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. HereWeGo

    the Clintons have lost but as an independent CNN commentator said a couple of weeks ago, he heard the Clintons will do anything, anything to win. They lost fair and square and even giving them all of michigan and none to Barack and seating Florida as it stands does not put Hillary ahead in any categories. You would still have to not count the caucuses in order for her to be ahead in the popular vote, but what counts is the delegate vote. So if she expects to win she would have to bribe and bully the superdelegates to switch to her loosing ticket, and that is called CHEATING.

    May 29, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Linney

    I have come to the conclusion that the DNC are a bunch of dumb azzes.
    They could have had it all this time but they blew it.

    May 29, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. Matt

    Most sensible people agree that Sen. Clinton has the right to go to the convention. The problem is what it does to the party and the Democrats' presidential chances in the general election. Yes, Teddy Kennedy went in 80. Don't forget that Carter wound up losing the general election. My feeling is that Sen. Clinton needs to see she doesn't have much chance. Iif her top priority is the country and its citizens she needs to start the healing process and work for Obama in 2008.

    If she takes it to the convention, or if she doesn't truly work for the candidate, then we will remember. 2012 will truly become the year of ABC (Anybody But Clinton).

    May 29, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Tom - Canada

    If this pitiful DNC race continues would you like us to send in some UN observers to oversee your convention in August?

    May 29, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. JC

    I cannot wait for John McCain to be president. Democrats enjoy your ignorant leadership. How badly have they botched this process.

    Republicans have outfoxed the Dems again.


    May 29, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. s callahan

    I think Nancy Pelosi is correct in steping in.
    Not only is it viewed that Sen. Clinton is dividing the party, but consideration should also be made that this process is overwhealming, and discouraging, the new and young voters who should not be subjected to this fiasco.
    The band aid didn't work now it's time to do the surgery so things can heal.

    May 29, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. lil

    Hillary Clinton is a sore loser if she was winning she wouldnt care
    anything about the rule. She dont care about agreements she has
    signed or promises she has made. I dont trust her because she dont
    keep her word and she want keep her word with the american people.

    She has made her own rules as she goes. She cant win because
    she thinks she is entiltled she have to win because she is who
    the american people want.

    May 29, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. joann

    Hey Jim Whittaker from CA, Hope if Obama gets in he raises your taxes good and high. Good luck with that!

    May 29, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. KG

    Hillary can't tear the party apart , obama has already done it, with his racism

    May 29, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Obama is the One


    Party leaders need to step up and be reasonable. Seating the entire Florida and Michigan delegates would be SUCH an absurd result that I would literally have to consider leaving the Democratic party altogether. Thos primaries were NOT proper... the were NOT fair. Obama was not even on the ballot in Michigan!!! no campaigning occurred in either of those states. Those primaries were early...before many people even knew of Obama. Clinton agreed to the rules to not seat those delegations just like EVERYONE else. She cannot back out of that reasoned decision when it is convenient for HER.

    Who does she think she's folling??? It's absurd that ANYONE has taken her campaigns arguments even this seriously. The Florida and Michigan votes must be respresented. But, that means ALL of them... including the ones who stayed home due to the DNC decision... and that would include Obama and Clinton supporters.

    Clinton is SO full of it. She's talking about wanting all votes to count??? That requires a complete recount. She's such sneaky and manipulative. GET RID OF HER!~!!!

    May 29, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Eugene, Oregon

    Who on earth does this Pelosi think she is? God? This is a democracy. Tell Pelosi to go away and meditate on what that means!

    May 29, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Dave

    To everyone who continues to bring up the Iraq death toll... War is not good but it is sometimes a neccesity. There will never be peace; extremists all over the world will make the certain. And yes, over 4000 men and women have died in this war. They died voluntarily serving their country because they believe in the United States. This is over, what, a 6 year period? Yet every day over 3000 babies are aborted in the US alone. Let's see, that is over 6.5 million involuntary deaths in 6 years. Now who is hypocritical??? It is not the babies fault you can't leave your legs closed!

    May 29, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Laidetea

    Well, Hillary....start packing your stuff up girlfriend. Tell Bill and Chelsea to make space availiable in your New York Hampton estate because your going back to New York next weekend. This race is over.

    Pelosi hasn't forgotten about your many constiuents that sent the letter to her telling to reverse her statement. Pelosi is going to let you have it one way or another and its not going to be the nomination. Pelosi is not affraid to speak her mind and she going to step it up on the DNC rules and bylaws.

    Obama 08

    May 29, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. jsandr

    clbrune oregon please shut up. You could care less about the party. You think like that looser Clinton.

    May 29, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Yay Nancy

    blair says: "Do not allow him to destroy the Constitution."

    Obama was a teacher of constitutional law. He loves the constitution!

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

    To all clinton supporters, there is doubt in my mind that you all are bunch of racist, that is why you can not stand to see a black man in the white house and why you have all chose to go for another 4years of Bush.Well good luck to you all, Who can say NO when God says YES? Watch and see loosers

    May 29, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Rich

    After all the states have voted there is NO reason for the super-delegates to wait until the convention to decide whom they want to select. It should be over a couple weeks into June. We've listened to all the complaints about letting Hillary finish the process, and I think most people respect that. But what will be the argument past mid-June? That until the convention super-delegates might change there mind on who they've endorsed? Seems like a steep price to pay. Pelosi understands this.

    May 29, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Eascogal

    I commend Speaker Pelosi for setting precedence over an unruly attitude from Senator Clinton. Additionally, former president Clinton should express keen respect for rules and policies as the American people continues to foot his salary. I cannot believe the juvenile behavior from such high caliber individuals such as the Clintons. Speak of deranged characters! I further nominate Speaker Pelosi for Obama's vice-president!

    May 29, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Michael

    It takes a harridan to stand up to a harridan.

    May 29, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Jerry

    Okay, first the Democrats punish two sovereign states of the Union for daring to decide when to hold their own elections within their own borders. Now the convention chairperson is going to "step in" to insure that a candidate is chosen before the convention meets to choose a candidate. Would someone please explain to me exactly what is so 'democratic" about the Democratic Party?

    May 29, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Karen P

    Nancy is correct. After the final elecitons, this should end. Hillary is out for herself, not the party or the country. That has been loud and CLEAR with all the remarks, tactics used, now this.

    Michigan and Florida broke the rules, voters were AWARE votes wouldn't count so many stayed home...what about THEM? Voters should be angry at their own politicians for ignoring party rules...after all, 48 other states know what a rule means. As far as I'm concerned,

    Hillary isn't a better candidate, she's just has tunnel vision that she should be "crowned" president. We've had enough of the Clintons. Time to move on and into the 21st century.

    May 29, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Rocky Feliciano

    Hillary we love you, but enough is enough. You didn't win! You gave a great fight, but time has come to unit the party. We need to win the White House. Please step to the side and allow that party to be unit.

    May 29, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Paul

    Hillary 08

    Otherwise she should go independent and be our President

    We cannot have a continuity of the Bush era with McCain, neither can we risk our futures by entrusting our nation in the hands of an unexperienced candidate

    May 29, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. Vickie

    I like that fact that we can take an election to the limit. It just proves that "The Peoples" vote should speak for us NOT Pelosi!!!
    Just like any race, we "The People" are encouraged to run and not stop in mid stream. Pelosi needs to step back and let "The People" of this country allow their votes to count. My vote is my voice and all should be heard!!

    May 29, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. glca

    To all the so called democratics that would rather vote for McCain than Obama, you were not a real democrate to begin with. So I have one thing to say. Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.

    May 29, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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