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. Brian G

    Side bar: Don't know about y'all, but I am getting pretty sick of hearing the labels "liberal" and "conservative". Media and politicians throw these words around like they are some kind of magic formula for what ails America.

    Neither a fully liberal or fully conservative leadership and agenda will help us.
    It's gotta be more middle of the road.

    How about we vote for intelligence, integrity and innovation? That means a split ticket in the 2008 Presidential and Congressional elections. A new President needs a new Congress.

    Plus after Ann's amazing announcement, who longer knows or understands the definition of liberal or conservative?

    February 1, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. Michael Beusch, San Mateo, CA

    Just more proof that conservatives don't really care about the fate of the United States if they don't have a lackey blindly following orders like Bush/Cheney have the past eight years. Starting an illegal war based on trumped up intelligence? No problem. Spending the country into a sea of red ink? No problem? Endorsing torture, illegal wiretapping and other violations of the Constitution in the euphemistic "fight for freedom?" No problem. Making sure that the average American will be stripped of his/her job and in favor of the corporate masters making 50 cents more per share on their stocks? No problem - as long as the President is nothing but a shill for morally bankrupt right wing "ideals." And they say liberals hate America.

    February 1, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. josh

    i agree completely with wendy a couple of posts up. Ann Colter on the air anywhere speaking her opinion is the biggest waste of tv or radio air time. And as for rush limbaugh, has he finished saying racist remarks about blacks yet, or is he too messed up on pain pills?

    February 1, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. E. C., Houston, Texas


    February 1, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  5. pjs

    It is beside the point whether Ann Coulter was exagerrating to make a point. The bottom line fact is that she is no more qualified than any of the Hollywood actors that she rails against to tell the American people how they should or should not vote. The sad part is that so many people listen.

    February 1, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. tom

    Why would anyone give any crediance to the washed up Ann Coulter. The woman
    would blackball her one mother if she tought she get a sound bite. Wake up media.
    I rather her what the homelss guy on the street thinks.

    February 1, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Lisa Lee, Dallas, TX

    Why does the media give this woman any kind of airtime or printspace? She is one of the most ill-informed and hateful people I've ever seen. Why she would make the statements regarding Clinton versus McCain is a mystery... maybe she's actually trying to hurt Clinton. I just don't understand why the media gives her the time of day though. She really is a "nobody" when you come down to it.

    February 1, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. A. Chico Arecibo, Puerto Rico

    I am a republican. I believe in fiscal responsibility, non-activist judges and I support a conservative social stance. But I do not support Ms. Coulter's concept of the "perfect" republican candidate. I do not support the extreme right of my party and the "light" theocracy that it wants for this country. McCain can reach to both sides of the political spectrum and build a pragmatic administration that does not lose it's time fighting for an anti-abortion or anti- flag burning ammendment . Our military commitments have to be sustained without fanatism and the economy must be improved. If Ms. Coulter supports Hillary over McCain, so be it. America does nor need her or her overblown opinions. And if Hilary accepts her endorsement, then she deserves to lose the general election too. In any case, neither Hillary or Obama are such great candidates. Their experience is almost non-existant and all they do is throw words to the landscape in search of an idea. That's how Warren G. Harding was elected in 1920.

    February 1, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |

    eric G

    hey eric you like to call it the communist news network? how about you read a book...get your brain moving becuase it obviously stoped working when you were in jr high school.

    February 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. sali

    if obama gets Kennedy
    it's only fair that Clinton gets Coulter

    Although this story is spun complete out of context... it's not an endoresement for Clinton it's a slam against McCain.

    since my earlier post has been held for moderation because i dare to mention that an endorsement from Kennedy, with Chappaquiddick in his past, and a myriad of other scandals being the endorsement from the 'old guard'... therefore being as far from and endorsement for *change* that one can get... is nothing short of laughable.

    god forbid you should delve into someone's past who isn't named clinton on the CNN site.

    Biased media at its worst... fair and balanced ... a joke!!!!

    let's see if they will print this as well as my earlier post...

    February 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |

    the republicans came to destroy.divide,brake,tear down. the democrats in the other hand come to built,restaure and fix, now it is the time to fix.let's do it with the most potential candidate in the all race wich is barack.

    February 1, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Ian

    Hahahahaha! Hilarious! It really says something when Coulter is picking Hillary over a Republican. I've been for Obama since the beginning but this is just funny. Coulter is such a horrible person and now she's behind Hillary. So funny...

    Also, if anyone watched the debate last night, and looked at Hillary's smile... that had to be the fakest, most forced smiled I've ever seen. She looked like she was struggling to smile.

    February 1, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Richard Rote (California)

    Ann Coulter for Hillary Clinton??!!!

    Clinton loses my vote NOW.

    I'm voting Obama.

    February 1, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Dave

    Too much peroxide........

    February 1, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Ray

    Now we know what they think in the psychiatric facilities. She had her 15 minutes now pull the plug. I don't like Hillary either but this is just weird....

    February 1, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. sam

    ann you have won my respect you must have had a brain attack check the records all the way back to the beginning of our history republican party start wars and make us have a bad economey democrates end wars and make a good economey hannity is a complete nut case he is young and dumb you have seen the light .you might just make a true democrat now if rush limbough can change his views america will move in to a great nation once again. stranger things have happened!

    February 1, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Jared

    Finally something I agree with from Ann Coulter...I mean seriously I totally hated this crazy loon until she said this because we do need a candidate like Hillary Clinton who TRULY represents the best of both worlds ie conservatism and liberalism John McCain and Barack Obama are much much too polarizing and Obama is weak on foreign policy-just my opinion- we need someone strong on foreign as well as domestic someone who fights for the inside and outside of our nation not a wimp who says "I never advocated war." Granted there were problems with this war but there always are and Hillary did what she knows was the right decision- if you have the DOD, CIA and president breathing down your neck and calling you a traitor if you vote no you have to follow where the EVIDENCE (NOT ADVOCATING ITS ACCURACY) leads you!

    February 1, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. chad

    geeez all these Obama people saying this should make people not vote for Clinton but then they spill the BS that Obama can win because he can bring Republicans to his side. We can switch this around that if Hillary can actually get Ann to vote for her then image how many others Hillary can appeal to LOL it is all about the "spin" to make it work for your own good...

    February 1, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. Alan

    This tells you everything you need to know.


    February 1, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. Richard Head

    Hahaha... You say "Conservative" like it's a good thing! Hahahahaha!

    February 1, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. Becky

    They are tricking us into thinking they are against him so we will vote for him! They will fall behind any candidate that wins because they want to win at any cost and they are a bunch of water buffalo!!!

    February 1, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. Adam Smith

    I have no idea who McCain is or what his stance on the issues are but I will vote for him if he maintains his lead in the polls. I always just vote for the leader of the polls. or sometimes whos the most handsome.

    February 1, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. David....Nevada

    I am a vietnam vet too. I've voted for 40 years a register republican, and like ann, I depise Mc for his lack of integrity, his willingness to ignore his constituents who put his ugly a.. in office to start with and his constant pandering to his democratic cronnies. I'll vote gop's in the local and state offices and both congressional houses to. As long as the dems are kept from a super majority in the house and senate, which is more than likely not to happen. Hillary for president.. I can live with that until a real conservative leader with true conservative values takes charge of the GOP. Back scratching cronisism and triple teaming. Mc's endorsements will all be looking for a good paying government job and freebies too. I see em lining up at the federal trough now..

    February 1, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  24. David

    Anne Coulter is an antisemitic right wing nut job. Who cares, or should care, what she thinks. She represents nobody and cares only about her next book

    February 1, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. Lauren

    i hope no one seriously thinks that she likes hillary. coulter is known for her ridiculous publicity stunts and the only reason she is supporting hillary is because she knows that if she gets the democratic nomination, no matter what republican she would come up against, she would be torn to pieces and we would be suckered into another 4-8 years of republican rule.

    February 1, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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