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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soundoff (404 Responses)
  1. SONIA4HILLARY

    I am bitter

    I am uneducated

    I am from rural america –and my vote is for JOHN MCCAIN

    June 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. THE WORLD IS WATCHING

    Hillery is a UNITER..........WHAT A JOKE

    SEE NOW THATS WHAT WERE TALKING ABOUT.......

    HOW CAN HILLARY BE A UNITER WHEN SHE DIVIDE OUR PARTY BY RACE/ GENDER ......USA HAS ENOUGH PROBLEM SURROUND RACE/GENDER WITHOUT HILLARY AND HER TWIST

    OBAMA 08

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

    IF YOU ARE A DEMOCRAT VOTE DEMOCRAT. THAT WHATS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY. PEOPLE DON'T STICK TO THEIR BELIEFS

    June 9, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Hard Working Martha

    I will bet you anything 75% of the Clinton supporters do not have clue what she's all about.

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

    No good Christian in their right mind would vote for Obama.

    I know I will not, and most in my Church will not!!

    Christians for McCain '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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

    McCain/Huckabee 08

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

    I'm Real not some kind of a plant.

    I'm a Conservative Patriot!

    With Hillary gone I have no other choice but to vote for McCain!

    I've been a registered democrat since 1972.

    This will be a first for me!

    McCain 08

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

    Will not vote Obama, unless Clinton is VP. Other than that "Mccain". 4 more years

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

    Your candidate lost fairly. Take it out on the world why don't you? These people are clearly natural republicans to begin with. If they want to join the losing minority to make a statement . . . let 'em go. I propose a maturity test instead of an age limit for voting rights from now on. This sort of resentment driven voting shouldn't determine the fate of the world.

    whaa! My candidate ran a bad campaign but should have won anyway! Whaa!! Obama must hate women. Whaa!!! If you can't change the rules, then it's not fair!!! Let's go McCain! Let's go McCain

    June 9, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Uncle Sam

    In listening to Sen. Obama and his surrogates, one invariably hears that John McCain is indistinguishable from Pres. Bush and that he supports a 100 years' war in Iraq. One would think that Team Obama could make their case without resorting to such underhanded tactics.
    But, then again, perhaps they can't.

    Citizens for McCain '08

    June 9, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. No More Clintons, CA

    Obama will need SOME of Clinton's supporters in general election, but, not ALL!

    The Clinton DEMAGOGUE have done a great job to stir up a group of Ferraro-like angry and bitter supporters. If they keep their minds closed, there is no need to waste time on them!

    There will always be groups like bitter Ferraro and fanatical evangelicals. They will never be happy unless it is their own way and only if they can figure out what they are really angry and bitter about their own lives! McCain can have party with those kind of people to form a core support!

    The Clintons have been the MOST POLORIZING political figures in recent history. They cannot be trusted.

    No VP to the Clintons! We do not need to have 3-Cheney-like Clintons in Obama administrations. Clinton baggage will drive out voters to vote against the Clintons if they are on any ticket!

    No more Clintons' drama and divisiveness!

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

    OBAMA WERE RIDING FOR YOU SO DONT LET THE OBAMA HATTERS GET TO YOU ANYBODY GOT ANY RAID FOR THESE ROACHES DONT WORRIE I HAVE SOME

    OBAMA 08

    June 9, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. 35 Southbound

    I really truly hope these "Clinton Supporters" are neocons trying to stir the pot. If not then this is sick. Clinton Supporters, if you want to vote for McCain based on the issues, please due, that's the way it works but then you must never have actually been Clinton Supporters. You would all being doing her and this nation a great disservice by voting for McCain, that would be against everything she believes and a selfish way to drive the direction of the country.

    Let us all remember, she was the front runner at one point, the person to beat, she had the money, she had the Superdelegates. She lost, that's what happens. The media, the DNC, it was not there choice, they didn't vote, she lost the game that she agreed to play. If you want to spite you neighbors, you son and daughters, Hillary herself, well I feel terrible for all of us.

    United Dems!

    June 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. SONIA4HILLARY

    Scripps Survey Research Center poll shows that 25 percent of those who voted for Clinton in the primary said they would not vote for Obama.”

    Stats also point to that percentage rising…

    25% and growing…I hope they listen.
    HA HA HA

    DID OBAMA SAY "` i can get hill, supporters but the question is cAN SHE GET MINE""

    OH BOY "` DOES SOMEONE HAS FOOT IN THE MOUTH DISEASE"`

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

    ****
    ________US SNAPSHOT SINCE DEMOCRAT CONTROL 06:
    ________AGENTS FOR "CHANGE" WITH BUSH LAME DUCK:

    ________GASOLINE PRICES DOUBLED AND CLIMBING
    ________UNEMPLOYMENT RAMPANT AND GROWING
    ________VOTERS TOSSED FROM THEIR HOMES
    ________NEW TAXES PROPOSED
    ________NEW SPENDING BILLS PROPOSED
    ________ENDLESS WHINING & COMPLAINING
    ________ENDLESS FINGER POINTING
    ________ENDLESS HEARINGS
    ________ABANDONED; THE BUSINESS OF THE PEOPLE
    ________LABELED; THE DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS

    ________CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL RATING
    *********************** 10 % ****************************

    ________EXPECT MORE OF THE SAME

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

    Well, at least Hillary made her supporters crazy just like her family! LOL!!!! She did her job that I can tell you! LOL!!!!

    Go Hillary supporters! Go to Senator McCain!!! He loves you!!! LOL!!!

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

    I voted for Hillary because of her qualifications.

    Without Hillary, I will vote for McCain because of his qualifications.

    Obama does not have any qualifications!

    Get it? Good!!!

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

    When a Hillary supporter decide to vote for McCain, I think it shows selfishness. This is for your kids not you! I am a strong Clinton supporter and I will gladly vote for Obama. He learns fast. Before the election I thought he did not have enough experience but clearly his campaign showed judgment and a lot of LIFE EXPERIENCE.

    Go Obama and Hillary!

    June 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Country first party second

    CNN again this article was here before CNN is just changing the headlines around a little to get more people fuming. What is CNN trying to do, because Hillary is no longer in the race they just can't let it go.

    CNN NEWS FLASH SHE IS NO LONGER IN THE RACE. LEAVE HER ALONE AND QUIT TRYING TO STIR UP FEELINGS. YOU GUYS ARE WHAT HAS MADE THIS WHOLE THING A FARSE.

    June 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Man from NJ

    I will vote for Obama because I respect a woman's right to choose. I have sisters and I know it means a lot to them.

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

    McCain = Keating 5 = POOR JUDGEMENT. McCain's campagin was bailed out & paid for by LOBBYIST. If you want another 4-8 years of failed Republican policies, then vote for this candidate & his party but I hope you will consider a better approach for America and vote Democrat.

    June 9, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Joe, Northern Virginia

    All those people who are saying that they are Democrats but wont vote for a democratic nominee and are constantly blogging on here aren't Democrats but republicans who are trying to sow seeds of discord within the Democratic party. They are trying to turn Hillary's supporters against Obama. Just read their blogs carefully and you would realize that no true Democrat regardless of the nominee will vote for a Republican... because this elections isn't about a nominee; it’s about our values and ideology... it’s about our life and how we want it to be. Any decision made out of anger will very much be regretted one day... but it will be too late when that day comes. Think about it fellow Democrats!

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

    OBAMA IS A SELECTED CANDIDATE –SELECTED BY MEDIA/ MEN /DNC/

    Hillary '08, '12

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

    If you are voting for the person, God help you, but if you are voting for the issues that matter to you and your family your vote is a wise decision. However if you are still considering McCain, you better reevaluate..because it's the issues that matter.

    June 9, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Rich In Seattle

    Who cares about a womans right to choose! Who cares about the state of the economy and the war. Vote bitterness!!!!! Vote McCain!

    Let's let Hillary be the reason the Democrats don't win. That will go over really well for her if she wants to run in 2012. There shouldn't be any resentment.

    Get over yourselves. You are just making it harder for Obama to put her on the ticket.

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