June 9th, 2008
02:25 PM ET
7 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. dl

    Good luck

    June 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Tiffany

    Sonia4Hillary, you are so WRONG! He was ahead in pledged delegates and that is how he won. The person with the most delegates is the winner! He really won popular vote to, unless you choose not to count caucus states and give him no votes in Michigan, now that sounds fair right? Who's disenfranchising voters here? That's right....YOU!

    June 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Mike,ct

    Why do you clinton people blame obama.

    Hillary and Obama voted not to couny Fla and Mich.thats was the rule

    If you go by the rules he still wins.

    Hillary have brain wash her supporter for 3 momth when she fell behind count FLA & MICH.

    Are you clinton support falling for McCain bloggers also.

    Obama done nothing wrong.

    Hillary campain did wrong.

    If you made withobama its because he is black not because he won.

    That the reason you say Im going for McCain.

    Fla & Mich should have been 50 0bama 50 Clinton she came out ahead.

    The gas price going up,war need to stop.

    Aso you all say you will vote McCain must not have a brother or sister fighting i do and i like them back home.

    Please vote Obama so they come home please.

    THANKS

    June 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. d

    A vote for McCain by women who are democrats is an insult to everything Hillary Clinton has worked and campaigned for. You should be ashamed of yourselves for disregarding and abandoning her after how hard she fought for the nomination, and as expected now campaigning for Obama, which is exactly what he would have done for her had she won the nomination.

    June 9, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. LUCYNA

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS!

    FOR 18 MONTHS YOU HAVE FOLLOWED HILLARY'S MESSAGE THAT IS NO DIFFERENT FROM OBAMA'S. NOW, YOU WANT TO SUPPORT MCCAIN. WELL, DO AS YOU PLEASE, BUT IT SEEMS TO ME THAT YOU ARE EITHER RACIST OR REPUBLICAN......YOU ARE GOING AGAINST HILLARY'S WILL SO I WONDER IF YOU WERE TRULY HER SUPPORTER.

    June 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. No it won't

    DAVID G. :
    stop your fear propaganda... we are HRC fans and you should know by now, that we DO NOT fall for it.

    Stop saying our vote against Obama will hurt Hillary. The Clintons get blamed for everything anyway, so WHO cares? And Millions will now vote for Hillary for the rest of our lives and the rest of HER career.

    So take your divisive hatred and fear mongering elsewhere. I have read it on every blog for the past 4 days.

    It will NOT hurt HRC if Obama fails. She will NOT be blamed for it... because MILLIONS will rally and say that we disagree.

    Obama will fail because he chose to use hatred and race to sway things to his side early on.

    And since we were NOT racist or haters... it sneaked up on us and we failed to support Hillary in time.

    June 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Liked Hillary but now for Obama

    Hillary supporters...If McCain is president Hillary will have a very hard four years trying to get anything done because you know he is a Republican and she is a Democrat. I overheard that the two parties don't really support each other.

    June 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Susan

    Hillary suppoters............vote for Obama if Hillary is Vice President!!

    June 9, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Graham

    it is an absurd case of sour grapes if anyone defects from clinton to mccain. i figure that these people must vote for a president based on their personality or some other basically irrelevant aspect because clinton and obama have a hell of a lot more in common with regard to policies than clinton and mccain ever have or ever will.

    June 9, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Dee

    Please, everyone who wants to vote for McCain, go ahead. It is your right that was earned off the blood and sweat of the civil rights movement. No one is begging you for your vote. If Obama wins then he does and he doesn't that is okay too. I am very sick and tired of these idiots who can't face the truth that Clinton lost fair and square. She has even endorsed Sen. Obama. Go ahead already and vote for McCain and see how much more difficult your lives will be. But for crying out loud ,man up and stop acting like spoiled brats, your threats don't mean much any more.

    June 9, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. p from bg

    WOW!!The former are really detemined to vote for a LOSE well you got the right guy. Good ol' McCain. The 23% alive and kickin'- -Morons

    June 9, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Patty

    The buzz is that “Obama rallied the support of affluent, well-educated voters, African-Americans and the younger generation.”

    Judging by the majority of comments from Obama bloggers, if they’re “affluent,” they must have inherited their money, because they certainly didn’t make it through “ability,” and they definitely are not “well-educated.” Their comments consist of filthy “gutter” slogans. Their “opinions” are nothing more than re-hashed media headlines. They can’t finish a thought from beginning to end. They can’t write a full sentence. And they sure as heck can’t spell! Their “heroes” are Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. They are, quite frankly, a “joke.”

    Just ONE thing, please - just ONE thing - learn how to spell "judgment," even if you don't have any yourself!

    June 9, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Merk

    Completely laughable, I read all these and didnt see one person answer with any reasoning why if they were a Hillary supporter they would choose McCain over Obama. I understand both the crazy Democrats view and the crazy Republicans view (both crazy and unrealistic) but I just don't see the reasoning for McCain over Obama if you were supporting Clinton.

    June 9, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. New Day

    Wow! Sonia got more posts approved on this story than I have had in the months I have been here. :-D

    Not sure what the point is anymore to come on and say that you will or wont vote for someone. Just vote and be done with it. The candidates of the 2 main parties are McCain and Obama. Whether you dont like Obama's policies, you think he is inexperienced, you are a republican in disguise, you are a biggot, or you are just voting against him out of spite is irrelevant. Vote for whom u like but remember that first and foremost you are an american.

    June 9, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. smokesignals

    As a woman, I did not support Hillary simply because she made it soooo obvious that she was nothing but more of the same old politics. And she burned her bridges with me at the first debate.
    My opinion is that it had absolutely nothing to do with sexism, it was simply the way she conducted her campaign that lost her votes...period.
    For those of us who could see through her pandering and opportunistic ways it was an easy choice.
    I heard noone express sexist comments towards her or her campaign.
    And to the people who say they will absolutely not vote for Obama and will cross over to McCain, well, they are just idiots and have not paid attention to the real issues and platform of the Democratic Party.
    They were never Democrats and will never be Democrats.

    June 9, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. No it won't

    Did you hear me, professional Obama Blogger for continued hatred, DAVID G.?

    Stop saying we must vote for Obama to keep poor Hillary from taking the blame. Are you serious? We won't LET that crap pllay EVER again.

    DAVID G. :
    stop your fear propaganda... we are HRC fans and you should know by now, that we DO NOT fall for it.

    Stop saying our vote against Obama will hurt Hillary. The Clintons get blamed for everything anyway, so WHO cares? And Millions will now vote for Hillary for the rest of our lives and the rest of HER career.

    So take your divisive hatred and fear mongering elsewhere. I have read it on every blog for the past 4 days.

    It will NOT hurt HRC if Obama fails. She will NOT be blamed for it... because MILLIONS will rally and say that we disagree.

    Obama will fail because he chose to use hatred and race to sway things to his side early on.

    And since we were NOT racist or haters... it sneaked up on us and we failed to support Hillary in time.

    June 9, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. cynthia

    As i read a lot of these posts I know there are some weirded out Hillary supporters, but I see how some of these are republican spammers trying to create chaos.
    Just like Obama we should keep our cool in these times and rise above all this crazy mess and see who comes out on top.
    We have already climed one mountain,and there;s just one more.
    Solidarity is all we need to get the big prize.
    Don't let the republicans and some of those hillary people keep us from our prize. Which is a President Obama who will turn things around for us

    June 9, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Michele

    a.) 90% of the "hillary supporter" here are Reps !
    b..) Gallup: Obama 48, McCain 40 (today)

    This thing is again over !

    June 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. Carol B., Virginia

    Although Hillary exited the race gracefully, how big of a gaffe did she make when she was extolling the experience and wisdom of she and McCain( in one of her speeches) against the so -called inexperience of Obama? Will that make a difference as future choices are made? Just curious.

    June 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. 51% (The Majority) of the Democrats SupportObama!

    I am a 25 year old woman and I am so disgusted by some of these women! You talk about sexism and I find nothing more loathsome then to say "because I'm a girl, I lost and no one likes me, whine, whine, whine!" Its nauseating. How about she lost because she ran a bad campaign. People always talk about her 18 million... well what about his 18 million supporters too? Between the caucuses and primaries there are more of us, hence the reason he won. Before the race began she had high negatives and they didn't go down until the end. But all this entitlement... he should've waited stuff is really old. Women are supposed to support each other and you did, but in the end it didn't pan out, what's so wrong with that? What was she robbed of? There were both racists AND sexist comments made toward both of them, but let's be honest people think she's a liar and a panderer. 58% of people polled said she's untrustworthy! So vote for McCain and have the possibility of a conversative supreme court, make sure that I can't get health care for myself and my future husband and children, that we'll be paying $5 a gallon for gas and may send my friends, brothers, off to an unwinable war. Principles, right? This is what's wrong with Americans. So short-sighted and selfish. What about the future generations that will have to pay this debt BACK? So what screw us? Thanks parents and grandparents for all your love and support, especially the mothers, sisters, and grandmothers who will vote their emotions rather than common sense. I just want you to know that everyone who comes back in a coffin after Jan. 20,2009 if McCain is elected, is your doing.

    June 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Willie, a Clinton Supporter

    @Honestlady June 9th, 2008 2:39 pm ET
    "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."

    That's easy! Its called democracy! We have a right to vote for whoever we want to vote for!! It has always been Clinton, then McCain for us. Obama has never been a choice. The white house is not an internship. We would rather this country be lead by someone with experience and John McCain is that person. We Clinton supporters will be voting country, and not political party this fall. John McCain will be our next president.

    June 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. r sisk, nevada

    I anyone as sick of these continuing polls as I am? The coming election will not even be close! People are broke, concerned of losing their homes, livelihoods, jobs. You think people are going to vote for Mc Cain. Hardly. Obama is a ray of hope, a cure for this cancer that has occupied the White House for the last 8 years.

    Hillary supporters will back Obama. Quit materializing scare tactic stories!!! What are you, the GOP???

    June 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Give me a break

    It's amazing to me that Hillary Supporters would support a man who laughed when a supporter called Hillary th B word and who also has called his own wife a C**T. Interesting to me that you want to support a sexist like McCain who's policies are completely opposite of Hillary's out of spite. He didn't even vote for the equal pay legislation; he's agains a woman's right to choose. Please someone with intelligence explain this to me.

    June 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Uncle Sam

    Q: What would you think of someone who was willing to go through hell for his fellow Americans?

    A: I think he'd make one hell of a president.

    Citizens for McCain '08

    June 9, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. Risen

    Hillary Clinton SO stole the show from the lying, cheating Obama.

    She will rise and rise and rise from the ashes of this fire of crazed Obama devotion that is burning this country.

    I LOVE HER MORE TODAY than yesterday and thus it will be for the rest of my life

    June 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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