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. Andrew from Birmingham

    Mr. McCain.

    You were my senator when I was in Arizona, you earned my respect then, and you continue to have it now.

    These Obama supporters have been disrespectful to you and Hillary, saying the most vile things.

    We Hillary supporters support you regardless of whether Hillary chooses to or not.

    Such a travesty the Democratic party has become.

    Still hoping Hillary runs as an independent, but if not.

    The Mighty McCain '08

    The Obama people call Hillary a Republican anyway, so why are they mad we are leaving the party?

    June 2, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  2. Army Vet from the 60's

    I don't trust the country to Obama. I trust McCain way more. Hillary was cheated the last time for me with the Michigan and Florida phony methods. McCain gets my vote.

    June 2, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  3. king from toronto

    wow!!lolllll i would not want to be lol "smithtown jim right now loll

    June 2, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  4. Luis villa

    McCain, make sure you are taking your psychotropic medication from your being a hero you said.
    Definitely.... I don't want any person with psycho problems taking over the white house, that RED BUTTON is very close to his fingers. You all MORONS, think about it.

    June 2, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. Army Vet from the 60's

    McCain will make it alright and since HIllary has been kicked to the curb by DNC and Obama supporter unfair practices, he gets my vote.

    June 2, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  6. Looking for McCain's Bearings

    😀

    McCain, I'll still looking for your bearings. Should I look under that telephone poll you crashed into while taking one of your naval flights? 😀 😀

    June 2, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  7. Nick

    McCain and his advisors are smart. They know that there's a demographic of Hillary supporters that feel cheated from the DNC Rules outcome. With a little nudge, they might be persuaded to vote for him, knowing that these voters care little for issues - they'll just vote out of spite and vengeance.

    June 2, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  8. JAMES IN AL

    MCCAIN KNOWS ALOT OF US CLINTON SUPPORTERS ARE LOOKING AT HIM FOR NOVEMBER. AND HE IS DOING WHAT HE NEEDS TO, TO MAKE SURE WE KNOW HE IS ALOT CLOSER TO US THAN OBAMA IS. AND HE MAY WIN ENOUGH OF US TO MAKE IT A LANDSLIDE IN NOVEMBER. I STILL HAVE NOT MADE MY MIND UP WEATHER ILL WRITE IN CLINTON BECAUSE I JUST DONT SEE MYSELF VOTING FOR A REPUBLICAN. BUT I DONT SEE MYSELF VOTING FOR OBAMA EITHER. BUT PLAIN AND SIMPLE................... NO-BAMA FOR ME IN 08' !!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. HeIsOlderThanDirt

    ...got a 15 year old son...if this fossil gets in, him and Joe Lieberman will reinstate the draft and send the current young generation off to fight the Iranians.....big price to pay for being a bunch of sore losers.....

    June 2, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  10. paul, nyc ny

    Thank you, Mr McCain, for showing the true change in a politician and the race. By just showing your respect for Hillary, the person I support, you have shown that you can see the true person and acknowledge her. It would be amazing for you to ask her to be your running mate. Nothing has ever been written that you can't do it and histroy is rife with 2 parties tickets.

    June 2, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  11. Elizabeth

    He is after the losers who to this day are thinking that the nomination has been unfairly taken away from their candidate! Namely uneducated, sore and angry old white women, thank goodness I am not one of them! And if these women will vote for him in November, they should go right ahead for they have no place in my party. If you are a democrat, you vote for a democrat no matter who is the nominee but if you are not a core democrat, you can do whatever you want to do and we real democrats don't give a rat's rare end about it. So please go right ahead. Obama will bring out as much new voters as the ones who are going to vote for McCain if not more. Losers will continue to be losers no matter what. And to CNN... If you won't publish this, I will be 100% sure that you are what people say you are that is Clinton News Network (CNN)

    June 2, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  12. Andrew from Birmingham

    Note to the radical DNC leaders who worked to destroy Hillary since the beginning. Asking her to quit when she is behind Obama by 1%.

    Consider us going to McCain the last time you will choose a nominee based on your corrupt wishes rather than the voters.

    You picked your puppet and molded him nicely, but you failed to realize how deep our love is for Hillary.

    We are voting McCain, and it's all your fault.

    We want a moderate, not a liberal.

    June 2, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. Bill PA

    Hillary has been cheated by the DNC.....bunch of bums...

    McCain gets my vote in November...........................Obama sucks

    June 2, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  14. Matthew from Lincoln, NE

    For all of you whispering about a McCain/Clinton ticket, I have one thing to say – You Have NO knowledge of politics. Seriously, people don't join forces because of someone they're both fighting (Obama). John McCain and Hillary Clinton have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in common.
    To those "Clinton Supporters" who say they will vote McCain, I wonder why you'll be voting against your candidate – after all, Hillary WILL be supporting the democratic candidate, and to try to convince yourself and others otherwise is doing a disservice to the intelligence of the people reading these posts.

    June 2, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  15. Jack & Kate

    Right on McCain. We'll vote for you if the Dems foolishly nominate an unqualified and unelectable Obama. Keep fighting Hillary, stay in through the DNC convention where you can prevail., The delegates are not really "pledged" to any one candidate They can vote for whomever they wish. Their job is to nominate the most electable candidate and that is Hillary Clinton.

    June 2, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    On that note John McCain, for your information Clinton would makes a far superior candidate than yourself. You are a leftover from the Bush administration and I personally don't like leftovers. It's too bad Republicans have such a poor choice in candidates in a time when the country needs to heal from all you and Bush have done. We will never elect you as our president.

    June 2, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  17. The Clear Thinking Independent

    Isn't this the same respectful praise that has Senator Obama has been graciously lavishing on Mrs. Clinton for the past 3 months or more?

    Moreover,

    1.) Hillary shares his views on the major issues
    2.) Mr. Obama is hiring away her key staff as we speak and they will have influence in the Obama Campaign.

    No open minded, thinking voter is going to shift from the Clinton camp to McCain. A few bitter, angry folks might ... like the kind that were protesting at the DNC rules & bylaws committee meeting on Saturday.

    But it would seem Mr. Obama never had them anyway.

    June 2, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  18. Bill PA

    Hillary all the way,don't drop out.

    June 2, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  19. Bill PA

    CNN keeps downing my veiw point.

    June 2, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  20. Paul C

    You are against Obama, plain and simple

    June 2, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  21. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    This country is ready for a woman president–just not Hillary Clinton. Why can't her supporters understand that she lost because people don't like her?

    June 2, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. Ray jay

    I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW UTTERLY STUPID YOU TURNCOATS ARE JUST BECAUSE YOUR CANIDATE LOST
    GOD HELP YOU AND THE STATES WITH JERKS LIKE YOU GUYS

    June 2, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  23. TEXAS TRAIL DOG

    JOHN McCAIN PLEASE ASK HILLARY TO BE YOUR VP RUNNING MATE. YOU TWO WOULD TAKE THIS COUNTRY BY STORM. AND TALK ABOUT UNITY. OVER HALF OF THE DEMOCRAT PART WOULD JOIN AUTOMATICALLY WITH THE REPUBLICANS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THIS COUNTRY. McCAIN/CLINTON 08

    June 2, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  24. David, Chicago, IL

    Vote Independent! Hillary in 2008!

    June 2, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  25. barry

    i have voted democratic since 1992 but this year since I cant vote for a clinton i will be with senator mccain

    June 2, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
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