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. Cecil

    It's amazing that So many Sen. Clinton Supporters refuse to remember that she agreed to strip those states of delegates.

    She has a very bad habit of not reading the fine print!
    Exprience 101.

    Obama 08

    Can we amagine for a moment if this was Obama acting this way.
    Her Supporters would be livid. There sure a hateful bunch.

    May 29, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Michelle from Colorado

    I agree that the rules should not be changed in mid stream. But I am also sure that Clinton owns the popular vote. This, of course means nothing for the official record. But, Barak Obama and Nancy Pelosi are delusional if they think the populace is just going to lay down and play dead to satisfy the delegates choice. the DNC is in need of a large overhaul. Not only will Barak Obama lose his bid for president this year, but the caucus structure state by state will be overturned as will the splitting up of delegates within each state based on percentages. It will become and should be winner take all during the primaries just as it is in the General election.
    And, for goodness sake, stop playing the race card. Obama is an empty suit. That suit would be empty if he were white, green, yellow or purple. Intelligent people vote for substance over thin air.

    May 29, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Dems Unite!!!

    It's about time. The people of this country have almost fully spoken. Their voice says that their man (sorry ladies) is Barack Obama. We need to unite this party so we can take back the wite house and try to right the wongs that this country has been going through over the past 8 years. We need to unite this party soon!

    REMAINING SUPERS: Bring your endorsement forward ASAP!!!

    Obama '08

    May 29, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. JB

    Please post!!

    I find this whole thing most amazing.

    The newest approach by the Hillary supporters, making statements like "Obama can't win the general election" or his chances are "iffy".

    First, what makes you think you know so much. Weren't you the ones who thought Hillary would win?

    Second, saying it doesn't make it so.

    Third, do you recall what the polls looked like when Clinton had ALMOST clinched the dem nomination against George Bush? He was a NO CHANCE candidate.

    Finally, you cannot compare the primary to the general election. Just because Hillary won NY, doesn't mean Obama cannot win NY. In fact, he will win NY, and MA. Now look at the problems McCain has. Especially after the new book out.

    The truth is you all are grasping at straws, and ultimately the argument you are making is, ignore the majority will of the people and the pledged delegates. Just pay attention to who wins the PRIMARY in a swing state.??????????

    Well, then what is the point of having a primary?

    May 29, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. charlotte daughtry

    Rules should only go so far. A states votes should be counted, reguardless of when the were polled. This is a case of goverment interferring with the peoples choice.

    May 29, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Ed From Milwaukee WI- Swing State

    Pelosi is obviously someone of honor and respect who knows what she is talking about and she's know like many others for months that Clinton was not going to get the number of delegates she needed for the nomination. So why does Hillary continue to campaign? Obama is our true nominee for the DP. I’ve said this repeatedly since I started examining the math. If the Hillary supporters are still bitter, and don’t want to jump on the winning team, stay home and cry, eat cookies and ice cream for all we care.

    Obama all the way to the White House

    May 29, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Vy, California

    Sheila Tamap,
    you're just as stupid as your war hero Hillary. Who cares if you vote for Obama?

    May 29, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. tensia

    Mrs. POLOSI; LET'S KEEP YOU, ACCOUNTABLE FOR LUSE THE WHITE HOUSE.

    May 29, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. ENOUGH

    Finally someone with some sense!

    May 29, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Ed From Milwaukee WI- Swing State

    Pelosi is obviously someone of honor and respect who knows what she is talking about and she's know like many others for months that Clinton was not going to get the number of delegates she needed for the nomination. So why does Hillary continue to campaign? Obama is our true nominee for the DP. I’ve said this repeatedly since I started examining the math. If the Hillary supporters are still bitter, and don’t want to jump on the winning team, stay home and cry, eat cookies and ice cream for all we care.

    Obama all the way to the White House

    May 29, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. mel

    This is the right thing to do because Hillary is hurting the party
    and she is more hurt herself because she suppose to be the front runner and fail. It is time to united the party after sunday.

    May 29, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. canadian that supports clinton

    northern Canadian, your a dork dude

    id rather have Hillary as president then obama, i bet your one of harpers followers eh, how about you mind your own business and let the Americans vote for their own president and you take care of whats going on in Canada, i know our politics are boring but come on sheesh , and when you write a blog don't say us Canadians just speak for yourself cause i think theres only a handful in Canada that actually go for obama while 90% rest of Canada going for Hillary. anyways lol thats all i wanted to say

    May 29, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. Lisa-Fl.

    Nancy. Shut up & butt out!!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Laughing at the frenzy

    *******************************************************************

    I see where candidate Obama learned the "all-talk, no action" approach to politics...

    I wonder if madame speaker is on the VP short list.

    ********************************************************************

    May 29, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Newly Independent

    People, this is NOT about "Hillary having her run!"

    It is about the PRIMARY PROCESS having its run.

    I think it is stupid for the primaries to spread out over months and months. We need a one-day national primary.

    It won't happen because there is alot of politics going on during these extended primaries.

    There is very little about the primaries that is even ethical to me.

    If Pelosi can "step in" and stop things–anything–then she has turned into a one-person power machine and to heck with the voters, eh?

    May 29, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. temmydizzle

    At last....Reasonable people are beginning to face reality.

    I think in the days to come, more reasonable people will stand up against this clinton's childishness, foolishness and selfishness.

    I cant wait to see Obama become the president.

    May 29, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. b

    Hillary has been treated like dirt... because she is dirt, duh!

    May 29, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Jeff

    Why is everyone so fearful of Bill and Hillary.....just tell them to get off the stage and go back to Arkansas! Hillary....your 30 minutes of fame and infamy are over.

    Signed Vince Foster

    May 29, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. kathy

    Just who does Nancy Pelosi think she is. We the people are the Democratic Party and you Nancy are only one member of it. The race so far between Obama and Clinton has shown us that Obama isn't going to win in November, not without the support of Hillary's supporters. Obama is behind McCaine in every poll and if he isn't willing to have Hillary on the ticket he will never make the White House home. GET IT!!!! We supporters of Hillary Clinton will not vote for Obama, that's the bottom line.

    May 29, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Larry of Boston

    IMPEACH PELOSI – SHE HAS NOTHING SINCE BEING PUT IN CHARGE OF THE HOUSE :(

    May 29, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. Marc

    Thank you Pelosi. Finally. Welcome home President Obama

    Obama 08

    May 29, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Molly Weasley

    Please, Speaker Pelosi. We are tired of hearing Bill and HIllary Clinton's voices (and those of their surrogates) lying about polls, votes, goalposts, etc. End this now.

    May 29, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. John

    You know where I think Pelosi can go. She just wishes she was a Hillary Clinton...which she will never be.

    I say let democracy rule...count all votes! And dismiss these political thieves.

    May 29, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. marie

    I am so glad that Nancy will step in God knows someone should at this point! The Clinton's are ruthless and are starving for power so much that they do not care who they take down in the process; if you lose you lose you don't get to change the rules so you can win!

    Furthermore, I am shocked at how MAD and irrational Bill Clinton seems in his later years; having both of them in the White would be so shakey that I think I would rather George Bush.

    May 29, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  25. Tony

    Yes, Pelosi is 100% correct. This must end ASAP.

    May 29, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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