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. Joe

    all of you who are claiming Mccain would be more of the same for the economy .. need you be reminded the congress makes the real decisions about the economy and who is in control of congress ??? DEMOCRATS ... enough said blame them for the failed economy.

    June 9, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. MD

    Beg, borrow, and steal. (Bush's current domestic and foreign policy)

    How Republican of McCane.

    June 9, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Slected not Elected

    The obama's campain is spending milloins on paid bloger to get Hillary's vote. Ain't gonna work, "NO WAY JOSE".

    June 9, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Anita from Arizona

    Still don't have an answer as to WHY your switching to McCain of you supported Hillary.

    June 9, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Debbi

    Ahhhh....excuse me

    If you are upset that Hillary didn't win, instead of voting for more of the same with McCain, why not vote independent??

    That way you can actually say that if McCain gets in, you had no hand in it because you didn't vote for him and you can walk away with your head held high.

    June 9, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. TL

    Yah right. Until the day that we have the way to verify posters' identity and party affiliation, we will never know if those anti-Obama sentiments are real. After all, I don't know how many 18 million votes Clinton got are from Rush Limbaugh.

    June 9, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Sam

    I have been a republican all my life and I have to say that I am outraged that the GOP stole the nomination from Mitt Romney and gave it to Mccain. I will never vote for Mccain. Come November I and all my fellow Romney supporters will be voting for Obama. Sorry Mccain, you are NOT qualified to be president.

    June 9, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Generation X

    And don't forget HRC supporters, now we have to pay off the debt she left behind because most of her supporters are cheap!

    Obama Supporters- Don't respond to their threats, they are only speaking for the 25% that won't vote Obama. We can make that up by bringing more people in like me, first time voter or just let McCain be McCain and let the flood of pissed off Republicans jump ship! Don't let the "do nots""can nots" let you down, we will win!

    June 9, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Yolanda Diaz

    No Obama for me

    June 9, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. aware

    I am totally disillusioned with the Democratic party this year. But, I always vote for the person who would be the best president in the general election.

    This time the best candidate was Hillary Clinton but the current extreme left-wing Democratic party and media demolished her! So, now, McCain, the American hero and centrist candidate, more in touch with mainstream America is the best candidate!

    This disillusioned Democrat, leanining Independent, will vote for McCain! :)

    June 9, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. YES WE CAN

    Nobody had experience being the president until they become president. Stop harping on experience. When was McCain or Hillary president before?....umm how about never. JFK, Reagan, FDR, Washington, Clinton, Carter....yea none of them had experience of being president until they were. And actually no president has had experience being president until they became president.

    Pick the candidate that will move America forward.

    June 9, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Soul before party

    Platform before popularity.

    Candidate before Hype.

    Party before allegience to one candidate.

    But SOUL before loyalty to Party.

    LADY LIBERTY OR DEATH.

    June 9, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  13. not this time

    americans can be so gullible it's pathetic-

    but not this time

    i'd bet that most of these TYPES IN CAPS I'LL NEVER VOTE FOR OBAMA GO HILLARY internet strangers are republican operatives anyway- probably the same four or five people with too much time on their hands

    democrats, indies, disaffected republicans: don't believe the hype, and focus on actual issues that affect us all

    don't participate in this media-sponsored mind control experiment

    June 9, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Carey, Richmond, KY

    I am appalled to hear democrats say they will vote for McCain. And the Rowe V Wade issue is minor compared to the issues on the economy, healthcare, energy, etc. Think with your brain and let time heal the wound in the heart.

    Our children are the ones we should be thinking about. Revenge never solves anything. Is that not what we teach our children? Do we not teach our children that our actions have consequences? What kind of role model are you setting for our children and grandchildren?

    Seek out each candidates plan and decide.

    I proudly support Barack Obama as the next President of the United States.

    June 9, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Penelope

    51 percent. Get over yourself. The only reason you have any rights is because of you mothers and grandmothers and yes people like Hillary who held up the FDA approval to get the morning-after pill for general use. As if you haven't been handed enough from our efforts. Sorry, we don't need rock star, and maybe if you actually have to go out and fight for you own rights, you'll learn something. One more question-if all you young intelligent people are so smart, why do you need Roe v. Wade? Can't you figure out how to use one of the many types of birth control?

    June 9, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. Bryan

    I understand great disappointment by Hillary supporters but I completely fail to understand support for McCain. There platforms are complete opposites.

    Illogical people.

    June 9, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. aware

    I am totally disillusioned with the Democratic party this year. But, I always vote for the person who would be the best president in the general election.

    This time the best candidate was Hillary Clinton but the current extreme left-wing Democratic party and media demolished her! So, now, McCain, the American hero and centrist candidate, more in touch with mainstream America is the best candidate!

    This disillusioned Democrat, leaning Independent, will vote for McCain! :)

    June 9, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. JohnK

    It is just hilarious, the republicans have always despised Hillary, now that they need the votes are "for her", lucky for them that Hillary followers blinded by hate are the perfect puppets.

    June 9, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. my hero

    No NOT McCain.

    Hillary.

    Anything but Obama now in protest to the terrible, slanderous, hurtful, hateful treatment of HRC.

    No to swiftboating your own party's BEST hope and most qualified Candidate.

    June 9, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Barack the Vote in RI

    I think it's pretty pathetic and sad to throw your country under the bus so to speak, embracing a candidate who embraces war, openly acknowledges that "the economy is not one of his strong suits" endorses 95% of Bush's policies and stands for everything Hillary, Barack and all Democrats speak out and fight against – simply because your particular candidate loss the election. I'm sure your loyalty should be applauded but at this point, many of you HRC supporters are bordering on the insane and are acting like you need professional help.

    June 9, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. Cindy

    McCain is trying to sweettalk Hillary's supporters on the rebound. It's really distasteful, watching this sort of pandering. I really really hope they don't fall for it... but, I won't hold my breath. People vote against their interests all the time, unfortunately. And that's how we got Bush for 8 years.

    June 9, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. YES WE CAN

    NEW DAY...I Love your comment

    June 9, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. SDunn

    I hope that Hillary declines the write in vote. You all will be sorry for your McCain vote. You're only hurting yourselves and your family. You're not hurting Obama or Hillary because they've got money and they're set for life. You're voting against your own interests. Also, Hllary lost because of what happened during her campaign. She ran out of money quickly and her staff was fighting amongst each other. She ran a good campaign but Obama's was more organized. The media in my opinion blasted Obama more than Hillary. They followed Hillary's every lead regarding the Bitter comment, Ayers, Rev Wright, etc. The media discussed obama's scandals for months! They only talked about Bosnia for a week. Obama never brought up any of her past scandals and rubbed them in her face. This was Hillary's campaign to lose and she lost fairly. Obama won fairly because people voted for him and not because of MSM. Hillary is not even including Obama's caucus states that he won in her pop vote tally. You all believe everything that she tells you whether it's false or not. Go to fact check.org about her popular vote tally. But the fact of the matter is Hillary is a brilliant woman and she ran a great campaign. If she would've fired Mark Penn earlier she might have pulled this thing out, but she didn't. She lost fair and square and now it's time to support our nominee and focus on McCain.

    June 9, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. nnate, OH

    This race has been frustrating to both sides of the primary season, so it is not uncommon for fellow supporters to insult one another. This created a rift starkly evident in the last few primaries and the DNC Rules and Bylaws committee. For the Obama camp it was the forestalling of the inevitable, for the Clinton camp, the remaining primaries were a remaining hope that Clinton would be the nominee, or at least regain at least some part of her dignity.

    To Clinton supporters,
    Obama was stemmed as a racist, elitist, and sexist when there was few or no evidence of these accusations. He was also convicted of stealing the election, when he was merely following the rules of the DNC. Before you cast in your ballots, take a look at him as a person, and see how far he has come in America.

    To Obama supporters,
    It would be in your best interest to give Clinton supporters their space and respect, no matter how frustrating the season was. She had a great second half at the primary season, proving her mettle as the president of the US. She had the support of 18 million voters, for many other reasons besides just voting against Obama.

    The first step of unity is mutual respect. Be objective in choosing your candidates and you will vote well.

    America 2008

    June 9, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. MD

    It should be simple. Clinton supporters sound like they are "threatening" not to vote for Obama. Ok, fine. DON'T. WHO CARES? If you choose to exercise your democratic right to cut your nose to spite your face, then go ahead and do it. Just stop blogging about it.

    You all are beginning to sound like the person you were supporting. Whinning didn't get Hillary anywhere, and it isn't going to get her supporters anywhere either.

    Sure, Obama would like Hillary supporters' vote, but I don't think he should beg for it.

    I think Hillary's supporters are feeling a false sense of power, and are milking it. ENOUGH ALREADY. DO WHAT YOU WANT. JUST STOP TELLING US ABOUT IT.

    June 9, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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