February 8th, 2008
08:00 AM ET
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Pelosi defends Democratic Party's superdelegates


Watch Nancy Pelosi discuss superdelegates.

(CNN) – In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, explained and defended the involvement of so-called “superdelegates” in picking her party’s presidential nominee.

Superdelegates were established, Pelosi explained, in order to allow grassroots Democratic activists to attend the nominating convention without having to compete with high-ranking Democratic party officials for a coveted spot on the convention floor. “So, again, I don’t think that members of Congress, governors and senators are not attuned to what’s happening in their states and in their districts,” said Pelosi.

Asked by Blitzer whether she would be troubled by a brokered Democratic convention where superdelegates tipped the ballots in favor of either Sen. Hillary Clinton or Sen. Barack Obama, Pelosi defended her party’s system. “These superdelegates are all part of their state delegation, so that state will speak,” Pelosi said, when its delegation participates in the convention. The superdelegates “work out their preference working with the people of their state,” she added.

Pelosi refused to weigh in on talk of a Democratic “dream ticket” involving both Clinton and Obama but she did note that roughly 15 million Americans voted for either Clinton or Obama on Super Tuesday. “The vitality of these two campaigns is attracting so many people,” said Pelosi.

Programming note: Watch Wolf Blitzer’s entire interview with Pelosi on Late Edition this Sunday beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Pete NYC

    It is funny that these are some of the same people who whined about "stolen election" lies (and you liars know who you are) and how the Supreme Court overrode the will of the people (which turned out to be incorrect). Superdelegates means that if you are a VIP you get to vote for 10,000 people (who don't exist) in the primary. It is corrupt on its face, no matter how they vote.

    February 8, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Jace

    Is it just me or if you try to submit a pro-Clinton post on this site, it gets rejected? Guess it's proof of CNN's Obama bias.

    February 8, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Richard

    Look folks. You do not live in a Democracy, you live in a Republic. A republic is representative form of govt. The founding fathers DID NOT trust us to get it right back in the 18th century and that lack of faith persists today. That is partially why we have an electoral college. The cry of the founding fathers was not "one person, on vote" (would have been "one MAN, one vote" back then), it was no taxation w/out REPRESENTATION). This convoluted party sysyem is based on our REPRESENTTIVE form or govt. If you don't like it you will need to convince your elected officials that it is time to change the constitution, or you could revolt, or move (there may be other alternatives I have not considered but you get the general idea). I don't care what form of govt you have, someone screwed up putting Bush in office! Even Superdelegates are likely to do better.

    February 8, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Wow! I've seen politicians put a lot of spin on an issue but Pelosi really worked this one. "These superdelegates are all part of their state delegation, so that state will speak...” What a crock! The super delegates do not have to vote the will of the people. They can cast their vote any way they choose.

    I know for a fact that if Obama had more super delegate votes the Hillary fans would be crying foul just as loud as the Obama fans are doing now.

    February 8, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Mike

    By the way, I know how to spell "enough". My finger slipped so shut up!!

    February 8, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. jp/michigan

    The super delegates will make the decision who will be the nominee of the democratic party in the November election. Just like the Supreme counts decided who was the President 2000. The one who can hoodwink or bamboozle the super delegates in to voting for them.

    February 9, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
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