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. jp

    Does anyone really care what Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter think? They keep whining and saying there is a "huge" backlash against McCain, but yet he keeps winning primaries and gathering endorsements. Maybe the real backlash is against right wing blowhards and neocons who have had their man in the white house for the past 7 years.

    February 1, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    This is one endorsement that Obama clearly doesn't need to be envious of. I'm sure McCain is probably happy to do without it too.

    February 1, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Alex

    Rush, Ann and the rest of right-wing movement “superstars” are just crying out loud as they are witnessing their influence is disappearing. They made tons of cash poisoning real conservatives with divisive issues and hate towards rest of the country. Their time is gone, most of Republicans finally figured out that extremism is hurting the country and Ann, Hanity and Rush just can’t accept that their cash cow is milked out.

    February 1, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. big doug

    Let's review: Mitt Romney is the only true conservative left in the race, based upon the actions of the candidates. It's too bad the early caucuses/primaries that the media focuses on so fervently are in "blue" states. New Hampshire voted for Gore and Kerry, so it's no surprise that McAmnesty won there. It's a miracle that Mitt Romney did as well there as he did. Iowa went for Gore in 2000, and Bush in 2004, but by less than one percent (751,957 to 741,898), so it's no surprise that Huckabee, the evangelical who leaned on anti-Mormon bigotry, won there. Once again, it's a miracle that Mitt Romney did as well there as he did, and got as many Evangelicals as he did to cross the line and vote for a Mormon. Wyoming, a solidly red state, went strongly for Mitt Romney, just as it went strongly for Bush in 2000 and 2004, voting strongly against Gore and Kerry. Mitt Romney is the only conservative front runner, as well as the only conservative with a snowball's chance of holding together Reagan's conservative coalition to conquer the Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama threat to America.

    February 1, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. I'm a Republican

    Ann Coulter just said that because she wants Hillary in the run off. Anne knows Hillary will be defeated in a runoff because over 50% of the country already hates Hillary.

    February 1, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. tg

    maybe she is just saying that so that ppl will think oh she suppports "clinton so clinton isnt a good democrat" and vote for obama.
    as long as its a democrat who becomes president i think we will be ok if its republican then i think it should be mccain

    February 1, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Emily, Atlanta, GA

    I agree with Roland. This is a stupid and misleading headline. It is clear that Coulter was trying to show her dissatisfaction with McCain being a real conservative.

    February 1, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Pete Gitlin

    Thanks, but no thanks, Coulter-geist. No self-respecting Democrat would in any way want your vote, after your years of cynical lies, outrageous insults, and anti-American behavior. Here's a suggestion: Disappear...your 15 minutes of fame stretched well beyond what anyone could have expected, but...it's over!

    February 1, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. Russ

    That seals it. If Coulter is voting for anybody, I am voting for the opposition.

    February 1, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Greg

    Obama's people have to be LOVING this one.

    February 1, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. rrrr

    Ann is a moron Who cares.

    February 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Lea C.

    I agree with Jeb B.: Coulter is radical. She is an extreme, and she is to be feared. She's almost as bad as the radical Islamist terrorists that we hunt. She only spues hate and contempt for those who do not share the EXACT same views as her. and work for her sole cause. I mean, what kind of a true Conservative has a hissy fit and crosses the line to the Liberal camp just because she doesn't agree with one Republican candidate. That tells you she's going against the GOP. McCain is a moderate Conservative and that's why I like him and will vote for him. And, by the way, let's all hold Ann Coulter to the fire and make sure she votes for Hillary come general election day when McCain and Clinton square off. I bet Hillary is sick to her stomach. Ann Coulter is a disgrace to humanity and to Conservatives as a whole!

    February 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Joseph DeSousa


    I disagree Pete!

    Everyone has their opinion and EVERYONE will come around to what I have been projecting for many years since Hillary ran for the senate.

    You are right girl she is better than McCain and we are in for 8 great years ahead after this BAD administration.

    We need a tough woman at the top kicking some good butt.... Have you ever thought of running...

    WOMEN WOMEN WOMEN... It's your turn.. I know you will do much better! After all who has been managing Amrican families for years! WOMEN!

    February 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Marilyn

    I detect a ruse. While Coulter is probably not wild about McCain, she is wild about Republicans. I don't believe she is for Hillary, but wants Dems to think she is in order to drive them to Obama, who she probably thinks is less-electable. I have never believed her in the past, and I don't believe her now.

    February 1, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. eric G

    the democrats have no chance it doesnt even matter who the republicans run. One the country isnt ready for a women or a minority president just yet. Plus CNN is a full fledge democratic new station or as I like to call it the Communist New Network

    February 1, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. C W, Beaverton

    Why do people bother with the likes of Ann Coulter? Stop listening, stop giving her a platform to spout her ridiculous ideas and hateful sputterings – she'll just shrivel up and blow away. Because really, folks, she's got nothing to offer except an insatiable, sick need to call attention to herself by hurting others. How pathetic!

    February 1, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. dmw

    Obama is more liberal than Hillary, who is a moderate. Obama is NOT better than Hillary. Ann's point is that McCain is too liberal for conservative Republicans.

    You Obama supporters are excited, I understand, but, you are also way off base by putting Hillary down all the time. I look forward to February 5 and beyond, maybe that will calm you all down.

    Hillary will be an agent of change, because she will be the first woman President in America. I know some of ya'll hate that notion, but, get use to it.

    Fired up, ready to go vote for Hillary.

    February 1, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. Meg W. - Philadelphia

    Didn't Ms. Coulter say that women have no place in politics? I surely don't think that Senator Clinton would be coveting her endorsement.

    Katherine A. Bell, if what you say is true – that a candidate who is elected President should have served in the military – then how do you explain the current mess in the white house? Surely you wouldn't suggest that Bush actually served in the military.

    Only 354 more days.....

    February 1, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Randall Riddle

    anne, u foolish woman.....conservative v. liberal.....this is pathetic, only true american patriots care about the well being of a country, not the well being of a party...thanks for letting us know why we should vote McCain lol...good job anne

    February 1, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. tndemocrat

    Who really cares what this blowhard thinks? Does anyone, republicans included, listen to her anymore? She's proven time and time again how ridiculous she is.

    February 1, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. maxwellinformed

    Don't believe it! She wants you to vote for Hillary. That's because Hilary is the nominee Republicans think they have the best chance at beating.
    Nice try Coulter-geist (hope you don't mind me borrowing that name:) .

    February 1, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Dave - AZ

    It's great that someone finally shares my philosophy on this. Someone who can actually persuade others to do the same thing. WE as conservatives can not let people like John McCain believe that he can hijack the Republican Party.

    I also would vote Hillary over McCain. I am currently a strict Romney supporter.

    February 1, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Chi, Iowa

    Why does this matter? Why would anyone care what this fool thinks about anything? She has said that Jews should convert to Christianity to be more American, and that blacks and women should not be allowed to vote because they vote primarily Democrat. I regard her opinions as highly as I regard those of holocaust-deniers.

    February 1, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. marcINnyc

    why should we listen or care about this moron?

    February 1, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. Tony Garvey

    God, that is one ugly woman. She makes Janet Reno look good.

    February 1, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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