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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soundoff (404 Responses)
  1. lil

    If you vote for some one because you are mad you will end of very

    There are four oceans of differences between Hillary and mccain.
    Vote you wallet your gas tank but not your anger.

    DEMOCRATES 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Tired of Idiots

    All of you are idiots. How come you would rather vote against your interest for the sake of "experience" not remembering Bill Clinton had no "experience". Why don't you all just tell the truth and say what the real reason is why you won't vote your INTEREST.

    June 9, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA







    June 9, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Juan

    And there are a lot of us that will NEVER vote for Oblahblah, that bag of wind!

    June 9, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Hillary Supporter for Obama

    I can't really believe that supporters of HRC would actually vote for McCain. If you want the repeal of Roe v. Wade, extension of the Patriot Act, more runaway spending with nothing to back it up, and LOTS more American money and American lives going to Iraq, then go ahead and vote McCain. Hillary supports Obama and so do I. Guess maybe you don't really care what HRC thinks after all.

    June 9, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Jeri

    Obama team also reaches out for Hillary supporters!! Go take as look.

    June 9, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. nick


    Former Clinton backers/never Obama Backers/Present MCCAIN BACKERS!!!

    June 9, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Clinton Supporter

    HILLARY CAN'T STOP US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    GOODBYE OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!

    HELLO PRESIDENT MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WE CAN YELL ALSO 58 old white ladies for OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    June 9, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. tj

    Hillary supporters should vote for McCain. What have they got to lose, the DNC turned their backs on her and her supporters so why should they be loyal to the democratic party. McCain is the next best thing.

    June 9, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. bridgette

    Obama was not selected he was elected. Hilary was trying to use the SuperDelegates as well. I think that this will be my last response on this story. When you do vote for McCain, don't complain when things stay the exact same or gets worse. Obama did not steal this election. I know you don't want to believe that, but, he didn't. But we do know who stole the first election and that would be George Bush. So you are telling me you are against Obama who won playing by the rules put in front of him, but, you would vote for the party that stole the election in 2000. This is why women can't be President, maybe we are too emotional and shouldn't have that kind of power. Because most of you are sounding really emotinal and irrational. The person that has the closet policy too the person you voted for you won't vote for him, but, you will vote for person that believes in the exact opposite that you believe in. How silly. Please ladies do me a favor and grow up.

    June 9, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Joe M

    Get over it! Despite the Clinton campaign's constant harping, they did not win the popular vote. They also didn't win the delgate count. Nothing was stolen. Hillary chose not to strongly compete in Iowa and the caucus states unti it was too late.

    Those of you who threaten to vote for McCain out of spite dishonor her great effort. Do you really want to send more of your kids and grandkids to Iraq? Do you really think an 18.5 cent "gas tax holiday" is going to solve our fuel problems? Do you really want as many as three Supreme Court Justices to be so right wing that individual rights will be further erorded? Do you want "back alley" life threatening abortions? The list goes on and on.

    Linda 31 you hit it. Also, I take Senator Clinton at her word that we must have a Democratic President. Why this minority of disaffected Clinton supporters wants to trash everything she fought for is beyond me, but, hey, they have to examine their consciences, not me. Seriously, think long and hard about what you are doing.

    June 9, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |



    June 9, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. tidho

    anyone that really want' Clinton to be President for a legitimate reason won't vote for McCain.

    If they were only voting for her because she's a woman or because Barrack is black then its a different story. It would be interesting if Clinton supporters that aren't voting for Obama would exlain which it is.

    June 9, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Mike, ATL

    I don't understand this statement "If no Clinton, then McCain!" I don't care who you vote for just for something meaningful. This is childish. What are you basing your vote on? What a waste of a vote. Vote on substance and the issues.

    June 9, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. MelEll

    To the women who supported Hillary Clinton who value their reproductive rights, remember that a vote for John McCain will be a vote for a more conservative Supreme Court, and a possible repeal of Roe v. Wade.

    To the people who supported Hillary Clinton who want our troops to come home in a smart and responsible way, a vote for McCain will do the opposite – keep our troops in harms way.

    Look at the issues and you'll see that on many of the issues, Clinton and Obama are very, very similar. If the personality of Obama bothers you, get beyond that and listen to his message. If the color of his skin bothers you, close your eyes and hear him speak. He has the answers.

    It's time for a change, not another 3rd term of Bush.

    June 9, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Cynthia - Arkansas

    For anyone who supported Hillary to say they would vote for McSame is nuts. If you supported Hillary, then you can only honor her by continuing her fight for a better country. I think there are a bunch of Republicans out there, saying they are Hillary supporters just to stir up discontent like they always do.

    June 9, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Will in Richmond, VA

    A vote for McCain is against the interests of any Democrat, and any American. I still haven't seen any evidence of reason behind most so called McCain democrats saying they won't vote for Obama. Obama believes and will enforce everything that he said he would and most everything that Hillary said she wanted, while McCain is just another Republican. And yet, they're saying they'll vote for McCain?


    June 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Kareem Rashad From Hampton, Va

    Well in my opinion to vote for McCain is a slap in Hillary's face!! He is against everything she stands for! Secondly, Im still not worried because for every Hillary Supporter that votes for McCain there are 2 republicans voting against him! Why do you think he's "coming after you" in the 1st place!!

    June 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Steve

    Vote for the person you think is right for the job. If you vote for spite, you will reap the seeds you sow. Go ahead, vote for McCain.

    When you can no longer pay your bills, congratulate yourself on having voted for a Republican. When you have no healthcare, congratulate yourself for having voted for a Republican. When fuel is $7.00 a gallon (don't laugh) congratulate yourself for having voted for a Republican. When your son or daughter gets drafted, goes to yet another war, and comes home in a box, congratulate yourself for having voted for a Republican. When your rights to your own body are denied, when your rights to fair treatment under the law, and your rights to a fair trial are no longer yours, congratulate yourself for having voted for a Republican.

    Vote for who you want to, but you should never, ever again snivel like you are snivelling now. You will be living the life you voted for.

    June 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    I have a Question for all of you saying McCain wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years. Do we Have troops in Germany? What happened after we liberated Afghanistan from the USSR and pulled all troops and support from that country?

    June 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Bryan

    Its just comical how people will ignore their beliefs in favor of a hissy fit. John McCain is in direct conflict with everything Hillary Clinton stood for, and fought for, a vote for McCain isnt just a vote againt Obama, its a vote AGAINST Hillary Clinton as well. What kind of person ignores the issues? Your everything whats wrong with this country, your the reason for the last 8 years! Obama and Hilllary were almsot idenical on every issue, you supported Hillary ideals, why stomp all over Hillary Clinton and the Party she repersents? Do you think HILLARY wants you to ignore the issues, and vote against her?

    June 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. matt

    I think its better that they leave and vote for Mccain. Democrats done need neo-con nazis in their party anyway. Obama will still win without their votes.

    June 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Independent

    To: all the people who is saying Obama is too inexperience for the job

    If Obama is too inexperience for the job, then why Republicans didn’t put Dick Cheney on the nomination ballot? He would have been perfect fit according to you guys. He has about 7 ½ year of experience as no. 2 position of the country. H could perfectly run the for another 100+ years and add another trillion dollars of deficit to our economy.

    Obama might not have prior the experience to run a country but he has courages, positive ideas and attitudes to give us a fresh start. As he mention in his speech “I am not going to say what you want to hear, I am going to say what you need to hear. Together we can build a strong country.”

    June 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Les-Wa

    MSM and so called "EXPERTS" don't have to wonder anymore. Many of us Hillary supporters will rain McCain with our votes. WE ARE MODERATE TO CONSERVATIVE DEMOCRATS.

    WE are what you people in the media and political spinmeisters call REAGAN DEMOCRATS. Ultra liberals and elite especially those who has bladder accident while in school when a lot of us are already at the campaign trail for the Democractic Party can vote to for Obama. We, Reagan Democrats don't have a second to spare with a MARXIST like Obama.


    June 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |

    OBAMA ""Hillary you are likeable enough""`

    well MR WAFFLES --

    June 9, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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