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. whitey

    how does she think she can end it shes done nothing since shes been there i dont care if it ends today i will not vote for obama after 26 years as a democrat ill vote country over party and there are lots of us ....

    May 29, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. James Nelson

    It's over for Hillary and she lost, fair and square. She needs to get over it and get behind the next President of the United States– Barack Obama!

    Her more embittered supporters need to do the same.

    May 29, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. La Raza

    Tony, now you know you don't mean that. Grow up!

    May 29, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Steve McSpleen & the Zombie Stompers

    While HRC does have the right to drag this on as long as she wants, she's only hurting herself and the whole party, sometimes people need to know when to roll over and die, and hopefully Pelosi will help speed that process up now that she's stepping in to end this fiasco before it ruins the party.

    PUTIN! *cough* I MEAN OBAMA '08!!!

    May 29, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Will from Gaithersburg

    Thank you Nancy! Please put an end to Sen. Clinton's lunacy.

    May 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. shan

    She is 100% correct...

    May 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Jeff Radun

    So Pelosi is not really an uncommited super deligate
    She has always favoured Obama.
    You can go against the will of the pledge deligates as both candidates do not have th e required deligates to win.
    They need the supers so it doesn't matter if one has 2000 and the other has 1500. Neither makes it to the finish line.
    Let me see.
    In the Kentucky derby if all the horses stopped running 100 yards from the finish line but one horse stopped 50 yards from the finish line who wins.
    Isn't it the horse that people drag across the line whether it is one of the horses 100 yards away or the one 50 yards away.
    Obama will loose in the general he is a deeply flawed candidate.

    May 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Vicki

    Nancy Pelosi is against anything that would benefit Senator Clinton. She isn't discreet in her backing of Senator Obama. She will do whatever it takes to keep Senator Clinton out of the White House.
    Since Pelosi doesn't want the delegates from Florida and Michigan seated, how does she feel about losing all those votes in the fall????
    If I voted in Michigan or Florida and my vote didn't count, I sure wouldn't vote Democratic in November! There is a bigger picture at hand than following the rule book!

    May 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Mike in Calgary

    What's new about Hillary or any CLinton RENEGING on an Agreement or Undertaking or Lying. Self interest before public service, right Hillary?

    May 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. norm

    What a male chauvinist pig!!! LOL

    May 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Judy

    Nancy, crawl back under your rock, and I am a "yellow dog" democrat.

    May 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Mark, Salisbury, NC

    Do your job, Pelosi and let the process take care of itself. As for me, I wouldn't vote for any of the candiates, Democrat or Republican!

    May 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Tom

    So Pelosi feels a voice of one or the voice of the most influential is more important then the will of all the voters. What country do I live in again? Figures, Pelosi come from a state where by a vote of 4-3 judges over ruled the will & the vote of the people to appease a small portion of the population by approving gau marriage. What happened to the voice of the people...ALL THE PEOPLE!!

    May 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. RL JONES


    YES WE CAN!!!

    May 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. Democrats in 08

    Stop trying to force Hillary out of the race. We do not have a nominee as no one has the proper number of delegates.

    May 29, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. robert g


    NOBAMA! He is a divider.......not a uniter!

    Hillary is the best American to serve as our president! As an independent if needed.

    Don't trash the will of the people Nancy P! Just because you like the tune: and then along came Barry!

    May 29, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Tallytowngal

    Nancy, Shut your pie hole! You have been the Biggest disapointment we Democrats have had as a speaker in my lifetime, and honey I am no spring chicken. Let the people's votes count.

    I can tell you all one thing as a Floridian and a Woman. If you don't count our votes from the Primary on Jan. 29th (and I mean 100%) then you had better not come to FL asking for our General Election votes, with out Florida... the Dems lose the General Election. And will deserve to lose... because of the stupidy of people like Nancy Pelosi, Donna Brazil and Howard Dean!

    You can all... Kiss my Sunshine State Behind!

    May 29, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. Joe from CA

    i think it is obvious from the American democratic voters that obama is their choice. While I like the Clintons, at this point, they need to accept that and move on.

    Joe from CA

    May 29, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  19. Chamorrita60

    GOOD for you House Speaker Pelosi. It's about TIME someone reminds the Clintonites that this is NOT a "beauty contest" and they are NOT in any position to make any demands on what should or should not be done. Sen. Clinton has done herself in by agreeing to the rules early on and she signed to this FACT.

    Her stand on demanding anything ended when she acknowledge in WRITING that she agreed to the rules in advance. AND the fact that her Senior Staffer Mr. Ickees had a HAND in writing the rules himself that stated these states should be penalized for moving their primary dates up. So WHY isn't Mr. Ickees being called out on the carpet!!! He is a member of the Rules Committee who wrote out the rules, so in a sense, he's being hypocritical himself by trying the BREAK the rules he himself wrote!!!

    So all in all the Clinton camp is full of rubbish right now. They continue to dig themselves deeper into a dark hole. Sen. Clinton's demands are nothing but "HOT AIR" and she knows it. Bill Clinton's ranting and ravings are nothing but laughable gestures of a husband desperate to get back into the White House. He doesn't even realize how pathetic his arguments are!

    This is ALL getting very silly and a waste of time. The Clintons are just useless at this point and have been ignored by both Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain. They have NOT mentioned her in the last 3+ weeks, so that should tell the Clintons they DO NOT matter at this point. They are losers and they need to get a grip and go home and get on with their lives because Hillary is NOT going to be the nominee. So the Clinton era has been over for weeks now. Everyone else seems to understand this fact except Bill and Hillary. When your own closes supporters have stated they will support Sen. Obama, the race is over, done, finito.

    May 29, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. Dave

    I'm a huge Obama supporter, but I almost hope HRC does steal this away at this point. I'd much rather see her fail at this election since her camp will be the reason the GOP win. The Dems are so divided now that we are going to give up what should have been the easiest win of all time.
    HRC supporters claim that Obama can't win the pivotal swing states, which is BS. If HRC can win them, then Obama should be able to. The only reason he wouldn't is if the HRC team decides that her legacy is more important than the rest of the country.
    She claims she is more electable, but she's losing this election.
    She lies, cheats, and flip-flops on major issues more than any politician I've ever seen. Case in point is the Michigan/Florida voters.
    Instead of fighting hard, she just cries louder about everyone picking on her.
    Her husband claims there are coverups about her electability even though it was in every newspaper and on every news station in the days before he talked about it.
    The fact of the matter is neither Obama or HRC can win the GE without the full support of the Democratic party. And with the long dirty fight that HRC has been supporting, the Democratic party will not unite behind either candidate. 70% of the Dems in Florida won't matter against 100% of the Rebulican voters.

    We had this election basically given to us, and HRC's tactics and supports have made sure neither her nor Obama could win the GE.

    What a great time it is to be a Republican. No matter how bad you screw up, no matter how unloved you are by the entire nation, you can stay in power because the Dems are too stupid to pull their heads out of their you-know-whats and take a look at the bigger picture.

    May 29, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Chelsea from Florida

    So, if the superdelegates step in and back Obama, will the Clinton supporters still cry foul? Clinton is asking for the supers to back her, so if they back Obama, will they be stealing the election for him?

    May 29, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |

    Thank god that would be a great birthday gift my birthday is june2nd hopefully she would bow out around that time.


    May 29, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. An American in Canada for David






    May 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  24. 2012

    You'll vote when I tell you and for whom I tell you!!

    Welcome to the Democratic People's Republic of America........

    May 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  25. Jimmy

    The democratic party should also penalize Florida and Michigan in the general election. Since their breaking the rule in the primary also has an effect on the general election, they should not be allowed to participate in the general election..

    How could this be done. Nacy P. and the leadership should take a stand and proclaim that the democratics will not accept electoral college votes from Florida and Michigan. Since the democratic nominee was obtained without these two states, let's see if a democratic president can be elected without these two states!

    May 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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