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. Cheryl

    I'm guessing Ann the Vulgar is just trying to encourage liberal Democrats not to vote for Hillary and to split the vote.

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

    Heres the important question, why does fox news allow this woman on the air. With a record of making false and erroneous statements she should be banned from weighing in on anything political. Who honestly takes stock in anything that comes out of this obviously ignorant woman's mouth who is over her head in what should be a more intellectual debate about our future president.

    February 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Jo, ATL GA

    Yea, and satan himself is retiring from Earth destruction.

    That's not what she is sayin on radio. Can them (Rush and Hennedy) they have lost the American people? Their followers are less than 10,000 out there.

    They are finished.

    I am a Dem and I can live with McCain. HE has my vote.

    February 1, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. dealwalker

    Who cares, she was just trying to be outrageous. Very few people actually listen to her content. They just note the steady drone of stupidity in order to draw attention to herself. She clings to the belief that any advertising is good advertising. How does she live with herself?

    February 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. Joel Miller

    If Ann Coulter wants four more years of Bill Clinton in office she should continue her stupid statements. Don't call yourself a conservative and suggest that Hillary is more conservative than McCain when Hillary wants to socialize America. I am shocked by the stupid statements coming out of the mouths of the so called experts.. maybe we should review our commentators and alleged "voice" choices.

    February 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. BB

    Another Ann Coulter publicity stunt. :rolleyes:

    February 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  7. bobby

    So Coulter would rather see Hillary appoint the next Justice to the Supreme Court?

    February 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Brian

    Ann Coulter is one of the top 5 dumbest people ever to speak into a microphone. Those of us with any intelligence whatsoever (even the slimmest bit of intelligence) ignore her and FOX news.

    CNN: Please do us all a favor - don't report on Ann Coulter again until she announces her retirement.

    February 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Jeff, Minneapolis

    Hey Ann, maybe we can offset each other's votes. I'm a life-long liberal democrat, and if Hillary wins the nomination, I'll be campaigning for John McCain. I strongly suspect more Democrats will abandon ship if Hillary wins than vise-versa.

    February 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. JPerez

    I heard Ann Coulter will "join" Bill and the Stomp for Hillary. 😉


    February 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Jeff - Plainfield, IL

    wow...well, this bolsters my support for Obama, and makes me think maybe McCain wouldn't be as bad a president as I think he could be....

    no, no...McCain would be a terrible, temperamental fascio-socialist (i.e. neocon)

    February 1, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. George

    Why would anyone want Ann Coulter's endorsement? What are her values? Based on what we have seen from her, its is hard to determine if "values" is the right term! It is to bad that she uses her gifts to bring down rather than to build up. The country has enough of down, we need up!

    February 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. bob

    I swear that Ann Coulter is a dude in drag. I am a Republican and even I hate her. Let her vote for Hillary-we don't need freaks like Coulter and Rush in the Republican party.

    February 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. BM

    I would like to see a Huckabee / Coulter Ticket.

    February 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. Jesse - San Antonio TX


    By now you should know Ann Coulter. She's not saying that she like's HIllary (her past statements prove it) she's saying she dislikes McCain that much.

    I honestly hope all you "Now I'm Gonna vote for Barak" or "See how Evil HIllary is?" people stay home and do not vote.

    I'd rather have low turn out than have stupid people making important decisions.

    No wonder America is failing.

    February 1, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Yea Right

    I understand because of McCain the GOP is at the lowest point the conservatives have ever been, either you are a liberal or your a conservative, don't pretend to be one and then agree with the other. I will vote for Obama, I trust him a lot more than McClinton.

    February 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. James

    Ann Coulter is a nut!
    Juan McCamnesty is no republican!

    February 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Glen

    Coulter is about as scary as it gets, next to Hillary. They both belong together, not in the White House, but the Nut House.

    February 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. Michael from Waco, TX

    What more reason do you need to vote Obama over Clinton? When you have a person that crazy saying that you would be a better president. Case closed.

    February 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  20. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    ... and what Ann Coulter says is relevant how??? She despises the 911 widows – calls John Edwards "gay" – and recommends we ask him about his dead son ... I really doubt she's human – just one of those wind-up inflatables that spew hatred wherever they go ... too low to step on and too slimy to kick.

    The bleach on her hair is withering what little brain she had – and she never had a heart – I wouldn't believe anything she said –

    Buy your earplugs now – there will be a shortage when either Democrat is elected president and with a strong majority, the whine and faux-outrage from the pathetic faux-conservatives will be deafening ... Rush may even be driven back to his drug habit to survive the next four years ... Notice she mentioned voting for Senator Clinton? What about Mitt and Mike???

    February 1, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Jubie

    I'm with Liam, and why do we care what Ann Coulter thinks anyway? What a nasty piece of work. It's her so-called "conservative" party that's at the heart of our current fascist state in America. She and all the other so-called "conservatives" should be ashamed.

    February 1, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. Robert

    There is one thing that is clearly missed here.

    Neither Rush nor Coulter represent conservatives. They represent the interests of corporations. You can't be up front about this so those pushing the interests of corporations conflate their values with conservatives. This is the true wolf in sheeps clothing that has essentially run the Republican party since Reagan.

    Conservatives aren't afraid of McCain, but those using the Republican as a vehicle for corporate and not national interests are. Their mouth pieces are signaling early warnings and I feel sorry for the duped conservatives that are still being fooled.

    February 1, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Marge

    Couldn't read it – who cares what Coulter thinks? Who really cares.

    February 1, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. tomdavie

    Want to know who this helps?

    Check out how many Obama supporters are SPINNING IT.

    Telling Republicans to vote for Clinton over the sure to be nominated Mc Cain has GOT to be EXCELLENT news for clinton.

    Clinton has no worries about the democratic base.

    Its the OBAMA supporters who were WHINING about Republicans not voting for Clinton.


    February 1, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Tom Robideau

    If anyone actually changes their mind based on what Ann Coulter rambles about they should do us all a favor and not make the trip out to vote.

    February 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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