February 1st, 2008
03:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Coulter wants Clinton over McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/01/art.coulter.gi.jpg caption=" Ann Coulter said Thursday she'd back Hillary Clinton over John McCain."]

(CNN) - In the latest sign that a conservative backlash is starting to build against John McCain, conservative commentator Ann Coulter said Thursday she is prepared to vote for Hillary Clinton over the Arizona senator in a general election match up.

Speaking on Fox's "Hannity and Colmes," Coulter took aim at the GOP frontrunner, and suggested he was little more than a Republican in name only.

"If you are looking at substance rather than if there is an R or a D after his name, manifestly, if he's our candidate, than Hillary is going to be our girl, because she's more conservative than he is," Coulter said. "I think she would be stronger on the war on terrorism."

Coulter took aim at McCain's positions - particularly his fervent anti-torture stance - and said he and Clinton differ little on the issues. Coulter also said she is prepared to campaign on Clinton's behalf should McCain win the party's nomination.

"John McCain is not only bad for Republicanism, which he definitely is - he is bad for the country," she said.

Coulter is the latest high profile conservative to express dismay with McCain's surging candidacy. Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday McCain's rise was the product of a 'fractured' conservative base and an "uninspiring" GOP presidential field.

"He is not the choice of conservatives, as opposed to the choice of the Republican establishment — and that distinction is key," Limbaugh continued. "The Republican establishment, which has long sought to rid the party of conservative influence since Reagan, is feeling a victory today as well as our friends in the media."

McCain has long been at odds with conservative members of his party. — Exit polls from the early-primary states have shown the he has consistently lost among those primary voters who identify themselves as conservative. But he passed a key test Tuesday in winning Florida's primary, the first early contest that only allowed registered Republicans to participate.

Reacting to criticisms from his party's most conservative quarters, McCain told the San Francisco Gate Thursday, "I'll continue to reach out to all in the party, try to unite the party, until everybody realizes that the only way we're going to defeat the Democratic candidate is through a united party."

- CNN Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John McCain
soundoff (445 Responses)
  1. Aj

    Just stick to name-calling and mudslinging. That's all your good at!!!

    February 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Jerry

    No Republican could, in good conscience, vote for John McCain for anything. He is a sham! A Trojan Horse for the democrats and the so-called mainstream media. Ann Coulter is a true American patriot and is absolutely correct in 99.9% of her pronouncements – especially about liberals, democrats – including McCain.

    February 1, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Jason

    Misleading headline. Ann simply knows Obama is not electable on a national election, and she wants Dems to swoon over to his side to cause more strife in that party. We'll see after super Tuesday.

    February 1, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Karen SC

    anyone google Tony Rezko lately?

    February 1, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Robert Finn

    Now this is definitely a sign of the Apocalypse

    February 1, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. frank camelo

    If u want s4 morew years of war spending, higher gasz and oil prices and
    jujst plan unrest sthan vote for McCain.. Just listen to his speeches...
    He is anothe BUSH Heavy.....

    February 1, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Rachel Farer, Newark, DE

    Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh, together with Fox News, ARE the establishment. No wonder they are suddenly lining up behind Hillary Clinton.

    McCain is too liberal on immigration and free speech, but his fiscal discipline is what will make future tax cuts possible, and he is the ONLY candidate in either party qualified to lead us in war. Coulter and Limbaugh may be living in some kind of fantasy land, but our soldiers overseas are putting their lives on the line, and we need someone with the experience and judgement to lead them to victory. Romney and Huckabee do not know how, and Clinton and Obama do not believe it can be done.

    Win this war first and quibble over amending the constitution in 2012.

    February 1, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Gary J

    Anyone who bleieves anything that Ann Coulter has to say shouldn't even be allowed to vote.

    February 1, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. You Go Girl

    I agree with you-anyone with half a brain should vote for McCain.

    February 1, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. docrock,tx

    To: The censored news network,you only print hate and lies.If you get any GOOD comments about any candidate,it doesn.t get posted.So much for the First Ammendment , huh?

    February 1, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. micheal

    lol you are sfunny ......You Go Girl

    February 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Ann "Why wont anybody buy my book" Coulter

    Well, I was starting to get worried that Hillary could win, but Mann Coulter's support is pretty much the kiss of death for Hillary.

    February 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. Richard, Ewing, NJ

    Combing Ann Coulter comments and Rush's "McCain will destory the Republican Party", I am now to declare an open warefare between John McCain versus the radio talk show hosts. We will see in Super Tuesday if these radio talk show hosts can derail McCain, or if they never have any influence they claim to have.

    Who will win, anyone?

    February 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Tom From MN

    lets take what ms.coulter says with a grain of salt can we? i see this as her trying to say whatever she can to try and draw support away from hillary because she feels threatened, do people honestly believe hillary would promise these programs which are all very liberal (ahem, universal healthcare anyone?) if she didnt see her as a threat to her ultimate party the republicans. this is just the usual dirty tricks the republicans will always be known for

    February 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Midge from Ohio

    My thoughts exactly Coulter. If McCain wins the nomination, I vote Democratic.

    February 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Jesse

    I thought Reagan was dead.

    February 1, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    This SCUMBAG says she wants? Put her in tge trsh swhere ashe be;llongs/

    February 1, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Chuck

    Coulter will say anything to get publicity.

    Limbaugh is a drug addict.

    Why are their opinions relevant

    February 1, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. Chris

    She's so full of cr*p! She's just trying to shock everyone as usual!

    There's no way in the world she would vote for Clinton over McCain...she' s just trying to trash McCain in order to garner more support for Romney!

    It's pretty transparent.

    February 1, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Robert Finn

    Use you brains people. Coulter fancies herself as a political genius. What better
    way to try to get people away from Hillary but to support her. Guess they must
    think that Obama will again stumble through another debate and propel McCain into the presidency.

    February 1, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Sandra

    I didn't realize that it was now un-rebublican to be against torture. You would think people would understand McCain's position being a POW survivor who actually was tortured. I have very rebublican ideals. They don't happen to be based upon any specific religious beliefs per se but are more economic and socially derived. Just because someone actually takes a softer approach to things doesn't make them a liberal or a bad person. I believe in the death penalty but I think it should be one or the other. Or how about all republicans decide that we can torture death row inmates first (maybe get another confession out of them). Have some common sense!! Just because you are a member of the republican party doesn't mean you have to act like hitler. We have hearts too. I promise. Go McCain.

    February 1, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Roxi

    Who Is ANN COULTER? Who CARES? Just another woman bedding Bill Clinton!!

    February 1, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. earthworm

    Why do people listen to anything this person has to say? She's not worth my time or effort to even care. The only reason she gets face time is because she makes a point of being a controversial, intolerant, homophobic bigot & frankly, this country is better than that. It's time to ignore people like this & focus on people who are actually doing good for others instead of just trying to get their 15 minutes of fame.

    February 1, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Jerome

    John McCain is to conservatism what Hillary is to liberalism. They should form a party of their own.
    Obama 08!
    Romney 08!
    Let's have a real debate now. The GOP and DNC deserve to be represented by people who hold their core principles.

    February 1, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. John Anderson Nashville TN

    Who cares what that flake thinks..

    I voted for Reagan when the party had some brains.. Maybe McCain
    will reinstate some intelligence.. Obama ya right.. Good luck on that..

    Even President Clinton had to find his thrills elsewhere,, So what's left
    not much

    February 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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