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. Heather Peterson

    Talk about the kiss of death, lol.

    Thanks Ann!

    Obama '08

    February 1, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. Steve

    Jeez, Coulter sounds like a lot of the Obama supports on this and other boards when they talk about what they will do if they candidate does not win.

    February 1, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. t.j.

    You have to have a sense of humor and enjoy satire–in which case you will under-stand what Ann and Rush are saying and get a real hoot out of it. In addition, I've found they are usually right! I find the humor of democrats is always just mean, and they lack an honest sense of humor.

    February 1, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. Kimberly

    I'm tired of watching these washington weasels sputtering their political rhetoric. John McCain has been in Washington for so long this campaign is just a career move for him. Mitt Romney is just another politician like McCain; this is simply a campaign for their own esteems. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain all lack the executive experience needed to run the superpower that is America. Mitt Romney doesn't have a chance; today he's for one thing, tomorrow he's against it. Democrats are dissapointing; what's good for America is bad for Democrats and what's bad for America is good for Democrats. I want a candidate that's a straight shooter so I'm voting for Huckabee.

    February 1, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  5. Rex

    seriously, this is hilarious, and to think, the little Hillary followers call themselves Democrats. They are a disgrace to the party.
    Vote for Hillary Clinton means 4 more years of Bush, idiots.

    February 1, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. Auston


    Like Ann really WOULD support a Democrat. Democrats are, in general, pro-choice, more anti-gay than Republicans, and traditionally anti-gun.

    Yea right, Anne. You're a big Hillblazer, I'm sure.

    This is all just a game to raise the awareness about conservatives being anti-McCain.

    February 1, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  7. Shocked

    Hell must have frozen over!

    February 1, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  8. VahMonter

    Chris said it best: "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."

    The day Ann Coulter supports Hillary Clinton pigs will fly and hell will freeze over. This is clearly a last attempt by Coulter and people of like mind such as Howie Carr, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh to garner support for Mitt Romney before Super Tuesday. Romney's campaign has been a disappointment to date but if he spends enough money and people trash McCain consistently, his fortunes can change.

    I guess they believe the formula of electiing a former Governor is one the American people need to follow one more time despite the fact since 1976 it has led to congressional gridlock and inaction.

    February 1, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. Nick in Atlanta

    I LOVE the fact that the world's most ignorant and least respected talking head is endorsing Clinton! Isn't it great that the woman who insults gays, dislikes anyone Muslim and shows no respect to anyone who doesn't believe what she believes (can you say female Osama Bin Laden) is endorsing Hilary? That's just ONE MORE reason that Hilary Clinton is NOT a good choice for President! If you're so conservative you'd get that creeps vote over a Republican you do NOT belong on the Democratic Nomination! Impeach Hilary before she's elected! Vote for Obama!!

    February 1, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  10. Utrworcurious


    February 1, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  11. joe

    Of course she would back Hillary. If Anne Coulter and the rest of the right wing hippocrates or left wing hippies don't have a divided country, then how will they sell their books? Good-bye crazies the middle majority is taking over!

    Obama vs McCain : real issue for real people.

    February 1, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  12. David, Oregon City

    The “two man race” strategy used against Mike Huckabee is rather laughable when he is in 1st and 2nd place in six states. This is exactly how the media and elite conservatives kept Ross Perot under the radar. Anyone running for President must be Wall Street and Beltway approved and/or if from the wrong side of the tracks they need not apply!

    A vote for Huckabee is a vote for all Americans born on the wrong side of the tracks? Hard working, honest, God fearing, and grateful, that is Mike Huckabee.

    February 1, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  13. Arnie

    You may credit Ann Coulter with more than she really deserves. That she has some particular motive for pushing one opinion or another. I don't think she deserves this. This is just plain stupid.

    February 1, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  14. GC

    It makes perfect sense to me – it's not about what's best for the country, but about what's best for Ann Coulter. She makes her living by concocting outrageous statements and demonizing democrats, so having Clinton in the White House would get her "career" back on track. With McCain, she would be forced to either criticize a sitting republican president for the next 4-8 years, or to defend his positions on the issues.

    February 2, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  15. Frank Camp Hill PA

    Obama yes we can. Hillary Yes I will. Now who sound more professional and sincere about changing America for the good of the people. You knowin in your hearts, Two heads are better then one. Thats why Hillary / Bill got my vote.

    February 2, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. Rich

    Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter are disloyal Republicans.

    Both claim the election of John McCain would be the same as electing Hillary Clinton. Both call it a 'Highway ton Hell'. They need a major reality check! While Hillary's election would be a boon to their radio shows, it would hardly be good for America!

    February 2, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Former Rightie

    Coulter, Hannity, Rush – these people need Hillary to win to maintain their talk shows and books going. Their President and party have failed them and the only hope they have of maintaining any presence is to go back to the good ole days of Clinton bashing where they got their start.

    February 2, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Joann

    I don't think anyone seriously believes she is going to support Hillary! She hasn't been in the limelight lately and no one, democrats or republicans, really care what she has to say. She had to say something outrageous to get her face back in the news. She is like the Britany Spears of the political world, she gets attention by saying stupid things!

    February 2, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Marshall

    Coulter's an idiot...

    February 2, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. John, Milwaukee, WI

    Katherine A. Bell February 1, 2008 11:24 am ET

    I think that if someone running for President has never served in the US Military they should not be allowed to run for the Presidency. If they have never walked in the shoes of the military how are they gonna know how to run the Military? THINK! GO McCAIN!!!!

    Love your logic?

    I've never had cancer, so I guess that would disqualify me from running for President of the Cancer Society...

    McNane is a war-mongering, senile, nut case; I am glad he is not alone!

    February 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Paul, Miami florida

    Why are we wasting electrons on this poor excuse of a woman? She clearly has a spinchter muscle for lips. Anything she spews is not relevant to anything.

    February 2, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Joan

    I thought all Dems and intelligent people thought of Ann Coultur as superfluous. Who cares what she thinks. Are people so shallow as to vote for one candidate over another because Ann Coulture says ANYTHING!.

    February 2, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Scott

    Oh who cares what Ann Coulter says? She and Rush are like children kicking their feet and pounding their fists because Mitt is going down. Those two as well as Hannity are nothing more than propagandists whose role is to tell people who can't think for themselves what to believe. The Dems have them too. They make me ill.

    February 2, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Margarret Gottlieb Arlington, VA

    I Won't vote for MC !!!
    I won't vote for Hillbill neader,
    Less for OB.
    I will vote for only the best for the USA!


    February 2, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. jose calderon

    i think ann coulter has her views you may or may not agree with her but she is a conservative and i respect that. I do not think she would vote for Hillary Clinton but she is obviously angry with her base.

    February 2, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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