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. Becky

    THANK GOD! Maybe Hillary should run as an Independant...since she would be taking votes away from John McCain so Barack Obama can cruise to the White House....


    May 29, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. republican for obama

    If you do need them, fine. Seat all the delegetes from these cities, 50-50!! Florida-Michigan- and Hilary broke the rules! The two states changed there dates, but, Hilary was the one that did not take her nemae of the ballots! Clinton said that they shouldnt count until she NEEDED THEM! Now she is trying to champion them??????

    May 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Gigi

    I'm loving McCain more and more each day after hearing IDIOTs like pelosi who have done NOTHING for the party since taking over leadership of the House. I hope you get kicked out of office for incompetence!! Hang in there Hillary or go independent to smash up this Democratic Dollhouse!

    May 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Brian

    I think i'd rather see Obama win, but please, Nancy - just let democracy run it's course without your interference. In my opinion, I'd much rather you be working on impeachment proceedings against Bush, Cheney, et al..

    May 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Marie in California

    So now Nancy Pelosi is going to select our Democratic nominee for us. How wonderful.

    This Democratic primary has been such a fiasco....I don't know who put together such are remarkably inefficient system. On top of that, it sounds like we'll probably get stuck with the likes of Obama....which is like getting another Jimmy Carter, George McGovern or Michael Dukakis. All duds.

    Put that all together as a package.....and I'll give my Democratic vote to McCain come November. In fact, 2008 may go down in my personal history as "The Year I Became a Republican."

    May 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. robert g

    Rules are made to be broken, Nancy!

    Especially broken rules!!

    Seat FL and MI delegates as elected!

    May 29, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Philly Kid

    Thank god it's a woman taking this stand.
    We all know the Clinton attempt to make her opponents sexists or worse.

    How women are not irrate at her is still a mystery to me.

    May 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Carol

    Good! The Dems were looking so unorganized and fragmented, I was starting to wonder how they could run the country when they can't even make a decision about the primaries. Finally, they are getting this ridiculous thing under control.

    May 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |

    Thank you very much Nancy Pelosi !

    I agree Clinton should stay in the race until the last States vote on June 3rd, then this race needs to end. Clinton can not over take Obama's delegate lead. This is a delegate game, therefore; congratulations are in order to our next President – Barack Obama !

    May 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Dina

    Thank heavens, someone has to stop this madness.

    May 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Angie

    How stupid are you all who will not vote for Obama, if Hillary is not the nominee. Well, put your head between your legs and kiss you livelyhood good-bye. (Can't say what I really want to say).

    Hatred before honor right? What a sad, sad way to live. I don't care for Hillary campaigning, she is too desperate. But I would vote for her if she were the candidate. That is call having common sense and a mind of my own.


    May 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Ginger

    Why does Obama stand around with his hand in his pocket all the time? Looks shady.

    May 29, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. HillaryClintontimetoGo

    Hillary is a sick woman she will never quit her stupid supporters are donating they money thinking she will win, time to teach this people perhaps send them to school.

    May 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Mother


    Want to do something bold? Impeach Bush and Cheney!

    We don't need you to decide our nominee.

    May 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. CJ

    And the Democratic infighting continues...

    May 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Mark

    Pelosi should stay out of the process. Stop trying to micromanage the results to favor Obama. Obama will not win against McCain.

    May 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Waltie in Ma.

    Well Nancy, more words from your mouth. I remember something about.......... 100 days? That was a total waste. No impeachement, our troops are still being murdered in Iraq, nothing on the high gas prices, nothing on the oil companies making billions of bucks, millions of dollars to CEO's while cutting off worker benifits and hours in there stores.... A sitting president that has lied time and time again, being proved by one of the insiders, Scott M, yet... Nothing from you on these issues????

    We can expect nothing positive from either party, one is as bad as the other, all words, and it all stinks to high heven too.

    May 29, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Chris

    Who knows about the 1960 World Series? Yankees outscored the Pirates 55 to 27. Pirates won the Series 4-3.

    Did the Yankees have the Series "stolen" from them? NO

    All of you who are talking about HRC having the election stolen from her could take a lesson from that

    May 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. TONY



    May 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. matt

    whatever Pelosi... we know whom you're secretly admire and I am not surprised if you were the one of the guests at that "bitter-gate" San Francisco fundraiser.

    HILLARY 08

    May 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. Susan, CA

    Thank you Nancy for using some common sense.

    May 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. David in Chicago

    As an Obama supporter.. if I could have it my way. Florida and Michigan would have voted fair and square (BOTH candidates on the ballot). I do think it's silly that Clinton agreed to this and now she's going back on her word. Why doesn't the media focus on this **fact**? "I care about the people" – Clinton (if this were true, why didn't you have something to say about disenfranchising Mich/Flor way back in January?) Because you didn't need them to win back then...

    Let's let Florida and Michigan vote... fresh clean start.. new vote with BOTH candidates on the ballot.

    May 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Beltway Insider

    One way to end this is to get Mrs. Clinton institutionalized for a little while. Her behavior is more than crazy enough to warrant it.

    May 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. jason

    i do find it odd that hillary is preaching fairness to those who voted for her in florida and michigan, but at the same time she is saying nothing about being fair to those who would have liked to have voted for obama in michigan.

    May 29, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Partiless

    I would encourage all of you, regardless of party affiliations, to read George Washington's farewell address to the Congress as he left office in 1796 (it's readily available on the web). He very strongly urges the government NOT to form political parties, citing that they will only divide the nation and her people, and will stand in the way of progress.

    They/we should have listened, and I think this political goat rope is case-in-point.

    May 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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