June 24th, 2008
06:10 PM ET
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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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  1. Get Real

    When will Hillary people realized that Hillary lost because

    half the democratic party voted for Hillary, 10% of African american voted for her
    half the democrats for Obama, 90% of the african american voted for Obama

    but more independent & unhappy republican voted for Obama...which gave him the lead....

    Please stop the blame game...and if you just have to blame someone...then blame her "retired...tired" husband. And the fact that they thought they could win without the African American vote....by winning with hispanic and "hard working white american" (what ever the heck that means?

    June 24, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Obama Supporter

    Pelosi who?

    June 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Puzzled from Chula Vista, CA

    I REALLY don't understand why some Hillary supporters are so adamant about supporting McCain. When the debates between Obama and McCain covering abortion, the economy, and the war in Iraq I'd love to see these supporters justify their "support" for McCain to their closest friends and family! Abortion: Roe v. Wade will be overturned during McCain term! He will appoint 2 new Right-Wing, Pro-Life judges to the Supreme Court! The long arduous struggle women have endured to have legalized abortions will go down the drain! Economy: will worsen under McCain with the same policies as Bush in place! He's said that he "does not understand the Economy". Iraq: McCain wants to keep the troops over in Iraq for 100 years! Yet, you are against the War in Iraq! And you're still adamant about supporting McCain??? I, along with the rest of the Democrat and Independent voters DO NOT understand your reasoning!

    June 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Cardsgal

    Man, Pelosi is really talking out of both sides of her mouth. She's full of praise for Hillary now that her man Obama has the nomination, and it's politically expedient to sound proud and gracious. Well, the old hypocrite isn't fooling me. And she, Dean and the other DNC cronies will get what's coming to them when Obama loses.

    June 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Lucas

    I don't understand why Hillary supporters want to vote for McCain. She's against the war, and he's for it. You hate Obama so you'll vote for war? That's got to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

    June 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |

    The Dems are getting pretty much downright biblical. To heck with them

    I think I'll vote for McCain, just to punish Obama and Chelsea's Mama.

    June 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. unbelievable gall

    You two-timing woman.

    You jumped in with both feet to tramp and stomp on the bright shining light.

    Hillary was outshining your boy, Obama... so you made sure to put that bright light out.

    It took a lot of you together to knock one GOOD woman down. You were relentless though.

    We won't forget your evil hatred and how you destroyed Hillary.

    June 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Helene

    What ? AGAIN ??? Maybe she will learn how to use the Internet next time and manage her resources wisely. And get rid of Bill !

    June 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. DB

    Hillary Clinton should really try to stay in the Senate. After her "sniper fire" lies and idiotic statements about "oblitarating Iran", she has lost respect of even those people who voted for her in the primary. Want to know why "her" 17 mln. people aren't helping to bail her out of her debt? 'Cause they are DISGUSTED with her. And it would take lots and lots of hard work on her part to ever get people's trust again (if at all possible!).

    June 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Ilona Proud Canadian


    I forgot to mention one other IMPORTANT POINT.

    Do you really, really think, that in 2012, Hillary will have any kind of hope of becoming POTUS if you folks cheat Barack this election by putting McCain in the White house?. If you do you had better pull your collective heads out of the sand. You cheat Barack in 2008 and his supporters will NEVER VOTE FOR HILLARY IN THE FUTURE! Why can't you Hillary and PUMA supporters FACE FACTS!

    June 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. OBAMA is the democratic nominee

    Who cares if Hillary decides to run again? Let’s cross that bridge when and if it comes. We have two actual nominees to be discussing, not people who lost the nomination.

    June 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |

    Caney-Cane is a horrible old goat for leaving Carol in a lurch–the poor, crippled former beauty queen-and his 3 children were all left to fend for self as daddy trounced around towm looking for other goods. shameful!

    June 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. nancy

    Oh, God, I HOPE not. She lost my vote permanently through her disgusting campaign tactics. I voted for Clinton twice. That's enough.

    June 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. kcmookie

    I cannot stand to read this message board anymore. All of the Hillary supporters now playing the role of victim, I guess she trained you well.

    Check back once you have done a reality check. Nobody rail-roaded Clinton, or "installed" someone as the nominee. SHE LOST. It was slow and painful, but she lost on her own merits and Obama won on his own merits.

    Please learn to lose with some grace, you will need to know how when you go and vote for McCain, or write her in, or whatever other crazy half-baked idea you have. Maybe you guys can all annex an island somewhere and call it Hillary-Land and you can sit around feeling sorry for yourselve's and blaming everyone else instead of taking any responsibility for your failures.

    kcmookie 4 Obama

    June 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Dee

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

    Hey don't blame him it was the Republicans that caused that problem.

    June 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Carole

    You have got to be kidding, Nancy. First you throw her under the bus and trash her along with all the other men and now you say she may run again! If Obama was truly for women, he would have realized this was Hillary's time and gained some experience of which he has none of. If two men were in this race, it would have gone to the convention. Then we would have an opportunity to see the many, many, many sides of Obama and figure out which side could possibly run the country. More sides keep appearing each day with each speech though. I wish that Hillary would run as an independent-at least you know where she stands and she is steady instead of flip flopping all over the place on issues.

    June 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. NELSON Colorado Springs, Co

    If you don't first succeed try try try again. Sexism or sexist attitudes among members of the media contributed to the New York senator's eventual loss I don't think so she was running on name only (" I'm a Clinton"). Sen Clinton believe it was her turn. Get over it move on. GO OBAMA

    June 24, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. USAF Staff Sergeant

    Well, she would be too old to run again. Just like McCain now.

    June 24, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Denise

    Well......Maybe she can save up enuf $$Moolah$$ to run a successful campaign next time in 2016. She won't get my vote then either.

    June 24, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. sk

    Can't wait to see Hillary back again. She could have been the best thing for this country. But thanks to Tom Daschle, Palosi and the other hypocrats it is what it is. Thanks Hillary for the good run.....out of sight does not mean out of mind.


    June 24, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Molly

    Miss Nancy – WHERE was all this support for Senator Clinton last month??? YOU and your party leader friends were the first in line to push Hillary out – you were SILENT on the constant media & obama bashing of Hillary. So.... Do NOT speak out now – we will NOT unite with the party. Too bad the DNC Selected the WEAK candidate that will Never win – this guy is NOT qualified!

    June 24, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. mcshmae

    get over it you back stabber. obama 08

    June 24, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. boered1

    Whining clintonistaqs the DNC did NOt give the campaign to obama he beat her, they tried everything they could wihtin the rules, heck they even modified the rules, to give her the campaing. MI and FL delegates should equal ZERO they btroke the rules, they disenfranchised their own voters and even though the democrates in both states tried to game the system for her by holding the primaries when they KNEW she would garner more votes (Obama was a relative unkown at the time) they were unsuccessful in getting her the win. The lying hilalry attacked obama with unfounded charges and racial attacks all the while saying that obama was using sexist attacks against her, yet he NEVER ONCE came out and started a speech that it was time black men had power unlike lying yhillary who ALMOST ALWAYS made a point that as a woman she deserved more, obama NEVER siad that if oyu do not vote for me you are raqcist yet lying hillary said that men were sexist because they did not vote for her. Simple fact the better candidate won and the loser is now and always will be the loser. I guess she thinks in 2012 that she will somehow run against a sitting president and win? NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! Her best bet is in 2016 when Obama has completed his two terms and the liar will only be almost as old as mccain is now. As a TRUE AMERICAN all I can say is thank God and the electroial process that the liar hillary will NEVER see the office again except as a visitor!

    June 24, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. disgusted with te DNC

    Yep... and you decided to end that shining moment in any way possible, by any means necessary just so you could install Obama as nominee.

    Good work.

    It took all of you working 24/7 non-stop to obliterate Hillary's bright shining light.

    Now she is legend and you are history.

    June 24, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Brian, NJ


    Obama won the nomination fair and square. She blew off the caucuses, handled money extremely poorly (and you want her managing the Federal Budget???), Penn thought California was winner take all (why didn't SHE know it wasn't) and has a loose cannon of a husband she hasn't figured out she would be better off leaving.

    True the Super Delegates could have overturned the delgate leader and true popular vote leader (remember her version of the popular vote lead ignores the "other" vote in Michigan) and gone with Hillary, but then they would have a BIGGER mess on their hands with Obama supporters since there are more of them. She agreed to the rules stripping Michigan and Florida of their delegates. Then when she blew her candicacy she decides to champion voter rights to have their vote tallies counted, and wanted ALL of Michigan because she pulled the slimey move of leaving her name on the ballot when ALL OF THE OTHER CANDIDATES took their names off. You guys complain of the Kool-Aid the Obama supporters are drinking, but what about her blatant, obvious hipocracy. What are you guys drinking??

    June 24, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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