Pelosi Says No Change in Superdelegate Stance

Posted April 3, 2008 at 11:55am

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday morning clarified her stance on Democratic superdelegates’ role at the party convention in August, stressing that she has not changed positions in recent days.

Pelosi reiterated that it would do “great harm to the Democratic Party” if it were perceived that superdelegates were prepared to “overturn the will of the people” by voting differently from their states in Denver.

“Let me be really clear about this,” she told reporters, indicating that she has been against ex-officio voting for “my whole life.”

Pelosi said she wanted to “remove all doubt on anyone’s minds” that her previous comments about superdelegates voting their conscience are inconsistent with them voting in line with their constituents.

She noted that she has made this point when Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has been ahead as well as when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has the lead.

Members of Congress make up roughly 40 percent of the superdelegates who could end up deciding the Democratic presidential race.