June 9th, 2008
02:25 PM ET
6 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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  1. Anna

    ALL Hillary supporters who vote for McCain:

    Your hate for Obama is more than your love for Hillary.
    Infact, you guys supported Hillary because you hate Obama.
    Your hate is so much that you are ready to feel pain for 4 more years.
    Your hate is so much that you can see your kids suffer without food and health insurance.
    Your hate is so much that you are ready to pay 5, 10, even 15$ a gallon of gas.
    You'll do anything for your HATE.

    HATE HATE HATE, is that all you got?

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

    Pathetic, all you Hillary supporters are so superficial, you didn't care at all about issues, you just wanted a woman to win. Now since she lost, you whine about unfair treatment instead of focusing on issues.

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

    YES WE WILL NO HILLARY IN 2012 IF OBAMA DONT MAKE IT IT BECAUSE OF HER IT WILL BE OBAMA THAT WILL RUN 2012 NOT HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. gina

    what is the difference voting for McCain and obama???hahaha. obama doesn't know what he's getting into!!!!! he's so inexperienced!!!!my GOD, realize this, or who's going to do the job for him and get him out of trouble?? 3 years in the US Senate??? Give me a break. I WILL NEVER EVER IN MY LIFE WILL VOTE FOR obama!!!!!!!! EVER EVER EVER , THE PARTY IS NOT GOING TO HEAL!!!!

    June 9, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. CN, Florida

    95% of those saying they will vote McCain are republicans in disguise !!!! They are trying to cause chaos and problems.

    June 9, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Proud1of 26% in WV

    ATTENTION DISGRUNTLED BUSH/McCAIN BACKERS REACH OUT TO OBAMA.

    June 9, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. I respect Hillary

    My vote is a vote of protest against the RAPING of a candidate just for running scenario we just witness.

    Even with the Celebrity bandwagon, the Oprah, the Kennedy family, the ENTIRE media against her, and the DNC and the Black Punditry, and the paid haters for Obama bloggers, and the race card (yes, that too- We REALLY believe that the Clintons- yes both of them- are racists- all evidence to the contrary).... SHE Still prevailed.

    Any doubters of her qualifications and character and dedication and principles still out there?

    Did the mocking and hate work?

    RISE, Hillary, Rise

    June 9, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Kris

    I think it is sad to see a few (women but most curtainly not all and older babyboomers) out there that would jump party lines just due to their canidate (Clinton) not winning the primary. There is little difference between the two and Obama is a hard core democrat just like Hillary. MCcain will move back the clock on America. Us Democrats are fickle and that is said. Most Republicans stand united even tho they dont care much for MCcain...very sad for our party

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

    A true Hillary supporter, will be with her all the way, doing what she has asked. If they are a true supporter of her and her ideas, they will vote for Obama.

    June 9, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Phil-Little Rock

    A message to all you Clintonistas who would support McCain now that Hillarious is out of the picture:

    To Hell with ALL you bitter,old hags. You'll vote for McCain/Bush Pt. III before you support your own party because your leader lost her way. Let's see how bitter you morons REALLY are when McCain stacks the Supreme Court with judges that will OVERTURN Roe v. Wade.

    Let's see how sorry you all are then.

    OBAMA '08/'12

    Hillary Clinton: Inmate # XQ4GFCF9-0698 (after the Peter Paul trial)

    June 9, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Scott, Lexington KY

    SONIA4HILLARY & others like her........

    Everything you're saying right now just comes off as sour grapes spewing, since it's just on the heels of Hillary's concession speech.

    To all Democrats: WHY ARE WE FIGHTING?

    To all Hillary militants: Obama got over 17 millions votes TOO. Stop acting like he didn't.

    Good grief people, get a grip. Listen to all the previous posts that tell you to ask yourself simple questions about policy. If you feel that Hillary was in line with your beliefs, then you should vote Obama. If you were voting for her more because you wanted a woman in the WH, then you need to re-evaluate what you believe in. That choice is gone for just the moment. You have to get over your emotions and get back to clear thinking. McCain or Obama - what policies do you buy? Hillary has made it clear what's important to Democrats.

    Stop your "I am woman, hear me roar crap." It's old and pathetic. Many of us champion a woman in power. Hillary would be 100x better than another republican. Too bad John didn't win it in 2000 – that was HIS turn. But stop the sour grapes.

    June 9, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Rebecca

    I have a question for you crazed,angry Clinton supporters......

    WHY are you punishing Obama for deciding to run for President against your candidate? I continue to hear "we'll vote against Obama & the DNC!" He had every bit of a right to run as she did...have you forgotten that??!! He won the election, and couldn't be farther from the villian you are portraying....what is WRONG with you?! He ran a remarkable, honest, respectable campaign. He faced a candidate that was nearly inevitable in the beginning, and gained more support than she. He is NOT the enemy here, folks!!!!!!

    Get your heads together, for goodness sakes!!!! You will all have blood on your hands if you cast you vote for McCain in the fall, and be be completely contradicting yourselves in the worst way....and I KNOW YOU KNOW THIS!!!!!!

    June 9, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    I hope and I pray that Obama does not get president. It has nothing to do with his race..but his beliefs. He would not make a good commander and chief, and the thought of what he would do to our military – just scares me. We don't need a quick pull out of Iraq, what we need is the job done and done well. Then our men and women can come home. I would have loved to see Mccain or even Clinton get it. Since, Clinton is out – It's time for Mccain, he has military expierence and I believe would really help put a change in our nation. Just because he is GOP doesn't mean it would be another 4 years of the Bush adm. Times are changing, but to me, Obama is not the man for president – I don't think he really supports America and could help her reach her full potential.

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

    I'm so done with this election, to me Hillary was the one and only. My vote is not going to Obama or McCain.

    June 9, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Ron Ft. Myers

    Obama supporters, did you ever consider that people that preferred Hillary just might prefer McCain over Obama? The election is supposed to be about voting for the person that you believe will be the best president, not a blind party line vote.

    An Obama supporter

    June 9, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Shirley, Texas

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS SHOULD GO! AND WHEN THEIR CHILDREN GROW UP IN OUR PRISON SYSTEM BECAUSE THEIR PARENTS WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE COLOR OF A MAN'S SKIN RATHER THAN HIS CHARACTER, DON'T EXPECT SYMPATHY!

    HILLARY WAS NOT GOING TO CHAMPION YOUR CAUSES IN WASHINGTON BECAUSE SHE HAD EIGHT YEARS TO DO SO AND DID NOT. SHE HAS ALSO HAD FIVE YEARS IN THE SENATS AND HAS NOT.

    YOU PEOPLE NEED TO WAK UP AND SMELL THE CIGARETTE SMOKE - YOU GOT SCREW AGAIN BY THE CLINTONS!

    June 9, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. Still for Hill

    Actually, Phyllis from Texas... Hillary has a butt load of experience compared to Mr. Obama.

    Don't get me wrong, Obama has experience...as a community organizer... Oh, and don't forget, he has experience voting present on the tough issues.

    Obama also has experience surrounding himself with anti-American radicals.

    I waiting for all you Obama supporters to just start listening to him... Have you ever questioned how he is going to pay for all these govt programs... Expanding funding of the U.N., universal health care (his plan is not universal, but it will cost a lot), paying for all you supporters college education...

    The only way Obama can pay for all his programs is to increase taxes. That's a great way to get a struggling economy going???? Right...

    McCain 08

    June 9, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. John

    NObama 08! Go McCain!

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

    it is reverse racism,

    What other choices have African Americans have been voting for since they have been able to vote. It has always been the white nominee, and they have have been loyal democrats and forgiving They have finally have a viable African American candidate that inspires them, and what do they get back unnecessary hatred of their candidate.
    Hillary lost her own campaign. That wasn't Obama's fault,and these women who claim they won't vote for him is ridiculous.
    A racial group that has been loyal to the democratic party and now look at what they get back for it ,because their white woman did not get selected.
    I hope you get back ten fold of what you are asking for when you make the rest of the country suffer right along with that vote that you cast for Mccain.

    June 9, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. bernj

    A vote for McCain is a vote for WW III. If you have a death wish for yourself, your children and civilization, then vote for McSame. If you want to see this nation and the world survive and prosper then vote for Obama. This country will not survive another 4 years under repug rule.

    June 9, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. Anna

    Clinton supporters support Clinton not because she is more experienced or something, they supported her because they HATE Obama.

    Obama 08/12

    June 9, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Anita from Arizona

    Not one Hillary supporter switching to McCain can tell me they are basing their vote on the ISSUES… NOT ONE… What a waste of a vote. Be clear and educated to the facts and cast your vote wisely or stay home.

    June 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Dave

    Mike...

    I guess this means you are for continued U.S. losses in a protracted Iraqi war

    Your commitment to John McCain confirms that. Hope you sleep well at night.

    June 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. JG from MA-Obamabot and proud of it

    Please explain why voting for experience in doing what Hillary has fought against her entire life is better than a slightly less experienced person who says he will fight for what Hillary wants.

    (a extreme example) Who would you rather have in office: a 40 year dictator committing a genocide, or a 15 year old kid who wants exactly what you want?

    June 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. rob

    racism

    June 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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