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. H

    NOW YOU ARE SPEAKING IN A POSITIVE MANNER ABOUT HILLARY.
    BEFORE ALL YOU DID WAS BACK STAB HER AND BAD MOUTH HER BECAUSE YOU WANTED OBAMA. I HOPE YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE. YOU HAVE HELPED DESTROY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

    June 24, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Have a nicew day

    Sen. Clinton shall run NOW as an independent.
    Nancy Pelosi was not fair to Sen. Clinton along with her democratic mates, therefore would be better off if she does not say anything.
    Sen. Clinton does not owe anything to Democrats after the treatment received from many of them includig House Speaker Pellosi.

    June 24, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. HRC

    CNN.........think her candidacy was a just a bright, bright moment for us and she may run again," Pelosi ..........I think should be come HOUSE SPEAKER !!

    June 24, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Ian

    OH YEAH, Obama "stole" the nomination because he dared to challenge the arrogant Queen Hillary. He just did better than her, even with the Clintons playing the race card in South Carolina.

    And don't talk about Florida and Michigan. The RNC imposed the same penalty and no one over there whined like they are over here. Fact is, when you break the rules in this world, you get punished. Fair and square.

    June 24, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Dood

    Clinton will run for the nom to run against McCain or McCain's VP in 2012.

    Everyone knows that, and Obama will be back in Chicago by then working for somebody else.

    June 24, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Nick

    Of course she will and should. Why don't people remember that the Clintons are the only ones who have logically and efficiently pushed a democratic agenda. Hillary's politics are the kind that work. She is fiscally conservative and bases her policies on the betterment of America. We are the only major industrialized without universal health care. Hillary's plan is well thought out, responsible, and will be truely universal (covers everyone) Covering everyone while streamlining the buerocracy of the industry is only way to lower and control costs. To Obama supporters: Despite what you have bought into, the young and/or healthy will not buy health insurance. Mandating coverage of children only cannot be done without grossly manipulating private industry premiums. The only way to mandate anything is if the government provides an affordable alternative. H!llary got it right.

    June 24, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Obama Supporter

    Isn't it a little early for this? We haven't even finished the CURRENT election!

    If she wants to run again, I have no problem, but if her supporters try to sabotage Obama in this election, we will not support her in future. Just keep in mind, the threats against Obama this year will come back to haunt you!

    June 24, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Dem of NJ

    Pelosi, shut up please.

    McCain 2008, Hillary 2012, Obama 3000.

    June 24, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Nick, Rochester, NY

    Yes, she will run in four years and will have an excellent chance of winning both the nomination and the general election

    June 24, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Ms G

    great! let's focus on the next four years!!

    June 24, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. hatred will kill the democratic party

    No sexism... just bias, hate, stacking the deck against her, favoring Obama.

    Just plain old fashioned unfairness and sabotage.

    swiftboating is what we call it when the Republicans do it to one of us.

    Now we have you and Dean and others to do it to your own best candidate.

    Turned a blind eye to the bias is what you did.

    And then came to stomp on Hillary just like the Good ole Boys. Not sexism since women were in on it as well.

    You fool.

    June 24, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Eric

    First, it is ok for Hillary to bash Obama, but it is not ok for Obama to bash Hillary. Is that not one sided? Tread carefully, Hillary democrats

    June 24, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. rn

    oh nooooooooooooo leave the dream as a dream, please dont make it a nightmare, can't handle seeing or hearing hillary, may have to move to brazil !!!

    June 24, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Never Obama - Anti Obama movement

    I can't wait for Obama to lose so you Obama supporters can put the blame on Hillary instead of your weak inexpereince candidate

    June 24, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Mike

    I really do not understand this sexism. With brand name like Clinton, why she was not able to wrap up the Nomination very early. Instead of blaming others why doesn't some people understand that it was the type of Campaign she ran. The way she managed the campaign, the types of people she built up. I think it is stupid to blame it on sexism.

    June 24, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. FROM HILLARY TO MCCAIN

    Nancy,

    You bitter bitter woman...

    We all KNOW you tried to drag Hillary down because you are jealous of her. You wanted to be the woman with the most power.
    It is so obvious...

    Hillary WILL run and WIN in 2012!

    June 24, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. Ben

    Vote Pelosi out!

    June 24, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Danny, Democrat from AZ

    Pelosi is a high payed joke. She was elected as the House Speaker to impeach Bush and his administration and is too large of a coward to do so.

    June 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Larry

    I grow really tired of hearing people whine about the unfair hand they were delt, upon birth

    We were all delt a hand, and we all must live with it

    I actually like Hillary, for her smarts

    Just wish the Big Ego would go away

    Then you would have a leader

    June 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. George, MA

    Pelosi I hope you lose your seat. You did everything in your power to get Clinton out of the race. You're a hypocrit. Go rot in hell. McCain will get my vote, period. I will never vote for the arrogant Obama...he's a fake and finally people are seeing through him. He's nothing but a typical politician who will do anything and say anything to win. McCain in 2008 and Hillary in 2012. I really hope both Clintons do very little campaigning for this useless, phony Obama. Today Obama will not get my vote and come Novemeber he still will not get my vote.

    June 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Not sleeping at the switch

    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."

    THAT is the POINT. This woman made to her level of stature WITHOUT Whineing. Hillary cried (literally) about it every chance she had. After seeing how the Clintons behaved during the Primary I will not put ANYTHING past them in their quest for power. Nor will I put anything past the now rebellious supporters of hers who now in spite of her support of Obama keep with their psycho ways going as if they " Know" what is "really" going on so they will fight the fight their leader " really" wants them to fight even though she can't say " IT" because she is being FORCED by the powers that be.

    June 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  22. richard

    loss loss loss again if it happens there is something called retirement...

    June 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. Russell, NC

    Hillary probably lost because she is a Clinton. Bubba was too much baggage.

    June 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Out of towner

    And she may well have earned it in 2012. However, one must admit that this time around, she said some stupid and divisive things. She will have to work hard to repair the damage she caused to the DNC.

    I hope her ardent supporters will vote Obama. It would be a matter of cutting off one's nose to spite one's face if a self-proclaimed Democrat voted for McCain.

    June 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. Earl

    If you didn't notice Billary lovers, Pelosi is letting you down slowly....Billary is NOT selected to be VP so Pelosi is feeding you a bit of inside news so you don't fall on your face.

    Billary won't be running in 2012, how about 2016 whinners....by then she'll be old like McSame...and forgetting where the bathroom is.

    June 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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