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.

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soundoff (314 Responses)
  1. Krissy, FL

    It is clear that Hillary's supporters are uneducated. You have no scruples...and all of you should move to the deep south. Get a life!

    April 14, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. maca

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Ratgurl

    If Hillary steals the nomination, I'm writing in OBAMA.

    He's the only chance we've got.

    April 14, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Anna Marie

    I think like an altercation on the playground, we need to see who started it and why. Then the two "kids" need to sit down in a room together with an impartial mediator and agree on the rules for their future peaceful interactions.

    April 14, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. ABG

    I would never vote for a candidate who says words behind closed doors that are insulting and allude to bigotry.

    Not to mention allowing supporters to laugh in the backround without stopping them.

    Obama will never win in the general election.

    April 14, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Dave

    Is it too early to start forming our strategy for taking the Whitehouse back from mcCain in 2012?

    April 14, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Ilona Proud Canadian


    I know exactly what you mean, they do it:


    April 14, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. Letha, Sioux Falls, SD

    The Obamanation groupies need to go back and read the article. 26% more votes will be lost if Obama is the dem on the ticket with McCain. At this time, it is down to the best of three evils and at least with Hillary or McCain, I know what I will get. Obama has to many skeletons in his closet to trust him not counting the latest dribble from his mouth. He should go back to Chicago.

    April 14, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. jp/michigan

    I will never vote for Obama! There is just to much that we really don't know about him. What I read and see, I do not trust! His name was mentioned to day in the Rezko trial. There is a relationship between Obama, Rezko and Auchi, and there is more to come.

    April 14, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Frank

    Not now, not ever, no way, NOBAMA. For only the "Wright" reasons!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Obama will be President

    Lets get on with this...the writings on the wall. Why are we wasting time? If we stop following Clinton around w/ cameras then the bickering stops.


    April 14, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. Keely Newman

    Another lifelong Democrat that will vote for McCain over Obama...

    April 14, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. bernice

    Obama should run as an independent and kick both McCain and Billary to the curb!

    April 14, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. wd in calgary

    Clinton supporters include quite a numberof racists – pure, and simple.

    April 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Ken

    What an interesting race this year. The democrat candidates are a pair of nut-jobs and the republican candidate is a liberal.

    April 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Leroy H. Mccormack

    If Obama Wins This country is lost. It will be another 4 years of miss statements and promises that will not be kept..This country needs a leader and Obama is not the one .

    April 14, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Linda Li

    Voting down party lines is stupid.

    April 14, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. your breath stinks

    mary April 14th, 2008 4:32 pm ET

    I am from Michigan and apparently my vote wasn't good enough for the Democrats in January soooooo it won't be good in November. McCain you just got another vote!!!!

    Good mary that puts him at 14 votes for the GE........nationwide.

    April 14, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Never Vote Obama

    Of course I would never vote for Obama. I don't know that America would still be America if he spent four years in office. He is not a patriotic American and has no knowledge of how to run a country. Go Hillary!!

    April 14, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. BG

    If Obama wins the nominations i will either not vote or vote for McCain.

    April 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Marie

    Hillary is McCain's golden girl. Anything she does reflects positively on him the longer she stays in the race. If she gets the nomination, McCain will win – We just can't afford this.

    April 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Hillary 08

    80% Of Americans don't support Obama!

    April 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Val


    Have you just realized that CNN is an Obama's Properganda Net Work? They've become pathetic – I stopped watching CNN completely.

    McCain 08!

    April 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Mike

    Obama, if anyone else said the things you did and did the things you have done with your voting record and church, they would be out by now.

    April 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. Jack in ND

    I think the term "Dem elders" in the subject line of this thread is rather elitist.

    April 14, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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