June 24th, 2008
06:10 PM ET
10 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. Justmyopinion2008

    Nancy P. is a wise woman! Please don't try to make a forest out of a tree! One one can always twist and turn anyone's statement, like the Republicans are doing with Sen. Obamas. Any idiot can fake and manipulate anyone's words to sound and mean something terribly. Sometimes I wonder how well those people sleep who are involved with all those lies and smears against Sen. Obama. They must be very disturbed minds and individuals, who are misusing their intellegence.

    June 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. we saw you trash Hillary

    Pelosi you lost your head when you gleefully fell for the hype of Obama.

    You democrats thought you had a sure winner in Obama so you threw Hillary out with the trash.

    Did you think we missed your hateful bias?

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

    And she will lose again.

    47% of the people didn't like the Clintons. I would bet it's higher today.

    Bill and Hillary are both awful people! They care about themselves and THEIR legacy. They would do and say anything to gain more power. Hillary proved that during this campaign.

    June 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Jimmy from NYC

    To Hillary Fans like me that still have hope:
    If she really loves her country and didn't care about herself she would try real hard to be the VP and support her country. That right now is what is best for our country.
    I hope she doesn't but she just might sit this one out and hope the president hangs himself so that way she can run again. "Hillary I predicted you would be the president 2 years ago. Please don't keep taking the makeup off because stories like this make me see a different face of you and I don't want to be disappointed anymore"

    June 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. John Q

    Obama sucks as a presidential candidate so the chances of Clinton running again would make perfect sense. Although if McCain runs for a second term in office it would be best if she wait a while longer to accumulate more finances.

    June 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. MD

    The majority of sexism comes from reverse sexism of women who are unwilling to accept Obama because he is a man.

    June 24, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Gus from Washington

    There was no sexism. She lost to a superior candidate.

    June 24, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Adedokun from Atlanta

    Of course she will run again. That is why her supporters should listen to her by supporting Obama now. They need to realise that she would need us ( Obama supporters) the next time she runs.
    By the way, her 18 million followers should contribute $1.50 each to offset her debt. She needs that from them and not protest votes.

    June 24, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    There is sexism in this country just like there is racism. It hurt both candidates pretty equally. Clinton better be thinking about running in 2016, not next term. I'd vote for her in 2016, but not before then.

    June 24, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. David from Ohio

    The longer Hillary's campaign went on, the more I disliked her. If she–and her supporters, help get Obama elected this fall, I would consider voting for her in the future. If the negativity being expressed on blogs such as this continues, and the lies about the campaign (pick one, popular vote, elitism, etc.) continue to be perpetuated and Obama loses the election there is no possiblity of me supporting any future candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

    June 24, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Both of these women are political hacks of the highest order who have done little to advance women's rights and who have forgotten why their party now controls Congress after the 2006 elections. I'm curious how they vote on the FISA sellout, which compromises constitutionally guaranteed rights for political expediency.

    June 24, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Robert in Toronto,ON

    Listen up PUMAs:

    If you cost Obama this election, Hillary Clinton is DONE. 18 million plus po'd Obama voters will BURY her at every chance they get. She won't even be able to hold onto her seat in the senate.

    Just think of that before you have a brain cramp and write in Hillary or vote McCain.

    June 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    i'd have a hard time voting for her though.... There were at least two occurences where she said something that MCcain. Isn't he a republican?


    June 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Looking to November

    Why does everyone seem to need to run down the other candiates to make the one they support look better?

    The fact is that there were two great candiates competing for the Democratic nomination. Obama got the nomination through the established process. Clinton was a great candidate and would have made an equally good choice.

    Let's stop with the bad mouthing and get on to supporting issues that matter to all of us.

    June 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. ProundToBeRepublican

    Pelosi is the best if she run for president in 2016 I would vote for her she deserves to be the first woman president.

    June 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. arrogant

    I hope people treat you the way you treated Hillary, if you ever have the opportunity to show us your grace and dignity and have a shining moment.

    But after your treachery... don't count on any love or support from us lifelongs.

    June 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Joe Regis

    As VP!

    You mean to say!

    June 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Seth in Jacksonville, FL


    Clinton lost even if you counted Florida and Michigan in full. Stop trying to post your propaganda on every single blog in the Ticker. Those of us who have half a brain or more know your true agenda.

    June 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Gene

    Great... this is exactly what the PUMA people want to hear... so they'll be chearing for the Dem's to lose so Hillary can run. Sorry.. maybe it's just me.. but talking about running again next term when we have a campaign going now IS divisive.

    And again... Clinton didn't lose because of sexism. If anything... being a women got her a LOT of a votes that she wouldn't have otherwise gotten... which more than makes up for any sexism which she may have encountered.

    June 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. texas pete

    I'll vote for her in 2016

    June 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Rob indetroit

    IF HRC helps OBama get elected then i along with millons of people will support HRC in2016 GO OBama08

    June 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |

    I've said it a million times. If anyone could compete against Barack Obama's style and charm, it would have been Hillary. He just outshines everyone in the contest and probably everyone who's run in the last 2 decades. It would be very hard to compete against him. I'm anxious to call him President Obama.

    June 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. aware

    Pelosi you have absolutely no credibility!

    You, Reid, Dean, Brazile and the extreme left-wing media are the reason that disgusted Democrats have left the party. You selected the inferior extreme left-wing candidate to be your nominee. 😦

    Hillary Clinton needs to go Independent!

    June 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Bayousara

    Nancy Pelosi did all she could to end Hillary's bid for the nomination. Pelosi and Reid wanted to end it before all the states had a chance to vote in the primary.

    Pelosi speaks from both sides of her mouth. Her opinion is of no interest to me.

    Oregon senior retired white female voting for Hillary in November.

    June 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. GARY


    June 24, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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