February 1st, 2008
03:00 PM ET
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Coulter wants Clinton over McCain

 Ann Coulter said Thursday she'd back Hillary Clinton over John McCain.
Ann Coulter said Thursday she'd back Hillary Clinton over John McCain.

(CNN) - In the latest sign that a conservative backlash is starting to build against John McCain, conservative commentator Ann Coulter said Thursday she is prepared to vote for Hillary Clinton over the Arizona senator in a general election match up.

Speaking on Fox's "Hannity and Colmes," Coulter took aim at the GOP frontrunner, and suggested he was little more than a Republican in name only.

"If you are looking at substance rather than if there is an R or a D after his name, manifestly, if he's our candidate, than Hillary is going to be our girl, because she's more conservative than he is," Coulter said. "I think she would be stronger on the war on terrorism."

Coulter took aim at McCain's positions - particularly his fervent anti-torture stance - and said he and Clinton differ little on the issues. Coulter also said she is prepared to campaign on Clinton's behalf should McCain win the party's nomination.

"John McCain is not only bad for Republicanism, which he definitely is - he is bad for the country," she said.

Coulter is the latest high profile conservative to express dismay with McCain's surging candidacy. Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday McCain's rise was the product of a 'fractured' conservative base and an "uninspiring" GOP presidential field.

"He is not the choice of conservatives, as opposed to the choice of the Republican establishment — and that distinction is key," Limbaugh continued. "The Republican establishment, which has long sought to rid the party of conservative influence since Reagan, is feeling a victory today as well as our friends in the media."

McCain has long been at odds with conservative members of his party. — Exit polls from the early-primary states have shown the he has consistently lost among those primary voters who identify themselves as conservative. But he passed a key test Tuesday in winning Florida's primary, the first early contest that only allowed registered Republicans to participate.

Reacting to criticisms from his party's most conservative quarters, McCain told the San Francisco Gate Thursday, "I'll continue to reach out to all in the party, try to unite the party, until everybody realizes that the only way we're going to defeat the Democratic candidate is through a united party."

– CNN Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain
soundoff (445 Responses)
  1. Aaron from Riverside, CA

    God, Ann Coulter is disgusting. Just seeing her face makes me wanna puke. She'll say anything to get attention. She's all about shock value, and since her usual foul-mouthed bigotry and making fun of the ill isn't getting in the press anymore, this is the only thing she could think of to make headlines. Apparently it's working.

    She's got you all fooled people. This is absolutely meaningless.

    February 1, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Julie

    And the second seal was open....

    February 1, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. DEdwards

    Who cares what or whom Ann Coulter thinks or backs? Her backing a certain candidate does not change my vote.

    February 1, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Sue

    Ann Coulter may be wrong about a lot of issues but I understand why she is picking Hillary over McCain. She is hoping to get Democrats to throw their support behind Obama, because she knows that Hillary is a much more formidable candidate for the Democratic Party. Obama has never done anything of substance and is filled with empty promises. Republicans like her are licking their chops right now.

    February 1, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Jim

    Marilyn,

    What you are failing to realize is that Ann Coulter, like Rush, Sean Hannity, and myself are conservatives first, and Republican second. That is why this is NOT a ruse. Voting for Hillary will save the Republican party from being taken over by liberal Republicans.

    February 1, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. John in Kelowna, BC

    There you have it! Clinton is demonstrating an ability to attract a more diverse group of supporters than Obama. In an Clinton-McCain contest, the Democrats stand a better chance of winning than they do in an Obama-McCain match-up. I should add that I think a Clinton-Obama ticket would be super and could potentially give the Democrats a grip on the White House for 16 years if Obama is elected President following Hillary's two terms in office.

    February 1, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Barbara Ogle

    2/1/08

    Comments: Watching the previous debate and last night debate, it is clear
    That Hillary Clinton is the most qualified to run our country. She
    can balance our budget, fix the economy crisis, health care,
    bring the world together. She can make the change! Vote for
    Hillary Clinton and give her eight years and she will bring prosperity
    to our country like President Clinton. It will take eight years to
    fix all these problems. For those people who lost their homes,
    they are responsible for their debt. They knew what they were
    doing. Tax payers should not be responsible to pay these debt
    of sub-prime loan.

    February 1, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. John Smith

    Some of the DEMS, like the Clintons, NEVER LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES !!!

    I really think it is going to take the active support for Hillary for the DEMS to lose the White Huse again; remember GORE and KERRY? How short minded can some of the DEMS really be in this nation. Gore and Kerry (each a stronger candidate than Hillary) were the "accidents" of the Clintons– the Dems lost each time!!

    Currently, the Dems are celebrating the "huge voters" out there for them because of the Independents (like myself), moderate Republicans, and young voters who are coming out in huge numbers BECAUSE of Obama. Let us wait until the Dems put up Hillary as the nominee and the hole will run dry of voters!!

    Wise and competent Dems should simply stay AWAY from the Clintons; the Clintons are the sources of "curse" for the Dems!!

    No Clinton, not even Bill, can restore the ECONOMIC fortunes of the past; the conditions of the past that made that happen (e.g., Internet burst), are simply NOT there today. The Clintons burnt their bridges (e.g., excesive scandals) before they left (in disgrace) the White House. Hillary has been making strong enemies since.

    February 1, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. paul

    why would anyone care what Coulter wants? yikes.

    February 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Brian

    I'm a republican and if Ann's against McCain, he's got my vote. She should not be the face of the republican party.

    February 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. You Go Girl

    How come nobody is talking about a Clinton-Coulter ticket?

    February 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Heather

    I am glad to finally see conservative female voters give Senator Clinton their consideration, respect, and vote.

    While Clinton is a proud Democrat, she has and will continue to work with both Republicans and Independents to improve the United States of America.

    As the first woman president, she will recognize the importance of welcoming support from both sides, rather than risk isolating herself or the Democratic Party. Therefore the values and interests of conservatives will be valued.

    Although many Americans seem unwilling to consider voting for Senator Clinton, a second look is warranted, and voters might just find themselves pleasantly surprised.

    February 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Jason

    Ann Coultier is a terrible, terrible person.

    February 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Ron Hopkins

    Thank-you Randi Rhodes...err... I mean Ann Coulter

    February 1, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Irwin Gilbert

    I have been a conservative Republican longer than Ann Coulter has been alive. I find that both she and Rush Limbaugh will say anything to gain media attention. Rush Limbaugh has admitted to me that he is in the entertainment business and does not even take hinself that seriously. We shouldn't.

    Ann Coulter does not speak for me. If Ann is for Hillary, all the more reason to vote for John McCain.

    By the way, someone should ask Ann if she has figured out where to vote legally yet. She won't be much help to Hillary if she can't find her polling place again.

    February 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Mr.E in WI

    Mr. Coulter can vote for who ever he wants to.

    February 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. Michelle

    Any person that would care what Coulter would have to say, or would take her opinion into consideration when voting, especially when determining who should be the President of the United States, should maybe reconsider whether they have enough intelligence to even be voting.

    February 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Bryan Beyer

    Ann Coulter should roommate with Britney. They can speak in English accents to each other.

    February 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Viola

    Don't fall for it Hillary....this is a plot by the Obama camp....

    Obama2008

    February 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. marsh

    People like Coulter and Limbaugh are confused and confusing especially to the 29 percent of 'Log Cabin' Republicans. I think the bottom line may be if you feel you may be in the wrong Democrat or Republican camp, you probably should cast your vote for Obama. There are several people here where I work that are really fed up with both sides and will vote for someone like Obama that appears to be able to facilitate a change of direction.

    February 1, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Brian Tampa, FL

    She wants Hillary so she can sell more books ripping her. She and Rush are finding out Republicans have a mind of their own and these two don't have near the pull they thought they did. Now they are both acting like little spoiled brats who didn't get their way or in this case their guy. From the bottom of my Republican, conservative heart I say Be QUIET and GO AWAY!

    February 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. kokomojo

    Who cares what Anne Coulter wants.

    February 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. K

    Please tell Coulter that nobody cares what she thinks. She can take her support and shove it up her fascist butthole.

    February 1, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Ralph Grimaldi

    Who are these people who attempt to pigeon holding an individual and insisting the future president be completely 100% this or that and use only the consertative half of their brain to think with. What about a canidate who has an appreciation for a more complete approach to problem solving. With Mcain's life experiences you gotta know that he's a conservative whitch to me means self-reliant and determined.and comming back from disasters and climbing out of buckets of kaka and having the gonades to continue fighting for what he believes in. At least he does it up front and in your face rather than behind your back and in the dark. Lets face it, a liberal would not have survived any of the stuff my man Mcain was able to. Sure s hell not a Hilliary, Billy boy, or Romeny. Mcain needs to get a bucket of soap and have his mama wash out the mouth of all these little cave dwelling pundits who would dare to speak for the world. And shame on all the folks who are listening and feeding on the week old raw meat that is the only kind these people can scrounge up. Thank you...a consevative. Take care and have a nice darn day.

    February 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. mmmhmm

    Opinions are like -holes, everybody has one.

    February 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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