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. New Yorker

    I wouldn't vote for Hillary either but her backers aren't getiing over it because they know she had a better chance of winning. They won't vote for Obama because they know he's not fit to be President. It's not so easy to get over that. Wake up and smell the reality, Nancy.

    August 14, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Anthony

    I can't believe I'm reading all this nonsense! One person even said "this is the end of white rule". For what is supposed to be a bunch of educated people, I can't believe this! I served 9 years in the military for this! For people who just don't care as long as their candidates win. No wonder the youth vote will be big. Because I see bigotry and hatred in at least half the comments on here. And I thought he democrats were truly about equality and fairness. Rules were made, people broke them. A race was ran and even if Hillary had 18 million, Barack had at least 18 million and 1. And in America, the majority rules. I really wish people would get off the hateful comments. It makes the rest of the world look smart when they say "Americans can't get past their hatred of skin color enough to not be hypocrites."

    August 14, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. PUMA-PAC - Murphy

    I don't like Nancy, but thank you very much for saying what is on so many people's minds... GET OVER IT! MOVE ON!!

    August 14, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Angela

    I thought America was a democracy, people have the right to support who they want, after watching and listening to Barack Obama over the past few weeks it is becoming more and more obvious that he is inexperienced and doesn't have any idea on energy policy, has a poor concept of international politics and demonstrated it with his statements on Geogia/Russia and now we find out he has been lying about his position on the partial birth act. The reason why MCcain is so close is that people are realising that Barack Obama doesn't have a clue. As for Nancy Pelosi she needs to stop making these types of comments return to washington and sort out the energy crisis. The current congress has a far worse approval rating than President Bush and since it has been in control of the Democrats under her leadership she needs to start answering as to why they are so useless

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



    August 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Rob indetroit

    It seem's to me that HRC has her sight's set for 2012, but she need's to know that sabortaging BARAC OBAMA will not win her the white house. in fact she will anger alot of people, HRC is turnning out to be like SEN leiberman.

    August 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. greenfun

    But even more important than the gender implications of Pelosi’s behavior was her impact on the Presidential election. Publically Madame Speaker did not endorse either Obama or Clinton in the Democratic Primary, but was she was anything but neutral. & nbsp;Pelosi gave money to the campaigns of thirty-eight members of congress, twenty-eight of these endorsed Obama; ten endorsed Clinton. Pelosi contributed to the campaigns of Obama endorsers almost three to one. Pelosi not only gave to a greater number of Obama supporters, she collectively gave them more money. Pelosi gave 250,000 to the campaigns of superdelegates that endorsed Obama and only 80,000 to the campaigns of superdelegates that endorsed Clinton. Money talks and Pelosi and her PAC spoke volumes….in shorthand. She may not have publicly endorsed a candidate, but the members of the House of Representatives knew she supported Obama.
    Of the thirty-eight Members of Congress Pelosi gave money to, sixteen went against the grain for Obama. This means, their state voted for Hillary, their district voted for Hillary, yet they endorsed Obama. Why? Follow the money.

    August 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Todd

    Unbelievable... Speaker Pelosi put up the "Out To Lunch" sign on the door of the US House Chamber, took off on her taxpayer financed vacation to promote her book, and now she is "upset" by some of Senator Clinton's supporters?? Simply incredible. Too bad politicians are the ones TRYING to run this country... and they are running it right into the ground. Voters need to wake up and realize what is happening on BOTH sides of the aisle!
    Speaker Pelosi used the word "gracious"... IMO, the Speaker should be gracious and just not bother reporting back to Washington... Oh but wait, if that happened, this 'Do Nothing Congress' would be lost!

    August 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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    August 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Brian

    Ms. Pelosi should concentrate more on enacting legislation and less on being the Democratic Party's "berater-in-chief." The actions of the DNC created the schisms within the Democratic Party-which are now real and deep.
    People like me are torn by our disgust for the "Democratic Party's" and the Obama campaign's undemocratic behavior (re: FL and MI), and our desire to be rid of the greed-driven politics of the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The choice in Nov. seems to be a party that puts party before "the rights of citizens" and a party that puts greed and self-enrichment before the good of the nation. Some choice.

    August 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Brooke

    "These "Clinton backers" should have to prove their voting records." This is the stupidest comment I've seen in a long time, even from an Obamabot. People should have to prove their loyalty to the Democratic party? Or is it now the Obama party? It sounds more like a Soviet Politburo.

    August 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Belle

    Dean and Pelosi does NOT get the fact that the closest Democratic Race in the History of the Party should have gone to the CONVENTION FLOOR for a vote! NEVER in history has so much arm twisting gone on to have Super Delegates vote BEFORE the convention!

    No offense folks, but if this had been a race between two men, the vote would be made at the convention floor. You know it, and Hillary Clinton supporters know it.

    A roll call vote is supposed to be taken. What is Obama so afraid of?
    Clinton's name should be on the first roll call vote. What would it hurt?
    If he still is voted in, it is ACCORDING TO RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. jacqueline

    Pelosi needs to shut it. People are entitled to feel however they like. She needs to concentrate on the job that she was elected to do.

    August 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Teresa

    People have the right to say what they want. This is America after all. If Hillary's backers (I include myself in that group!!) want to keep backing her, that is their business. Party unity aside, Obama is not good for this country. If that is not your opinion, fine. But it is mine!

    August 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. oiled

    every time I see or hear Pelosi it reminds me how glad I am not to be from California.

    August 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    hey idiots, she said "some".........and "some" of clintons supporters are certified nuts.......thats "some", not "all", not "half", but "some".

    Clinton herself has taken the high road and is trying her best to mediate all this, but, again, "some" of her supporters are making this more difficult for her.

    August 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Vijay

    Pelosi in my opinion is the most useless worthless opinion. she lost my respect the day , she traveled to syria against her own country's government just to spite bush . shows what type of politics she plays . she puts herself and her party before her country.....

    August 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. Tasha S.

    As far as I'm concerned Hillary made this big mess by the way she acted when she lost fair and square. It is her pushing this mess behind the scenes, along with Republicans and people who wouldn't vote for Obama anyway. If they are not going to vote for Obama, then they should just not vote for him. And another thing, since they are so dissapointed that Hillary didn't win and LOVE her so much, why don't they pay off her debt? Can you reporters talk about that! After this election Hillary will never get my vote, I don't care who else runs for Pres. They can't be worst than the one we already have!

    August 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Steve

    So, not voting for the D or R next to a candidates name and voting instead for the candidate his or her self is out of line?

    August 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Deborah

    Pelosi is such a more face lift and she will look like Joan Rivers. The truth of the matter is she pressed super delegates to support Obama because she is the type of woman who doesn't want any other woman to have power. She hates Clinton and did whatever she could against her behind the scenes. She is the perfect example of what gives a woman with any power a bad name. I'd like to know how in the hell she got the job as speaker!

    August 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. Ex-Obama Democrat for McCain

    As a lifelong Democrat I am ashamed to call Nancy Pelosi a member of a political party I have voted proudly for in the past. She promised the world when made speaker of the house and has delivered NOTHING. When directly asked by CNN why nothing is getting done by our "Do Nothing" Democraticly-ruled congress, she blames others (the Republicans, Bush). I can't wait for someone to throw her out of office and replace her with someone who cares more about working to get things done, rather than staying on exended vacation, or making excuses... even Jack Cafferty (CNNs most liberal contributor) says everyday how aweful she is and how Obama should stay far away from her if he wants to get elected
    Kathryn Amherst MA

    August 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. stacy

    Why should we care what this woman thinks.

    August 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Peggy Lucas, Middletown, Pennsylvania

    Nancy Pelosi is part of the problem in Washington. She pretends to be a Democrat and a women, but I disagree with both. She should have supported Hillary, but did not. She abandoned the women of the Democratic Party and now it's time for her to go! I sincerely hope Cindy Sheehan wins her seat. Nancy is more concerned with promoting her book and herself ; Congress and the concerns of the American People are left on the back burner.

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

    Why don't democratic party accept the fact that they can't win without clintons and clinton supporters? Pelosi did and still does have attitude problem with Clintons so She better keeps her mouth shut.

    August 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Hillary can hope for 2012, but if the behavior of her PUMA supporters costs Obama the election, her political aspirations will be in the toilet.

    PUMAs, if you really are Democrats as opposed to Operation Chaos Republicans, your best chance at Hillary holding an important job in the 2008 and 2012 administrations is to vote for Obama.

    McCain will never appoint her to his cabinet (remember his disdain for "HIllarycare"), and as I pointed out earlier, she will be irrelevant by 2012 if Obama loses. You may never forgive the DNC (although that whole point about the election being stolen is ridiculous), but the people who are really looking to make a change in this country will never forgive you if we have to suffer through 4 more years of a Republican administration.

    August 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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