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. NG in DC

    I will write in Hillary if she's not on the ticket. I will vote for her if she's on the ticket - whether it's the VP slot for McCain or Obama - with Hillary I have confidence.

    Obama should pick Clinton, not becasuse I want him to , but because no other running mate comes close to offering what she does.

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

    Mike (2:46 pm)

    Please don't preach to me, you sound like Obama.

    ...my initial point was proven...

    June 9, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    Clearly, you all don't get it. We supported Hillary because of her well thought solutions – we don't blindly worship famous people-that would be you.

    If her ideas and solutions have been rejected, we will go elsewhere.

    We won't be voting for Obama because Hillary tells us to. I know YOU do as you're told, but there really are some people who think out there.

    Not your cup of tea, I know..

    June 9, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. david

    ok clinton supporters,

    if your willing to overturn every value you believe in just because you're bitter, then we don't want you anyways...it just goes to show that you were not true Democrats to begin with...

    OBAMA '08

    June 9, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. McCain=the draft

    If Obama loses. Hillary will be blamed, and there won't be a 2012 for Hillary. She'll be done.

    June 9, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Clinton supporters for McCain, that'll be your loss!

    Clinton supporters voting for McCain isn't going to bring tears to Obama supporters, you can trust that.

    It proves that you support a candidate and not trying to make our country better.

    If you vote for McCain in November, then you're a republican. That's all there is to it.

    June 9, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. DJ, LA, CA

    Yeah good riddance traitors. McCain can have the lunatic fringe. I think most of them are really Republicans part of Operation Chaos, the rest are purely vengeful and fanatics.

    June 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Sidd

    To all of you who think voting for McCain is the solution to Hillary not being able to win the Democratic nomination, please start voting with your head. Unless you are racist, you are not making any sense at all!

    June 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Interesting

    Any woman who would throw away Roe v Wade by voting for McCain out of spite, is not worthy of being called a woman.

    If Roe v Wade is overturned it will be for the next 20yrs, not 4 yrs, because the appoints are for LIFE.

    When your daughters ask you Why? Tell them you were mad at the media.

    June 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Berat, Park Ridge, IL

    I hope all you people who will vote for John McCain just to spite Barack Obama are prepared for this country to bomb the crap out of Iran. I hope you're ready for women's rights to be set back a century (you know, back to when McCain was a boy). I hope you're ready to stay in Iraq until at least 2016, if not later. I hope you're ready to funnel what will eventually be $2.5 billion PER DAY for the GOP's wars abroad. And I hope you're rich, because that's the only way you're going to be able to get healthcare or affordable housing.

    Anyone who says they wanted Clinton but would vote McCain over Obama never cared about Hillary Clinton's issues. And in that case, the only logical conclusion is that they are racists. You want to prove me wrong? Tell me then, for what reason, other than the color of Obama's skin, would you back McCain if you agree with Hillary on the issues?

    June 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. One 66 old latina for McCain

    To the 58 old white ladies for Obama:
    Do you really, really believe Obama will delivered all his promises! I don't think so. This old lady from Florida will be voting for experience in November.

    June 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. shelly

    Remember Hillary Supporters a vote for Obama is a vote for our reproductive rights.

    June 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |

    ALL Dem voters should vote for republican candidate –JOHNMCCAIN



    HE SAID "` republicans have good ideas "`while he was trashing clinton legace everyehere -

    So since barack said –repubs have good idea - i might just follow his advice -–

    thx barack -

    June 9, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. please an answer?

    Someone tell Michelle to look at her own self before she scrunches up her hateful nose at Hillary Clinton.

    Hillary has actually worked and championed for ALL Americans.

    You trashed her.
    My conscience is clear, went against the hype and voted for HRC.

    Yes… I vote on the issues.

    All you Haters out there calling HRC supporters morons who would cut their nose off to spite their face and declaring that loyalty to the party trumps ALL else… Please e-mail Michelle Obama and remind her of party loyalty and the need to elect a Democrat, and about Roe vs Wade and the Supreme Court, and the blood spilling in the deserts of Iraq.

    BUT DARE NOT TO BULLY OR THREATEN US HRC SUPPORTERS WITH YOUR BIASED, HYPOCRITICAL INSULTS. You are just losing ( I’m sorry, the smart and educated say it ‘LOOSING’ votes from all us ignorant uneducated ‘LOOSERS’.

    June 9, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Richard, FL

    Hillary's supporters who now will vote for McCain should tell her remaining supporters why Hillary is not honest, should not be believed, and doesn't care for her country. Let them know why you don't trust her and her judgement and how you know Barack Obama better than she does.

    June 9, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Kelby from Houston, TX

    OH MY SWEET BLACK JESUS NO!!!! I am so angry at the bitter Clinton backers. How dare they abandon the Democratic party because she lost.
    My question is, Why were you supporting Hillary Clinton if you don't support what she believes in? Have you lost focus of what is important.
    Do you truly believe that Obama is incapable of doing the job?

    June 9, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. charles

    How by fooling them to believe he will give them gas holiday. which his own buddies are calling a joke and we call it a fools idea.if they fall for grandpa they will be just comfirming wat we already know that they are uneducated and easily fooled. l hope they are not wat they have been said to be.

    June 9, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. ???

    Go ahead Hillary supporters, vote for McCain, this is what will happen:

    -It'll make Hillary look bad if she lost to the loser of the GE and will cast SERIOUS doubts on her electability

    -We will be fighting the Iraq War for at least the next 4 years

    -There will be more conservative judges in the Surpreme Court

    -Obama supporters will remember this and vote against Hillary next time she runs.

    -Did I mention it'll make Hillary look bad? She may need to start looking for another job, all because of your pettiness.

    Now ask yourself if it's really worth it.

    June 9, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Think

    It is pathetic that someone who supported Hillary would vote against everything she has stood for for her entire life!

    You people are simply wrong.

    It's America you whiny crybabies- it's about compromise. There is no conspiracy- we all agreed on the DNC rules at the beginning!

    Vote McCain if you believe in his ideology. If you hold Hillary's values dear and vote for him, you have issues not too be solved here- do seek help soon.

    June 9, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |

    Is obama gonna take public funding like he said in the begginning of the elction ??

    or –no-flip-flop

    June 9, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. McCain = Cheney

    Yes, Clinton supporters are angry. Just as angry as I would be if the superdelegates changed the rules of the game.

    Republicans have trashed our Constitution. Spent more of our money, built a bigger government, and got us into Iraq forever.

    Yeah, get back at Obama and his supporters by voting for Cheney.

    Whoops, I meant mccain.

    June 9, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. Anita from Arizona


    Are you part of the GOP spin machine? Come on you can admit it. How much is the GOP paying you? Do you have health care?

    June 9, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. Mark

    She's been campaigning for McCain since February anyways, so it's no big surprise that many of her supporters would back McCain. It makes me nervous too, but I hope many of her supporters let go of their personal
    feelings and understand that McCain will send their children and grandchildren off to die in Iran.

    The Republicans have loved what Hillary has been doing for the last 4 months, and I hope now for the next 4 months she can make them hate her again and work for the party that supported her for so many years, and not the Republicans who so gleefully destroyed her and her husband in the 90's.

    June 9, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Matthew

    This isn't about spite. For many Clinton supporters, it's about experience. We may not agree on everything McCain says or does, but we know we can trust him to lead our country during some very difficult times. He has the experience to fall back on. Obama claims repeatedly that he has better judgment, but without long term experience, how can you claim to have demonstrated judgment? Obama is too young and too inexperienced to hold the most powerful office in the world at a time of war and economic crisis.

    June 9, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Frank

    Reverse racism in this country must be destroyed, at any cost!!! I hope women, black and white, who expect men to help them with their cause will also have to recognize this fact. No sexism, no racism, and certainly no reverse racism!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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