August 14th, 2008
11:03 AM ET
13 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. Chris, NJ

    That's it nancy!!
    steer the attention away from the fact that your democrat congress has done nothing for our country!!

    August 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Alice Brinkley

    This is too typical of Pelosi. She thinks she can dictate what each American should think. I don't like Pelosi. She should be impeached.

    August 14, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Tony

    Way to go Nancy. Nothing like killing the Hillary supporters with kindess to get their votes in November. Just once I wish a politician or celebrity would THINK before opening their mouths.


    August 14, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Gregory Dwight

    She can't "answer for Bill Clinton;" odd considering she feels comfortable and capable of answering for everyone else.

    August 14, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. RJ, CA

    I think Pelosi needs a "political" adjustment: GONE!

    August 14, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. Linda

    Pelosi really has no right to speak about being unhappy with any democrats. If the Democrats fail to win this election I think it will be a direct reflection on her inability to lead a congress that has a lower approval rating than even President Bush.

    August 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  7. Veteran for Obama

    These "Clinton backers" should have to prove their voting records. Anybody can impersonate and pretend they are democrats and Clinton supporters, especially Republicans trying to make a ruckus. This is probably another movement from the John Hagee led prayer call for rain at the Democratic National Convention. Or they are just typical dishonest Republicans attempting to throw Obama off message once again. Or then again they may just be disillusioned freaks who were really Clinton supporters. It's probably a mixture of all of the above. Regardless, these people are in dire need of help.

    August 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. s.b.

    Maybe its Pelosi that needs an attitude adjustment.

    August 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Informed Voter

    These Puma Folks are Republicans that crossed over .. some to vote for a women & other to stir up trouble ..... How comes she never repay her debt . . or for that matter went into debt .. with the 18 millions she claimed to possess ... they never helped her repay it . hmm i wonder why

    August 14, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. James from Chicago

    Pelosi did everything in her power to make sure Clinton did not get the nomination. This woman is disgusting, She should be thrown
    NOTHING. WHo cares what and who she likes, she is a nobody,

    August 14, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. jj

    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.

    August 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. Texas trail puppy

    She might not have met up with our expectations in the congress but as a Female politician she can teach Sen.Clinton a few things..

    August 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Rob

    Way to go, Pelosi! As a Clinton supporter, Obama won't get my vote! It's not because I need an "attitude adjustmest", it's because Obama is slimy. He uses surrogates to speak for him. Most importantly, he threw the first punch under his agenda for "change". He accused all of Washington of being corrupt. Also, "change" can mean for the end of the white person rule. So many racial overtones used, but the media let him escape any backlash.

    August 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Rennae, VA

    I wholeheartedly agree with Madam Speaker. Indicative of the need for attitude adjustment is the group's name itself:

    "Party Unity My A–,"


    August 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Jan

    Is this what the Dems are all about? Making threats when someone does not agree with them? Dictatorship? God help America.

    August 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. RJ

    I agree with Pelosi....i was never a Hillary fan but have gained a little more respect for her after she finally gave up the losing battle and threw her support behind Obama. What i don't get is her supporters. I would love for someone to tell me why they were voting for her in the first place because if they are truly going to vote for McCain it's obvious that it was not because of the issues. McCain and Hillary are worlds apart on the issues. So if you were voting for her based on her stance on issues and then vote for someone 180 degrees apart on those issues it makes no sense.

    Also, why is it that the people that voted for the losing canidate were disenfranchised?

    August 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Concerned

    These comments from Nancy Pelosi are NOT based on facts or the democratic process. It is the right of every candidate who earned delegates in the primary to have their name placed in nomination.

    A convention is a nominating process, not a coronation. Unfortunately Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean fail to understand this point.

    August 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Annie

    Funny how she can deliver her acerbic comments about the actions of others but unfortunately finds it difficult to defend her own actions or inaction on topics such as government accountability and automatically and still refusing once she took over to even let the impeachment of Bush be heard.

    August 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. Nando, Florida

    Time to turn the page !!!!!

    August 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |



    August 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. PUMA 4 HILL

    And No One is happy with you. Can't wait 'til you go for good.


    We will remember in November.

    August 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. maramara

    As a member of PUMA, I know it is had to loss. However, we are not really Democrats. We are the Republicans who crossed over to vote for Hilary to promote the long primary and the fight in the party. Its time for me to end this nonsense

    August 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Timber

    The entire country is not happy with Pelosi. She is useless. The first woman speaker and she makes a complete mess of it. Pity.

    August 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. sarah

    Pelosi is a real, strong woman politician. and she didn't get there because her husband was president.

    August 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  25. Debbie - WV

    Thank God for a strong woman like Pelosi.........

    August 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13