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. Rob Stumpf

    It's the people that hate Ann Coulter who are nuts. If she was a liberal, they would say the attacks mean that people can't handle and strong and opinionated woman. It's funny when the Coulter haters bash her for supposedly being nasty, and the very next words out of their mouths are to insult her appearance and hair color. That's nice.

    February 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    Being from Arizona. Have been watching McCain closely for a long time.
    And STOP dragging back the Viet Nam thing. Yes, He is a Hero like many of the other POWs, Yes he has character. And yes he talks out both sides of his mouth..
    He says, I will stop the ILLEALS from coming in at the border( hes already had the opportunity to do that) with our Governor who does the same thing..( of course she days its Bush that has to do it all-NOT. Now once the ILLEGALS get in the McCain
    and Kennedy goe through the back door and want Amnesty-No thanks.He goes back and forth on alot of the issues. Guess they all do depending on what state they are in and what the voters want to hear at that point. I don't see anyone at the moment that I would vote for. Neithor party....

    February 1, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. charlotte

    Ann would say anything to discredit McCain in a veil attempt to get Romney elected. She is trying to get republicans to support anyone but McCain. Who cares what this ego maniac thinks?

    February 1, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Jon

    I'm curious to know if Coulter would support Romney should he beat the odds and earn the GOP nomination.

    I've been Republican for life, but would certainly vote for Hillary or Obama over McCain in a heart beat.

    February 1, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Chuck

    I am a 60 year old republican with conservative leanings. Ann Coulter does not and never will speak for me. She is an arrogant, condecending ,self absorbed person whose only interest is being controversial and selling books. I don't know how her opinion could possibly mean anything to anyone with half a brain. She is to the republican party what KFC is to chicken.

    Also Rush and Hannity came to prominence by criticizing the Clinton administration for 8 years. I cannot believe they are taking a position that will put Hillary in the white house and only to criticize her again. They are finding that not all republicans do not share all of their far right ideas and are not happy but that doesn't mean they should give the country to tax and spend liberals.

    This country needs serious people to solve serious problems and Ann Coulter and Hillary ain't it.

    February 1, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Dexter

    If anyone doubts who the GOP would rather run against in the national election, now you know.

    They are terrified of having to run against Obama.

    February 1, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Charles

    I'm sick and tired of the Rush & Anne Republican view. And, judging by the votes that McCain is getting, so are a lot of other Republicans.

    If Anne wants to increase her taxes (which I'm sure she probably uses a smart tax professional to pay as little as possible), then let her vote for Hillary, who said last night on the debate, the tax rates would go back to the rates when Bill Clinton was President!

    February 1, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. gene

    I have to add another comment. To all of the ranting and raving and howling Clinton haters, if Ann Coulter causes you to vote for Obama, you have got to be brain dead or on the lunatic fringe of the democratic party. Your comments are ridiculous and pathetic and show signs of mental illness. Hillary is going to win the nomination. Hillary is going to win the general election. Hillary is going to be President of the United States of America. Get a Life!

    February 1, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Bob

    No one even cares what this woman thinks. If John Edwards had any sense, now that he is out of the race, he would call her our for what she is. Why people keep giving her nonsense airtime is beyond me.

    February 1, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. James Jelly

    I do feel sad for the people who believe anything Rush Limburger and Anne have to say, let alone buy and read or listen to their trash.

    February 1, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Dan Campbell

    I'm sure this is a stunt to turn liberals away from Hillary. I've been watching all the right wing pundits for weeks and its clear they are trying to clear the path to a run against Obama. I think he is a far weaker candidate in a general election – regardless of the conventional wisdom. On policy and debate strength, Hillary is much stronger.

    February 1, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. kishor

    Seems like she is playing a double role here. She wanted to tell republican that McCain is even liberal than Hillary, and to democrats that Hillary is not a really liberal. By doing show, she seems to get some movement for Romney and Obama. If Obama get nomination, republicans think he is not going to win!

    February 1, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Sean

    Please. This is a poor joke.

    Here's the deal. I guarantee you that, however "liberal" McCain is, Ann Coulter would NOT vote for a democrat. This is all a set-up. It's widely known that republicans would rather see Clinton as the D nominee because they think that whoever they field has a better chance of beating Hillary than Obama.

    They know that if it's McCain against Obama, McCain won't have a chance in Hell. If it's McCain vs. Clinton, it'll be all about Hillary's skeletons and her unlikeability. McCain has a much better chance against her.

    So don't be fooled. This is more boloney from a neocon- here's Ann Coulter's message translated into reality: "I want to promote the idea of Clinton as the democratic nominee. I want to convince my fellow republicans who are disenchanted with our party and on the fence, to support her as the nominee. Then, we all throw our support to McCain and he takes her apart in the general election. Liberal or not, we must have a republican in the White House!"

    February 1, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Jeanine G

    Now I'm definitely voting for Obama! The day Coulter throws her vote to Hillary is the day you have seen Faust sign his pact with the devil. No good can come of it.

    February 1, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Wilma

    BO did not vote for the Iraq war on the first go around but he did vote for it on the second go around, I guess Mrs. Clinton did not want to nik- pick last evening. Her statements for the war are logical, all of us thought that the plan was just for inspectors to go in, who knew what GWB had in mind except GWB, can't fault her for trying to determine if Iraq was truly a threat and in reality it has been.

    February 1, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. jamesb

    I see...Coulter who said a few months ago on H&C, when Rudy was the front runner...that she could never vote for him because he was pro-choice...will now vote for Hillary – who is far more liberal on abortion than Rudy – over McCain who is pro-life and has a consistent pro-life voting record in the Senate. And last I remember...McCain is the only presidential candidate who actually Ronald Reagan do a campaing spot for him. And McCain has supported all the conservative judges nominated to the court in his tenure in the Senate, including Robert Bork. I think the far right is showing their true colors. Go McCain.

    February 1, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Tom

    Are there actually fools dumb enough to "think" that Coulter will support a virulent, militant, anti-family, anti-military, anti-American, fundamentalist Marxist and hysterical feminist like Hillary Rodham?

    February 1, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. S. Piel

    Well, that's the ring of death for me. Welcome, President McCain!

    February 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. sam munafo

    Amen to Ms. Coulter! At least we know the political leanings of Hillary. But we're in the dark when dealing with the chamelion that is McCain.

    February 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. BlueOkie

    HOW HOW HOW does this prove that Dems should vote for Obama? Seriously, did the ignorant people posting that trash even read the article? Please tell me you only read the title of the article and then commented. I would hope that after reading it you didn't draw such and ignorant conclusion.

    The article is about conservatives being upset with John McCain NOT Ann Coulter supporting Hillary Clinton. She isn't putting her "seal of approval" on Sen. Clinton she's expressing her displeasure in Sen. McCain. At the end of the day, Ann Coulter isn't going to vote for Sen. Clinton and you'd have to be a moron to think otherwise.

    Get real America...if we are to truely have change in this country then it doesn't need to start with any candidate it needs to start with the voters waking up, standing up and using our minds.

    February 1, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Alex

    John McCain is a liberal. Coulter is exaggerating to make a point. What she means is not that she actually supports hillary, just that she will NEVER cast a vote for McCain. And rightfully so, I think. Many of you appear to be too stupid to figure that out. If you really are that stupid, it may be better if you didn't vote at all. For those of us who ARE conservatives for whatever reason. My reasons happen to be fiscal, defense, and preservation of the constitution. If John McCain gets the nomination, I will write in Mitt Romney on my ballot in the general election, not vote for a democrat.
    Mitt Romney will make a GREAT president. I beleiev he is our last hope to preserve this nation as it was envisioned by the founders. If anyone else gets in this time around, I am unsure the damage can be reversed.
    John McCain has stuck his thumb in the eye of every conservative at aevery opportunity. Such short memories ... does anyone remember the "Gang of Fourteen"? John McCain with his arm around Ted Kennedy trying to give illegals OUR rights, OUR money, and OUR land? John McCain trying to squelch free speech with McCain-Feingold?
    I do not see how any self-respecting small "c" conservative can cast a vote for McCain. I refuse to do it. He thinks our taxes are too low, thinks illegals should have the right to our stuff, thinks we should not be able to discuss political ideas in an open marketplace, thinks foreign terrorists should enjoy the full protections of OUR constitution.
    The man is nothing more than a liberal democrat with an 'R' next to his name. He should be running against hillary and obama for the dem nomination.

    February 1, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Deborah

    Even though I do not always agree with Ann Coulter. We conservatives must stop the Liberal McCain Train. He will set our party back years as well as the country. Florida got it wrong and I hope the rest of the nation does not make the same mistakes. They need to vote for MITT ROMNEY and make this nightmare go away. Even though Mike Huckabee is a nice guy and conservative on most issues, he cannot win the nomination and would have no chance against the Democrats. Conservatives and Republicans must unite. Do not get it wrong like Florida vote for Romney on Super Tuesday. His vision and values and experience with economy is just what we need.


    February 1, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Kevin Orlando fl

    Well I have never taken Ann Coulter seriously anyway. Let her vote for Hillary. My vote is for McCain because McCain is the only candidate that has a truly diverse group of backers. He is the closest to having an all inclusive campaign. Not the narrow one dimensional focus of the others. so good for you Ann-nobody really cares.

    February 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. JD

    Time for Ann Coulter to ride off into the sunset and just go away...

    She says John McCain is no good for this country. I'd argue that Ann Coulter is no good for this country. She is a dinosaur that is way outside the mainstream thought patterns of this or any other country for that matter. (Along with other far-left and far-right leaning folks.)

    February 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. OIF Infantry soldier. FT. Wainwright AK

    Wow, I hope people see that coulter is just trying to slow down Sen. Clinton before super tuesday. Sen. Clinton is everything that Ann Coulter is not. By saying something as far out as this she is trying to weaken Sen. Clinton among the democrat base in hopes to influence the outcome of the democratic nomination.

    February 1, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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