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. ellianna

    Way to go, Nancy!! The Clintons better realize you indeed have "the power" to end it!! I believe you, and ALL of the remainder super delegates have been more than patient and fair with Hillary Clinton and her campaign, considering all of the NEGATIVE AND UGLINESS they have portrayed, not only by speech, but further by their actions!! LIKE MANY AMERICANS, I AM SQUARELY BEHIND YOU!! THE TRUTH IS THE TRUTH!! Thank you, Nancy Pelosi

    May 29, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Yam

    Please do not be dilusional...I do not believe Obama has not divided the party, if anyone has, it is Hillary. What happened to Party Loyalty? All of you Hillary supporters should be standing up for the Party she supposedly supports–the Democrats. IF you choose to give up your party because your nominee does not win the nomination, PEACE OUT! You are not a real Democrat anyway, and trust, you will be back, as you will find your immature attempt to 'teach the dems a lesson' will backfire, since the Republicans don't have your best interest at heart anyway (that is unless you have business interests which they can capitalize on).

    May 29, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Elizabeth

    If this is allowed to happen, it will be punishing Obama for following the rules and Clinton for breaking them. Again, dishonesty and bullying give the Clintons the upper hand.

    May 29, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Jay, Austin

    Pelosi is such a joke. She made a promise she should have broken and gone after Bush.

    The current primary system is unfair to the candidates and voters. They should all campaign for 3 or 4 months and have the election for all states on the same day. No delegates, popular vote wins. That what a democracy is.

    May 29, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Rugo

    May be Clinton will continue even after the fall election, what make funny in her camp, they saying that she strong candidates, how can you be stron in college before you actual graduate high school, beat Obama and then talk about general election, keep dreaming...Go ahead Obama..

    May 29, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. JC - Kansas

    A crash course in how to give away two Presidential elections in a row that should have been sure things. Complements of Howard Dean and the Democratic leadership.

    May 29, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. carolflowery

    Pelosi leads a senate with the lowest approval rating ever, what the hell does she know

    May 29, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. jr

    Nancy Pelosi is a radical left wing joke. She'll be powerless to stop the Clinton's from going to the convention if they choose to do so. The campaign for the democratic nominee will not end until the cleanup crew arrives to sweep away the confetti from the convention floor on it's last night. Hold onto your seats. The roller coater is just about to reach the top of the hill and it's all down hill from there.

    May 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Texan

    I used to like the CLintons but not anymore. HRC was supposed to inherit the house (nomination) but mismanaged her chance. Now she is out to burn the house down so no one else would inherit it. She is grossly ambitious. Hillary is like Lady Macbeth and Bill is Macbeth. Watch them, they are like the predators circling around Obama for an opportuned time of their liking to pounce.

    May 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Beth - Florida

    You Obama people just dont get it.

    We know that Hillary lost a long time ago...

    Millions of her voters just want the same result for NObama.

    Go McCain 08

    May 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Will S.

    I respect Nancy Pelosi for sticking to her guns throughout this ordeal. Thankfully, someone in the Democratic party is finally willing to take the initiative and try to end this pointless bickering and infighting. Or at least, she says she is.

    May 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Tim

    The response from the Obama bots about Nancy being right on make it even easier for me to vote for McCain. I don't need a do-nothing Nancy to tell me how to vote. She's the biggest loser in the Democratic to Obama who will lose in November.

    May 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Harold Brazil

    The House speaker should keep out of it. Ms. Pelosi should stay on the sidelines rather than complicate further the current democratic party imbroglio

    May 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. Brian

    I get the feeling that Clinton is so self centered, that she would rip her party apart if she could call her self president. An aquaintance of mine through a civic club, now retired, was high ranking in the Secret Service; and said she was difficult to protect due to her demeaning treatment of the service agents. He gave me enough insight to know she has no ones interest in mind but her own.
    If something doesnt help her, politically, she makes no effort.
    She was the first lady of arkansas, then whe the seat came available in NY, she was suddenly a New Yorker at heart, now she cares about everyone, when its everyones vote she wants.
    She plays to what she wants from people and could care less about them afterward.

    May 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Kitty Kat Show

    Now I would not mind seeing these two Kats going at it a little bit! LOL

    May 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Casey

    I think Pelosi, Gore and Reid should all step in and just end this... now or at the very latest, by Wednesday.

    To drag this out when we all know that Obama will win does nothing to further the Democratic Party's cause. The only beneficiaries of letting Hillary continue in her lunacy is the media and the Republican party.

    Seat the FL and MI delegates according to the penalties in place AT THE TIME EVERYONE AGREED, super-delegates, get off of your keesters and declare and let's MOVE ON.

    Yes, we can.

    May 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. Bobby

    If this situation was the other way around, they would have pushed Obama out a long time ago... Why is Pelosi sitting on her rump and not being the leader likes she suppose to be. America's leaders still can't find it in themselfs to elect an African American. "What a shame"

    May 29, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. gp

    Those are executive quolities. Somebody has to step in and say it is enough of that nonsense.We can't alow prty to be sacrificed Beecause Clintons are not hapy.They will need to deal with it!!!!! And we have to learn to deal with their screams.epublicans are laughing on us and ability to make choices,have clarity about rules. We can take leadership without those skils. Do so and safe face of the party.It is enough of Clintons willlful spining how ever thay wont.It is enough.

    May 29, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Brandon - Ohio

    One of the first things I've ever seen Nancy Pelosi say or do that made any sense. Go Nancy!

    May 29, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. An Independent

    OK are you guys Serious? Not that i would vote for either one, but you are trying to tell Americans that have a Constitutional Right to vote that there votes dont count?..Who has the right to say that?? ..That to me is the most Un-American thing to say or do.. I really think the Dem party needs to take a step back and see the bigger picture because the people that live in MI or FL that you won't let have no voice in decideing who there Candidate should be will probubly abandon you and cost you the election..because after all it's not the peoples fault and thats who you are punishing...

    May 29, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Alex

    Well step in already and do something.

    Clinton needs to be stopped.

    May 29, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. Tony A.

    Good for Pelosi. Someone needs to end this madness.

    May 29, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. Beth in Little Rock

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PPL? You've all been brainwashed by Obama's endless B.S. least Hillary is fighting for her position while everyone else sits back aiming their b.s. at her.

    Isn't it time someone fight for us...instead of sitting on the sidelines and then stepping in to say "let me stop this..." What happened to americans being able to voice their opinion and state their claims as to whom they'd like to call their next president. I'm about ready to move out of this country altogether...

    One thing is for certain we aren't standing united!!!

    Is she so desparately wants to "stop" something...why can't she put forth her efforts to fighting poverty that the dang high gas prices have caused...for once...have someone in the Whitehouse do something for the ppl!!

    God "Bless" America....because you know he ain't happy with us!

    May 29, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Ryan cobb

    I think that hillary should just quit it is over. You lost run in 2016 hillary if you keep going no one will vote for you then either.

    May 29, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. Brian from Texas

    This is the first thing that Nancy has suggested that makes sense.

    May 29, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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