February 5th, 2008
08:39 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: McCain the favorite of anti-war Republicans

McCain appears to be winning among anti-war Republican voters.

McCain appears to be winning among anti-war Republican voters.

(CNN) - Another surprising finding in the national exit polls: John McCain - who has made the war in Iraq and the need for continued U.S. involvement there a centerpiece of his campaign - is actually winning among Republicans who are against the war. Among those Republicans who disapprove of the war, nearly half voted for McCain, while only a quarter voted for Mitt Romney - even though McCain spent the past few weeks trying to portray Romney as more liberal on the war.

Moderates - those most likely to disapprove of Iraq – seem to simply prefer McCain, even when they don't square on the issues.

- CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. adam


    February 5, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  2. wes

    Americans are idiots. I hope you will all learn your lesson after this election.

    February 5, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. Steve M.

    Deke R said:
    "The question still remains why the moderates supported Mccain in the primary ,and will they continue to support him in the general election or is it a setup?"

    That depends entirely on who wins the Democratic primary, does it not?

    February 5, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. Tannim

    100-year-war Insane McCain gets the anti-war vote?

    Now THAT'S just wrong.

    No wonder the GOP is headed for the trash pile of history.

    War is anti-war.
    Up is down.
    Left is right.

    1984 is here.

    God Help Us All!

    February 5, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. cherny

    The clever people of this world never fail to explain things succinctly. Who could I have missed the overall pattern? Clearly every event in history just boils down to people being stupid. That's what got us into Iraq in the first place, More than 80% of the country were wasting their time analysing the geopolitical implication of the venture, when they could have instantly find the answer in stupidity.

    February 5, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. Jacob

    Its amazing how stupid Americans are, and we wonder why other countries laugh at us. We want the War to stop, yet we're voting for a fake war hero that wants us to stay in Iraq longer than anyone else wants. Romney is the best candidate yet he's losing to an old man who is basically a cross between Bush & Dole. Unbelievable, time for me to vote democrat if Obama wins and move out of the country if Clinton wins.

    February 5, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  7. Otto

    Perhaps the voters who say that they are against the war but chose McCain are of McCain's age. Thus we can explain this weird voting pattern with Alzheimer's.

    February 5, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. Pete

    It’s time to stop this anti-immigration movement.
    A few pathetic guys with money and their radio propaganda will not tell Americans what to do. Viva America-Viva Immigrants-Viva McCain and Obama!
    What happened to Ron Paul and Mitt Romney and their anti immigration rhetoric and propaganda-they are simply finished! Oh, I forgot to mention the most pathetic candidate-Tom Tancredo who pulled out so early-we don’t miss you Tom!
    Are you blind? Stop wasting your time-America is all about immigrants and always will be! God Bless America!

    February 5, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  9. Tom

    McCain is no Commander in Chief..........Dewight Esenhower was a commander in Chief. On the ground, grunt it out commander. McCain is an illusion that the republicans are grasping for. McCain was not a foot soldier, McCain was a fly boy, and one who's final mission was unsuccessful. Let's tell it like it is..

    February 5, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. Otto

    They used to say it would be a disaster to pull out of Vietnam. It wasnt.
    And it will work out when we leave Iraq.

    We attacked Iraq. Iraq never attacked us. Bush violated international law.
    Bush created a premise by which any petty dictator can attack a neighbor based on being concerned about a possible later attack, without any reality to it.

    February 5, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. Nick

    I thought this headline was a hoax....but alas it does confirm that our nation if full of sheep...and we need a good culling.

    There is only 1 anti-war conservative candidate...and how the Republican sheeple supposedly "against the war" manage to pick a man saying he doesn't care if we have to stay in Iraq "for a hundred years" is truly beyond my understanding.

    February 5, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. Tanner

    I believe Romny is the best candidate on the Republican side. Hopefully the race will be between Romny and Obama. Let the best candidate win!

    February 5, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. wndchsr

    Just proves how utterly stupid and lazy the average person is, they vote without doing the first bit of research.

    February 5, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. Joan Perry

    People need to stop and think about what this race means. Before the Bush admin took office there was a booming economy, no war, jobs were up and crime was down, now look at the mess the country is in. But you can thank the people who put him into office. So the next time you hear about another life lost, another job gone down the tubes, another crime spree, or the recession, thank a republican!

    February 5, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  15. Concerned

    We need real border control which means several stone wall fences to control the ridiculous overflow of illegal immigrants coming in our country. There are plenty of Americans that don't have jobs, we don't need every single Mexican to come here.
    I hope whoever wins has the true interest of Legal American Citizens at heart!

    February 5, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  16. chronic

    Republicans are just as insane as McCain

    February 5, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  17. rob

    I believe McCain is the republican's best hope for '08. Hilary is the republican's best hope as well since she is more manageable than obama. Go hilary!

    February 5, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  18. James Davidson

    They must not be very much against the war. There is only one Republican candidate against the war, Ron Paul. Of course you can blame CNN and the other debate sponsers for doing their best to stifle his views and his time on camera in the last few debates. CNN even cut Huckaby out of the debate as much as possible, and look how good he's doing so far in the Tuesday primaries. Journalism at it's absolute worst!

    February 5, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. SE Asia perspective

    Umm, the pullout from Vietnam was a disaster for those living in SE Asia (so not just Vietnam, but also Cambodia, Laos, Burma/Myanmar). Sure things seemed to work out for the US, but we need to also think about the people living in the countries we invade. I have a feeling those currently living in Iraq feel the same.

    February 5, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. Tom

    McCain is an illusion. Our definition of war hero has certainly changed. One from
    proven leaders who actually won wars of defense to the present day of one who spent most of his time as a POW and eventually signed papers denouncing the U.S.
    I'm not taking away the gratitued of McCain's serving the in the US military, for many have given their lives for the same cause. I'm not accusing McCain of treason or dishonering the military or it's citizens during time as a POW. What I am saying is McCain did his duty in the military and nothing else. There are many others certainly due much more praise for their service. It's a darn shame McCain claims his military experience gives him the front runner as a commander in chief and of being a "war hero" (?) as his credentials. He's getting more of a sympathy vote than a vote of
    confidence. People are disillusioned and want a war hero soooo bad, they are making one up. WAKE UP AMERICA!

    February 5, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  21. Also Concerned

    Here, Here!! God Bless the USA!

    Let's get our country and our countrymen back!

    February 5, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. jamie

    I think a Democrat should win because Bush has left us in a horrible situation. Hilary follows whatever THEY say, so GO OBAMA! You've got my vote!! OBAMA for President! Real Change, Real Ideas!

    February 5, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. Carlos

    This is sad. We have a president in office who plunged us into war under false pretense, put us into an economic disaster, and eroded our standing in the international community. and what do the Republicans do? They throw their support behind another warhawk who freely admits that he knows very little about the economy. Really smart. Wake up people!!

    February 5, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  24. Colton Kerrigan

    I do not think many republicans notice that MaCain is winning all the states along the Atlantic coast. As many of us know, those are usually democratic states. in the general election the republican nominee will not have a shot at winning new york, Delaware, Connecticut ect. Rommney country is in the west and that is coming up.

    February 5, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  25. Amber J

    Are you kinding me? McCain is leading! Oh brother we're in trouble! First of all, he's not a Republican, he just claims to be one. He's more liberal than the Liberals! Get smart and vote for Romney!

    February 5, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
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