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. Kim

    Nancy Pelosi, better get a grip, some of us are not happy with the direction that the Democratic Party is going in, that should be her concern, why the party is losing their long time members, that's what she needs to be concerned about.

    August 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Sue/PA

    Pelosi needs to call on Hillary to denounce PUMAs efforts to derail Obama. Actually, Hillary shouldnt need to be asked to denounce PUMA..........In the spirit and saftey of our country, Hillary should have already made her position very clear to PUMA ( whatever that position truely is) and nipped this negitive effort in the bud.

    August 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. Brando

    The Democratic Party NEEDS a MAJOR! OVERHAUL!. Forget about 2008 (Barack's gonna fell out short, i.e no 270 EV for him come Nov.) or 2012 (The electoral college's gonna change because of the 2010 Census). So start thinking about 2016. You got 8 yrs. You've! been! warned!.

    August 14, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. David

    Queen Nancy is not a happy person....period.

    She go down in history as one of the worst Speaker of the House this country has had.

    August 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. ED FL

    Speaker Pelosi shoudn't talk negative about anyone. Everyone I talk politics with feel the same . We all feel that she should give up the speakers position and/or go home. She without a doubt is the worst speaker I have observed in my 78yrs. Not only incompetent she has shown that she knows very little about how the house works. She has made herself look foolish on every venue the house took up. It is time to go back to San Fransico where the voter do not know much and vote the same way she ran the house.[TERRIBLE]

    August 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Can these 18million voices identify themselves?

    August 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. Mike, TX

    I would say that most Americans are not happy with Pelosi. Outside of her far left looney district in San Francisco, the world sees her as inept at best and an idiot at worst.

    August 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. lulu

    I suggest that Americans graciously kick the San Francisco Treat out of Congress.

    August 14, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Moderate Democratic, New York

    Speaker Pelosi, I do believe there are a few Democratis (even NON Clinton Backers) that are not too happy with you dear.

    August 14, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. Debbie

    I think that Nancy Peloisi needs to keep a tight lip. She is one of the leaders of the Democratic party that sold out Hillary and for that she should be ashamed of herself. Peloisi has done a poor job since becoming Speaker of the House. A bunch of empty promises.

    August 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Truth

    By Madam Speaker, "I think some of her supporters have been less than gracious" Amen

    August 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. anthony for hillary

    if pelosi ran for president and garnered nearly half the votes cast, something tells me she would stick with her supporters, as well.

    this lady, once respected by many of us HRC supporters, has become a laughing stock. her poorly veiled support for obama in the primaries was disgusting and will not be forgotten. AND we are a much larger minority than is being reported.

    we HRC supporters are most concerned with the safety and well-being of this country. we disagree that barack is the best answer.

    August 14, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. Gerald F.

    Careful Nancy. You're sounding like your power tripping again.

    August 14, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. Kevin

    What ever happened to the "FIrst 100 Days"?!? Oh yeah! They came and went with nothing being done. You're full of hot air Pelosi, you let congress leave ona 5 week break with doing nothing about a single problem in this country, and now your going around toting your book? It's time for an overhaul of the entire politcal system in this country.

    August 14, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Sue

    CNN, why didn't you do a briefer article under the title "Pelosi Is Unhappy"? That forever smile is so faked behind the old, false teeth!
    This is a nasty and dangerous woman. California, why do you keep her as your representative, anyway?

    August 14, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Abby


    August 14, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. proud army and navy mom

    Pelosi is absolutely correct about these so-called democrats (bitter Pumas). They are a nasty bunch that has tried to force her hand during the primaries.

    And to TONY, don't fool yourself into thinking that PUMAs were ever going to vote for Sen Obama. That was never their intention, hence the name PUMA.

    I blame old gir Hillary for these out of control losers. She and that lying snake Bill is encouraging them every step of the way. You all notice that they turned up the volume with Billary realized that she was not going the be the VP.

    August 14, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Lou R


    The future of Constitutional Law as well as the rights of women are at stake.

    August 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Anonymous

    pelosi needs an attitude adjustment. he attitude is unfair to womenfolk.

    She is a bad leader.

    August 14, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. Tom C

    Joe Lieberman wants it both ways. How can he be pro-abortion, anti big business, pro enviroment, pro union, etc. and support a candidate who is against all that. I don't understand.

    August 14, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  21. Willam from Texas

    Nancy, it was obvious that you didn't like Hillary from the beginning. So please don't come out and say we Hillary supporters need an attitude adjustment. You need an attitude adjustment. I, for one, will not vote for Obama if he doesn't ask her to be VP. I will write her name in as my choice instead.

    August 14, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. ERD in NC

    Regardless of any merits behind continuing to support Sen. Clinton, I can't imagine any positive intended result of saying something like this statement.

    August 14, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. arc, Lugano CH

    True Democrats, cross-over Republicans, Independents, as well as everyday educated and progressive-minded citizens in this country and around the world agree with speak of the house.

    There is too much at stake to continue coddling the hurt feelings of those who are sadly intellectually incapable of grasping the whole picture and thinking globally.

    Hillary ran a dishonest, despicable, disgusting sewer campaign. She couldn’t manager her own people much less her campaign finances. Why hasn’t her 4th Reich of 18 Million strong given her back her millions that they owe her?

    August 14, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. M. ELIAS

    MUCH OF A CHOICE...................

    August 14, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. Task

    What's with all the democrats trying to turn their party into nazis? I keep hearing how Clinton supporters have to "fall in line". Lieberman is a disgrace because he's not "falling in line". What ever happened to free will? I mean, we already know democrats aren't interested in democracy after disenfranchising voters in Florida and Michigan, but now they are actively attacking their own party. This year would have been a landslide victory for democrats if they didn't treat their own party like crap.

    August 14, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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