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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    June 9, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I think anyone or campaign that looks to the past for election trends to plan their strategy should take a look at the current Clinton campaign.

    Thanks to G.W. Bush, the American voter seems to have awakened to something that most politicians and pundits cannot fully define just yet. Whatever it is, Barack Obama seems to have found it, or is at least riding the wave of it.

    McCain seems to have caught the scent, and is on the hunt for it. This overture is still old politics, which some will embrace whole heartedly. My gut says most will weigh their options carefully and vote with their wallets, and not their hearts.

    Ironically enough, I think Pres. Bush is the actual cutting edge for this new breed of American voters.

    June 9, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Tom

    It is so funny to see people say that if McCain is in the White House oil will be $200 and gas $7. Guess what.....that will happen/not happen no matter who is in office.

    O say no to gas holiday but will send out more checks. It is the same as McCain and his gas holiday. Both are spend our tax money. How about both of them come out and say her is a flat tax of X% (let it be 10 to 25%) and everyone keep the rest of the paycheck. That would be something that would be new. That would be change.

    June 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Linda31

    Robert, I read that also. Very sad, McCain was running around on her and seeing Cindy before finally getting a divorce. I believe it said that they married a month after the divorce?

    Also Perot paid for her hospital bill after the accident. She did not want to worry McCain who was away at war. Perot now says that he is disgusted with McCain.

    June 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |

    June 9th, 2008 2:22 pm ET

    Voters have little doubt as to who is benefitting from the media coverage this year—Barack Obama.

    Fifty-four percent (54%) say Obama has gotten the best coverage so far.

    Twenty-two percent (22%) say McCain has received the most favorable coverage while 14% say that Hillary got the best treatment…


    Among unaffiliated voters, 44% believe reporters will try to help Obama and 14% believe they will try to help McCain.

    June 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  6. mike

    Love is the good word but in what your love about for this country's future is useless. You don't like O.? that is your right might be, but I quiet sure you don't like the failer of this storic country for nothing because just for his blackness............but he is the one form the day for change for the majorities not for the minority.......this is a 21st century not about a color or ....but the truth jugement and direction.

    June 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Nick - Arlington, VA

    Slected not Elected June 9th, 2008 2:42 pm ET

    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.
    -this is just patently false...do you have selective memory? before the primary began clinton herself was touting herself as the winner...the presumptive...she had all the money, all the endorsements, the great majority of superdelegates and the democratic machine....unfortunately she ran a poor campaign, she herself stated it would be over by super tuesday..it wasn't, she had no plan and lost 11 straight...that is the reality...the game was played by the rules and he won a majority of the superdelegates...stop this nonsense, for the good of our country.

    June 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Allan

    John McCain: opposes a woman's right to control her own body.
    John McCain: openly cheated on his first wife after a car accident left her disfigured, then dumped her for a rich heiress.
    John McCain: told jokes mocking Chelsea Clinton as "ugly" and suggested her mother and Janet Reno were lesbian lovers.

    But hey, if you think he's a better candidate than Obama, knock yourselves out.

    Meanwhile, Obama's 50-state voter registration campaign will make any such protest vote irrelevant.

    June 9, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. proud army and navy mom

    If they are stupid enough to vote against their own interest, i say let them. they must like to suffer. dummies

    June 9, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Hale

    There is nothing wrong for voting for McCain. Not unless as a woman you don't care about Rowe v.s Wade! He will take away a woman's right to choose and anyone who has the stomach for him, they sure can go ahead and vote for him. I won't be one of them. I was a Hillary supporter and am now proudly supporting Barack. Also vote for McCain if you are happy with your current economic situation because he sure won't be changing it anytime soon. Gas prices, school tuitions, health care costs, cost of food will keep on rising on McCain's watch because he will be the third term Bush and his policies. So if you have been financially OK over the past few years, of course you should vote for McCain but if you are suffering, you would be much better off with a democrat in the WH. I would have loved it to be Hillary but since it won't be happening, I'd cast my vote for Obama. People are free to make up their minds. If they will get distracted by the crap they throw at Obama and not vote for him then so be it, they will be the ones who will be suffering under McCain. I'd say let it be.

    June 9, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. sarah

    this doesn't suprise me at all. im an independent who doesn't give a flip about the dems but i have benn watching these blogs quite a lot and i cannot believe how arrogant and hateful the obama zealots are. they call clintons supporters ignorant uneducated racists and every other foul thing and then expect these folks to jump on the obama bandwagon instantly. what were these idiots thinking? they needed these people to even get close to winning in nov. oh well, good job obamacans! welcome to the white house president mccain. at least he gives clinton fans the respect they deserve.

    June 9, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |

    Misogynists Beware! The Women are Talking

    Well, boys, you’ve really gone and done it this time. You managed to spew vile sexist comments at a shockingly unprecedented level. With the charge being led by the media, you injected your sexist hatred into every nook and cranny of this election process. Congratulations! Great work! The so-called journalists, the has beens of the DNC and the boys who held up signs that said “Iron My Shirt” and rudely interrupted political rallies have done it! We’re very grateful to you, we women are. You’ll never know how much.

    We’re grateful because you have started women talking with each other in a way we haven’t talked in years. We are talking like we have haven’t talked since the suffrage movement and since we had leaders like Susan B. Anthony or Alice Paul. We are talking like we haven’t talked since the National Organization of Women was born. We are talking like we haven’t talked since our mothers told us we could be whatever we wanted to be, even President of the United States. By the way, the dialogue and the support has been tremendous. We appreciate your help in the matter.

    So, thanks again, boys. This has been a long time coming. Women needed to start talking again. The talk is loud and will resonate for years to come. If you ever grow up into men, don’t come knocking at our doors. They won’t open. Your purpose in life has been served. You have managed to breathe new life into the Women’s Movement in this country.

    Hillary can still take this all the way to the Democratic Convention if she needs to. No matter who emerges the winner, though,

    the real loser in this Democratic Party debacle will be the boys who tried to run her off, and the girls who fell in line behind them

    . The real women AND the real men who are now standing together, newly aligned against sexism, will be the winners

    Ladies–we’ll be talking soon.

    June 9, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. Cameron

    As a Hillary supporter and Regan Democrat, I've recieved my calling back to the Republican Party. Obama does not exist nor will every exist as a legitimate candidate to me. To bad Hillary is such a devoted democrat, she would be a great independent candidate.

    Thanks CNN for letting me see the light .... Go John McCain '08!

    June 9, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Linda31

    Slected not elected – Aren't you forgetting about Obama's 18 million voters? Don't we count?

    June 9, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Doug R.

    I really didn't like any of the three candidates but will never vote for grandpa McCain. This man is not at all honest. He is misleading and deceptive.
    I wonder how many people who support McCain this election voted for him in 2000?? A bunch of nonthinking losers!!

    June 9, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. sincieer

    it is ashame that prejudice is still growing in the USA I guess it can never be piece sorry Martin they still dont understand

    June 9, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. David Peter

    Clinton junkies: If you all have the balls to vote McBush, then do it. But be prepared to live with your decision; there will be nobody in this country more hypocritical and treacherous than the likes of you. And real dems won't forget it.

    June 9, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  18. mya

    It's Obama v. McCain now so if you will vote for McCain whatever your reasons are, shouldn't you just go already?! No offence but whoever you vote for, i doubt it's going to be the end of the world. I will never vote for McCain but if he becomes president, so be it. Life goes on....

    June 9, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Disgusted in Oregon

    Hillary supporters who spout that they would vote for McCain are not listening to their candidate who they said they would follow. If you think that Barack stole this election from Hillary you are wrong. He won it. She lost it. Voting for McCain will guarantee that we stay in Iraq and fight longer. That the rich will get richer and that this economy (which he knows nothing about) will get worse.

    Stay home and do not vote!!!! Let Barack show you how it should be done. Don't spite the country that you live in because your candidate is not included in the race.

    June 9, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Michael, MI

    Hillary supporters, please do not be spiteful and vote for John McCain! Go to barackobama.com and read up on Obama, so you can realize that his policies are so in line with Hillary's. It would be a huge mistake to vote for McCain, he is the complete opposite of everything Hillary and Obama stand for! Please THINK about this and come to the right choice!
    MCBUSH must not win this time. The past seven years has been a disaster.

    June 9, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |

    Remember in November

    Remember in November

    Remember in November

    June 9, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. racism

    Let us call it what it really is. If they go to Mccain because they are hurt over Hillary's loss and He has no sound policies. IT IS RACISM AND LET THEM SAY THAT HONESTLY. What a shame !!! If they were really true democrats, they would fight with Obama – they are plain racist.

    June 9, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Why try 08

    There is no need to come and try to convince Hillary supporters to vote for Obama. The ones crossing over are disgruntle females who dislike Obama because he did not wait his turn and the woman lost out. They will never admit that Obama for all his inexperience ran a better campaign, raise more money and saw the importance of small states while Hillary strategy initially was to run off her husband's presidency. See that's why most women didn't get on board until Hillary started running on her own ability that empowerd her and made her the champion of women and small town america.

    So let those who will vote for McCain vote. But after a little time there will be some who will admit the greatest disservice to Hillary will be to act like she was a weak woman who was victimized.

    Because a victimized woman will never win over men to run a country because she seem weak and needs Bill's help. But a fighter who will do what she has to, now she got the respect of many men in this race.

    June 9, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Anita from Arizona

    These Clinton supportors are not basing their vote on the ISSUES!!! McCain will take my health insurance from my job away leaving me holding the bill with no guarantee the insurance companies will lower the cost. With Obama in office, he can ask Clinton for help with the health care issue. She has the best solution to that problem and other things as well.

    If I can't have a large helping of Hillary, can I get the Obama meal with a side of Hillary?? Yes We Can!!!

    June 9, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Julius above Montana

    I love it - the world is watching....

    June 9, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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