August 14th, 2008
11:03 AM ET
6 years ago

Pelosi not happy with some Clinton backers

Pelosi said some Clinton backers have been 'less than gracious.'
Pelosi said some Clinton backers have been 'less than gracious.'

(CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Wednesday some supporters of Hillary Clinton's White House bid need an attitude adjustment.

Appearing on a San Francisco radio show to promote her new book, Pelosi praised Clinton's actions since dropping out of the presidential race two months ago but said some of her backers have not acted so nobly.

"I think Hillary Clinton has been very gracious," Pelosi said on KGO radio. "I think some of her supporters have been less than gracious."

Polls have shown the majority of Democrats who voted for Clinton during the party's primaries will support Obama in November, but a highly-vocal minority has made it clear they won't support the Illinois senator under any circumstances.

One group of disenchanted Democrats have formed a coalition popularly referred to as "Party Unity My A–," while the AP reports Thursday other backers of Hillary Clinton plan to paper Denver, the city hosting the Democratic convention, with outraged fliers to express their disapproval with Obama as the presidential nominee.

Clinton herself has urged party unity, though she appeared to fuel some of the fire last week when she left open the possibility of placing her name in nomination at the party's convention. Critics have said that move would only serve to highlight rifts in the party on primetime television.

Speaking Wednesday, Pelosi also brushed aside comments made by Bill Clinton during a recent interview, during which the former president refused to say if he though Obama was ready to be Commander-in-Chief.

"I can't answer for Bill Clinton," she said. "It's hard when you're in a primary election. Losing is very, very difficult."

In the wide-ranging interview, Pelosi also had tough words for onetime Democrat Joe Lieberman, now an ardent supporter of John McCain's White House bid. The House Speaker called Lieberman's recent comments suggesting Obama has not always put American first "totally irresponsible."

Pelosi also said Lieberman, who still caucuses with the Democrats, may not be welcomed back by the party next January.

"The Democrats in the Senate are in a tough spot. They have 51 votes. Joe Lieberman organizes with them," she said. "In 85 days or something, they will have five more Democrats. They won't need him to make the majority. And it will be interesting to see what the leadership in the Senate, the Democratic leadership in the Senate, does at that point in terms of Joe Lieberman's chairmanship of his committee."

soundoff (308 Responses)
  1. Dee M

    I think Nancy Pelosi thinks she owns everyone while making these statements. I think all have right to raise their own opinions no matter whether it is Hillary Clinton backer or Obama backer.
    Nancy Pelosi's statements just sends a message that "I am the super power and you all should think the same way I think." All it tells a humble down to earth democrat like me is GO & VOTE FOR MCCAIN or do not vote at all. Because of the messages of the house speaker.

    August 14, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Gayle

    Keep talking, Nancy. You won't sell books but you will get everyone even more determined that the Democratic party needs major change, starting with you.

    August 14, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. D Allen

    You have GOT TO BE KIDDING, PELOSI! YOU ARE ONE SICK, DELUSIONAL BROAD!

    YOU BOUGHT THE SUPER-DELEGATES with your Political Action Committee “PAC to the FUTURE.”

    If you Obama supporters are not smart enough to SEE what is happening to our Democracy and YOUR VOTE – you are helping to set a Dangerous Precedent in American Politics!

    You See – this election isn't ABOUT YOU – it is about POWER MONGERS who are using YOU and could care less about the conditions YOU are having to struggle through because of THEIR ineffectiveness!

    WAKE UP VOTERS – the DNC using Obama and his uninformed voters – they are not upholding a Democratic Process of "We The People" they are exploiting it for their own desperation to BE IN POWER!

    August 14, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. rhiannonrede

    It's looking more and more lately as if the Clinton plan is to drag Obama down so that he will lose in '08 and then she can run again in '12. There can be no other reason for the things that have been done and said by both of them and their supporters in recent days. This is the worst sort of sour grapes that I have ever seen. Are they really stupid enough to believe that Democrats will not remember what they have done? They will be so finished in the party if this is so and for that matter, the party itself may be finished. They are the sorest losers in history.

    August 14, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Jackie

    Wonder why congress has such low approval rate? Wonder why she turn off the plug before the gas debate?

    Talk about attitude adjustment. This is CRAZY. 'STUPID SEASON of POLITICS",

    August 14, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. Paul

    You twisted a lot of arms, Pelosi dear, to get your man nonminated but your arm twisting days with Hillary supporters are over. Now it's time for you to get a grip and realize what you and your accomplice, Mr. Dean, have done to "party unity". We all reap what we sow. Your crop of "party unity" is ready to be harvested. Enjoy!

    August 14, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Jasper

    Mrs. Pelosi, have you checked your poll rating lately? It is half of Pres. Bush's.

    Enjoy your vacation you arranged.

    August 14, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Now THAT is inspiring

    I wasn't sure before, but now that Nancy has spoken I know exactly how I should vote.

    I'm so glad she's been busy writing a book, too – I wonder how she has time to do that AND get so much done at her day job? Truly amazing!

    August 14, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. Lance

    I did not realize that I am a slave to the democratic party. Thanks for the clarification Pelosi.

    August 14, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Jerry griffin

    we had a choice and we chose Obama. So if you truly don't believe in his message then vote for John Mccain. We have endured Bush and we can endured Mccain if you stupid hillary supporters want John. The question will be can you endure the enconomic suffering and the lost of your civil rights.

    August 14, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. tennisguypitt

    I'm no fan of Pelosi, but she's right. Hilary's supporters need to accept the facts that Obama won fair and square. How did he steal the nomination?

    DEMS UNITE!!!

    Obama '08

    August 14, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Kevin,FL

    Nancy "Botox Face" Pelosi need to zip it, The DNC selected Obama the People Selected Clinton, we have a right to be mad!

    August 14, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Harry

    Pelosi is a clown, nothing gets done they all listen with their mouth and do nothing, Democrats needs to find a new house leader

    August 14, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  14. Texan for Hillary

    To: Unify this..

    AMEN! The Dem party seems to want to force everyone to do as they say. Well, I'm an adult over 55 and no one tells me what to do. Yes, I've been a loyal Dem for many, many years, but this time it's different. Besides, the last time I checked the US was a free country–not ruled by a dictator! No one can force us to vote much less vote! Maybe she and others should remember that if you treat people well, they will be there for you when you need them! If these people could just hear themselves. They are saying–shut up and vote Democratic or else. The more they do what they are doing the more I get turned away! So, I say to Pelosi, "sit down and hush up."

    August 14, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. john

    Ms Pelosi is a ding dong , how does she get elected, she is a self serving ego-maniac. Quite possibly the worst speaker in history. Wake up Californians and vote this bimbo out of office, she is worthless

    August 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Andrew, Chicago

    Pelosi has been one of the biggest disappointments to the Democratic Party. Such a shame, I had high hopes. She needs to get over whatever this thing against Senator Clinton is.

    August 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Nova

    Clinton supporters needs attitude adjustment? Perhaps Nancy needs to freshen up on her Constitution knowledge particularly the first amendment. Sorry Nancy, we live in a country where people can support whoever they like. It's people like Nancy that will make me vote for McCain. Let Nancy speak and make a fool of herself.

    August 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Texas Trail Dog!

    KISS BUTT PELOSI – I AM ONE OF YOUR 51-YEAR-DEMOCRATS WHO IS VOTING FOR McCAIN. IF YOU DEMOCRATS CAN'T COME UP WITH A MORE QUALIFIED CANDIDATE THAN OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT YOU CAN COUNT ME OUT. BY THE WAY WHAT PLACE HAVE YOU GOT TO BE UNHAPPY WITH US HILLARY FOLLOWERS. IT IS YOU, DEAN, KERRY, BYRD, RICHARDSON, BYRD AND OBAMA THAT HAS TURNED US AWAY FROM THE DEMOCRAT PARTY. JUST BECAUSE YOU PEOPLE HAVE A CRIMP ABOUT THE CLINTONS AND ESPECIALLY YOU NOT WANTING A FEMALE IN OFFICE WITH MORE POWER THAN YOU. YOU ARE TO BLAME. YOU ARE A DO NOTHING SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. THEY DUG LOW IN THE BARRELL LIKE THEY DID FOR OBAMA TO COME UP WITH YOU.

    August 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. Tom

    Yep, get over it. The PUMA faction is simply nothing more than a bunch of scorned losers. To think that McCain would be a better choice over Obama is more than absurd – it's insane. Look, HIllary lost the primary fair and square. And, just like every other primary, the people who lose go graciously and support the other candidate who won because they are essentially on the same page. To do what PUMA is doing not only hurts the party, it makes the dems look like republicans normally do.

    Let's move on, people, and get the republicans and special interests the hell out of washington!

    August 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. free4all

    For the last 7 years Dems have complained about the divisiveness in our country. Looking back on the last few months at all the infighting during the Primary face-off and even today with Pelosi's comments, we now can all clearly see that the divisiveness is within the Democrat party.
    Dems have done absolutely nothing for our country but complained.

    August 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. Pondering

    I want to know how all of these so called Hillary supporters think that if they cry loud enough that she will be the nominee and then the whole world will vote for Hillary! NOT! This again as a woman speaking, this is why a woman will never be elected into office! First of all, men are not going to vote for a bunch of whining bipolar women that stomp there feet up and down the street because they can not have their way. Hillary was not treated unfairly as she was the one who got down and dirty. If you don't wanted to be treated like a man then stop trying to be one! These so called supporters think they are helping the cause for women but all they are doing is hurting future female nominees. Women will never be taken seriously as long as they continue whining and having temper tantroms and trying to ruin someone else because they can not have their way! You can try to be a man and then have an emotional temper tandrom like a woman at the same time, it doesn't work!

    August 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. Jaime in Texas

    Pelosi, you need to get back to work. Obama supporters, just get over it. We are not going to vote for Obama. Just deal with it and shut up.

    August 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. Rhoda

    Pelosi needs an attitude adjustment, and to read the 1st Amendment to the Constitution. If she did, Pelosi would understand that Americans, even Democrats, have the right to speak freely and to protest. Odd position, for a Democrat from San Francisco. Even odder, that Pelosi doesn't understand the right of people to be in the minority and to speak out. But Pelosi doesn't understand that the 1st Amendment is designed to protect the minority from her heavy hand.

    August 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. SW

    So I was a Hillary supporter and I have totally joined the ban wagon of Barack Obama. I feel like reporters are only talking about the mad Hillary supporters. I just want it on the record that I am 100% behind Obama. How can you not be. He is just amazing. The man can filled a 75,000 seat stadium of supporter and Mccain can even fill a retirement room full of senoirs. As for Pelosi, I feel sorry for her shes got it rough she has to talk to Bush .It must feel like talking to a brick wall.. How many more months do we have till the election.. It cant come to soon for me..

    August 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. common sense

    They should come out with another name for PUMA... "Politically Ugly Matriarchy Agents".

    #1. PUMA falsely accuses Obama's campaign of playing the race card, when, if you look at Obama's constituents, it's obvious that his campaign appeals to a diverse range of people of every color and religion, men and women, students and workers, young and old, people from all different corners of America's demographic...

    #2. PUMA on the other hand, if you look at it's members is comprised entirely of older white women who are angry and sore losers. Who's the one playing the "woman" and the "race" card here? PUMA needs to learn to show some grace when losing, and embrace progress and party unity...

    August 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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