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. @americans

    that's the hand writing on the wall Billary. Give it up and let the uniting start now!

    this contest is loooooooooooong over and we have a nominee – BARACK OBAMA!!!!

    March 27, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. CCochran

    My friends and I are tired of the two parties! We vote for the person whose qualifications best matches the position and that we feel is in sync with our values. I have never felt that Obama has the ability to represent me – how can someone say he'll represent all of America and then go to a church whose minister preaches against people who look like me.....

    March 27, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Texican

    Hillary did you really think that people were supporting you and hubby Bill? Ha, Ha, Ha. Republicans want Obama as the candidate not you. Obama won't be re-elected as Senator for Illinois after this campaign. The truth is out. Obama is Toast. McCain 08.

    March 27, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Marc

    Go, Hillary! You are the TRUE UNITER in this campaign.

    March 27, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. Len

    Hillarious Clinton,

    Notice how its the clintonbots jumping ship. 28% Typical

    Keep on fighting Hillarious, we love you..... lol

    March 27, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. K

    Maybe they can go bond over a Sunday morning church service and learn to love again! She's right there are a lot of differences between them and McCain...he has an unquestioned love of this country and a level of integrity neither one of them will ever understand, let alone attain.
    Yes, America will probably elect one of the two of these pillars of society, just remember in the word's of Obama's pastor, you reap what you sow...

    March 27, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. JT

    Thank god. This is great to hear. And I know Obama has said time and time again that no matter what happens he will remain "friends with Hillary" after this race.

    Lets stay unified. Obama would be great for this country. Clinton would be great for this county.

    McCain would not.

    March 27, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Tim

    It's too bad she remains blind to the fact that if she steals the nomination (the only way to win), she will never be able to unite the party.

    March 27, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. CHERYL

    OBAMA TAKES EVERY CHANCE TO TALK NASTY ABOUT HILLARY!

    HE ACTS ALL NICE WHEN HE IS GIVING A SPEECH, BUT HE IS SPENDING MILLIONS TO RUIN HER GOOD NAME!!!!!!!!

    DO NOT BE FOOLED A LIAR IS A LIAR!!!!!!

    GO HILLARY WE ARE WITH YOU GIRL!!!!!!!!

    March 27, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Allan

    Thank you Hillary! Senator Obama looks forward to your support in the general election.

    March 27, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. John Kay

    Pleeeeeeeeease We need to be unified fast

    March 27, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Debbie

    I am not sure all those voters are voting out of spite. I believe some of them do not beleive Obama is qualified to run this nation.

    March 27, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Cindy

    Thank you, Hillary Clinton. Let the healing begin.

    March 27, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Hillary has already derailed the democrat party for her own personal ambitions now she comes forward with this message. Despite what the media is saying, democrats will vote democrat. Even more so after Bush's message today about the success in Iraq while blood is running in the streets and Sen. Hagel(R) says Bush is living in "Alice in Wonderland" so where does that put John McCain who supports Bush's policy. With those facts Hillary knows democrats will not vote for McCain she is only pandering to the facts and the fact is democrats aren't stupid enough to vote McCain.

    March 27, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. Chris in Va.

    Kudos to Senator Clinton. I didn't think she had it in her. Hillary the "uniter", who'd a thunk it. Watch out Obama, when Hillary acts like she wants to play nice- LOOK OUT!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 27, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. Nuwan Samaranayake

    I am glad that she said this. If democratic party get divided, we will have at least another 4 years of what happened during past 7 years. I like to see Sen. Obama talks the same thing. Why has not he done it so far ?

    March 27, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Jeremy

    If Senator Obama should become President, I predict we wil have four years (maybe 8) of second-guessing EVERYTHING through the 'race agenda' questions. His proposals will be scrutinized for 'race preferences'; his opponents will need to insure their positions do not appear 'race-based'. His appointees will be viewed as 'litmus tested', and God help everyone if the Republicans take over Congress in 2010, with a President Obama in the White House. We will be deadlocked in intransigence – and it will be the OTHER race's fault!

    March 27, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. CHERYL

    YEAH, NOW WATCH OBAMA SAY SOMETHING LIKE THIS TOMMORROW!!!!

    SENATOR CLINTON IS SO MUCH BETTER A PERSON THAN HIM!!!!

    SO SMART AND CARING! THIS IS A REAL UNIFIER!!!!!!!!

    HILARY FOR PRESIDENT 2009!!!!!!!!

    March 27, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Jeremy

    If Senator Obama should become President, I predict we wil have four years (maybe 8) of second-guessing EVERYTHING through the 'race agenda' questions. His proposals will be scrutinized for 'race preferences'; his opponents will need to insure their positions do not appear 'race-based'. His appointees will be viewed as 'litmus tested', and God help everyone if the Republicans take over Congress in 2010, with a President Obama in the White House. We will be deadlocked in intransigence – and it will be the OTHER race's fault!

    March 27, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. Arlington, TX

    This is what happen when Hillary can't get her way. She divide the party with lies, racial division, distrust, dishonesty, hartful word of condemnation her way or the highway.

    Some people like to keep dirt in the closet not for public display. Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton both are liars, Past Liars and Current Liars.

    Where is the truth.......

    March 27, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. Denver Kid

    WOW! Clinton said something that might actually start to bring the party together instead of dividing it... I'm shocked. It's about time though... no way is McCain in the Whitehouse good for the US of A.

    March 27, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. objectiveman

    Actually Obama is the uniter
    Look at how he took us Hillary supporters- most of whom were more than willing, at the start, to vote for him if he were the nominee- and united us against him.

    And look at how he took his mean, hateful, name calling , insulting supporters and ...well...encouraged them to stay right where they are.
    They bash and bloody Hillary. We won't ever back Obama.

    Hillary doesn't encourage her supporters to hate Obama. But we can not vote for him, even if Hillary asks us to- because the actions of the DNC are corrupt. They are trying to install Obama as the nominee. If they succeed, many democrats will walk from the party.

    Only Hillary can bring us all back together.

    March 27, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. Rich in Seattle

    If you want to unite the party, drop out! You are only doing damage at this point.

    March 27, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Mark K

    Go, Hillary. What the supporters of both candidates NEED to understand is that their candidates can fight hard but will patch things up afterwards and the supporters NEED to do the exact same thing.

    March 27, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Kena

    Even though I'm not a Hillary fan, I agree with her. We need to close this race in and not vote for more war and distress. If you vote for McCain, then that is what you will get.

    March 27, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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