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. This is a "Leader"?

    But McClellan is no Judas, either - he only did it for the money. (I smell Axelrod, Obama's "brain" somewhere around the corner.)

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Norb

    You would think that after eight years of misery that this congress has lacked the courage to impeach this administration, starting with the war in Iraq and the list goes on forever. No wonder this congress has a approval rate as low as George W. I don't see anybody doing anything about the gas situation? Does congress really think that by waiting until November things will somehow misteriously just get better? I don't think so! I guess if you're Hillary and have spend 20 million of your own money. It would be hard to say that you lost. This Rebublican administration will go down in history as the biggest failure ever. All of the politicians need to put aside their differences and get this economy on tract now! We cannot wait until Novermber. I think Obama has it right. " the sudden urgency of now".

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. SlimSista

    PLEASE CLINTON SUPPORTERS....IT IS OVER.....HILLARY CAN NOT WIN SO WHY CONTINUE THIS FARCE OF A CAMPAIGN...IT IS NOT THAT THE DELEGATES FAVOR OBAMA...THE MATH SPEAKS FOR ITSELF....HE IS AHEAD IN ALL CATERGORIES...EVEN IF MI & FL WERE SEATED...HE STILL WINS....PLEASE WAKE AND SMELL THE COFFEE...HE BEAT HER FAIR & SQUARE.....

    HILLARY CAN NOT WIN....HILLARY CAN WIN....KEEP REPEATING TO YOUR SELVES AND MAYBE IT WILL SINK IN... WHAT IS THERE LEFT FOR HER TO FIGHT FOR....SHE IS THE ONE THAT IS DESTROYING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NOT OBAMA....HE IS THE WINNER.... CLEARLY....

    HRC HAS NO ARGUMENT ANYMORE!!! IT'S DONE....SO MY ADVICE TO YOU HRC SUPPORTERS...IF YOU COULDN'T BEAT HIM...JOIN HIM...WE HAVE TO GET THE REPUBLICANS OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!

    OBAMA 08

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. redbug - ohio

    END IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. JJ

    I'm glad Nancy is finally stepping in and trying to take control of the situation. This thing has spun so out of control that it is now ridiculous. I'm also glad to hear the MI and FL will not fully be seated. Maybe that can stop Hilliary's whining.

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. kay

    I'm a Hillary supporter, I think she's the best and most qualified candidate at this time. I also have been horrified by the treatment she has received from so much of the press, in fact she has been vilified.
    However, I believe it's time to unite and win in November. This great country, and it's people,will take years to recover from the actions of the Bush/Cheney administration.It would be a tragedy to give them a third term.

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. BABA

    If this situation was on the Clinton's side, i'm sure this would been finished longtime ago. Obama had to prouve himself; he did but still the clintons and there supporters do not want admit they lost the fight.

    May 29, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Deb

    Agreement here. So why don't the superdelegates get off their rears and end this? Why is the DNC dragging it's feet? Just vote today and get it over with.

    May 29, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. susie

    Nancy was for Obama since the beginning

    May 29, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Sukie on the River

    THE main reason I am writing in Hillary on the November ballot is because of the vicious comments that DEMOCRATS continue to make on these forums about Hillary.

    I think most of you bad-mouthers are younger people who are experiencing your first election, or maybe the only one you have voted in (aka "occasional voters").

    If I become a spoiler, so be it. We have a national CRISIS with gas now. Businesses that depend on fuel are quitting by the hundreds, soon by the thousands. Cost of food and goods is going to be far more serious than it is now because of cost of shipping.

    And yet we are driveling on and on about Scott McClellan, about a long primary (then change the rules, folks, to a one-day primary!), and other garbage.

    May 29, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. lol

    pelosi will do whatever it takes to make sure obama wins the general. the democratic party is a joke, with howard dean and nancy pelosi in charge. the delegate count should not trump popular vote. be ready for the exodus of over 17 million hillary supporters. the republican party and independent registrations will surge. the democratic party is turning its back on the will of the people. obama will never win the general without the support of hillary backers. run independent hillary, leave the sham of a democratic party. they have done nothing for you.

    May 29, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. GARY

    what happenned to the party of truman, roosevelt, jfk, johnson iwas a democrat but you people have been taken over by the left the above democrats were all in the center except maybe fdr, who had a depression and war to worry about you have lost my vote forever i can not and will not vote for this group today you have forced my hand because i think mccain is more like a democrat and that is where my vote will go

    May 29, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Steve

    FOR ALL OF YOU WHO ARE OPPOSED TO COUNTING THE VOTES AND DELEGATES IN FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN, I AGREE WITH YOU WHOLEHEARTEDLY. We shouldn't count Florida or Michigan. Who cares what a couple of million voters think. It is the rules and the rules alone that count. And when those rules play into our hands and facilitate the success of our candidate, than all the better. We disenfranchised voters in 2000 and 2004 and no one did anything about it. After all, winning is all that matters, right? You Obama people are my kind of people. Too bad Obama is a Democrat

    May 29, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. BOB

    Looks like there's a great cat fight coming. I'm pulling for Nancy this time.

    Anyone but Hillary – NY Senate – 2012 !!

    May 29, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Crush Rush

    Poor Limbaugh,lets see what vile and drug induced BS he will come up with today.He will probably order his skinheads to riot at the Dem Convention again after hearing Pelosi say this.

    May 29, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. dwho

    There is no endless rope besides u-rope. Hillary wants a u-rope for this primary because it has to be her way or no way. Sad, sad, sad and sad.
    All of the credit that Hillary ought to get for her effort in this campaign is about to be thrown out of the window because of her selfishness. Wanting to win at all cost and being a winner are two different things. She wants to bend the rules to suit her. Hillary please all of this. Because Bill Clinton was president doesn't mean you have to be president too. The presidency is not a family thing. Though that is what the Bush's thought. But the American people know better to keep putting the same group of families in the White House though there are some qualified Americans who can do the job.

    May 29, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. Biographer

    Someone has released a copy of Hillary Clinton's bedtime prayer. Here it is:

    "Now I lay me down to sleep;
    I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
    Keep me safe through all the drama –
    Just let someone shoot Obama."

    May 29, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Troy

    Can we just drop the MI and FL issue. First, I'm sure the supers are well aware of the numbers, and are taking that into consideration when casting their votes.

    Second, they know that even if Clinton won fully contested and fair primaries in those two states, that she would still be behind. The best numbers I've found for how those states would allocate their delegates are: MI: 73 for Clinton, 55 other; FL: 113 Clinton, 74 Obama, 11 Edwards. Given these numbers, there is no realistic way she could make up the 170 pledged delegate lead Obama has.

    May 29, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. Chukwuma Onyemkpa - Brussels

    Great...So the Clintons do not OWN the Democratic party after all!!

    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. Dems Unite!!!

    It's about time. The people of this country have almost fully spoken. They have said, narrowly, that Barack Obama is our man (sorry ladies). We need to unite this party so we can take back the white house and try to right the wrongs that have been done to this country over the past 8 years.

    PARTY LEADERS: Let us know where you stand ASAP!

    Obama '08

    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. Deb

    Thank you Nancy Pelosi

    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!!

    THIS SHOULD BE INTERESTING, MY OPINION OF PELOSI IS VERY POOR, SHE IS WISHY WASHY AT BEST!

    HILLARY KNOWS WHEN TO QUIT AND I TOTALLY TRUST HER OVER PELOSI WHO IS WEAK IN MY OPINION!

    YOU GO HILLARY!

    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  23. Cindy

    Too bad Hillary doesn't give a hoot about america. She is so set on herself, she could care less about the Dem party. It saddens me to see her followers watch what she is doing and still stand up for her at any cost. But then history has shown repeatedly that people will follow people blindly. Just look to other countries.

    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. DJ

    Nancy said earlier in the campaign that delegates should not go against the people in their district, but now that Clinton's delegates are going against the will of the people in her district Nancy is Silent. It's well known that Pelosi wants Obama to be the nominee , she needs to just admit it. SC, Iowa, and NH moved their primary date up so why didn't they get punished. Why is the DNC so concerned about punishing FI and MI. Was this a DNC plan to elect Obama. Don't expect Hillary supporters to back this big DNC far left wing agenda in Nov.

    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. Peggy

    I dont unserstand why anyone cares if she stays in the race. Is it hurting any of you? Are you in the government or something that it affects you so much? Why are you so defensive over Obama? I think I sense fear? hmmmm up yours! GO HILLARY GO!

    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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