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. Deb

    The Left Wing Revolt begins!

    I love this country too much to let you take over!

    In November you will find out just how much "We the People" are not ready to go to the "Do Nothing" Left!

    The Voters will have the last Laugh!

    McCain 08

    May 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. martin

    go pelosi.finally getting some cajones.this is the best thing i've heard you say yet.let's hope you stick to your and other supers should endorse ,now,because hillary is only giving her supporters false hope,and they will be angrier,the longer this goes.stop letting the hillary wound fester.we're getting burnt out on this process,and losing interest.too much bitterness?boy,did barack get it right ,there.

    May 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. PA_man_in TX

    I'm impressed someone who respects justice, equity and fairness is eventually stepping in. Hillarious Clinton and adultrous Bill need to get out of this race because they have take it too far. They are too desperate and willing to destroy the party and Obama's chances in November. Pelosi is right and we all support her decision that the winner of the most delegates should be the nominee.

    GO OBAMA !!!!!


    Shame to the Clintons.....ha!!! ha!!! ha!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Northern Canadian

    About time !!! We, Canadians are tired of Hillary Clinton's ugly circus and her losers. Time to move on and focus on Obama to the general election, NOW. Thanks God !!

    May 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. Chuck R

    She will step in what? Or she will step in where? Or, she will step in how?

    Clinton's name will be put in nomination and she will get her fair share of votes at the convention. The only question is will it be more or less than 50% of the delegates.

    Every party hack that tries to push Clinton out of the race only is making this look worse for the Democratic Party.

    36 years of being involved in Democratic politics and I never have seen this desire to try to force a candidate out that they haven't been able to beat. What strange tactics these are. Screaming over and over for Clinton to get out when she hasn't lost yet.

    Obama will not get the number of "pledged" delegates needed to be endorsed. Clinton leads in delegates elected in the Primaries, Obama leads in delegates selected in the Caucus states, The super delegates will decide if the winner of the primaries or the winner of the caucuses should be the nominee.

    May 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. calvinator7

    I agree...her tactics are really making her look desperate and foolish

    May 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. If not Hillary....then McCain

    She won't impeach Bush and Cheney, but she will halt the democratic process. What a sham! I think the citizens have a right to decide who is elected, so I hope Hillary leaves the party....they (Hillary and Bill)have done enough for the ingrates....let the DNC implode.

    May 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  8. alice

    LMAO...who the hell does she think she is!!!

    All the way to the convention Hillary!!

    We will NOT UNITE...behind Obama!!!

    GO Hillary...if not Hillary...then McCain!!!

    You should have more fear if Obama got the White House....your kids have nothing to be fearful of....this is a volunteer army!! LOL

    May 29, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Karen from Texas

    Please step in. This is really going too far!! Everyone will have a chance to vote under the rules that EVERYONE agreed to. This is shaping up to be an easy Democrat victory. Lets not lose it with inter party fighting. Clinton herself stated we should have a democrat in the White House. Lets make it happen!!!!

    Democrat 08

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. MiamiHeat

    Nothing like stepping in to stop the democratic process at work, huh, Nancy?

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Eva (in Florida)

    ..the California Democrat said she is prepared to "step in" if the presidential race does not resolve itself by the end of next month...
    Could her statement imply that Florida and Michigan may take another month to resolve? WHY?

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Lawrence Feidelman

    These are absurd comments from Ms. Pelosi. If we followed her line of thinking, then all super delegates in states won by Hiliary Clinton should vote for her (e,g. West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, etc). If that were the case, Hiliary Clinton should win the nomination.
    Furthermore, excluding or even reducing Florida ( where everyone was on the ballot) will lose the election for the Democrats.
    The Democratic party is about to commit political suicide.

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Hillary Leave Already!

    Pelosi, you're too slow. You should've stepped in rather when Obama had reached the majority of pledged delagates since you said before that they can't overturn this matter. Now, look what hillary is doing, she's destroying the party.

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. James

    To those of you who think that HRC is the stronger candidate: Let's take a look at her "Leadership" qualities. First she agrees to exclude Florida and Michigan(in writing no less), then when the delegate count starts going against her, she switches her position, changes the rules and insists that she has supported counting Florida and Michigan all along. This in addition to campaigning in Florida and leaving her name on the Ballot in Michigan when she knew the others had taker theirs off. Second, she "misremembers" being under sniper fire, when her campaign is in need of some sign of a tough leader. Third she and her constituents keep bringing up dirt and slanted opinions against her opponent, even though she pledged to run a "clean" campaign. And don't get me wrong, the things she brought up will be used by the GOP.

    So, quick synopsis- Changes rules, Lies, and Back stabs to show she is the "stronger" candidate. Yes, very presidential. Clearly the kind of leader we need.

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. wycliffe, NJ



    OBAMA 08

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. mama4obama

    I absolutely agree. Let her finish the primaries, but then its time to back the winner here.

    OBAMA 08

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. White 64 male for Obama

    Look at Mrs. Pelosi laying down the hammer on the Clintons. She is right, there has to be a penalty no matter what. If the Dems let MI & FL slide with no penalty then expect to see other states do the same thing in upcoming elections. The Dems need to put their foot down and let Clinton cry, kick, and moan all the way back to her Senate seat.

    However, you don't have to be stupid to see who Pelosi is secretly endorsing.

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Marie-Lynn

    well said

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. Kelby

    I had no idea that Pelosi was chairing the convention this year. This statement from her is a sure sign that this wirlwind dem process is truly coming to an end. There has been historic amount participation in this process.
    The reason why people have been coming out to the Democrats in such large number and the reason why so much media attention has been given to the Dems is because the GOP has screwed this country up so much, they have done so badly and caused so much damage.
    This happens every other generation. It's like we forget how bad GOP policies are every 8 years.
    It is time to take the presidency and Senate in Nov.

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Frank

    Why wait untill the end of June? Do something right after next week's primaries. The dmocratic party is becoming more and more fractuted every day. HRC is single handily tearing it apart.

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. commonsense

    I cannot believe this woman. The power is going to her head. Is she afraid that Clinton will get the nomination and that Pelosi will lose her only chance at VP? Obama/Pelosi. That is her thinking. She has hated the Clintons from the start, so no surprise here, that she wants it to end now. Pelosi is not for the American People. Who the heck does she think she is stating there will be "irreparable harm"? That sounds like a threat to the delegates to me. Perhaps Former President Clinton was on to something the other day, when he referenced that Superdelegates were being bullied. It sure sounds like Pelosi is bulling them now, doesn't it? Now who is pushing the "golden Boy"? Why did we have a Primary anyway? The DNC and Scary Pelosi had their minds made up a year ago. It makes me sick. We cannot afford to have a republican President and that is what will happen. DNC you sealed our fate, you should be proud.

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. LGriff

    We will definitely appreciate it if she does step in. This campaign has no reason to go to the convention.

    Bye Bye Hillary. We appreciate all your hard work and efforts but, this is not the time to continue tearing down the dem party.

    Obama 08/12

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  23. mike k

    Way to go, Nancy – Hillary is a self-consumed egomaniac who would rather see the Dem Party burn than lose.

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. Mike in Minneapolis

    If they don't do something, Hillary will fight all the way to the convention with more schemes and attacks, thereby destroying the party. She does not care about the party or the country, only her political aspirations. This is clear. She has become a leech that will have to burned off.

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Ivar

    Do you all really believe that spoled brat will just step aside? Hillary is a unique persons whose brain has extra ordinary destructive power. I am sure that Pellosi is going to be next person who will face her wrath. Hillary has gone bezerk because of the 20 million doillars she has lost. She is no poor mans rep. She knows only one thing...How to win at any cost and that may include destroying everyone.

    May 29, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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