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Reid and Pelosi: After this Weekend Do It or Get Off Pot

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by pgabriel, May 30, 2008.

  1. pgabriel

    pgabriel Educated Negro

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    WASHINGTON (CNN) – The top two Democrats in Congress are coordinating an effort to get uncommitted superdelegates to publicly endorse a candidate and bring the Democratic presidential nomination fight to a conclusion.

    A senior Democratic aide tells CNN that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is already calling uncommitted superdelegates and pressuring them to back either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton between now and next week. Pelosi is working with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

    In an interview with a San Francisco radio station on Thursday, Reid said he spoke to Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. “We all are going to urge our folks next week to make a decision very quickly," Reid said.

    A DNC aide confirmed that Reid and Dean spoke, but said it was the latest in a series of conversations the Democratic leaders have had on this topic.


    "Dean is the one who has encouraged superdelegates to get off the sidelines. He has been saying that all along. They've both discussed in the past that the superdelegates should make their intentions known before July 1," said the aide, who did not know whether the two talked about putting a deadline on uncommitted superdelegates to pick their candidate by next week.

    Pelosi told the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle this week that she "will step in" if there is no resolution to the contest before the convention: “We cannot take this fight to the convention. It must be over before then. I believe it will be over in two weeks."

    Pelosi, who will serve as the chair the Democratic National Convention in August, insists she will remain neutral until there is a Democratic nominee


    Reid is Clinton supporter
     
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    mc mark Contributing Member

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    Wait, Pelosi is calling for super dels to commit but she, herself won't commit until there is a nominee? :(
     
  3. El_Conquistador

    El_Conquistador King of the D&D, The Legend, #1 Ranking
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    This thread title suggests that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will consummate their relationship (in a Biblical sense) this weekend or be forced to give up their kind bud.
     
  4. Major

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    I could be wrong, but I think she has an official capacity at the convention, so she really can't endorse and remain in the neutral convention role. Similar to Howard Dean.
     
  5. A_3PO

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    The House Speaker rarely votes, even as a superdelegate.
     
  6. baller4life315

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    What exactly can she do to "step in" if this situation isn't resolved by then...?
     
  7. mc mark

    mc mark Contributing Member

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    I did not know that!
     
  8. Major

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/30/reid-superdelegates-know_n_104324.html

    Harry Reid:


    "The primary has been good for our country," he said. "We started out with six great candidates on the Democratic side -- and seven counting Kucinich, because he added something to the campaign. And we wound up with two who have got the nod. They have had 30 debates, national televised debates. That is tremendous. We have registered record numbers of Democrats."


    :D
     
  9. weslinder

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    So Mike Gravel's idea to run the country like a big convention and bizarro switch to the Libertarian Party mid-campaign makes him a "great candidate", while Kucinich just "added something to the campaign"?
     
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    Hillary will do a fine job once she takes over majority leader.

    ;)
     
  11. Major

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    I don't think Gravel was counted. The 6 were Obama, Hillary, Edwards, Richardson, Biden, and Dodd - at least, I assume! :)
     
  12. weslinder

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    You're right. I forgot about Dodd running.
     
  13. Deckard

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    Get off pot? Are they hooked?? :eek: :eek:





    Impeach Bush. Hurry!
     
  14. TECH

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    You would think that the people would have the final say on the nominee. The superdelegates don't want to do their "dooty" in fear of hurting someone's feelings, or outraging the public.
     
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    MSNBC's bottom line:

    Assuming Clinton and Obama split the remaining 86 delegates at stakes in Puerto Rico, South Dakota and Montana evenly (43 apiece), that would put Sen. Obama 19.5 away from clinching the nomination. (So, for all practical purposes, he would need about 20 super-delegates to hit the magic number.) Clinton would need 195.
     

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