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

Pelosi not happy with some Clinton backers

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. beevee

    I am also annoyed by the stubbornness of Clinton supporters. In fact Mr. Wolfson was wrong in commenting about Edward's affair could have helped Ms.Clinton had the affair became public before Iowa primaires. And the e-mail of Mark Penn about using Obama's early childhood spent overseas as being not compeltely American is stupid thing to say. Agreed the primaries contest was a bit bitter. It is now time to unite the party for November victory and not give ammunition to McCain to criticize and weaken Obama's chances. If he loses, it is a loss for the democratic party.

    August 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. Marcus Allen

    Nancy always seems to be incapable of simply letting people come together and VOTE the way they see fit. Let delegates VOTE as they see fit and move on.

    Only reason I think she is "not happy" is that she can't control.

    August 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Slayer

    Hope Pelosi loses her next election - what a disgrace she is...I've never seen anyone try harder to ingratiate themselves to Bush. Nancy is the most 'go along to get along,' spineless wonder ever to occupy the Speaker's position. Can't stand to watch the 'State of the Union' addresses and have to watch as she speed-blinks through the entire speech. Cheney, aka Darth Vader, blinks seldom, while Nancy speed blinks and is extremely distracting.

    As a Hillary supporter, comparing Hillary to Nancy Pelosi is like comparing a thoroughbred race horse to a crippled minature pony - Pelosi is not in Hillary's league and never will be. And to be told once again to get in line by the likes of Pelosi makes me certain my decision to vote for McCain is the right one!

    August 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Oh Boy!!!???

    PUMAs are just plain stupid.

    An organized dinner. One vegetarian meal and one with meat will be served.
    (So we will replace the vegetarian with a PUMA)
    "What! Turnips instead of Beets" "I've had enough of this, I'll take the STEAK!!!!"

    Get the point, people?????????

    August 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Ben (New York) Hillary 2012

    Pelosi is a trader.......and full of it.

    Of course we are not voting for Obama. He really didn't win if everyone was counted correctly – he has no experience and he knows that if he doesn't put Hilary on his ticket he will lose his pants come November.

    The its another 4 years of republican non-sense

    August 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Texas

    August 14th, 2008 10:16 am ET

    What rock has your head been under all these years? Washington is corrupt. And it's about time to end the "white people rule". Whatever the hell that mean. Get over HRC is old news. Why don't the her blue collar, uneducated supporters pay her debt. That is is your are truly a Hillary supporter! Loser.

    OBAMA 08

    August 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Randy

    If Nancy and other Obama supporters keep insulting clinton supporters like me I just may have to stay home come election day. Maybe it is speaker Pelosi who needs the attitude adjustment. I guess she can't stand haveing another strong female polotician around.

    August 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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