Pelosi Wants Fewer Superdelegates

04/17/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday she favors a reduction in the number of superdelegates -- and their oversized influence -- in choosing the Democratic Party's nominee.

Superdelegates such as Pelosi have bemoaned the protracted fight between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama for the nomination. Neither candidate can win the nod based solely on pledged delegates. Rather, the nearly 800 superdelegates -- members of Congress, election officials and party elders who aren't bound by state results -- will decide the nomination.

Asked how she would make the process more democratic, Pelosi recommended cutting the number of superdelegates.

"I think you diminish the number of them, you make sure everybody knows in advance what their role is, you make sure everybody knows how you can get to be one and you'll have a more open process," she said while taping the mtvU "Editorial Board" show at George Washington University.

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