April 14th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Blitzer: Dem elders starting to worry

 Democratic elders are starting to worry about the increasingly bitter presidential race.

Democratic elders are starting to worry about the increasingly bitter presidential race.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A lot of Democrats are increasingly worried about the tough back-and-forth that is now part of the tense Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama race for the party’s presidential nomination.

There are some very passionate Clinton supporters who clearly don’t like Obama. And there are some very passionate Obama supporters who clearly don’t like Clinton. That is very evident. Just talk to both sides.

In fact, a poll in the current issue of Time magazine has alarmed many Democrats. The poll asked Obama voters if the presidential election were between Clinton and John McCain, whom would they vote for. In the poll, 16 percent said McCain and 16 percent said they don’t know. That’s 32 percent who refused to say flatly they would support Clinton – the other Democrat.

When Clinton supporters were asked whom they would support if the presidential race were between Obama and McCain, 26 percent said McCain and 18 percent said they don’t know. That’s 44 percent who refused to say flatly they would vote for Obama.

Thus, Clinton voters were more likely than Obama voters – at least in this poll – to actually pick McCain if their respective Democratic candidate lost the nomination.

Those of us who cover politics like to caution that all these polls are only snapshots. Once the political dust on the Democratic race settles, and there is an eventual nominee – whether Clinton or Obama – a different snapshot might emerge. Democrats, in the end, might still come together against the Republican candidate.

But right now, I can assure you, a lot of party elders are deeply worried that all this nastiness could wind up helping McCain.

Filed under: Wolf Blitzer
soundoff (314 Responses)
  1. Chris - PA

    I DO NOT want Obama as our president. No thank you.

    April 14, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. teacher

    Is this a lead way to justify giving Hillary the dem. nomination???????

    April 14, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Richard Andreason

    Clinton has herd from the people of Pennsylvania, now when will you get it.

    April 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Paul F

    CNN is completely slanted and biased in favor of Hillary Clinton. Whatever happened to objective reporting?

    April 14, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. mendoza

    what i do not understand is if obama wins the primary with more states won, more of the popular vote, and more pledge delicates then what is the issue? he played by the rules and would have earn the nonmination fair and square. if clinton had won the same then as a democrat i would support her! so get a grip democrats and lets win in novemeber!

    April 14, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Joanne

    If the media were fair they would really run the story on the attacks and mocking of his very oppponet Hillary;

    It is sad and disappointing that the media has come down hard on Hillary but to be condescending is something else.

    How dare he. Shame on OBAMA. A hipocrit is always a hipocrit....Different kind of politician. NO He is the most scary of all. he is underminding not only his life but his family's for the continuous llies and deceitful thing he says and does. Factcheck had it right. let the people know the truth. Cnn that is your very problem. Sexism is alive and well.

    Hillary will prevail Rise Rise Rise People will see through Obama and it will be soon rather than later. Mark my words Women for Hillary....White typical people for Hillary, AA for Obama, how can you win in the General Election LOL

    April 14, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Joshua Englander

    I'm a true democrat, and to those people who said they would vote for McCain just to get revenge on Obama (or Clinton) then shame on you. Look, I'm an Obama supporter and I do hope that Obama wins the nomination, but if Clinton wins, then I'm going to back her candidacy. They both have very similar opinions on many of the issues and they both want to end the war in Iraq. So in my opinion, whoever the democratic nominee is (hopefully Obama) the party will need to unite and fight John McCain in the general election so we can take back the White House, and make sure that we can repair our relationships, build and fix our economy, finally bring our troops home, and finally lead America like we did back in World War II.

    April 14, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. Carol

    The fact of the matter is that a large number of Obama voters would not vote at all if it comes down to Clinton and McCain. They have not taken this responsibility serious before, so I have to believe they really dont care about a "good candidate" just the first "black canidate".

    April 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. Edgar - Orlando, Florida

    Mendoza nomination process has not ended! Obama is not the officialy nominee, yet! As for me and other democratics I know, if Obama is the nominee we will be voting for McCain.

    Let it be clear to all of the Obama supporter in this blog – no Obama EVER!

    April 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Hillary is a lying sh-t disturber and she needs to bow out NOW.
    Pennsylvania can help, I hope.

    April 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. Mack

    If Obama lose the democratic nominee, its his own fault. He exposed his true self. Arrogant and Elitist.

    April 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Belle

    Actually, I DO believe the 90s can come back.

    Why? If a President believes that you can and MUST balance the budget, provide Health Care for everyone, and get OUT of Iraq...if a President Believes that you can and MUST heal the US relationship with the world...

    I will take STRONG conviction over hope any day of the week.

    (I hope things might change) Obama supporters
    (I Believe things MUST Change and Not in November, BUT TODAY) Clinton supporters.

    Hillary 08

    April 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Julie

    Sorry, no self-respecting democrat could vote for mccain – those saying they wouldn't vote for obama or clinton but would stray from the party are just throwing a temper tantrum. they'll eventually come to their senses and support the dem candidate.

    April 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Pooh496

    As most of you already know, Barack Obama has gotten himself into another controversy regarding his apparent arrogance and apathy towards regular Americans. In a private and well shrouded fundraiser amongst the rich elite of San Francisco, and in the mansion of Pakistan native and ardently Muslim millionaire Sohaib Abbasi (CEO of Informatica), Obama was recorded saying: “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are going to regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” In the same speech, Obama is also recorded as saying that: “When people tell me they’ve all stressed about racial discord, well, you know, try slavery for a while,” obviously playing on the sentiments of these highly affluent (White and Arab) people who would basically presume that if you have dark skin in America you must therefore be connected in some way to slavery, although, as we all know, this is CLEARLY not the case.

    Another racist remark from Obama! Shame on you!!!

    April 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. Tim in Arkansas

    Face it......
    55% or more of Democrats don't like Hillary!
    Independents prefer Obama, then McCain, and Hillary last!
    Republicans naturally prefer McCain, then Obama, and Hillary last!

    It's clear, a large majority of Americans don't like Hillary!!!!

    Majority of Democrats like Obama!
    Majority of Independents like Obama!
    Even alot of Republicans like Obama over their own candidate!

    Hillary cannot win the Primary!
    So she definetely cannot win the General Election, with majority of Demcorats, Independents, and Republicans against her!

    If Hillary, were to get the primary nomination handed to her by Superdelegates, then that is just giving McCain the Presidency!!!!

    45% of Democrats might not like it, but Obama is the Winner! Plus he is the only person that can beat McCain! So that 45% of Democrats need to wake up now and put their support behind Obama, so tha we don't end up with another Republican like Bush in the Whitehouse again!!!

    April 14, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. Ex-Hillary supporter

    Although enthusiastic about Clinton's campaign at the start, I was soon turned off by her divisive tactics. She and Bill both come across as shameless and avaricious.
    Her strategy now seems to be to damage Obama beyond repair to reduce his chances of beating McCain.
    Obama will prevail and will be the best President this country has had in many, many years.

    April 14, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Is the "dream ticket" the Dems only hope?

    April 14, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. fred2 the idiot took my name

    A real democrat will vote for the best person for the job. If it isn't Hillary then McCain. Obama wouldn't even be a good dog catcher!!!!


    April 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Yes, that is correct. I am an avid Obama supporter and I will NEVER
    vote for a cunning, trickster of a liar. NEVER. I hate that woman.
    She can't quit because she and Bill would owe their campaign
    $20 M. and have to pay it out of her own pocket. Bill would divorce

    April 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. Edgar - Orlando, Florida

    to: Sam, Muncie, Ind.

    a few Clinton supporters – think again and stop being lied to Campel Brown, Candy Crowley, Chris Matthews who all are under Obama kool aid drink.

    South does not like Obama! Is that clear to everyone!

    April 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. canadian steve

    obama has the only chance against mccain and the whole world knows it..

    lets look at HRC's big voter base, the elderly, they will vote a friendly honest mcCain over a bitter and lying hillary anyday of the week.

    HRC claims the experience card over OBama.. well she doesnt have half the experience of McCain

    she claims to know more about military dealings than Obama.. well McCain is a war vet and former POW.. how can you contend with that??

    right now republican voters are switching over and voting hillary, and she welcomes it with open arms.. McCain doesnt attack hillary, ever wonder why? and all these new voters signing up are mainly supporting Obama, where do you think they will go in November if HRC wins?? they will feel cheated once again by washington fat cats..

    please america wake up and make Canada and the world believe in you again

    April 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. Nobama - Hillary or McCain!

    If Hillary doesn't win I'll vote for McCain, and I've never voted anything but democrat. Don't give me crap about Hillary being devisive either. Obama is the one that attended a racist church for 20 years, thinks everyone is small towns is bitter, doesn't understand that you can want a gun to hunt, and attend a church that isn't racist! Obama is devisive...oh, and then makes fun o Hillary because she can take shot of whiskey. Be a man nobama, or I'll vote for the other, but I'd rather vote for Hillary!

    April 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. Sara from Arizona

    Vote against a LIAR. Vote Obama 08', no more Clintons!!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. Dennis in Orlando, FL

    I tell you what then people, vote for McCain and get more of the same!!!! That's like cutting your nose off to spite your face. Some of you people in this country vote to emotionally and not logically. Use the common sense God gave you if He gave you any.

    Whatever happens to this country from here on out will be you Hillary and McCain supporter's fault!!!!!! Sometimes you ask for what you want and get what you got!!!!!! Don't cry and whine about what you should have done when things go south for you and your family.

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. Jack, SF CA

    GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!! JUST SAY NObama.

    April 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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