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. Caryn, WDC

    I understand that a lot of Clinton supporters are upset about Hillary's loss. Voting for McCain will only undermine all of her hard work. Besides things will look very different in 2012, there's no way to predict the political climate or ensure that she could win then either.

    Voting for McCain isn't punishing Barack Obama or helping Hillary Clinton. These two politicians are millionaires and they'll be fine no matter what happens.

    Please think about the country. I CAN NOT afford 4 more years of Republican leadership. I didn't do anything to you...please don't use your vote to harm my future.

    June 9, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. unions are not stupid

    Hey everyone listen Mc Cain has no shot at a sizable portion of Hillary supporters. He stands for everything they are against the ones posting there hate mail on here well take it like this either they are racist and would not vote for a black man and we knew there would be some or they are republican snakes trying to keep us separated.

    Hillary and her campaign made mistakes! that is why she is not the nominee! no ones else to blame but herself.

    I am an Obama supporter but have just max out my donation to Hillary I am a American first! Democrat second! All should try to see the big picture we have alot of young people and alot of uneducated people involved this year and it is hard to try and bring these guys up to speed on the big picture of politics . I have been working in the cycle for over 45 years yes I remember Dr kings speech and I remember the civil right movement I also remember standing on the tracks as bobby Kennedy 's body came in by train for those of us who were there he too was a man with a vision and hope for this country and I fully believe Obama embodies that vision and is a product of that great work. It is so sad to see these Hillary supporters like Brian from TN who apparently knows nothing of the process and continues to post trash on here everyday.

    June 9, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Marjorie

    Hillary, Hillary, Hillary or MCCAIN

    June 9, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |

    OBAMA SAID IN PRIMARIES "" become democrat for a day "`he was talking to repubs who hATED HILLARY –SO THEY CAN VOTE FOR OBAMA TO TAKE HILL OUT -

    SO MCCAIN --

    U SHOULD HAVE A AD SAYING ""become repub for a day "`

    because we love to take obama out ,,,

    June 9, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Unknown

    This is real nonsense! Don't worry...those of you who will support McCain will be the first one to start crying. I guess you don't have a son or daughter in Iraq. Or your car does not run on gasoline and you have a multi billion dollars insurance.....

    June 9, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Anton

    To all those nay-sayers to McCain...I would trust McCain rather than somebody who hasn't shown the U.S what he can do. Remember the last time the U.S. voted liberal, we got more involved in Viet Nam...and remember it was a Democrat who recently suggested that the Draft be reinstated, so don't be surprised that a draft will be reinstated, should Obama win.

    June 9, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. slokipoki

    Obama never! We have a bad leader now why vote in another? If not Hillary then McCain.

    June 9, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. aaron from minneapolis


    Do not vote for McCain. If McSame wins we'll have another lame duck president and nothing will be done about global warming. this election is about our children's childres and the survival of millions of species.

    We are currently running at a 1000 times the normal extinction rate.

    Obama's and the democrat's global warming goals are a 1000 time loftier then McCains. The planet can not afford a republican in office anymore!

    June 9, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Norb

    You go John! McCain/Lieberman/Keating 08!

    June 9, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. brain

    The media should stop dividing us!

    June 9, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Sandi

    As disappointed as I am having been a Hillary supported even before Day 1, voting for McCain is just not the right answer. We cannot afford four more years of war, artifical tax cuts, not being able to afford to take care of our own because of how much money we are spending elsewhere and the overwhelming deficit Bush is leaving us with. Most important of all, we cannot afford any more stacking of the Supreme Court......Hillary brought tears to my eyes on Saturday as she spoke, it make take me some time to be 100% behind Obama, but vote for him I will...it's in the best interest of all of us....

    June 9, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Nick

    Nooooooooo waaaaaaaay Obama.
    McCain 2008

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

    I am a Hillary supporter that will vote for McCain. We need a true American in the White House. That's my choice. I have always voted Democrat but they have lost my vote.

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

    It seems very odd to me that people like Sonia4Hillary are so short sighted. Hillary lost. Sad but true. When she lost, she told everyone to vote for Obama. Why? Because Hillary knows that with a Democrat in the White House, she can continue to work to accomplish the things she wants to get done with much more power and influence. With McCain in the White House, she will basically be ignored.

    I understand you are angry that Hillary lost, but don't throw the entire Democratic Party out with the trash just because she isn't going to be President. By getting Obama into office, you'll give HIllary the chance to work as part of his team to get good things done. She shouldn't accept VP, because it's largly a ceremonial office. She SHOULD be on his Cabinet (and he most likely will put her there, where she can do the most good).

    PLEASE don't throw Hillary's chance to continue to do good work away just because you're a petulant idiot! Just throw your tantrum, get it over with, and use your head for a change.

    June 9, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. thinkaboutit

    Clinton is out so I my vote now goes to McCain.

    June 9, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Bella from Florida

    Many people like myself are very hurt. Hillary was mistreated and disrespected during the Primaries.I blame the media for all this.I am unmotivated now to even vote.I will write in Hillary's name on my ballot if I even vote.

    June 9, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. rumpusgoopus

    Keep it up, Hillary supporters. Each and everyone of your irrational tantrums help make it so that Hillary will never again have a chance for higher office.

    June 9, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Becky in Indiana

    If you are a democrat than vote for a democrat. Why vote for a 3rd term Bush just because Hillary Clinton didn't win the nomination. Personally, there were two great democrats running and it has been narrowed down to one. McCain is the worst choice for a democrat to possibly make. Don't let hate motivate your vote!

    June 9, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. sincieer

    Obama has been attacked on many fronts even from his own party .He was even attacked by Hillary and he stilled just smiled and congradulated her now He is trying to bring the party togather and it seems they wont budge just like the color of his skin wont budge his skin color is such a problem they would rether join the devil

    GO Obama 08 dont quit Martin Luther didn't

    June 9, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Nikki, Florida

    How about everyone looks at the ISSUES.

    If you BELIEVE that McCain will be GOOD for this country, by all means vote for him.

    If you're doing it out of spite, you're a petty person whose opinion is inconsequential.

    Vote for the ISSUES!!! Vote for America!!!!

    June 9, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |


    Any of you want free delegates ??

    ask obama how --

    June 9, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Sue

    Our American ladies know the difference between truth and myth - that's why they will vote for Sen McCain. Obama is an empty suit offering great despair for our entire country.

    June 9, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Nia

    Hillary could end it with a statment along the lines of:
    "Belive in Obama the way that you've belived in me. We both want to see the best for this country and our families. To go against that buy voteing for policys oposite of our own goes against everything i've fought for" something to that extent...
    The sad part about all of this is Hillary is spart enough to know that that's what she would need to have said Saturday and going forward. But in thinking of hereself and the possiblity of 2012, or a possible Obama gaffe, she won't.
    I think her supporters really need to get over it already and stop thinking of only themselves like little children. What is the idiotic thought process to vote for someone oppostite of the core values you belive in out of spite?!
    Also pushing the VP slot on Obama is not a good thing or a dream ticket. Given the Clinton high negatives and political baggage it would be a nightmare ticket.

    June 9, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Lorenzo Clemons

    Hey people did you ever thing this whole Hillary for McCain thing through? These people who are going to vote for McCain were in McCain's camp all along. They only wanted Hillary to win, so that they can support McCain. I find it very interesting that no one finds it simply acceptable to say "white America" will not vote for Obama. This is true for a segment of the population, however many good clear thinking White Americans have already voted for Obama and will do so again. Just a reminder, the African-American community has voted for people like Hillary and other Democrats for years. We in Chicago saw a lot of white people defect to a third party to elect a McCain like candidate named Bernard Epton. In fact the slogan was: "Epton before it is to late." Well some fair minded people of all races made it possible to elect the first Black Mayor for the city of Chicago – Harold Washington. I might add that Chicago is still standing and is greater then ever and may host the 2016 Olympics. America does not have to buy into "Fear the Black Man". In fact the first Blacks to move into any neighborhood work overtime to make sure they do better then the neighbors because they know that they will be held to a higher standard. Obama knows he will be held to a higher standard, so I am sure this will probably be one of the greatest Presidential Sessions ever. Fear what will happen if we don't have Obama in the "People's House". God Bless America and God Bless the Obama Family!

    June 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Becky


    Please knock it off. You're going to give yourself an ulcer with all that hatred brewing inside of you!

    Enough with the blame game, already...Hillary lost beacuse she and her staff made bad decisions....period. Stop trying to point the finger elsewhere. IT'S OVER, and we have a superior leader that even she supports!

    So, I suppose you support our kids dying in Iraq for potentially another one hundred years? You gonna send your kids over there? And you support ignoring global warming and never becoming TRULY energy independent? And you are okay with poverty consuming this country...gas prices so high that no one can drive to work, nor buy food? You support women's rights being TRAMPLED/reversed for possibly another eight years?

    One more question for you... if you plan to vote this way , HOW DO YOU/WILL YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT?!

    You are NOT a Democrat, ma'am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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