April 14th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
7 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.


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soundoff (314 Responses)
  1. Paul

    If you really want Clinton or Obama, and then you vote for McCain in a swing state, you're a moron, and I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

    April 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Terry

    The dem elders are getting what they deserve for letting Hillary Clinton continue in this race. If this were opposite and Obama had lost 11 in a row and Clinton had the most delegates it would be over. Clinton is always the one to go in the gutter first and drag Obama with her.

    April 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Hillary Supporter

    Well if the DNC had allowed Florida and Michigan to vote, this would not be happening. Senator Clinton would be the winner. Leave it to the DNC to come up with stupid penalties like not allowing states to vote. Let's just move to a dictatorship.

    April 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. chris

    This is Hillary's doing... or the DNC for making the process so long

    April 14, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  5. Yomama

    His wife hates whites too?

    Michelle Obama:

    "There was no doubt in my mind that as a member of the black community, I am obligated to this community and will utilize all of my present and future resources to benefit the black community first and foremost."

    April 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. tap

    l am areal demo and l will vote OBAMA period

    April 14, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Antoinette

    Well, tell Hillary to stop it

    SHe is the one making all the uproar

    April 14, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. IAMWMD

    I fault no one but Howard Dean and the DNC. If Clinton was leading in the delegate count and popular vote the racist elite such as Gov Rendell and others in the Democratic party would be calling for Obama's head.

    Obama O8

    April 14, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. kevin

    if hillary steals this , i will vote for McCain...but that's a big if...

    April 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. lol

    the dnc can see that obama can't win the big states against hillary, let alone mccain in november. every time this wind bag opens his mouth he seems to be insulting someone. obama is to controversial, with rezko, auchi, ayers, rev. wright, and his wife. the swift boaters, and republicans have alot to work with from obamas friends. looks like 4 more years of republican rule if he gets the nomination.

    April 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Chris

    If Hillary quits now and stops lying, she may have a chance in running again in 2016.

    Lets face it. Not matter what happens on Tuesday, Hillary has already lost. There is no way in heaven, she will get 10 points margin, let alone 15 or 20. That in itself, should open the eyes of the super delegates.

    Quit Now Hillary – Run again in 2016.

    April 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. John in Charlotte

    Gerald,
    No real Democrats will vote for their party's nominee. It is pretty obvious who that is going to be.

    Obama 2008

    April 14, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. debra

    obama isn't out of the woods on the Rezko trial.. It will probably be after the nomination but what goes around, comes around.

    April 14, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. bakersfield

    ITS NOT ABOUT DEMS OR REPUBS ITS ABOUT AMERICAS FUTURE. LOOK HOW MCLOSE THIS RACE IS AND HILLARY IS BEING OUT SPENT 4-1 OR MORE.

    FIGHT ON HILLARY

    April 14, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. lyn-nj

    Hillary and McCain are right Obama cannot be trusted. CNN, MSMBC continues to help him by promoting Obama. If Hillary made this comments you all would talk about it day and night.

    Obama did not come out swinging.

    April 14, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. J T

    if obama wins and the hardcore clintonians vote for mcshame, theyre just voting for more years of their sons and daughters to be fighting in that ever so avoidable iraq war and hundreds or thousands of more lives to be lost

    April 14, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. MC, Pa

    Real democrats will vote for whoever the nominee will be. For those who will vote for McBush, may McBush send your son and grandson-if you will have any to an endless, meaningless war!

    April 14, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Bitter in WIsconsin

    in times when you can't trust the government, people turn to issues and comforts that they can depend on. Period. Any other interpretation is a failure of comprehension.

    April 14, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. OJ

    CNN is a joke, why are you moderating truthful statements and deleting them?

    April 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. emmanuel

    Obama Lost my Vote ...

    Hillary is the Only one who can win the Republican

    April 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. OJ

    WHY CNN WHY DO YOU DELETE THE TRUE OBAMA STATEMENTS TAKEN FROM HIS BOOK “Dreams of My Father.”

    April 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Nakae

    Well it sounds like it's the Clintonistas who are bitter. LOL!

    April 14, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Jim

    RSP April 14th, 2008 1:27 pm ET

    Why does CNN.com publish 90% pro-Obama comments? Are you trying to influence the voters? Is this the moderators' personal bias? Or are Obama supporters college kids supported by mom and dad with too much time on their hands, so they simply blog pro-obama drivel all day long?

    CNN, and MSNBC has become Obama's Properganda net work.

    April 14, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. DJ, LA, CA

    Just a bunch of hype...

    "Real democrats" are not traitors by threatening to vote for McCain if Hillary is not nominated.

    All theatrics – spare me the insults and threats Clinton fans.

    April 14, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. John Cote

    Please Pennsylvania: End the drama, vote Obama!

    April 14, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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