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. dAVE

    Ugh – those Hillary fanatics are making complete fools of themselves!

    I have never seen such a pathetic group of sore losers in my entire life. They scream and cry and threaten and insult the Democratic party and the voters and basically act like a bunch of spoiled BRATS because their preferred candidate LOST a primary fair-and-square.

    Obama is a GREAT candidate and any Democrat with a brain is excited to support him – including all the former Hillary supporters I know. Why Hillary fanatics HATE him is a complete mystery. They will fit right into the Republican party with their ignorance and hatred. BYE! Don't come back!

    August 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. EMJ

    Whatever PUMA or other immature Clinton backers do at the convention will eliminate her chances of EVER getting the nomination in the future. She has done just about anything you could do to screw up Obama. If Obama loses thanks to the Clintons, myself along with more people than that Verizon guy will make sure she is paid back in full 2012. What goes around comes around PUMA.

    August 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. nola

    I wished that the anti Obama individuals would just tell the truth – they do not and cannot accept the fact that a person of color would become the president of this country. It is very sad that these individuals have so much hate that they would perfer to cut off their nose despite their face.

    As for you "PUMA's – put up or shut up – when you pay off Hilliary's outstanding debt – I will give your issues some consideration – until then just go away. Hilliary lost the primary because of her inabilities to run an effective campaign. Do some home work before making dumb statements that does not hold water.

    August 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Letha, SD

    It's comments like Pelosi's that caused the rift in the party. I'm independent but supported Clinton and would cast my vote for anyone except Obama and mostly because of his racist comments, inexperience and the fact the DNC threw their support behind him with no regard to the other candidates. The Democratic Party is worthless and needs to be dismantled and re created with democracy included for "We the People..." and not ME PELOSI dictator extraordinaire.

    August 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Pat Riot

    Is this the kind of party you want to be affiliated with? One that scolds you for your principled integrity? The Republicans know a large portion of the Goldwater/Taft conservatives won't vote for McCain but they don't treat us like children. It baffles me!

    August 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Hello!!!

    Hey informed voter. Go do some research about how Mr. Obama got most of his campaign donations....NO, PUMAs are not republicans starting trouble. I liked Dukakis....I voted for Bill Clinton twice, I voted for Gore, voted for Kerry....wanted HRClinton. I'm a democrat.....always have been. The Media, DNC and Obama treated the Clintons like crap on the bottom of their shoes. WILL NOT vote for someone who has not proven himself. What has he done for women, for minorities, for the economy???? Before you try to claim I'm racist (always the excuse) I wanted to support Powell when the rumors were going around about him running years ago. I fought my father's racism all my life. Would have gladly supported Obama for Hillary's VP. So don't try and go there either.

    August 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. virginia nielsen

    For the Clintons is harder then for anybody else as when the race started last year she was considering herself the next president ,as she was ahead 20 points.... Surprise !!! Unfortunately for then somebody with brains and a high cultural level took over. Finally we're going to have a President that we can be proud of. OBAMA 2008-2016 !!!

    August 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. littlelady

    Hillary Clinton can't manage her husband Bill Clinton so what make her think she can manage the country. Her supporters are trying to get water from an empty well. She was only a first lady and senator due to Bill Clinton's power. I would like to see a female president too; however, Hillary was never the one. The way she ran her campaign is exactly like she would run the country – she has no appeal and is limited in intellilect. Bill Clinton performance when he was in the whitehouse made it clear that he does not want her, why in heaven's name would he think the country wants her. They have basically destroyed any future in politics, which the small group of Hillary fan fare isn't helping. She's history!

    August 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. the Lorax

    Where are these 18 million children? Its just like human beings to act so petty when the stakes are so high. Obama won fair and square and they need to suck it up.

    August 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Joe Kiloz

    Speaker Pelosi, in a Democracy majority rules, however, the minority is always considered. For those of us who supported Hillary Clinton, we cannot be denied the chance to publicly point out all of the obstacles and irregularities that our candidate was put through.

    Not only that, to have a handful of party bosses forcefully decide for 18 million voters that their choice should be ours without dissent is to play Putin like politics upon us.

    We maintain that Mrs. Clinton is owed the Michigan and that Florida should be apportioned. Lastly, convention superdelegates should be asked to vote their conscience.

    August 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. Lost (maybe) in CNN Moderation

    Yet another blog post devoted to PUMA!

    Who would have thought it?

    I love how they are saying Pelosi should be voted out. I say let's wait until Clintons up for re-election and see how that works out for her.

    August 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. fklc

    Loved reading this! Go Pelosi! She tells it like it is even when people don't want to hear it.

    August 14, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. PA

    Nancy Pelosi was the only one who had the guts to say the democratic primaries should be conducted fairly, and within the rules. And a lot of Clinton die-hards can't take that because Hillary had them believe that the supers were going to overturn the pledged delegates in her favor.

    Hillary should try having the integrity Pelosi shows.

    August 14, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. Hakim Rasheed

    Nancy Pelosi is awesone! And she's absolutely right about Joe Liberman. He should be thrown out of the caucus!

    August 14, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    If those PUMAs supported Hillary so whole heartedly, then they should spend their money for a trip to Denver on reducing Clinton's campaign debts instead.

    Since they are not willing to help reduce her debt, but would rather spend hundreds of dollars working to make sure Obama does not win the general election, that speaks volumes about their attitudes. It's RED.

    August 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Maria

    Pelosi and the Democratic Party must be reading from Putin's playbook when he "hand picked" the President of Russia. The DNC et al. handpicked Barack Obama and have thrown away prior party rules.

    August 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Rodham Democrat

    Go Hillary!

    Bill Richardson, Charlie Rangel or Harold Ford, Jr. (whom I really admire) would have been MUCH BETTER nominees than Obama

    August 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Helena

    Get over it Clintonites! Your voices have already been heard. Just because you don't like it that the Americans voters and convention delegates don't agree with you, face it. They did hear you.

    August 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. Tennessee Mike

    Obviously Pelosi does not realize that those of us out here in the real world, i.e. the middle, don't really care about her, or what she thinks.

    The woman has no credibility, she is a JOKE

    August 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Lady

    ========stupid americans......Enough of clintos...........

    i dont want to hear them any more...........................

    August 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Brooke in PA

    Sylvia, why shouldn't they be allowed to speak at the convention? They are vital to the Democratic party, you just want to throw them out? Okay. You do that and Obama loses in November. He loses anyway.

    I'm a PUMA but I'm getting tired of the anger and hate these people have. It's time to cut our losses and move on and I don't think some of these people are helping Hillary.

    That being said, I despise Pelosi, always have. I always knew she was a bad choice for Speaker. And she has no right to tell people what to do. As of right now I'm not voting for Obama but I'm over my anger towards him and about the primary. But Pelosi needs to go. She's horrible. What a disgrace to this country and head of our party.

    August 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. Leaving the Democratic Party now


    I refuse to back Obama not because I am sore that Hillary is not the nominee. I refuse to back him because he is Bush 2.0. Like Bush with Enron backing him, Obama has Excelon backing him another energy company. His campaign manager is even an executive of Excelon.

    Obama says he is against the Iraq war but has voted for every measure for it. Even earmarked $8 million to General Dynamics for Iraq war ammo and then made an executive of that defense contractor a finance chair in his campaign.

    Obama voted six times for republican measures cutting benefits for minorities in Chicago then stated he accidentally hit the wrong voting button all those times.

    Obama co-chaired a political action committee with Bill Ayers a domestic terrorist that bombed 25 federal buildings. A man 25 times worse than Tim McVeigh. Obama is good friends with him even during 9/11 when Ayers said he should have bombed more buildings 3 months after the attacks. Obama's campaign send off party was held at Ayers' house.

    Obama took political money and did real estate deals with slumlord Rezko his best friend. Rezko had no heat for his minority tenants all the time that Obama was taking his contributions and even admitted knowing it.

    Obama joined, got married by Rev Wright and listened to his racist, anti-American comments for 20 years. Even made him part of his campaign and told Wright he would try to keep him and his harsh political views out of spotlight. Then when the media heat got too hot he dumped his pastor and used his own grandmother to make excuses for him.

    The list goes on and on and on.

    So no Pelosi, I dont support Obama simply because he is worse than Bush by far. He has no character, no brains, and he is a typical politician all the way. He didnt even attend on major black event but Hillary did.

    Hillary has the strength, smarts, tenacity to be the tough president in these uncertain times. Hillary has already proven herself by putting her career on the line 15 years ago pushing universal healthcare against incredible odds and a multimillion dollar insurance company and drug company media campaign to demonize her.

    There is no comparison of Obama to Hillary.

    Hillary 012

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

    Pelosi = dumbest woman ever to have held office.

    August 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. jason, Texas

    Pelosi is right. The Clinton supporters who are doing this stuff need to knock it off. They are acting like little children throwing a tantrum.

    August 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. john

    Hillary's supporters need an attidue adjustment Nancy???
    You look in the mirror latley Madam Speaker? You, Howard Dean and all the party leaders need an attitude adjustment allowing an inexperienced person to capture the nomination for President.

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