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. Luis in Miami

    Polosi not happy with the Hillary supporters....

    Good. ... I am not happy with her job performance and like no other time in history we are a huge majority that think she is doing a lousy job. She has the power to impeach a ban of criminals that have made crimes against the constitution and humanity itself.

    Mrs Pelosi for your information the feeling is mutual; we are VERY unhappy with you.

    August 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Michael

    Gee, maybe this pique will sell her another ten books. What a joke she is, the stuff of late night talk shows.

    August 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Arizona Senior

    Please, Hillary supporters! (I was one too, once)
    She lost for two reasons: 1. No apology for her vote on Iraq
    2. Taking the wrong advise and going negative.
    That is it in a nutshell.

    August 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Fed Up Democrats

    We are disgusted with the lack of action on the part of Senator Clinton and the rest of the Democrats that are trying to undermine Senator Obama. Senator Clinton needs to step up to the plate, admit she lost fair and square and publicly denounce the efforts of Mark Penn and the like. Until she does that, she can not be trusted and she can forget ever getting our votes. She won't even be elected dog catcher!! We will not forget the backstabbing folks that are and have given the Republicans ammunition to try to use against Obama. You don't air your laundry outside the family and that is the oldest rule of thumb that has and is still being violated.

    Democrats unite to show these few sore losers we mean business and their, nor the Republican efforts will stop us from taking the White House in November.

    August 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. Herman in LA

    Leave it to the Clinton's to keep all of this aggravation going on to divide the party. You sure don't hear them speaking out publicly to stop none of it do you sore losers. Can't stand the Clinton's now...

    August 14, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Danel

    A lot of people here are critical of Madam Pelosi, it is understadable of course, but they failed to realize that a lot of legislation failures was due to the Republicans enability to compromise. ms Pelosi your comments about Lieberman is spot on. I hope you will do something about that when you get back in session. Forget about his $100,000 donation to the DNC give it back! He is treating DNC as his rubber stamp and this has to stop. Thank you.

    August 14, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. The Bush Twins : George and John

    Clinton will be blamed if Obama loses the election because of her supporters. If you choose not to back Obama because you're a Clinton supporter fine. Just go you own way. Obama won the nom fair and square !! Clinton will not get my vote for anything and I won't turn around and vote McCain.

    Obama !!

    August 14, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Eli

    PLEASE shut this woman up. What has she done lately for any DEMOCRAT person.

    August 14, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. kyle

    well those "vocal minority" Clinton supporters don't think very highly of the Speaker to begin with. the reason: the speaker always found a way to jab and poke at Clinton during the primary. I think those "vocal minority" Clinton supporters might take the money they would have spent on the general election and donate it to Sheehan's campaign against the Speaker.

    August 14, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Unify this..

    LOL Nancy has the credibility of Mickey Mouse to me, I suggest she take her own advice and get over it. I support people not parties it just so happened in the past that was the democrats. Of course that was then and this now.

    August 14, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. JC

    Pelosi is truly what is absolutely wrong with the Democratic party. The DNC needs new leadership.

    August 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. aida

    Shut up already!

    August 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. greenfun

    Why does Nancy need to present this facade of unity within the democratic party? There is not unity. It is messy and there is discord-it is called DEMOCRACY. Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi are destroying the Democratic party and what it stands for. How about honesty, fairness, integrity and DEMOCRACY. It is disgraceful. I can't wait to vote for Cindy Sheehan when she runs against Nancy.

    August 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. brenda b

    I think she is the one that needs an attitude adjustment.! She is just unhappy that her pick is not doing well with voters and may very well loose! Who cares if she is unhappy with Hillary supporters!!!
    We are here and we have and WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!
    Go sign soom of your books which no one cares to read!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Republican for Obama

    I don't really care for Pelosi but I will agree that these PUMA democrats need to grow up. I find it humorous they come on these blogs saying – you better be nice to us and kiss our butts – when we all know full well they are so filled with hate they wouldn't vote for Obama no matter what anyone says or does, so I say good riddance. If you are so consumed with anger and hate for not getting your way that you would vote for someone without a single issue compatibility that's your choice, I feel an immature one but it's your choice.

    Lastly just because nearly 50% of the Democrats voted for Clinton does not mean you can dictate policy by the candidate that slightly more than 50% voted for. After all if that was the case something could have been done about Bush who "won" by a much smaller margin than Obama.

    August 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. leon

    The point to talk about Pelosi here her lack of respect for average Americans and average Democrats who does not agree with her of with the leadership of the Party and the DNC. Apart from the fact that Hillary did not run a good campaing these leaders of the DNC manipulated the election and violated written and none written rules and procedures of the Party. By doinng so besides by impossing their own interest that was against bringing back another Clinton to power they have divided the Party. And Pelosi keeps showing that she does not respect the fact that a group of Democrats does not agree with the Party leadership. On her eyes all Democrats should follow without expressing their own opinion the DNC.

    August 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. sharon

    The PUMA people will not support Obama under any circumstances. That said,perhaps they should attend the Rep convention and support their candiate McCain in a positive way.Perhaps they can convince him to select a female running mate.
    Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but I understood that only the POTUS can reconvene congress.

    August 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. greenfun

    Clinton's name in nomination at the convention.

    August 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Dave in Illinois

    It would be nice if she worked so hard in the House for the American public as she does promoting her book, "Know Your Power", and how to abuse it.

    August 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Ian

    Hillary and her supporters are losers. Get over it you losers and vote for a real winner, Obama.

    August 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Bob (NC)

    Pelosi is just a bitter old woman.

    August 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. Dealt

    It's certainly strategic, saying that Hillary threw her support wholeheartedly behind Obama. if she had she wouldn't keep her name for the nomination and speech her best to get disenchanted voters to gather and yell at Denver. What she says is one thing, how she's playing it quite another. Frankly, I think she'd be quite happy if Obama lost to McCain. And one way to do that is to throw the convention into disarray. McCain's a one term president and she probably thinks she can make it next time.

    August 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. DJ

    I've heard all these great things about Nancy Pelosi, but the moment she took over as speaker, the Congress started into a downward spiral into complete and utter uselessness. I have never in my life seen a more useless Congress. And she had such big talk on coming in with a majority. If they can't function with the majority, what else do they need? I suppose some would say a Dem president. I guess. I hope that works. I think they all need to be fired, and her first because of her abysmal leadership skills.

    August 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Proud Army and Navy Mom

    Pelosi is awful and needs shipped back to San Fran where no moral values appear to be present...... How could she turn around and make a mockery of people in her own party. i will be voting for McCain instead of th eempty suit teleprompter.

    By the way picked up the New book about Obama you should all give it a read. I would have called it the Audacity of a Dope.

    McCain 08

    August 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. Kelby from Houston, TX

    Those PUMA people worry me. But maybe my worries are misplaced.

    Based on this article,
    "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."-

    The majority of 18 million votes is a lot of people. I see now that those disenchanted Clinton voters who say they will vote for McSame are working extra hard to sway opinion. I see now that it's not working



    August 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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