September 1st, 2008
07:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Major Clinton supporter at GOP convention, backing McCain

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - A major Hillary Clinton supporter and donor who traveled with the New York senator during the primary season is attending the Republican convention, and said in an interview Monday he was endorsing John McCain.

"Well I'm here to go from supporting Hillary, who I campaigned with, I campaigned with her husband, her daughter, her whole family, brothers, and the mother, over a period of months, big Hillary supporter, pretty big fundraiser for her, I'm here to support John McCain for president," John Coale told Newsweek's Tammy Haddad.

He said he made his decision "because I think John McCain is basically what Obama says he is and what Obama is not. McCain brings people together, he has an incredible record of integrity."

Coale is married to Fox analyst ad former CNN host Greta Van Susteren.

In that interview, the Washington lawyer also said he told Hillary Clinton's brother Tony Rodham he should not meet with McCain surrogate Carly Fiorina last month – a headline-grabbing decision that Coale worried would be embarrassing to the New York senator.

soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. What?

    Yes, same old – same old that we are eager to know?

    September 1, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. bob

    This guy is clearly not a hillary supporter if he will jump on the bandwagon of McCain and help for another 4 years of Bush good work!

    September 1, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. texas4obama

    She wanted an end to the war and healthcare for all amongst other things. so he is saying he used to want that and now he doesn't?

    Thats odd.

    September 1, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. I used to be a Democrat

    There are alot of Dems who aren't down with Obama.

    September 1, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Eisener

    Hmm, maybe there is something this man knows about Hillary Clinton's policies and believes that the rest of us do not know?

    I thought Hillary Clinton fights for equal pay, raising the minimum wage, reducing CO2 emissions to address climate change to 'little things' such as placing the polar bear on the endangered species list...

    Something McCain flanked by his new running mate Palin can certainly no longer claim.

    Notice the 'no longer' – some, some of these issues use to be important issues to McCain – but no longer, now that he obviously puts his quest for the White House before the country.

    Oh, one thing I am certain Hillary Clinto does not champion is that women who have been raped must carry through a possible pregnancy.. Mm, or the 'bridge to no-where' (PORK), something Palin supports (or in the case of the bridge, supported as she ran for Governor in 06)...

    Hmm, sounds to me like Obama and Clinton and thus America is better off without this 'sour donor'!

    September 1, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. Tyrone Brown

    As a proud Obama supporter I think this is a good thing. We don't need Coale's money or energy wasted on our campaign, especially when you take a look at his "drama-filled" history as a lawyer and member of the Church of Scientology. Republicans – he is all yours!

    September 1, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. Jason

    Im sure he is supporting Senator McCain because he is a Hillary supporter. If McCain wins on Nov. 4 , Hillary will start her next bid for the presidency on Nov 5

    September 1, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Loretta from California

    McCain brings people together

    I guess you missed the convention in Denver. Senator Obama brought more people together than any candidate that I have ever seen. Maybe it's the diversity that you have a problem with. I haven't seen this diversity in Minnesota yet.


    September 1, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. values



    September 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. SUE, Michigan

    Integrity? Why, because he was a POW?
    Cheating on your ill wife requires little integrity.
    Changing your mind on oil drilling is a political move, not a moral one.
    Choosing a totally inexperienced person to be next in line wasn't integrity, it was stupid.
    I could go on, but the last word I think of with John McCain is "integrity."

    Hillary Dem for Obama

    September 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  11. Denise

    Faux News? No wonder. Hope this poll cheers her up.
    Comments (View) | September 01, 2008

    CBS Poll: Obama Leads By Eight Points
    A new CBS News poll shows Sen. Barack Obama's lead over Sen. John McCain has grown after the Democratic convention, which 71% of Americans say they watched. Obama and his running mate Joe Biden now lead McCain and Sarah Palin 48% to 40%.

    This is the first time the poll included the vice presidential candidates in the horserace question.

    Key findings: "Before the Democratic convention, McCain enjoyed a 12-point advantage with independent voters, but now Obama leads among this group 43% to 37%. Obama's lead among women has also grown to 14 points (50% to 36%), and the Democrat maintained the lead he had before the convention among voters who supported Senator Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries."

    Complete results are available.

    September 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  12. Alex

    umm fox news... republican hillary supporter... of course she/he would support mccain

    September 1, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Lisa

    Oh well....Bye Bye

    September 1, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. Pam

    Married to Greta?? Let's face it. These so called high donor Hillary supporters were NEVER really Hillary Supporters. This is all part of a Karl Rove operative. DON'T fall for it people. Karl Rove is doing the fear mongering, and McCarthyism of the 1950's to try and get the right and the "good ol' boys" to vote red instead of blue.
    This is only fueling our fire to vote BLUE! Keep at it Karl. It only makes us stronger and more determined to kick your big ol' fat behind.
    John McCain proved today that he didn't properly vet Palin. And she's got lots more to hide besides a 17 yr old who's 5 months pregnant. Why else would he be nervously sending a pack of lawyers to Alaska?
    And that's who you want next to the big red button? The old dude and the hockey mom. NO WAY, NO HOW, NO McCAIN, NO PALIN!!!
    A former Hillary Supporter and now full fledged OBAMA/BIDEN supporter!!!

    September 1, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  15. Naomi

    Who cares. His first person he supported lost now the second person he supports will lose.....Is anybody even at the RNC convention?.......LOL

    September 1, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  16. Observer

    Why am I not surprised about John Coale? Does his switch make any difference? No.

    September 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. Debby

    Maybe he thought Hillary was dissed by her own party and didn't want anything to do with voting Democratic. Greta was for Hillary to she wasn't quiet about it. She has mentioned many times on her show that Hillary was treated badly by her party.

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  18. joy porter

    Shame on you!!!! Sen. Obama won the bid fair and square.
    I voted for Sen. Clinton now I am going with Sen. Obama.
    What about Roe vs. Wade? What about the War in Iraq?
    What about a change in Washington?
    The policies of Obama and Clinton are very similar. Why would you
    vote for Mc Cain? Give Sen. Obama a chance!

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. Deb

    Anyone who rallies around McCain is blind. Obama has proven character and he is ready lead. On the other hand, McCain was desperate for a vote so he picked up a woman to try to steal Clinton backers and to get funds and votes from the evangelicals. As far as I can see, evangelicals with McCain are blind, arrogant, and pompus.

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  20. Griff

    More Energy, for John...

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. Chris

    He said it perfectly.

    McCain/Palin have delivered on what Obama talks about.

    McCain/Palin '08

    September 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. ch

    No surprise here – there are many Hillary supporters who are not impressed by Obama.

    And we are waiting for her to run in 2012.

    18 Million STRONG

    September 1, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. Cynthia

    That's his choice, so bye bye!

    September 1, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  24. Northwest Washington

    This is as big as FOX's Fred Hume's wife moving to now support McCain.

    September 1, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. teddy stevens

    18 million strong and smart ,not falling for Mcsame. no way ,no how. no John McCain.

    September 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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