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. Tony

    The DNC shouldn't be surprised by the PUMA movement. The DNC deliberately designed their nomination process so that they ultimately have control over who gets nominated. The primaries and caucuses are mainly just for show. But that's what you get for supporting a leftist party... and surprise, surprise they want a Socialist candidate.

    August 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Perusing-through

    The day after "Little Super Tuesday" on March 4th when Hillary barely won Texas Primary but lost the Texas Caucus, it was pretty clear the Democratic Primary Campaign was over for Hillary. Up to that point Barack had won: (a.) the most state contests; (b.) most total votes; (c.) far more total cash at $52-million, and; (d.) most important number – the most 'combined delegates'. Hillary's only lead at that time was a financial debt of $12-million, and Super Delegate count that was dwindling on a daily basis.

    Yet she stayed in the race for the next three months thereby depleting both party resources and valuable time needed to prepare fight with GOP nominee McCain. When the Democratic Party should have been preparing to do battle with a rested and vacationing McCain, the Democrats were fighting over representation of appropriately disqualified Michigan and Florida contingents.

    Now after all of the Clinton backstabbing, disputes, hullabaloos, conflicts, hypocrisy, chaos, and kitchen-sink tactics; her supporters now seek to stage bedlam and anarchy at the Democratic Convention in hopes it serves as a diversion so that she can wrest the party nomination from Barack.


    August 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Jack - Des Moines

    I will never be gracious where Pelosi is concerned. She needs to shut up and dissappear before she completely destroys the party.

    August 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Angela, Cleveland, OH

    I do remember House Speaker Pelosi upon winning the majority promising to "drain the swamp".

    Don't tell us what to think, vote etc until you fulfill your promise.

    August 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Former Democrat

    What's her beef with Lieberman..the Dems (his own party) tried to unseat him in the Connecticut primary, he ran as an independent and beat them all. Pelosi's crew has been trying to handpick the U.S. Congress since she got there. They meddeled with the California delegation the day they got there. If I were Lieberman I'd screw the Democratic party machine too.

    August 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Judgement over experience

    Some of the Clinton backers need serious therapy. She couldn't even run her campaign or its finances, is millions in debt and they want her to run this country????? Unbelievable.

    August 14, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Jon

    Puma-Jessie- maybe not small but your group seems pretty disgruntled to me. Voted all your life Dem, which you point out is obviously longer than all us "smart talking" Obama supporters (good job finding a way to stick in a jab), yet suddenly you will throw out all of your values when this country needs a Dem President the most. Awesome. Way to support your country, and yourself.

    August 14, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Jackie (NY)

    The "loud minority" of the Clinton camp that refuses to be proactive and accept that the majority has spoken shouldn't vote in the fall. Voting for an opponent that they don't support just to prove a point? Even though most of this movement is composed of over-the-hill women doesn't mean there is maturity involved. Grow up!

    I'd rather have this hateful group not vote at all – because they've made it clear they're not weighing the issues.

    Whether you agree with Pelosi or not – it needed to be said!

    August 14, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. TX for OBAMA

    Nancy Pelosi may have many issues, but if you concentrate on the issue that raised her comment, I would agree with her. To people who say that she was against Hillary and for Obama – What is wrong with that. When party's have primaries voters are going to pick their choice. Pelosi is Superdelegate and she has a choice to make. She cannot choose both, can she?. I do not agree with Democratic primary process which contains 800 Superdelegates, which is a different issue.
    Obama won fair and square. Winning the popular vote is not a criteria of party nomination. It is all about Delegate count (including Supers). If a football team lost 31-42 to another team, the loosing team cannot claim victory with the argument that 'We should be declared the winner because we controlled the ball 30-18 minute" Just don't work.
    Get over it!

    August 14, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. YeahISaidIt

    FINALLY, someone said it. Clinton's supporters are really stupid.

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

    Didn't this country used to be a democracy? Remember us, the people who elected you?

    Somehow, both parties have managed to become so highjacked by special interests that our freedom is now in peril.

    This woman and those she serves with in our Congress have become our rulers and no longer represent the will of the people.

    Time for them all to go. Please vote.

    August 14, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. john williams san diego, ca.

    pelosi will always be known for creating the lowest rated Congress ever, and being the worst Congresswoman except for Maxine Watters.

    August 14, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Maxine

    I don't get it, if you don't want Obama don't vote for him, if you want to help Clinton send her money, if you want more of the same vote for McCain/Liberman-what's the big deal here.

    Oh and by the way I lived in the state of Arizona for five years....minimum wage was 5.15 one year ago until the Dems voted to raise minimum wage....what has JMcCain done for that state...bad health insurance, low jobs, housing that stinks and oh I don't know easy to cross the border.

    I now live in California where the Rep governor can't get a balanced budget and threating people's jobs and lively hood.....go republicans you do so much for the American pocket book.......I mean your pocket book.

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

    Hillary supporters wanted Hillary, they could care less that she had intelligence and very specific views-therefore they consider her just a "female" with no intelligence and that is a shame. If they cared for "what" she stood for they would stay with the Democratic party and Obama and then input their ideas through her should he become President.

    Pelosi knows that the Republicans are doing a "grand stand" so to speak to help McCain get elected etc. We have to get OUT OF oil dependency and only "some" off shore drilling but not alot. Watching CNN, FOX, MSNBC and C-Span daily, It is apparent that the Republicans want "only" off shore drilling. (of course, when your connections with big oil is your best friend).

    I don't understand how a President that has been impeached can still be so involved in our Political System. What is the purpose if impeachment? Don't get me wrong, I like Pres. Clinton, I just don't understand our messed up system.

    The only reason Congress has not been able to do what it needs to do is party differences and most is of the result of lobbyists and our representatives personal gain. With Obama's help and with the internet, it is possible to put a stop to this mess.

    August 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Kathy

    the Democratic Party has become a Big Brother all knowing all controlling party. Nancy & Co. does not have the right to take away a choice that the American people deserve. Why limit it to one candidate? Why not give Hill a chance? Debate is good for education and forces us to consider the issues and not how well the candidates speak.

    August 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Jerry griffin

    we had a choice it we chosed obama. So if you truly don't belive in his message then vote for John Mccain. We have endured Bush and we can endured Mccain if you stupid hillary supporters want John. The question will be can you endure the enconomic suffering and lost of civil rights.

    August 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Paul

    There are no legitimate Clinton backing Dems. They are Republican trolls trying to disrupt the election. They know their so-called war hero is unelectable, so they'll stoop to anything to disrupt the Democrats. It's not going to work.

    August 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. joe

    she is too old like mccain and is jealous of clinton.No wonder she and this congress has this approval rating.HILLARY 2012.go mccain

    August 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Donald, Canton NC

    Considering how little this session accomplished in real terms, its incredulous that Nancy Pelosi found the time to write a book which has dones nothing but promote since their 5-week vacation began.
    Maybe, if she, as the SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, concentrated on solving the ills of this Nation we wouldn't be in the mess we're in.

    Enough of her soundbites and those of her minions as well as those of Senator Reid.

    Both Houses and both parties have demonstrated their life of ability to legislate in a bipartisan manner.

    All should be voted out of office.

    August 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. aliou FL

    Clinton needs to do more. She should call on her supporters to immediately desist any actions they are taking in her name that is contrary to getting Obama elected, or not in the best interest of the party.

    She should remind them that she was running to serve the country and She supposed that those who supported her wanted to help her do so. She should then go ahead and say that today, she is serving her country best by SUPPORTING AND WORKING FOR OBAMA SO THAT HE CAN SERVE THE COUNTRY'S BEST INTEREST.

    August 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. j

    i dont think Hillary supporters are angry about Hillary's loss , maybe more of how she lost. The way Hillary Clinton was villified in the media and the party did not discourage such attacks. Democratic leaders are responsible for this .I hope an apology will be offered .

    August 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. Who cares

    I won't loose any sleep over Nancy Pelosi being "unhappy" with us that is for sure. Who cares who "likes" us. Obama supporters think we are losers, well the biggest loser is going to be Obama in November. Nancy and rest of you are the ones that need an attitude adjustment. Who does Pelosi think she is anyway????

    August 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. Sweetie


    You are the one who needs an attitude adjustment!

    I don't think your district is going to re-elect you either, your days are numbered, which is a good thing!

    Your ineptness will go down in history as the worst ever, which is going to make it tough for good highly talented women to be taken seriously.

    You are a complete disgrace to the Democratic Party and Women!

    Take another Chill Pill and go on a forever vacation!

    We are all better off without you!

    August 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. ReaganDem84


    VOTE SHEEHAN vs Pelosi

    IF DC is so broken as Barack claims, then let's vote out 20+year incumbent Pelosi!!

    August 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Kay

    Pelosi is a typical liberal - requiring everyone to think exactly like they do or else ... she has been a failure as the Speaker, has presided over a do-nothing Congress and has brought the Congress' approval ratings down to single digits. She has sold a whopping 3,000 of her books ... she is power-tripping and sounding like a dictator ... CA vote her out before she bring us all down.

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