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. Not an Obama supporter

    Citizen of California Please Vote her OUT!!! Please make sure she only serves on term as speaker of the house. She is the worst. All talk and no walk. I cannot stand her!! She is so happy that Hillary did not win because she (Pelosi) wants to be the first woman so close in line to the presidency.

    August 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. sorely misguided

    Anyone who believes that Obama is only raising taxes on incomes over $250k is sorely misguided. If you believe that you're "sticking it" to rich people who should pay, you really are only hurting yourself.

    Larger government in any form WILL cost matter your income. Successful people that make more than $250k are the ones who start small businesses and hire you and me...but they won't hire as many, or provide benefits, or any thing else if they are taxed more. Democrats and Republicans both know this. Dems play on the theme that they won't really be raising taxes on "most people". Republicans play this to the people that make over $250k that taxes will be raised.

    Bigger government is not the answer.

    August 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    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.

    No need to read any further than this. She is out promoting her new book instead of holding a vote on energy. Looks like we can all see what is important to her. But I guess that the price of gas is not a problem for her. She gets gas put in her govt. car for free because the tax payers pay that tab for her.

    August 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. Matthew J.

    The democrats promised lower gas prices and a pull-out of Iraq in '06.

    Now Obama promises lower gas prices and a pull-out of Iraq in '08.

    Thank God the majority of the people in this country aren't as ignorant as the democrats!

    August 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Jill American

    1. More people are unhappy with Pelosi then with Clinton.
    2. Look where being 'gracious' got the country when Gore refused to challenge the results in 2000.
    3. Not all Hillary supporters are Democrats.
    4. Hillary SHOULD put her name into nomination – it will be an historic vote. Obama isn't the only one making history.

    August 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Virginia

    I'm not a "highly vocal" supporter of Clinton, I'm not Puma, and, in my 70's now, I have always voted Democratic. Not this time. I've lived long enough and been through enough, to recognize a fraud when I see one, and can not bring myself to vote for the very inexperienced, overly-hyped Obama. This is far too great a nation to put into the hands of a novice.

    August 14, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. arlene, CA

    Agree with Nancy Pelosi 100%. Clinton claims she wants party unity, but sends mixed messages to her supporters, she has not been sincere when speaking to them, seems to make remarks to fuel the fire, rather than discourage any demonstration. About Joe Lieberman, if the Senate does not need his vote, they should just "let him go" to where ever!!!

    August 14, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    I agree with Speaker Pelosi that Hillary has been very gracious. And I also agree that the way that some of the Clinton supporters are acting could destroy the Democratic party. While they might say they don't care because they had it coming, with only ONE major party left – the Republicans and the rest fractured into many smaller factions, it may not be just four more years of Bush policies but who knows how many years.

    As far as getting things done, it's challenging to get things done when bush will veto just about anything you do. Or the Republicans will filibuster legislature into oblivion. That's what we get having a Republican President and a Democratic Congress with a small majority. And if the PUMA supporters have their way, it will continue. So in 2012, after four years of McCain, you'll vote a new Republican majority Congress in and it will be 2000 all over again. Oh boy, won't that be fun.

    August 14, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. Rasheeda from Whitestone, New York

    Would Obama supporters treat Clinton like this had she won the nomination fair and square? Of course not!!

    Had Obama lied about dodging sniper fire, who knows, he probably would have lost the nomination, as well as his credibility like Mrs. Clinton.

    Most Clinton supporters REFUSE to believe that Hillary Clinton lossed this race due to her OWN inequities, however, I believe that Obama's supporters would stay true to their party had she won and he didn't - provided he lossed fair and square.

    Just because Obama is the outsider, he's being frowned upon because he has proved that he is better than Clinton. All of these Hillarites are just flat-out jealous that OBAMA has clinched the nomination and he's getting all the attention.

    Now, I've noticed that everyone who's against Obama is blaming his supporters for being hateful to Hillary. Or, they're saying that blacks are racist.

    It's obvious that all of this is just too much to bare for those who want to diminish his accomplishments and what he stands for.


    August 14, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Thomas Jefferson

    What have you Democrats and Republicans done to the country we founded? Please return America to it's owners...We the People...not Pelosi, McCain, Clinton and company....

    August 14, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Dan, TX

    Pelosi is horribly inept and needs to get back to work and get a vote on a real energy bill that is not saddled with a bunch iof useless junk. Why can't they VOTE on a real package? She and Coward Dean already shot down Fl and MI, now she is telling Clinton backers they can't even have a roll call?? She can't even work in her OWN party, yet she was supposed to bring dignity and bi-partisianship to the House. What a JOKE!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. R.I.P PUMA


    August 14, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Informed Voter August 14th, 2008 10:15 am ET

    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
    Maybe they feel that money is not why she lost. If Obama was in that same spot his supporters would not do anything for him.

    August 14, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. David from Ohio

    The Democratic Congress has had two big problems in getting much done. One, a lame duck President who thinks he's right on everything and vetos legislation that violates his failed conservative ideology. Second, obstructionist Republicans in the Senate. As for the PUMA's, go away. You're not getting control of the Democratic Party or making Hillary the party's nominee. You're simply pathetic–go away.

    August 14, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Puma Craig in PA

    We aren't getting in line and we aren't voting for Obama.

    We will be protesting in Denver and we are working with Super Delegates to vote for Hillary at the Convention.

    Once MI/FL are counted in full, the pledged delegate advantage slims to around 50 for Obama.

    Obama is not qualified to be POTUS and we will not back down or get in line.

    If the presumptive nominee becomes the nominee, then most of us will vote for McCain.

    August 14, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Melinda Charlotte, NC

    Mrs. Pelosi,
    The American people put absolutely no stock in anything you say. You have been the worst Speaker of the House in my lifetime, and the Congress has reached the lowest approval ratings in the history of polling. You are out promoting your book ( which is not selling ) rather than bringing the Congress back into session to actually do something for the American people. The vile remarks you constantly make about Republicans have no place in our politics., and will not lead to getting anything accomplished. i can only hope that if the Democrats keep control of the House this election, which seems likely, that you will be replaced by someone who is actually competent enough to remember what year it is, which I have noticed you have some difficulty remembering.

    August 14, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Travis J- Ohio

    She's not happy with us, well guess what Pelosi... WE'RE NOT HAPPY WITH YOU!

    August 14, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Susan

    She is right on this one. The viciousness of the Clinton backers is appalling and saddening. Sen. Clinton lost the campaign on her own, and no one else should be blamed. it is time for everyone of these people to get on board and take america back for We, The People!

    August 14, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  19. MikeH

    Pelosi, quit sitting on the fence, develop some dorsal integrity and start pursuing criminal investigation of the Bush regime, slam these 'Clinton supporters' hurting Obama's campaign, and just say it, Lieberman is a slime dog weinie who would sacrifice thousands of American lives, military and civilian, for Israel.

    He's not a Democrat, he's not even American anymore. I sometimes wonder if he had a hand in allowing the 9/11 attacks to happen (MOSSAD knew about the attack plans ahead of time), but I digress.

    Some of the high-level Clinton supporters are just plain toxic, and need to be excised like a cancer. No niceties, doesn't work with these people.

    August 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. BJGT

    Too little, too late, as always.

    August 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Fav, Colorado

    You fat cow – stay out of it!!

    I'm sick and tired of listening to you. Do you really think your opinion matters??


    Go do your job properly – once you've done that – then stick your nose elswhere.

    But until that happens SHUT UP!!

    August 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    I want the world to know how very much we Clinton backers care what Mrs. Pelosi thinks about our attitude toward her and toward the DNC.

    That such an honorable woman who backed the DNC SELECTION not ELECTION process that ran roughshod over 18 million votes so they could install the World's Greatest Celebrity Fraud should dare open her mouth is pretty shocking indeed.

    It made us all wonder exactly how she got her own position...Certainly she'll be front and center to give lip service to the democratic system and take lots of credit for opening the door for herself while closing it on America's women voters.

    I love that the DNC and its tools like Pelosi now want all the Florida and Michigan votes to count – now that the DNC has ruined it for all American women – now that the bulk of delegates have grudgingly shifted their support to the DNC Default Candidate.

    What a bunch of power hungry thugs in $2,500 suits!

    When I cast my vote for John McCain, Mrs. Pelosi, I'll be thinking of you!

    August 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Voting Obama

    I believe this. I think that some of her supporters or being ridiculous and prejudice against Obama. It is sad to say that but its true. People need to stop the hatred. Grow up. we are not in kindergarten anymore..... I know that they really don't want to vote for McCain but they will do it to try and hurt Thats funny because the only people they are going to hurt is Get a clue. Grow up. If HRC won I would vote for her and I love Obama. I don't discriminate. I congratulate...

    August 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Moe, NY

    Pelosi, the best thing you can do at this point in time is to keep your mouth shut. In case you haven't noticed, a lot of people really do not want to hear from you. You threw Hillary under the bus and we all know it, you will not be forgiven for that brutal act. I am going to vote for Obama, but it has nothing to do with you, actually I am going to vote for Obama inspite of you.

    August 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. Ryan

    I am very confused by the comments. Some of the PUMA people do need an attitude adjustment, it is an opinion that many share with Pelosi. Do you really think she would be happy about people trying to create a scene at the convention?

    As for Lieberman, why would the Democrats want to help him keep his chairmanship when he has so far tried hard to stop a Democrat from getting elected. It is a fairly normal response for Pelosi to have.

    Congress of course hasn't been as productive as people would have liked, but you have to also realize that Democrats have a 51-49 lead.. It is barely a majority and not enough to really accomplish a lot when all Democrats may not agree on everything.

    August 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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