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. Michael - Texas

    About time someone tells the CRAZY LADY it's over, and time to go home.

    Now lets get more Super D's to come out and do the same.

    May 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Myles

    So now Nancy Pelosi wants to exert her "power" and " influence", in an arena that is functioning within the rules she help create?

    This primary process is going along precisely according to their design (superdelegates, proportional vs. winner take all victories, caucuses vs. primaries, pandering to Iowa and NH vs. letting big states like MI and FL weigh in). The candidates and the voters aren't the problem, the DNC's insipid primary rules are.

    Where was her courage and leadership when she was asked to do what the people elected Democrats to do: end the Iraq War, fully investigate the hideous lies and abuses perpetrated by this adminstration, initiate a real energy policy (35 mpg by 2020 doesn't meet TODAY'S standards in Europe or Japan!), and put forth an economic plan that makes America competitive in the 21st century.

    Nancy, before you step in like a frustrated mom separating two bickering children, remember you still have plenty of unfinished business in Washington. Get tough on those issues and let the kids work out their own solution. Sometimes this is the best parenting.

    May 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    To people who feel the DNC is misogynistic... wake... up. Don't eat every bit of propoganda you are spoon fed and stop huffing the mind control perfume.

    I have no problem voting for a woman, and I'd wager neither does the majority of the democratic party and likely the nation, but Hillary is the wrong woman for what could've been the right time.

    May 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Tracy

    Several delegates have indicated they would be voting for Senator Obama when their district or states popular vote went to Senator Clinton. Why would any party allow their delegates to vote for any candidate that did not win the popular vote. The convention should be a procedural event and not a plitical event. The decision should be made by June 3rd according to the popular vote. Florida and Michigan should not be seated when they decided to break party rules. They will have their voice heard in November.

    May 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. NObama

    How funny is this? Pelosi can't get anything else done, but she can end this?

    She's already in the tank for Obama.. just as Dean is.

    Neither of them are concerned about democracy or hearing the voices of the people.

    This will be the first time THIS Democrat will not be voting.

    Sen. Clinton has endured enough ridiculous haranguing to make anyone nuts..and has handled it with dignity, strength, and brilliance.

    HILLARY 08!!

    May 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  6. Kemic - Houston, Texas


    May 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. Barack in Wonderland


    What are you thinking? Many decisions have come down to the convention. That's the purpose of the convention. You mean to tell me that after all that happened in FL that those voices should not be counted? C'mon Pelosi, wake up! The vote of the residents of MI and FL should be counted! In fact, with barack, we will indeed lose.

    You true democrats should wake up and realize that the person writing Barack's speeches is the same guy that wrote JFK's speeches! Idealism in favor of change wont help us out of the quaqmire that Bush has us in; Action will. In order to get action, you need experience. WAKE UP PEOPLE. Hillary has the experience this country needs.

    A male Dem in Favor of Hillary!

    May 29, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Gordon

    Forget party politics...let the people vote and let all the votes be counted. Afterall, it's government by the people, for the people...not for Nancy.

    May 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. James

    Read this article on and enlighten yourself to the real Obama. You know that person who wants change and to stay away from old style politics. Only proves that there are more lies and falsehoods about what he is really like.

    "Obama played hardball in Chicago race"

    May 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  10. Debby

    Pelosi just wants some fame time after all she's a waste..i agree with you Tony same here if not Hillary then McCain has my vote and so many other people...PLEASE McCain NO CHARLIE CRIST...

    May 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. adam

    Do ya think Nancy Pelosi has an agenda here [read: her sights on a position in the Obama White House]? Clinton can't face reality, but all of the sabre rattling from Washington insiders does nothing to further either the timing of Clinton's ultimate concession or the message that has been the underpinning of Obama's successful pursuit of the Democratic nomination. The Clinton's do not react well to arm-twisting (see prior investigations). The nonsense should stop.

    May 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Kathryn N. Cunningham

    The rules are the rules! No delegates from Florida or Michigan should be seated at the Democratic National Convention. Period! When Sen. Hillary Clinton was the so called "front runner", she signed a pledge acknowledging and accepting the facts that the votes in both states would not count and that their delegates would not be seated. The Rules Committee should stick by their own rules!

    May 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Minnesota

    The lies and deception continue to spew from the Clintons......We now know what they are.......and they have their legacy....How can she return to the can anybody trust her?

    May 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. shannon

    what a joke...attack of the toothless woman.

    May 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Tom

    Pelosi doesn't want a more powerful women than her around. That's all.

    May 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Roland Carter

    I love Clinton, but she needs to just give it up and run in the next presidential election. You can not change the rules in the end of a game "get it to your head" Clinton.

    May 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. arc

    Democracy, like any political or social system needs to adhere to a strict foundation of regulations so that it may operate effectively. If Hillary Clinton already agreed to these regulations as pertaining to Florida and Michigan; why is she permitted to challenge them at this present date? What aren’t more of Hillary’s supporters addressing the core fact that their candidate agreed to the rules?
    It’s disheartening to see the Democratic Party embroiled in all of this while hard working families lose their jobs and their homes; and young American soldiers continue to lose their lives.

    May 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Andy

    My bet is Hillary will be sworn in next January.

    May 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. PPP

    delete the name of the last comment and add PPP

    May 29, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. RB - Atlanta, GA

    All you insane Clinton supporters who keep crying foul and say we are dividing the party. Go ahead and pull the nomination from Obama. You want to see division.....just try it and see how many people stay home and do not vote just because a bunch of idiots are crying becsue their pick for the nominee did not get it. Face it....she lost fare and square and it is about time someone stood up and said "enough is enough". This needs to end now and not when Billary wants it to end and no, there is no conspiracy like Billy said.....I guess he really did enhale.

    May 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. jw

    Oh, shut up Nancy, no one pays any attention to you anyway. Let the process run it's due course, I don't see the problem if uniting the party. What alternative do we have – elect McBush, you gotta be kiddin.

    May 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |

    Keep on fighting left wing idiots. You will march Mac right into the White House. I want you all to keep thinking that you boy Obama is the messiah. Not seating Michigan & Florida will put the votes right into The Republicans hands. You FOOLS CANT EVEN RUN YOUR PARTY.HOW WILL YOU RUN OUR COUNTRY!!!!! THE PARTY OF CARTER,DUKAIKAIS,MCGOVERN,JOHNSON.....DREAM ON JOHN MCCAIN WILL BRING AMERICA BACK NOT YOUR LEFT WING POSTER BOY. AND BY THE WAY NOBODYS OVERTURNING ROE vs WADE!!!AND HE IS NOT GEORGE BUSH...AND HE WILL HAVE OUR TROOPS OUT WITHIN 5 YEARS WITH HONOR NOT SURRENDER!

    Mccain 08

    May 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Jerff

    If they are going to seat delegets they should split 50/50, that would be the only fair soultion since 1 person's name was not on ballot in Mi.
    Bottom line is they broke the rules and therefore should not be counted............

    May 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Darren M.

    This is good news. Finally somebody is stepping in to end this. it was thought this would play itself out, but it didn't.

    For Hillary Supporters: Polls show that more Hillary supporters are likely to support Obama in the general election than Obama supporters supporting Hillary in the general election. Hillary saying she will take her fight to the convention doesn't help those numbers. So, if Hillary was able to steal the nomination, her opponent John McSame could 1) use that fact that she changed party rules to get the nomination, basically calling her a cheat and 2) use the 8 years of scandals of the Clinton administration as kindling to start more fires. The geneal election would be more about rumors and lies than anything else. it would ultimately lead to defeat for Clinton. Many Clinton supporters frame Hillary as being more qualified, when in reality she does not have much more experiece than Obama. True, she was in the White House, and sat in on policy making, but she had no official postion in the administration. Hillary's platform is based in the politcs of the past. This country is in the toilet because of the politics of the past . We don't need this. Obama is the guy who is talking about healing our reputation, at home and abroad. We all need to get behind that. We have been so used to fighting, between parties since 1992, we seem to think this is normal. Well, it isn't. We are going to need all hands on deck, from both sides of the isle, to fix the problems that have been created over the last 8 years. With Hillary as president, i see her energizing the neo right wing of the republican party, to the point where nothing gets done. We need a postive force running theis country, and a postive support group of people who will advise him. McCain obviously is not that person, but Obama can be. We hope Hillary supporters will get behind Obama and show the Republicans we are, in fact, united. Voting for McCain out of protest will only ruin the future of our children. Please think about your vote before you make a mistake.

    May 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Cali Girl

    Tony, give me a break and stop throwing a tantrum. If you really want McCain for the next for years then just say so. Don't use HRC or for that matter, Obama as an excuse.

    If you really believed in Democratic ideals, then there is not way you would vote for McCain.

    By the way, I am Hispanic and OBAMA will get my vote!

    May 29, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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