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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soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. MCCAIN LIES

    Go to youtube and type in The Real McCain and see how he lies and lies and lies.

    This is just an attempt to woo her voters... McCain lying yet again to try to get elected.

    June 2, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  2. king from toronto

    well if this is what it takes to win the clinton supporters.i must say, that is pretty cheap.are the clinton supporters so blind??

    June 2, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  3. hillary supporter!!

    Yea Mcain/Hillary ticket would be monster!!! I will vote for Mcain. But a Mcain with Hillary as V.P. would be a dream!

    June 2, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  4. RB

    Poor John. Still trying to run his juvenile, reverse psychology on Hillary supporters hoping they really will vote for him in Nov. News flash: You're a loser and will lose BIG in Nov. In terms you might understand "that dog don't hunt". Do you really think democrats are so simple as to not know that you have little republican cronies trying to divide the party by posting crap like SmithtownJim? You over-estimate your appeal....

    OBTW, I am a republican voting for Obama because I see right through your BS. Better try something else cause I am one of millions of republicans who will never vote for you! Smoke that in your peace pipe.

    June 2, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  5. Joel

    Jim – You're a fan of the failed policies of the last 7+ years? You know Obama and Clinton and very similar on policy issues, and she may well be Obama's VP nominee. Would you still vote McCain?

    June 2, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  6. David D Kollie

    McCain is greatly disappointed that Hillary did not win. How can an oppositional candidate keep complementing another when all is not yet over? This is a clear indication that the republican wanted Hillary so that they can win over her. Any way McCain, keep up congratulating Hillary. Hope she will congratulate you too when you return to the senate after all.

    June 2, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  7. Norma. Franklin

    Demo's just don't seem to get it right. Why are they backing Obama over Hillary is awful since his knowledge is lacking in politics.

    June 2, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  8. jb

    have fun voting for him in January, considering he told a crowd in Tennessee today that he's going to "win in January".

    June 2, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. Nina Dorn

    Yes,
    And, she has to withstand an old style Chicago dem. political machine.
    Like, now... Bill Clinton is a target of accusation off the air.
    Why for fairness you guys at CNN give the same level of coverage to another non-credible source like Sinclair vs. Obama (see Youtube).

    First Vanity... puts the article, then you guys cover it, so the same with this Sinclair guy....... just to repudiate him!!!!!
    (Well, your biases are obvious, I guess).

    June 2, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. Dan, TX

    McCain is dreaming. Clinton supporters intend to vote for Clinton and whoever she wants us to vote for. No Clinton supporter will support McCain.

    June 2, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  11. mike

    So why you don't take her for #2? both! take vacation and share your experience.

    June 2, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. Sam

    What an opportunist. He's simply trying to grab Hillary's voting bloc while sliming Obama because Obama can and will destroy him.

    June 2, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. Otto

    Any Dem voting for McCain in November is in fact not a Dem but Republican writing garbage.
    Don't try to fool anyone with your scapegoat, we know much better.
    The sad thing is that you know someone who lost a Son or Daughter in Iraq for a war that should never authorized.

    You know many who lost their homes and pension and savings and should I go on with the "and's".

    I would call that choice gross stupidity.

    June 2, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  14. s.boat

    No Gas Tax Holiday. . . No V. P. Spot!

    June 2, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  15. rural american for Clinton or McCain.

    McCain can give me and others a call if Hillary is not the nominee. Republicans do not have caucuses which are undemocratic like Democrats do. The Democratic Party DNC has no guts. We are selecting another nominee who will lose in the fall, just like we have for 40 years, except Carter and Clinton.

    In Texas, Hillary Clinton won the primary by 200,000 votes only to lose the caucus which you had to vote in the primary to vote in the caucus. So by losing the caucus, Obama won more delegates. This system is screwed up and is selecting the weaker of the 2 candidates for a fall election. No soldier in Iraq or Afganistan has had the right to vote in a caucus. Ironic huh?

    Obama will find out that the difference when all people can vote!

    June 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  16. David Goldman for OBAMA

    TOO BAD HE CAN'T PRAISE HIS OWN.

    June 2, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  17. Dee

    SmithtownJim,

    You won't be hurting anyone but yourself with your vote for McCain. Senator Obama will be alright. He won't suffer one day because you voted for McCain. Some of us already know how to make when things get rough. But you will defintely find out just how tough it is when you give Senator McCain your vote. There is always a first time for everything. So be all of our guest and vote republican.

    June 2, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  18. Andi

    Wow...why the praise all of a sudden? It takes a snake to know a snake.

    June 2, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. Alan

    Senator McCain should spend more time on focusing on the economy, healthcare, alternative fuel sources, the lowering of fuel prices and their current impact on the economy and cost of living/goods, education, than his attacks on Senator Obama. Senator McCain has spent so much time with mr bush lately, however, look at the mess mr bush has gotten us into over the past 8 years. and to you ohio, you have about the highest rate of un-employment and economic chaos in the country, so if i find that you again hand the election to a republican this time by 100,000 votes and screw this entire country for another four years, shame on you, you are as stupid of a state as i thought you were.

    June 2, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  20. s.boat

    Hillary Ran A Terrible Campaign. . . Just How She Would Run The White House!

    June 2, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  21. M

    Hey people can vote for whomever they want. Just don't come crying to the rest of us when things don't change under McCain. Remember who put him there in the first place.

    June 2, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  22. Tony, Miami

    What's funny is that she will join Obama and "She will do whatever it takes to bring the party together to win and whatever is asked of her to make sure the Republicans are defeated." and her supporters will be voting McSame.

    June 2, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  23. OHIO VOTER

    I'm with you Smithtown Jim, you can count this Hillary supporter in your corner too, Senator McCain. I will never vote for Barack Obama after he, the DNC and the main stream media STOLE this election from Hillary Clinton.

    This Election has been a joke and an insult to all American Voters.

    June 2, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  24. Common Sense

    Amy I couldn't agree more when you say "Your threats are old"

    I can't believe people who supported Clinton would vote for McCain if Obama wins the nomination. That is undoubtedly elementary logic.

    June 2, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  25. Allen In North Carolina

    I really believe that the so called democrates screaming.... I'm voting for McSame.... Have gone off your rockers?.... Have you people absolutely lost your minds?..... Please.... Tell me what happy planet you lunas have been living on so that I can live with you guys in your puple haze world..... Because this one has been hell for the last 7, plus years......

    The reason this presidential campaign has been so vigorous is that we all have been suffering and doing without the basics of life, And we all want something, or somebody to hear how we people feel, Someone to make our voices heard. We have our nominee.... The ratic Party.... Yes We Can!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
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