May 29th, 2008
12:30 PM ET
6 years ago

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. Tim

    Rules are rules, and both parties agreed to them.

    Why aren't people going after the heads of the idiots in Michigan and Florida who decided to move their primary up?

    Can you imagine the stink Hillary would make about the rules if the roles were reversed? If this situation were reversed, Obama would have done the honorable and smart thing, and stepped down and supported Hillary. But Hillary's sad ambition, pride, and sense of entitlement will not allow her to.

    I hope this ruins her political career. I am tired of the Clintons.

    May 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Pam Skeete

    II am glad you took the authorotive position..Ms. Nancy. Hillary need to exit gracefully, because if it was the other way they would have pressured him to bow out.

    May 29, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. jim t

    thats a nice slap in the face for hillary

    GO OBAMA '08 – '16

    May 29, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. THANKS FOR THE HELP

    Thank you!
    What's taking so long Hillary lost all respect last week, with that RFK comment. How can anyone in their right mind say/wish anything bad happen to Obama.
    Think about the number of threats he has to live with daily.
    To think you want to win that bad!
    I say end it now and let's get behind the next...the first Black President.
    LET'S MAKE HISTORY and show the world how AMERICA we really are!

    May 29, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. aaron from minneapolis

    Nobody is pushing Hillary out of the race because Obama is their man. They want what is best for the party. If your name is HIllary Clinton or you support Hillary Clinton you don't know what's best for the party and you are clearly mistaken.

    May 29, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Former Obama Supporter

    Since Hillary is going to have the popular vote, then Pelosi should tell Obama to quit. The people have spoken and they want Hillary.
    Hillary '08!!

    May 29, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  7. Jammy

    Obama = no more regimes (Bush/Clinton)
    First 100 days = continued Republican dictatorship.
    Puppets all.

    May 29, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    IS THERE A POPULARITY CONTEST FOR RACISM IN THIS COUNTRY. WHETHER YOU RECOGNIZE IT OR NOT, YOUR BROTHER WILL BE YOUR KEEPER. THE SAME PEOPLE YOU HATE WILL BE THE SAME PEOPLE TO SAVE YOU FROM YOURSELF, WE ALWAYS HAVE.

    May 29, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. NoMcSame

    It would be better to take a loss with a stand up man like Obama that to win with trash like Hillary.
    So go ahead and vote McSame if you want. Obama will still be better off than most of you. America is showing her true side.
    Hillary is a BOLD face LIAR. She lied to the world for all to see the trash that she really is.
    Obama08

    May 29, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. JAMES (GEORGIA)

    I applaud Pelosi for taking a stand! I was a supporter of Hillary but they have taken the stance that they own the Democratic party. I truly believe the Clintons will have damaged their reputation beyond repair once this is all over.

    May 29, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. William

    The Queen Bee has spoken!! There is only room for one Queen Bee in Washington. Queen Bee Pelosi has stung Hillary yet again! You women in the Democratic party. Listen to the Queen Bee. It's time to sit down and shut up! Stop fighting so the man can win! It's time to submit to obama the Man! (who will be Queen Bee Pelosi's Marionette).

    May 29, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Tom

    What is up with these idiots? What are they afraid of? That their far left wing choice who can't win the presidency won't even make it out of the primaries? What a screwed up party they've become!

    May 29, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  13. Mike M, Indiana

    And I suppose Nancy Pelosi will be called a sexist if Obama comes out the winner.

    May 29, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. PDM

    Why have a political party if there isn't a concerted agenda with rules to ensure that political goals are attempted with maximum efficiency? Florida and Michigan broke the rules of the primary. Blame your state elected officials who were responsible for the change.

    May 29, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. April in Texas

    Now thats a leader!

    Obama 08/09

    May 29, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. $$$$REGIS$$$$

    At least, someone can stand the Clintons. These 90's years are over.
    it's time for Hillary to get out. If she won't, you have to force her.
    she's just a witch who wants to divide this great party.

    OBAMACAN FROM THE STATE OF MCCAIN (AZ)!!!!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Eric

    It is about time that the Democratic Party did something about this.

    May 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Curliss

    Time for the democratic party to split into two wings - Conservative Dems (Hillary) and Progressive Dems (Obama) ... then we have a three way race for the whitehouse ... may the best man....uhhh woman win!

    Hillary as INDEPENDENT!

    Go Hillary!!!!

    May 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. JJ

    Madam Speaker. VP candidate in my opinion. Thank you for your leadership and courage to speak out. Now here is a woman I admire. Nancy Pelosi has excellent qualifications including leadership, ethics, honesty, education. Here is a woman, a true role model for my daugher, who rose to her position through her own qualifications, achievements and hard work. This woman deserves to be V-president. The respect and admiration that we have for Nancy provides hope for those of us women who lack respect for Hillary with her chaos, lack of integrity, arrogance and self-centeredness. Howard Nancy, you are an excellent role model for my daughter. Dean where is your leadership on this issue?
    Signed single Mom with daughter.

    May 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. lorraine roppolo

    Nancy pelosi, If the party needs punished, do so. but do not punish the individual voter. Each voters vote must count, no exceptions, no excuses. Ms Pelosi,, please temper your holier then thou attitude.

    May 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Accountant Guy

    Thank you Pelosi, it is about time somebody shut down this side show!

    May 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. Ms. Smith

    Bottom line – disrespect the voters who committed no greater crime than showing up to vote on the date pre-determined by their state leadership, which set the election date - and they will dislike and punish you! I realize Obama and his supporters simply refuse to accept that people will remain angry into November - but I'm betting they will. FL voters are still angry over 2000. Can an objective, reasonable person think that disenfranchising voters in that state is smart - whether it creates advantage for one candidate or the other. I think this entire episode in the campaign has been handled in a truly short-sighted manner by the DNC and the Obama camp. If Obama loses by one state - and that state is FL . . . . there will be no one to blame but Obama for refusing to revote, AND the DNC for being cowards and going along with such a stupid act.

    May 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Steve McKenney

    Tony,
    On the Republican side, your vote only counted for half this year because the RNC imposed sanctions on your state that said you delegates only count for half because your lawmakers decided they could ignore the rules.

    Have a problem with your voting couting? Look no further than you state legislators. They caused this problem for you and your state. The DNC made it abundantly clear that if your state held it's primary earlier than February 5th, your vote wouldn't count. Your legislators ignored the rule nearly 6 months in advance and therefore caused your vote not to count. Point the your finger in the right direction because hardly lies with the DNC or Obama.

    May 29, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. ALECO1 -----NOKOMIS,FL

    THANK GOD THIS RACE MAY COME TO AN END. HILLARY CANNOT BEAT OBAMA, HOW DOES SHE THINK SHE CAN BEAT McCAIN.
    I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HILLARY IN A BIKINI--THE WORLD WOULD TAKE A YEAR TO STOP LAUGHING. SHE HAS A REAR AND LEGS LIKE A BABY ELEPHANT. I LAUGH JUST THINKING ABOUT IT.

    May 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. rexx

    Pelosi says she is going to step in eh? Why should Obama need anyone to step in? The guy is a Chicago politician he can just have all the other candidates signatures invalidated so he can run unopposed right? Oh that was the other Obama I guess. lol

    May 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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