June 24th, 2008
06:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton may run again, Pelosi says

Pelosi says she thinks Clinton may run again.
Pelosi says she thinks Clinton may run again.

(CNN) - Is Hillary Clinton done with presidential politics?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn't appear to think so.

The California Democrat suggested Tuesday that the former Democratic presidential candidate may yet mount another run for the White House.

"I think her candidacy was a just a bright, bright moment for us and she may run again," Pelosi said at a breakfast with reporters organized by the Christian Science Monitor.

Pelosi also appeared hesitant to blame sexism on Clinton's loss to Sen. Barack Obama in the prolonged race for the party's presidential nomination. Clinton, along with several of her supporters, have suggested sexist attitudes among members of the media contributed to the New York senator's eventual loss.

Watch: Pelosi on the Obama effect

“Sen. Clinton has advanced the cause of women in government and her candidacy has been a very positive tonic for the country and had a very wholesome effect on the political process," Pelosi said. "I really don’t know, I haven’t analyzed and the rest, I’m a victim of sexism myself all the time, but I just think it goes with the territory, I don’t sit around to say, ‘but for that."

Pelosi largely stayed on the sidelines during the lengthy Democratic presidential race, though she angered many Clinton supporters earlier in the campaign season after stating the party's superdelegates should not vote against the pledged-delegate winner. Many supporters of the New York senator took those comments to be an implicit endorsement of Obama, given it was clear at the time he would finish ahead in that count.

Several Clinton supporters were also upset with Pelosi after she repeatedly stated Obama and Clinton should not team up on the same ticket.

"I don’t think it’s a good idea,” she told CNN’s Larry King in late April of a joint ticket. “First of all, the candidate, whoever he or she may be, should choose his or her own vice presidential candidate. I think that’s appropriate. That’s where you would see the comfort level, not only how to run but how to govern the country. And there’s plenty of talent to go around to draw upon for a good, strong ticket. I’m not one of those who thinks that that’s a good ticket.”

Watch: Pelosi says no to joint ticket


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soundoff (265 Responses)
  1. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Clinton will also lose again.

    June 24, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Vote Nader

    What is with all these meetings the Democrats are having with religous groups?

    VotePact

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    June 24, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. the truth

    Pelosi you back-stabbing hypocrit...

    You and the DNC trashed Hillary.

    You selected and installed Obama.

    You go to He–

    June 24, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Jim

    Maybe, but now she is the new Obama girl! Or at least until Obama pays off her debt.

    June 24, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Nancy McKinney

    TO ANGRY HILLARY SUPPORTERS:

    REMEBER WHEN MCCAIN LAUGHED WHEN A SUPPORTER CALLED HILLARY THE "B" WORD?

    DID U KNOW HE CHEATED ON HIS EX-WIFE WITH CINDY, AND LEFT HER BECAUSE SHE WAS DISFIGURED?

    DID YOU KNOW MCCAIN VOTED AGAINST EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN?

    VOTE FOR EQUALITY, VOTE FOR OBAMA!!!

    June 24, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Michelle

    Earth to Pelosi:

    ANY ticket with Obama's name on it is a bad choice.

    June 24, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Franky

    "Clinton, along with several of her supporters, have suggested sexist attitudes among members of the media contributed to the New York senator's eventual loss."

    Yeah, just like how women are smarter than men........hey, I could say that, I have a bunch of sisters!

    June 24, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. WE LOVE YOU HILLARY!

    HILLARY 2012 AFTER MCCAIN SPANKS OBAMA IN THE NATIONAL!

    June 24, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Lisa

    Hillary please don't leave us with Obama and Mccain!

    June 24, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Steve

    I have the feeling she'll run again in 2012. Hopefully that time she'll lose to a candidate that's actually worth voting for.

    June 24, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Ian

    When's she going to run? 2016? When she's 68? Don't think so. Fact is, if Obama loses this year, whether it's her fault or not, she will get the blame for it and in 2012 Obama supporters will never, ever support her. She'll lose.

    She's done.

    June 24, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. BJE

    What would be even better than Clinton running again is Pelosi never running again

    June 24, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. Lisa

    Obama didn't win the nomination fair and square. The DNC gave her delegates a half a vote.

    June 24, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Fool

    Pelosi you are one of the top 5 people responsible for this travesty of justice and you will go down in history as destroying the Democratic party by betraying its ideals just to fix the nomination for the black candidate whose time you decided had come.

    Shame on you for not staying neutral and for not being fair.

    Shame on you for watching and cheering as they gutted Hillary Clinton.

    How could you be proud of thosr dirty mean nasty hateful attacks.

    You offered no leadership and fueled the flames of division in the party with your personal pro-Obama bias and Hillary hate.

    June 24, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Alex

    and will lose.

    June 24, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. God was watching

    Hypocrit.

    You were supposed to lead and mediate.

    Instead you showed your Pro-Obama bias in every possible way. I saw you literally push Hillary out.

    The guys just got a woman to help them do their dirty work.

    You make me ashamed to be a woman and a democrat.

    You rot in hell for what you did.

    God was watching.

    June 24, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Rob indetroit

    Sexism my left foot the dirty politics was started by clinton. she lost get over it.

    June 24, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Saad from NJ

    If that was to happen, the only thing that would make that run even closely as interesting or pathetic to this one would be if we were to change our constitution and allow Bill to run the third term and contest with Hillary.....

    June 24, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Robert

    Hope CLINTON will run as an INDEPENDENT

    IF SHE DOES IT, SHE WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    June 24, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. California Voter

    It was never any question who the media was for - was it sexism, maybe for some based on some of the comments, however, and I would still support Hillary as I believe she would be a better president.

    June 24, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    God saw how you sold Hillary out.

    You are nothing but a biased closet Hillary hater. You left the safety of the closet during the end of the primary to deliver the death blows to Hillary personally.

    The Democrats and the DNC are too blind to see how they have permanently damaged, if not destroyed the democratic party.

    June 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Susan

    We hope so!! We, along with millions, want Hillary for President!!

    June 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. rachel

    Oh shut up pelosi.

    June 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Peejay

    Nancy, I think you should pay more attention to doing your own job. I'm thoroughly disgusted with the Democratic party at this point, although I will never vote for John McCain. You Congressional Dems have folded like a lawn chair since achieving a majority.

    June 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. oil rules

    If this is true, she will do everything she can behind the scenes to get McCain elected. Although, Obama will probably be so bad, if he wins it, that the dems will be begging for Hillary in 4 years. Tough call.

    Obama/Mugabe 08

    June 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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