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. Matthew

    Does anyone care what Nancy Pelosi has to say at this point? Her books sales are dismal and she's been a miserable failure as Speaker of the House thus far.

    August 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Freida, NYC

    These blogs are no longer fun!!!!!!! Where is Hillary?

    August 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. John

    Well done Nancy!!!!!! I watched you on Larry King and absoutely agree that voting for McCain is again Voting for some old big oil and special interest insiders AGAIN in Washington and NOT for the people's interest! Enough is Enough with sneaky politicians and lobbiests behind the scenes!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. ran

    Pelosi's in the HOR. The Senate is the other house and there you have 51D and 49R and to stop a fillibuster you need 60. That is where our problems are so if you want real change then Vote OBAMA and give him 60D senators.

    August 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Furher Pelosi would make better use of her time by getting the Do-Nothing Democratic Congress back to work. Where's that energy bill? Why can't they revoke the ban on offshore drilling, when it's supported by 70% of the American People? I hope the convention has more chaos than the 1968 Chicago mess. They deserve it.

    August 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Obama Has Substance

    The Leadership of the Democratic party should take full reponsiblity for not making a stand against how theBill and Hillary almost destroy because they wanted to win at all cost. I understand that the party feel that the Clintons have worked hard and has proved themselves
    to be honorable leaders of the party, and that is fair. However, they have done a lot of damaged in this campaign. The have thrown words out their about Obama that cause a lot of their followers who are
    not so bright to distrust Obama ability the lead. Some of these people
    will never vote for a man of color and the Clintons help fuel these people's hate. The Democratic needs to have some Guts and call on the Clintons to do more tell their supporters who Obama really is. Bill Clinton knows that Obama is ready to be President on Day 1, He is smart man. I am sure he read Obama's book is aware on how much this young man knows about Politices. Obama has outlined many, many points in his book on what it will take to unite the country and the World. Nancy and Dean you need to stop blaming the Clintons backer and tell the Clintons the truth. You are showing the world that the Democratic party leadership is not solid, honest, and is appeasing to the Clintons. This is not a good example for our young people. Please do the right thing and pressed the Clintons to take themselves out of the picture and honor the party and we the people with the truth. They are to selfcentred people who think they owned the White House.

    August 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Paul

    Miss Pelosi has no right to judge anyone being gracious or not. Would she rather us Hillary supporters change to Independants. Nancy after your rather rude comments thats exactly what I am thinking of doing.

    August 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. George

    So Nancy is pronouncing again. I really hope we vote every incumbent out of Congress and that she is removed from the speaker position. She thinks she's Vladamir Putin.

    August 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. Jean

    This sounds like high school pranks -papering Denver.

    August 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Keeping An Open Mind

    Funny that Speaker Bad Facelift should call ANYONE "totally irresponsible" when she herself refuses to allow a vote on expanded drilling because she knows her own party will vote against her position. She needs to go back to tree hugging and let someone with real leadership skills take over the House so the American people come first before personal goals.

    August 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Joyce in Florida

    Nancy Pelosi, you can't even answer for yourself, let alone Bill Clinton.

    arc, Lugano CH, there is something wrong with your brain. If anyone ran a sewer campaign and started this whole mess, it was Senator Obama and his camp. You can't even write intelligently. People like you should just GO AWAY.

    Hillary Clinton is still the best candidate to become our next President even though she suspended her campaign. I will still support her 100% all the way to the convention. GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Chris, NJ

    August 14th, 2008 10:16 am ET

    "Boy does she need to get voted out. CA are you reading this, she is making you all look like idiots. She is basically saying that the people shouldn't have a voice unless they agree with her."

    Here's a scary thought for you.. in order to do that the CA dems would either have to vote independant for Cindy Sheehan or *gasps* the republican candidate

    In any case, I like how this blog was turned into a liberal conspiracy theory chat. Democrats register as republicans all the time here in jersey to mess with the republican primaries so I don't want to hear how evil republicans are for doing it (whether or not they actually do though is another story)

    August 14, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Mad

    Pelosi caused this herself- she didn't want to be dethrowned of her most powerful woman in US spot.

    Now that she said it im really not voting for Obama now-

    Hillary supporters are real they aren't Republican crossovers or any of that junk.

    If any fake votes were to be put in they would be from Obamas side to get delegates- you don't magically get 65%s or 75%s in cities that give you more delegates– the dems probably aranged for that

    August 14, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Tony

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

    Nancy freakin' Pelosi questioning anyone's attitude? Now THAT'S funny!

    August 14, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. CAPTAIN CAPSLOCK

    Actually, james from chicago. Pelosi is somebody, you, are nobody.

    August 14, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. joseph

    funny how an article about nancy was written yet so many comments about Obama. I don't agree with all of Nancy's actions but we voted her in, And many of you that complain about it couldn't do any better. Its so easy to say one person isn't doing a good job and you can't fill their shoes

    August 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Xavier

    All this Clinton sore losers need to get over it. Why dont they do something positive, like sending her 1-5 dollars each so as to erase her debt. Seriously, what goes around comes around. This Sore losers better be careful, or this negative karma will come back at them ten fold.

    August 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Ron from Bel Air

    Ms Pelosi,
    It's time for you to enjoy a private life. You're making way too many missteps for someone so high in the pecking order, and it has cost both the Democrats and our country way too much hardship. You are not in a position to speak for anyone, never mind the "House," so please promise to leave after your book tour. Don't feel it necessary to move back to Baltimore, please!, but I'm not sure California has much room for you either.

    August 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Hello!!!

    I'm not happy with Nancy......

    August 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. PUMA..Republcians or Democrats

    I agree with "Informed Voter" ; there is more to PUMA then meets the eye. I notice that every time they show a poll of people that will not support Obama, it's a consistent 17%; this tells me that these are the same people.

    There should be a deeper investigation on CNN's part as to "WHO" are these people, Are they Republicans disguised as Democrats and as far as Hillary Clinton's 18 million votes, Rush Limbagh openly admited that he was encouraging Republicans to vote for Hillary during the primaries; therefore how many of these 18 million votes are Republicans?????

    August 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Jimmy P - Chicago

    Oh Nancy, there's always adult movies!

    August 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Lisa

    So you have some sore heads atleast Clinton is doing the right thing in supporting Obama, she has been very Gracious, so that is all that counts.

    August 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Robert

    That's right Nancy, tell it like it is. These hold-out Clinton Crybabies need to grow up. Politics ain't beanbag - and nobody knows that better than Hill & Bill. Sen. Obama ran a smarter, more disciplined campaign and won. Period.

    The new Atlantic Monthly explains why Sen. Clinton lost - her only "strategy" was a coronation, and when that failed she avoided making tough decisions to adjust to the new reality. And as we all know she couldn't balance her checkbook.

    August 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. Caryn, Washington DC

    No one should pay these so called PUMAs any attention. It's ridiculous to think that they're 18 million strong when the majority of that 18 million is backing Obama now. We can't take them seriously because they're not doing anything serious. Pay off Clinton's campaign debt...then we'll listen to what you have to say!

    BTW – Enough with the CAPs people...we get it you have something important to say. When I see all caps I breeze right on down to the next comment.

    August 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. Onigbese

    If these 18 Million voters that voted for Hillary can give her just $2.00 each for her debt, the loan will be paid in full

    August 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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