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. Larry of Boston

    Pelosi is all wrong. So is the DNC, the Superdelagates, Obamabots, the Media, John Dean, and everyone else who somehow believes that the Conventions is where you coronate the nominee rather than pick the nominee. JFK was in the same situation as Hillary and he went to the convention. Others have done the same. Why is it different for Clinton. In the state of Florida a Republican controlled congress changes the primary date and the DNC punishes the innocent Florida voters -- insane. Pelosi is trying to get the spotlight off her miserable failures in the House and her 22% approval rating, and shift it elsewhere. Clinton should be the nominee. If that does not happen, then Hillary should run like Liberman as an Independent candidate. If that does not happen, then Clinton supporters and Independents like me should go to McCain. Obama is not the answer - he is a disaster waiting to happen. If people want 4 more dumb years like Bush, then Obama is your candidate. 😦 😦 😦 😦

    May 29, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. frank

    about time someone took a stand hrc does not deserve any consideration whatsoever she lost and her campaign should be ashamed !!!!!

    May 29, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Travis Morrison

    Thanks Nancy but I wish you will say this and not have your tail tucked between your legs the next day and back peddle on your inital firm statements.

    The Clinton parasites will chew her up before the day is over and she'll be back peddling tomorrow trying to clarify the statement. LOL

    May 29, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Cindy - Oregon for Hillary!

    You guys are all a bunch of idiots and sheep. We all know who is deciding this election and it is not the public. Somebody needs to grow some balls and stop being intimidated by a female. Men have run the hell out of this country. It's time we let a woman take charge! Clean up the mess they have caused us...

    May 29, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Jason B in Dallas TX

    Holy cow! There's actually a democrat standing up and saying enough is enough! It'll be interesting just how much damage Hillary Clinton is going to cause by ignoring her colleagues, especially if she ahs intentions of continuing her career in Senate.

    May 29, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Alfredo

    Finally, yes!!!! So that President Hilalry and McCain can move on with theirr general lelection campaign.

    May 29, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Lindsay

    Why doesn't Pelosi just put on a McCain button and get ready to usher in 4 more years of Republican rule?

    Clinton is the only one who can beat McCain. Why not urge delegates to do the right thing for the party?

    May 29, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Indie Voter

    Slapped down by Pelosi, that has got to hurt.

    No need for wasted time arguing for states that shouldn't count towards the nomination.

    May 29, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Ed

    Nancy Pelosi = 2008
    Kathleen Harris = 2000

    May 29, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. RH

    It seems that many here fail to realise that Americans have no right to participate in the nominee selection process. Primary elections exist purely by virtue of the parties' decisions to poll the electorate for the purpose of gathering additional information upon which to base their deliberations. Any overinflation of the citizenry's sense of its role owing to the length of this cycle's primary season in no way changes the de jure state of the process. I suspect that a better understanding of the system would alleviate much of the indignation at Speaker Pelosi's remarks evident in some of these comments.

    May 29, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. Cindy - Oregon for Hillary!

    And one more thing before I get off of my soap box. If this was Oregon and my vote was not counted I would be pissed and so would anyone else who voted in the primary's no matter what state they live in. The people of Florida and Michigan did not agree to this.

    May 29, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Please do Pelosi.... It's past time.

    May 29, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. Michael

    Hillary has to be stopped. It's time for her to bow out with what little grace she has left. Her politics and logic are flawed and divisive.

    I will never call her President

    Hillary will never be President.

    Obama or McCain

    May 29, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Marc in Canada

    Somebody needs to step in before a Clinton says or does another thing. It's time for them to disappear into obscurity.

    May 29, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. Mark

    Amen, Pelosi.
    People agree on some rules to follow them. If some one violates them, there must be some consequence.

    If someone who wins by following the rules, and then get punished because he followed the rules, that's going to be pathetic. It'll open up the options of breaking rules and then later scheme up something to win.

    May 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. RENE


    May 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Clifford

    This lifelong Democrat is disgusted by Nancy Pelosi. Her leadership is the worst in history. This Democrat will vote for John McCain – for one term. Then we can move on from this mess that the DNC has created. Thanks Howard Dean for screwing the State of Florida and our chances for a real leadership in the White House.

    May 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  18. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    I wish someone would get rid of Clinton! She's obviously in denial!

    May 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Hillary just got CASTRATED

    The PEOPLE have voted and Hillary has LOST. Seat all the MI and FL Dels...SHE STILL LOSES.

    Here are the stages to help you Clintonites get back to reality:

    1) Denial
    2) Anger
    3) Bargaining
    4) Acceptance

    The sooner you get to stage 4, the sooner WE can start the process that ends up with a Democrat in the White House.

    Yes You Can

    May 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Joanne

    Who does this woman think she is? Democracy or HIPROCRACY... Jealousy is the downfall of this so called woman She ought to get a LIFE..we know she is for Obama...

    Hillary take it to the convention you deserve the respect you have not received. Look at Jack Cafferty for example he is desrespectful every chance he gets.

    You will win because you deserve to win. The caucauses werecontrolled by the OBAMA camp.

    Hillary we have your back Fight Fight Fight and you will Rise Rise Rise

    Hillary 08

    May 29, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. genco

    thank GOD now the crying lady can go

    May 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. sharon

    It is time for the democrats to stop fighting against each other. Its is time for unification and not separation. It should not matter much who our nominee is because I believe that both candidates are competent to be Commander In Chief. In the beginning, my vote was for Clinton and it was partly because of her name & service. However, after following the primaries and getting familiar with Obama, I sincerely hope that he will be the nominee. Ms. Pelosi, you are doing right by your part.

    May 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. Marty

    Does anyone care what Pelosi says?

    May 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. DEBRA GA

    Nancy Pelosi needs to pull in her jealous fangs and let things along her bios for obama is showing if it needs to go to the convention to be settled so be it she needs to just stay out of it

    May 29, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. edna


    May 29, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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