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. Veterans for Obama

    Yes we can!

    Obama is the nominee. I know a lot of Hillary supporters will be upset, but McCain is such a whack job, that I can't realistically see any democrats defecting to his camp.

    May 29, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  2. Boered1

    WHAT!! My comment doesn't even go into moderation just disappears AGAIN!! Guess the Clinton News Network cannot stand the truth!

    Here it is in a nutshell (that will not get posted either I suspect) Good job FINALLY showing some leadership, about time! We should have shut up the Whiners in MI and FL a long time ago (this does not apply to everyone in the state just those who say that "I cheated but MY VOICE MUST BE HEARD OR I WILL CRY LIKE A 2 YEAR OLD TAKE MY BALL AND GO HOME)

    I alos posted a quote off AP "Clinton loyalists are expected to demonstrate outside the hotel. The Obama campaign has urged its supporters to stand down. "We don't think it's a helpful dynamic to create chaos," said David Plouffe, Obama's campaign manager. "In the interest of party unity, we're encouraging our supporters not to protest."
    Just to show WHICH candidate is the one trying to tear apart our party and which one is trying to hold it together. The crybaby hillary is ASKING her supporters to protest.. guess she thinks that since SHE CANNOT win she should destroy the party after all she was INEVITABLE.. Inevitably a loser that is.

    May 29, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. fred2..since another stole my name

    Well about time someone puts there foot down against hilary that nutjob

    Go Obama!!

    May 29, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. NoMcSame

    To Obama: PLEASE DON'T GO TO IRAQ. Why does McKiller want you to go there so bad? REMEMBER: RON BROWN. Don't trust them or him. We the people need you right here to fight the good fight here in the U.S.
    Let McSame go to Iraq and stay there until his stipid war is over.
    The truth is out now about McSame, Hillary and Bush so just do what you are doing and do our boys and girls good by bringing them HOME. What good would it do anyway, to please McSame?
    Don't let McSame Ron Brown you.
    NoMcSame..... NAVY Vet. for OBAMA08
    Hillary Clinton stop it now!!!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. E for Obama

    Clinton's stump speech for the past month:

    1. Count the votes of MI & FL
    2. I am the strongest candidate
    3. They want to end this race
    4. donate to my campaign at

    In the meantime Obama and McCain are talking about the REAL issues.

    HC put the mic down or better yet get on board with Obama so we can smash McCain and the R. The sooner the better!

    May 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  6. Bobbi

    Nancy needs to step out, not in. Hillary Clinton has done very well in the Primaries and deserves the right to take this to the convention if necessary. I want a President who is willing to fight for me. If Obama is not up to the fight, maybe he should get out. This is the best thing that has ever happened to the Democratic Party. Go, Hillary, go!

    May 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Numbers

    Why is everyone mad at the candidates and the DNC for FL and MI?

    No one seems to be mad at the state officials who BROKE rules against their party for popularity's sake! Are they not the real criminals here!?

    Are they going to stay in office?

    HEC you fought a good fight but not its about you winning and no longer about the country winning. Havent you seen, there is more than just your way in getting things done. This new trail being paved is gonna take some time, but Im sure it will be worth it.

    Help unite your party and let us win the White House as a whole.

    May 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. wendy

    Why are we wasting time over the old lady it ts time for pelosi and other supers give her the final punch so she can't even attend the convention in august

    May 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Uncle Sam

    Q: Sen. Obama, why did the chicken cross the road?
    A: To have his picture taken with Pres. Bush and Sen. McCain.

    May 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Schalaine Ellisor

    Thank you. The longer this drags out, the more damage is being done. It's time for Barack to focus his energy on defeating McCain.

    May 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Michael, Barrigada Guam

    Thank you Pelosi. I was hoping Dean would have that strength to break the nonsense but I see he doesn't. Nancy I could only hope that you are being screened for the VP position. Those woman out there that won't vote for Obama unless Hilliary is on the ticket, I believe Pelosi is a much better person to fill the position and a woman.

    The woman movement wouldn't have much excuse then. Unless it wasn't really about a woman in there in the first place.

    May 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Law O.

    Pelosi said:

    "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."


    VERY UNLIKE Clinton,this is an HONOURABLE woman that understands what it means to follow laid down rules.Thank you

    May 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. MK

    Here, here! Good to see that the party leaders are stepping up to the plates to bring some order to this. It's about time.

    May 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Disillusional

    Disillusion is the word when the Democrats once again pick the weaker candidate and a sure looser. We been thru this before and Obama choose to run before been groom property for the job and having any experience what so ever. His stance with Florida and Michigan has give me and inside to someone that preaches about inclusion and then try so hard not to count the votes and that's Obama.

    When he looses in November I know a lot of his supporters will try to blame Hillary... or perhaps race, Florida but the truth is that the man is full of pretty words... empty words and the people of this country will choose experience and someone they know and that's not him.


    May 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. MD in GA

    Just do something. This foolishness is killing the Democratic party. There is no way one woman should be able to do this much damage. If this is any indication of how she (HRC) conducts herself, maybe we aren't ready for a woman President.


    A Woman Who Was Hopeful.

    May 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. The Oracle

    I think Hill should be able to finish out and bow out gracefully. But aftr that, she needs to go, whether on her own or by force.

    May 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. open your eyes

    Pelosi should "step in" and end the war, or fix illegal immigration, of help with the gas price. What exactly does she do?

    May 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Barbara-Maine

    I don't understand how Ms. Pelosi can say the superdelegates "should not overturn the pledged delegate winner" about breaking the rules. Superdelegates are there for a reason. To vote for who they feel would be the best candidate, not who has the most pleged delegates.

    May 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. If not Hillary....then McCain

    Pelosi will not allow impeachment measures for Bush and Cheney, but she will halt our so called democratic process. What a bunch of hooey! I think Hillary has more to offer than this DNC will ever realize! Hillary....leave the party and run independent. There are plenty of AMERICANS here that will not allow the DNC and MSM to shove a candiate down our throats! Let's show them what true democracy looks like!

    May 29, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. Ken

    So it is about order and discipline, rather than counting votes? Sound un-American to me. I have never been impressed by Nancy Pelosi and I seem to be proven right. Sometimes democracy is messy. If Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Dean can't deal with that, step aside. The Democratic Party leadership is doing their best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory but their reluctance to let the process play out.

    May 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Of course Clinton supporters will now say she's a tyrant and attack another ground breaking woman.

    May 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    Pelosi kicks big butt... in this case Haiilary's

    OBAMA '08

    May 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. rumpusgoopus

    Thank you Pelosi. A true role-model for our daughters.

    May 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. bluebird

    What? Like it's never gone to the floor of the convention before? Pelosi, you seem like you are too afraid of an honest debate in front of the delegates. I don't how you got to be speaker of the house when you can't let this go until its resolved.

    May 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. appleboat

    Finally!!! Lets get Billary out of here and focus on Nov. Need to get past the evil of the Clintons.

    May 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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