June 9th, 2008
02:25 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain team reaches out to disappointed Clinton backers

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/06/09/clinton.supporters/art.clinton.gi.jpg caption="Would Clinton's supporters really consider backing McCain this fall?"] WASHINGTON (CNN) - While Sen. Hillary Clinton was endorsing Sen. Barack Obama, some of those weighing in on her campaign Web site were less willing to concede.

As Clinton wrapped up her remarks Saturday in Washington with a plea for supporters to work "as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me," many were posting messages saying they would never vote for the presumptive Democratic nominee. A few even called on her backers to visit Sen. John McCain's campaign Web site.

"I love her and will vote for her in 2012, but it's McCain all the way now," wrote one within moments of the former first lady's address.

Whether that sort of statement signals a defection to the presumptive Republican nominee, a voter less likely to make it to the polls on Election Day or just a bit of low-grade, post-primary grumbling - it's the sort of sentiment that makes for a nagging, low-grade anxiety among nervous Democrats and brings a gleam to the eye of McCain.

As Democratic leaders met last month and decided to seat Florida and Michigan at half strength at the convention, angry Clinton supporters who had backed her plea for the seating of full delegations from both states began to chant, "Let's go, McCain!"

And as Clinton's presidential bid wound down, some of her loudest supporters began insisting they would consider voting for McCain if she were not the Democratic nominee.

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  1. Barry

    For all the Clinton and MCCain supporters who claim Obama does not have enough experience.

    Can any of you, please tell me which of the following have ANY EXPERIENCE as being the President of the US?
    A. Sen Clinton
    B. Sen McCain
    C. Sen Obama
    D. Pinky, from Pinky and the Brain

    ....take your time....
    What's the answer? D. > Pinky! Yes, there was one episode where he actually won the Presidency of the US.

    So, please tell me how all that experience translates to being ready to be POTUS?

    That means, the only thing we can really measure is judgement.
    Who showed better judgment concerning the Iraq war?
    Who showed better judement concerning the Gas Tax Holiday?
    Who shows better judgement concerning diplomacy?
    ..etc, etc.

    In my book:

    June 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Michigan Voter

    Beware, Soniaforhillary is on this blog 16 times, (aka-Repulican)

    June 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. JohnK

    Let all of them vote for McCain. Let them keep digging Hillary's future under. If anybody does a search for news when Hillary decided to run everyone in the news said the same thing, she was the winner even before the primaries began, so this whole made up idea that the media was against her is not supported. Was it possible that people changed their minds for themselves because they felt someone else might be better?
    Viva the Hillary Republic, forget about democracy

    June 9, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. DH

    Let's get something straight, you Obama supporters, i'm not changing over to McCain, because Hillary lost, so please understand me and alot of others when i say this..understand"i will not vote for Obama because he is not the right person to lead our Country, he totally lie to our faces and insisted that in the 20 years he and his family attended Revend Wrigths Church he didn't know really what kind of person he was, he and Michelle never heard him preach, negatively???? That totally makes me sick! i'm not buying it, you people can, like i have said so many times, (because he is new, and really shouldn't have all this baggage coming into this campaign, he did, his supporters knew this, he especially did everything he could to hide this from us, and you all know it! and you are asking me and others to look the other way? like it isn't true?? Sorry Hillary! you mean the world to me and millions of others, but we cannot go for Obama.

    June 9, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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