February 5th, 2008
08:39 PM ET
7 years ago

Schneider: McCain the favorite of anti-war Republicans

McCain appears to be winning among anti-war Republican voters.

McCain appears to be winning among anti-war Republican voters.

(CNN) - Another surprising finding in the national exit polls: John McCain - who has made the war in Iraq and the need for continued U.S. involvement there a centerpiece of his campaign - is actually winning among Republicans who are against the war. Among those Republicans who disapprove of the war, nearly half voted for McCain, while only a quarter voted for Mitt Romney - even though McCain spent the past few weeks trying to portray Romney as more liberal on the war.

Moderates - those most likely to disapprove of Iraq – seem to simply prefer McCain, even when they don't square on the issues.

– CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider


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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. TK

    ALAS! A true American spirit and people want to vote for Hilary because she's a woman. WHO CARES! I'm a woman and I voted for OBAMA.

    February 5, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. John Jamison

    This country is truly in trouble. We've all been so asleep at the wheel that we didn't see our country being invaded by the foreigners from the south. We didn't care when the news "reported" only one or two Americans died in Iraq. We just opened our pockets wider when the economy started to change, and now we're hoping for a miracle in the 25th hour! Give me a break. Let a Democrat in office now, and let it be Barack. Let's trust in change and not the same old rhetoric we've all heard before. If we do the same thing we've always done before, we'll get the same thing we've always gotten. We don't need the Clinton Administration, or a clone of the Bush Administration!

    February 5, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. William A

    Well I dunno but where I come from if your anti war there's a big difference between voting for a Candidate who says they'll pull out of a war and voting for a Candidate who states he'll stay in Iraq for 100 years !
    But then I guess there will be few of these voters still around in a 100 yrs and few of these Candidates including McCain. Children vote wisely in the next century!
    DUH

    February 5, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. mrsp

    America is tired and spent. Morally and financially bankrupt. These may be "intended" consequences so a few can get very wealthy but either way there's definately an elite group that is and has become very very wealthy behind this whole "terrist" thing. But now we're borrowing billions from CHINA (our new landlord, HELLO) to keep a civil war in Iraq going, can't be a good thing.
    Sa habla es Chinese? McCain made a joke with a Beach Boy song, "Barbara Ann", singing Bomb, bomb, bomb,...bomb Iran. Not funny really. This is the person to lead our country? Sure,...let's make the middle eastern nutjobs hate us more than they already do. Not smart at all. America is tired. Time for a change. We need to progress and move forward. Our healthcare is 44 on the list? Behind Slovenia? Pitiful. Obama represents character and intelligence. We need to pull out of this tailspin we're in.

    February 5, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  5. mrsp

    The military industrial complex has brought us to a pitiful state. The consequences may be "intended" so a few can get very wealthy but either way there's definately an elite group that is and has become very wealthy behind this whole "terrist" thing with "Think Tanks" telling the Pentegon what their international policies should be. Think tanks connected contractors and corporations that are not "Elected" by the people. They do not answer to the people and are not accountable to the people. Why are they deciding our policies? John McCain will have them in his back pocket. And now we're borrowing billions from CHINA (our new landlord) to keep a civil war going.
    Sa habla es Chinese?

    It's time for a change. We need to move forward and quick! Obama represents character and intelligence. We need to pull out of this tailspin we're in and save our country. We need to save democracy.

    February 5, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  6. John J

    How can you say Clinton won in California when only 16% of the vote is in???
    Okay I'll be nice...

    February 6, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  7. congressive

    Just shows that there are a total of four anti-war Republicans in the entire country: two for McCain, one for Romney and one for Paul.

    All the rest are clearly pro-death, warmongering, torture-loving Republicans.

    February 6, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
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