March 27th, 2008
05:09 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton tells Democrats: Don't vote for McCain

Clinton said electing a Democrat is of paramount importance.
Clinton said electing a Democrat is of paramount importance.

FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (CNN) – Hillary Clinton pleaded for partisan unity on Thursday, urging Democrats not to abandon their party to vote for John McCain if their preferred candidate fails to secure the nomination.

Clinton was asked by a questioner in the audience here what she would tell frustrated Democrats who might consider voting for McCain in the general election out of spite.

“Please think through this decision,” Clinton said, laughing and emphasizing the word “please.”

“It is not a wise decision for yourself or your country.”

The crowd applauded loudly.

A Gallup poll released this week indicated that 28 percent of Clinton's supporters would back McCain should the New York senator lose her quest for the Democratic nomination.

That compares to the 19 percent of Obama supporters who say they will favor McCain should Clinton be the party’s nominee.

“First of all, every time you have a vigorous contest like we are having in this primary election people get intense,” she continued. “You know, Sen. Obama has intense support. I have intense support.”

Clinton stressed that there are “significant” differences between her and Obama, but said “those differences pale to the differences between us and Sen. McCain.”

“I intend to do everything I can to make sure we have a unified Democratic party,” she said. “When this contest is over and we have a nominee, we’re going to close ranks, we’re going to be united.”

– CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (183 Responses)
  1. Don

    While I know some Obama supporters feel like Hillary is devisive, this I hope will help somewhat to diminish that notion. I am glad to see Hillary speak what I have felt all along. It is not in the democrats best interest to support McCain regardless of which one of them secures the nomination. While I do have a preference as to who should win, I will support either one because it is the best decision to get out of the Bush scenario for a 3rd term, which is what McCain is. Bravo Hillary! BTW I am sick of all the bickering about who is better on both sides. It is a hard fought fight and it should be. All states and people need to have their chance to vote. Asking either person to quit is just not the way it should be done. Let it be over when it's over and quit asking either one to concede. Lets face it, the Republicans did not have 2 great candidates to choose from and that is why you don't see this happening on their side. I am confident in saying if it did you would see just as much of a struggle between them.

    March 27, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Tony Valore

    “I intend to do everything I can to make sure we have a unified Democratic party,” she said

    great. So when are you dropping out?

    March 27, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  3. mimi de la cruz

    HILLARY HAS NOTHING TO OFFER, BUT WARMONGERING,FEAR

    MONGERING, RACE MONGERING, REV.WRIGHT, & SCANDALS.

    NOT MUCH OF A PLATFORM. FACE FACTS, DON'T TWIST THEM.

    ENTIRE CAMPAIGN, NOTHING BUT DREADFUL DECEITS.

    IF CLINTONS WANT TO BE OF SERVICE TO US & TO THEIR PARTY,

    NEED TO STOP NOW. WE ARE GOING TO GET STUCK WITH MCCWAR.

    March 27, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. Sallie Mae

    Whatever. Your actions have not reflected what's been spewing out of your mouth Hillary. That's all I have to say.

    March 27, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. Nader

    I am sure, the Clinton Campaign has injected some one in the audiance to ask this kind of question. So she would look good by answering that kind of question. If she really care about party then she should have suspend her campaing like others did. She is the one who is causing most damaged to the Democratic Party.

    March 27, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. tom senner

    vote no for president

    March 27, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  7. Mason, Wales, WI

    Wow, giving up much?

    March 27, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. 4REAL

    Hillary there is always someone out there in the audience that will challenge you. Remember Chelsea got challenge the other day and refuse to answer the question, now you refuse to answer but resort to laughter. What kind of person are you when it comes to the American people. Hillary we don't owe you this Presidential race, you need to earn it just like Obama. You have not done anything except lied, lied and lied. Get over it and stop sabotaging the Democratic Party. Now we know that if you don't have money then you will get left out.

    March 27, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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