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. Yaung

    Ms Pelosi,

    Please, show who is better fighter for righteousness.

    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Abraham

    Where were you before? please end it now!

    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. faye, NV

    Someone should step in and in this madness. Clinton is an aggressive bully and she is not fighting so much for the party its all about her.

    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. John Zeger

    Nancy Pelosi appears to be one of many stupid Democrats who would field their weaker candidate (by a long shot) against John McCain this November. My opinion of Nancy has declined markedly in the past few months.

    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. REAL American for Obama

    Hey Margaret and you other Clinton idiots:

    The popular vote is irrelevant. It's the way it has always been. You can't change the rules at the last minute. Gore won the popular vote but still lost the general election. It sucks, but that is our system of democracy. Instead of blaming Obama, the Democrats and the Republicans, blame the founders of this country.

    You Clinton retards make me sick!

    Obama's the WINNER. Na-na-na-na-na. Tee-hee.

    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. susie

    Pelosi is an Obama supporter from the beginning.

    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. End the Insanity

    Step in and kick her out!

    ABC (anyone but clinton)

    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Doug


    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Jeff

    While Hillary does have every right to take this to the convention, the super delegates have every right to step in and make Barack the presumptive nominee.

    Hillary lost as the rules were defined in the beginning (the race is won by delagates) and there is no information that suggests that obama is unelectable, so why wouldn't he be the nominee???

    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. Mark VA

    It never ceases to amaze me how the Democratic Party can take a perfect environment to win big in a Presidential race and screw it up. I saw this coming back in February. At that time it was not too late to realize that Clinton was the stronger Presidential candidate and all efforts should had been made to support her and then have Obama on the ticket as VP. It was the closest thing to a 16 year Democratic run at the White House. This would have permitted Obama with the opportunity to gain great experience and thwart any attempts by Republicans to say he doesn’t have the experience. But, no…instead we had a bunch of idealist (just like with McGovern) that thought it felt good to support the energetic and charismatic Obama. Democratic players such as Richardson ran for cover instead of staying the course of reason. Now we are going to have the weaker candidate going up against McCain. If Obama loses there is no 2012 for him. Besides as business cycles go, if McCain is President, the economy is probably going to recover well enough by 2012 that no Democrat will have a chance. The hubris of the Party leaders to take 2 of the most crucial States and “punish” them for moving up their primary was very short sighted. But then again the Democratic Party has been on the short sighted side of the stick for a while. Now the Party would rather save face than win an election. Way to go…

    May 29, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. ztormtra

    Queen Pelosi of America Speaks.

    She forgets we fought the Revoutionary War to overthrow this type of monarchy.

    May 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. paul oregon

    glad theres at least one potlican that ackowledges the rules need to be followed. this cant be help the dem. party. hillary is making them
    look like baboons if they cant follow the rules within the party how can they run a country. especialy hillary if whinning is a electable trait
    hillary is good but idont think she good enough. barack doesnt need
    a party he has honesty on his side. this is getting very old .

    May 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Raul

    And what's wrong with States deciding when they want to have their primary election, and what is right with the rules that the Democratic Party has right now? Why does Iowa have to be first, and then New Jersey? Why do they have to be first year in and year out? Why can't Montana, for instance be first in 2012, instead of the usually irrelevant tail end of the process? Why have super delegates? Why do you allow the proportional distribution of delegates, instead of winner-take-all? This invites deadlock, and then you blame candidates for a protracted primary selection, and you pressure one candidate to quit the race, instead of letting the process play out. When Pelosi says that carrying the primary process to the convention destroys the "order of things", does anyone know what "order" she is talking about?

    May 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Heather in TX

    Nancy needs to shut her pie-hole. This is a DNC committee issue. It has been obvious for a while that she is a Obama supporter, not a democratic process supporter. She lost my respect a long time ago, but this little attitude of hers just put the remaining nails in her respectable coffin. If the party doesn't seat MI and FL, the dems can kiss Nov. good-bye! I, a life-long, yellow dog democrat WILL NOT be voting for Obama this Nov if he is the party nominee. I don't know who I will vote for.

    May 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. John, Portland, Oregon

    I wonder who is a bigger pain in Nancy's life: Bush or Clinton? She has to feel good that come January both will be out of her life and the work of this congress can fully be under way.

    May 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Rev. Geraldine

    Sounds like an intelligent thing to do.
    Please clarify the correct rules to the American people.
    There has been much unfair, and confusing unjust information
    in the news media that is confusing voters.

    Why is Bill Clinton saying," Hilliary is winning and would
    be the stronger against John McCain".
    We want the truth NOW.
    This has been a nightmare PLEASE end it soon.

    May 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. LMAO

    Hey LOL, where are you. Don't you have something to blog about poor Hillary not being treated fairly. You must be trying to think of something to blog...okay, I will help you out. If Hillary is not the nominee than vote for McCain or write Hillary in. That about covers it. LMAO

    May 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |

    That's right Nancy! We will not be bullied by the Clintons anymore. Hillary has been having things done her way for too long. Obama is the nominee, so lets unite and prepare to beat McSame in the fall.

    Democrats '08

    May 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Sean

    Who does Pelosi think she is? STAY OUT OF IT. Hillary Clinton is entitled to fight for the nomination. And I hope she gets it.

    May 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Mike from Westchester

    Chuck R:

    Now you're splitting out the primaries from the caucuses? What, do you all stay up nights searching for bizarre metrics you can use to give the illusion that HRC is somehow still competitive, or even sillier, ahead?

    I think your talents are wasted. You should recast the results of every World series, Super Bowl, and NBA and NHL championship because there is some metric that "proves" that the loser really won – total runs in the series, hits, yards, field goal %, first downs, free throws, turnovers, shots on goal, you name it. Don't stop there, there are dozens of college championships you can overturn. Perhaps the woman who took third in the intercollegiate champion in the mile actually ran the last lap faster than anyone else. Could you be more silly?

    Give it up. The nominee is the one who gets a majority of the delegates, period. Obama already has the superdelegates needed to hit 2,026 on Tuesday. The DNC won't make a ruling that radically changes the outcome of the primaries. Obama will probably clinch next week or soon thereafter.

    May 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. AJ

    Nancy Pelosi is a moron and the most worthless Speaker of our generation. She's going to "step in" and do what exactly? More hot air from this worthless windbag. Perhaps if she paid nearly as much attention to getting her job done as she is meddling in electoral politics, the Democratic Congress wouldnt have a lower approval rating than G.W. Bush.

    May 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Sam

    Pelosi for VP!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Treasa

    HRC should stay in and insist that FL and MI be counted. Last I checked, these critical state are part of the USA. Why should they not be counted?

    Count every vote and seat every delegate from these states. Otherwise, just hand them to JSM in November if that idiot BHO gets the nomination.

    Yes, BHO is an idiot and he is a bigger idiot than GWB. Auschwitz liberated by his grandfather? Come on, he is clueless about basic history and he can't even get number the states right. He can be president of states 51-57. I am amazed at how far he has gotten with all of the screw ups under BHOs belt.

    Go HRC!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. JD

    It should be taken to the convention. Let Hillary and Obama have a final debate there which we all know that Hillary will win because Obama can't debate, he can only fool the americans with scripted speeches. Hillary deserves the nomination and Pelosi should try to steal it from her.

    hillary '08

    or McCain '08

    never Obama

    May 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. Paige, NC

    Nancy, I hope that you step in sooner rather than later. The Clinton's are not going to leave this race quietly or with dignity. I think the DNC has given Hillary ever benefit of the doubt to let her campaign until June 3, but Obama has already clinched the nomination and we need to unite and move on. Hillary Clinton knew going into this primary that FL and MI would not count and now she is once again pandering and whining because she is behind. This is politics and Obama WILL win the Presidential election! We cannot under any circumstances have another 4 years of Bush policies under McCain. If Obama loses due to Clinton supporters that have a bad attitude then her career will be over.

    May 29, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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