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. Dearborn Resident

    Good. This will keep things fair. Obama's name isn't even on the ticket in Michigan. If you count those votes, how could that be fair?

    May 29, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Bruce

    Nancy, I thought your constituents voted for Clinton in the CA primary. Why are you voting for Obama? Although my State will go for McCain in the general, I will write in my vote for Hillary. I hope others will do the same.

    May 29, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    Yes, Nancy, there should be some penalty: YOU SHOULD STEP DOWN!

    Undemocratic buffoon!

    May 29, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. @americans

    Now this is a real woman with a pantsuit!

    Not Hillarious

    May 29, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. dictator

    what a smart move Nancy– I truly respect you

    May 29, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. CP

    @ Tony May 29th, 2008 10:54 am ET

    By your paragraph alone, one could tell you are definitely a Clinton supporter without having to mention it.

    May 29, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. mususbahu GERMANY

    no obama who cares who you want to vote to .you are a lier, a loser just like the Clintons

    May 29, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Wondering When

    Don't the delegate selection rules say a candidate that campaigns in a state that has violated the timetable CAN NOT RECEIVE ANY VOTES from that state? Isn't that automatic and not reviewable by the RBC? Even if 50% are restored, shouldn't they all go to Obama by rule?

    May 29, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Fed Up

    This life-long Democrat just registered as an Independent. The Democratic Leadership is not about democracy in action but it has been about poor leadership and direction. If the Democrats force an inexperienced Obama as the nominee, us centrists will gladly vote for McCain and the Democrats will lose the White House in November. Let McCain clean-up Bush's mess – he's far more capable and works both side of the aisle very well.

    May 29, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. J. LOCKIE

    PELOSI NEEDS TO STAY OUT OF THIS ONE. IF THE PEOPLE WANT HILARY TO STAY IN FOR THE CONVENTION, THEN SHE SHOULD STAY. THIS IS THE PEOPLE'S ELECTION NOT PELOSI'S......

    May 29, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. Gary Smith

    The lady know's what she talking about. We Democrats are an unruly bunch but you can't buck logic.

    May 29, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. THE LONE RANGER

    HILLARY HAS BEEN APPEASED ENOUGH. SHE HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO MAKE A MOCKERY OF THE SYSTEM, WITH HER LIES. MOVING OF THE GOALPOSTS, FUZZY MATH, PETTY DEMANDS. ENOUGH ALREADY, BRING THE CURTAIN DOWN ON HER. SHE IS A JUNIOR SENATOR JUST LIKE OBAMA. BUT BECAUSE HER NAME IS CLINTON. SHE HAS RECEIVED MORE TOLERANCE THAN SHE DESERVED. IMAGINE IF THE ROLES WERE REVERSED, AND OBAMA HAD ACTED THE WAY HILLARY HAS THE RACE WOULD HAVE BEEN ENDED MONTHS AGO.

    May 29, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. HAswamp

    Nancy Pelosi for VP !!!

    May 29, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Paul

    After next week, ALL states will have had their opportunity. Nobody was left out. From the very beginning, Michigan and Florida had the same opportunity as every other state to make their votes count. Maybe it doesn't seem fair to people in MI and FL, but it isn't fair to everyone else if we bend the rules for them now.

    May 29, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. JT Siachos

    We need to all come together and heal our party. It's time to unite behind one candidate and move this thing forward. I was a Hillary supporter and still admire her greatly; however, this is our future and our children's future we are talking about and we cannot risk losing this election to the Republicans. Give Senator Clinton the respect and admiration she deserves but unite and come together for President Obama!

    May 29, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Utah

    Voting for Hillary just keeps us in the loop of Bush, Clinton, Bush Clinton...Bush? Change means getting the Clintons AND the Bushes OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. I don't care if the change is McCain or Obama, just keep those two families away from me!

    The Clinton family is still one of the most Dysfunctional families in America. And believe me, Chelsea is not that virtuous...ask the Secret Service!

    May 29, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. sew4janjan@hotmail.com

    WAIT A MINUTE!!! FLORIDA & MICHIGAN VOTES MUST BE COUNTED!! WHAT IN THE WORLD IS PELOSI THINKING? THE PEOPLE VOTE FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS..... DELEGATES SHOULD REFLECT THE PEOPLE'S VOTE. PELOSI SOUNDS LIKE BUSH>

    May 29, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. michelle

    ALL THE WAY TO THE CONVENTION, HILLARY.......

    YOU'VE GOT MORE CAJONES AND MORE INTELLIGENCE THAN ....

    BO, KENNEDY, KERRY, DASHLE, BRADLEY, RUSSERT, SHULTZ, OBERMAN, CAFFERTY, SHIELDS, MILLER, M. GOODWIN, LOUDMOUTH, RICHARDSON, RHODES, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, VIERA, OPRAH, CAROLINE, ALL THE FADING CAMELOT KENNEDY BO SUPPORTERS WHO WANT TO MAKE BO IN JFK'S IMAGE (TALK ABOUT LIVING IN THE PAST), .....AND PELOSI..... ETC., ETC., ALL PUT TOGETHER.

    GO GET EM HILL.... YOU'RE AN INSPIRATION...... YOU ARE REAL CHANGE, YOU ARE THE FUTURE.

    May 29, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  19. Paul

    Pelosy

    Do your job and leave democrats choose

    Hillary 08

    Florida and Michigan must count

    May 29, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. Belle

    Rules are rules, unless they do not automatically give the nomination to Obama. The rules allowed a revote; the rules require that this goes to the convention where the superdelegates will vote-they can announce whatever they like but they cannot vote until the convention.

    RULES ARE RULES!!!

    May 29, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Frances

    Go Nancy!! Please make some sense out of your party before it's too late. Give Hillary a donut and make her sit down.

    May 29, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. Mario

    pelosi watch your job apruval and house apruval , it is same like bush , shut up and let supers support Clinton , hillary 2008, obama can go to auswitz with his uncle:)

    May 29, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Sacramento

    W00t NANCY!

    Let's end this thing and kick some McCain butt. We are wasting time and money.

    DEMOCRATS 08!

    May 29, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Aaron

    I am amazed at how many Clinton supporters think Pelosi should mind her own business or is overstepping her bounds. Lest we forget that as Speaker of the House, she is 3rd in line for the Presidency! People who argue that her saying this is what is tearing the Democratic Party apart need only look as far as their own statements to see the divide (which Pelosi had nothing to do with).

    People, please realize....even if FL and MI are seated in full, Hillary cannot win. It all rides on the superdelegates so it would be pointless (and reckless) for her campaign to go to the convention. What on earth could be gained there that cannot be gained in June? I have a feeling that many superdelegates will announce their allegiance next week. Will you call that an intervention?

    And finally, can we take a look back at history here? When was the last time that dueling campaigns went to the convention and the Democrats actually won?? Pelosi understands this...the longer this goes on, the further it hurts the party's chances, as there are only 2 full months between the convention and election day. You people who say Obama isn't electable, well this convention fight would seal the deal on that one and at that point Hillary wouldn't be able to win either. Look at how McCain has gotten a free ride all this time and his standing in the polls has risen so much that he is running practically neck and neck with both candidates. His lead would increase so much by the convention.

    But then again, many of you threaten to vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't get the nomination so you'd probably like that to happen...

    May 29, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  25. Jose Nsasi, ON

    By staying in the race, HRC is closing the door to Chelsea Clinton 2016. HRC is a fighter but one should fight for the party not for own interest. We know all that the game is over for HRC unless she knows something over my/our knowledge.

    "I will step in," Pelosi told the paper. "Because we cannot take this fight to the convention…It must be over before then."

    The media should also step in.

    The general election fight should start next week. McCain/Bush will not win this election. Not this time, not this year.

    May 29, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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