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. Kevin W

    This is fairly insignificant as far as news, but it is one more shining example that the two parties have come down to three republicans and a democrat. Obama is the only candidate who even offers logical plans. You people really want more of the same? I'm sure you'll get what you deserve.

    February 1, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. suzie from Atlanta, GA

    Guys: Don't take this so seriously!
    This person is the Queen of Crackpots. Trust me, Hillary is very different than McCain, and McCain is most certainly a thoughtful and respected Republican.
    Ann Coulter has trouble getting her name out there, so she did this. it is actually funny, and trust me, no way would ANY self respecting candidate, GOP or DEM allow her anywhere near them.
    Take a breath, laugh, and ignore this crazy lady. She is just doing this for the PR, and nothing else, and it worked! Look at all of us!
    If you want to be in Iraq for 100 years, vote for McCain. If you want to get out, and solve the domestic problems we face today, vote for Clinton. If you are a Coulter fan, have her committed, maybe with Britney.

    February 1, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. bob

    Now, now, Ann. You must be really desperate to get into the news. Another hateful book is coming?

    I still vote for Hillary, in spite of you. You are not good enough to wash her feet.

    February 1, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Michael

    Who is Ann Coulter and who cares what she thinks, you have your own mind.

    February 1, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. Tim, Seattle

    For those of you Hillary lovers out there that were complaining that the press was not publishing Hillary's endorsements...well here are 2: Janet Reno and Anne Coulter.
    I guess divisive personalities just naturally gravitate to one another

    February 1, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Roger

    Also I don't think this anti-semitic homphobe, nor her pill-popping, amoral, three-time-divorcée friend Rush Limbaugh, are in any position to critique anybody else's conservatism.

    Mr McCain has confessed his love for Jesus Christ. I have yet to see either her or Rush do the same.

    February 1, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Dave - AZ

    I should also say that the only reason that Romney is not winning is because Huckabee is dividing the vote. Huckabee will not say it, but he would rather be six-feet under before having a Mormon as his president. Put him on a lie detector test and see how it comes out...

    February 1, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Evan

    she is going to tell a POW about torture? Some one should kill her. Seriously kill her.

    February 1, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Lifelong Democrat in Cincinnati

    Oh come on. Coulter has only one goal here. She wants to influence both parties. She doesn't want McCain or Clinton to run... becasue she knows who will win that race.

    Clinton/Obama 08! All the way...

    February 1, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. R. REED

    IT WOULD BE A SCARY THOUGHT, TO GIVE ANY VALUE WHAT SO EVER OF WHAT ANN COULTER THOUGHT! I WOULD RATHER HAVE HER CAMPAIGNING FOR THE OPPOSITION, IF I WAS RUNNING FOR OFFICE!

    February 1, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Harley

    If everyone will calm down, Ann has a very good point and in fact is saying the very thing that many of my conservative friends and family are saying.

    If McCain is the nominee, I know many conservatives who plan to stay home (or vote Democrat) in November rather than vote for a lying, smug, liberal and dim-witted traitor.

    February 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Jim, Lake Clarke Shores, Fl

    Who cares what this IDIOT wants......or thinks...

    February 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. Debbie

    I have been hearing this all week. Republican's are going to take a Democrat ballot and vote for Clinton because, they feel they have a better chance getting a Republican back into office if she is the Democrat candidate then they would if Obama was chosen. The plot thickens

    February 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. Josh

    I have never been a fan of Ann Coulter, just because of her far right views. But I just gained some respect of her coming out with this statement. I was brought up being a Democrat and have stuck with party lines ever since. I think that this just shows that Hillary Clinton is the most qualified for the job. Seeing that a true hardcore Republican is willing to vote for Hillary, just shows that she is able to bring the country together. I will be voting for Hillary in the primaries, and in November after she wins the nomination. I have been a New York State resident my whole life, and have seen tremendous changes and support for Hillary throughout the state since her win as Senator in 2000. She IS the most qualified candidate, a highly intelligent woman, and I cannot wait to see the things that she will accomplish in the white house.

    She said it the best, "It took a Clinton to clean up after one Bush, and it's going to take another Clinton to clean up after another Bush."

    February 1, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Garett

    SHUT THE HELL UP OBAMA FANS! HILLARY IS A DEMOCRAT NOT A LIBERAL! IT JUST SHOWS YOU HOW DUMB OBAMA FANS CAN BE! THEY SIP ON STARBUCKS AND HAVE NO WORRIES IN THE WORLD AND JUST SAY WELL OBAMA IS HOT AND REALLY CUTE OH AND BLACK LIKE WILL SMITH! PALEEEEESE! AMERICA GET UP AND VOTE FOR RESULTS NOT HYPE! OH AND OBAMA FUNDED THE WAR OK AND SAID THAT HE WOULD HAVE MAYBE VOTED DIFFERENTLY! GET THE FACTS BECAUSE IF HILLARY DOES GIVE YOU FACTS OBAMA AND HIS FANS YELL RACE! I AM SICK OF THIS AND SO IS MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS! OH AND BY THE WAY WE ARE BLACK, VERY BLACK, 100% BLACK! HILLARY 08!

    February 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Corey

    I don't care who she supports. Why does anyone give her press? She's nuts.

    February 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. paulo

    Ann Coulter choosing Hillary over McCain? Moveon.org endorsing Obama over Hillary? Suddenly Hillary and McCain seem so much better. All joking aside, both Hillary and McCain are the better choices for their party's nomination because they are closer to the center like most Americans. Now if Rush Limbaugh would endorse Obama my choice would be clear.

    February 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. MC

    Ann Coulter...need I say more. Does anyone care what she thinks? Can she not find something in her life to make her at least appear happy. A seemingly unhappy individual.

    Hillary 08

    February 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Nancy Kirkwood

    Ha, Ha! Poor "Tranny Annie"! Her own party isn't right wing enough for her anymore. Maybe she should found a new American Fascist Party and run for Pres. with Limbaugh as her V.P. They are both totally out of step with the majority of Americans, and this proves it. They are now relegated to the lunatic fringe where they belong.

    February 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Atwoodray

    I have a lot of respect for Huckabee and his conservative values but I think Huckabee supporters need to realize that he does not have the economic ideas to win in the general election. Instead of splitting the conservative vote I think we need to look at which conservative would have the best chance for a win against the Democrats and come together to support Mitt Romney as the true voice of the Republican party. If the Huckabee and Romney camps came together we could blow McCain and his liberal views out of the water! Please put your values and support behind Romney so he can represent your views as a viable candidate. I know Huckabee supporters are frustrated with the lack of media coverage but it just gets to a point where we need to use the time to really get to know the candidates that truly have a chance. At this point in the primary I think it is a distraction to have to still listen to Ron Paul’s rants in the debates instead of hearing more distinction between the top tier. By now we need to be focusing our energies and be looking to the general election and how to stop the Democrats. Conservatives, it is time to unite!
    Vote for Romney!

    February 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. KIKsmiles

    Since when does any reasonable person care about the opinions of Ann Coulter? Let alone CNN devoting prime web space to her nonsense. Maybe Ann can find a job in Hillary's white house babysitting former Presdient Clinton.

    February 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. Bob

    While I agree that McCain would be terrible for our country, Coulter, as usual, is full of you know what (clue: it ain't wisdom). She's a professional contrarian, that's all. Saying she'll vote for Hilliary is just another contrived statement to get people talking about her (and I'm playing right into her trap). McCain is, for all intents and purposes, a Neocon. With the exception of his personally motivated feeling about torture (the one issue on which he's correct), he is almost totally in line with GOP policy. But for some reason the GOP hates him. They really do. On that point, Coulter is in line with her Party.

    If one has watched McCain during all this, other than his political leanings, my biggest concern (and I'm not being facetious) is that he appears to be on the cusp of senility. Frankly, Reagan was enough. And Bush started off brain-dead, so I'm not being ageist.

    February 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  23. A Texan for Obama

    But wait!!!!!! Didn't Bill Clinton say McCain and Hillary were very, very close friends. Hmmm don't get the reason for concern in these posts.

    February 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. Maggie

    Wow. She must really want some attention.

    February 1, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Justin in CA

    Is this Hillarys worst nightmare or what!!

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