! Senator Clinton has stepped FAR over the line. It'll take another woman to get Clinton's female supporters to recognize just how poorly she's served the cause of women's rights.

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Suzie M. in Las Vegas

    I am glad to see you step up and fulfill the leadership role you have. This Obamican will NEVER vote for Hillary, who is so over. I support Barack because of his message of unity. Let's create a stronger USA together!

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Chris in Cali

    Pelosi understands that Its time to end this primary and get down to business.

    Hillary is not bigger than the party.

    The emotional Hillary supporters who plan on staying home and/or voting for McCain are not Patriots..You all are treating a very important election process like its American Idol ..

    Go ahead take your votes and go home like spoiled childern. I think most of the voters on the left understand that this election is much to important to allow person feelings to get in the way

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Ok Hillary.... BED TIME!!!!

    Ok Hillary, we let you stay up waaaaaay past your bedtime. Now its time to go to sleep!

    no, no, dont back talk, just hush up, dont be a sore loser and go to bed!

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. susie

    I hope the Democrats don't win in November, because they will really trash this country. Nancy has been on Obama's side since the beginning.

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. lin lin

    Marc in VA; so Clintons "saved" who again in the 90s ???? Government for the people by the people- Obama had won and will win in November-the Clintons are not entitiles to anything...Do us a favor – instead of standing with your democratic root not matter the candidate- STAY HOME !!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  22. MelissaMinneapolis

    For those of you bashing Pelosi, I don't get it. She is trying to save the party and is not doing anything prior to the conclusion of the primaries. Once that happens the situation is obviously settled and she is moving us toward a stronger, unified front against McCain.

    For those who can't wait to vote for McCain if Clinton doesn't get it, the additional fallen lives in Iraq and greater percentage of children in our own country in poverty are on your heads.

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. INDEPENDENT NOW

    MRS. PELOSI SOUNDS LIKE SHE IS CHANGING THE RULES OF THE GAME. SENATOR OBAMA WILL NOT HAVE THE MAGIC NUMBER OF PLEDGED DELEGATES TO WIN! HE WILL HAVE A MAJORITY. "RULE BREAKER NO 1" SUPERDELEGATES ARE TO VOTE THEIR CONSCIENCE. NOT WHO HAS MOST PLEDGED" IF THATS THE CASE MRS. PELOSI WHY DO WE HAVE SUPER DELEGATES? RULE NO 2 BROKEN IF THE CASE WERE SUPER DELEGATES WERE TO VOTE THE WAY THEIR VOTERS VOTED THEN TED KENNEDY AND JOHN KERRY WILL HAVE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTES TO HILARY. NO 3 FLORIDA LAW STATES, PENALTY FOR MOVING PRIMARY DATE UP, STATE GETS PENALIZED 50% OF THE VOTE. WE HAVE BEEN STRIPPED OF ALL VOTES. PLUS FLORIDA ENACTED A LAW IN 2004 TO SUPERCEDE, WHERE ALL VOTES CAST MUST BE COUNTED. LOOK IT UP PEOPLE. STOP BLOGGING IF YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT.

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Concerned Voter

    This needs to go to the convention. This Dem is ready to leave the party unless this happens. It's Hillary or McCain. Make no mistake about it.

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. John Zeger

    Nancy Pelosi appears to be one of many stupid Democrats who would be willing to field their weaker candidate against John McCain in the November election. My opinion of her has declined markedly in the past few months.

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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