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. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Pelosi is a tool.

    August 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. libsarecowards

    Wait until November, then we can go to the polls, and vote out every single member of Congress, both republican and democrat, because they have shown themselves to be nothing but petty, whining, money grubbing, do-nothing windbags... not deserving of our support... As for the Clinton's? they are sore losers ... Obama? he has no record of Legislative accomplishments that I know of, he's a great teleprompter speaker, but experience ? just because you got a law degree, and became a community activist?(just what is that?) does not qualify you to be given the presidency.

    August 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. joe in VA

    More Pelosi "spin". This speaker has accomplished nothing and actively impedes any progress that could be made, for political gain.

    she's as bad or worse than BHO.

    August 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Kpawlak

    Why should we care what this flop thinks.

    August 14, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. ClintonDem4Cynthia08

    I'm never surprised by Nancy. Approval ratings at an all time low and yet she continues to snipe at others. She has to go. The whole lot of them need to be voted out in 2008!!

    August 14, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Matt M.

    It's obvious to most of us that the "PUMA" organization is being run by Republicans and racists, but a lot of its members are probably well-intentioned Democrats who are simply being used. We do not want to alienate these people, Ms. Pelosi. We simply want to show them that they are being used as pawns by the Republicans. It's not that they're being "less than gracious". It's just that they believed strongly in something, and the Republicans - in order to steal their votes - sold them the idea that what they believed in was stolen from them.

    August 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    I would tend to agree with Pelosi's opinion. Some Clinton backers are acting like sore losers. I wonder how the Clinton's feel about these people.

    Publicly, the Clinton's seem to support them because they have not rejected them. And there's the root of the problem. Hasn't Hillary said that if they do not want to vote for Obama because she is not on the ticket then the Democratic party does not want your vote? Isn't that the same line that PUMAs have been pushing for weeks and months?

    August 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Carl from MI

    Hillary supporters can just GROW UP!! Their candidate didn't capture the party's nomination, just like all the other candidates that didn't make the cut. They can cry me a river!!

    Pelosi must be doing a great job, because Republicans have filibustered more times than ever in the history of our United States!!

    And if you still think she's doing such an awful job, let's compare her to Newt Gingrich!! You remember our buddy Newt? They guy busy impeaching President Clinton while having his own affair on the side? They guy who shut down the Gov't just to play his political games?

    I support Pelosi and everything she does. And she's right about Lieberman too.

    August 14, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  9. wilfred

    Hooray for Pelosi in trying to stifle the democratic process in her own party. And I just thought she was against the republicans and an up or down vote on the energy bill. She is an equal tyrant for all americans
    regardless or race , religion , nationality or morality.

    August 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Obamalism

    Stand up democrats...this is your leader.
    Along with Harry Reid, what made any of you think that they'd be capable leaders?

    August 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Beto

    Pelosi's promoting her new book!? It's no wonder she had the time to write, she hasn't done anything at her usual job except collect a paycheck and use her expense account. The only thing more disgusting than that is the democratic supporters who selected her to her position have just watched and allowed her inept leadership skills go on and on. All the while blasting President Bush for not doing their will. This is what we have to look forward to if Obama is elected president.

    August 14, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. King of NJ

    Spoken well Queen Bee Pelosi!

    August 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. Angie

    These supporters don't need an atitude adjustment. They're just McCain backers wearing Hillary clothing . . . trying to stir up trouble.
    Anyone should be able to see through that. True Hillary supporters are backing Obama.

    August 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. ProudDemocrat

    Joe Lieberman's is a loser Democrats do not need him, Al Gore lost because of him, time to fire this idiot he can not be trusted.

    August 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Independent from PA

    GREAT JOB NANCY! You certainly have Chutzpah. It is important to speak up your views and try to be gracious too; and I believe you found that balance. You are a wonderful speaker and perhaps one day, future president of the USA.

    August 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Griff

    You! Are to to Blame, for the seperation in the Democrats... You! You divided the Black and White.... You, Michigan, and Florida.... You!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Susan

    Some of us won't do just anything for political gain, Pelosi. There are 18 million voters who chose Clinton over Obama. He has shown more of what we didn't want (immaturity, indecisiveness) since Hillary stepped out of the race. Some of us use our brains to vote so insults and generalizations won't really help your cause. Why don't you try taking the high road.

    August 14, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. Swampy

    Impeachable offenses include high crimes, misdemeanors and now, apparently, getting on Alice Brinkley's bad side. Thanks for the update, Alice.

    August 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  19. Audy

    This woman is so pathetic and fake. I swear the democrats seem to think that they all have to agree or it's the end of the world. The more I see of it the more it reminds me of Hitler's Germany. I am so tired of all of this and am considering becoming an Independent. I have never been so disappointed in my government in my life. I must say I was appalled last night on Larry King when that loud mouth was allowed to have free reign and say anything he wanted (He was very pro-Obama) and not give that other man a chance to talk. I certainly don't agree with what they were saying, but in this country people used to still have the right to say whatever they wanted. Pelosi makes me sick, and so does the state they have put our economy in.

    August 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. JD

    so, it is censorship day at CNN?

    August 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. GC from Virginia

    Jeez, get off her back. Sure, she isn't the most popular or successful Democrat out there. But it's not like she grabbed the nearest podium to actively to trash Clinton supporters. She obviously was just asked how she felt about HRC, and had nothing but praise for her. With regard to her supporters, she's absolutely right. They do need an attitude adjustment, or maybe just a reality check. No one voting for HRC for substantive issues (you know, issues other than "she's a woman") would even consider voting for McCain (please read the piece in the WSJ about the differences in their tax plans). And save me the "he's too inexperienced," "he's and empty suit," "he was selected by the DNC" garbage. It's so superficial. Many of those same criticisms were leveled at Bill Clinton 16 years ago. The one thing these PUMA folk have truly accomplished is undermining HRC's legitimacy as a future candidate and lowering the other 99% of the population's regard for her and what she represents.

    August 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    I hope Cindy Sheehan cleans your clock, Wicked Witch of the West!

    August 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. FactCheck

    Who cares about Clinton or her backers. She lost, let's move on. Take away the swarms of Republicans who voted for her and the swarms of her supporters that have a brain and we're left with a few thousand spoiled brats. Obama doesn't need them and he should do nothing for them.

    August 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Ontaya

    Pelosi is right her delivery may not be what Clinton supporters want to hear but the message is clear. Stop whining and complaining and unify for the good of this country!

    August 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Bill, Richmond, VA

    I have yet to read or hear what exactly the PUMA's beef with Obama is!! They are pretty silent when pressed for details. All they can do is parrot one another and say, "He stole the nomination!! He's arrogant!! He's hijacked the DNC!! He didn't play fairly!!" Okay, where is your proof? Give me details that can be verified, not rumor or innuendo. If you can't or won't do it...then I feel sorry for you...because you have been deluded into supporting a cause that can't stand the light.

    August 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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