FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
The race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama now looks like it could stretch on for months and is becoming increasingly bitter.
The Wall Street Journal reports groups that for months have energized the Democratic campaign – like blacks, women and young voters – are "increasingly sniping" at each other. They point out that more Republicans now say they're satisfied with John McCain than Democrats are with either Clinton or Obama. This is a big change from January, when many more Democrats were satisfied with their choices.
Some Democratic activists insist that this is normal, and after the convention, "we will all come together." But not everyone is convinced. Strategist Donna Brazile says, "I am fearful; we are heading into uncharted territory", adding that the mood and tone of the campaign have shifted in the past few weeks.
For example: Black radio talk shows are getting callers who say they'll stay home in November if Clinton wins the nomination. When it comes to women, some Clinton supporters say if Obama gets the nomination, they'll vote for McCain instead. As for the youth vote that Obama has mobilized in record numbers, some Clinton backers worry that they wouldn't turn out in the same numbers for her in a general election.
Here’s my question to you: If the Democratic candidate you support does not win the nomination, for whom would you vote in the general election?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Patrick from Charlotte, North Carolina writes:
If Obama doesn't win the nomination, I will not vote. My reasoning is simple: I do not believe that a Clinton or McCain presidency would bring the leadership or vision that our country needs. It is time we hire a president who does not get bogged down in the here and now. Instead, we need a president who will plant the seeds for a safe and competitive America 50 years from now. McCain is a commander and not a chief. How can he be a leader if he's starting to learn about the economy after he's clinched the Republican nomination?
I am an ardent Hillary supporter, and I will vote for John McCain if Obama wins the nomination. I really do care about experience, and it is more important that someone lead the country and the military rather than give speeches full of empty rhetoric. I am a very well-educated white woman not easily swayed by campaign promises.
Joy from North Carolina writes:
McCain! I am an African-American Republican female who feels that Obama, despite his party affiliation, is best for our country at this point in time. However, if Obama does not get the nomination, I will return to my party and vote for McCain. I simply do not trust the Clintons. Period!
Travis from Augusta, Georgia writes:
If the insipid, inexperienced dolt Obama somehow manages to use Bush-like deception and trickery to pull the wool over people’s eyes (regarding the lack of substance in his message) and win the nomination, I wouldn't vote Democratic if you paid me. Hillary Clinton remains the only one with the experience to stand up to John McCain.
I support Obama. I always felt that I would vote for Clinton if she gets the nomination but the way she has been conducting her campaign the past few weeks has changed my mind. I will either vote for McCain or Nader. It will be the Clinton’s fault if the party ends up divided.
Bill from Macon Georgia writes:
Jack, I’m a life-long Democrat. If at the end of this primary, the superdelegates are not given to the person having the most pledged delegates, for the first time in many years, I will not vote.
It depends on who has the lead in elected delegates. If the leader in elected delegates is not nominated, then my vote will go elswhere.
San Antonio, Texas
No Jack! The Republicans CAN NOT WIN!
Jack, I voted for Sen. Obama in the NY primary. If I was allowed a "do over" I would vote for Sen. Clinton. In what ever transpires between now and election day this November, I will be proudly voting for the Democratic nominee.
I support Hillary Clinton. If she does not get the nomination, I'll be voting for John McCain. It's not because I don't like Barack Obama – I simply don't believe he's ready to be president at this point.
It's simple Jack, I will vote for the other Democratic nominee and prevent Republicans from winning another four years. Its time for the young to take a turn at running this country and undo the mess the Bush regime has created for this country and the world.
I would 100% vote for Obama should he win, what bothers me is the huge number of Obama supporters who wouldn't vote for Clinton, furthering my opinion that a good number of Obama supporters don't support him for the issues, they just like that he is a great speaker and a fresh face in an aging political scene.
If Hillary does not win the Democratic nomination, I will vote for John McCain, and it would be my first Republican vote ever!!! I don't like Obama, his empty promises and how he has run his campaign based on innuendos and lies. I don't believe he is qualified to be President. So why would I vote for him?
I think if the DNC lets this continue then shame on them!!!!!!!! Whoever thinks this is a good thing should do some rethinking instead of thinking about revoting. We must unite as soon as possible or neither candidate will win and we will all lose! The more mud sling, kitchen sink approach, the more deeper the feeling of resentment will be. And trust, resentment is not were the Democratics wants to be!!!!!
I would have to vote for a Democratic candidate, there is no other choice. The only Republic candidate with any credibility would be Ron Paul, but that would waste a vote with the unenlightened electorate we’ve had for the last eight years.
If Barack Obama does not win the Democratic nomination I will vote for John McCain. As much as I want to make a clean brake from the current administration I just cannot vote for Hillary. She and her husband have a history of taking taking advantage of anyone around them, and getting a share of the cash off the top. Whitewater, Commodities trading, renting out the Lincoln bedroom like it was motel 6, stealing historical Whitehouse property and the newest is uranium mining. She and Bill have an over developed sense of entitlement and egomania.
John McCain is at least a genuine Hero, who sees his lifes mission as public service. I don't agree with him on many issues but I don't fear he will sell us out to the Highest bidder.
My hate and disgust for Hillary Clinton has exceeded the fervency of any feelings I have ever had for ANY man or woman in public office. Those of us who have been inspired at a personal level by the Obama message have found extreme personal offense in the campaign she is running. Because so many of Obama's supporters are on his side because they resonate with his identity politics, Clinton's attacks on Obama mimic personal attacks upon each of us who believe in him. I am afraid that nothing could ever compel me to support her, much less vote for her. If Obama is not the nominee, I would easily be more inclined to cross over for McCain. I could never support Hillary–it would be a betrayal not only of my beliefs, but of my character and my identity as an American.
I am an independent and was a McCain supporter in 2000. I think that the times have passed him by and I am supporting Barak Obama. I think I will switch back to McCain if the Democrats insist on the more partisan cnadidate in Hillary Clinton. The continued quagmire of the congress doing nothing needs to change.
I will vote for McCain if my candidate, Hillary Clinton, does not get the nomination. I have followed all the debates and done research and there is no way I can vote for Obama. I want real change that is positive and accomplishes solutions that I find in Hillary Clinton and her leadership. We cannot afford to do on the job training in the oval office. I have come to the conclusion that Obama sought the Senate seat to run for President. He is the audacity of ego. Obama would have to do a lot of convincing to get my vote...and he does not have the record to do accomplish such task.
The nomination process is effectively over. Hillary Clinton has no plausible way to win the nomination. Her only long shot possibility is to attempt to tear down Obama and then argue that he won't survive the fall election. The result of such tactic is that it will backfire on all for it will effectively put McCain in office and/or weaken the Democrats potential gains in Congress.
The Democrat Super Delegates need to get off the fence and do their jobs. It is clear they can not sit back and watch the party implode. These super delegates need to endorse the frontrunner Obama and effectively tell Hillary that it is over. If the super delegates will not do this action, what good are they?
For me, it is simple. I will just take that day off from work and sleep the whole day, if Obama does not get the nomination.
I believe in Barack Obama for the promise and possibilities that he holds for us. Given where the campaign is today, he should win. If he doesn't it will be because of manipulation. This was done to us in 2000, and I pray it won't happen again. I could never vote for Hillary Clinton; she is part of what we are trying to get rid of. I certainly can't vote for John McCain and perpetuate the travesty that is IRAQ. That leaves me with a write in or no vote. Mybe Canada would have me?
I WOULD NOT VOTE FOR ANY CANDIDATE WHO TOOK US TO WAR IN IRAQ. SO IF OBAMA DOES NOT THE NOMINATION I WILL NOT VOTE!
I am 24 years old, and I have never been so inspired by politics in all of my years of living. Being both a young man, and a black man, I represent two parts of the voting crowd. I am a supporter of Barack because I believe in him, and he truly gives me hope. If Hillary gets the nomination, listen to me loudly Jack, I WILL NOT VOTE!!!!! I am infuriated by her campaign tactics, and I have expressed my concerns in an email to the DNC.
All this stuff about different demographic groups not voting in the general election because of another gender/ethnic group won out is the stuff of the less educated. Democratic strategists need to consider a demographic that is even more important: Liberal Democrats who are highly educated. We would vote for Obama. We (lots of us) would NOT for Hillary Clinton. Many of us would throw our votes to Ralph Nader. Hillary is too Republican for our tastes.
Hillary has demostrated that if she can't be the first women president than the American people would be better off having a 3rd Bush Term. However, if OBAMA has this stolen from him, then I will vote for Nadar.
As an Obama supporter, I have canvassed for him in Louisiana and the state of Texas. I have donated money to his campaign almost monthly. As I watch this democratic process, I am learning more each day. And I feel like I am a part of a great movement with Obama. I have become a member and a true believe in the change he proposes and the hope that he delivers. With HRC's latest attacks and the governors of both MI and FL attempting to undermine this process we voters are monitoring closely and eagerly participating in, I can truly say that if at the end of day if Barack Obama loses this election in any way that seems unfair or it is taken or stolen from by DNC I for one will not only vote for John McCain in November but I wll forever switch my party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.
Unfortunately I must tell you I will vote for Ralph Nadar before I would ever cast a vote for Hillary Clinton. How many crimes does she have to be investigated for before people see that she and her husband belong in jail rather than the White House.
If Hillary Clinton wins the nomination fair & square..(hardly likely at this point) by the popular vote and pledged delegates...I would vote for her.
But if she steals it via Florida, Michigan, and superdelegates the only question is will I (and my friends) stay home or vote for McCain.
P.S. She really IS a Monster.
Jack, this is simple, I would vote for McCain, simply due to the fact that its going to take more then 4 years to clean up Bush's mess, and if the democrats get in, they won't get enough done to keep it from being a GOP LANDSLIDE IN 2012.
Of the two candidates left, I don't like one of them enough and I don't dislike the other one enough to make a decision yet. They would both have to woo me.
The Democrats have the opportunity to win this election, and once again, it appears they are headed for offering a losing ticket. I'm not happy with Obama or Clinton for different reasons, and, although he is honorable, I will not vote for John McCain. I think Lou Dobbs has the right answer: I'm hoping that either Al Gore, Joe Biden or John Edwards will save the day and re-emerge – maybe on an Independent ticket?..........
Obama is certainly my first choice, but if he doesn't win I'll vote for Clinton before "McSame."
For me, I'm supporting Sen Obama in the primaries. I'm a 25 year old Black female, a graduate student, and an Independent that has previously voted both Republican and Democrat. If Obama does not win the nomination, I will most likely vote for McCain. While I do not agree with his stance on the war in Iraq, I would rather vote Republican than stand for more scandals ala the first Clinton Administration. HRC has consistently also shown her true colors throughout this campaign for the Presidency and I believe we can expect more of the same divisive bickering (resulting in getting nothing done) if she were in the White House.
New York, NY
As a Democrat, a supporter of President Clinto in the '90's and an Obama supporter now, I wish I could say that it would be easy for me to vote for Hillary Clinton...but I can't. With the mess that the DNC's and Florida and Michigan's leadership made with voting and with what I'm hearing from the Hillary Clinton side, I'm being pushed to take another look at John McCain. Heck, Hillary seems to like him...maybe McCain could be HER vice-president!
I agree with Donna Brazile. I believe there is no chance of the Democrats winning the White House. I think it is so sad to hear people put the black people down the way it is being done. I am a white 64 female and I am proud to have a black man running for president.
I also think it is so very sad that Hillary Clinton wants to win the White House so bad that all sense reality has escaped her. I read the blogs, I watch the news, and most times I can't believe what I am hearing.
I also think that if people don't have hope and can't believe, where would this country be. If it wasn't for hope and believing, my life would not be what it is today. I am sure alot of other people feel the same way. Why would anyone want to take that away?
As a white over 60 women ,I could not in good conscious vote for Hillary . And there is no way I could vote for a clone of Bush's , I will not make that kind of mistake ! So for the 1st. time ever since I was able to vote– I WILL STAY HOME.
I'm probably unique in that I like both McCain and Obama. If Obama gets the nomination, I will have the pleasant duty of choosing between the two.
It's terrific Democrats are so excited about our candidates. We're connected, involved and ready for a new administration lead by a Democrat. I'll be voting for and supporting the Democrat. A McCain presidency means an ultra conservate Supreme Court for 25 – 30 years. Our nation deserves a balanced court. Clinton or Obama will provide this judicial safety net.
If obama doesn't win Nomination, Then there is no other choice without Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton again.......because USA doesn't want more 4 or 8 years or Bush so let's hope Obama gets nomination and bring (change) Next Generation of POLITICS to USA.
the vote would then go to the other democrat.....certainly not for mccain who wants 100 years more of this war
If it is not Barack Obama. Then count me out. None of the candidates left would i vote for because they dont have what it and they have not shown any good insights except for Obama. Its Obama or nobody.
I find it interesting that the press has not reported much on on of the most telling polls regarding electability. Most Obama voters would vote for Clinton if she gets the nomination. But more Clinton supporters would not vote for Obama. This means, of course, that regardless of what many polls now suggest, once there are actually only two candidates, she stands a much better chance of winning than he does.
I want to say that I'd stay home or cast a protest ballot on November 4th if my guy doesn't get the nomination, but that's a long ways away – almost eight months. Just look at how much things have changed politically in the last eight weeks. If things looked now like they did then we'd all be watching a bitter fight between Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton unfold. (You think Clinton-Obama looks bad!). Chances are I'll forget about how bitterly these two fought on the campaign trail and I'll evaluate the pros and cons just like I did between Clinton and Obama. No matter how bad the primary season gets I'm still going to vote for the person I believe will make the best Commander in Chief for at least the next four years.
Hi Jack, I am 21 and a firm supporter of Obama.
If it comes down to superdelegates, and Obama is not the chosen nominee when he has more pledged delegates, I will vote for no one. I'll stay home and see what happens.
On the other hand, if Clinton does get more pledged delegates and is the nominee, I would go and vote for her.
A Clinton is better than a McCain.
Jack – I think emotions are high right now, but things will settle down. Once the nominee is set and a battle is going full on between the democrat and the republican, you will see the democrats rally around their candidate, whomever it may be. $4.00 gas, soldiers dying, forclosures, 3 trillion dollar deficit – do democrats really want a Republican in the White House for another 4 years?
Thank god Nadar entered the race, or else I would just be staying home in November if my candidate doesn't win.
it would appear that HRC feels the only way she can win the nomination is to revert to the polarizing tactics that revert to the 'old' politics that Mr. Obama is addressing with his campaign of change. it is unfortunate that if HRC succeeds with this slash and burn course that it falls directly into Republican way of business as usual.
John Mccain will definitely have my vote if the nomination is stolen from Barack Obama/
We just had 8 years of secrecy, subversion, fear-mongering and smears. Why would I want to elect someone who will give us at least 4 more years of the same, just because they're a Democrat? The Democratic party has been dying a slow death. In her insistence that she is entitled to the presidency and her willingness to do anything to get it, even if it means mimicing Karl Rove, Hillary Clinton has all but guaranteed its demise come November. If Barack Obama is not the nominee, I will probably do something I haven't done since I turned 18: vote for no one. Hillary has a snowball's chance in hell of getting my vote.
My candidate is the only one with integrity. So, if Senator Obama does not get the nomination I will NOT vote in the general election because it would be against my principles to vote for the other candidate that has has so many scandals in her past and has not been fully vetted (Peter Paul vs. Clintons, etc.....).
Leah, Houston Texas
I am first an Obamma supporter because I believe he will help this courntry more than any other politician out there. I am second and Anti-Hillary supporter because of her dirty tactics and games. I will vote for Obama, but only if is Hillary is not on the ticket.
I cannot vote for Hillary. What is most unfortunate is that I agree with nearly all her policies as they are quite similar if not the same to Obama's. The reason I can't bring myself to vote for her is how partisan she is in her nature and how low she and her campaign stoop even to win against another candidate in her own party. I'm unable to convince myself that she is a decent person.
So come November if she wins (and it would have to be by a superdelegate override at this point – double bad) I will write Obama's name in because I at least want to exercise my right to vote.
I will only vote for Senator Obama – I would not vote for a person who I do not believe will be of service to the country and the international community. For me, their positions on the issues at hand are only half the desirability of a candidate. As we saw during President Bush's first term, issues arise, both nationally and internationally, that cannot be anticipated . Therefore, it is most important that our President be a person with integrity, patient wisdom, excellent judgment, unquestioned loyalty, selfless devotion, and a well-trained mind.
If Hillary Clinton makes a clean come back and wins the nomination fair and square, and superdelegates vote like the majority of the people than I will gladly cast my vote for her. If the superdelegates go against the majority because of some old, smoke filled back room politics, it would be something I would have to think about, because its not like my vote counts anyway, right?
I will vote for whichever candidate isn't a Republican. Considering the mess this country is currently in, anyone who doesn't should consult a psychiatrist. Oh . . . wait . . . your insurance most likely doesn't cover that. Never mind.
To be honest I may stay home. I can not stand the Clintons based on what they have done in the past in regards to scandal and false promises so to speak. I certainly would not vote for McCain as thats just another Bush in office nor would I vote for Nadar. Obama is the new guy on the block so I am willing to give him a 4 year shot in the Whitehouse.
Clinton and Obama may have very similar views on issues but the Clintons had their chance already and they blew it so to speak.
I would vote for both.
Clinton as President.
Obama as Vice President.
I don't draw my political opinion down party lines. I am supporting Obama because I believe that he is the better candidate.
That said, if Obama doesn't win the nomination I am voting for McCain because I believe he is the second best choice.
It used to be Clinton in second, she has completely turned me off with the "win by any means necessary" tactics she is working now.
Obama or McCain 2008
As a democrat, if Hillary wins the nomination, I will vote for John McCain. I believe that I dislike Hillary more than I do McCain.
Jack, With all of the name calling and constant bickering I would vote for Lou Dobbs! Please convince him to run. Theodore Roosevelt would be proud of Lou!
Unfortunately I must tell you I will vote for Ralph Nadar before I would ever cast a vote for Hillary Clinton. How many crimes does she have to be investigated for before people see that she and her husband belong in jail rather than the White House.
Lake Helen, Florida
Jack if Obama wins the most popular vote, wins the most states, and is in the lead in the delegate count, then I can guarantee you that I will not be the only democratic candidate voting for Mc Cain or who does'nt vote at all. Do you honestly believe that the 100000s of people who are voting for Obama is going to wink their eyes and say "oh well, she got the nomination, that politics for you!" No Jack (I don't mean u Jack...am actually referring to the famous phrase...hit the road "Jack")..Not at all.....they gonna have to come aloooooottttt better than that.
I am primarily Independent, and I do not vote for a particular party, but for the candiate I like. Despite having a lack of exceptional candidates overall, I think anyone would be an improvement over the current president. Except Obama, as I think he needs to make a track record and have some examples under his belt showing he can brink about the kind of change he speaks about. In 3 years as a US Senator he hasn't exactly blazed the trails of change! I'd rather see Bush get a 3rd term and have the satisfaction of seeing him impeached!
Madison, MS – Yes, I will vote for my candidate regardless of the Democratic nominee! Go Hillary. Go Obama! Uh, go Hillary! Heh, go Obama!
It depends on how my candidate lost. If i felt the process was fair, then i would have no problem voting for the winner.
If i felt the opposite then i would just not vote as a way to showing my disgust. Matter of fact if that was the case, it would be a cold day in hell before i ever set foot in a polling station again.
There is no way i would ever vote for the republican candidate, but i would choose not to vote as a form of protest.
If my Democratic Candidate does not win the nomination, I will vote for the John McCain. I have voted Democratic for 42 years but this is a no brainer. It will be very painful but necessary to vote for McCain than Obama. I have given considerable thought about this, and I keep asking myself the same questions about Obama. WHO is he? We know very little about this man. Hardly nothing prior to him becoming an IL. Senator. Things like, How did he earn a living?. He says he has been a member of his church for 20 years, I commend him for that. But what about the 28 previous years. No one has ever asked him about this, nor has he ever commented on it.. What schools did he attend?. To many un-known's to vote for him.
I will vote for John McCain if Hillary Clinton gets the nomination. She and her team are ruthless and will do anything to steal the nomination from Obama.
McCane if Obana is the nominee.
He /Obama/ still has not convince me that he has agenda other than his own ambition! And this ambition with the hall package is scary!
Jack, my wife tells me I'll be voting for Mrs. Clinton if she wins the nomination. However, so many of her tactics have turned me off, that she'll have to cover a lot of ground to keep this Democrat in the party.
I have been a democrat all of my adult life and have witnessed the DNC "implosion" several times so I will vote for the best qualified available person – Jack Cafferty! I hope Mr. Blitzer would accept the number two slot as long as he doesn't frequent any "superdelegated" escort service or "toe-tap" in airport bathrooms. Isn't our political system grand? Makes one proud to be an American.
I am a strong supporter of Sen. Barack Obama and have been for quite some time now during this primary period. I have been strongly against Sen. Clinton since her husbands scandelous run in the white house, and will continue to be against her in the future. People seem to forget how eager we were to get Bill out of the White House during the end of his last term. The Clinton's are not to be trusted.
Sen. Clinton represents all that is wrong with politics, and I firmly believe that another 'dynasty' president is exactly what the people of this country need to get away from. If she wins the Democratic nod, I will not only not vote for her in general election, but I will support Sen. McCain.
Bush-Clinton-Clinton-Bush-Bush-Clinton is not the change the American people are looking for.
I am Democrate and support Obama. I have voted democrate in every race since I became old enough to vote (I'm 28 this year). If Hillary gets the nomination, my vote will be up for grabs. I'm not sure I could vote for McCain or Hillary. This would be the first election that I will take a serious look at potential third part canidates.
I'm a woman and an Obama supporter, and I would never vote for Hillary Clinton. I don't trust her, and the more she attacks Obama and spins the truth, the more disgusted I am with her and her campaign.
As an independent, I don't entirely agree with Obama's position on every issue, but I think he is the right person to lead the country now and will be able to work across the aisle to get things done – I don't see Clinton being able to do the same.
Not sure if I would be willing to vote for McCain, but I certainly would stay home or vote McCain before I would ever pull a lever for Hillary Clinton. I think you will find that the many independents Obama has inspired feel the same way.
I am a white woman, and start out leaning slightly towards Clinton. But the Clintons' South Carolina tactics placed me in the Obama camp. Since then, I have become more and more turned off to her - and would love to vote for anyone but.
Unfortunately, I am very worried about the War and the Supreme Court, so my present inclination would be to hold my nose and vote for Clinton if she were the nominee. But if the nastiness continues, and Clinton ultimately gets the nomination, I just might end up sitting this one out.
Obviously, I am hoping that Obama pulls it out, but the deck is starting to look very stacked . . .
Jack, I want change.
I read today Chelsea Clinton just turned 28. All her life, there has been a Clinton and/or a Bush on the national ticket. Obama represents a real shift in direction for this country. Even McCain represents a different style of Republican from what we've had since 1980. Hillary's amoral behavior and negative campaign prove if she is nominated for anything, she'll bring more of the same bile and division until 2012 or 2016.
Bottom line; I want Obama. If the choice is McCain or Hillary, I'll vote for McCain, my first Presidential vote for a Republican. I want Hillary back in the Senate, or better yet as Governor of New York.
Central Square NY
If Hillary Clinton loses the Democratic party nomination, I will vote for John McCain. At least McCain has good security credentials, and he is not relying on a speech he gave in 2002 to prove his good judgement. Obama was not even in the U.S. Senate in 2002 so he was not exposed to the pressure and classified information that Clinton and others were. I said in 2002 that we should not invade Iraq, but that doesn't qualify me to be commander-in-chief.
I read a lot of the junk that's flying around on the internet these days, and I have to tell you that I'm quite concerned for the democratic party. It seems that people are gong-ho for their candidate and they will stop at nothing to rip each others' heads off in their blogs. May God Help the Democratic Party. The longer Hillary Clinton fights her way to the Democratic National Convention, the worse things will get. The republicans are sitting back and are watching the drama unfold with a big tub of popcorn.
If Hillary isn't nominated, I will vote for McCain. McCain seems to have a nice personality. I don't like the war, but now we are in a war and there isn't going to be an easy way out. I don't like the way Obama's campaign and his supporters have talked so bitterly toward Hillary in these blogs. Obama's supporters are the reason why I won't vote for him.
As much as i, as an obama supporter, am at times disheartened by hillary clinton and her crew and disgusted with their tactics, there is nothing more anti-obama than john mccain. I would pull the lever for hillary clinton in november with a very heavy heart...
I would have to vote for McCain ,the lesser of the two evils even though he is to old and his medical history is suspect.
I don't trust obama with this muslim background .He Is just a smooth talker .
We are not ready for a blackman and Hillary was the wrong choice for a women President.
I believe a good women candidate would have won this thing .
God help America during the next four years .
John McCain is an exact copy of George Bush. I can't trust Hillary Clinton to make up her mind on an issue and stick with it. I'm sure she's in someones pocket, I just don't know who. I have no doubt that the right move for this country is a young and untainted senator with very little time in Washington. The math is against Hillary, she almost can't win at this point. So if she ends up the nominee it will be against the will of the majority and that will force me to pick the lesser of two evils and brace myself for another war hungry Bush term.
Jack, sad to say, I would have voted for Hillary Clinton a few weeks back if she had beaten Obama. But now, after her "kitchen sink" campaign, I have decided to abstain come November if she is on the ticket in any capacity. I want real change during my life time and it won't come unless we move away from people like the Clintons. She has made the bed and it is unfortunate for all Americans that we all need to sleep in it. She alone is to blame for the mess the democrats find our selves in and I will never, ever forgive her.
That answer is easy. If Clinton runs, I'll stay home. My vote is valuable and my mama told me to never throw good money after bad.
I've pondered this carefully and it would be virtually impossible to vote for HRC. It has nothing to do with policies; it's simply a matter of character. McCain has more, though I hate many of his policies. I would probably vote for Nader, but if Hillary's garbage continues who knows!!! Hopefully it'll never come to that!
I have become an Obama supporter not because of his long and distinguished record, but for what he has made people all over the demographic spectrum believe could be possible. He has not taken Hillary's bait nor reacted in a nasty fashion to the Clintons' negative tactics. He has carried himself as a gentleman...someone we can all look up to with pride.
Sorry, Hillary, you just don't evoke those feelings in me, and, if not in me, how would you repair our image abroad?
So, I would beg my wife's forgiveness and vote for Mac!
I will do my civic duty and vote for the house and senate, however if my candidate does not win, I will write in him. The democratic party deserves what it get. There is no difference between Clinton/McCain/Bush!
Before deceiding, I would need to know who the nominee is.
I couldn't vote for McCain – more of Bush.
I'll probably vote for he Dmocrat but I might vote for Lou Dobbs.
I am a Democrat and support Obama. I have voted democrat in every race since I became old enough to vote (I’m 28 this year). If Hillary gets the nomination, my vote will be up for grabs. I’m not sure I could vote for McCain or Hillary. This would be the first election that I will take a serious look at potential third part canidates.
This is from Lawrence, KS:
As long as Senator McCain holds a pro war position, I'm with the black and the woman.
I am an Independent woman, over 40, who tends to vote Democrat, but if Hillary Clinton manages to somehow get the Democratic nomination, I will vote for John McCain, Ralph Nader, or abstain. I cannot, in all good conscience, be a part of putting that woman in power. She is the personification of politics as usual.
If Senator Obama does not get the nomination, I will not vote for Senator Clinton. In fact, I probably won't vote at all. I am not a fan of Senator McCain, and I certainly will not vote for Senator Clinton. She and Bill have been trying to serve up a healthy helping of Blue Kool Aid for months now and I'm not drinking it!
I think you hit the nail on the head. I am an ardent Hillary supporter, and I will vote for John McCain if Obama wins the nomination. I really do care about experience, and it is more important that someone lead the country and the military rather than give speeches full of empty rhetoric. I am a very well educated white woman not easily swayed by campaign promises. I like to see a complete resume before giving my vote to the future leader of the free world. Obama, in my opinion, has not shown that he has that capacity. Add all that to the "Politics of Hope" he espouses while his campaign aides and staffers continually pound and attack Hillary, and I will definitely cast the first vote I ever have for the Republican nominee. I feel I am not alone.
Hillary has too many different personalities. I am positive that I would vote for Nader is Obama doesn't make it.
From the way The Clinton's have ran this race how can she run the country!? the lies, all the negitive she has enjected into the campaign,the media blackout on peter pal vs clinton, the no show tax returns, I know hundreds that will sit the general election out if she gets the nomintion, and thats fact. I got to go now because I am about to BLACKOUT thinking about her.
I am an Obama supporter and a long time party activist. I can NOT support Clinton. The Clintons already had their two terms. I don't want to return to the division and drama that marked the 90's. 28 years of a Bush or Clinton in the White House-Enough!!! It is time to move on. I am very excited about all of the young people Obama is bringing into politics. They are our future. Hillary is not.
I will vote for McCain after watching both campaigns (Democratic) since Super Tuesday in February. Neither campaign has made any seperation in their stances on issues. All they do now is fight with each other. The only candidate left who is talking about the issues, which he has done for most of the campaign season, is John McCain.
If Obama doesn't win the nomination I will not vote. My reasoning is simple: I do not believe that a Clinton or McCain presidency would bring the leadership or vision that our country needs. It is time we hire a president that does not get bogged down in the here and now. Instead, we need a president that will plant the seeds for a safe and competitive America 50 years from now. McCain is a commander and not a chief. I can he be a leader if he's starting to learn about the economy after he's clinched the republican nomination.
Why are we so afraid of the truth, and why do we want to pounce on every statement by every official whether it be from Obama's camp or Hilary's camp.
The truth is "we as Americans are not ready for what has been put in front of us". and the pundits are having a ball stirring up the pot. Of course that is what they get paid for.
A woman, a Afro American, in what is veiwed as the most powerful position in the world. We never thought it could happen and now that it has, every bias that ever existed has raised it ugly head. Covert, Overt, Veiled, or unveiled the biases, hatreds, jealousys, and outright ignorances have risen to the top.
If we dont get a handle on this, something as wonderful and historic as it is will be relegated to the election that showed HOW DIVIDED THE UNITED STATES REALLY IS. BUSH lit the fire and now we are throwing on the fuel. and we wonder why we has lost face in the world
I will be voting for McCain.
I am voting for McCain. Most everyone I know are Republicans behind McCain. But the 2 democrats and 3 independants I know are leaning toward McCain due to the in-fighting among their party. All 5 of them support Obama, but say if Hillary gets the nomination, they will vote for McCain. Hillary and Bill have burned too many bridges, and I do not know anyone voting for Him. (Oh, thats right, SHE is running).
I would absolutely not vote for Hillary should she find a way to finagle this nomination from Barack Obama. I am a lifelong Democrat and the manner with which she has run her campaign in recent weeks is disgraceful.
If she wins the nomination, she will have done so the way Bush beat McCain back in 2000, through deception, lies, and half-truths- plus a similar feeling of entitlement since she's related to a former president.
She's running a conniving Bush-Rove "anything-to-win" campaign, and we've all had enough of that. It's not about the positions on the issues so much as the attitude of an individual- we do not need these kind of people running the country any more!
Talking to alot of people from different places in life they are saying that they will not vote for based on how HRC ran her campaign. She was win at all cost and is showing how she will be in office. If HRC had kept in issues based they would not had any problem supporting her if she won on the issues but her campaign brought in things that were just dirty.
The Demo's if this does not end soon will lose the White House.
They cannot keep their house in order they deserve to lose.
I for one will be voting for McCain, I'm tired of the Democrats, they just drag it out too long and never get anything done without spending a lot of money. Bill was their only hope and I have seen what happens when you put a McGovern in the race. You win the primaries not the election, yes I was one of those young voters back then. Like the say the Democrats have been there and done that, so its time to move on it just don't work. Even if they elect their canidate it will just be another Carter, one term and hes out because he don't know how to get things done. In 4 years I will take another look at the Democrats.
I'd still stick with the democratic party, regardless of whether Hillary wins the nomination or not. I'm not vindictive or willing to sacrifice the party just because things don't go my way. Frankly, when people say they would not vote or vote for the opposition in protest because they are upset that their candidate didnt' get the nomination, those people are completely irresponsible, maniacal fanatics of whichever candidate they edorse. Those are the people who will insure that the democrats won't win the Presidency in November. It's a given that a democrat will get the office; it's just a matter of which one it will be.
I am currently an Obama supporter who would gladly back Hillary if she wins the nomination outright and in a fair manner. This election is extremely delicate because you have two passionate bases that support candidates that would represent firsts in terms of United States Presidents. Therefore, we need to tread carefully and keep the nomination process as fair and consistent as possible. If the nominee does not come from the will of the people, I can promise you they will not be getting my vote as well as anyone else I can convince!
I support Obama. I always felt that I would vote for Clinton if she gets the nomination but the way she has been conducting her campaign the past few weeks has changed my mind. I will either vote for McCain or Nader. It will be the Clintons fault if the party ends up divided.
I surely would not vote for any candidate who was not nominated by the will of the people. If Hillary Clinton steals this election, the Obama supporters will "not stay home" like they are predicting. They will cross over and vote for McCain. If my candidate didn't win because of political underhanding behavior, I would vote for the opposition.........McCain
I'll vote for Senator Clinton as she has at least offered some form of a truce between the two camps (albeit with her at the top of the ticket) while Obama has apparently rejected the notion. I think it would have been a classy answer just to offer her the veep job if he should win.
I am a huge supporter of Barack Obama. First of all, I am pretty sure that he will get the nomination, because the math is on his side, and Pennsylvania is the last "important" state that Hillary actually cares about, and after that Obama will take the rest. But if Hillary is the democratic nominee (God forbid), I would be voting for Ralph Nader or still putting Obama in as a write-in. I would not support McCain, because I just plain hate Republicans. Also I hate Hillary with a passion, even though her and Barack's policies are similar, because her personality is so out there, that I can't even stand listening to her on the TV for 5 minutes. I can just read right through all of her lies, and that fake smile, and all I see is, " I am running for President just to be the first woman President, screw the middle class and those without health care!!"
I've reached the point where I will vote for McCain or not at all rather than for either of these two first graders.
If Hillary Clinton wins the nomination for the Democrats, it will have the same effect of John Kerry winning in 2004. The Republicans will win the White House, and I will be one of the votes for them. Barack Obama will get more Independent's and cross over Republican's votes than Hillary could even begin to hope for. The only way for the Democrats to win back the White House is for Brack to win the nomination.
I am an independent who supports Obama. If he is not the candidate of his party, I will vote for McCain. Reasons: 1. Hillary is pure evil in her campaining and search for power. 2. Hillary keeps comparing herself to McCain, example–they are the only two who are bringing experience to the table. 3. Since they are so much alike and she is evil, McCain will be my choice. It is either that or stay home–I am a 59 year old woman and have never missed an election in all the years that I have been able to vote. Let's "hope" Obama is the Democratic candidate.
I have to tell you Mr. Cafferty I have talked to a number of my African American friends and family members and all of them, including my 71 year old mom who born in rural Mississippi when Blacks couldn't vote and views voting as near sacrosanct, have said that if Hillary is the nominee they will cast their vote for Green party candidate, Cynthia McKinney.
In short, If Hillary is the nominee she will not be able to depend on the African American vote or the rabid anti-war but will have to show she can beat McCain amongst independents which we both no ain't gonna happen
If clinton win the nomination which am very sure she cannot, i will just sit at home come November because the two candidate is more or less birds of a feather, Mccain 100years, clinton fighter.
I am 62 and have voted Democratic all of my life. If Clinton wins, then I will vote for Ralph Nader. I will not vote for a person that will say and do anything to gain entrance, again, to the White House. Reminds me of a hustler on a street corner that will say and do anything to get your money. It seems they both have little ethics.
The way Hillary Clinton and her staff have handled this primary battle, alone, has made me increasingly suspicious and cynical. a "Kitchen-sink" strategy? That sounds like something Bush and Rove would come up with for their Iraq War...
I said all along that I would NOT vote for a ticket with Clinton on it. It is mid-March, and I still feel secure about that decision.
First Choice in 2008- Barack Obama by a long shot
Second Choice, reluctantly, John McCain (I'm hoping he picks a strong runnning-mate).
If Obama does not win the nomination, but is ahead of HRC in EARNED delegates, I'll probably stay home because McCain scares me big time, and the Clintons lie with such ease that I could not in good conscience vote for them.
If Obama is not the Democratic nominee, I will protest write-in Obama but I would not vote for Hillary under any circumstances. She has run a terrible campaign, which is a bad indication of a future presidency. But worse, the nastiness, polarizing and lies made me question her integrity and the Clinton legacy in general. The final straw was her throwing her own party under the bus to endorse McCain. That can not be condoned with a vote, sets a bad precedent for future elections. A vote for Hillary is a vote win at all cost- hurt anyone in your path tactics is okay, I will never vote for that.
If Obama is the candidate I will consider voting for McCain or I will choose to not vote at all.
I am an African-American Republican female that feels that despite
his party affiliation, Obama is best for our country at this point in time.
However, if Obama does not get the nomination, I will return to my
party and vote for McCain.
I simply do not trust the Clintons-PERIOD!!
(Joy from North Carolina)
Miss Brazile may be right. I see a split in the Democratic Party maybe even before the convention. A true third party not a Nader type but one that could actually win in November. If Obama doesn't get the nomination and is not a third party, I'll vote for McCain and I happen to be a white male who lived in Selma, Alabama in 1955,6, & 7. I would rather see Goofy on the ticket versus Clinton, but I am glad people are voting and hope they continue to do so. She, Hillary is hurting the chances for real change in this country and we need real change as never before.
for 30 i voted democratic but there is no way i will vote for obama after hearing his wife Michelle Obama saying : "I want to rip (Bill's) eyes out" or her brother who said if i were a woman i will be ashamed of hillary , obama will never get my vote even if hillary asked i wont vote for this man
My candidate is Barack Obama. It seems to me that Hillary Clinton will do anything to win, even tear apart the party. That attitude bothers me a lot. I also don't want to continue extreme politics of division. If she is the Democratic nominee than this lifelong Democrat will vote for John McCain. I just see him as less polarizing and willing to work across the aisle. This country needs to heal.
I won't! I am voting for a candidate, not against a party, as has been the case in previous elections. I am apolitical and participating in this election cycle for one reason: I believe the candidate I am supporting will put an end to the incompetency in government that is destroying America and turning the rest of the world against us.
Jack, I'll vote for whomever can pick-up that red phone in shortest time. Forget the people's will/popular votes (sorry Mich and Fla)- let's have a competition between Barack "Hoodwinked" Obama, Hilarious Clinton, and John McSame, on who can pick-up that red-phone in shortest time (pant-suits optional). Could we outsource this election- not getting our money's worth anyway!!
If we were in disagreement on just the issues that would be one thing. Hillary has made this campaign very personal with blantant personal attacks on Obama.
If the nominee is determined from anything but popular vote, or if the DNC caves in to a rule change on Florida and Michigan then the party will suffer. There is absolutely no way to have an impartial do-over election. Constant daily news barrages claiming Michigan and Florida have been disenfranchised have done irrepairable damage to any attempt to conduct an unbias election. Remember Hillary Clinton initially agreed to all the terms.
If this were a civil or criminal trial, could you possibly pick an impartial jury from Michigan or Florida? I rest my case.
Jack the issue with this race was that Clinton was the annointed one before this race even started. What Clinton and her staff did not count on was the voters not thinking the same way. Her world was rocked, ego shattered, and she is now on the verge of losing the Democratic nomination. Some people do not take losing well and you can put Clinton on that list.
If Clinton gets the nod, McCain gets my vote. He'll do a better job of protecting the country militarily.
If Hillary Clinton is the democratic nominee, I will be voting for John McCain in the general election - out of spite.
Im a lifetime Democrat. If at the end of this primary, the superdelegates are not given to the person having the most pledged delegates, for the first time in many years, I will not vote.
I support Obama as an Independent. As such, I am not beholden to the Democratic party. If he does not appear on the ballot, I will probably end up staying home, or voting for a third party candidate (more out of a desire to see a party system with more than two options than I desire to see any of the third party candidates in the white house). I cannot sanction seeing a Clinton/Bush dynastic leadership continue, and I am tired with the current administration, which McCain seems to be continuing.
Easy, I'll vote for experience. You don't get the job if you're not qualified. I don't agree with everything John McCain believes in, but he's at least got the know-how to work with Washington. If Hillary (currently the most experienced candidate in the race) doesn't get the democratic nomination then my vote will go with the next in line: John McCain.
Honestly Jack the Democrats and Republicans are so far apart on the issues this year it would seem to be an easy choice, but it's not. we live in a crazy world and while I agree the economy is the No. 1 issue, one mis-step and we could be headed for nuclear war. I'm a Clinton supporter and I don't buy into the "Ready on Day One" arguement because nobody is, but I think she's more ready when compared to the others in the race. If she doesn't win I'll vote McCain. People are calling the 3 a.m. red phone ad dirty politics, but it's true. We've got one Cammander-In-Chief that's asleep at the wheel and I won't let another one take over even if I do agree with his policies, my safety is more important.
Jack, I am dying to see a change in politics towards optimism. I am also fearful of America entering a new era in politics, the era of American Dynasties. If Hillary wins, my independent vote will go to McCain.
Jack is it just me or do the democrats get together at some secret meeting place every four years, and figure out how to screw it up this time. They will reduce theirselves to "third party status" if they ndon't quit looking so stupid.
I am a Republican; supporting Obama. I can guarentee you that if Clinton is on the ticket, in any way, I will be voting for McClain.
(gardena,ca.) I'm a Hillary supporter but if Barrack wins the nomination I'm a team player,and will stick with dems.
As a motivational speaker and believer that ALL things are possible, even the coming of another JFK: it does not surprise me that the clintons used the old political tricks of negative and under the table thoughts to destroy any positive thinking at at time when this country needs some PMA. Clinton's negative attacks are not just throwing a blanket over Obama but this whole country-please goggle clinton scandals and then you will know why they attack with negative BITES. Please not i am a vet, 68, all republican family until now-so please lets clean this up clintons
I am an Obama supporter and NOT a Hillary supporter. The reason I am not supporting Hillary has nothing to do with Obama... it has to do with HER. If she wins the democratic nomination, I will cast my vote by not casting a vote at all. I will not vote to put someone in office that I do not want there and this includes both Clinton and McCain.
Honestly if my democratic nominee is nominated as the presidential candidate.I probably will not vote at all! At this period in time the democratic party needs to pull together and focus soley on the issues. If the party and particulary Hillary Clinton Campaign doesnt stop this bitterness! I am afraid people will not vote at all or just vote for McCain just to be a moron!
If Obama does not win the nomination I will be voting for John McCain. Hillary Clinton's actions have been very ugly with all the attacks on Obama. She refuses to have a respectful campaign that could unite the Democratic Party. It shows me that she never really thought Obama would be a challenge to her. Her lack of preparedness bothers me; if she was not prepared to go toe to toe with Obama how can she be prepared to go toe to toe with Republicans and the international community.
Her response to the mailer circulated in Ohio telling Obama “shame on you” shows how quick she is to cry that she’s a victim and everyone should pity her. Yet she is constantly taking out negative attacks on Obama when she realized she did not grab the nomination on Feb. 5th. Her whole campaign has shown that if she is challenged in a pressure situation she instantly goes on the attack and refuses to compromise or be respectful to anyone that disagrees with her. She is simply “my way or the highway” We don’t need this for four more years we had enough with Bush. At least McCain has a record of compromise and reaching out to Democrats to get things done. It shows a lot more on his character and what he stands for. If Clinton wins the nomination it would be the first time in my life I would be voting for a Republican,
I support Obama. Back before Feb 5th, I would have voted for Clinton if she had won, or Edwards if he had won. But it's clear that Clinton only cares about herself, and she'll do anything to steal her way into power. Even if that means destroying Barack Obama so that she can cause him to lose and she can run in 2012. It's been clear for weeks that she can not win, and will not win. She's now destroying him out of spite.
It's too bad that the Super Delegates don't have the spine to step up in unison to put an end to this. I'm sure most of them are afraid the Clintons will try to destroy them as well. They've done it before.
I will NEVER vote for that woman. At least I won't have to hold my nose when I vote for McCain. I liked him in 2000. I just don't agree with his cuddling up to Bush. Hopefully he returns to his old self.
Unfortunately, I wouldn't vote. It makes me sad, but without being confident that another candidate would represent the American people, there's no reason to cast a vote. Voting for Hillary Clinton or McCain would simply be out of the question and I reserve the right to vote for whom I know would represent the American people and not their egos!!!!!
Democrats need to keep their eyes on the prize and keep the long term horizon in clear sight. Right now, the future of the Party is represented in the person of Barak Obama. He carries the traditional legacy of a FDR/Stevenson/Kennedy/Humphrey Democrat more than Clinton. Bill C was the perfect segway post-Regan/Bush era, but was at heart a moderate and middling force. Obama is much more of a unifier, negotiator, and genuine leader than Hillary ever will be. If the party is to expand and grow, it will with Obama. If we want more polarization and exclusion, we'll take HRC. Regardless, there is a bit of a generation and culture gap that needs to be overcome. Together, we have more in common and more in need collectively than what any Independent or Republican can offer. If the DNC and older Democratic guard shows some spine and leadership, they'll start to put this devicive Clinton side-show to rest, give them their due at the Convention, and move on to a future of the Presidency and solid mid-term elections for some time to come.
I will vote for the Democratic Party nominee, period. Either one of these fine people would be better than four more years of the Bush/McCain regime. War monger McCain and his buddies like Joe Lieberman would have us in wars all over the world when our military is already streched to the limit. My first choice would be Hillary, but if she does not get the nomination, I will gladly and proudly vote for Senator Obama.
I am actually a moderate Republican/ Independent supporting Obama because I was tired of war and Bush administration.
However, after seeing Hillary's Republican like behavior and especially her recent messages on "experience" and "national security" and "ready on Day 1", I have decided to vote for McCain.
I feel McCain is way better when it comes to "experience" and "national security".
And you know Jack, no damn body is ready on day ONE. Not even McCain.
no, if Obama does not get there, I will most likely not vote. i do not trust either of the other candidates. McCain has a history even if he has not always agreed with Bush, he has the reputation of keeping the course the government is already stuck in. We are in a enough trouble right now to deal with that any longer. Clinton is Bill again and when he was there, there were problems with terrorist bombing and other things going on that I feel were over looked and not paid attention to. To much history with both so I will vote for no one. Our Nation is in major trouble I see us going no where if a change does not take place.
From Watertown, MA.
I plan on voting for the candidate who has the following character values– authenticity, integrity, responsibility, and possibility. To me, Obama shows these characteristics the best and is the best choice for our country. Of the Republicans I have always respected McCain and believe that he has these qualities to a lesser degree. Hillary seems duplicitous, ego-driven, and closed-minded. I would vote for McCain (even if I can't stand the thought of another Republican in the White House) before I vote for her.
I will not vote for Hillary Clinton if she gets the nod. She has played such dirty politics....and I can't stand the thought of two Clintons back in the Whitehouse, altho I did vote for Bill Clinton twice. Since I can't in good conscience vote for John McCain and his war policies, his sucking up to the Hagee mentality, I guess I will sit this one out if Obama doesn't get the nod. I am a 74 yr old white woman and this would be the first election I would miss.
However, after seeing Hillary’s Republican like behavior and especially her recent messages on “experience” and “national security” and “ready on Day 1″, I have decided to vote for McCain.
I feel McCain is way better when it comes to “experience” and “national security”.
I will be forced to vote for whomever the Democrat nominee is like it or not. May it be a him or a her. I do not vote for Republicans. They are only for themselves and not willing to help the poor man but make us poorer by sending our jobs overseas and make us work like dogs to get ahead. I want to be standing at the gates with St Peter when their time comes to see if they get in.
I have watched this campaign trail from its calm but uncertain beginning through this bitter battle now of race vs. gender and age vs. youth. That is the best way to describe it because experience comes in different forms. Who is best to lead this country over the next few years? Many speculate, but the honest answer is it can only be answered after the fact. Any assumptions at this time constitute nothing more than a guess or one personal preference of the candidates; regardless of prequalification. Logically looking at the process, if Obama continues to maintain his lead, he should be the chosen or delegate appointed nominee. If the delegates choose otherwise, it would severely damage the Democratic Party for years to come and reinforce beliefs in low socio-economical areas that there is no reason to cast ones vote, “those controlling the system are going to do what they choose to do regardless.” If senator Clinton continues her refusal to step down, causing the Democratic Party this burden of kiosk, she will demonstrate to all Americans that her interest are not “for the better” of the party, but those of someone who’s personal agenda has been placed above those she is to consider first. If this becomes the near future of the Democratic Party, my hope would be that an Independent would emerge; saving us from this selfish person and from not having to vote for McCain. To say it plainly, if senator Clinton and McCain are my only choices, then I choose not to participate.
Laredo, TX 78043
Hillary Clinton has singlehandedly taken this election season into the gutter. She's behind in delegates, states, and the popular vote, she's resorting to race baiting and fear mongering, refusing in a recent interview to deny that Barack Obama was a Muslim, and brought a very cheap, classless patina to the Democratic party. If she truly cared about the party, she would drop out of the race and support Barack Obama for president. Maybe then we could finally get ourselves in shape to take on the Republican machine.
I am an Obama supporter from Iowa. If Barack Obama doesn't win the nomination I will not participate in the general election. I have been voting as a Democrat since 1971. In my opinion Hillary and McCain are peas in a pod. It wouldn't really matter which one got elected because it would mean that nothing would change. Politics would continue to be corrupt and the rich will get richer. I seriously doubt if I would ever let my hopes be raised this high again either. I would become part of the problem instead of part of the solution. I would lose all confidence in my ability to make a difference and be heard. I would acknowledge that our government is no longer "of the people, by the people and for the people". I will submit to the fact that the people who have political power will continue to suck this country dry until there's nothing left for them to pillage.
Barak Obama has energized perople who want to see a positive vision of politics. We don't want politicians that are willing to take manipluate the truth. We don't wan't politians that use fear tactics that drum up votes. We're not interested in mean spirited, divisive campaigns. It's important for candidates to draw distinctions but there are ways to do it that are civil and dignified and then there are ways that aren't. While the two candidates mostly agree on the issues, the tone of the campains couldn't be more different. For those of us who don't want to return to the scandals of the Clinton era and who are exhausted with politics that bring out the worst in people, Obama is the candidate the represents our values. I believe that as the campain season gets nastier many of us Obama supporters will choose either Nader or McCain in the fall over Clinton. I plan on supporting John McCain if Hillary is the nominee and I have heard many other democrats echo the same sentiment.
I plan to vote for Obama, I would vote for Clinton but, to be perfectly honest... The Dems could run Homer Simpson and I would vote for him before voting republican. It has been a long 8 years!!
I'm an independent voter who does not support McCain's continuation of Bush's policies. So, my choices are the known (Clinton) or the unknown (Obama). If Obama wins the nomination, I'll vote for him in November. If Clinton wins the nomination, I'll stay home. A woman will one day make a great President, but not that woman. I think she's untrustworthy, deceitful, and arrogant. Eleanor Roosevelt she is not. However, Clinton won't miss my vote. After all, I'm from one of those "insignificant" states. Maybe if enough of us insignificant voters stay home in November if she's the nominee, maybe she'll finally learn that hubris isn't an attractive quality in a candidate.
Jack, there is a reason why African Americans, who support Sen. Obama, will stay home if Sen Clinton is the nominee. One need look no further than the comment made by former Sen. Ferraro. Sen. Clinton's silence says alot about Sen. Clinton and the campaign she is running.
What bothers me more is the medias silence on this issue. When Sen.Obama's Advisor made the "monster" comment there where numerous articles concerning this, but the scarcity of stories on Ferraros comments says alot about the media as well.
If Hillary doesn't win the nomination, I'm voting for McCain. Obama has no chance against him, period.
You know jack, I find the Clinton campaign logic to be really weird.... I'm a computer systems analyst, and If I use Hillary's logic, then my wife, who is intelligent, is eminently qualified to do my involvedcomputer work for my customers if I happen to have the flue, because we're married and on occasion, we've discussed my work. Whats wrong with this picture ??????
Hillary Clinton has singlehandedly taken this election season into the gutter. She’s behind in delegates, states, and the popular vote, she’s resorting to race baiting and fear mongering, refusing in a recent interview to deny that Barack Obama was a Muslim, and brought a very cheap, classless patina to the Democratic party. If she truly cared about the party, she would drop out of the race and support Barack Obama for president. Maybe then we could finally get ourselves in shape to take on the Republican machine.
-V. Gallagher, Las Vegas Nevada
At this point, the only way Sen. Clinton can get the nomination would be for her to somehow convince the superdelegates to go against the will of the people. As a young voter, I would lose all hope in the democratic process were this to happen. Therefore, I probably would not even vote in the general election. For that matter, why would I bother to vote ever again?
If Obama gets the nomination I will vote for and support John McCain. I don't trust Obama, he gives me the same feeling I had when Bush was running the first time, evil. I am afraid if Obama gets in office we will have another president making decisions that will in the long run hurt our country. I don't think our country can handle another 4 years of a bumbling idiot in charge.
If Hillary R. Clinton does not win the nomination, my vote would be for McCain, if it is a McCain/Rice ticket.
This one is for you, I belong to the Asian American group
Whatever this Chinese Fire Drill finally turns out to be...it shoud be the last one. I for one suggest the formation of a new party to ready for the next election. A "reform" party formed around basic American Principles! One American = ONE VOTE. No criminals allowed in any campaign. ALL votes verifiable on traceable paper records. Strong on American Soveriegnty, balanced budgets, progressive pursuit of newer job markets, and REAL universal health care. If Americans HAD a real choice, they'd take and not just keep voting for the lesser of two weasles! Sen. Obama would be welcome there.
Looking at the primary results and analyses, it is not too hard to understand why Obama has won more delegates than Clinton. If this trend does not change drastically in the next three months, he will be the Democrat’s nominee. Then the nation has to prepare to stand four more years of a Republican president.
The single most important reason for Obama to prevail in the primary is that he has won over 80% support of black votes. With 20% of the voters being blacks, Obama only needs to get 45% of the rest to achieve a victory with 54% to 46% margins over Clinton. Furthermore, blacks have much larger percentages among the registered Democrats in many southern states, such as SC, GA, AL, LA and MS. Since the blacks and the young voters are more energetic supporters, Obama has a great advantage in the caucus election. A clear example is TX, where Clinton won the population votes but lost in caucus. Although the majority of the states won by Obama are the ‘red’ states, the primary is colorblind.
I call this as the Democrats’ dilemma, because not all these advantages will extend to the presidential election. I predict that the 2008 election will still be divided between the red and blue states. Thus, based on the 2004 election results, I predict that Obama, if he is the nominee, will lose to McCain. Here are my estimates: (1) Obama may lose one or two of these big blue states CA, NY, and PA, and some conservative northeastern states which support Joe Lieberman. (2) He only has slim chance to win Ohio, and other red states VA, MD, DL and NC.
On the other hand, if Clinton is the Democratic Nominee, she has a very good chance to win. Here are my estimates: (1) All the blue states in 2004 will remain in the Democratic camp. (2) She is favored in Ohio and Arkansas. (3) She has some potential to win the following red states: OK, NM, NV,TX, TN, KY, FL, WV, and NC.
These estimates are based on the primary results so far, and the following observations:
(1) Hispanics tend to like McCain more than Obama.
(2) Hispanics tend to like Clinton more than McCain.
(3) Although blacks strongly support Obama, the majority of blacks prefer Democrats over Republicans, even if Clinton is the candidate.
(4) Majority of Asians do not support Obama, but can tolerate McCain.
(5) Asians like Clinton over McCain.
(6) White women will strongly support Clinton.
(7) White men will split the votes no matter who are the candidates.
(8) McCain is a little old for the first-term presidency in this danger and changing time.
(9) War and economics issues favor Democrats. However, the intrinsic tendency of the voters listed above overshadow these two important issues.
A joint ticket (Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama) may enhance the Democrats, but will not change my prediction of the outcome of the 2008 election. However, one thing that I cannot predict is who will be the Democrat’s nominee.
I think either way you should look for the best person to lead you, either Democrat, Republican or any another party. I'm for Obama, but if Hillary won, I don't know if I could vote for her with all of this negative campaigning. I'm sure it feels about the same on the other side. Still I would sit back and asses whom to vote for once I heard the two candidates go head to head.
After speaking to many of my friends in florida ,they are all inagreement , if Obama is nominated McCain gets the vote.I do think Hillary is the most qualified person. Obama sounds like a preacher man,everyone is caught up in a frenzy, almost like Woodstock a "lovein" in the end goes nowhere. GO HILLARY.
If Clinton steals the nomination with her shenanigans (e.g., seating the Florida and Michigan delegates) I will not vote in the general election.
My candidate was John Edwards Jack & he didn't make it. But, I'm still gonna vote for the Democratic ticket. I am absolutely terrified of John McCain because I think he will start WWIII & I think he's just "bent" enough to drop a nuke on anybody in the Middle East. I'll vote for a Communist before I vote for a Republican!!!!
That's an easy one.
I was a Democrat turned Independent about to be cajoled by family members into Republican (there's no difference they'd say, but at least the Republicans keep out of your pocketbook).
While not an eloquent appeal, it did resonate.....
but then came Barack Obama who IS different, who understands the balance of free markets and free people, who understands the plight of the working people, but also knows that without corporations we'd all be out of jobs....
and he is too new to be indoctrinated into the old DNC's "let's help the people after we help ourselves" of which the Clintons are King and Queen.
(why no tax returns? – last estimated net worth around $12 million...sure she's with you on the night shift....she's never worked one in her life...well, maybe for the Goldwater campaign).
So in short....if Clinton gets the nod:
Obama supporters for McCain 08
Hope you my email on The Situation Room tonight Jack, it would be a thrill. I´m portuguese, yet i´ve followed this election process closer than i follow my favourite football team, never mind our national politics. Since i can´t vote, i can´t answer your question. I´ll say this though: Senator Obama will change the way the world views the United States, guaranteed.
I am a republican but this year Obama is my candidate. If Hillary wins the nomination I will vote for McCain.
I'd vote for McCain
I think that I'd vote for McCain! I don't think that Obama can handle national security issues. Clinton has backed up her claims of experience (as detailed by CNN.com last week) and we were all financially better when Bill Clinton was in office. It's easy to watch a vote from the sidelines and then critize it, and there's no guarantee that Obama wouldn't have voted against the war if he had had to vote!
If the candidate that I support Barack Obama doesn't win the nomination and Hillary does...I will write in his name in protest. I will not vote for her after all of the comments and dirty tricks that she and her campaign have indulged in.
I am a Barack Obama supporter and if he loses the nomination, there is no way I could vote for Mrs Clinton. John McCain will get my vote as I'm sure he will get many others who would not vote for anyone who would destroy the party just to get the nomination.
Ed – Fayetteville, NC
This is too easy Jack, after eight years with the grinning goofball, I would be voting Democratic this time if Daffy Duck got the nomination.
No Brainer ...... JOHN McCAIN
I am an Obama supporter. Though I have said in the past that I would never vote for Clinton, I'm not sure if I'd be too happy if the republican party won in Novemeber. Jack it's just too early to tell. I think whoever the nominee is for the democratic party, he or she will have the chance to prove themselves by Novermber and win the democrats trust.
I support Obama, his ideas and rhetoric are refreshing in an environment clouded with partisanship and corruption, even if he's admittedly less experienced, his ideas are more realistic. It's absolutely unlikely I will support Clinton. I didn't like her as first lady and I certainly didn't like the carpet bagger using my state as a springboard to the whitehouse. In the meantime, she continues the stupidity of politics in our government, taking money from special interest groups and supporting pork barrel spending.
As an independent, I am a supporter of Barack Obama. No matter who the nominee, I would like to think that I would still vote Democratic no matter who wins the nomination. However, after watching Hillary Clinton consistently mislead voters over the last few weeks concering issues such as Nafta, national security and her double-speak and personal attacks on Barack Obama regarding his experience, I cannot in good conscience vote for such a corrupt individual. The only consistency she has shown is that she will say and do anything to get elected including lying to the face of the american public. Also, I don't want to vote for a president that might end up in jail for perjury i.e. The Paul vs. Clinton case that is going back to court on April 25th. Don't think the Republicans aren't holding that ace up their sleeve for the general election!!
If Clinton has the popular vote and does not get the nomination, I will vote for McCain in November. It'll be the first time in my life that I will vote Republican for president. I can not stand the tone coming out of Obama's mouth when he speaks – he's not hopeful to me – he's sniping and belittling.
Within the Democratic Party, there are two parties, Obama and Clinton. Each side hate each other so much that either side swears that if the other is choosen, they either will not vote or they will vote for McCann. As much as I dislike the ways of Hillary Clinton it will be extremely hard for me to vote for her if she wins the nomination, but for my pocket sake I don't think I could take another 4years of Republican rule.
For me I would vote for McCain. Not so much because I do not like different aspects of Hillary Clinton, but because I feel we need somebody other than a Bush or a Clinton in the White House. All these analysts discuss the crisis this country is in right now, well these two families are the reason for it. I want them out.
If Obama loses the nomination (which I doubt will happen), I will probably stay home in protest. During this campaign, the true nature of the Clintons have come to light and what they are showing America ain't all that pretty. Honestly I would rather see McCain win, and Obama run in four years, than see the Clintons back in the White House. I just don't trust them anymore.
I would probably hold my nose and vote for Hillary, – if she is still running when the revolution is over.
Of course it is a worry. Look at the Infighting that Hillary, Geraldine, Bill, et.al bring on against their fellow democrats. I am frankly completely turned off by this Clintonites. No matter who wins the Democratic nomination, he/she will pay the price from all this - but I think Obama supporters are more hurt by Clintons attacks than vice versa. I for one will vote against Clinton if she ever becomes the nominee. I am thoroughly disgusted by the way the Clinton campaign conducts itself. They seem to think that once they win the Democratic nomination, they will just walk into the Whitehouse and the November election is non-existent. Well, I think that will be the farthest from the truth: Hillary will lose at least 5/8th of the national vote - nearly 2/3 of Obama supporters will either stay home or will vote against her in November. I never voted Republican in my 55 year life; but it will be the first time in November if Hillary appears on the ballot.
Obama is so obviously the reason the elections are so spirited this year. I realize Clinton feels cheated... she was the apparent nominee at the start. Obama came up out of nowhere.
I find her methods of trying to take back the nomination, very underhanded, very manipulative, very dirty. My disappointment started in South Carolina. I was so glad the Clinton's negative campaigning backfired there. I was so disappointed it worked in Ohio.
When the debates went negative, I thought both candidates lost. Now the election has gone negative. Again, both candidates lose.
I do blame Clinton for turning this election into just another same ol same ol negative political season. If she takes the nomination, it will be because of her negative campaigning and manipulation. Come November, I will not vote for her, I will not vote against her. I will just not vote.
After 8 years of the corruption and incompetency that has occurred to our great nation during the pure loony Bush Administration. Let me throw the question back to you guys in the Situation Room. Here's my question to you'll: Obama and Hillary are pretty equal in their political ideology and both of them are better then John McCain so does it really matter?
C.I., New York
Very simple I would vote for McCain and then start praying!
I'm praying hard right now for Obama to go away....he can't seal the deal and his supporters are stirring up a lot of hate that isn't good for this country at all.
If he somehow won the general election I honestly feel we would be living with a lot of negative energy that won't solve our tremendous problems.
There is work to be done. Hillary is the only one that will get it done!
I will vote Nader if Obama loses.
If Barack Obama doesn't win, I'm going for a write in vote. I expect a whole lot of others will join me. Pack your bags Jack. You may soon be in the White House.
More than the issues at stake here, is the caliber of the person who wins the honor of the title President of the United States. It needs to be a person of integrity and high moral standards with Americas' best interest in mind.
I was originally registered as a Republican but change my party to Democrat so I could vote for the candidate that brings honor to the highest position in the land. I believe Barack Obama is that person.
Should Hilary Clinton win the nomination, I will not be able to stomach the idea of her (or Bill) in the White House.
Her behavior on the campaign trail has been offensive and there is no way I could vote for such a person. My vote would go to my second choice, John McCain. He is a man with high standards, and though I don't agree with all his opinions, he is a man worthy of the office.
I am and Obama supporter.
I'd vote for Hillary to keep McCain out of the White House.
But, I am a Democrat.
I have been following the Cafferty File and other similar forums for this entire election and I have not seen one "Independent for Hillary" or one "Republican for Hillary".
I have seen countless "Obamacans" and "Independents for Obama".
All of Hillary's negative "politics as usual" aside, the fact of the matter is that she just isn't as electable in the general election. The only thing that she is holding on to is her "experience", and that is a battle she loses against John McCain.
If any Hillary supporter can tell me what her strategy for beating McCain will be, I would love to hear it.
I would also love to hear from any Republicans or Independents that would support Hillary in the general election.
It's time for change y'all!
I have voted dem for 30 years, with one exception. i could not vote for mondale/ferrao. i have felt bad about that for years until ferrao made her commets about obama now i now i made the right decision then. as for your question. if obama is not on ticket as pres without hillary. i am voting for sen Mccain. i want to end the war in iraq and our econmy needs a dem pres. but not the clintons.
No. The infightings of republicans resolved when their leader was chosen, so will this subside once democrats have their leader. If that does not satisfy some citizens, they have a third party to chose from.
IF the Clintons use some political trick to steal the nomination, IF Obama has a lead in the pledge delegates, then I think the whole party, including even some Clinton supporters, will be totally disgusted with the whole process.
it's time for "Democracy" in the Democratic party. otherwise there will be a backlash in November especially from younger voters.
Senator Clinton is proving that it is her will or the highway. Shades of Bush/Cheney. I can not vote for her if she takes this nomination. I will vote for John McCain since it he is a real American hero who wears his injuries daily. Suffering with all the baggage that comes with the Clintons is not the same.
If Obama is pushed aside after all these wins it is my moral responsibilty to vote against Clinton.
I support Obama and if he does not get the nomination because of trickery that has occured with Florida, Michigan and Superdelegtes I will vote for McCain. Hillary does not really care about the Democratic Party or the people who need a change in Washington. She only cares about her and Bill's political ambitions.
I think I will vote for Ron Paul. He seems to be the most sincere behind Obama & he has begun a grassroots movement as well.
I really hope it doesn't come down to this but I will not stand for the
political cut-throat strategies being used by the Clintons for another
8 years from a campaign that stole an election! By the way Jack, you seem to be the only one at CNN who hasn't been a Clinton employee at one time or another. I watch your segment & read your blogs daily!
Hilary Clinton needs to bow out of the race as gracefully as she can. She is not in a position to win the nomination. The super delegates of the party should be moving to Obama AS SOON AS possible to avoid further damage to the Democrats.
Why wait. The writing is on the wall Hiliary.
Jack, the dems. have a 12 gauge shotgun pointed at their foot, and I like many people are sick and tired of their stupidity. My original choice was McCain until his hundred year occupation comment, but then I switched to Obama. Now if he doesn't get the nomination, I for one will go on vacation Nov. 4. Of course with the economy the way it is it will be a very, very short one. thanks, Brian in fairfield, ohio
In the end, the Iraq war will decide my vote. McCain will never have it.
I am a 56 year old white man living in Georgia and I support Barack Obama. If he gets the nomination, then my vote in November may mean something. If Hillary steals the nomination, I will be staying home in November because she has absolutely zero chance of carrying this red state or any other red state for that matter. I predict she would lose several blue states, like PA, MN, MI and WI, as well.
Thanks for starting discussion on this topic. I think Clinton campaign's negative tone and smear is turning me off a little bit. I think their so called 'kitchen sink' strategy also includes burning down the village in order to save it. They are saying things that are deeply divisive and polarizing (which is what I was concerned about Clinton as a candidate to begin with). I think there is a good chance that I might stay on the sidelines, if not vote for McCain if Clinton is the nominee. But I would be curious to know why women would want to stay on the sidelines if Obama is the nominee. Perhaps they should be reminded that McCain has turned towards anti-abortion groups now. I wonder if there is something more that is in play here in their support for Clinton than they are willing to admit. In any case, looks like Clinton campaign has succeeded in polarizing people already.
Well, I have many doubts that Hillary would ever do well against McCain. But if she magically sprinkled fairy dust over the campaign trail and swayed the majority of democrats to turn to her in the upcoming months and Obama was somehow zapped into Oz and out of the picture, I might just be swayed to vote for the fairy.
I'm really not intrested in wether or not all the countrys agree with our decision for who would be our next president, because WE as a country should be focused on who or which one will do the job accourding to our beleifs and principles. I do know for sure that we couldn't survive another Bush in the white house nor can we repeat the same mistake we made with the last election between Bush and Gore. I think everyone knows that Al Gore won that election hands down but with the delegets choosing –we lost big time.
So people –Black, White, Green or Purple it really isn't that inportant what the color–Lets do the right thing for OUR COUNTRY!!
I will vote for the person who goes into the convention with the most pledged delegates, most states won and the most popular vote won. If that person does emerge from the Democractic convention like the Republican convention, I have to stand on principle and vote for the only nominee that meets those thee standards despite the party.
If Senator Obama does not win the Dem's nomination going into the Denver, CO convention with the delegate lead, Senator McCain will have my campaign donation and my time on the street to help him. It is my opinion that its better for America to have "Big John" McCain in office as president than Hillary "The Polarizer" Clinton.
Charles in Ft. Walton Beach, FL
A vote for John McCain is a vote for four more years of Bush. Haven't you had enough?? No matter who the democratic nominee is, whether Clinton or Obama, we will at least have a chance of avoiding the total destruction of the country. That's the path we are going down now.
As an Obama supporter, not only would I not vote for Hillary Clinton, I would protest her nomination, vote for a third party, and change my middle name to Hussein. I've lost all respect for her during this campaign.
Jack, if Obama doesn't win, I don't think I can vote for Clinton. She's too much machine and not enough flesh and blood, and I don't trust her. I don't like the idea of voting for McCain, but I may have no choice if America falls for the tricks that the Clinton Machine is playing.
Rob the Bruce
Jack, what happens to all the congressperson and seantors in the dem party if the black vote stays home maybe that a question the superdelegates and howard dean should ask them selfs. by the way i am white, but i can see this happeneing.
Well Jack, If Clinton gets the nomination using nasty tactics and against the popular vote, I would be seriously reluctant to vote for her. If she wins it fairly, than I would support the nominee of my party. Bottom line, I want a builder in the White house, not the nastiest of the bunch.
The Statistics of the probability of Obama winning divide by Hillary losing is Two, giving that Obama is two and Hillary is one. The answer has you can see is simple, am voting for Obama and Barack alone.
Really, Jack, it's simple. If Obama gets the nomination, Hillary's supporters would vote for him in order to preserve the fiction that the Democratic party is united. If Clinton gets the nomination, Obama's supporters would hold their noses and vote for Hillary and Vice-President Bill. Anything to keep the Republicans out!
Does it really matter. Any of the candidates has to be better than the droid presently occupying the White House. We have become a country of talkers, not doers. The pundunts, politicians and the candidates talk a good game, but when the rubber hits the road they all turn down the same dark alley. Beyond the election BS which most Americans are tired of, look how much our nation has sunk into dispair. We want to provide for the education of our children, yet when we send our children to college we see more candlelight vigils than pep rally's. The economy is pushing more already destitute people into crime just to keep from starving. Sadly, the once "America the Beautiful" has turned into "America the Pitiful." This country has turned into a run away train that will continue to slide downward since people just talk a good game, but never deliver on the messages they preach.
So, to answer your question. I'm not enthralled with any of the candidates since they will simply follow protocol in promising everything and delivering nothing. I am a registered republican who will vote for the Democrat candidate selected.
The Florida and Michigan delegates should be seated. However, since the Florida and Michigan Democratic Party leaders knew the consequence of defying the DNC rules, they should be stripped of their superdelegate status.
Otherwise, they should stop saying Bush was selected not elected. I will not vote.
America loves a good fight but we always insist that it is a fair fight as well. After hanging chads and then winning the popular vote and not winning the electoral college, we are all tired of our votes not counting. I will vote for the democratic candidate that is leading in the elected delegates at the time of the convention. If the "superdelegates" over-ride the will of the people, then John McCain will get my vote and my contributions.
If HRC gets the nomination, it's a no-brainer. John McCain gets my vote. If Barack gets the nod, I actually have a choice to make between McCain and Obama.
I have been a supporter of Mrs. Clinton for years, but I will have no problem voting for Barack Obama if he gets the nomination. I doubt that I will ever vote for a Republican again, because of the control the Republican party has over their elected office holders. It is a major factor that has allowed the Bush Administration to keep a lot of information secret from the American people. This secrecy has created a distrust in our government as well as the Republican party, which will take many years to correct.
This is all the Party leaders fault. They didn't say a word to Clinton when she was "throwing the kitchen sink" at Obama last week but now that he is pointing out "what is her "experience".....now the tone of the campaign has changed. Give me a break it changed the moment Clinton decided to turn into a republican.
My guess is that the repulicans will win in November because neither side supporters would vote for the other person. If Clinton would not have gone negative it would be a totally different story.
America does not need to be driven further away from the world stage by protectionist Democrats. The Iraq "war" has already done that. I'd take my chance with whoever has the best economic plans, that DOES NOT mean rewarding the fiscally irresponsible. Sorry Hillary.
Until very recently, I would have voted for whomever won the democratic nomination. Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton makes this increasingly more difficult to do. At this point, the party really needs to step in. The superdelegates need to come out in full force to make it unmistakably clear that negative campaigning has no place among peers. It must be obvious to everyone that the negativity is coming from the Clinton camp and that it hurts the party. Endorsing McCain over Obama, as Clinton has done, is simply unacceptable. But I will take her word it and vote McCain over Clinton.
It’s difficult to say right now that I would or wouldn't vote for one candidate or the other. Some of it depends one who the Democratic nominee chooses for the VP slot. And of course, it depends on how the nominee formulates their arguments against McCain. Overall, I most likely will still vote for the Democratic nominee, but I won't rule out voting for McCain. People are strong in their desire to see Hillary or Obama win, but in the end we still care about the same issues and don't want to see another 4 years of Bush policies. Still it is a shame that supporters of either candidate would vote against the Democratic party simply out of spite.
Clinton's ahead of the curve again. Go for the joint ticket Clinton/Obama......it makes sense all the way around. You get Hillary for 8 and Obama for 16. Here's the incredible math, 16 years from now Barrack is barely getting out of his 50's. After 8 years in the White House as VP he would be unstoppable running for President. He would be the perfect candidate. Hope would be married with experience.
A vote for Hillary is also a vote for Barrack.
I am pulling for Hillary, But I'd vote for Obama if he were the democratic Nominee. I've heard people at my job, who say they care about the election say that if their candidate doesn't make it they won't vote. I was astounded when I first heard this! How can you be a sore loser like that and say you still care about the process? Do these democrats want to hand the Presidency to John McCain? Don't do this to your own party, Democrats, Please. Regardless of who makes it through the Nomination process, Vote for the Best America can offer, The Democratic Nominee.
Mike From Staten Island, New York
That's a tough one, Jack. Do you vote with your head or with your heart?
Jack... I am one of those women who fits perfectly into what has been described as Hillary's demographic. But, as a member of the Boomer Generation, I still believe in promoting an "anti-estabishment" agenda. As much as I would like to support the first serious female candidate, lately, Hillary is looking more and more like the Dem establishment, "politics as usual" candidate. When it comes to issues, the candidates are nearly the same.... I am looking for a real change from the Washington insider style of politics. Honestly, I may not vote at all if my only choice is for more of the same.
I am a very strong Obama supporter. I was never for Clinton and am very disgusted by her campaign behavior. If, however, the dreaded outcome of the machinations of the Party gives Clinton the nomination, I would have no choice but to vote for her in November.
The thought of "bomb, bomb Iran" McCain being President scares the hell out of me.
All this infighting is most certainly doing irreparable damage to the party. In her zeal to wrest the nomination from Obama at all costs, Hillary has crossed over so many lines, and been so unethical, that I cannot and will not support her if she (somehow, miraculously) gets the nomination.
Realistically, she has virtually NO chance of winning, yet she is perfectly willing to spend the next few months tearing down the likely Democratic nominee on the improbable chance that she can somehow win it for herself. I think that shows wear her priorities lie – with her own ambitions, not with those of the Democratic party.
To put it simply, everyone should just gear up for another Republican president. Dems have manged to screw this one up again even after all the damage that Bush has done.
I am supporting Hillary Clinton. If she doesn't win, I shall not cross over to Barack Obama. He is heavily into attending a racist church and Geraldine Ferraro was correct in saying that "If Barack Obama was a white man, he wouldn't be where he is at," apparently based upon the fact that African Americans are being very racist in their 90% support of him! Having said that, Geraldine is experienced enough to know that we may have freedom of speech, but that is not something that can be said! There are other reasons for not crossing over, but I shall not support somebody who openly accepts racist support!
Jack, I will write in my vote if Hillary doesn't win. I will not vote for someone who will be on the job training or for a candidate who wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years. Since Obama says he will get Clinton's votes; he sure will not get mine.
I support Hillary. If Obama wins the nomination I will be concerned. I simply don't know enough about him beyond the prepared speeches and hype. BUT I'm a Dem through and through so I sure hope that nothing unexpected pops up about him-if he is the nominee- during the General...
If my candidate, which is Obama, does not win I think it is a fixed situation. At least that is how I see it as of now. Afterall, he has the most popular vote and delegates. I am concerned about Florida and Michigan voting – that it will not be a fair vote. What about the fact that Obama did not even campaign? Will he get to campaign before the mail-in vote (if they have this) is decided on? As far as my vote is concerned I will not vote for anyone if he does not get the nomination.
Watching this race from Canada, I find it interesting and a little upsetting that some of the voting people of United States would be this bias when it comes to their responsibility in voting for their Democratic candidates.
It is prejudice on both sides of the fence and looks bad in the eyes of other countries.
Clinton and Obama need to join John Edwards in the "grown up wing" of the Democratic Party and start focusing on encouraging their supporters to respect the other candidate or the election is going to be handed to the Republicans because these two candidates can not get their act together.
It is definitely a lose/lose situation for the country...
If my democratic candidate does not win the nomination, I will excercise my option with a write in vote.
I support Barack Obama. I will not and cannot, in all good conscience, vote for Hillary. I am against her campaigning tactics and what she has voted for in the past. I simply do not trust her. (Or her Husband.) I will vote for John McCain and hope for at least straightforwardness and honesty from him.
The question is not who do I vote for? But the question is whether the leaders of the democratic party are actually want their party to win the fall election? They sit down and allow these candidates tear the party down for selfish reasons, even to the extent that one of them was only short of endorsing John Mccain last week. I think it is time Gov. Dean and his co-executive members rose up and put a stop to all these nonsense called campain else he and other leaders will go down in history as the worst people to have led the democratic party.
It is becoming a very negative and destructive campaign. I was energized in the beginning, and involved with studying both candidates' positions on the issues. I looked forward to the debates. I felt the Democrats would take the "high road" politically and the party would be stronger for it. Now, it's bleeding to death. I, and many people I know, are just sick of all the negativity. We've stopped talking about what is important to Americans and turned to talking about campaign strategy and undermining. I can't even bear to watch the political news any more. I just want this to be over, and I hope to God the Democrats can come back together.
By all accounts, Obama is winning. He's won more states and he's ahead in pledged delegates. If this holds and the Dems go to the convention and come out of some back room with the name Hillary Clinton as our nominee, I will sit out in November.
I liked Hillary Clinton at the beginning of this contest, but the more it goes on the less I can stomach her tactics and politics. The way she's campaigned is a predictor to my mind of the type of leader she might be and that's not my vision of America.
I am a Black registered voter in MD and as far as the Clinton campaign is concerned, I don't count - I"m not in a "big" enough state and she appears to have given up hopes of courting the African American vote. If that's her strategy in the primary . . . I say let's see how that holds up for her in a general contest against McCain.
If it ends up being President McCain, so be it!
Obama '08 and all the way!
Wanna stop the infighting, keep Hillary from making the kind of garbage comments and accusations she makes to further her desire to win at any cost. Better yet, voters should open their eyes to just the kind of person she really is. Smug, arrogant and exudes a know it all attitude and in far too many ways...just like Bush.
Jack, this country is supposed to be a democracy. Not a monarchy or oligarchy. The entitlement attitude that is coming from Hillary Clinton has totally turned me off. As a female, it is my freedom of choice to NOT vote for a woman without being accused of being self-hating.
So for obvious reasons, my choice is for Barack Obama. He is currently leading in both the popular vote and delegate count. But if this nomination become a backroom deal where Barack is not the nominee, I will no way in heck vote for Hillary Clinton. I am sorry. I will vote for an independent or not at all. The Clintons will have destroyed the democratic party.
Infighting is very healthy, and separates the wheat from the chaff. Just look at it, as evolutionary progression, the strong survive to live another day. We still have six months before the convention in August/08, and to me at least, what's the rush! McCain isn't going anywhere soon ,and this will just keep the Republicans off balance, not knowing which adversary to attack .The answer to your question is two-fold. First, if there is another primary ( re-vote ) in Florida, and Michigan, (No caucuses,Please!) the outcome would definitely favor Hillary. Also note that Pennsylvania's primary is just around the corner, which Senator Clinton should predictalby win, giving her enough delegates to get the nomination! Secondly, no matter what candidate gets the "nod" ,the people are desparate for a change ,and will vote Demacratic. This childish rebuttal of the" delagate(super-delegates) system " will pass come election time ,and one must vote for the lesser evil, and rid this eight year scourge on "America" before it's to late!!!
This is the best thing to happen in America this century. For people to finally acknowledge how screwd up our voting system is, we finally have a real choice that doesn't consist of the lesser evil and they are fighting against each other. I hope at the end of the day they come together and give America the "dream team" that deserve. It doesn't really matter whose on top as long as they realize this is "History in the making."
I will vote for which ever Democratic candidate is nominated, simply because I don't support McCain's stand on the Iraq war. As far as the many programs touted by the Democrats that the Republican claim we can't fund, I think we could fund many of them if we weren't spending billions in Iraq.
I started out saying I would vote for Hillary if she won the nomination but she is playing so "dirty" I have lost any respect I had for her and now understand why so many people dislike the Clintons. If Barack Obama does not win the nomination, I will not vote in the General Election.
I am an Obama supporter. If Clinton gets the nomination my choices are to either NOT vote in 08 or write in Obama's name. I will definitely not vote for Hillary. Not because my candidate didn't get the nomination, but because I don't believe that Hillary would make a good president.
Good question, Jack.
I'm a disaffected Republican turned independent. I support Obama. But if Hillary gets the nomination, I will hold my nose and vote for McCain. Anybody but Hillary!
Jack, wasn't this election NOT supposed to be about race or gender? If people are merely voting for Sen. Clinton because its time for a woman president or voting for Sen. Obama because it is time for an African-American president, then this country is in trouble. From my perspective both are making promises that I believe may come back to haunt them once they get into the transition process and realize they did not have enough information to make these promises. And then the people will be sorry they voted for someone because it was their time. Any hope I had of this country turning around is out the window.
If Hillary Clinton is the nominee I will vote for John McCain. Bill Clinton's presence in the White House would result in so many messes and scandals that it would damage the Democratic Party for years, again. The Party is just now starting to recover from Bill and Hillary's last debacle in the White House. McCain has shown a willingness to reach across the aisle and Democrats will probably have a substantial majority in congress. A McCain presidency would likely be a one term presidency and Obama would be in a great position to be the Democratic nominee in 2012. God help the Democratic Party, the country and the office of president if Bill and Hillary end up in the White House again. Ken – Seattle
Jack, I'm an Obama supporter, but if he were to lose the nomination, it would depend on the circumstances under which he lost. If it was clear & fair, then Hillary will get my vote. But if there was a huge flaw due to slick Bill's influence in the party & the Clinton's egos, then I'll just sit it out.
Voting for McCain is not an option for me. 100yrs in Iraq ring a bell?
I support Obama, however I will not support Clinton if she gets the nomination. I find her tactics in these primaries insulting. She basically called Obama an empty suit with a voice, said he's not ready, insulted him at every turn and then when she realized she was on the verge of losing the nomination, she started the whole Clinton/Obama ticket talk. She's trying every tactic to stop him from getting passed her and none of it has worked. She'll do anything to get to the top and that's not what I want out of a president. I proudly voted Obama to the senate here in Illinois, proudly voted for him in the Illinois primary, and come November, I'll proudly vote him into the White House, and if his name isn't on the ballot ... I'll be checking the box of an experienced war hero named John McCain
my response is directed to Kirk who is 'bothered' by the number of Obama supporters who will vote Republican if Hillary comes up with a way to steal the nomination.
Kirk, you should understand that part of the reason Obama draws the support he does is because he doesn't drag the large bag of negatives that Clinton does, and that he doesn't have the 35 years of experience in party polics that cloud her mind and prevent her from seeing that there are better ways of doing things than the Washington way.
3 months ago I was a Republican, I changed parties when I started researching what he stood for.
The negative campaigning that has resurrected her campaign is an excellent example of why Obama is the right choice.
I recently read that Texas declared Obama won more delegates than Clinton based on the primary adn the caucus. If that is the case, then why hasn't it been more widely reported that he WON Texas? Also, the memo published today by Greg Craig is very enlightening about Hillary's alleged experience.
Jack I am Obama supporter by the time the election in denver is over obama is going to have 200+ more elected delegegate, but would not reach to the 2025 if as that time the superdelegate did not support him to ge the nominee I am done with the Demorcratic party.
I am an Obama supporter because of the ideals I believe he would bring to the White House. However, if Clinton were to win the nomination I would support her for the presidency. Voting for McCain is basically voting for Bush politics to continue. That is something the country cannot stand!
I am utterly disgusted with Hillary Clinton's win-at-all-cost-and-drag-the-party-down-with-you tactics. However, if she becomes the party's nominee, I will vote for her. Many people have no problem crossing party lines, because their priorities align with one candidate than with the others. For me, the fundamental difference in the parties' philosophies with regard to the government's responsibility for the most vulnerable in our society will lead me to pull the lever for the Democratic candidate every time.
New Haven, CT
Jack, I am an Obama supporter, if by some chance Hillary becomes the front runner, I mean obtaining it with honesty clearly seeing she came away with the morjority of the votes and states and delegates should be the nominee then I would vote for her. BUT if she steals, lie, cheat her way into the nominee spot I will vote for McCain. BUT we know the nominee will be Obama so you know he has my vote.
I see a Hillary supporter would vote for John McCain if Obama wins the nomination. How is it that he is more fit to be her VP than President? It amazes me. I would vote for the Democratic nominee that wins. I'm an Obama supporter. It's time for a new face and change. I see it more in Obama than Hillary.
I'm a 52 year-old white female republican. I support Barack Obama and cannot wait to vote for him not just in the primary in Indiana in May; but, in the general election in November. If Obama doesn't get the nomination, I will not vote. I cannot vote for McCain because of the way he's tied himself to Bush and Iraq (and, yes, I am ashamed to say that I voted for Bush). I will not vote for Hillary Clinton because I believe she is unethical and has too many unanswered questions: tax returns, whitewater, file-gate, travel-gate, Peter Paul, the Clinton pardons, etc., etc., etc.
If Obama is the nominee, I will vote for him. If Clinton is the nominee, I will vote for McCain.
I do not believe it has to come to this.
Arithmetic is the solution:
i) Democratic delegates: 3253 pledged + 795 superdelegates= 4048 delegates.
ii) (4048/2) + 1 = 2025 delegates to win the nomination.
iii) But this magic number is based on all the States including Florida and Michigan
iv) Thus the existing number is 4048 (Total)-210 (Florida)-156 (Mich.)= 3682
v) Therefore, without counting the supurdelegates from Florida and Michigan the Magic Number is (3682/2)+1 = 1842 delegates
vi) Even better counting about 89 superdelegates from Florida and Michigan.
(3682-89)/2 + 1= 1797.5
Thus the real magic number is 1797.5, which is achievable without the intervention of the superdelegates, nor the votes of Florida and Michigan.
The case of Florida and Michigan is regretable, but people should be more in tuned with manipulations of dates and number of delegates by their leaders. It should be stored under experiences learned. Preserve the rules and modify them after the election is over so we do not change the game while playing it.
Well one good thing about it all is we have gotten a chance to see the candidates true colors and how they behave if things aren't going their way. As Hillarys' friend 'Eleanor Clift' said about her, "she will mow anybody down who gets in her way" and that she will not be capable of seeing any wrongdoing on her part. "She will blame anybody and everybody else."
When George Bush campaigned with lies and distortions, at times behaving like a juvenile, I swore I would never vote for anybody who campaigned like that. No I have watched Hillary Clinton follow the path of George Bush. She will never receive my vote. If she somehow manages to mow Obama down to get the nomination. I will vote for Obama as a 'write in' candidate . PS. I am a college educated, 58 year old, caucasion female.
My friends and I are for Senator Barack Obama. We think that only Senator Obama can get us out of this present mess. If he is robbed of the nomination, we shall not vote for Senator Clinton or Senator McCain. In 2000, we voted for Ralph Nader because Joe Lieberman did not challenge Dick Cheney in the debates. See what Bush- Cheney team got us into? See, where Lieberman is now? We were right then and we shall be right in November.
Jack, Clinton supporters voting for McCain in a general election makes no sense to me whatsoever, why would blue collar workers and people seeking universal healthcare and peace in Irak do that? This is yet another way the Clinton campaign tries to pressure the electorate to vote for them.
I am an independent voter and Barack supporter that won't vote for Hillary. The main reasons are on her positions, but character is also a problem.
Transparency in government is my key issue, and Obama and McCain are far ahead of Mrs. Clinton with what is on record. I also don't like the idea of penalizing people who can't afford healthcare. I want it to be universal, but we don't need the government fining people who can't pay. How does that help them? And she claimed in 2002 when she voted FOR the Iraq war she could do so because of her experience. If thats the same kind of experience she claims to hold over Obama, I can do without it. She had a shot at 3am, and while Obama was off speaking against the war, she was dropping us, without reservation, right into it. And a small thing to consider, she has run one incredibly incompetent campaign. I believe she survives now on her last name alone.
On the character issue, she continues to show a blood thirst for the nomination that honestly scares me. I hate to say it, but her tactics are straight out of the Karl Rove playbook. This whole "he can be my VP" tactic is absolutely unbecoming of someone I want in the White House.
No thanks. I believe in this so strongly, I will get out in Illinois and campaign for McCain to keep her out. Both because of the actual issues, and because of her character.
Simple Jack, if Hillary wins the nomination I will cast my vote for John Mccain. Hillary has convinced of the importance of experience and obviously Mccain has the preponderance of experience.
I am a New Yorker that voted for Clinton as our senator and supported her during the White House years. Her presidential campaign has shown such an mean spirited, divisive, "slash & burn" mentality, that I would not vote for her in November no matter what happened. I believe she has conducted herself in a disgraceful manner and conducted an underhanded dirty campaign. I would also never vote for her again here in New York. As a matter of fact, I hope we can find a strong "real" New Yorker to go against her here when her term is up. Many other New Yorkers are starting to feel the same way.
As far as our convention is concerned, I am fearful that this will indeed become uglier as Clinton continues to use whatever tactics she can to take the nomination. If she starts stealing pledged delegates etc., I'm afraid we might see protests at our convention when young disillusioned voters feel the nomination was stolen from them. I do not believe that Obama supporters will vote for her in any large numbers. Would she still be competitive without them? Probably not! Are there no leaders in our party who can stop this craziness? There must be someone out there who can see this is headed down a wrong way.
I have kept up with this race from the beginning, watched every chess move, and even read many user comments. Hillary and Obama have essentially the same goals, but different routes, and they also exude different personalities. I am impressed by Obama's positivity and professionalism over the course of this primary season, and his ideas have seemed better reasoned out (although I wish he would've spoken on the details of the issues at the beginning of all this).
Even though I do not like Hillary Clinton's monstrous attacks and "win at all costs" attitude, she still has goals that are very much in line with mine. I will still vote for her come November if she is the candidate because I am able to see through my personal emotions (as I did with her husband's scandal).
I can't see voting for McCain; he did a great service for our country and should be commended, but I simply can't vote against my conscience and common logic. I also can't vote for a third party candidate with a better stance than Hillary because "sticking by my principles" would just be dishonoring those principles by throwing my vote away.
Reading the number comments coming from supposed Democrats is troubling; if your chosen candidate isn't going to win the nomination, you're going to vote for the candidate of the "hundred years war" out of what, spite? And if we did that, that virtually guarantees a Republican victory in the general election. Yes, this is frustrating, but let's let cooler heads prevail.
If Obama has the popular vote (which it looks like he will) and the Democrats make Clinton the nominee against the wishes of the American public, I may become so disillusioned with the whole process that I will vote for McCain. At least this way there will be a different family in the White House. Think about it- the last time a Bush or Clinton was not on the ballot (if you include vice-president slots) was 1976. I think they have had their time and it is time for new faces and new ideas to take this country in a different direction. Obama is the person who has the greatest chance of doing that. The Democratic rank and file need to wake up to this fact and get this nomination process over with because right now, the Republicans are hammering away at Democrats while we spend all of our time fighting each other. Clinton should just bow gracefully out for the good of the party and the good of the country.
People talk of the inspiration both candidates inspire in the electorate. It seems to me nobody wants to admit the truth. Obama is the reason people are coming out to vote en masse, not Clinton. But, the Clinton camp will steal the nomination in which case I will not vote in the general election. I am thirty years old now and can only remember a Bush or Clinton in the White Office. The U.S. people deserve somebody (and something) different now.
it is a problem as evidenced by the 3AM ad of Clinton's, and her speaches since then. Hillary Clinton is saying that the nominee from the opposing party is more qualified than the frontrunner from her own party!
Not true of course if you research the facts, but does everyone have the time, or take the time, to do so?
The other Democrat, of course. No more Republicans in the White House – Under the lack of leadership of President Bush, they've ruined our country.
Clinton is about the tried and true game of politics. I can not in good conscience reward that anymore, but if Obama is not the nominee, I guess I'd have compromise my soul and vote for Hillary out of desperation (and that's what she's depending on). Helluva system!
Definately !! JOHN McCAIN or RALPH NADAR
I am growing increasingly frustrated that the media continues to stoke the notion that Mr. Obama will do well in certain states only because they have a large African-American population. He is taking 60-70% in states like Idaho and Vermont where the only the Black people they see are toursists. I feel this coverage really marginalizes his appeal to a broad spectrum of voters.
I think it will be fair to nominate the candidate who wins more popular votes, states and pledged delegates. Of cause the losers have to accept the verdict. If the nominee will be chosen on no basis like Sen. Clinton is claiming the top of the ticket in November even being in second place, it will be very antidemocratic, and the situation will benefit to the republicans.
I am an Obama supporter. If Hillary is the nomination I will not vote for Hillary. I will vote for John McCain. My vote for McCain in my mind will represent a shot at the DNC for not providing better leadership during the primary. There is no way the party should have allow Hillary to stay in the race this long and taint the candidate the people want by all standards other than Clinton. The party has stood by silently and allowed the Clintons to run the primary campaign season into the ditch. How do they expect to come out and Join hands in victory. It is lunacy to think unity is possible. The only thing that has been preserved in this process is Hillary 2012.
McCain will have my vote if Obama is the nominee!!!
OBAMA IS A DIVIDER!!!
Jack, It all has to do with race and fear. since iowa with the clinton campaign circulating the muslim e-mail , in new hampshire trying to portray obama as antiabortion and in s.c. playing the race card. furthermore, considering her interview with 60 mins. she herself has injected the fear that obama may be a muslim. hillary's statement that john mccain brings a lifetime of experience , i bring a lifetime of experience and barack brings a speech has without a doubt fueled this. to me she would rather see her party fail than to see obama as president and this will end her political future. pam greenwood s.c.
I think its disturbing that people are saying that they would vote McCain if there candidate does not win. Obama and Hillary have the SAME platform... what sense does it make to then vote for McCain because you dont "LIKE" who was nominated. If you support Obama's platform you should have no problem voting for Hillary in the General if it comes to that. Its that exact same platform, McCains platforn looks nothing like Obama's or Hillarys. Dont be stupid.
The people get the government that they deserve. If we get another republican president you people deserve it, and I am young enough to Emigrate.
For the first time in my voting life I would sit this one out if Hillary Clinton becomes Democratic nominee. When the primary campaign began I was thrilled at the prospect of having two great potential national candidates to vote for. But the longer this campaign goes on the more apparent Hillary's unworthiness becomes. Her desperate and cynical strategies coupled with the growing transparency of her racist tinged campaign make her unworthy to be Commander in Chief or to exert moral force of any kind whether here at home or abroad.
Pat in Pasadena
If my candidate doesn't win the nomination, I will personally send a letter to the DNC and ask them how could they steal the election away from Barack Obama. Then I will vote uncommited in the general election
I am from Georgia. I am a supporter of Barack Obama. If we do not get the nomination, it will take a lot of encouraging on Senator Obama's part to get me to change my mind and vote for Clinton.
I would still vote Democrat.
what was just reported about what was said about Obama's position was true. If he was a woman or white he would not be as far as he is now. You just have to look at the poles on who votes for him, with getting 80% of the black vote tells the truth. As much as it hurts to put race into it, it is there.
Unfortunately the Democratics will lose this election because many will be unhappy no matter who wins the nomination. As a committed Democrat, it will pain me to see the Democrats lose, but I will not under any circumstance vote for Obama (we've already elected one inexperienced and arrogant President in 2000 and look where that has lead us). Likewise I recognize that there are many Obama supporters who will never vote for Clinton.
So John McCain will be our next President.
I am absolutely horrified, when I see comments by hard core Democrats??? that they will vote for McCain if their candidate (Hillary or Obama will not get nomination. Wake up people, is 8 years of Bush Presidency, worst ever is not enough for you? Or do you think that Mccain will be much different then Bush? He want to stay in Iraq forever, he wants to continue to waste our lives and treasure for 100 more years, he does not know much how economy works and finally he is too old for thew job. Com'on Democrats, open your eyes, to vote for McCain because your candidate lost Democratic primary is plain stupid. You don't like Democrtaic nominee – take a second look on other candidate or stay home, but do not vote for Mccain if you really love your country.
I can't believe anyone would want Hillary in office when her and Bill have made a mockery of your justice system. They just keep doing what they want and are not accountable for anything. I feel the way Hillary acts she has set women back ages and if she wasn't Bill wife I am sure she wouldn't be on the ticket and i guess that was why she stuck with her to get her pay back. And to Anne Talucci we would welcome you into canada. Go Obama go
The question, as stated, is too simple.
If Clinton get's in under a cloud of suspiscion I think our problems will be much larger than who the next US Prsident will be. I would venture things getting to the point of cival war.
A rigged election in 2000... okay. But having three consecutive back to back presidential elections?
As a democrat I would seriously consider John McCain if Obama did not get the nod... No matter what, John McCain is a unique hopeful and that has great appeal (just like Obama).
I see most of the comments are about Hillary supporters not voting for Obama, and giving their Democratic vote to McCain. After 8 years of Bush, we all know there is only one reason this could possibly happen. There's only one reason a true Democrat would cross party lines to avoid Obama - RACISM. Even a terrible white man is better to them than a highly qualified, articulate, intelligent black man.
I believe this tragedy was caused by the media,there were much better qualified people running for the Democratic nomination but the media hype and celebrity brought these two candidates to the fore both of whom will be beaten by Mccain.Now the media chorus is talking about the soo called dream ticket which in all honesty is a disaster in waiting.
I am an Obama supporter but in all honesty is he ready?as for Clinton i wii never vote for her....and will Wolf blitzer and co stop forcing the so called redo in Michigan and Florida on everyone else,the truth is that rules are rules and Michgan and Florida broke the rules! For whatever reasons a segment of the media talk as if the redo is a done deal.Talking abt bias
The decision by Hillary Clinton to "throw the kitchen sink" at Barack Obama has changed the tenor of this contest. Fear mongering 3 a.m. ad, darkening his picture in debate footage, saying John McCain is better ready to lead the country, and saying Obama is not a muslim "as far as I know." Seriously low blows. Her supporters are now crying foul that Obama is starting to point out in painstaking detail, and rightly so, that her 35 years of experience is truly a joke. Hillary has said she is "in it to win it" and that means at any cost. She is destroying the democratic party and if she succeeds in stealing this nomination from Barack Obama, many people should, and will, either stay home for the general election or support McCain.
With our primary coming up in May I will have the chance to vote for Obama. If, after all is said and done, he has more delegates and more total votes from all the primaries and is NOT the nominee than my vote will go to McCain. I cannot support a party that doesn't listen to the people they claim to represent.
I will vote for the democratic candidate that wins the nomination.
Ron K. San Diego
I believe it is a distraction, and that it takes away from focusing on key issues that all Americans are facing today and in months to come.
And yes Hillary is single handedly DESTROYING the party with the way she is campaigning.
I would hold my nose and vote for Hillary. I am not impressed with what she has shown herself to be; but I guess anything is better than another four years of Bushlike ideology.
The way I see it, it's a win-win no matter who gets the nomination, although I prefer Barack Obama. Either is a better choice than John Mc Same. Finally, it's good to be a Democrat again!
I will not vote for HRC. If HRC wins I will vote for McCain. If Obama. choose her as his VP, I will stay home.
If Obama has this one stolen from him I will vote for McCain before I vote for Clinton. When the people of America say they want change the Democrats should give them CHANGE! Grow a pair Dean and tell Hillary to drop out. She can not win mathmatically. She can only win if she breaks the rules. She's already intimidated the media, and will destroy the Democratic party on her quest for POWER.
If Hillary loses the nomination I would vote for Nader. I know that may not necessarily make a difference but at least I'll stick to my principles. Obama has not brought the change he promised when he asked for our vote for the Senate seat. I do not trust him and don't feel he has the experience. I do not want McCain in office but can not in good faith vote for Obama. Since I am in Illinois one less vote for Obama will not make a difference in the general election (unfortunately or fortunately).
I'm a young republican who now regrets voting for Bush in 2004. While I am excited to vote for Obama in November– a Christian man with great ideas– I am vehemently opposed to voting for Hillary and her 21st century Washington tactics. Many of my right-wing friends who would also vote for Obama would happily vote for McCain if Hillary stole the primary from him.
If Hillary doesn't win I will not vote for Obama. It is a known fact that he has been involved in things that would not make me proud to have him be our president. I am sorry John Edwards did not stay in the race. By the way Jack, what happens to his delegates? I have wondered about this. This is the first year I have so interested in polotics.
Jack, perhaps the blame rests squarely on Hillary's shoulders. She is the candidate that went negative, continues to go negative using the "throw everything including the kitchen sink" campaign stratergy.
She is the candidate who is causing the divisiveness in the campaign by not rejecting and not denouncing the racist remarks of one of her top senoir campaign startegists, Ferraro.
She lacks the popular vote and the delegates to win to win the nomination or even overcome Obama's lead. She is satisfied with taking the entire Democratic Party down with her because she can't win.
Obama continues to maintain the high road casting a vision of hope and what America might become while Hillary remains in the gutter of the old worn out politics of the past. She just doesn't get it.
She cares not that God is watching all of us!
As an Obama supporter and a former Clinton supporter, I can not honestly say that I would support HRC if she were to somehow win the nomintion. Her campaign truly represents the old divisive way of campaigning that needs to end to bring our nation together. I am not thrilled with McCain's views but I see him doing a better job of bringing more voices to the table than Hillary.
Order of preference: Obama, McCain, Clinton.
Its about time someone pays attention to whats going on out here in the "real" world. I am a Hillary Clinton diehard supporter, and I would never in a million years vote for Barack Obama. I will vote for John McCain if Obama wins the nomination, not because I like McCain although I actually do, but I will be voting AGAINST Barack Obama. My mother is 79, also supports Hillary, and if Obama wins, she will sit out the election instead of voting for McCain, although I am working to persuade her to vote for McCain as well. There is an undercurrent of anger and resentment and outright hatred in this country that is scary. This election has become to personal. Too many of us have staked our hearts and souls, we are desperate for a champion, and when we feel we have found that champion, we take the attacks on them personally. Those of us that support Hillary Clinton have been vilified, ridiculed, called illiterate, uneducated, ignorant, trashy, etc. by the supporters of Barack Obama. And then they really think we will join forces with them to support their hero? No way. This is not a matter of ideology anymore, its not a matter of voting for a Democrat just because he is a Democrat. Now it is personal. Its a matter of pride, its a matter of principle, and its either Hillary or McCain, but NEVER Barack Obama!
If Obama doesn't get the nomination there will be huge repercussions for the Dem. party. He has the delegate count no matter what happens. They can't take this from him without a huge fracture of the Party. With that being said, I'll never vote for McCain, as he would be a continuation of the Bush way of doing things. I guess I'll vote for libertarian or independent candidate no matter who gets the nomination. I don't like any of the likey party choices. They are all on the wrong side of the issues I value. Such as illegal immigration, gun control, taxes, and trade. I vote freedom first.
I would vote for Omorosa if she was running against this crop of Republicans. We cannot stay in this Republican death spiral where they cling to failed policies, deny the obvious, dig financial graves, and sacrifice logic for the sake of arrogance.
I think Mr. Obama step to the presidential race 8 years to soon. He is not ready for the biggest and most important job in this world. Mrs Clinton is for far the best qualified candidate for the job and many people hate her guts because of that, they don't want a woman as a president. I, like many millions of americans support her until the end and that is a fact. I won't vote for Obama, because for me is more important to elect a qualified candidate, not a party.
If Hillary lost the nomination, I would vote for John McCain. Obama might make a good President, but I am not convinced. He hardly has any experience at all, and he started running for President almost as soon as he got into the U.S. Senate. I don't want someone that inexperienced to have that high of a position.
I would vote for the Democratic nominee. We cannot have the same policies for the next four years and voting for the third party candidate is a throw away vote because he will not win.
We need positive change and the only way will get positive change is voting democratic. Please people be smart, let us not revert back to the same policies!
As an African-American female, I have spoken to and represent the views of hundreds of African-American Democrats who are truly turned-off by the racial politics and scare tactics from Hillary and her gang. They portray Obama as an empty suit with no brains and now Ferraro has added to that with her racist comments. We will not vote for Hillary if she is the Democratic party nominee.
I was born in the United States. My mother was born in Canada, lived most of her life here, but never actually became a U.S. citizen. This affords me the right of dual citizenship with Canada.
If McCain or Billary should win the oval office, I'll pack up and move north to my ancestral homeland.
Obama in 08 !
This is a question about campaign strategy. Why not some discussion of substantial issues ? For example, today the Fed offered 200 billion dollars, that it does not have, to the banks, to bail them out from their bad business decisions. Compare that with the great incentive: 150 billion dollars spread over all taxpayers. Where can I sign up to be a banker? Another example is the issue of the McCain and his campaign of lobbyists, using their influence to divert the US Air Force Tanker contract to Airbus in France. But I forget, McCain is an American hero and self-proclaimed honorable man. Does this give him the unquestioned right to screw American workers?
If all stay home if Obama doesn't win, we will wind up with another George Bush. I don't think Obama can win though.
If Sen. Obama is nominated, he should not have problems getting the support from Sen. Clinton's camp. Sen Clinton showed her confidence in him by offering him the vice-presidency. She should make it easy for the party by endorsing him.
If talk was ever cheap, now is the time it would be hitting an all-time low! Nevermind the politicans and their rhetoric or speeches. Voting is a right and a priviledge we as Americans enjoy and even agonize over. I am far from a Hillary supporter and I hold onto the hope that Barack will win the nomination. But what is the lesser of two evils? (not literally of course) Hillary or McCain? In the end, if those are my choices that is the decision I am going to have to make. Let's start voting based on what this really is. We are not voting on American Idol, we are voting for President of the United States and that is a tough decision I am willing to give some grown-up thought to.
I was extremely disappointed to see that my state and my ethnic group voted for Clinton, I have been watching the democratic race since it began and I do believe that Obama has the credentials to be the next president. Our government has, for too long, been filled with coruption and it needs to be reformed to an extent that all government officials are transparent and accountable. I voted for Obama, if he wins the popular vote but then is somehow overridden by slimy tactics, back room deals, or superdelegates, I would cast a vote for either Mccain or an independent. I believe that clinton has no relevant experience other than her most recent senate position. Being first lady does not qualify anyone to be president, being a lawyer in a small law firm taking jobs cast to her by her husbands influence, sitting on the board of walmart, selling her stocks short, or being a co-owner of with unscrupoulous land developers. Clintons history has been fillied with lies, corruption, and abuse of power, there is nothing within her, or her campaign to suggest that her being president would be any different. It is unfortunate that she is the face for the argument of womens equality. If there were a strong, honest woman running for president i would vote for her because women should have the same opportunities as men, but this woman has too many severe bad qualities. If Clinton successfully steals the nomination, that is to say if she does not win outright, she may succeed in fracturing the democratic party in the process, and setting womens equality back as well. I would not trust Clinton with any business, and I would not trust her as President of the United States. It goes without saying that she is a strong woman, but her motives are not honest, I dont think anyone can argue that. I dont understand why the pundits do not discuss clintons history, if she is taking credit for 35 years of experience it should be fair to say exactly what she has done over that time period along with whitewater, travel gate, rose law firm, insider trading, monica gate, renting out the white house, china gate, . No one can say that these and other issues are not fair or important, because this all goes to character, and she simply does not have the character or honesty to be President. All her negatives have and always will outweigh anything she does. Finally if she does win the nomination, and the presidency, I suggest we meet back here in four years and discuss all the porblems she has created for both our government and us citizens.
I am apart of a big group of John Edward Supporters across this country who all feel the same way. who will stand strong for John Edwards by writing him in on the ballot come the GE or we will most likely switch parties and vote for the Independent candidate that most closely resembles John Edwards platform that has framed this election all along.
The way the DNC has disappointed many democrats this year and the way they have mistreated John Edwards in this race is appalling.
we will not soon forget especially when it comes time for our donations to the party....in other words......forget about any donation from us!
Voting is not just a right but also one of the duties of a citizen. I would not escape from this duty. I would vote for republicans if the democratic presidential nominee is not my candidate. I would go for lesser of the two evils.
–Jyothi, Mckinney, TX
It appears that many who say they support a democrat for president are not doing do for policy differences with McCain or other possible candidates. By threatening to cross party lines if "their" candidate isn't selected is something you might expect fromr someone immature or someone who is a spoiled brat. This election has serious ramifications for which there is no room for such childish behavior.
I will vote for McCain if Obama does not get the nomination. I would've voted for Hillary until she made the slanderous insinuations on 60 minutes. Combine that with Bill's Jesse Jackson statements, her MLK/Johnson statements, Bob Johnson's statements, Ferraro's statements, the email from her campaign, (i won't even throw in the picture – the above is enough). Then she aligned herself with McCain. So, to follow her logic if experience is the most important thing, she looses McCain wins. Not only that, I will mobilize my community to not stay at home but to vote, and vote for McCain. The democrats and especially the power brokers need to know that they cannot absolutely count on the African American vote – that they have to EARN IT. They cannot demonize the first African American to have a reak shot at the presidency and then expect us to vote for the perpetrator. That just won't do.
I have been a committed Democrat since 2000 when the Supremes chose a hell for America for eight years.
How dumb can a person be to vote Republican knowing up front John McCain is more of the same. Enough! I want Hillary, I am a volunteer but if Obama wins the nomination, he'll have my support and my vote. Time to turn the page and restore America as I barely recognize it. Go Democrats!!!!!!!!!!
New London, CT
I was an Obama voter in the NJ Primary but a long-time Republican voter before that. If Hillary gets the nomination, I go back to the GOP; Obama is more than an administrator, he's a variation on the Jack Kennedy spirit, and that's what I'd vote for. By the way, her arguement that she won the big states in the primary means only she can win them in the General needs to be challenged. This year especially, ANY Democrat can win traditionally Democrat states, especially those with Dem Machines like NJ and NY. She owns those machines while she's in it, but they'd lift Barak, too.
Blind ambition is not enough for me. I would vote for McCain if Barack gets the nomination.
I believe 100% that Hillary will win the nomination so I'm really not thinking any other way. Its Hillary Hillary Hillary !
Jack, I think Donna Brazile is right. Hillary started a scour the earth campaign that could only hurt the party. She has taken this to such a personal level that I am quit sure that by her erratic behavouir that she is unfit to be president. Howard Dean inability to control this fight has shown us that he is incompent to be the DNC chairman. The whole Flordia and Michgan primary thing should had been stopped beforehand. I believe that the times make the man or woman. Obama's calm is what this country needs. Hillary has no more experience than Barack. The Clinton's LIES must stop.
The simple factor is a question of character. McCain is a principled man, a decorated hero who has made huge sacrifices for his country and his comrades. He has stood for his principles in Iraq (the surge), on immigration and against torture that have jeopardised his presidential runs and his standing within his own party. He is a man of near unimpeachable character and clearly places his country before his personal gain.
In any other year me and my friends would probably vote for McCain. Yet in this year he hopefully runs against Obama. Having read both of his books and listened to most of his speeches he reminds me of Bobby Kennedy in 1968 and the presidency we did not have. I believe he is a genuine individual and is right for healing Americas divides both domestically and internationally. His is the first candidacy for whom I intend to actively campaign.
If it is a straight fight between two men of great integrity then I and my friends would probably break 2:1 for Obama. If it is McCain v Hillary it will be 9:1 McCain. These are your swing voters and in an ideal world Obama v McCain would follow the rules of the earliest presidential contests. The loser becomes the winners vice president. Then we would truly have a post-partisan white house.
Hopefully the Democrats won't miss this as those Democratic states Hillary won will still vote democrat or all is lost anyway. But the swing states will be carried more realistically by Obama. Just look at moderates/independents and do the maths.
I would rather see a Republican in office than Hillary Clinton, She started this fight with Barack Obama, He really tried to run a clean campaign but she just kept up with the throwing the kitchen sink and everything else she could find, since she is losing. She is moving so fast that she put a commercial out of children and one supports Obama, she needs to slow it down she's on a collision course with a locomotive, You cant prepare for President, point look at Bush and where the world is now, heck look at her husband, Bill and what he did when he was president
I am an Obama man and actually was inspired by him to get back to where I actually cared about politics. His opponet Hill (just one letter from bill) is part of the problem with Washington. She is from the old school and America want a new school. As much as I hate to say it (because of my opposition to war) I would still vote for McCain over Hill just because he, like Obama, cares more about this country than his families political legacy. This coming from Jackson, WY where Obama won 80% of the vote! Yes WE Can!!!
Jack,i will NEVER vote for Clinton under any circumstance. Her actions have divided The Democratic Party. I am shocked at her recent endorsements of McCain and of the racial undertones coming out of her camp. I am a 41 yearold,white,say at home mom who may be casting a vote for a REPUBLICAN for the first time in my life!!!
Jack, Hillary's attacks are getting too personal. It hurts me as a democrat. She has not only insulted Obama, she has insulted many democrat voters who have voted for Obama. It is really hurting.
I do not think I will forget than by November...
As an African-American female, I have spoken to and represent the views of hundreds of African-American Democrats who are truly turned-off by the racial politics and scare tactics from Hillary and her gang. They portray Obama as an empty suit with no brains and now Ferraro has added to that with her racist comments. We will not vote for Hillary if she is the Democratic party nominee.
Some of us will vote for McCain, some for Nader, some will write-in Obama, most will not vote at all. We are just that turned-off by the hate-filled campaign from Hillary's camp.
I am an Obama supporter and a former Democratic Party now independent voter. If Hillary gets more pledged delegates (that's both primary and caucus delegates Hillary) and wins, then I will have to take a long hard look at her. If she gets in due to the superdelegates overturning the leader in pledged delegates, then McCain has got my vote, no doubt about it.
Am I so old that I'm the only person who remembers candidates running for office who did not dance, did not play instruments, did not divulge their underwear of choice and only commented on the issues facing the United States and what they wanted to do to correct those issues if elected president?
Infighting Jack? Try the Democratic Party is handing the office of Commander in Chief to John McCain on a Silver Platter hand made by Hillary Clinton. Shame on those who are charged with leading this party. They should have taken this matter in hand weeks ago when it became apparent that Hillary Clinton is willing to give the election to the Republicans if she cannot have it. Her recent comment about John McCain being fit to be Commander in Chief but that Mr. Obama isn't should have brought ALL major players out of the woodwork. Disgusting. Apparently the Democratic Party Leaders ( and I use that term lightly now) cannot do simple Math though the majority of Americans can.
Don't believe those who say today that they "won't vote for Obama if it's Clinton", or vice versa. Such whining!!! Democrats will support Democrats, period - especially after what this country has experienced for the last 7 years under Bush/Cheney/Rove. They want more of that? Come on! If for no other reason, Democrats would be wise to remember the impact of future Supreme Court Justice appointments, of which there are bound to be three in the next four years. That right there pretty much cinches a vote for a Democrat, either one.
Well, Hillary Clinton has made it very clear that if she doesn't win, she's voting for McCain.
I'm a stauch Democrat, but after Hillary's disgraceful actions, if the
party is dumb enough to put her on the ticket, I'll vote for Nader.
Worry, no. Not anymore. I am ready to vote for McCain because we are not going to win this one, I guarantee it!!!! I have accepted this fact. Too many mistakes... so many voters disenfranchised already and the clock is ticking. Obama keeps saying he is winning but he can close the deal. He is not getting the message from voters that a HUGE majority of us want both on the ticket. There is only 100 delegate difference between them. I regret voting for OBAMA since he does not want my vote.
I would vote for McCain.. if Clinton wins the Democratic nomination but unfortunately it would not make a difference since NY is a Blue State.
support Obama and if he does not get the nomination because of trickery that has occured with Florida, Michigan and Superdelegtes I will vote for McCain. Hillary does not really care about the Democratic Party or the people who need a change in Washington. She only cares about her and Bill’s political ambitions.
I am a white female Florida Democrat who will vote for McCain if Hillary is not the democratic nominee. I know many others who feel the same way. I have dozens of republican female friends who would vote for Hillary but not Obama.
Obama is going to win the Democratic nomination; in the unlikely event that the Clintons "steal" it they will not get my vote. Between both of the Clintons, the country has endured enough sleaze! Go Obama!!!
The censorship at CNN is like a brick wall. It would be nice if you guys would ease up a bit, and not be so affraid to print what people are thinking. What good does it do to report just what you agree with? I will try to rephrase my previous comment that did not make it through moderation. If Hillary Clinton gets the nomination, a large portion of Obama supporters probably won`t vote at all. Is not safe enough for you?
Don't think the Constitution has changes yet, so believe I will vote for whom I please, and do so on a secret ballot. I'll answer this the same way I answer a pollster. "It's none of your business".
If Obama doesn't win the nomination, I will have a lot of soul searching to do. While Clinton's policies match more closely with my own beliefs, I feel that I understand where McCain comes from and what sort of job he'll do. At this point, I can't say that about Hillary. I am unimpressed with her apparent willingness to "win at any cost" when that cost may be too high. On the other hand, I'm not sure I can vote for someone who embodies the same old thing we've had for the last 8 years.
I guess the big question will be this: which one will keep me up worrying fewer nights?
Here is what i see as the biggest difference. Obama supports usually just say they will not vote. HOWEVER the vast majority of Hillary supports (i being one) outright refuse to vote for Obama and will vote for McCain.
As a black person in american, you might think i would be all for Obama, but honestly i have yet to hear him really answer a question without going off on a pretty speech or parrot back Clintons answers.
Sorry until the man can answer a question on his own, I will NOT vote for him.
I think he would be good as a VP and could learn but peopel want to base hillary on her foreign policy experience, but the truth of the matter is the woman knows her stuff. She can answer the questions and she knows the right people to help when she doesnt. Obama? He hasnt answered one foreign policy question unless without waiting for Clinton to give him the answer.
Sure.. that seems ready to me (note the sarcasim in that)
I'm not surprised. The media has annoited Sen. Obama and has not subjected him to the scrutiny that Sen. Clinton has been put through. At the end of the day Sen. Clinton was a principal presidential advisor to her husband with first hand knowledge on how the White House works. Has anyone ever been more ready to govern particularly in a time when the evconomy is failing? I think not.
I am an Obama supporter. I took a serious look, a lot of reading and debate watching to come to that opinion. Meaning that I also liked Hillary and seriously considered supporting her, even defending her to friends and associates who just didn't like her. I also feel strongly that we need a Democrat in the White House. I am so tremendously turned off by her dragging this race into the mud and desperate attempts to spin her losses that I just may not vote if she wins the nomination. I can't believe I'm even saying that but that's how I feel.
Great question Jack!
One that all Democrats must answer for themselves.
Personally, I'm for Hillary but if Barack wins the nomination I'll vote for him. Most Democrats will too. Notice I said "most". However, none of us want to admit that the issue of race is an ugly reality. I wonder how many voters in toss-up states simply will not vote for an African-American? Presidential elections are really 51 elections for electoral votes and the magic number is 270. The "Red States" that Barack won will not decide this election. The American electorate is >70% white and >52% female.
Bonita Springs, FL
I am going to vote for WHOEVER wins the Democratic nomination. When faced with the choice of War&Poverty over Peace&Recovery.I am certain that the American voters will choose the later also. Clinton will encourage her voters to vote Obama if she loses but I am concerned if Obama will coach his following to back Clinton. What American Mother would delibertly vote to send her son or daughter off to a senseless war? This all comes down to character. There is a saying, "You can tell some of a person's character by how they win-but you can tell All of a person's character by How they lose!"
I'll vote for whomever is the Democratic Nominee. The supreme court is too important to quibble over other things.
Jack, John McCain. I supported John Edwards, so unless he magically wins the nomination, I will vote for McCain. I don't trust Hillary, she is a Bush in democrats clothing. And Obama is a liar. He covers up with eloquent speech. Twice his top advisors have said he will be different in office, that everything he says is rhetoric. Once, OK, was a misquote or blown out of proportion, but twice? And on TV? Power was his top Foreign Affairs advisor, she either was wrong on what Obama wanted or told the truth but paid with her job. Either way it is his fault. Wasn't he the one that said you don't need to be an expert, just surround yourself with the right people. Either he is a liar, or has bad judgement in people, and in both cases he isn't ready on day 1, or will be on day 1,461.
I don't agree with McCain on alot of issue, but I trust him. He chose to stay as a POW until men their longer were released. That shows me he cares less about himself than he does for others. I disagree with McCain on many issues, but I truly feel he is doing what he thinks is best for this country. I would rather had a president I disagree with than one that had the same views but lies to me. I know what McCain will do, but I don't know what Hillary or Obama will do.
Over my dead body would I vote for the Republican candidate!!!!!!!
We can't afford four more years of the Republicans.
What ever your preference right now, you cannot but commend the way in which Sen Obama has run this campaign and conducted himself. He is extremely competent, smart, intelligent, and a man of integrity. The NY gov debacle is a reminder that we need to bring decency back into politics.
For America to continue to be strong, we need the young ones to be involved in politics. Those of us who are baby boomers should step aside. Imagine what would have happened if Bill Gates had needed our vote before starting Microsoft. Yeah, though so too, you can't.
If Clinton is the nominee, I will vote for McCain!
If the nomination is somehow stolen from Obama or back room deals made for Hillary I will "S T O O" ( sit this one out )
If Bill had kept his pants on then Gore would be President now
and we wouldn't be having this conversation.
I will not be voting because I am a Canadian citizen. I have heard that the Clinton campaign is trying to win the popular vote contest (overall) to win the superdelegates. I have the following question:
Is the allocation of caucus votes equivalent to an allocation of popular votes?
This whole process is a total mess. The DNC has lost control. This primary will have to be settled in court. There is no way out. The very things we fought for for the last 40 years are over shawdowed with childish bickering caused by a Pied Piper news media.
I will be hoping some back room deal get's cut or something to save us from the possibility of a Hillary Clinton nomination. We can only
hope that some sanity and rational thinking will return to the Democratic party. The Clinton myth about her experience and readiness to be President is as big a danger as the Bush myth about George W. being ready to be President. We need a higher standard than sharing a last name and family political heritage automatically entitling someone to run and be elected President of the US. Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush are the "Fortunate Spouse and Fortunate Son" hoodwinking people by living off the name and achievements of their family name and relationship.
We just can"t go green (Obama) on this one. Our future is too important to leave it in his hopeful hands. I love the hope and the message, but they do not sway my head, which says we need an experienced leader.
All the Hillary haters (and yes, they have made their very strong feelings and opinions very well known) will either vote for McCain out of spite or they say they will abstain in protest. It is their right to do so.
I suspect many of us who support Hillary and are scared to death at the thought of an Obama presidency, would likely support McCain even though we will be puking the whole time as we vote Republican. I swore I never would, but I will vote that way rather than stay home and allow the zealots of this country to vote Obama in.
If she wins, I'm voting for Nader!
It's funny that this is coming up. I remember a few weeks ago, I told my friends that if Hillary won (I'm a big Obama supporter, of course), I'd probably vote for McCain, because he seemed more personable, more able to unite the country. But then I looked into his positions and saw that they were vastly different from my own. While I don't like Hillary much, I will vote for her if it comes to it, but hopefully it won't.
I strongly support Obama. If he does not get the nomination, I will be in a terribly tough spot because while I am concerned about McCain's position on Iraq, I am even more uninterested in having a Clinton in the office. I'm 27 and I've only seen Bushes and Clintons as long as I've been old enough to be aware of politics. I am uninterested in continuing the oligarchy. Further, I genuinely think that Clinton is running to be president for herself, not for America. Good leadership is not alleged experience internationally and actual experience in scandals at home–it's the ability to inspire and make sound decisions. I would have to painfully sort through my vote for or against McCain, but would never vote for Hillary Clinton directly.
A dirty fight from the Republican camp was expected. A dirty fight from within the party... was not.
Clinton has ruined a good man. Even if Obama manages to hold on to the nomination that was apparently his, she has poisoned a good portion of the party to vote against him. I hope Obama survives this, and does not become cyncial... like apparently, Geraldine Ferraro has become.
I have been a Republican my whole life, but if Obama is the Democratic nominee, I will vote for him. I like him. I want to see what he will do with the office. If Hillary "bring back the circus" Clinton is nominated, I will pound the pavement to support John McCain!!
Why it is so simple. Hillary has already told us what's important. It's experience.... so why would anyone even consider voting for anyone other than McCain? Thanks Hill for giving the other party the endorsement!
I am a 60 yr old lifelong Democrat from Florida who has never voted for a Republican Presidential candidate. However, if Hillary Clinton somehow manages to win the nomination, my vote will not go to the Democratic Party this year. I will vote for Ralph Nader or write in someone. Enough of the Dynasties. No more Bush's and no more Clintons.
If Hillary gets the momination it will not be necessary for me to vote because I live in one of those states she claims is not important so why would I waste my time.
I wanted to support Hillary if Barack did not pull it out but she has been playing so dirty, unfairly and divisive that now i could not support her. (It would be like supporting a dirty republican). And the only reason she is saying Barach can be V.P. is so she can defy the will of voters and strong arm the Presidency from him at the conventions.
Not for Clinton...16 yrs of 2 Bush presidents does not equal 12 yrs for 2 Clintons...no thank you. I am trying to remember why Blacks thought Clinton did so much for Blacks when he was President but I can't think of anything.
This really looks like Hillary making it so if she does not win the nomination, then her opponent will lose the general election. It as if she can't win, then nobody can. To think, someone would actually dare to try and deprive her of the presidency.
Has "None of the Above" started forming a campaign committee yet?
I will vote for anyone other than Hillary Clinton. I just absolutely do not trust her. If Obama is the nominee, I will vote for him. If Hillary is the nominee, I'll vote for McCain.
Both Clinton and Obama supporters are just screwing with the media.
We love that the media is dancing around trying to figured out what we are really thinking.
Don't worry though, we'll let you know who our choice is for the nomination on convention eve. Until then enjoy the dance.
One thing is for sure – we are going to take the White House in November and end the republican reign of terror.
Jack, usually agreed with you on majority of your views but come on your bashing of Hillary is just a bit much. Perhaps you should reconsider you views on the GREAT OBAMA. Mr. Obama considers himself according to everything I've head come out of his lips he's an "African-American". Do you think he's being racist? Wasn't he raised by a WHITE mother and WHITE grandparents? So in other words the White side of the family doesn't count, only the side of a father who walked out when he was 2! I seriously call that being a racist.
Now, in answer to your question, if Obama wins, I can't vote for McCain he's lost his mind, I will not vote at all.
What is Obama afraid of in not wanting the voters of Michigan and Florida to have an opportunity to cast their ballots? It is well known that caucuses are not really democratic because they leave out huge portions of the population, especially the service workers, blue collar workers, and shift workers! The only fair way to do the election and most cost effective is by mail, which we have done for years in Oregon. There is an inner envelope for secrecy with an outside signature compared to the signature on file at the elections board. This inner envelope containing the ballot is then placed in an outer envelope and either mailed or hand delivered to the election board by closing of election day. In a democracy, everyone gets the opportunity to vote and should not be disenfranchised by party leaders! I would never again vote democratic if my vote was to disenfranchise me for leaders mistakes not of my doing! I certainly wouldn't vote in the Fall!
Barack has touted "a new kind of politics." Does that mean the disenfranchisement of voters? He needs to man up and do the only fair thing and let those two states have their voices heard in a new and fair election! No, I would not vote for him if Hillary doesn't win the nomination!
I voted for McCain in 2000 during the primary (the first and only time I have ever voted Republican in 32 years) in an attempt to keep George Bush out of office. I had a very bad feeling about him, and it has more than enough proven true over the last eight years. I feel the same about Hillary, and will do anything I can to keep her out of office. She is very manipulative and self serving, she will stop at nothing to reach her goal. She has a truely aggressive mean spirit. How many more people will she walk over and destroy that try to get in her way to the oval office? There is only one reason she has stayed with her chronically unfaithful husband over the years... self interest in her own career. When I saw the advertisement for "who do you want answering the phone at 3 AM", and how Hillary has alluded to possibly using Bill for advice when necessary, my only thought was "will Hillary know where to find Bill at 3 AM in order to to ask his opinion?"
Obama or McCain. This is not the year for the first woman president. Not this woman. She needs to sit back and enjoy retirement with her millions of dollars. Let Obama heal the country.
Simple. For the first time in my life since I registered to vote, I will not cast a vote if Obama does not get the nomination. The Clintons are the reason that Bush was elected. Unfortunately, some of my friends turned republican because they thought Bush would bring morals to the White House. Boy were they wrong. The Clintons have given politics a very bad name.
First and foremost, I will vote in the general election.
1) Voting is a right that I certainly won't give up in protest.
2) I will not vote for McCain out of protest.
3) I am an Obama supporter, and I expect that he will win.
4) If Hillary manages to pull it out, I would vote for her. I don't think she is the best candidate, but even as flawed as I feel she is, she would be better than what we have now.
5) If the nomination is given to Hillary–even if Obama has won the popular vote and the most pledged delegates–I will work to change the Democratic Party and the system of using super delegates.
I think a protest vote or not voting at all would be counter productive.
I will not vote Republican in any way shape or form, but it will be hard for me to vote for Hillary. I sure hope Barack gets the nomination. It's time for "Change" in Washington....
Hi Jack, I'm a African American, and to be honest, i don't like the two Democrats who's running now. I vote base on Issues and Issues alone and Mr. Obama and Mrs Clinton both voted last year to grant Amnesty to illegal aliens inwhich i feel was totally wrong. And John McCain would never get my vote either because he Flip Flop on that same issue also just to please the voters. When it comes to Ralph Nader, he is the only candidate that is talking a good game.
Democrat needed to be democrats agians. These candidates should stop pickering one another; it doesn't help any one of them, and where is the DNC and see this pickering as healthy campain. If someone don't tell Mrs Clinton to tone down her rhetoric there will be two democrats party the young and the status quo elites. Now obama is leading both delegates, states, and popular vote. When will hillary realize that she is tearing apart this party. I agree with Donna Brazile analysis, and if the democrat loose the white house it will be her legacy whatever is left: thanks to hillary.
The Democratic party is not divided. Was the republican party divided when they had 4-5 candidates running. No. Mit Romney did his supporters an injustice by giving up so soon, because he had his own personal agenda. The Democratic party is just following the process. Besides, it makes for an interesting campaign. Once a party nominee is chosen, I am sure the voters will go to the polls to avoid another 8 years of Selfish and Arrogant rule from the Republicans.
Pat – Sunrise, FL
I feel so sad when people say they are voting for Obama becuase he gives them hope.
Hope is something that can only be given by your parents and how they raised you.A slick talking politician is not given you hope, but empty promisies.
Candidates like Obama will attract a lot of followers that believe he will change their lives, but in the end they will come to realize that it was just a politics as usual.
I've been so disgusted by the levels to which Hillary will stoop to secure the nomination that I'd prefer to have a vote wasted on Ralph Nader than go to Hillary.
I will first disclaim that I am a Barack Obama supporter.
The biggest question which must be answered is, 'is the process fair?' If the process is deemed to be fair by most people in selecting the nominee, I think that eventually most people who are democrats will move to that nominee, who ever it is.
Now, I must say that I see no plausible way that Senator Clinton can get the nomination without making a deal with super delegats, which she woudl have to win a strong majority of, in order to become the nominee.
If she became the nominee, I would be sincerely disappointed in the process, but would still vote for her. The only republican candidate that I may have voted for would be Eisenhower, and he was elected well before I was born!
If I were forced to vote for Senator Clilnton, I woudl send her a letter indicating these sentiments, and aso indicate that I would not lift a finger to help her campaign, and that includes donating money.
I'm sure that she feels like this was her time, or should have been, but Senator Clinton has run into a genuine movement of the American people who want desperately to change the way things are done in this country, and the only candidate that advocates that change is Barack Obama!
Under any other cirmcumstance, I would not have cared to vote for whoever wins the Democrate nomination. But this year, Mrs. Clinton has run her campaign as if the nomination is her property and that by beating her to it Oboma is robbing her of what everybody should know is her inheritance. Since Iowa, she has run her campaign along that theme and has cumulated in her and her husband's suggestion that Oboma who is leading her should stop and accept a running mate position.
If Oboma wins the elected delegates, more states and the popular votes and the losses the nomination to Mrs. Clinton, I will vote for John Macain just to send a message to Mrs. Clinton that she and her family donot own the White House.
If Barack Obama does not win the democratic nomination I will have to vote for Cheney. As much as I am a die hard democrat and have been all of my life, I am so against Hillary for president that it would be my only recourse. I don't agree with all of Cheneys' ideas and policies but at least he is not as much of a snake as Hillary is. She will go to any length to get this nomination, it doesn't matter how many lies she has to tell, how many people she will stomp on on the way, how many promises she has to make or who she disses. She is like a train going full speed ahead and nothing can make her stop. She thinks nothing can make her stop, BUT ! Barack Obama can and will if his campaign keeps on their toes and remains honest.
"She inspired fierce loyalty among her followers , but she frequently stabbed them in the back" ( Edward Klein in his book, The Truth About Hillary")
First off let me start with I am dissapointed in the Democratic Party for the way this has went. Mr. Inexpierience decided to run at the last minute when he said he was not going to run in the first place. It was already determined that Hillary would win the Democratic nomination back in 2004 at the DNC when she had more cheers than Kerry. But No Obama has to stand in her way because he knows he will pull in young voters and African American voters. That in my view is selfish and shows why there is a war within the Democratic Party. Also now selfishly he says he will not accapt anything short of President. People say that Hillary is the most power hungry when Obama is the one that does not want anything short of President after he has only been a Senator for 4 years. He could have sat this election out and let Hillary be the nominee. Then if she were to win and become a successful President he could have run later. But no this is about me me me Barrack Obama. Either way I am a fan of both McCain and Clinton I am also a young Democrat and will be 18 for the election. If Hillary wins it will be a tough decision for me between her and McCain. However, if Obama wins it will easy for me because I will vote for McCain. Also I am getting tired of people saying they dont want another Republican in office and they dont care who it is. So if Hitler became the Democratic nominee would Democrats be willing to vote for Hitler??? And also as you said black radio talk shows are getting callers saying they will stay home home on election day if Hillary wins the nomination, well then fine let them stay home its not like it will be any different than past elections because I learned in school about the majority and minorities of voters. Black voters only made up 12 percent of the electorate in 2004 if no one believes me look it up its a fact.
adding, I will for a Democrat ticket, we (america) can not take four more years of the past 7+ yrs of dividson of class that the outgoing administration has delievered and forced on americans.
If the candidate whose nominated has won the popular vote and the delegate count, I will support the will of my party. But, if the Democratic party decides to suppress the will of its people to impose a candidate unfairly on its party then I will withdraw from my beloved party and refuse to support the democratic nominee.
There will be a "Black Out" if Hillary steals the election (listen to Radio One).
So if Obama does not get the nomination, (which by my understanding, he already has!), I and millions of others will either NOT vote or we will write in Obama's name (if that's possible).
1) No way will I vote for a woman that stays with a cheating man or a cheating man that leaves his paralyzed wife.
2) Type in Paul vs Clinton in Google – nuff said about HRC!
So as you see, it really gets interesting now. Who has the most votes to get the nomination, if the the other party loses? I'd venture to say Obama.
I do believe there are far more that will sway towards Obama, then Billary (especially since she and Bill have a civil case coming up in November).
There is no way Hillary can surpass Obama in the delegate count – even if she were to win every remaining primary by 10 points. The only way she could "beat" him would be for the super-delegates to override the will of the primary voters and select her. This would mean the end of the Democratic party, as blacks, young people, and anyone with a sense of decency, would rightfully abandon the party. Don't for one second think this will stop the Clintons however. In a year when the Repugs have an angry old man as their standard-bearer (and the Democrats should sweep to power with ease), we instead seem to be headed for a train wreck. If Obama gets swindled, I'll vote for Ralph Nader. CMC 3-11-08
Mr. Cafferety, does Dean rule the party or does the queen rule the party. Seems like lately it's the queen. It's time for the game to end as we in America do'nt want a queen, we want a president. Hillary will ruin the party and if she does'nt , her thugs will. Times up the games over enough is enough WE THE PEOPLE want change.
I don't have to worry about that because Barack will will the nomination. Hillary can write a speech blaming someone for her loss after the convention.
I am a lifelong Democrat. I am thrilled to have a cadidate like Barack Obama for the first time in my voting life. I grew up in awe of the way my parents and grandparents talked about JFK and RFK. I believe Senator Obama truly is my generation's chance to have a president who inspires youth and us middle aged folks as well. I believe he will implement a new approach to government and restore our dedication to our own as well as our respect to others in our world. I am quite discouraged by the continued negativity by Hillary Clinton and those who surround her. Everyday I hear yet another complaint by her and her surrogates designed to "educate" the voters about how she's treated unfairly or caucuses shouldn't count, etc. I have never sit out a presidential election to date. However, if Senator Clinton manages to convince superdelegates she is the appropriate nominee despite her being behind in pledged delegates and the popular vote, I WILL STAY HOME before I will vote for her. For me that would not represent Thomas Jeffersons' view of the Democratic Party nor mine.
Jack, I would vote for either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. What I'm fearful of is that if the supporters of Obama or Clinton feel that their candidate was cheated and did not get the nomination, they will either not vote come November or they will vote for McCain and we would have a Republican for the next 4 years (God for Bid)
I'm voting for the Democractic nominee whoever it maybe. Four more years of the endorsed Republican Whitehouse clone is intolerable.
I will not vote for Obama at any cost. His supporters called Bill Clinton racist. I will vote for John McCain. I have never voted for a Republican, and will never vote in future except for this time. I don't even like John McCain
From Long Island, New York..
I will never vote for Hillary Clinton even if it means the Republicans will win in November. The so called "sniping" was brought on by Hillary Clinton and her husband. She has brought the dirtiest politics I've seen to date. It's a shame on the Democratic party, and it will pay for it in November.
I would go vote for the republican candidate, John McCain.
Obama is just another politician, except that he is black, and a person who is most skillful at giving speeches with no real substance at all. You can look at his flip flopping regarding public campaign funding and he chose the stand that suits him best at any given moment. Also his stand on going to war with Iraq that he did not vote for the war in Iraq. Well, I got news for you, he was not even a Senator so how could he actually vote for it. I bet he also did not vote for going to war in Afghanistan. What does that say?
I will vote for Obama because he is a break from the past. I actually agree with McCain on most issues, but I would rather vote for Kermit the Frog before Billary.
Our country's reputation in the world community has suffered during the current administration, and was a laughing stock during the time Clinton was instructing us on the definition of "it". The Clintons' pact to give a wink and a nod to Bill's philandering long before he became President and the reality alteration attempts of her campaign I fear suggests that that would be how she / they would conduct herself / themselves in of Oval Office. It is apparent that I am a Obama supporter. If she were to pursue the avenues which her campaign hint to, the Democratic party implodes and a generation of new voters is allowed to wither, I could probably take comfort in voting for McCain. At least I could be consoled by the belief there is a grasp on reality and the capital gain tax rates would not go up.
I am 58 years old. I have been a citizen of (Rhodesia) Zimbabwe, Israel, and am now a citizen of the united States. I have voted since I was 18 years old. If Obama does not get the nomination, for the first time in my life, I will not vote for anyone.
I voted for Obama in our caucus (originally Edwards supporter before he pulled out) and initially said that I wouldn't support Clinton under no circumstances. I was really upset at Pres. Clintons remarks in South Carolina, being an African-American myself but this IS more than just the Presidency. This about the all the judges position that may open up during the next 4-8 yrs from the Supreme Court on down. We all know if the Republicans gets the White House again, the war will be least of OUR worries, it will be our human rights/choices at risk. GO DEMOCRATS!!
Jack, It all depends how either candidate wins. If its fair and square I'll support the Democrat , if not, I'll likely sit this one out. Draw your own conclusions about what would not be condsidered fair and square. Republicans are not running a Cheney-like "boogie man" this year so I would advise the Clinton campaign to accept their inevitable defeat like professionals .
I thought that voting for Nader was a joke after 2000. Now, I can honestly say that I will vote for Nader if Clinton takes the nomination. If she had run some semblance of a dignified campaign, I would have been happy to support her. But, Clinton and her army of women have gone out of her way to destroy Obama and denigrate his supporters.
By the way, I'm a white girl from Arkansas.
I understand that there are a lot of hot feelings right now about the way these campaigns are being run, but it would not make me vote republican. One look at McCain's website will tell you that he is for overturning Roe v Wade, he is for loosening gun control a stiffening penalties (which means crowding are prisons even more), he is for taxing corporations less, and he is for nuclear power instead of alternative energies. These are all core reasons why I'm voting democratic regardless of what happens between now and November
I am an independent that has voted mostly republican for the last 20 years. I will definitely vote for Senator McCain if the DNC does not nominate Senator Obama provided of course that he wins the most pledged delegates as decided by the voters. I remember the Clinton years all too well and I believe Senator Clinton is more devisive than Ex-President Clinton.
You can vote for a total of 8 + 4 =12 years of war, farmine, division or hatred, but I have made a decision to stand for change to make things better! Nothing less
Not Hillary I've had enough of the Clintons in my lifetime.
Ok here's the real scoop... I'm routin for Obama. If it's an Obama CLinton Ticket... meh... I can live with that. If it's a CLinton Obama ticket. I just won't vote.
Hillary isn't SOOO far off that I would stay at home if she's in the VP slot, but if she's in the Pres slot, and she's going up against John "Bomb Iran" McCain, then there's really no choice is there?
I won't be forced into voting for the lesser of two evils.
I've been voting Democratic since I was first able to cast my vote. I'm an Obama supporter and absolutely refuse to let those sleazy Clintons get anywhere near the White House..again.
If I have to, I'll move BACK to Canada. I hate the weather, but at least I won't be stuck with anyone for four years. There's smething to be said for the Parliamentary system and votes of non-confidence.
Just readin thru the comments here proves two things. First, that this really isn't about the issues for most. It's more about personal preference. When interpreting what each candidate stands for and says, people simply hear what they want to hear. And second, it further proves what Winston Churchill once said...."the greatest arguement against democracy is spending 15 minutes with the average voter".
If Hillary is the democratic nominee I vote for McCain. As usual, the Clintons are at war with the rest of the world, in this case, specifically the majority of her own party. In keeping with her total self centeredness, she will destroy the party before she surrenders.
Obama has my vote as lons as the hill monster is nowhere on the ticket otherwise. i vote mccain. the clintons can not be trusted (i did not have sexual realtions with that woman) need i say more
In that case I would, as a lot of folks speculate,....stay home. I refuse to support another of the old guard to run this country further into the ground.
if clinton does not win I will not vote for anyone
lets face it if obama wins many blacks will have their hand out
and we whites will say master to blacks and a cvil war will happen to free the whites
no matter what anyone says obama is not whats best for the people it will go to a new civil war to the new masters the blacks
Many (if not all) in my family think Clinton has said and done some unforgivable things in the campain, but I'd vote for Clinton only because Republicans are tearing this country apart and need to be stopped.
If she is the nominee then lots of skeletons will come out of the closet; Unlike Obama, the Republicans will use them for their advantage. Peter Paul, White House Travel Office, renting out the Lincoln Bedroom for financial gains, Whitewater scandal, bribe from Jim Blair and Tyson Foods, Jim McDougal… and Dems will lose once again!
Clinton is far worse than McCain – amazingly, McCain the Republican has stood up to special interests and lobbyists in ways Clinton never would. What's more he has run his campaign with integrity and respect, two words removed from the Clinton vocabulary.
I can't vote for a Republican after the past 8 years, but I don't have to vote for the Democrat's version of George Bush either.
Everyone who is thinking "there is no way Hillary can win the nomination" could be in for a shock. In 2004, I was sure there was no way George W Bush would be re-elected!
Should Clinton become the nominee, then I'll choose integrity over ideology and not vote Democrat in November. Hillary's campaign has shown itself to be inept, inconsistent , devious and divisive.
So, here is one female baby boomer who now supports Barack Obama 100%.
If Obama isn't our presidential choice, as a Democrat, I would have to ask my daughter-in-law, who to vote for. As she told me, "You have to vote for Barack Hussein Obama, because it is the right thing to do."
Dale Anadarko, OK, ... the Plains Indian Capitol Of The World.
I will never vote for Obama under any circumstances.
Jack.....If my choices are John McCain or Hillary Clinton, I'm afraid that I will be sitting this one out. I CAN NOT support either of these candidates and I simply will NOT vote for the lesser of the evils as I have in past elections. I will be exercising my right to vote... NONE OF THE ABOVE!
As if this election decision wasn't difficult enough, today's resignation of Admiral Fallon reminds us of yet another factor to weigh in our choice. When the likes of Colin Powell and now Admiral Fallon resign under the regime of an egomaniacal leader whose intellect is less than that of my 16-year-old grandson, I find myself evaluating each of the 2008 candidates on the basis of their ability to seek and follow the counsel of smarter people than themselves when it comes to the strategic decisions the country is faced with.
If the super delegates go against the voters and pick Hillary I will either look for a none of the above option or unfortunately the Nader option.Also if this happens the should be on notice that the democratic party will be in peril.
Jack, as passionately as I feel the Democratic Party needs to be in Washington, I could not in good conscience vote for Clinton. In fact, the thought of this possibility makes me feel physically sick. So, it's very likely I would not vote at all. Somehow this shipwreck of a country would continue on a turbulent course with yet another silenced passenger.
Once again, the media is playing with the minds of the electorate.
What is the difference between the conceptual role of the super delegates and the electoral college. If you argue that the role of the superdelegates is to follow the popular vote, could not the same argument be applied to the electoral college. Is it not really funny that the greatest democracy at the end of the day never did trust the will of the people. Maybe they knew the power of the media.
To be honest it doesn't really matter how ugly it gets between these two, Because just about the whole country wants a Democrat in the white house!
Unless they kill each other and McSame is the only one left to vote for the Democrats will win the white house. The Democrats could run Mr. Ed up against McSame and still win !
I've almost always voted for the republican for any major office. While I'd prefer Obama to get the nomination I'm prepared to vote for Hillary, (who I do not like one bit), just to steer the country away from running aground on the Republican right. By the way, I'm a 59 year old caucasian Vietnam Vet. If Bugs Bunny were to get the democratic nomination, I'd vote for Bugs, as long as he didn't follow George W Bush's agenda.
I just couldn't vote for hillary after her "kitchen sink" thing and her saying "only her and John McCain were qualified"....maybe she needs to run on a ticket with him. She is tearing the party down and no one is doing a damn thing about it. She just keeps winking and nodding for her supporters to keep with the racial baiting which a lot of AMERICANS are just tired of.
I am a Democrat. My values–on the economy, on war, on social issues, –align much better with those of the Democratic party. Obama and Clinton have very similar positions on all issues, would appoint people with similarly held positions to run our country. The Democratic nominee can count on my vote–anyone who would switch to McCain if their favorite candidate fails to win the Democratic nomination is not very smart and does not understand how our government works and how it influences our lives. McCain's policies = Bush's–same thing basically.
Obama v. Mcain = my vote for MCAIN!
And I am a democrat –but I will cast my vote for someone with experiance (NOT someone who needs on-the-job training)!
My vote depends on how the primary is settled. If the Superdelegates choose the candidate with less pledge delegates when the process ends in June, McCain wins it is that simple.
I feel so sad when people say they are voting for Obama becuase he gives them hope.
Hope is something that can only be given by your parents and how they raised you.A slick talking politician is not given you hope, but empty promises.
Candidates like Obama will attract a lot of followers that believe he will change their lives, but in the end they will come to realize that it was just politics as usual.
I've watched this race for many months, listened to the debates, and was really hoping that this would be a straight-up battle for the Dem nomination. However, Hillary Clinton's turn to the dark-side in the past few weeks has me completely disgusted. If she is somehow able to get this nomination with back-room politicking, I might just decide to leave the country.
these two knuckelheads should be spending their capital criticizing the
likes of ron and nancy ; .george and babs or junior and his administration. if the dems. put alfred e. newman on the ballot it will still be a better choice than any " republicon" , living or dead . you bet i'll be voting in nov. .
Jack – Hillary's arrogance exceeds all the bounds of decency. She might be smart, she might be effective, but she is putting her agenda above the Party's and above the country's. I felt kind of sorry for her for a couple of weeks, but that is SO over. And don't tell me it's because she's a woman. The problem is, when it comes to fairness, she's acting like a Republican.
Hey Hillary, I am "pretty sure" you are not a lesbian, and "as far as I know" you are not a terrorist. But I do know one thing, You are one MEAN SOB.
I'd like to vote for Obama, but in the unlikely event he does not enter the race – I'd vote for McCain before Clinton.
Granted, I don't agree with everything he says, but I believe McCain is doing what he thinks is right for the country, whereas Hillary is doing what she feels is best for her.
The bickering back and forth and the comments made toward each other in comparison to John McCain is huge. The split is worse than the media is focusing on and the party leaders need to step in, in some way, and start parting the waters. We need to wrap this thing up and move on. I never thought I'd vote against either one of these candidates but if Hillary gets the nomination I will stay home or vote John McCain. She is too cut throat.
I'd vote for Daffy Duck as long as he wasn't a Republican!
I have repeatedly stated as quite a few others have I will vote for McCain faster than you can say kitchen sink. Hillary has not handled herself well during the primary election process. I've had it with all the double speaking duplicity she's been showcasing since the start of these primaries. Like, Bill there are major trust issues with Hillary. I'm afraid McCain would be the best choice God forbid if Obama does not receive the nomination. At least, one knows what they're getting with McCain.
I am bone weary of the Clintons and their past "issues" and their politics of fear. If Obama does not win the nomination, I will go straight down to the county courthouse and change my affliation to Independent. I am 55 years old and for the first time am considering not voting for the office of President. I will not vote for Clinton and I will not vote for McCain. If Hillary wins the nomination, I will let my conscience be my guide and not vote. The Democrats should be plenty worried about how and if the party can come together. Is anyone else tired our two party system?
Cindi in Colorado
Do any of you remember...well just about every good vs. evil tale where the older crafty villain tries to lure the young hero into an alliance when they realize it maybe too hard to beat them. From Robin Hood to Star Wars to Prison Break (Hillary seems a lot like Susan and Barack a lot like Michael Scoffield). In each story the villain is well on their way predicting success when they are foiled by a smarter but unlikely hero. Maybe Hillary is the real hero but either way it makes for good drama.
I will be voting for Hillary Clinton in November whether she is the Democratic nominee or not.
No, I will not vote at all if the other Democratic candidate wins. Trust is just too important an issue.
Absolutely voting for McCain.
I'm already over this – by Election Day it'll be easy voting for a Republican...
This is a hard one for me. I am a 46 year old African American who has voted in every presidential election for which I have been eligible. At this point, however, I cannot in good conscience give Hillary Clinton my vote because the unfair and dishonest methods that she has utilized in this campaign have convinced me that she is for everything that I am against in American politics. She has repeatedly utilized the "fear and smear" techniques of the Repubican party that I most despise. I had very high hopes for this election cycle but, sadly, at this point I have to say that, if Barack Obama is not the Democratic nominee, i will stay home with my vote during the general election. Since I believe that Hillary Clinton is as bad an option as John McCain, it really won't matter which one gets into office.
Given the scorched earth tactic that Hillary has put forth in the last few weeks. Her win at all cost mentality has made me change my mind. If she is the nominee, I will vote for John McCain. The first time in my life I will have voted for a Republican for president. She has so disgusted me with her tactics that I could not vote for her period. At least John McCain has extended his hand across the aisle to the Democrats.
If my candidate, which is Obama, does not win I think it is a fixed situation. At least that is how I see it as of now. Afterall, he has the most popular vote and delegates. I am concerned about Florida and Michigan voting – that it will not be a fair vote. What about the fact that Obama did not even campaign? Will he get to campaign before the mail-in vote (if they have this) is decided on? As far as my vote is concerned I will not vote for anyone if he does not get the nomination.
I think it is important to look at the way each candidate has run their campaign. If we as voters intend to really send a message that we do not approve of negative and misleading campaigns, we have to show it at the polls. I would not vote for the other candidate if I believe they won by using misleading and negative "politics-as-usual" tactics.
ONLY due to the supreme court nominee issues and the IRAQ/IRAN outlook of the Repulicans, I would (gritting my teeth!) vote for Billary. But I wouldn't be happy about it AT ALL. She is dragging the Dem party down with her distortions, nasty comments via suborindates, and divisive campaign tactics. Howard Dean needs to tell her to GET REAL. If the Dems don't win in Nov, I blame it on Billary.
Voting for McCain simply because your first pick of Democratic nominee wasn't chosen is not just childish, it's insane. Clinton and Obama are, for all practical purposes, identical on all the issues. By suggesting that Obama could share the ticket with her, unless she was outright lying, Clinton has by de facto acknowledged that he is experienced enough to be President. Only a fool would be stupid enough to cut off their nose to spite their face and vote for John McSame.
Senator Obama fails to realize that Senator Clinton has won the big states the democrats need in November to even have a chance to win the Presidency. Senator Clinton is letting people know that she thinks it would be great if they were on the same ticket. The majority of the democrats want them on the same ticket. They both need each other in order to win. If he is not on the ticket then you offend and upset the African-American community and the same goes if she is not on the ticket you offend and upset the women who are voting for her. You know these women that are voting for Senator Clinton have a dream too. After yesterday I do not believe he has any intentions of trying to bring this party together. His smug and arrogant comments that he made yesterday tells me that he cares nothing about them being on the same ticket. If he is the nominee I will vote for McCain. I blame this mess on the DNC leaders. With them disenfranchising voters, setting up caucuses that are a joke and the way they split up the delegates after each primary would make you think that the DNC is working for the RNC. It is beyond me how a person can win the big states with the most delegates have less delegates than the person who has won small states with hardly any delegates.
If Clinton doesn't win, I'll vote for McCain. Experience matters to me.
I am a lifelong democratic woman of 61 years old, and i cannot vote for Hillary Clinton. I also cannot vote for a Bush clone - John McCain. Probably for the first time in my lifetime I will not vote in the presential race.
If Obama does not win the presidential nomination I will be forced to vote for Clinton for fear that I'll have to live through another republican presidency. That for me would be way too unsettling for me. With that said, that is the only way I would ever vote for Clinton. I hate reliving the past, I'm ready for the future. And for me that's Obama.
I would support either candiate just so the Dems adhere to their rules for Florida and Michigan and the super-delegates don't reverse the pledged delegates. That is probably asking too much of the party that can't shoot straight so McCain shouldn't fold his tent too early.
A month ago, I was ever so slightly favoring Obama, but thrilled at the thought of either candidate moving into the white house.
But Clinton's reckless, self-serving tactics have convinced me that winning is more important to her than the future health of our country. She has damaged the party and damaged both her own and Obama's chances for November. She may as well be Geraldo in the middle of the war zone drawing maps in the sand!
I am an active member of my local goverment, a democrat, and a white woman, but if she wins the nomination, I will stay home in November.
I'll still vote against McCain and the war even if Obama doesn't get the nomination. But I'd be going back to the same old choice of the lesser of two evils by voting for Clinton. Her snipe-and-deny-responsibility tactics have eroded any respect I ever had for her. There's a big difference between being tough on issues and being petty and cowardly over muck-stirring minutiae.
That's a difficult question to answer Jack. Even though I at one time had the highest level of respect for John McCain, he's sold out his principles, beliefs and the American people for political gain. I'd have to pull the lever for Hillary, but wouldn't feel good about it.
No matter who wins I will vote democrat. If it were 2000 I may have seriously have considered McCain instead of Hillary but not anymore.
Coming from Florida probably my vote will not count on this mess. But, in a democratic system my voice should be heard at least. If Barack Obama wins the nomination, then I would vote for Mcain. I was planning to vote for Barack Obama, but now that he doesn´t want my Floridian vote to count, I will vote for Mcain in November. No doubt about that!
I just hope she makes it. Because the two men really scare me in , different ways. I may not even vote. But a lot can happen between now and the convention and for sure by the election .
Obama is to much like Bush with his ego and bull headed and smooth talking and he can't even have his meeting on forgien policy with a committee he is supposed to be heading for about 2 yrs. He has been running for Pres. since before he got elected to the Sen. No time to take care of the peoples business.
McCain would also be another Bush with the war monger thinking in the middle east. Then he admits to no real knowledge of the running of America. I find it hard to believe with all the yrs he has held public office. This is an election that really worries me.
I support Hillary. I personally believe I am more competent to be president than Obama. But, I will not vote for a Republican, so if Obama gets the nomination, either Obama will convert me or I will pass on voting in this race this year.
If Obama is not the nominee I will have to vote for Hillary simply because this country can't take 4 more years of Bush light. (I think we basically have to assume that any vote for Nader is equal to a vote for McCain) She would get my vote, but no monitary or vocal support.
It is simple. Clinton is a divider and Obama is a uniter. If the Dems nominate Clinton be ready to call McCain president.
It is impossible to vote for Same-O. My old swollen tongue just couldn't lick the stamp to send a vote in for McCain. I might have nightmares for weeks if I had to vote for Hillary, but it would help protect the world from more bushism and the planet from ignorance.
Would that these children talk only of themselves and quit bashing each other!
I'm an Obama supporter, but prior to the 3 a.m. ad, I'd have voted for Clinton in November if she got the nomination. Now, there's no way I'll vote for her. Playing on the fears of Americans like she did with that ad is morally reprehensible, and if she steals the nomination thanks to her fear-mongering tactics, I'll either vote for McCain or stay home. The judgment that led her to run that ad is the same judgment that helped get us into this mess in Iraq.
If Hillary gets the nomination, I would write in Barack Obama's name. I have lost a lot of respect for Hillary with her negative campaigning and lies. She's so self-absorbed and all she cares about is the presidential power. She's divisive and I don't believe she is the right choice for President.
The Democrat candidates are so different that if my choice is not the nominee, I would vote for McCain.
If Obama isn't at the TOP of the ticket, I will not vote! This will be the first time in 20 years. I cannot and will not vote for Hillary. She will do anything to win the nomination. I don't want someone like that in the White House. Nothing she says or does will change my mind, either. I don't beleive I will have to come to that conclusion because Barrack will be the nominee, I predict.
I have always said I would support who ever got the nomination if they win it by popular vote and on the up and up but. If either one of the candidates trys to cheat the system I will not vote rather than vote for McCain. I am a Obama supporter and am angelo 66 years old male
If the Democratic party is truly democratic and nominates the candidate with the most pledged delegates, then I will support that candidate. If not, then the Democratic party has no moral authority in asking for anyone's vote.
I am a Democrat and support Obama.
My son's job has been sent to India by Citigroup and the Democrates views are I will vote on.
Also, leaving Iraq is very important to me.
On these ideals the democratic party started running and on these ideals I will vote. .
I will vote Democrat.
I DO NOT WANT 4 MORE YEARS OF A REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION!!
Right now I support Barack Obama and feel that he can really move our country foward, but if he doesn't win the democratic nomination then I would support John McCain. I really don't feel that Hilary Clinton can lead this country anywhere.
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