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. Kris from AZ

    I have to agree with Pelosi on this one. Clearly Clinton is a party divider and needs to stop. She needs to help UNITE the torn party.

    May 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. DISENFRANCHISED

    NANCY PELOSI SHOULD STAY OUT OF IT. HILARY HAS EVERY RIGHT TO GO ALL THE WAY TO THE CONVENTION. YOUR GOING TO UNFAIRLY SEAT OUR VOTES IF YOU DO AT ALL. I GUARENTEE THE VOTERS OF FLORIDA WILL NOT BE HAPPY WITH YOUR ACTION. I WILL SUPPORT MRS. CLINTON BECAUSE SHE IS CAPABLE AND THE BETTER CANDIDATE. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SWAY ME TO VOTE FOR MR. OBAMA. HE IS NOT QUALIFIED. I WILL VOTE FOR HILARY IN THE GENERAL ELECTION. I HOPE SHE LEAVES THE PARTY, FOR THE WAY YOU HAVE ALL TREATED HER AND RUNS AS AN INDEPENDENT.

    May 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. McCain is old

    Obama will be our next President.

    May 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Noel

    Nancy is the woman who should be running for president, not the liar, manipulator, vindictive Hillary.

    She is soooooooooo much more presidential!

    May 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Rob

    Way to go madame Speaker.

    May 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. Mike in Scranton, PA

    I can't wait for Pelosi to lose her seat, right along with the rest of those who have been trying to shut down the democratic primary process for the last several months in order to ensure "their" candidate is the nominee.

    If anyone will be to blame for McCain's victory this fall, it will be them.

    May 29, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Dem Supporter

    It is evident that Pelosi is for Obama. She needs to go ahead and support him now. There is no need to wait to the end of next month. The primaries are over June 3. Let's get on with this and quit playing with fate.

    Obama 08-12

    May 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Creative Woody

    From the Hillary Supporter's point of view, The Spurs should win the NBA West because, even though they're down 3 games to 1, the Spurs have made more free throws, have more 3-pt shots and more rebounds.

    May 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Stephanie

    Im so Loving Pelosi and i AGREE with her view...... the rules were broken and there must be a penalty!!! by the way there are alopt of people who will vote for obama in florida and michigan, i knoe it

    May 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Ms. GA

    I agree with her 100%. If the democrats lose in November it will only be because of Hillary dividing the party.

    May 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. fred

    Mind your own business.

    May 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. The Patriot

    How about you STEP IN to make some progress in Congress? Failed promises, you have accomplished NOTHING!

    May 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Charlotte

    Why have a Convention? Just go straight to the General Election. Nancy, don't you need to focus on impeaching the Bush administration? It would be nice if you would step up to the plate on something for a change. I will not vote for Obama in the general election. I will write in Hillary Clinton.

    May 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. Amy OFlaherty Reno, NV

    I agree!!!!

    Why doesn't someone interview Clinton and ASK her why she agreed to strip those states of delegates before and is fighting so hard to change the rules now? I want to see her answer that on camera. I want her to tell us her reasoning behind being sooooo supportive of the decision then, and now blaming the DNC, Barack Obama, and whoever else doesn't agree with her.

    May 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. Ann

    When Nancy step in, I will no longer be a Democrat. I do not like the way the Democrats have handled this process. I do not like the way the Democrats are treating Hilary. I will be a Independent and I will write Hilary's name as the next President during the November election. The Democrats have screwed this up royally.

    May 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Marc in Virginia

    Go ahead, Pelosi, step in. God forbid Hillary has exercised her right as an American to run for office and asked that votes the Democrats WILL NEED in November be counted. YOU get over yourself for the good of the party.. The Clintons SAVED the Democratic party in the 90s and this is their reward. Can't wait to vote for McCain.

    May 29, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. Jamaal Ks

    Pelosi for Vice President She could be his VP for sure she already runs congress she could have the Job easy Obama/Pelosi 08

    May 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Georg

    She is afraid to lose her own position as the highest ranked woman in US.

    May 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. california voter

    "Pelosi, who will serve as chair of the convention, has largely stayed on the sidelines during her party's prolonged primary race"–yeah, right.

    May 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Venus

    Finally! Thank you! Some one has to be an adult and it's not the Clintons!

    Ms. Pelosi – make every one play by the rules and you are right – states will do what they want and every thing will get out of whack!

    Obama got another superdelegate this morning!

    Go Bam! Next week this time we will be dancing in the streets all across this country! Obama has won this race fair and square with a lot of hard work!

    May 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. Richard

    She and Superdelegates Need To End Hillary race while there still a Democratic Party!

    May 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Akif Noor

    Hillary step down and give way to Obama instead of pulling hm down!!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Tom

    Excellent news, and good for Pelosi. I wish party leaders had done this a while back, given how slimy Clinton's campaign has become (if she were campaigning to the end but in a positive fashion, that might be different). But at least it sounds like they will do it once the voting is done next week, and I think that will give the party plenty of time to come together in support of Barack Obama, who is a strong candidate with all kinds of advantages over McCain (better positions, better campaign organization and fundraising, and a lot better judgment and equilibrium under pressure). Please, let's all keep our eyes on the prize–bringing real change (not more of the McSame) to the White House after seven years of Bush disaster. We can make things right again in this country, and Obama can help!

    May 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Raghu V.

    Ms. Pelosi is one of the smartest democrats! She should be Obama's VP.

    May 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. Sheila, Tamap

    tell pelosi to go to hell.....

    count the votes in full.

    hillary – take the fight to the convention.

    as a lifelong democrat – i'm leaving the party if hillary isn't the nominee. I'll become a republican and vote for john mccain.

    i can't stand obama – he has successfully DIVIDED the party – he is the OPPOSITE of unity.

    hillary has been treated like DIRT by the media and by her own party so i will be glad to leave this thankless party.

    May 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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