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. JONNA

    I was hoping she would just dissappear, but you never know what she has up her sleeve. She is so cunning . She is way to hungry for power. She'll be the death of us all.

    June 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. Martha, Georgia

    Here we go again, with the "advancement of women issues" . Dang, the people that are so called gaggling about women issues are the women who hold high paying jobs and help promote their spouses' causes and businesses. Women, please, these men are no more powerful than you allow them to be, for heaven's sake. Jeez.

    June 24, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Sarah, Northern Colorado

    I hope she's paid back the $20M by the next election she chooses to run in!

    June 24, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Swiss in Canada

    WHIT WHAT??????? OBAMAS MONEY????
    Her supporter's money? They don't help her out now!!!! So why should they help her out later?

    June 24, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Bishop

    "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."

    ------------–
    Speak for yourself...

    Obama/Doesn't Matter '08

    June 24, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Sally from Cali

    To the "formerly for Hillary now for McCain" group.

    You admit that McCain is your second choice and not your first. So you're admitting that you really don't believe in McCain and his policies, now do you?

    You flip-floppers should stay together...misery loves company

    Obama/Clinton '08

    June 24, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. FROM HILLARY TO MCCAIN

    CNN PLEASE POST!

    To Ian " June 24th, 2008 3:25 pm ET

    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."

    THIS IS EXACTLY WHY HILLARY SUPPORTERS WILL NEVER BACK OBAMA BECAUSE OF TOOLS LIKE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YOU SIR ARE A FOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YOU ARE THE ONE WHO NEEDS US!

    June 24, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Casey

    CNN, don't you guys have any REAL news?

    Maybe the title of this piece of trash should have been "Clinton says she'll run again - if someone pays off her debt for her"

    Why don't you focus on ISSUES and how they are hurting the American public? Why not discuss impeaching the lying loser in the White House today? I think you post this cr*p and then pick the most vehement, racist and downright rude posts just to whip up the rabid morons who have nothing to do all day but post into a fever.

    Tim Russert would be ashamed of all of you.

    June 24, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    WE LOVE YOU HILLARY: HILLARY 2012 AFTER MCCAIN SPANKS OBAMA IN THE NATIONAL!

    Don't bet on it!!! If you vote against Obama due to angry, bitter feelings in 2008 and he in fact does lose, you can bet Obama supporters will do everything they can in 2012 to make sure she loses. Count on it. We won't forget.

    RISE, OBAMA, RISE.....

    June 24, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Dave

    How about in November as an Independent!

    June 24, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Gary in VA

    After her tantrum for not being elected and the excuse of sexism and all the other stuff. I would never vote for her or another female. If they act out like clinton did it really questions a womans leadership ability. Face it Obama ran a better campaign he organized and was fiscally much more responsible. Give the man credit. It is what it is.

    June 24, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Thinking

    It's always better to say nothing if you have nothing to say. If you talk anyway than the words you utter will be worthless.

    June 24, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Eascogal

    Are you talking in four years? If so, that will definitely be another gruesome battle going up against Obama who would have extablished presidential EXPERIENCE while reversing the rethoric of INEXPERIENCE on CLINTON then. Clinton must carefully consider running in 2016 but beware the lighting Obama would have holstered in four years performance as the president of the United States. Clinton would be WELL-DONE if she dares!

    June 24, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  14. ANGIE

    hillary will lose again she is not fit to be president she lies shes horrible with money she does not know how to play fair and shes a fake and just remember if you all want to vote mccain so hillary can run in 2012 remember obama has alot of supporters and she will need them hmmm

    June 24, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  15. JJ

    You people crack me up saying Pelosi turned her back on Hillary. BREAKING NEWS: Pelosi wasn't the cause of HRC losing the primary. HRC was the cause of HRC losing! Pelosi stayed neutral until there was a clear winner. So please, GET OVER IT!!!!

    NEWS FLASH: HRC will never run as an independent. She is a Democrat with a capital "D" so please get over that notion also!!!!!

    June 24, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  16. Frank

    Pelosi is not wise.............she is simply elected by idiots...like 90% of the Dumbocrats are.

    Stupid people running the country into the ground, one boughten vote at a time. Go liberals!

    June 24, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Shelby Y.

    Pay attention Hillary supporters, you will need Obamanation in the future so you may want to cut out all the "I'm voting McCain" threats. No one cares anyway.

    June 24, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Hello!!!

    Hillary, please do the world some GOOD and run independent!!!!!!!!
    We love you!

    June 24, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    Pelosi was part of the DNC operation that propelled Obama to victory her bias was as apparent as a pimple on someones nose.

    We will remember come November

    Ms. Pelosi -Nobama 08.

    Mc Cain 2008.
    Clinton 2012/2016

    June 24, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    Hillary Will Never Be The President! If She Cant Run A Campaign She Cant Run The Country!

    June 24, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. Ben - Portland

    You can loose a game by playing poorly, or you can loose a game by playing as well as you can, if the other team is just better or more prepared.

    Besides, wouldn't it be sexist and counter to the feminst movement to suggest that sexism, and not weak, oudated management was the reason she didn't win?

    June 24, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  22. NObama

    The democratic party has become one with the radical left. Hillary and any other moderate democrat will never win the party's nomination. Nancy, Harry and Howard know this.

    Obama will lead the democrats into political extinction.

    June 24, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  23. Generation X

    The Republican trolls are out in full-force today!!! LMAO

    However, if Hillary supporters don't get behind Obama, Hillary will never win any other Political Office. And, that is what you can believe in!!!

    June 24, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Nick - Arlington, VA

    I knew all the angry Clinton supporters who are bereft of reality would be on here....

    June 24, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. blind to your own actions

    You praised and exalted Obama and gave him every advantage and benefit of the doubt and full support.

    You criticized, demeaned and ridiculed Hillary. You allowed Obama to play the race card and label her a racist.

    You watched with glee at the bashing, trashing, pummeling and hateful attacks on Hillary.

    Just drooling at the thought of how that advantaged Obama.

    You lying hypocrit. You were one of the worst ones to inflict damage with your bias and your hate.

    Now you recall that disgusting disrespectful treatment of Hillary as a shining moment?

    No wonder the democrats are losers in Nov.

    June 24, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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