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. Thomas Crown

    Bout Time. Cue Sharon Minnesota who is allowed to get in on EVERY topic to say something stupid.

    May 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Geraldine Coleman

    It's about time to sit Hillary down with all of this I am more electable nonsense. How is she the most electable if Obama is leading in the pledge delegates and in states won. She is not only desperate but HILLARY IS HILLARIOUS!

    May 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Nisha, Little Rock, AR

    Hillary is still shocked that she couldn't rap this thing up by Feb. 5th. It's about time somebody "stepped in" to end this foolishness!

    OBAMA 08 & 12!!! YES he did and YES WE CAN!

    May 29, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Gram

    There's nothing wrong with taking this to the convention. They ought to be able to make the decision...Obamites again trying to run Sen. Clinton out before the day is done...Sit Down Nancy

    May 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Jan from Boca Raton, Fl

    It's about time she did something. So far she has done absolutly
    nothing since she has taken that office. I hope
    whoever becomes President replaces her fast.

    May 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Cynthia

    I agree 100% with Senator Pelosi. All states need to follow the rules set by the DNC and those that don't should be penalized. We do as a party need to get it together to meet the Republicans – John McCain in one sense for months has had an opportunity to go around all willy nilly and do and say whatever he wants to without the kind of scrutiny he should be receiving.

    May 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. mike taurino

    butt out PELOSI

    May 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  8. Elisabeth

    Nancy is afraid of losing her own role as the highest ranked woman i USA

    May 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Realist in Maryland

    Wow. For once I agree with Pelosi.

    Well said.

    On to the General Election.

    May 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Thank Goodness

    I am gaining more and more respect for Pelosi. She talks sensibly where Hillary is completely out of touch. Thank you Nancy for speaking up to shut Hillary up.

    Hillary has only one thing on her mind and that is POWER!!!!! She could care less about Florida and Michigan voters or she would have never agreed in the beginning that their delegates would not be seated.

    Go Mr. Obama....

    May 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. NO OBAMA5



    May 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. Shawna

    I'm so tired of the Clinton campaign and their threats. I'm tired of them claiming the popular vote despite the fact that caucus states don't release popular vote totals. The continuance of this debate is completely stupid, and the fact that democratic leaders are taken this long to move to back Obama shows how slowly and badly things move in Washington.

    May 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. American Girl

    Thanks Nancy –
    Hillary just needs to accept that the rules she agreed upon are the rules that should be followed. It is obvious that barack Obama is the winner. HIllary does more harm to the party by having this fight fight fight attitude.

    Please end this and let's move to the general election.

    May 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. Glenn

    And how, pray tell, will Nancy Pelosi – one person in the whole country – "step in" to end this? She has one vote. Who the hell does she think she is to say she will "step in" to end it. I know politicians can be cocky but this is crazy!

    May 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Liked Hillary once

    We need to start uniting the party. We can't let Hillary kill it all.

    May 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. Jamaal Ks

    Finally the Democratic Pary is willing to shut down the destructive Clinton Campaign Unfortuantly this is To late.

    May 29, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Dave in WI

    Let Sen. Clinton leave on a high note with a win in Puerto Rico.

    With Sen. Obama's wins in Montana and South Dakota, and two dozen Superdelegate endorsements needed, the magic number of 2026 will be met soon, and all Democrats can unite to beat Sen. McCain in November.

    May 29, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. jr

    i hate to say this folk but we are doomed if this country does not come together as one nation before or after the general election while we are fighting among our self's other countries are moving past us and we are slowly fading away

    May 29, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Mark K

    This comment should not be taken as implying that most of Senator Clinton's support comes from women who look up to her as a role model. But, for such women, the person they should be looking up to as a role model is Nancy Pelosi, not Hillary Clinton.

    May 29, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Elisabeth

    Nancy – get out!

    May 29, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. BrendaK

    I agree.. this has gone beyond ridiclous !!!!!!!!!!!!! END IT !

    May 29, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. rachel

    Pelosi sush up you cant do anything but pressure everybody like you and the other corrupt dnc members have. If Hillary wants to take it to the convention she has that right thats what its for.

    May 29, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. proud army and navy mom

    thank you, lady speaker. somebody needs to give old girl, hillary a sedative. she is ooo (out of order).

    Hillary thinks that because she been able to convince her uneducated white voters of her twisted logic, that she will be able to manipulate the superdelegates. She has been in essence holding us democrats hostage, with her whining about bad press and sexism, this has to end.

    Hillary is a drama queen with no crown.

    May 29, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. From Florida

    It what way is it fair to strip an entire state of their opinion? A few people, the officials, broke the rules, a handful of people out of the millions that voted in florida. How is it fair to not count our votes? Why is my opinion not counted because of something completely beyond my control?

    May 29, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. huh?

    Hillary is not more electable. She lost in the primary, which only proves she couldv'e been beaten in the general election.

    May 29, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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