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)

    If Clinton is "so generous"....why hasn't she released her delegates and put this nonsense to rest . Her actions are encouraging her backers to cause disent...and all because of her huge ego. and Billyboy is another story......he's just a big crybaby !!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. char19145

    Does anything make her happy???????????????

    August 14, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Steve

    This coming from the most inept speaker of the house in my time....Nancy please tell me what you have accomplished...Maybe you should worry more about your approval ratings..

    August 14, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. 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 the speaker 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 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Lisa M

    Sore loosers?
    Bad sports?

    Sound like a bunch of soccer moms to me.

    August 14, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Chris from NY

    I am more concerned with what Lieberman is doing that the Clinton backers. Clinton backers are in the minority. They either vote or they don't. Either way Obama is still going to win this election.

    But what Lieberman is doing is very shameful and disheartening being that it came from an elder statesman who should know better than characterize someone else as unpatriotic. I don't care which party he is in just as long as he doesn't question anyone's patriotism. We all are Americans and we choose to show our love of country differently. That does not make any one less patriotic. The difference in how we demonstrate our love of country doesn't mean lack of patriotism.

    August 14, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Pelosi is one of the reasons we have an energy crisis today. With her inept leadership, nothing gets done.

    How she can criticize Hillary or her supporters is beyond me. The only thing Pelosi won is San Francisco.

    Hillary won the east coast, the west coast, the south coast and MI. Hillary should be the nominee. Obama won Idaho. Duh so did Larry Craig. Give me a break.

    And let me know when Idaho will vote for Obama in November. There are many McCain signs in my "hood," so I think the pollsters must be wrong in anointing the mouth.

    August 14, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. David

    Those Clinton supporters that won't support Obama are pathetic. Talk about "cutting off your nose to spite your face".
    Instead they'd rahter throw they'e little hissy-fit becasue they didn't get their way! GROW UP!!!
    Maybe this country ISN'T ready for a woman President if her "once-a-month" hissy-fit supporters are going to act like spoiled brats.

    August 14, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. unity

    The Hillary supporters that are calling themselves disenfranchised just because she lost the primaries have positioned themselves firmly in IRRELEVANCY.

    If you want to make a difference with your vote, follow Hillary's lead and vote Obama. Follow the issues. Obama's platforms are practically the same as Hillary's was. McCain is basically the anit-Hillary/Obama. There's just too much at stake to vote Republican this election.

    August 14, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Dirk

    No matter what happens, there will always be a group of people that will not support Obama even though they supported Hillary.

    August 14, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Isaac

    If there's a politician who was ever a blatant victim of sexism, it isn't Hillary, it's Pelosi! For goodness sake, the seething anger I see towards her is completely irrational in nature.

    Look guys, the only reason the democratically controlled congress hasn't been able to get anything accomplished is because President Bush keeps vetoing everything and the dems don't have enough of a majority to override. Blame Bush, not Pelosi!

    August 14, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. TJ

    You know, the sad part about all of this is these few--these disgruntled (and possibly racist) few-may cause McBush to win the election. I too supported Hillary initially, but after Obama began winning states I personally thought would never vote for him, I switched. I am very proud that the majority of the party has embraced Mr. Obama. Like Ms. Obama, for the first time in my life, I can say that I am proud to be American. These dissentors, however, demonstrate there is still work to be done. Ward Connerly's insistence that Obama's candidacy is proof that affirmative action needs to go the way of the dinosaur is successfully countered by the real underlying reasons for the dissention in the ranks of the party.

    August 14, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. Marilyn

    I wasn't a Clinton supporter, but I really think Nancy needs to shut her mouth. She is only making things worse! She has been totally ineffective at her job, so maybe she should just resign and GO AWAY.

    There are many of us former Democrats out here who will NOT vote for Obama. Period! In fact, given the attitude of Obama supporters, the DNC, and people like Nancy, I may NEVER vote for a Democrat again.

    August 14, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Mike

    I agree with Pelosi!! Get over it Hilary backers you lost fair and square and in part because Hilary refused to make executive decisions about her campaign as recently reported. This whole PUMA thing is like saying everyone that voted for Kerry in 04 should revolt against Bush until someone changes the verdict

    August 14, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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    August 14, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Debby

    Yeah, yeah like care what Pelosi says. She is the worse speaker that has ever been in the house.

    August 14, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. andrew

    VOTE HER OUT. !!!!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Greg

    So let me get this straight Pelosi...Lieberman's recent comments suggesting Obama has not always put American first [is] "totally irresponsible"? Really?

    What do you call it when an entire party (Democrats) is a front for supporting and openly promoting socialism within the United States? I'd call that not only totally irresponsible but treasonous!

    We really need a new McCarthy list to keep track of un-American socilaists within our government. Unfortunately for the Democrats their "master plan" of socializing the United States will finally be exposed when ALL their members are listed.

    August 14, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. KCBob

    The only thing I want to hear come out of this womans mouth is that she is starting impeachment hearings against Bush and Cheney.

    If she continues to reject that I hope the good people of San Fran give here her walking papers.

    August 14, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Mrs. McInostoch

    James from Chicago:  Speaker Pelosi is two people (president and vice president) away from the Commander-in-Chief position. You are uninformed and digusting. GROW UP.

    By the way, do you hold a high political position?

    August 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Piper

    Nancy Pelosi is a disgrace. She has not been a leader in the House, and her shoddy treatment of Hillary during the primaries was a major catalyst in forming the PUMA movement.

    It's shameful that the Democrats are trying to prevent Senator Clinton's name from being placed into nomination at the convention. Actions like this do not unite us. They simply give us a message that we're no longer welcome in the party.

    August 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. Papi

    What this points out is something many of us suspected earlier: HRC overplayed her hand for far too long after it was clear she couldn't win the nomination. Of course her supporters are bitter!

    August 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |

    Most of Clinton supporters are respectable people, however their are those bitter taking my toys and going home clinton supporters that need more than an attitude adjustment. They need a boot to the butt.

    August 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. PUMA-Jessie

    I was a life long Democrat. My husband is also a life long Democrat and has been for longer than most of you smart talking Obama supporters have been on this earth. We are not cross over Republicans and resent your remarks as well as those of Nancy Pelosi. This is not a small and disgrunted bunch and they will make a difference in November.

    August 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. libs be dopes

    Let's see what happens to the voters in FL and MI.

    It will be interesting if the Dep Party keeps their word on those votes, not that their word means much.

    August 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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