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. mike (houston)


    May 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. OHIO

    Pellosi does not want Hillary to win, because she wants to be the 1st woman president!!

    May 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. JJ

    Peloski is full of it. If Clinton wants to she should. As far as I am concerned Obama is not electable material and I'm either voting Rebublican or not voting at all–the nastiness of the Obama supporters, media and other has made me sick. Peloski is an Obama supporter and she's totally wrong to dictate what Hillary should and will do–this woman is no different that the dictatorship that will come if Obama becomes the President.

    May 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Alex from Kerhonkson

    Our "Democratic" Party is starting to smell like a Dictatorship! What happened to the will of the PEOPLE?

    Seat all of Florida and Michigan delegates and count all of the people's votes – or we might as well move back to the USSR.

    May 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Barbara-California

    Well, it appears that "one Democrat has some sense of propriety".......let's see if she follows through with that statement when the time comes, or if she will be like a lot of others, bribed by Bill and Hillary Clinton somehow to change her mind, so that Hillary can continue this stupid insane act of hers!

    I am a White Woman, over 70 years old, life term Republican, born in Iowa (the only state who is still fighting the liberal agenda today) and I have for the most part, voted with my party for over 50 years, but after this 2008 activity of the Democratic Party, have decided that I will change my Voter's registration to Independent.

    My reasoning? Obama is the most qualified and charismatic leader to come around since John F. Kennedy, and I plan to be able to vote for him in the November 2008 Election. I would not re-register as a Democratic in order to vote for Obama, because I think the party is "on it's way out"--it has a "terminal disease because of people like the Clinton's who have ruined it for the populace."

    May 29, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. kp from atlanta

    This should have been done months ago when we all knew she was not going to be the winning canidate. Hopefully, after these remaining primaries she will end not suspend her race for the white house.

    May 29, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Boo Boo

    Nancy Pelosi is a crook, just look at the $170 miilion dollar Earmark for the Salmon industry she stuck in the Farm Bill.

    She has done nothing as Speaker of the House, she is an embarrasement to Women.

    May 29, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Kathy in Winchester, CA.

    It will be a sad day when Hillary steps down...I believe the nomination should be hers...if not, my vote goes to McCain...

    May 29, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. repuplican

    i hate this girllllllllllll....oufffff

    May 29, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. kappie

    OK... Why is anyone stepping in... GEEZ People this is America... Let the Woman run it's her right to run and run all the way to the convention.

    You don't see them telling anyone else to end the race.

    Let this play out and find something else to do with your time.

    May 29, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. teresa from Canada

    Nancy Pelosi – should shut up and get to work. She will interfere with the democrat system.
    She cannot do anything to change anything – we all have seen that from her recent history.
    Quit playing big shot and do YOUR job!

    May 29, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Montreal

    RE mI/fL
    If someone shows up at the polls after closing, or without any identification; can she claim she lost her right to vote.
    Mi/Fl did not vote when the DNC polls were open.
    Obama was honorable and followed through and removed his name. What kind of logic can count this vote?
    (And do americans feel being honorable is dumb? Have you guys sunk that low

    May 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Jason

    Lets not forget the millions of voters who didn't vote because they knew the rules. If we seated the delegates we would be disenfranchising all those voters!

    May 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. nonny

    thats a smart move by pelosi.. obama 08

    May 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Craig Demeter





    May 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. kamenwati

    Those of you who vow to vote for McCain in the fall if Hillary's unable to steal the nomination from Obama deserve another four years of Bush. Fortunately, you are in the minority. The vast majority of Americans have witnessed this nation's military, economy and its standing in the world literally destroyed by the Republicans.

    So, go ahead and have your little tantrum. The rest of us will elect Obama in the fall without your support. Besides, most of you making this claim are just Republican trolls trying to divide and conquer

    May 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. Frank smith

    since when is the Repubilcan's running the DNC and the democrat party ? Or these people just all NAZI's ? only repubilcans dont allow people to vote

    May 29, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. mike

    Glad to hear someone will intervene to prevent Hillary from destroying the democratic party and their chances to win the general election.
    The superdelegates will take care of this any way. Once the last primaries are completed, you will see them roll in for Obama. The nomination will then be his, fair and square. There is no easy way to address FL and MI so that it is fair to BOTH candidates. Obama did not creat this problem. Stop taking it out on him. Clinton supporters need to face reality, however difficult that is and make a decision, what is more important, removing the republcians from power, or voting in Hillary at all costs? Has anyone been watching the news lately? What more do we ned to know about the lying, corrupt republicans. They need to be replaced by either democrat. This is the year. Let's not blow it.

    May 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  19. She's a Republican!!!

    She a true republician, everyone knows it. go away pelosi!! I do not want obama to be president, nor do I want McCain! I will however cast my vote for mccain!! pelosi just can't stand hillary cause she's smarter. botox lady go home no one cares about you get out of politics........................LOSER!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Dan

    "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.""

    What? So basically seat them in any way you want as long as the results currently in place do not change?!?! That is pointless. Hillary won both states. She should get ALL the delegates. I hate both Democratic candidates equally, but I love watching Hillary stick around. It is doing harm to the Democrats and is making it a lot easier for McCain to take it in November! w00t!!

    May 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Paul

    Pilosi should resign and let someone with intelligence lead. She is a pathetic example of the low level to which American politicians can sink. Makes me sick to be a Democrat!

    May 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Joyce in Florida

    I believe Nancy Pelosi's intervention to end the race before the convention is idiotic. She hasn't accomplished much since she was named Speaker of the House. And she wants to dictate how the general election nominees will be picked? Are you kidding me? She should stay in the background and let this play out WITHOUT HER INTERVENTION. She has been a constant thorn to some and I believe that she sincerely does not want Hillary Clinton at the White House. Ya think there might be some personality clash? I think she is afraid to have an intelligent, tough fighter to run our country who is another female and will be her boss. I don't think she really likes that idea. But it is not up to Pelosi to dictate how the voters in America feel about this. Speaker Pelosi, just concentrate on the job you are supposed to be doing and not worry about the GE nominees. You have alot of work to do yourself, so get to it and leave the presidential candidates alone to fight their own battle. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  23. vincent

    Who care what Pelosi thinks, we all know how she got to the top..from the bottom up!

    May 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Jenny

    FL & MI knew the rules & broke them anyway. The voters of the state should be blaming those officials that knowingly broke the rules.

    How could it even be remotely fair to count MI – Obama wasn't even on the ballot.

    Hopefully Nancy follows through and ends this thing.

    Dems '08! Regardless, but Obama '08!

    May 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. Rich Wichta Kansas

    Is this the same Pelosi who promised to do much in congress if democrats regained control of congress? I doubt that she will follow through with this promise either.

    May 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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