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. Mike

    McCain is more a democrat than Obama. Me and many other democrats are voting for McCain. The only remote chance Obama has in getting our votes is if Hillary is on the ticket with him.


    Hillary 012

    June 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. M.S. Indiana

    And what do we have in common with you McCain ?? Nothing, we wanna move forward and make USA the leader of the world again.. NO more wars and benefits for the veterans !!!!

    June 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Paul, Ohio

    Please, Hillary supporters, do me a favor. Watch a debate between Obama and McCain before you make up your mind. If you think McCain is the better choice, go ahead and vote for him. But I suspect that if you give both of them a fair chance to earn your vote, Obama will win easily.

    June 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Is It True?

    I can't see why anyone would vote for Obama. George Bush and the Republican party have done a great job over the past 8 years. Even John McCain, who is known for being a straight talker, says so!

    "Americans overall are better off because we have had a pretty good prosperous time, with low unemployment and low inflation, and a lot of good things have happened," McCain said in a Jan. 30 debate of Republican candidates at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. More of the SAME! Vote John McCain 2008!

    June 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. mary cleveland, ohio

    Take a look at your children, your parents, your community, and y our bank balance. Then tell me you think McCain can help this country more than Obama.

    Reality might bite, it will bite more with McCain in office and every Democrat worth their salt knows that. Republicans are for the wealthy, the business and self employed people. Republicans have never been for the little guy and we all see the effects of Republican rule for the past eight years. Look around, things can and will get worse with another Republican president.

    June 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Cuacus = Peer pressure fest!

    Not going to happen. This Hillary supporter is voting McCain. It was her year and the media and her own party backstabbed her.

    McCain 08

    June 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. fred

    hillarys people arent to smart if they vote for mccain , i can tell you one thing hillary will never be pres. , because she will be the one that brings him down, all her backers dont want to vote for obama. her backers say they are democrats but they are not real democrats would never vote for mccain.

    June 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. The Big Picture

    The funniest thing about all of this is that we are all supposed to be educated adults with common sense and respect for kind. we claim to be the piliar of democracy and freedom. yet we all behave just the opposite. people wonder why the world holds such angst towards the US. well just look at what is happening right now. how can we expect other nations to want to adopt the concepts of freedom we preach when all we show them is disfunction and child like antics. this election will affect the WORLD as do all our elections. the right to vote is a beautiful thing. why must we all destroy what the founders of this country tried so hard to create. indeed it is a sad time for America if this is a mark of things to come.

    June 9, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Raise her UP in Nov

    To Marlie,

    Marlie... the write in vote does not apply in most states. Check out the rules for your state. Some states allow it. Others, HTC must file to be a write in. Some... NM, may give my HRC write in vote to Obama (the "formal party nominee)

    Movement to writein is online now. Check it out.

    All HTC supporters DO what you can to restore fair and honest primaries in our party. Do not let them set this hate and attack the other nominee until you bloody her strategy become the NORM for all future primaries.

    God bless you all. Follow your heart and your conscience and make your voice heard with your vote.

    June 9, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    The Hillary supporters that vote for McCain will be disrespecting Hillary and everything she stands for.
    McCain is truly ANTI-Women. And McCain's campaign has used many foul words when talking about Hillary. Wake up Hillary people – McCain is BAD!

    June 9, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. Florida voter

    GO MCCAIN 08!!!! I will never vote for nobama, NEVER!!! HILLARY 2012!!! Cant wait to see obama lose.

    June 9, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. YES WE CAN

    We all can change the ignorant and arrogant course of this country but only if we vote Democrat. McCain is not the answer. We need change and the Democratic party are the only ones offering it. McCain isn't even strong on the economy which is of imminent importance. Dow drops 400pts last Friday and oil up $16 dollars in two days and you want to vote for McCain to spite Obama. Voting on bitter emotions will really put the US in a hole.

    June 9, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. RC

    Strange behavior by some Hillary supporters. Switching to McCain out of spite is just wrong. It makes you look childish or insane. Obama is the only choice for better change.

    June 9, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. Paula

    CNN is obviously trying to help the Clintons before the Paul vs Clinton trial.Trying to force her on the Dems is going to backfire.The media needs to back off.They can't report on it and I'm sure they won't post this because they seem to want to yet again control the election results.The Clintons don't provide the change we need.I hear nobody saying they will vote for MCain so I don't believe these polls are truthful.My whole town is backing Obama.

    June 9, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. New Day

    Can someone please send me a link to anything where Obama or his campaign was disrespectful or sexist to Hillary? He said so many times that Hillary should stay in the race until the end that I thought he was a paid spokesperson for her. I understand Hillary supporter's claims about sexism in the campaign but ignorant people are all around us. Some are sexist and some are racist. its the reality of life. 21% in West Virgina said that they voted based on race. Those are startling numbers. I know that Obama got 90% of the black vote but, let me explain why that is different; some black people were voting FOR Obama because he was black, not voting against Hillary because she was white. I think its perfectly understandable for blacks to vote for Obama just as it is for women to vote for Hillary. But, to vote against Hillary because she is a woman or to vote against Obama because he is black is offensive.

    June 9, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. Mike in Scranton, PA

    This Hillary supporter, too, will be casting his vote for McCain in November! In fact, I just put my McCain bumper sticker on my car this morning.

    Sorry, Obama, supporters, but after all of your vitriolic comments over the past few months toward Sen. Clinton and her supporters - and your complete and total disrespect - I truly look forward to casting my vote for McCain. I cannot and will not support Barack "Present" Obama no matter how much you and the media continue to try to sell him.

    June 9, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. John Smith

    My fear is that Hillary attracted so many 'ignorant and uneduacted" voters that there is NO point for Obama to try to win these folks. These are the folks who put Bush in office, they are the folks who are high in debt, they are the folks who always vote against their personal short- and long-term interests!

    June 9, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Cortez

    This goes to show you our country is still races !

    Obama will win !

    June 9, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. Staying Home in NJ

    I'm just gonna stay home and watch on TV Mr. President McCain telling the women of America they have lost another right! That will show them dummycrats and fix Obama!
    Go McCane in 08!

    June 9, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. Uncle Sam

    Although not aligned with either party, I applaud those Democrats who are willing to break ranks to support Sen. McCain, placing national interest over partisan conformity. Especially when that candidate is a proven independent-minded leader who has demonstrated tremendous courage in both his military and political life to do what he believes is right for all Americans.

    Citizens for McCain '08

    June 9, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. joy

    matthew or sylvia, I sincerely do not think you are a true democrat. I am sorry, but the vein is not in you. How can a true democrate question that Obama is too young and inexperienced when MCcain, Chenney ,and Rumsfeld are the most experienced people in washington. look at what they have done to us(our country).
    MCCain has told you he dosen't know any economics. he doesn't know anything. I MUST TELL YOU SOME PEOPLE HAVE LOST A WHOLE LOT THIS PAST 7 YRS ie jobs,houses, divorce due to frustration at home and the last but not the least their DIGNITY. I want somebody that will move this country to a better place but here. My friend MCCAIN WILL NOT DO THAT, OBAMA WILL. And I am voting for him. Look deep in your heart and ask yourself what is the right thing to do? Please don't say in 2012 Clinton will run again. BECAREFUL what you do now may come back to hurt you

    June 9, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. Chipster

    McCain supporters: Forget about it!

    Democrats will be united in November and toss out the Republicans in the White House, Congress, and Senate! Our Constitution is in shreds but we'll BYOT (bring our own tape) to put it back together. We'll restore our national reputation for justice, opportunity, and liberty. No one who supports Clinton or Obama could possibly vote for McCain or any of the Republicans who have allowed corporate thieves to destroy our environment and economy. The incompetence alone would get them all fired from any normal job.

    Democrats Unite! We must have a Democratic White House but also a majority of Democrats in the House and Senate. End the filibuster that prevents us from restoring our national reputation.

    June 9, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. Phil-Little Rock

    Print this, CNN, if you dare: the Clintonazis will ALL vote for Obama when November rolls around. They may be angry, but a few of them aren't stupid.

    OBAMA 08

    June 9, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Mohamed

    What is that the Republicans has done that made this country stand strong????? nothing nothing nothing. We are $9 trillion in dept, US's reputation in the world is dwindling, The Dollar is weakening, our brothers and sisters are dying on daily basis in Iraq and Afganistan...!!!!!?????? if you want this country to become the beaming light in the eye of the world. it is time that we change the blood and the policies of Washington. in the past presidential elections. Democrats only took the house 3 times out of those 10. Clintion Supporters, if you want change, this the time. if you really are pure and sanctified democrat, then vote for democrats. otherwise, the future of this country is in your hands. friendly reminder. !!!????

    June 9, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. USA for McCain '08!

    Paul; do me a favor, watch a debate yourself. Read the issues and study the issues of interest to the American. Then go vote for McCain! He's the only candidate that is capable of delivering for the better!

    June 9, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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