June 9th, 2008
02:25 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain team reaches out to disappointed Clinton backers

Would Clinton's supporters really consider backing McCain this fall?

Would Clinton's supporters really consider backing McCain this fall?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - While Sen. Hillary Clinton was endorsing Sen. Barack Obama, some of those weighing in on her campaign Web site were less willing to concede.

As Clinton wrapped up her remarks Saturday in Washington with a plea for supporters to work "as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me," many were posting messages saying they would never vote for the presumptive Democratic nominee. A few even called on her backers to visit Sen. John McCain's campaign Web site.

"I love her and will vote for her in 2012, but it's McCain all the way now," wrote one within moments of the former first lady's address.

Whether that sort of statement signals a defection to the presumptive Republican nominee, a voter less likely to make it to the polls on Election Day or just a bit of low-grade, post-primary grumbling - it's the sort of sentiment that makes for a nagging, low-grade anxiety among nervous Democrats and brings a gleam to the eye of McCain.

As Democratic leaders met last month and decided to seat Florida and Michigan at half strength at the convention, angry Clinton supporters who had backed her plea for the seating of full delegations from both states began to chant, "Let's go, McCain!"

And as Clinton's presidential bid wound down, some of her loudest supporters began insisting they would consider voting for McCain if she were not the Democratic nominee.

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  1. Dez from florida


    OBAMA 08....

    June 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. Mike

    If no Clinton, then McCain!

    Say what you wish Obama supporters, it's my vote!

    Never Obama!

    June 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Honestlady

    I just don't get it. It doesn't make sense. How does one go from Hillary to McCain. They are complete opposites!?

    For those that voted for Hillary but will now defect to McCain, out of curiousity, please inform me in detail why you voted for Hillary in the first place.

    June 9, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Robert in Toronto,ON

    How bout that article on huffingpost.com saying how McCain left his first wife because she was in a car accident, and her publically saying in a UK paper "John left because he didn't want to be 40, he wanted to be 25"

    June 9, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Linda31

    Why is CNN pushing this story? I've seen numerous versions of the same story on this site alone.

    Less than a week after Clinton suspense her campaign, the numbers are going down. 22% of 18 million is about 3 million. The Democratic family will work hard to show everyone that Obama is the best choice. The issue and policy that both he and Clinton were fighting for are still the same and that only is reason enough to vote for Obama.

    June 9, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Herman in LA

    Stupid is as stupid does...

    That's why we are in the predicament that we are in today.

    Republicans makes me sick on the stomach.

    It's her own fault she lost...

    That's right always blame the black guy...

    What a shame...

    Hillary needs to take responsibility for her own actions of how her people ran her campaign and stop blaming Barack.

    June 9, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. Tim in Carroll, IA

    Like Barack said: Everybody needs to calm down. In the general election there will be ONE Democrat to vote for – not two. And real Democrats who understand what's at stake, WILL vote for the Democratic nominee! It's laughable to watch McCain and the GOP try to kiss up to Hillary Clinton! She will be the first to tell them to take a hike! Just as she was the first to call on her supporters to back Barack Obama. If you believed in Hillary Clinton, then belive her now and do everything you can to elect Obama! This country can't stand another four years of war, a screwed up economy, and an arrogant foreign policy! That's all McCain is offering!

    June 9, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Jim from IL

    You Clinton supporters are silly! Obama beat her and treated her with respect throughout the entire campaign. Now you Clinton supporters need to show some loyality to Obama since he has defeated Hillary and is you leader.

    June 9, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Linda31

    Also, some are under the impression that Clinton has commited to running in 2012. What if someone better come along in 2012? What then? Another 4 years of torture?

    June 9, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Slected not Elected

    Obama, his supporters, the DNC, the party elite, and the mainstream media have conspired to marginalize the millions of Democrats who have voted for Hillary, and they will now be using every trick in the book to "bring the party together" to further their ruthless ambitions. They will want you to forget all about the months of biased press, the biased party elite, the insults, the sexist remarks, and the race-cards. They will want you to forget that the Democratic Party now is the party that stands for disenfranchisement of the voters and the rationalization of racism. They will use any method to persuade you to vote for the man who they have preordained as the Democratic nominee. DON'T FALL FOR IT!

    June 9, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. NC voter


    FROM HILLAY TO MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    This sort of petty mentality of "My candidate didn't win, so I will sabotage the one who did" ... is pathetically short-sighted.

    June 9, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. Rob - WA

    Those Hillary supporters who would conspire to vote for McCain out of spite:

    You show your true colors in doing so. Also, you throw your own candidate under the bus by eliminating all chances of her having an important role in a Democratic administration. You think she would be proud of that? Rather than someone else getting the seat at the front of the table – you are willing to burn the entire house down in an attempt prevent it? Thats some real single digit IQ thinking there.

    I suggest some thought into what it means to feverently follow Hillarys message for the last 18 months – only to turn tail and throw it all away at a whim. Is that really where your priorities lie? Are you that much of a loyalist to not only throw your vote away but also to throw your favorite candidate away as well?

    She has a chance to play an important role even if its not the VP. I would argue she could be better utilized in other roles and not the VP slot. If you vote McCain out of spite – you in essence throw that opportunity in the trash for her.

    Think before you act, please.

    June 9, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. VA Dem

    I'm a Democrat and you'll even hear me say the Huffington Post is a rag.

    That being said, all of this nonsense – if we can just get the rest of the Obama supporters to follow Obama's campaign tactics – no smear & fear, just facts and moral high road, then maybe the Hillary supporters won't see everything as so bitter.

    I just hope everyone knows that by voting for Obama, you're essentially propelling Hillary into a position of greater responsibility and power within the Administration soon – it would be a great day for America.

    June 9, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. Kathy in Oregon

    If I thought Obama was QUALIFIED to be the next president, I would consider voting for him. But he honestly FAILS the "comander in chief test" as far as I'm concerned.

    I voted for Hillary based on her experience, etc. - I TRUST her make progress on the issues. I do NOT have confidence in Obama. I feel like he will do more harm than good to the democratic party. ..he already has been a divider – NOT a uniter.

    That said, I'm voting for McCain, who unlike Obama, is a man with experience AND humility. When selecting a LEADER for our country, those qualities are more important to me than where a candidate stands on abortion rights.

    June 9, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. The O

    Well How stupid but let it be said if that is the case do you really think that any black person will vote for hillary in 2012 you are wrong so she will still lose then also so go ahead and play your silly games. and let the republicans run the country for the next 8 years.....


    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |

    John McCain left his first wife because she was disabled? WOW! And that's who angry Clinton voters are turning to for solace? how short-sited is that?! That SHEER hypocrisy; he will screw you all and offer not even a veil of Vaseline...

    June 9, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. captain

    Voting for McCain is voting against EVERYTHING Hillary stands for.

    That'll teach Obama a lesson.

    June 9, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. KiloWhiskey

    But Obama's people are reaching out to Clinton's folks too.....with their hands out – gimmee gimmee gimmee

    June 9, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |

    You want to dream again. But dreams begin not because of our vaporous hopes, or desire to follow others. Dreams are solely the hope of your own soul, acting in concert with reason as well as patience and hard work. No one can take you to the mountaintop, and especially those like Mr. Obama, who has not been there himself.

    OBAMA needs you, more than you need him … to get to that bigger house he desires.

    June 9, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |

    Democratic voters selected Hillary Clinton as their nominee for ‘08. But the corrupt DNC / SEXIST MEDIA appointed their own nominee.

    The Democratic voters do not find the DNC choice acceptable, and are appalled that our votes were not considered.

    June 9, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. VA Dem

    Also, I'm still confused as to how Obama was "preordained" to be the Democratic nominee, after he was largely an underdog prior to the start of the primaries.

    Then again, we must all remember this is the internet – you pretty much get the dregs of society when you give anyone a broadband connection, a computer, and a keyboard and mouse.

    June 9, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  23. Karl

    Mike and others. Don't sell yourself short. YES HE CAN AND WILL! I know that is what you meant. Emotion remain high at the moment, and rightly so. The campaigns fought feverishly. I'm proud of both Obama and Hillary. Please do not lose sight that the Democratic party presented a variety of well deserving candidates this year. White, Black, Hispanic, male and female. I'm proud. To others who fail to see the importance of this campaign and focus on whether their candidate won or lose fail to see the unity this party has. Wake up people! This is family. ...Just don't tell Bill until November.

    June 9, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA










    June 9, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Cindy in California

    People who claim to be democrats and are now supporting McCain were never really true democrats. The difference on the issues between the democrats and the republicans are polar opposites.

    These people ("hillary supporters") never really wanted health care for all, help with the economy, lower gas prices, or help with the sub-prime housing mess. Those are all the things the democrats stand for and hillary stands for, and the republicans oppose. So how can they truly say they were hillary supporters if they are now saying they will vote for someone who is against what hillary stands for ?

    June 9, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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