June 2nd, 2008
08:27 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain praises Clinton’s campaign

 John McCain told supporters Monday he admires the campaign Hillary Clinton has run.

John McCain told supporters Monday he admires the campaign Hillary Clinton has run.

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) – During a town hall meeting on Monday afternoon in the historical home of the Grand Ole Opry, John McCain attacked Barack Obama on no less than six different topics, ranging from the Illinois senator’s single visit to Iraq in early 2006 to not supporting the nominations of Supreme Court justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito.

However, McCain had nothing but kind words for Hillary Clinton whose candidacy has been declared all but dead.

“I have known Senator Clinton, I admire her and I respect her,” said McCain in response to a questioner who noted that Clinton is still in the race. “She has inspired generations of American women to believe that they can reach the highest office in this nation.”

“I admire the campaign that she has run, she deserves a great deal of credit,” he added. “A few of us who have been around politics for a while learned a lesson way back in 1992 that you better never count a Clinton out of any race.”

McCain said that they have had their differences on the Senate floor, but drew applause from the Nashville crowd for emphasizing his respect for Clinton.

Clinton has insisted that if she fails to win the Democratic nomination, she would work with Obama to unite the party ahead of November’s election. But there is no doubt that if her campaign fails, McCain will – and may already – be targeting her white, working class and older voters Obama has had trouble winning over.

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  1. kady

    What a slimeball. He knows she's toast and wants to make himself look good to woman by touting her. I don't think thats what he would have said if she was winning the primaries.

    Your true colors will be outed once Obama gets going on you, Johnnie!

    June 2, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |


    June 2, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. SmithtownJim

    Senator McCain, count one of Hillary's supporters in your corner!

    McCain '08, and that's from a man who has NEVER voted 'Republican' in his life!

    (And who has been a Democrat for 36 years!)

    June 2, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |


    June 2, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  5. The Truth

    OK everyone the word you are looking for is PANDERING......

    He is just trying to shore up the votes from Hillary supporters who are upset.....Attack Obama?...Nothing but kind words for Clinton?

    Be afraid McLame......Yes Obama will defeat you.

    OBAMA '08!

    June 2, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  6. USAF Staff Sergeant

    What a crazy old man! Haha.

    June 2, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. darrell

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....does anyone really listen to what this guy says? His politics are so all over the map, I can't make heads or tails out of what this stands for.

    June 2, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  8. Donna

    Of course he complimented her campaign...they basically ran the same campaign...

    June 2, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  9. Mark

    Jim, you can't be serious, are your bank accounts dry, gas too expensive, like the idea of your wife or Girlfriend having the ability to choose what to do with her reproductive parts?..

    or do you know anyone who has or does the above?...

    If so you know well your voting democrat, if you didn't you would be voting for higher gas prices, over turning roe vs wade, and giving more of your tax dollars to the rich..

    Or the more obvious answer your a republican trying to get Hillary supporter to follow you ..

    June 2, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  10. Franky

    "Senator McCain, count one of Hillary's supporters in your corner!

    McCain '08, and that's from a man who has NEVER voted 'Republican' in his life!

    (And who has been a Democrat for 36 years!)"

    Ohhh man that was crazy guys!!! Is crazy outside guys!! Is crazy!! Ohhh and by the way, as for this supporter of Hillary, tell him that is not a matter of accepting it, is a matter of dealing wit it.........if you are fine with it, then you'll have no problems, TRUST ME! LOL!!!!! Boy, I came just in time, huh? LOL!!!

    June 2, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  11. BC

    MaCain + Clinton'08!

    June 2, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. Ian, Maryland

    Well Smithtown Jim, you're showing your strong Democratic roots by voting for a third Bush turn. Way to sell your values out because you're bitter because your candidate didn't win the nomination. I'll see you when the bombs start falling.

    June 2, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. Alexander

    Now I call that typical republican pander, when they need you ,they praise you but if they don't need you than you are a bunch of inbreeds from West Virginia.

    June 2, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. Freddie, La

    And again that is sad to know that people are so sore about the primary race that they would rather have another 4 to 8 yrs of Bush/McCain policy that they completely over look the stark difference between Dems and Republicans. I am an Obama supporter but if for whatever the reason HRC gets to be the nominee I will support her for the good of the country...

    June 2, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  15. Joe

    He wants her to win because he knows that he doesn't have a chance against Obama. It wouldn't make sense for him to praise her campaign if he considered her a serious threat. The more he can help to try and get her to win the nomination, the less likely it will be that he has to run against Obama in November.

    June 2, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  16. steveda - poconos

    Lifelong dem huh Smithtown Jim? You wold perpetuate the ridiculous and harmful policies of the Bush Administration to make some petty point about what?

    Well bud, your children will pay for that choice with their taxes as they ae charged with the deficit McCain will continue to run, and they will pay for the Republicans war for profit (profit for te rich that is) with their blood. the shame is that with the Supreme Court justice McCain will appoint your children will probably lose much of their free speech rigthts so they wont even be able to complain publicly.

    Frankly, I don't carfe what you do. You don't have to explain it to me, and i don't want to hear it anyway. It's your children and grandchildren you will owe that explanation to. Have fun with your petty little snit. Just remember who you are really punishing.

    June 2, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  17. darrell

    smithtown jim..so I guess that you want 4 more years of Bush Policy? 4 more years of the Iraq mess? 4 more years of a flailing economy? Don't cut off your nose to spite your face, it really isn't worth it. Better yet, give me 5 good reasons to vote for McCain. Tell me what he stands for that you agree with? What are your arguments for choosing McCain over Obama that have only to do with where they stand on policy and issues? Last time I looked, Clinton and Obama were pretty much on the same page on every issue. You being a Clinton supporter, I would think that the values Obama holds would be more in line with your beliefs..

    June 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. Realist

    Thats the whole idea "SmithtownJim" he wants people who are basing their vote on emotion rather than on sensible decision making to swing his way.

    Vote for the war in iraq, the tax cut on gas this summer, keeping the GI bill as is etc. etc. rather than voting real self interest. People are making this too much about the persons and less about the proposed policies. This, of course, favors McCain.

    In the end, who ever Americans vote for is who the American people deserve.

    June 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  19. YES WE CAN

    McCain knows that he can beat Hillary. He makes me sick.

    Barack Obma will be the next President of the United States. He will be one of our greatest President's of all times.

    McCain hasn't got a clue about the Economy, Health Care, Jobs, Gas Prices, Housing, the War. Joe Lieberman has to travel around telling him what to say when he gets it wrong.

    No to Hillary on the VP. Bill Clinton is a disaster. She can't be trusted.
    Hillary has the highest percentage of 58% of the people don't trust her and believe she is dishonest. Hillary will destroy the Democratic Party. It is all about her EGO and the lust for POWER.


    June 2, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  20. ErinOK

    SmithtownJim, That is the dumbest thing I have read in the last hour (and that says a lot). You've never voted Republican, but you'll do it for McCain? Complete ignorance. Why didn't you vote for Bush since you love his policies so much?

    June 2, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  21. Zagazaw

    He want her supporters

    June 2, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  22. Eddie G

    GIVE ME A BREAK. That old fart is just disappointed that he doesn't get to trounce her in November. He has more dirt on her than she has on him....

    Go away Hillary. Go away McCain. Time for CHANGE!

    June 2, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  23. Luke

    Haha....McCain your an OK guy, too bad about your never ending the Iraq war.
    He can be in the NEW cabinet though.

    June 2, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  24. Florida not for Barack Obama - Ever


    June 2, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  25. No McSame

    McSame you don't have to suck up to the Billary supporters they have already prostituted themselves to you.
    I am glad that you don't have anything good to say about Obama because that would worry me. I want him to be as far down the road from you as he can you war monger. We will see to it that you get to spend time in your rocking chair with your corn pipe in you mouth like most old geezers do at your age.
    Obama08 without Billary

    June 2, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
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