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. Danny Boy

    Oh Nancy,

    Who the hell do you think you are? Stay out of it, and mind your own business, you know, the business of presiding over a Democratic Congress that has achieved little in your first term. Why don't you go talk to Syria again, or Hamas while you're at it? You think of yourself as some sort of major player on the US and world scene, but in essence, you are nothing but a poster child for the Washingtonian Insider Liberal Team, or WILT for short.

    May 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Rayshaun

    Well all I have to say is Its about time!

    May 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. white middle aged woman FOR OBAMA

    At last someone is making sense. Thank you Nancy, this has gone on long enough. We have to get down to uniting the party to take back the whitehouse in Nov. Unfortunatley Sen. Clinton has lost the respect of so many people out there, she could gain it back if she really steps up to the plate to support Sen. Obama

    May 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. OkMom4Obama

    To all of the Clinton supporters who say they will not vote for Obama but will for McCain, how you once thought about the Supreme Court? If McCain is elected, all of you so-called feminists will most likely no longer be able to choose if you want an abortion or not. Other laws may change as well. You are not thinking clearly. Besides, Hillary is in this for herself – not party – not Country. I am a black female, strong supporter of Obama, and if you think sexism has played a role, think about racism as well, and many of you are acting as if you are racist. Most of you know nothing about feminism. Sometimes it comes across as gay. Many of you don't work – so if you are such strong women, get out there and work to make a difference. Get over yourselves. This is all about the future of our children and this great Country we live in.

    May 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. weneedachange

    Every one in the entire country knows that Obama should be the choice for the DNC. If some how she manages to slip in to the slot, she wont have a chance to beat McCain

    May 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  6. CJ

    I guess the heck with all the primaries and vote tallies, lets just let the speaker of the house tell us who our nominee should be. Pelosi has the nerve to say " Democratic superdelegates should not overturn the pledged delegate winner, and has warned of irreparable harm if they do". What the heck does she think she is doing? She has no right to determine when this should end of who should be our nominee. We are holding FL and MI to the rules, well now Pelosi, stay out of it and let the process take its course. You have no right to get into the middle of the process and tell us what needs to happen. Once every state has voted and the numbers are in, then we know who will represent the Democrats in November. What a disgrace this party has become... and Im sorry to say it, but the entire democratic party is to blame. Not just one candidate or the other. Lets hope this party can get back on track. No matter who the Nominee is, they will need the support of the entire party!

    May 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Jon

    Fine. Vote for McCain and the US will be doomed...

    May 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. LB

    I hope that she does!

    The seating of Michigan and Florida is not about Hillary and it's not about Barack Obama.
    The DNC MUST uphold its intial ruling. The consequences of that ruling have already been endured. Many voters trusted the DNC and the candidates (including Hillary) when they were told that the primaries in MI and FL would NOT count. Many chose not to vote based on this trust. And voter choice was supressed in these primaries because the candidates did not campaign in their stakes making them skewed and 'tainted' primaries. The DNC must protect their own credibility and the voters based on what has already happened. They must stand by the ruling that no FL and MI delegates will be seated based on the 'tainted' primaries.
    Then they can find a way that is not based on these primaries to seat the delegates for the sake of party unity. My preference is that they seat them 50/50 with no right to change their vote/representation at the convention. To me, this seems the most fair and equitable thing to do.
    The DNC must be very careful because it will be setting a precedent in whatever decision it makes and we could find ourselves in all kinds of arguments from all sorts of angles in the future if they don't handle this in a very even handed way. They should pay no attention to how pushy the Clinton campaign is about this or how conciliatory the Obama campaign is about this and do what is truly best for the DNC and the voters.

    May 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. jason

    yes, if hillary were more electable, she would have been more elected...

    May 29, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Melissa

    Aren't the super delegates supposed to support the best candidate? So, why is it they all wait to see what the people decide and then jump to that side? The truth of the matter is that they all believed Hillary is better, but since the elegates are adding up for Obama they jump to his side. Let's count every this country with all technology there is no reason popular vote can't be used to determine winner. Neither racism or sexism should be tolerated, but I can guarantee if Obama had popular vote the argument would be that we couldn't allow a black man's popular vote to be overruled. It's reverse racism that is at play here and I am tired of it.

    May 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Horace

    These comments are really ridiculous! Here's someone saying 'Let's stop the fighting and put on a united front against the Republican Party' and people are attacking her? For God's sake, unless lightening strikes Obama dead or like Hillary wishes he is gunned down like RFK, it is virtually impossible for her to win. Let's respect the law like we teach our children to do (by that I mean abiding by the DNC guidelines regarding Michigan and Florida), stop the bickering and support the person who has won the majority of the primary votes to sweep the No-Good Bush supporting Republicans out of office. I am tired of this stupid wars and str8 out economic depression!

    May 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. James

    Hillary needs to go Independent. The DNC and the media have treated her horribly and she does not owe them even a little bit of loyalty or respect after they have tramped on her the way they have.

    May 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. george

    Nancy you go right ahead and step in, you freak!! I will step right out. This is going to be great in November. There is a lot of venom in the air. Payback is a b-ch. Obama there is no free ride in the general.

    "HIllary 08"

    May 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. poyoray

    This is the Obama news network now, I think CNN will lose permanent ratings to foxnews because of their biases in this election.

    All obama, all the time, what happened to real news.

    May 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Rick G

    I say let the battle continue! I would love to see Barack and Hillary continue to rip at each other (I hope the disebowel one another, and damage the Dems so bad that they can't get a Dem Presidential candidate elected for many years to come!). Honestly, if Barack gets the nomination, then McCain is AUTOMATICALLY a guranteed winner. Know why? Bill & Hillary's scortched earth policy. Their philosophy is if Hill can't have it, then neither will Obama. Hillary will help Obama lose! She cares nothing for the party or the country. Hill is in it for Hill... Hillary knows that if Obama wins the Presidency, then he will automatically be put up for re-election in 2012. She would not be able to run again until 2016, and she will be nearly 70 (68 or so). No, Hillary knows her time is now, and if nothing else, she must clear the way for a 2012 run for the White House. MANY experts agree that THIS IS THE PLAN (including folks who used to work for the Clintons)!!! They call this "good, hardball politics". So logical, so simple, and so true...

    May 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. right in pa

    what happen to the people in the so called U>S>A
    they all act like the repubilcans ? its me and nuts to you
    WAY to go people you all belong to the NAZI party

    May 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Robert

    Good for you...Nancy Pelosi! Everyone I know has had enough of the Clintons. Hillary should be told to bow out NOW. There is no reason to wait any longer since Obama has the majority of the Delegates. By threatening the DNC, she has forefited the opprotunity the DNC was giving her to bow out gracefully.

    May 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Bill Chaffin

    They made a deal. Not to seat FL. & Mi. if they moved there primaries
    up. My how things change.

    May 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Doreen

    Hillary has every right to stay in to the convention; Obama has gotten in through the back door at Hillary's expense. The good ole boys (Kennedy, Kerry, Dashle, etc.) who are Obama supporters have blocked Hillary every step of the way; by not giving her all the votes she received from Michigan and Florida, and by rigging the superdelegates against her. Obama strategically took his name off the ballot in Michigan because the polls showed Hillary would wallop him there; then Obama pushed hard for people to vote "uncommitte" but Hillary still walloped Obama ("Uncommitted") in Michigan. Then Obama's cronies in the Michigan legislature (they went on national TV and admitted this) blocked a new primary from being held because the polls showed that Hillary would wallop Obama by even a wider blowout than she did in January. In addition, in Florida both names were on the ballot and Hillary walloped Obama, even though Obama broke the rules and ran TV ads just before the primary. Hillary followed the rules and did not campaign in either state, but Hillary never said that the votes should not be counted. In addition, Obama and his cronies also opposed a new primary in Florida for the same reason as Michigan. In addition, the good ole boys have rigged the superdelegates against Hillary, as every time Hillary wins a state (such as her blow outs in the Appalacian's), nevertheless, the superdelegates keep trickling over to Obama. Hillary should definitely stay in all the way to the convention, and should also consider running as an independent.

    May 29, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. libby

    It's about time somebody stood up to Hilary!!!! Please let Barack do his job NOW!!! He has won! Unbelievable that anyone would want this Hilary to be President. She did not have the decency to be here on Memorial Day to recognize our Brave people who have and are now protecting our country. Such a SELFISH person. Thanks to McCain and Barack.

    May 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. La Raza

    President Barack Obama. Get used to it.

    May 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |

    She's so smart! Why can't Hillary be more like her. Nothing wrong with common sense!

    May 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Jeff

    As a Republican. this is awesome. The BS that the Dems are going through is making more and more Repubs every day. Your political correctness is coming back to haunt you. A black man or a woman. If you could nominate someone worth a crap, you would have won in 2000 and 2004. An idiot with substance abuse issues and a speech impediment beat you twice!

    May 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |

    Nancy, stay out of it. you have shown your republican leanings by not bringing impeachment on bush and co. you are one person. not the majority of the country. you are unfit to be speaker of the house.

    May 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. don

    You tell em Hillary. "Let them eat cake!" My god! What will you and Bill not do to salve your ego?

    May 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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