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. Say no to McBush

    Unify this party!!!!! We do not want the Bush politics to continue. Clinton supporters need to think with their heads not their hearts.

    May 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Edgar - Orlando, Florida

    Pelosi is not different then Hillary you wait and see!

    May 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. No Obama

    What does she think she can do? This party will not be united no matter what. Michigan and Florida have to be counted whether Barack Hussein Obama gets a lot of the votes or not, which he won't.

    May 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. yuya

    du something as quick as possible for the betterment off democrate

    May 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Jim Shimmer

    I agree. Clinton is a low life. She cares about her own agenda than the countries'!

    OBAMA is the right way to go!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. PAL

    Good positions:

    1. Repeat the situation regarding FL & MI and the situation is in great part of their own-making.
    2. Put a deadline: if its not solved, step in and cast her vote one way or another.

    Looking from afar this is no longer funny, no longer ridiculous but fractiously driven by a highly-charged partisan atmosphere. Reminds me of the Republican Party...

    May 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Proud1of 26% in WV

    Go Nancy.Bring Hillary and Bill back to reality.Send her packing back to New york.

    May 29, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. Carl Dupont

    yes. Pelosi is the women that can be trusted by all Americans. Not Hillary, the monster. Please Stop all this no sense and focus on the general election. The Clinctons will never accept the will of the people if they are not winning. So, let's ignore their ambitions and work on the country's unity. Please, please, please!!!!

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

    Pelosi needs to end Hillary's megalomania tour.

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

    thank u pelosi this woman ego can send us all in da pit nex fall nov she must be out of her mine to tke dis all the way to convention i think the party have been too linean wit her is high time to put an end to this hillary crap the party must stand up.delusional please bow out peacefully.

    May 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Ken

    Go Nancy Go! Someone has to put an end to Clinton's madness. She has lost so she needs to get over it!

    May 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Paula in WI

    Good-it's about time someone puts a stop to Hillary's crybaby entitlement excuses.Hillary in my personal opinion by the dispay of behavior in this election would be Bush in a pants suit.

    May 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Jan

    She will have to step in because, as Roland Martin has pointed out in his latest commentary, the Clintons are going to stretch this as far as they can. But 'Never giving up' at some point becomes equal to 'being a bad loser', and bad losers can do a lot of damage on their way out.
    The fact that the Clintons fail to see this proves a number of points (1) They delude themselves and should therefore be considered dangerous candidates because they may be able to delude others and the whole nation (like the Bush administration has done for 8 years, and (2) they are more concerned with their own political program than with the needs of the party or the people for that matter. This again reminds us of the Bush administration. The time to intervene is now, Nancy and Howard...

    May 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Peg


    Get your superdelegates to weigh in NOW so the goal is 2026 before the Sunday primary.

    That would be the smartest way to end this thing!

    May 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. gary

    i am a canadian who spends 5 months a year in your country and the hillary show is getting very tiring

    please nancy end this farce

    May 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Obama Fan

    Lets trade all the hard nosed Clinton Supporters (including Lou Dobbs) to John McSame in exchange for all Conservative Republicans !!!

    Maybe that will please Hillary.

    May 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Obama will win.

    Man she is amazing.

    You Rock Pelosi!!

    May 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Sylvia Johnsen

    Pelosi is in effect saying she opposes the system with superdelegates, which I can understand. But in 1984 the Dems introduced superdelegates, and the idea came about because Ted Kennedy (the party's man) lost to Jimmie Carter. By introducing superdelegates, they said Dems would be protected and the most electable and best candidate will have an edge. Pelosi rejects this concept and together with Kennedy they are advocating stopping an election before election day, forcing Clinton out. Mindblowing, since Kennedy went to the election with 750 delegates less.

    May 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    ... but Hillary is so close to winning! Obama should bow out!

    Oh wait, sorry, I caught a whiff of Hillary's mind control perfume...

    Pelosi, get rid of Clinton before she causes any more damage. Thankfully she has proven increasingly insane and unstable, but that also makes her unpredictable... like any other potential autocrat, you need to keep her away and keep an eye on her...

    May 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Deborah Koch


    May 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. KiloWhiskey

    Another voice dictating what "must be done". Why Nancy? Just because you don't like the process? Let the candidates run and let the people vote. Let's face it, you've got a close election. What's wrong with that? Does it mean you might have to work at the convention instead of just party all the time?

    Gee...2 strong candidates....what a disaster for democracy!

    May 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Pelois

    This doesn't matter because OBAMA will win.....we're militant, we're gay, and we're proud! And after OBAMA wins, we are going to go after America's churches! That's right – every church in this land that performs heterosexual weddings will be required to perform HOMOSEXUAL WEDDINGS TOO!! EQUAL MEANS EQUAL!!! Any church – Obama's church, Wiccan churches and others – that does not adhere to this new law will lose its tax exempt status and be subject to other penalties!!

    And after that – it's on to the military – we WILL have GAY MARRIED MILITARY OFFICERS and enlisteds on bases soon....and after the WHITE HOUSE! We WILL have a GAY MARRIED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!! Just wait you people!! EQUAL MEANS EQUAL!!!

    May 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. DrMan

    Please. Pelosi can't get anything done in her own House, what makes anyone think she can do anything with Hillary.

    May 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Mike Butler

    Isn't this the same party that demanded "every vote must count" in the little fogotten election of 2000? Talk about disenfranchising millions of voters! Incredible.

    May 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Suzette

    Great, but she should have stepped in sooner. They should not have allowed Clinton to drive this wedge between democrats, and essentially bad-mouth the very rules that the DNC set up, and that she herself was fully aware of, and agreed to. I just don't understand why the party leaders have not spoken out, at least, in defense of the party rules, and pushed the fact that Clinton was well aware of those rules when the primary season started, and stress that they were not going to change the rules in the middle of it.

    May 29, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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