Senator Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters Saturday at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.(PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Hillary Clinton may be out of the race, but that doesn't mean her supporters are automatically going to flock to Barack Obama. Not by a long shot.
As she officially endorsed Obama on Saturday - Clinton urged the crowd to back Obama. When she said it, many cheered. But some supporters booed, loudly.
A CNN poll out Friday shows 60% of Clinton supporters say they'll vote for Obama, but 17% say they'll vote for Mccain and 22% say they won't vote at all.
Hillary Clinton's base includes many working-class voters as well as elderly, and of course, women voters. Clinton made a special appeal to women in her speech on Saturday, as she compared the milestones that both she and Obama had achieved in this race – as the first serious female and African-American candidates with a shot at the White House.
Obama says he's "thrilled and honored" to have Clinton's support and honors her historic campaign, saying, "She shattered barriers on behalf of my daughters and women everywhere" unquote.
There are now signs of unity online as well: Obama's web site was updated with a message that says "thank you Senator Clinton" and links to a form where visitors can write to her, and Clinton's web site now urges visitors to "support Senator Obama today."
Some Clinton supporters think the best way for Obama to get her 18 million voters is by putting her on the ticket as vice president.
Here’s my question to you: What does Barack Obama have to do to win over Hillary Clinton’s supporters?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Pablo from Arlington, Texas writes:
Jack, Obama should "talk turkey" with the Clintonistas. He, not McCain, is the fellah who will advance the same agenda Hillary stands for. With Hillary pushing in the Senate, Nancy pushing in the House and Barack pulling from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the progress most of Hillary's supporters seek is all but guaranteed.
Mike from Hot Springs, Arkansas writes:
One of the main things Obama can do is keep reminding the people that he is half white. Us old white men would love to hear about his white WWII grandfather. We would love to see his white grandmother. He has spent his whole life defining his blackness – it about time he started working on the white side. If he does not, he will not win.
The only way is to put Hillary Clinton on the ticket. Come on, Jack, it is kiss and makeup time for you, too. You spent the whole primary season saying mean things about her.
Will from Los Angeles writes:
One debate between Obama and McCain will silence all of this.
Chryssa from Boise, Idaho writes:
Jack, I was shocked that Hillary didn't say anything negative about McCain in her speech Saturday. She needs to specify to her supporters why McCain is a bad idea and how his beliefs don't align with anyone who supported Hillary.
You just don't get it. So many of us older white women engaged for the first time because we felt like we might have a voice for once. Voting for Obama or McCain is nothing new - just two more men! Who cares which one of them is elected? It's just more of the same.
Colleen from Weddington, North Carolina writes:
He doesn't have to do anything to win over this N.C. Hillary supporter. It is done. The only thing he has to be is "not John McCain" or any other war-loving, fiscally clueless Republican.
Sen. Obama doesn't have to do anything. When faced with the choice, they will vote for him instead of Sen. John McCain and I supported his candidacy in 2000; however, the McCain of 2008 is not the same man. He has switched is position on too many issues to win the Republican nomination.
Port Aransas, TX
Senator Obama needs to show that he respects Hillary and her supporters. I don't think his going "golfing" during her speech was a great way to show that respect.
He has got to remember that 18,000,000 votes is nothing to forget. 40% of that is 7,200,000 votes that he doesn't have. He needs to work hard to reach out to those ones and a great way is to acknowledge that she is at least going to be asked to be part of his admininstration. Maybe Health and Human Services Secretary, maybe AG. I hope it is VP. With her administrative experience and his gift of speaking they could go a long way together.
Pick her as the VP and ask his own supporters to cool down. He talks with a very positive tone of her but his supporters are so arrogant and still talks very negetively. That will not work. As a Hillary supporter I feel disgusted by the way a lot Obama supporters talk about her. I would definitly vote for him, if he picks her as the VP. Otherwise, I have to see how all this play out and will make my mind in November.
Nuwan from Houston, TX
Make Hillary his vice-presidential running mate.
Keep giving speeches like I just heard him give today in North Carolina. I was a Hillary Clinton supporter but today's speech in North Carolina convince me to back and vote for senator Obama.
Senator Obama will have to spend the next several months talking to Clinton supporters about the issues: The economy, healthcaare, the war, and the upcoming President appointing judges to the Supreme Court. McCain is on the wrong side of all of these issues and the voters need to understand this especially women and blue collar voters.
The 22% that say they won't vote sadens me as we should all vote even if it is for a person who wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years. He doesn't need to win over the 17% that vote for McCain because 30% of the people that vote repuplican will vote for Obama because in their hearts they know that we are in deep trouble and need serious change in the direction that we are going.
I don't get it.Why does he need to win over Clinton's supporters?You media big-wigs should go back and look at some of your commentary.For the past 6mths,all we have heard from you is Clinton wants power,wants her name in the limelite,doing crooked things to stay in the race,should get out,go home,etc etc.So now the race is over,and you media people can't seem to leave her name out of the headlines.Can't you find anything about Obama that people care about that doesn't involve Clinton?Because if you can't,neither will the voters and McCain will win in a breeze.
He needs to be himself and ask for their vote just like he did in the early primaries and caucuses.
Listen to the people, answer their questions, and outline what the next 4 years will look like under an Obama Presidency vs a 4 more years with a McCain administration (i.e. McBush III). Clear cut choice.
That's easy. Scare the hell out of them. Just explain to them where John McCain stands on stem cell research, Supreme Court nominees that would overturn Roe vs Wade, the mortgage crisis, tax relief for the middle class, continuing to send their kids to Iraq for the next 8 years, etc. I'm a man and it scares the hell out of me. Barak '08.
Nominate Hillary as VP which sucks because if he doesn't most or nearly all of her supporters will vote for GRANDPA McCain!!!
I can't imagine voting for him without Clinton as his running mate. Truthfully, I think she should run as an Independent if she is not on the ticket.
It is shocking that so many women are mad or vengeful in such a violent manner. Explain to me how can we as women say yes women can hang with the big boys and when the big boys act like boys we cry foul? That in it self says something that suggest we are not as prepared as we claim. I suggest Barack Obama stay the course and be honest and authentic. Also give Hillary a Hug she really needs one.
There is nothing he can do to win me over. It does not matter who endorses him; he is still unqualified, unelectable, and the person who has been selected and pushed upon us by the DNC and the media. Also, it does not matter to me who his running mate is.
On Friday I changed my voter registration from Dem to Unaffiliated; I had been a Dem since my 21st birthday in 1971. That is over with – I am through with unelectable nominees who are chosen and installed by the DNC!!!
jack, im a very confused independent. im trying to figure out why the obama zealots think clintons supporters have to vote for their appointed messiah. the obama people called the clinton fans ignorant uneducated racists and a dozen other foul names and then expect these folks to jump on the obama bandwagon pronto. Shouldn't obama and his people have considered that their arrogant hateful bashing would alienate a huge chunk of the democrat party? and why should the bashed bother to follow the party like sheep when they are obviously unappreciated?
Its going to be very tough for him to win them back cause they don't know made hillary loose.Hillary endorsement makes no different cause it didn't come from her heart.if it was from her heart she could have walk out and endorse Obama right away but instead the introduction started with " lets welcome the next president of united states " I was like which United States?
Nothing he can do Jack. Made up my mind quite some time ago that he's not what we need at a time when this country needs someone who doesn't think they're being elected into disney world. The country needs a new direction I'll agree. But, We also need someone who knows what they're getting into and how to get it done.
Larry in Florida
Obama need to continue to act like it is his campaign and tell all those Clinton supporters that threaten to vote for McCain in the fall…..Enough already… listen to yourself and you will realize how foolish you sound…..you will not only punish the Democrats and me by voting for McCain but you will also condemn Hilary Clinton to 4 more years in the Senate fighting to change the failed Bush policies that McCain wants to continue. May I remind you that since the Democrats took control of the House and Senate 2 years ago, Bush and a handful of republicans have managed to derail every meaningful attempt at change we have put forth.
If we democrats don’t win the White House this year, there will be grid-lock in Congress. We will continue to have record high food and gas prices, rising unemployment, outsourcing of American jobs, a lack of health care reform, more tax cuts for the rich, a war without end in Iraq and, you can bet your boots that women’s issues won’t get much attention either.
Get over it, this election is about improving the quality of life all Americans, not just the rich, the well connected or big corporations.
Its going to be very tough for him to win them back cause they don't know made hillary loose.Hillary endorsement makes no different cause it didn't come from her heart.if it was from her heart she could have walk out and endorse Obama right away on that Tuesday night but instead the introduction started with " lets welcome the next president of united states " I was like which United States?
If I was Obama I would pick Chelsea Clinton as vice-president. This would bring Hillary and Bill on board without having them on board, excite young people, energize the female vote and give the media something to yak about until November.
THat's easy Jack, by november people will be so broke and hard up they will flock in droves to vote for Obama. We (this country) cannot afford john mcwar or another republican for that matter. Although they did succeed in their purpose to make the rich, richer. Too bad it had to happen at the rest of ours expense. And Bush is actually still touting the corporate tax cuts and john mcwar is avidly supporting them. Wew!
Jack: Obama is going to have to campaign harder in the states where he did not fair favorably with the blue collars voters and try to win their support and confidence. Post Mortem grumbling by the Hillary supporters are natural occurrences after defeat; and if he only gets 60%.....well it is better than 40%. But I fear that Hillary has not played her last card yet.....and she will deal that at the convention. Should she, it will seal the faith of the Democratic party and Hillary both at the same time...two for the price of one...a package deal, just like the Clintons. .
All he has to do is keep talking about the issues as he has been and hope that some of Clinton's supporters will recover from disappointment enough to be able to listen to what he's saying with an open mind, and–even though he's not Hillary–give him a fair hearing.
I hope my fellow Democrats will be able to do this, as I would have, if the situation were reversed. We may prefer one candidate over another, but as Democrats, we still have a common agenda that is nothing at all like McCain's.
I think he needs to do two things:
1) He needs to illistrate as clearly as possible how his platform is not that different from Clinton's, but that his platform is drastically different from McCain's.
2) He needs to spend the next few months doing what he is going to do regardless of Clinton. I think a lot of Clinton supporters, aside from supporting her policies, liked that she seemed independant and strong. If he cowers to her every statement and shows no independance from her he's doomed.
Those 17 % who say they will vote for McCain could not possibly be in touch with what Hillary stands for and what she wants for herself and this country. If these people know ANYTHING about what she believes in then they could not possibly even remotely dream of voting for a Republican. How can they honor her by voting for someone who is so far from her own beliefs?
Mr. Obama needs to stop talking in generalities and start articulating his plans to help turn the economy around, get us out of Iraq, etc. Knowing who will be his VP would help although it doesn't have to be Hillary. My preference is that she be his choice for the Supreme Court when there's an opening. Wouldn't that frost Scalia's onery hide!
He has to change his sexual orientation Since that probably isn't going to happen, he'll have to just keep talking about his plans for the country, and hope that these people will vote with their brains and not their hearts. Obama and Clinton were nearly identical on the issues. Obama and McCain are night and day opposites.
There's nothing that sneaky, dirty campaigner can do to win my vote even if he puts her on the ticket. That will still mean HE would be president. His dirty tricks plus your (that's right, I'm talking to you Jack) extreme bias against Hillary and love for Obama has enraged Hillary fans. Good job you fool.
Continue to run the type of campaign he has been running. Once Hillarys supporters get over the shock of losing they will come over to Obama. I dont think any of Hillarys 18 million strong want another four years of George Bush.
Frankly, I don't think there's much he can do other than wait for them to come to their senses. On the matters of issues (those still exist right?) Clinton and Obama are pretty much the same candidate and are polar opposites of McCain. This is how we got stuck with Bush for 8 years, idiots voting like idiots.
Obviously, putting her on the ticket would clinch the support of her people; however, there may be more risk than reward. For now, Obama needs to make sure the issues dear to Hillary are front-and-center in his campaign (economy, healthcare, and the like) while Hillary keeps preaching Obama is better than a Republican. It may not be enough, though. I've read posts on her website claiming they love Hillary and think what she said Saturday was not what she really feels. They feel there was a proverbial gun to her head and she said what THEY made her say. It's a toxic environment. I can't wait to see new polling date as it becomes availible just to see how big the rift really is.
The problem with democracy is that not everyone is going to do the right thing. I believe that was Socrates argument for educating a person from birth for service to the nation.
Nonetheless, Thomas Jefferson believed the majority of the people, the majority of the time, would do the right thing, so democracy was a safer form of government. Jefferson was no dummy, so my money is on people putting the country first, and Obama.
Obama's message says it all - he only needs to continue what he's done all along. As for the 60% of Clinton supporters who will vote for Obama, thank you for believing in democracy and your right to vote.
i think that obama needs to continue to be gracious just like he has been. then clinton needs to continue on the path she went down this saturday. if she shows up with him at rally's and maybe commercials and speaks with glowing recomendations then i think her 18 million will flock accordingly. also, using the republican tactics of fear can work. chose me or lose your job, house, car and everything you hold dear. thing is, that could very well happen to a lot more people if things keep going at this rate.
greenville, south carolina
It's obvious: pick Hillary for veep.
I have my doubts that putting Hillary Clinton on the ticket with him would enhance Barack Obama's chances. If she goes all out to support him, it will help more than putting her on the ticket. If he puts someone that is supportive of both his and Hillary's positions, it will go a long way in uniting the party. Joe Biden or John Edwards comes to mind. Either man would strengthen Obama's weaknesses.
Obama needs to win over her female supprters differently than her male supporters. He needs to acknowledge that women hoped to have a president who could truly identify with women's issues. In the same way that African Americans were inspired by Barack Obama, women were inspired by Hillary Clinton. Many in the media have downplayed the importance of this. Many women feel once again sidelined by a male dominated political process.
Obama needs to specifically state what women's issues he can promote better than McCain....more than just health care. He needs to ackknowledge that women put their hope in Hillary but that he will promote the same issues as she would have...right to choice, better education, parity in pay. He needs to speak to putting people on the supreme court who understand women's concerns.
In essence he needs to acknowledge the specific disappointment women feel and reassure them that he will work to promote women's issues.
Initially I thought he should add Hillary Clinton to his ticket but after reviewing the 2004 US Census voting data I completely changed my mind. Obama should just keep doing what he has been doing for the last month while Clinton was fanning the flames. Keep speaking to people's hearts and he may be able to mobilize enough first time voters to compensate for the Clinton defectors to Mccain.
Senator Clinton needs to bring her most ardent supporters over to Obama. The Clinton and Obama policies are nearly identical and the idea that a rabid fan base might cause the election of 4 more years of the Bush/Republican nightmare is terrifying. Do they know that Supreme Court appointments are for life? Would they want their worship of Hillary Clinton to set the women's movement back 40 years?
Most are just going to show Obama how mad they are that Hillary was not the chosen one and vote for McCain and I can hardly wait to ask them who did you vote for when the rest of the nest egg breaks because you vote for Jr Bush you are going to get more of the same drowning in debt and all the crying in your beer won't help you.
I think that, for the most part, Hillary supporters will come over to the side of Barack Obama in the general election. When it comes down to a choice of either him or John McCain, they will largely back Obama.
McCain represents very little change from the policies of George W. Bush, as evidenced by his 95% record of siding with Bush in Senate votes.
Mainly what Obama needs to do is to tell his own personal story and how he was raised by a white single mother who had to go on food stamps at one time. He also needs to point out that McCain would appoint Supreme Court justices who would try to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
If Clinton's supporters were backing her for the issues that she stood for then they will come around in Nov.If they were just backing her because she was white or a woman ,which many admitted to then they will continue to bury thenselves in their stubborn predjudices.Obama needs to focus on the issues and let the true supporters fall in line.
He basically needs to start treating Clinton voters with respect. Frankly he's seemed to have conceded areas like Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Florida, etc. He seems fine losing them. We don't matter to him and we obviously got the impression we meant the WORLD to Hillary. He needs to show he gives a damn about us, not just care about his constituancy of african americans and upper-class wealthier democrats. If he doesn't have HIllary on the ticket, I'm sitting out this election. Tired of having the media and the DNC make my choices for me like they did with the primary.
The same way he won over everyone else. He doesn't need to do anything different, just keep on.
Throughout the campaign, he never had to change his message. He shouldn'd start now.
All he has to do is point out the stark differences between a McCain presidency and an Obama presidency. With McCain you would get a more right-wing supreme court justices, continued support of corporate American over the middle class, continued war in Iraq and possibly a new war in Iran.
I also believe that since Clinton created the divide with her and her surrogates talk of sexism, they should be the first to get out there, with Obama and attempt to heal the wounds.
For those who would seriously vote for McCain or sit it out, in other words vote with their emotions rather than their brains, then I would say, "good riddance". They don't deserve the ability to vote as they have shown they lack the emotional maturity required. Also, they give feminism a bad name. Sad, as people died for their right to vote.
I became a citizen for the sole reason of obtaining the ability to vote and I take it very seriously. Personally I can't stand Hillary but I know that my interests would be better served with a Clinton administration than a McCain administration.
The most important thing Obama has to do to win over the Clinton supporters is to: Be himself. I'm sure once her true supporter who were voting for Mrs. Clinton for reasons beyond her gender, race and name recognition realize where we are, in the history of this country, then Obama is the only choice. There is no way anyone who supported Hillary for legitimate political reasons, could ever vote for McSame.
I don't know if there's much more he can do. He's been very gracious towards her and her supporters. He was patient with her by letting her take her time getting out of the race, and even during the course of the campaign said very little negative about her and often praised her tenacity. Like the poll shows, 60% of her supporters are on board to make sure that Obama wins the white house. The other 40% will hopefully come around after some time passes. Hopefully they won't be so stubborn and selfish as to help McCain win by voting for him, which would actually be a huge slap in the face of Hillary, not voting, or writing in Hillary's name. Remember, a vote for McCain is a vote for a 3rd Bush term with the same failed policies that are destroying our nation.
If Hillary Clinton's supporters want a change from the Bush/Cheney politics then they should vote for Obama without him doing too much more to win them over. Some would not vote for Obama unless Hillary is on the ticket with him but that sends a message that the politics of Change is not going to go forward. I hope that enough of her supporters will work to ensure that McCain doesn't win the presidency and carry on the misguided policies of the present administration.
Simply put – He has to make sure she is not on the ticket with him. His charisma, knowledge, inspiration will help him. He needs some help from his wife too.
He can offer Hillary Clinton the Attorney General spot, a cabinet spot, an ambassadorship or encourage her to go back to the Senate and fight for him there.
By staying on message and sticking to the issues. Hillary Clinton supporters will never make an educated vote for a pro-life anti-progressive candidate like John McCain. It is now Obama's (and Hillary's) job to educate them.
Jack, I think the whole "Clinton voters "thing is way to overplayed.After listening to Obama speak on the economy and health care as well as tax reform any self respecting American with a iota of average intellect or higher will vote for him.The average and above average intelligence of the country is very scarce amongst Clinton voters.The changed republican and independent votes will more than make up for any stubborn "Clinton groupies".
all he needs to do is continue on his path of change and hope and let the wounds heal. Time will tell, and if those Clinton supporters feel that Mccain is there choice then they're not true democrats and they didn't vote for Hillary on her policies. But it's there right to vote for whom ever they want, but the switch from Hillary to Mccain is beyond me.
NOTHING. Continue with his message. If they choose to not vote or switch to the darkside(GOP), they will have no one to blame but themselves. Let it go, its over, let's move on
I was on the craigs list website and i ran into ads for community organizing for the democratic party. They are recruiting young adults to get out and get involved and get paid for doing it, up to as much as $8,000 dollars. So maybe the work has already begun and will continue on a much larger basis. Oddly enough there was not 1 add for the republican party, and there inability to effectively reach people could be there demise.
P.S Anyone stupid enough to stay home and not vote in november is in idiot. There is always the option to write your own name in as i have done the last 2 elections. Ty President for 2016
He should continue to be polite and positive in spite of the fact that Clinton is still playing games by not releasing her delegates. Perhaps the angry, anti-Obama Clinton supporters have bought into Clinton's clear hope something will yet happen to position her as the Democratic candidate and they can still have their way. Obama is a man of integrity and won't stoop to Clinton's level of gamesmanship. His manner and message will eventually win over a signifcant share of her supporters that are currently resistant.
The best thing he can do is campaign with Hillary by his side in those states where Barack has had problems like Pennsylvannia & Ohio. Once Clinton supporters see she endorses him fully they will come around
Just let them watch John McCain when he was at the Reagan library and talked about how good things are today versus 8 years ago and if that doesn't work then they are voting against a black man and it won't matter what you tell them.
All Obama needs to do is be himself and emphasize his plan to benefit ALL Americans (particularly women). He's already done what he can to close the wound... the healing is up to the voters.
Go to Iraq and lie about being shot at; tell tall tales about people he has met on the campaign trail; tell his constituents that he's going to serve his full term as President of the United States and 10 days after he gets sworn in announce that he's running for King of the World. It's really pretty easy because Clinton supporters are really pretty dumb.
He has to continue to do what he is doing...lay out his polices and platform as THE democratic nominee. If a bunch of bitter, old women vote for McCain or pot and stay home because Clinton is not on the ticket, then sobeit. They are not true Democrats. Besides, Obama will most likely swipe enough Independents and on-the-fence Repbulicans to make up the difference anyhow.
It may sound corny, Jack, but he needs go to the emotional heart of the matter, to publically acknowledge their anger and disappointment and sorrow at the loss of the opportunity Hillary represented to them. Women respond to empathy, and want their feelings validated.
Then he needs to personally invite Hillary's top congressional women supporters to join his effort and help him develop a Women's Issues plank to discuss during his campaign and for the Democratic Party's convention in August. These gestures will go a long way to healing the rift. The rest is up to the passage of time.
Jack, this is a question that might interest you media types, but no one out here in the real world - or, at least, the real world according to the Democratic Party - believes anyone who was going to vote for Senator Clinton won't vote for Senator Obama. The truth that the cable news pundits keep missing is that one thing unites Democrats more than anything that could possibly divide them: taking back the White House. Maybe as you folks start seeing Senator Clinton on the campaign trail for Senator Obama you'll stop with this ridiculous notion of a divided Democratic Party and start paying attention to the fact that nearly 40 million people, as many as cast votes for Bob Dole in the 1996 general election, turned out to vote for Democrats over the course of this primary season. That, more than anything else, is the magic number.
If Hillary really wants to help she should have several joint appearances over the next few weeks and months with the invitations sent to her supporters in states she won like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.
Hillary will not be VP and it won't matter anyway. Let the Hillary diehards do as they must. This election will consist of keeping all the 2004 blue states and turning a handful of the red ones. Two or three 2004 red states turning blue and it's President Obama. Barack doesn't need Hillary for that.
I think Obama should not worry about the disgruntled Clinton supports. When they realize what they are doing they will make the right decision. If they don't they are deserving of the unmentionable names they will be called by thinking Americans like you and me.
Jack, he can address the women on the issues important to them as if he is talking to his sister, wife or mother.
He and Hillary are not that different in their issues.
Not be arrogant and just reach out.
Its a simple one, Choose Hillary Clinton as a running mate, this will go a long way in healing the wounds of their candidates not being the nominee. Or better still Obama should ignore them so that they can have themselves to blame in no distant future for elongating Bush's tenure.
Drop out for 8 years and come back with a little experience.
If people vote on issues, then all Hillary's supporters will vote for Obama. The people who switch to McCain will be proving that the only issues they care about have nothing to do with public policy and everything to do with personality.
Sadly, there are no easy things Barak can do to counter such petty thinking. He just needs to get out there and get his team out there going door to door and changing minds one at a time and maybe restore a little of our democracy in the process.
Unfortunately, there isn't much Senator Obama can actively do to win them over. Those that won't back him after a couple of months must be so anti-Obama that they will oppose him no matter what he does or says.
– Alexandria, VA
The best way for Clinton supporters to finally support Obama is simple explain the facts. The differences between Clinton and Obama were very small. If they vote for McCain they can kiss Roe vs Wade goodbye, Their sons and daughters and brothers or sisters are still going to be going to Iraq, and the health care system is still going to be in the dissmal state it currently is in. If they stay home or vote for McCain during such a important election strictly over sour grapes then if Obama loses what ever happens to the country the blame can be placed directly on them.
Continue doing what he is doing. If Hillary supporters do not like him that's their problem. The truth is that Obama would love to be president, but certainly he doesn't need to be president. On the other hand, most Americans do need better healthcare, better economy and better education. McCain doesn't offer that while Obama does. So at the end of the day Hillary supporters have to ask themselves in November, do I really want to punish myself because I don't like the man?
Jack, that process will be pretty much automatic. The Democrats, as well as, many Americans are so fed up, with our political process that any member, of the Republican Party will have have a tough time, just getting reelected. It's unfortunate that voters haven't figured out that every member should get booted out, of office this November. They're all a bunch of pandering bums.
Obama should not have any difficulty uniting the party because he ran as candidate of all Americans from the start, while Hillary tried to appeal to special groups on gender and racist lines.
It's the economy that will do it for him. Unemployment, fiscal mismanagement by the Bush Administration, and inflation will not only bring Senator Clinton's supporters into the fold, but a number of liberal and moderate Republicans as well. People vote their bankbooks anyway and this scenario will be the rule and not the exception.
Sen. Obama will continue to woo Clinton supporters by his continuing to be magnanimous towards her. Also, Sen. Obama has to continue to point out to her supporters how much they both agree on the issues such as the economy, health care, and energy; while the differences between Sens. Obama and Clinton compared to Sen. John McCain are complete opposites. So, my question to the 17% who say they would vote for McCain and the other 22% who will not vote at all is: why cut off your nose to spite your face? In the end, you will only look foolish.
In order to win the election, along with Clinton's supporters, Barack Obama needs to continue on the path that he is on, right now. I feel that he is on the right track. The so-called Democrats that vow not to vote for Obama are not true Democrats in the first place. It is time to unite the party and quit crying about Hillary not winning. She lost fair and square. Now it is time to move on.
To CNN: Stop giving her so much of the spotlight. You want to talk about "what's not fair"? What's not fair is that Obama has not been given the chance to celebrate this victory. I don't see you talking about McCain trying to woo Huckabee's voters. It baffles me that everytime I hear a story about the election, its about Hillary. Get over it already. She is no longer in the race. MOVEON! Why are you still talking about what she should have and could have done better.
The same way he won the primary: through powerful, reasoned positions and policy proposals.
Once people get over their biases and actually listen to what Obama's saying, they'll recognize that he makes a lot of sense.
And they'll recognize that a vote for McCain is equivalent to voting: against universally affordable healthcare, against the right to choose, against middle-class tax cuts, against a responsible end to the war in Iraq, etc....which are all things that Senator Clinton has been fighting for.
Come on. They don't really want that do they? After a certain point, people have to recognize that there are cases where "making a point" just isn't worth it.
Since her supporters also include closet bigots and some not so closeted, there's not much he can do. The rest will easily sway his way.
Talk about McCain's voting history. McCain is so far right and trying to pull a quick one over on Hillary's supporters to make them think he's centered. He's an elitist who is into special interests and PAC's up to his eye brows. His attempts to fight global warming will be close to nothing. His goals of reducing our carbon footprint aren't even in the same ball park as Obama's goals.
nothing....they are all democrates afterall...
let tempers & emotions calm down.
Jack, This will not an easy task for Sen. Obama considering the passions with which the both campains were followed by their supporters during the primary. Sen. Obama needs to show how close his policies are to those of Sen. Clinton and Sen. McCain's policies are to those President Bush. Nobody will want this country continues on the same path for another four years.
If HRC's supporters really believe in the issues that HRC stands for, then all Obama needs to do is show up! Obama and HRC are virtually indistinguishable on the issues and policy-wise are excellent representatives of the democratic party versus McCain who is virtually indistinguishable from Bush.
If the 17% of HRC devotees who stated that they would not vote since HRC is not the nominee actually do not vote, then they are genuinely fine examples of the 'uneducated' base that is part of her loyal following.
I am gratified to see HRC gracefully trying to educate them at this point.
Simple message: If the Democratic party wins, we all win–Clinton and Obama supporters alike. It's time for all democrats to rally behind our nominee and we are EACH responsible for effecting postive change.
Bush should not be allowed to pass a bill to excuse himself and all of his administration with not be charged for war crimes. The man is a disgrace, and knowngly broke the law. They must all be held accountable!
I think Barack has to just do what he has been doing–focusing on the issues. I think those Hillary supporters will come back to the Democratic Party once there are the town meetings and debates where Obama will smash McCain.
If you think McCain is a noble man, try reading the recent revelations from his first wife whom he left shortly after returning from Viet Nam. Also, check out what he called Cindy a few years back. McCain is certainly no friend of women's rights!
Real easy: Remind them of the alternative. With all due respect to Senator Clinton, it was mistakes on HER campaign that allowed her to come in second place. You don't hear about the other candidates' supporters reacting the same way. If Senator Obama would have come in second place, fair and square, I would have voted to Senator Clinton. You have to look at the big picture. The ends always justifies the means.
He is sure to lose some of them, perhaps a lot of them.
Some will be because of the division in the Democratic Party, but others will be because Obama is too far left-wing for them to support.
McCain will undoubtedly pick up some of Hillary's base support because, as a centrist Republican, he is much closer aligned to their thinking than Obama can ever be.
YES HE CAN AND WILL! I know that is what you meant. Emotion remain high at the moment, and rightly so. The campaigns fought feverishly. I'm proud of both Obama and Hillary. Please do not lose sight that the Democratic party presented a variety of well deserving candidates this year. White, Black, Hispanic, male and female. I'm proud. To others who fail to see the importance of this campaign and focus on whether their candidate won or lose fail to see the unity this party has. Wake up people! This is family. ...Just don't tell Bill until November.
The Obama campaign and the media have seriously underestimated the depth of loyalty Hillary Clinton's supporters have for her. There are many Hillary supporters, myself included, who believe Obama needs to talk more about the issues and the policies he will implement as President. It's a shame that after 16 months of campaigning the one thing he is most noted for is his ability to deliver a speech and excite a crowd. While I don't believe selecting Hillary as his VP will win over all of her supporters it would certainly shore up my vote.
Little Rock, AR
Nothing. Just stick to his message and campaign theme. He should not do anything different to suck up to those folks trying to blackmail him into modifying his message just for Hillary. Some of those people will never vote for Obama, regardless of what he says or does. And some of those people will stay loyal to the Dem Party. He should just go about his current, successful campaign and he should beat a very lackluster GOP candidate.
Some are just blowing off steam and they'll come around, for some though, there isn't anything he could do short of handing her the nomination and then it wouldn't matter if they like him. His best bet is to get new voters and moderates to compensate for the loss of the latter group.
My suggestion to Mr. Obama to win over Clinton supporters and the so called low income white Americans or those with less than a college degree is make them feel that you are one of them and you understand their concerns. Meet with them not like a CEO but like one one of them. That is take your tie off when you go to talk to them. Go Obama.
Jack, the problem with these questions is that it brings out the Operation Chaos supporters to your blogs. The majority of the people bashing ans saying they would vote McCain are the same trouble makers that voted democratic in the primaries to try and help Senator Clinton.
Ask better questions Jack.
Sen. Obama should compile a film of all the great moments of his
campaign speeches. Then add a new speech telling the people the
tru difficulties of the times and then ask American mothers if they
really want to send their sons to die in the impossible war in Irak.
He should include how he will keep the people informed on all the
threads he will recieve from al sorts of big organization etc. Demand a scientific oil price melt down and remove all unvesesary taxes and burdens since the loss in business speed flow due to high oil prices amounts to a higher figure that would be collected from these taxes and add-ons.
This film should be shown all over the U.S. in cinemas, on the internet
and publish 5.000.000 DVD's and McCain would not know where to begin to try.
pat frp, virginia
Barack will have to go to all the different town that he did not get a majority of the voices. He need to listen to what everyone is saying and tell them what he is going to do. It is okay to talk about the war, but now we have other matters on hand. Such as the unempoyment rate that keep going up. Job is closing and a person can only draw unemployment a minimum of 26 weeks. It is appears that our president now do not care about extended the umployment for at least 13 weeks. What do he think will have happen when those 26 weeks run out. He needs to focus on health care more, gas prices as well as high food prices. I know that he can not do nothing now , but he can make the people voices be heard to the president that we have in office now.
One thing HRC did do is keep the issue that she wanted to get through to get through. He have to do the same thing.Putting more pressure on the now president may embrass him enough to extend the unemployment. Less not forget the majority of the people who are not working is not due to their fault but the lost of jobs.
That 60% will grow in time!
Alot of Clinton voter's are very angry right now, which is understandable it's been a long hard primary race.
I don't think he need's to put Hillary on the ticket, but if he doesn't, I beleive he should make his pick as soon as he can to give the her people the time to accept his choice.
Some voters won't come around but I think it will be alot less than the poll's show now. I don't see them giving up on their beleif's over a family spat.
It's not as bad as it seems because there are still many Republicans following Rush Limbaugh's advice to confuse the Democrats by posing as Democrats in sheep's clothing. You have probably noted the lack of many Republican emails you usually get on any Clinton/Obama questions. Think about it.
Jack, he will simply have to continue to remind voters that he and the Democrats stand for change and that Hillary's supporters would be best served by voting for him since he and she for the most part have similar policy views. For her supporters to vote for McCain has no logic to it and if some choose not to vote, then they would gain nothing.
Hillary needs to just start badmouthing McCain, criticizing him on everything. McCain will in turn start badmouthing Hillary, and from then on, all of Hillary's supporters will hate McCain, especially if Obama defends Hillary.
When McCain won the GOP nomination, there were similar questions about party unification, and doubts about the Christian conservative voters supporting him. It took about a month for the GOP unify behind McCain, and the values gap was more significant there. With the values equivalence between Obama and Clinton, and their contrasts with McCain's ideas, any resistent Clinton supporters will come around to Obama in a few weeks.
Matt in Austin
All TRUE democrats will vote for the Democratic Presidential candidate – Barack Obama.
All TRUE Hillary supporters will vote for the candidate she endorsed – Barack Obama
All SENSIBLE AMERICANS who decide their vote on issues most relevant to this country, will vote for the better candidate in this election – Barack Obama
The rest will keep complaining, crying about other irrelevant issues. Grow Up Guys!!!!!!
He has to emphasize how similar he and Hillary are on issues such as the economy and Iraq. He needs to connect with downscale voters and female voters. He needs to make sure that Hillary Clinton is highly visibe and working for him in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania. When former Clinton supporters take a seriouis look at John McCain, they will see that voting for him would be utterly betraying Hillary Clinton and everything she stood for.
Do not have Hillary Clinton on the ticket.
After the comment he made today in NC, saying that Elizabeth Edwards would be helping him with health care reform, and as important as that is to Hillary....looks to me like he has already pushed Mrs. Clinton aside. That's a "no vote" from me Mr. Obama. He needs to show her a helluva lot more respect than that, for me to jump on his band wagon....sorry Mrs. Clinton.
There is no one answer to that question. There are far too many variables to consider. Some people simply will not vote for a black president. Some are just devoted to Hillary and won't be swayed no mater what. If they were going to be swayed they would have voted for Obama to begin with. I voted for Obama in Texas because I wanted to eliminate Clinton in the primaries. I have absolutely no intention of voting for him in the general election. You can't turn on and off voters like a light switch. Some have already made up their minds. A promise of change means nothing without direction for that change and even a promise of change does not come with a guarantee from congress who will actually decide the change. Think about it Jack. We went to war in Iraq with most Americans saying they were against the idea. Congress voted for it anyway. Look at all the polls taken 5 years later where the American people say they want America out of Iraq yet congress continues to fund the war and ignores the will of the people. You see, It does not mater what the people of America want. It maters what the congress wants for the people.
He has to do nothing more than he has been doing. Obama is by far the best candidate in the race. He carries himself with more class and integrity then any President in recent history. He's run a clean campaign, regardless of how dirty his opponents were willing to get, and all along he's refused to take lobbiest donations and pac money. If Clinton's disgruntled supporters feel that selling out their country to ease the pain of not getting their way is the best course of action then to hell with them. 60% of Clintons smartest supporters will be backing Obama. Add that to the 18 million Obama supporters and it becomes apparent thet we won't need them come November. Besides, McCain will need all the help he can get.
Obama doesn't have to do anything. Most women who are registered democrats don't want to Roe v Wade over turned by ultra-conservative judges nominated by McCain to placate his his base. And people who lost their jobs and houses in this economy won't vote for more of the same dumb policy, in the end. Democrats know what's at stake in this election.
Obama needs to go back into those areas such as rural TX, PA, OH, NM, WV and of course FL and try his best to speak to the people who attended Clinton rallys. I don't know how that is done but hopefully his people do. Once Obama gets close to people he wins them over and that is what he must do. It will be tons of work and he certainly can't wait till after the nomination: he must start right now. Also, CNN and all the networks say that he has no chance at TX but TX is changing and I can see it right here in Dallas. Democrats are coming out of the woodwork. But he has to talk to them and CONVINCE them and he is GOOD at that.
If I was Barack Obama – I would offer Hillary the VP slot.
Hillary has filled her promise to support him and proved it with a great speech and delivery. 60% of her supporters are showing their loyalty to the party. That's more than I expected.
The other 40% feel cheated and have a good argument. I say (for the sake of party unity) give her 18 million cracks a better crack! Most have supported the party for decades and deserve a part of history. Haven't they suffered enough?
God bless them all. And I'm an Obama supporter!
New Britain, CT
Jack, For the most part, he will not be able to win over Hillary supporters. Many of us have legitimate concerns regarding the DNC and their actions and behaviors throughout this primary. Additionally, many do not want the mainstream media (yourself included) telling us who we should vote for, selectively choosing topics for discussion and belittling a very loyal American who has spent her adult life in public service in one manner or another.
There are legitimate reasons many of us did not support Obama to begin with, and NO, we are not racist just because we chose not to vote for Obama.
This is no longer a matter of..." could we support Obama for president,?" but rather, a matter of princple in defending democracy and having every vote count, and having those COUNTED votes go the person they were cast for.
Additionally, for all the pundits and Obama supporters and campaign staffers, the fearmongering you are doing regarding Roe v. Wade will not work. If our votes do not count and are not garnered in a fair and democratic manner first, we will never have a fair say in our government. It is amazing how so many men are suddenly such strong proponents for Roe v. Wade. It is being used as leverage, and a threat to make us all fall in line.
Hillary had to do and say what she did for party unity, but we, as invididual voters must vote our conscience.
He just need to tell them exactly what his policies are. I do not think that he should send out campaigning for him because she will make it all about her. He will have to earn their support on his own.
Obama can do nothing at all to change my mind.
I do not think he is qualified to be Commander in Chief period.
Hillary should run as an independant , if not that then JM gets my vote
He Cannot and he will not.
I am not sure what it is that the disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters want from Barack Obama. His stance on nearly all the issues is close to hers, so it should make sense to support him now that Hillary Clinton has endorsed him. Conversely, John McCain's positions are vastly different from those of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. If it is not the issues they are concerned with, perhaps it is something that he cannot change and there is no way they could be converted to supporting him.
In my opinon, putting Hillary Clinton on the ticket is not a real solution. Barack Obama needs to have a Vice President with whom he is entirely comfortable in a daily working relationship and that person should be his choice.
If Hillary Clinton is truly commited to improved health care in the United States, Barack Obama should promise to appoint her as Secretary of Health and Human Services. This would be the ideal situation for Hillary Clinton to work to accomplish her long time goal of universal health care.
It's really quite simple, Jack. He needs to stress the similarities between to policies of himself and Hillary Clinton. He then needs to highlight the stark differences between those policies and John McCain's. Along with that, he needs to point of the issues that will concern. Divorced first wife after accident, calls wife terrible names, wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. It doesn't get anymore clear cut than that.
I'm a Canadian and an Obama suppoter. Look at the investment that both Obama and Clinton made in the protracted campaign. For goodness sick, let give Clinton's support sometime to re-collect themselves. Once given the time to consider their Democratic value and standing, they will eventually vote for Obama, even the die fan will hold their noses and vote democrat. What else is the alternative, $10 a gallon? Let`s give these folks sometime!
Not much. Hillary supporters have another five months to realize that the other choice is McCain.
Senator Clinton's supporters need to realize that it is natural to have sentimental feelings running high after a close race as this. However, they should look at the bigger picture and realize that it is not about Hillary Clinton or Barak Obama against John McCain. It is a Democrat vs a Republican. Voting for McCain as reprisal for Sen. Obama getting the presidential nod is an emotional act void of any rational thought. Therefore they need to look at the principles of Sen. McCain and see if they are in sync with the principles of the Democratic National Party. To cast a ballot based on emotion is never a wise thing to do. Instead of hurting Sen Obama's campaign, they would only hurt themselves if McCain wins.
As to her supporters. he cannot get all of them no matter what he does. Her suppoters are a coalition of different constituencies - women, blue collar men, older people, Latinos. He can get most of the Democratic women without doing anything except treat them and her with respect – they aren't going to let McCain win, after they have time to think it over; there are some Republican and Independent women who supported Hillary and who may migrate to McCain, but this would be true even if Hillary were on the ticket. Blue collar men are another story - many voted for Hillary because she was not Barack; she cannot necessarily deliver them even if she is vp. She could probably help him with Latinos but not as much as with women.
The general is a lot different than the primary - his concern has to be total appeal of the vp, not just bringing on her supporters. He also has to worry about being upstaged and having to govern with her and her spouse after being elected. Hillary might not be his best overall choice even though she may have been the best overall candidate.
He can't get my vote. I'm almost 70 and will not vote for a black person.
I also will not vote for McCain because he has no respect for his wife or other women, and he rides on his "hero status" (tho it's said he sang like a songbird in viet Nam)..
Guess that leaves me with Ron Paul or Bob Barr. At least they are white and will not keep us in war.
Hillary Clinton needs to pound away at the possibility of John McCain selecting Supreme Court Justices and various judges throughout the country. So what if Clinton and Obama have slighty different views on different issues – when it comes down to the basics of gun control, gay marriage, abortion, and etc, Democrats will NOT want John McCain picking right wing Justices and judges, regardless of their top choice of President.
I am a Hillary supporter, regardless of how many times I saw you bash her on the situation room, I wonder if you have a grudge against her, how ever I know you are a Nevadian so I wont rip you too much. Obama got my vote, just because I will vote for a Goat, a Chicken or Cow over any republican at any level of government. Barack is a cool guy, however he has to let his egomaniac staff and supporters know he needs Hillary Voters to win. I am Latin/African American and I tell ya Jack, Barack got serious convincing to do.
Hillary misled 18 million people by pushing an impossible outcome and in the end the truth had to be realized. Most of those women who are not educated enough and who are innocent of how democrats nominate their candidates need an apology from Hillary Clinton and her husband who knows very well what they were doing wasn't right. Then tell them to back Obama because he remains true to himself even during the process.
I was not a Hillary supporter but if I had been I would only have to take one listen at the opposing party candidate and make a mad rush to that voting precinct of mine to cast my vote for an outstanding Democratic nominee who is inspiring all of us to do great things but, alas, is a male.
He has to be more respectful and less threatened than you and your cohorts.
Insecure media males dumped venom all over Hillary's campaign until it sunk–and only then began wrilting and speaking about her as though she might actually be qualified, and human.
For the rest of the campaign season, why don't you all get some of those "I Love You, Man" tee shirts that Budweiser puts out?
Jack, Clinton lost an 'election'. She was not forced out because she is a women. The reaction of hillary supporters is exactly like Hilary's herself, gives a sense as if the nomination was owed to them and was not rendered.
Before Obama starts selling his sole for Hillary supporters consider that 10,800,000 have already said they will support him. That's enough to carry most of the states he lost in the primary. He also has to make sure he doesn't wander too far from nearly the same number of people who voted for him in the primary.
I don't know that he can – or should attempt to – win over the 3,060,000 who said they will disrespect Mrs. Clinton's run and what she stands for by voting for John McCain. She and Obama weren't that far off in policy. Is four years of the wrong policy really the best way to teach us a lesson?
As to the 3,960,000 who said they won't vote – I hope it is post-primary anger that will fade. Not participating in the system isn't going to change it or the direction of the country.
Since many of her supporters are female, if I were Barack, I would remind them of McCain's plans to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Remind them that McCain voting to stay in Iraq would take their husbands, sons, brothers and grandsons, daughters and granddaughters away from them, put them in harms way....and for longer.
I would hammer this stuff home...go right for their heart and their family...the things that matter most to women. Remind them that Barack supports a womens right to choose and supports bringing their loved ones home from war.
I would think the Democrats would be thrilled if ,even your stats. were true. I don't think the Dem.s can hope to win over Independents that were disenfranchised by the Party politics and media. We have our own politcal race to run! Our freedom to vote and be counted! TO matter at all times,not just when they have already decided their own choice of a nominee,but in making that choice as well. The DNC and the media had their own agenda that took presidence over our "will" and they have to settle for the resulting admonishments.
Senator Obama need to nothing different that everything has has been doing since he started to campaign. Senator Obama is loving and respectful of every demographic and need not cowtow to women, whites or otherwise. He has ALWAYS been extrordinarily respectful of Senator Clinton, though she has mocked and maimed him publicly. The point is that if Clinton's supporters feel that Barak Obama has to woo the hell out of them for their vote they might as well vote for papa-daddy McSane. Why in the hell would anyone denigrate themselves for the sake of political pandering. Barak is a better man than that.
Obama needs to put forward his plans for change with regard to the economy, the war, health care and immigration. In these areas he greatly differs from McCain and, versus McCain, offers superior solutions in these areas. If Obama does this well and convincingly and if he can bring his rhetoric down to a level clearly comprehensible by all Americans he'll beat McCain in Novermber regardless of the Clinton supporters.
Senator Obama has shown nothing but respect to Senator Clinton and her supporters. Hopefully, her supporters after some time will be able to deal with their hurt feelings and anger, will really listen to what Senator Obama offers as opposed to what Senator McCain offers and will vote in their own best interest.
Clinton's women supporters need to be reminded what 4 years of John McCain could do to the composition of the Supreme Court. do they really want more justices like Roberts, Scalia, Alito and Thomas? that's what they will get from a John McCain administration.
He should let them realise that this election is about them and their future and not about any candidate.Since he represents the future they will come back to him.
I don't think all Hillary supporter will vote for Obama because they are smart enough to know that Obama is Obama and the people he associates with are who they are and Hillary has no say so to move the people to do something that she wants them to do–they are not Hillary's pupits as some of Obama's people are. For example, all the blacks voted for him because he's black and as some of the media reported they clearly stated that if their teen wanted them to vote for Obama they would–great way to teach your kids on voting their own mind. Hillary supporters will not vote for Obama not because Hillary revealed anything about him but because they came to their own conclusions through finding out about Obama by Obama's behaviors and associations. Obama sat for 20 years with an anti-american, associated and did business with Resko, and so on. So don't insult the Hillary supported by thinking they are Hillary's pupits and they will do what Hillary wants them to do and don't insult Hillary by thinking she will even put herself as the pupit holder and controller–IT WILL NOT HAPPEN!
He just needs to keep doing what he's doing, showing respect for Hillary and talking about all the issues they have in common. If women supported Hillary based on her positions, they will migrate to Obama. If they supported her solely because of her gender.....there's not much Obama can do about that, short of an operation.
I don't think Obama can win over the Hillary supporters. She was the best of the three choices we had to pick from. If he wants to be elected the next president he will have to tell Michelle to stay out of it and put Hillary Clinton on as VP. In my home state you can no-vote in sections of the ballot. That is my intention. Don't blame us when he loses the election. Blame the media and cable channels that talk 24/7 in favor of Obama. If they love him, let them elect him! Race has nothing to do with my dislike of Obama. It is his friends/pastors I do not like. You know the old saying "Birds of a feather flock together." That is what I fear!!!!
Senator Obama, needs to keep doing what he is doing to Win this campaign, like he won the Primary. The Clinton supporters, I thought were supporting the Democratic Party, if their choice is John McCain, let them vote. Because Barack Obama, also had 18 mil, popular votes, raised the most money, had the most pledge delegates, Super Delegates, States, Causcus, and registered more voters, and knows how to organize and bring the parties together and not Divide. That is Real Leadership. Senator Obama, can do well without the Few supporters that will not Vote for him anyway.
Barack Obama will win over Hillary supporters by keeping them energized after John McCain has bored them to death.
May be Hillary needs to keep a score card when running next time. That is the only thing that missed in her game and as a result misled 18 million people, who I think she owe an apology.
Time now to turn the page to general election with the remaining candidates!
John mccain will not get those votes because there is no country for old men!
Anyone psychotic enough to vote for more Bushiness just for spite, is not playing with a full deck., so there is little he can do. If they rather have McSame’s policies, why did they support Clinton (almost identical to Obama, platformwise) in the first place and what did they expect of a Clinton Presidency, more war, more NAFTA, no health care, no prescription relief? If they want to jump off a bridge, at this point, let them. Just don’t drag me and the rest of the country down with them.
If Hillary had lost and Obama won perhaps we would rally around him. BUT Obama contributed thousands of dollars to the superdelages for their support and the media had a blast going after Hillary and giving Obama a break.
Those of us on the outside who witnessed these primaries will never vote for Obama since we believe he did not legitimately earn the nomination.
Why do you guys keep skirting the real issue? This has nothing to do with the candidates views, would-be scandals, or even politics. Barack and Hillary's views are SO close that the ONLY reason a Hillary supporter would not support Barack now that he has officially trounced her in the primary is good ol' latent racism. It's that "I don't have a problem with them... I just don't want 'em dating my daughter" mentality that so many whites want to believe is history. It's not gone, it's merely less fashionable. By not talking about it we enable it. Like a dog who has soiled our carpet, it's time to rub their noses in it.
Horace in Brooklyn, NY
He'll no doubt make plenty of speeches and joint appearances, but above all It's the issues, Jack. For five months, Obama will have the opportunity every day to fill the news media with the policy differences between him and McCain, and he needs to emphasize the specific McCain policies that Hillary voters would never support. If Hillary's supporters are paying attention, the conclusion that Obama would serve their better interests will come eventually to anyone who wasn't backing Hillary solely to elect a woman.
He needs to give her supporters time, and maybe give Hillary a little more incentive to 'lead' her supporters to vote for him. What they all need to realize is that if the Republicans win re-election, Hillary will become completely irrelevant for the next 4-8 years. If they really support her, and they want her to be more than just a blurb in a history book, they will need to vote for Obama.
Obama should have a direct talk with all those Clinton supporters, whether they want to keep America in recession with another 4 more years with McBush or give the country a new direction with obama and have some money in their pocket to afford food, mortgage and most importantly gas prices (even though it keeps sky walking). Because this election is about moving America forward and cut the spending of trillion dollars on a "dumb war". 100 more years in Iraq is 100 trillion more and the ECONOMY of the US will go DOWN.
this is one hillary supporter he will not win over.
im voting for mccain and also, today i switched from being
a life long democrat to being an independent.
Think about the Supreme Court vacancies that are likely over the next 4-8 years before you vote for McCain.
Simple Jack be himself.
I really can't say I know, but what I find very curious is how much Obama supporters have been accused of being "cult-like"; yet when Hillary supporters exhibit the same dedication to their candidate, they are given a pass and called "passionate and devoted". This double-standard has been ignored by the media on Hillary's part and hyped on Mr. Obama's part and has done damage to the Democratic party's reputation. Especially when one logically can see the risks of defecting to McCain or not voting at all. Keep in mind, people, that Mr. Obama and Hillary differed on approximately 5% of the issues.
I am so suprised at the 40% of Clinton supporters that will either not vote or would vote for McCain out of protest. I would suggest to those supportes that they are the ones to blame for some of our current economic woes. Bush pull the wool over their eyes with fear and so call family and religious values, they were shocked to discover it was a scam. Backing Clinton was not a bad idea, it's just so happend that Obama won after going through the process. I recommend to those voters to consider economic situation of the day; also how important it is for us to have a president that appeals to all; it will take a none polarizing figure to bring both houses of congress, and both parties together to recover from this "mission accomplish" president.......Stop looking at the sex or completion of the canidate and vote for what is right! fir us all. A CHANGE IS NEEDED!
The only way to get Hillary Clinton supporters to back Obama, would be to put her on the ticket with him and also have the delegates from michigan and florida fully seated at the convention......
If Obama does that..... He has my VOTE:)
He will have other Clinton supporter votes.
It is the only way to bring the party together.
Also, it would be a smart move to put her on the ticket...... make history back to back..... First Black President, First Woman Vice President.
Jack, That is the only way.....
WE WE CAN!!!!
Veep. If not Veep. Replace ol' condi rice with Hillary. Other than that he needs to tone down his arrogant supporters that have treated all of us that post positivie about hillary like crap and then tone down his own arrogance and start telling us how hes going to do what he says he will do instead of just telling us he will do it
How about you Clinton supporters show some humility? You don’t get ackowledged and respected by demanding it, threatening people, or throwing tantrums. When a great number of you finally accept that your candidate lost fair and square, stop issuing idle threats, and give BHO props for his historic win, then perhaps REAL healing can begin and BHO and his supporters can start acknowledging and respecting you.
We know how much Barack needs many Clinton supporters. Just don’t think he’s gonna beg for it. He doesn’t have to. He doesn’t need ALL of you, and he WILL get just enough of you to help him win the White House.
Didn't the media help Hillary push a popular vote mantra and she lost?
Now the media will loose and Obama will win.
Please stop pushing this story line!
He won the presumtive nomition fair, so he does not need to drop out. As far as going golffing, he and Hillary have been campaigning over 15 months they both need a vacation. Worrying about small issues like that will have another repulican back in the White House with gas and food prices up, families losing their homes and another war started. So, if we want to show loyaty to Hillary, then let's do as she ask.
all her supporters where republicans
In order to win over Clinton’s voters, Obama has to continue outlining his vision for the country while spreading his message of hope and change – and given our current state of affairs, that should be enticing. Just yesterday, McCain’s top surrogate - Senator Lindsey Graham – said that McCain’s policies would “absolutely” be an extension of Bush’s policies. So, the choice is easy, if you like our current situation, vote for McCain, if you think we can do better vote for Obama.
I do not recommend putting her on the ticket. In fact I for one will not vote for Obama if she appears anywhere. You can't have change when you have a flagrant couple of lawbreakers like Billary on the ticket. Give women plenty of attention during the campaign, and recognize professional, educated women (in my opinion, Michelle Obama is a great example) who happen to be originally lower class women who are white and/or oriental or mixed or whatever and have succeeded. Give them importance, and even find some who are in their sixties and seventies and successful. (Like, for example, Obama's wonderful grandmother who happens to be white) There are lots of them, in spite of what Billary rants about.
I beg of you, not, repeat not, Hillary Clinton.
Oscar from Hawaii
educate them! Feminists are upset about Hillary being mistreated? Show how McCain opposes abortion, and how he left his disabled wife after cheating on her with a richer, younger, more attractive woman. Blue collar workers? Talk about how he will improve their lives with the "peace dividend" from ending the war in Iraq, like Bill was able to do with the peace dividend from the end of the cold war
The way he wins over her supporters is to be what he is, a Democrat. Once they get over being sore because their candidate did not win they should be fine...let's face it the issue divisions between Obama and Clinton are marginal when compared with how different Obama and McSame are. I doubt very much that when the chips are down those who supported Clinton would really want to see 100 more years in Iraq, a guy who admits he knows nothing about the economy or someone who is deluded enough to think more of the same is the same as change.
How about asking what the media can do? Perhaps centering their stories on the issues and the two candidates who are running for POTUS will shift the spotlight from Hillary to where it needs to be – the election.
Make Hillary as the VP. If not, we will vote for McCain. That's it and is final.
I don't trust BO. No more explanations. The party ihas been hijacked by liberals/leftwingers. They can keep BO.
The fact that Obama decided to go golfing instead of watching HIllary give her historic speech was a bad start. Maybe sitting with his wife and two daughters to listen to the speech rather than hit the links aka "good old boys network" would have been a good albeit symbolic start. Sadly, the Democratic party threw Hillary under the bus in favor of younger, sexier candidate....wow and you wonder why women are angry? McCain 08.
If Mr. Obama puts Hillary on the ticket there is a 100% guarantee that I will vote for Obama.
If Mr. Obama does not put Hillary on the ticket there is a 100% guarantee that I will vote for McCain.
Any other questions?
All Mr. Obama can do is adress the issues and policies that he will be implementing and the Hillary supporters can make up their minds. This should not be a hard choice since they both had the same views on just about everything. They need to grow up and stop acting so childish. I have nothing against Hillary and she has asked her supporters to support her choice to endorse Mr. Obama. They are going against her wishes by choosing McCain. Hillary wants a Democrat in the White House and since she knows it is not going to be her, she wants everyone to back Obama. I think that is a very wise
choice to make.
It's all about the VP, Jack. If Obama doesn't take on Hillary as VP, he probably needs to find a white, woman moderate. That will broaden his appeal to voters with racial issues, women who fill disenfranchised and independents who are wary of Obama's far left positions.
Many of Clinton's supporters would not vote for a black man under any circumstances so there is no hope for them. Many others are disappointed that a woman is not going to be elected but they could be persuaded by offering them some sanity in the government for the first time in many years. Obama has the ability to heal this country from the damage done by the Bush administration and to regain our stature in the world community. He must show that ability as effectively as possible during the rest of the campaign.
Put Clinton on the ticket. If not Clinton, another strong female politician. If he puts a man on the ticket as VP, I will abstain from voting in November. This could be a very hard lesson learned, for everyone. Women want women in office. Now.
Well the new poll as you said it. Jack, suggests that 70% will vote for Obama. That's promising because during the primary season, that number was much lower. He's not going to win them all back (hence some of the comments here) but he can close the gap and convince the majority of them to vote for him.
Time heals all wounds and I believe that once November comes around and people actually educate themselves on the two very disticy stances these candidates have, they will see that voting Dem is our only hope.
It is very simple really, Sen. Obama needs to continue to do what he has been doing and continue to vigorously point out what the McCain option will bring. Vote for change or 4 more years of the same. I think most will come around after weighing these two options.
There are lot of republicans pretenting to be Hillary supporters. If a Hillary supporter is saying she/he will vote for McCain because Obama stole the primary, that person can only either sexist or racist. Both Obama and Hillary agree on so many things that there is no difference between their positions. Let those bigots go and vote for a warmonger and a old man who will take away those women's, their daughter's and their grand daughter's reproductive rights by appointing right wing neo-con judges.
I don't think that Obama can do anything to win over Hillary Clinton's supporters – despite his calls for party unity, his own base of supporters continues to alienate those who supported Clinton in the primary. I love how Obama's supporters feel as if they're entitled to the nearly 18 million voters who supported Hillary simply because they are in the same party! When you look at their policy positions [something Obama supporters seem to have a hard time with...ask them why they support Obama and most will spout off nonspecific generalities about "change" and "hope" but still don't know what he stands for], both Senators John McCain and Hillary Clinton are moderates in their respective parties. Obama, however, is ALL the way on the left – the most liberal senator there is, even more so than John Kerry. So no, Obama is not entitled to Hillary's supporters' votes, an assumption made out of pure arrogance by his supporters which could very well have already cost him the election.
Former acolytes of the Clinton campaign trying to get Hillary on the ticket so soon are playing the game that the GOP drools over. Such a rash decision would make Obama appear to melt under pressure. The next few months leading up to Denver should reveal the best VP candidate as Team Obama vets candidates including Hillary. At this juncture Obama is touring strategic states presenting his plan and seeking a dialogue. Obama's solutions for fixing the economy, reforming healthcare, negotiating with contentious nations, mending the environment and solving energy problems should convince these voters that he is a solid choice, Those who can't be won over probably supported Clinton for some personal neurosis or deep-seated prejudice and will never vote rationally.
Only one thing is certain: Obama's lost my vote and the vote of my spouse. We refuse to vote for Barack on basic principle. He is unfit, unqualified, and simply un-ready to be Commander in Chief. We believe that the media did give him a pass, that he used flowery language to win over a soft-skinned constituency, that he lied and manipulated his way to caucus wins, and that he used race and gender as tools of destruction.
We hope that McCain wins in November, and we're here to help make it happen.
If they "come back" good. If they don't they were never true democrats anyway and to heck with them.
He doesn't have to do anything to win over this NC Hillary supporter. It is done. The only thing he has to be is "Not John Mc Cain", or any other war loving, fiscally clueless Republican.
Colleen, Charlotte WF49
Sadly, a lot of people who voted for Hillary in West Virginia and Kentucky were very vocal about the fact that they would NOT vote for a black man. Some minds you cannot change, especially those of a racist.
What can Obama do? Ask Hillary Clinton to attack John McCain HAAAAAAAARD and watch what will happen. That's all, Jack.
I think that he need to let all American's know his story. He has more in common with the average American than most believe. He came very little, educated himself and is now running for POTUS. For HRC's female base express his similarities with her issues. I have read alot of comments from her supporters saying that they will not vote for him because of the way that his supporters have been treating her. Well it's not about his supporters. He has been very respectful to her throughout and besides you are voting for him not us. I am one of his most ardent supporters and I have never been mean to any of her supporters. There have been disrespect on both sides, I think that we just need to take a step back and exhale from the primary season and start focusing on the GE.
From my vantage point it would seem that many of senator Clinton's "fans" are more members of a "personality cult" than supporters of a political campaign. Senator Obama attracts many voters who would possibly vote Republican because of Hillary's negative baggage. (Bill, and the family's sources of income might, or might not stand up to close scrunity....) I also agree with former president Carter that a combined ticket would be more of a combination of negatives than of positives. As an independent, I look foreward to an election where I can decide my vote based on issues, not personalities....
Obama should "talk turkey" with the Clintonistas. He, not McCain, is the fellah who will advance the same agenda Hillary stands for. With Hillary pushing in the Senate, Nancy pushing in the House and Barack pulling from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the progress most of Hillary's supporter seek is all but guaranteed.
He cannot win over all her supporters and he shouldn't try. Those for whom the gender of the President was the driving issue or who, out of a personal sense of pique, can't bring themselves to vote for " the MAN whoibeat our Hillary" will never be won over.
Pablo in Tejas
Patricia, be sure and tell yourself that in November when Obama loses by a landslide!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nothing more than what he is doing now. Jack. . For those who do not change their mind, no big deal! He will anyway get more crossover from the republican side if McCain continues to praise Clinton
It will not benefit anyone to vote for McCain or Nader. We are paying $4 for gas today and the country is in bad shape, no jobs, bad schools, bad loans etc. I am afraid we will have to vote for Obama because it is our only hope. That is why Clinton is telling us to do so, because she knows what a sad excuse for a president McCain is.
It isn't about me and my wishes now. It is about my family and my country. It might be hard to swallow but it must be swallowed to sustain life.
Give them a little time to undergo the healing process. when they realize that John McCain represents four more years of George Bush policies then they will come to their senses. Also remember, some of these women will vote republican regardless and I don't think putting her on the ticket will help; she has to many negative!
I am a life-long Democrat who has never voted for a Republican, but I will vote for McCain in November – unless Hillary is on the ticket. I hate how the Obama surrogates slammed both Clintons while Obama campaigned on rhetoric alone.
I think what Obama has to do is call Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, the DNC, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry. They are the ones that decided to trash Hillary and they should be the ones to figure out how to get Hillary's supporters. I know I won't be one of her supporters that swithches over to Obama. I know I will not vote for someone with such limited experience, good luck Howard Dean.
Jack it's all about preception, I preceive Obama as a strong candidate, but if he announces HilBil as the VP he will look pressured and weak. If he waits until late July or early August, he will be preceived as thorough and disciplined.
Nothing he can do will make them support him.His supporters alienated hers.He didn't do it him self. The rest of Hillary's supporters feel he can't be trusted or lacks experience. In either case it is really hard to change people's minds when it is not some thing that you can hold up as hard facts.
The majority of Clinton supporters can't AFFORD John McCain as their president; you know, hard working class Americans. It's stupid how people vote against their own interest, but that's a thesis in and of itself. If there are any rational Clinton supporters out there that aren't blinded by accepting defeat, then Obama can talk about his policies. Making Clinton his VP is not the solution. If any of her supporters paid attention to this primary season, Obama said he wanted to turn the page in Washington; that includes the Clinton and Bush years. What's sad is that her supporters are counting on 2012. Jack, God does NOT promise ANYONE tomorrow, including Hillary Rodham Clinton. All we have is right now.
As I read the comments so far today, I was surprised by so many Clinton supporters' assertions that they have found it hard to get over the 'shock' of her having lost. Clinton lost months ago and just played these people along in order to get more clout for herself; a user to the end....
Count me as one of the angry female Clinton supporters. How can Obama win me over? I don't have a clue – I might would vote for him if I knew Hillary was his VP and was looking over his shoulder to guide him. I'm really concerned about his experience – which pretty much is ZERO. Obama is loaded with eloquent words and somehow he's managed to let his words convince people he's the candidate to bring about change. But where's the back-up to those words? This country is AT WAR – even as bad as the economy is and goodness, we are all hurting – but my #1 concern is the war and this nation's security. Yes, I want our men and women home and I want them home now. But if we willy-nilly pull them out of Iraq now (BTW, thanks Bush for getting us in this mess), what will follow to our own shores? Hillary had the experience and somehow we let her lose. I can at least look at McCain's record – Obama has no record to speak of........ONLY HIS WORDS. This scares me to death.
The only way I would even consider voting for Obama was if Hillary Clinton was his running mate and we know that is not going to happen.
Since I have voted in every presidential election since I became able to vote. I will be voting for John McCain.
It may be very difficult for Obama to win the Clinton supporters. However, he will have to really up his game with new youth voters. They have been consistantly holding weight for him this election. But overall, I must say that I'm a bit disappointed to see that most, but not all, of the disgruntled and emotional Clinton supporters are women. I had always viewed these women to be as Clinton, strong and enduring. With this display that they are putting on, they are showing the world that they are not ready for a woman to be President.
Obama needs to stress that he not McCain will protect women's rights
No self proclaimed feminist can vote for McCain once they learn of his hostility towards women. The man is ready to send women back to the 1950's
If they do vote for McCain they are shooting themselves in the foot to hurt the Democratic Party, and that won't help Hillary get elected in 2016
What more can he do besides what he is doing Jack? You can bring the camel to the water, but you cannot make him drink it. Senator Obama has been nothing but respectful and humble towards senator Clinton, contrary I cannot say this much about her.
In my opinion if her supporters want to defect to Mc Cain for no other reasons besides their disgruntlement, I say then let it be. After all they will have to endure four miserable years of their selfish choice.
For those four years every night they go to bed, they will have no one to kick in the but but themselves for making a lousy choice out of pure anger.
Hillary will have to step and fix what she broke. It's because of her treating Obama like he was a republican candidate that her supporters are so enraged, she needs to act like a true democrat and reach out to those same voters, and she needs to do better than that weak speech she gave throwing her support behind him.
I cannot believe Hillary supporters will vote for a person that does not and have not cared for their issues in 7 years, or do you think he has changed from the same bush policies that got us in this mess. Remember McCain backed bush 95% of the time, Hillary supporters do you really want to vote for that?
Obama just needs to continue doing what's he doing. There are just some people who will never vote for an African American. For those who would rather vote McCain; just look at America's poor economy, our enormous unemployment rate, foreclosures, high healthcare cost, $4 a gallon gas, this pointless war in Iraq and the list goes on and go. If you still want another four years of this madness, then vote for McCain. Just don't complain because you deserve what you get!
Like corporate merger, adopt the best of each camps/teams (Obama and Clinton) for the new campaign against the republican. Sen. Obama's campaign should take Sen. Clinton's best people. Adopt the best policy Sen. Clinton proposed which he thinks that superior to his. And Sen. Obama should think the democrat as whole including Sen. Clinton's and come up with new outlook thinking that includes the 18 million who voted her.
Jack, all they have to do is say "wake up!" Clinton lost, Obama's the nominee, she said so herself, and if they want to win in November then they'd better get on board or John Mccain will possibly have a shot at another four years of George Bush.
The only thing Barrack Obama needs to do is continue to show them respect (as he did Hillary throughout the campaign)and just continue doing what he has been doing, speaking honestly about issues and how we can improve our country if we work together. Hope is a powerful thing!
Eventually the majority of them will vote for him in Novemeber because his policies are almost the same as Clinton`s and as different as night and day with McCain`s Those that can not get over their dissapointment and either stay home or worse yet vote for McCain either are not Democrats or not willing to vote for an Afro-American for President and there is not much he can do about that.
If Obama were to put Hillary on the ticket as VP, many of his present supports would be unhappy because of the negative things she has said about Obama...and is now trying to take back. Perhaps you should also add up how many of Obama's present supporters will change over Hillary being the VP and vote for McCain.
Hillary has enough bad baggage that the number of people that will not vote for her as VP will more than outweigh the number that would go for McCain.
Ann in Seattle-if Hillary were to release her delegates. she would not be legally able to continue to raise money to pay off her debt–it is as simple as that to all those who have criticized her for not doing so. As to the question, after the treatment that the Hillary supporters have gotten from the Obama supporters (just read the past months comments on this site) it is understandable that the Hillary supporters are bitter. Whether Obama verbally treated Hillary nicely, ultimately he is responsible for the attitude his supporters took. After Hillary's speech, and time, many will come around-if you stop disparaging her and her supporters.
Wow! Thinking like this is why men didn't want to give us women the vote in the first place. For Sen. Obama to reach the ones who supported her for her policies and ideas, he can use intelligence and logic and show the vast differences between him and Sen. McCain. And I suppose with the emotional ones who voted for Girl Power...I guess he can take his cue from Rick Ricardo and promise to adjust the budget so that everyone can have a new hat and matching purse for the Annual Fine Arts Ladie's League fundraiser every year.
He just need to continue doing what he is doing. Once they all begin to realize how close Clinton and Obama on are in the issues they'll come around. She certainly can help, and her speech on Saturday set the right tone. He needs to be respectful of her (he always has been, more than she was of him) and continue to take his message to the people. If she will campaign with him, side by side, that would be great too (but please, please, please, leave Bill at home....)
It's a tedious and toxic issue. If he wants to win them over, he should let the issue die, let them get some emotional distance, and let them take a long hard look at McCain and the Republicans.
The die hard Hillary supporters will not be won over by Obama. They want respect from Obama, for what, calling him a plagerist, less than qualified, only capable of giving a speech, telling fairy tales and the list goes on and on. How about they give Obama some respect and apologize to him for their candidates' negative attacks. They will stick to their mantra that everyone was against Hillary and the process was not fair. The bottom line is it is Over with a capital O. Hillary 's supporters threaten to stay at home and pout or hold their noses and vote for McCain. My God, why would anyone want to win over such a lot of infantiles. Are these voters adult enough to vote with any intellegence? They appear to be a brainless, emotion led band of supporters. Sad isn't it.
St. Augustine, Fl
Just stick to policy differences, the truth, and give no quarter to Republican dirty tricks – as an old Republican and a Hillary fan, I'm voting for Obama – McCain's personal history if very much like L'il Bush, his character was molded from the same form and he talks out of both sides of his mouth.
Hillary supporters – don't push for VP (think about how much you heard or saw Chaney). Being an Obama supporter – I would love to see her as Secretary of State. That's a more active and more involved position. Think about it – Rice is really Bush's right hand. How much does Dick Chaney do? Being Secretary of State will give her more of a voice now and in the future. With any VP, how much did they do? I know you don't want her to just sit around. The VP position is not a decision making position.
promise to make her secretary of state because she is more than up to the task. rice has been lousy and maybe we could go forward in ending this war and bringing about world peace. barack can work on the economy and health care!
Obama needs to drop out, and let the REAL president emerge – and I don't mean McCain.
There's only one way I will vote for Obama – and that is if HRC is his running mate.
Otherwise, I just won't vote. He's not qualified, he has too much in his background that quite frankly scares the heck out of me, and Hillary is a much better choice.
First of all, he just lost a lot of them today by slapping her in the face by partnering with Elizabeth Edwards on Health Care, which everyone in the world knows is Hillary's great passion. While I like Mrs. Edwards, she is the last person he should have chosen as her husbands health care proposal was closer to Hillary's than Obamas and she is a woman, right.
What is the man thinking.
This will do nothing but alienate Hillary supporters even more.
If I were Hillary, I would tell him to "shove it" and run as an independant, with all of her 18,000,000 fans.
QUESTION... Why are Clinton supporters so concerned about what Obama supporters are saying? What the hell does my opinion have to do with electing a Democrat to the White House? Are you really going to punish the man to spite all the crazy bloggers?
I am a supporter of Senator Clinton and I will not vote for Senator Obama in the general election. He does not have the experience to be the President of the United States and the leader of the free world.
Yes, he will be able to pick up some of Clinton's supporters, but not all. Those supporters know that Clinton will play a vital role in the administration of Obama. She will deliver. Those supporters also know that 4 more years of Bush, (oh I mean McCain) is not something that America can survive.
keep tying mccain to bush, that's all he has to do.
Hillary is the one who needs to figure out how to undo the damage she did. Many of her supporters are angry because they think she won the popular vote, are angry over the Florida/Michigan delegates..... all of that was Hillary's doing – and she was not too sincere on Saturday during her "support Obama" speech. If McCain wins this election, Hillary is the one we have to thank – she should have known better than to continue in the race for so long, turning her supporters against Obama – irreparable damage?
Jack, Obama has a serious problem with disgruntled Clinton supporters. He needs them badly. There are no cauceses in November, so the voting booth is highly ambiguous for Obama.
Playing golf during her speech: an insult. Add to it Obama's serious exposed and unrevealed skeletons: Whatever he does to make it work, well, he'd better start now or his presumptive nominee status could disappear. She only needs 95 super delegates to switch and make her the (more sensible) choice for president.
Hillary didn't win so her supporters will vote for McCain who is much further away from Hillary's agenda than Obama's. Someone please explain the logic...if that is possible.
Illustrate how McCain will cause further problems for the American Middle Class and has no vision or message other than "I was a POW – so vote for me!"
here's some ideas – discuss healthcare, gas, economic decisions, continued costly war, NAFTA, budget deficit – and how much it's costing each American (aka $30k!!!), environment, infrastructure, job creation
Well he most certainly can't put her on the ticket, that would contradict what he stands for; change. Obama should just keep on doing what he's doing. If Clinton voters don't vote for him because of spite, then it's their loss. Obama represents a much more mature voter base anyways.
If they are true Democrats,they will come home.
The only way for her Supporters is to make her the VP!!!!! He needs her to win!
He can't win us over. He won't win us over. And it's not because we're upset about the way he and his staff and his mdeia acolytes treated Hillary. It's because he is unqualified and two-faced. His sweet-sounding rhetoric is contradicted by his history of relationships. I can't vote for someone I can't trust.
What he needs is about 20 more years of experience.
Well Cafferty, It comes down to one simple question… Did the Clinton Supporters really support her idea’s or her “Cause”? The voters that supported her cause was bias from the beginning and will probably support McCain… The supporters that backed her idea’s will lean toward Obama? In my opinion… I think the smart Clinton supporters that backed her idea’s are the supporters we need and the fly by nighters are good for the occasion… Never the less… We’ll take them too. Join us!
There are three groups of Hillary supporters; those that will support Obama has the Democratic Nominee, those that are disgusted by the Hillary's demise and simply will not vote and the ones that were never really Hillary supporters at all but simply saw her as the lesser of two evils and would've voted for McCain in any case – again as the lesser of two evils. Sen. Obama just has to keep on keepin' on...
Carry on Jack!
Pander... Clinton voters eat that stuff up...
All he needs to do is give John McCain time. They'll eventually see the light.
Isn't the answer obvious, Jack? PUT HER ON THE TICKET!
I am astounded. The media who was so impressed withObama's silver tongue thinks that he needs Hillary to win the election. Isn't it his responsibility , now that he is the nominee, to convince the voters that he has the qualifications essential to the task? Everybody wants Hillary on board so that if Obama bombs, they will have the cover they need to justify his selection.
Obama got the nomination. If he can't convince the public that he is the man for the job, then he probably isn't.
cindy from TX
All Barack has to do is talk about the issues. He and Hillary are not very far apart. We are not talking about all 18M voters, only a small percentage. McCain is way out there. He is not a friend of women, look at his voting record, ask his ex. By the way, I can't imagine anyone voting for him after that speech he gave on Tue. What is he thinking? Obama will be the next President, I have no doubt.
Hiliary could convince Barack to add her to the ticket by signing a prenuptial agreement.
One answer for you!!! Put her on the ticket!!! I am a true Hillary supporter and I think it would benefit him as well as the Country. Put the crying game aside and just put her on it...
i dont think that is the right question. i believe the real question is, what does hilary have to do to get obama to ask her to be on his ticket. He wasnt as cruel in campaigning as she was....
Isn't it obvious Jack? Just put Clinton on the ticket. As soon as he does that, he'll get about, maybe more than 90% total of Clinton voters such as myself. If he doesn't do this, he can't win.
From a teenage Situation Room junkie, Obama needs to do any/all of the following: A) include Clinton on the ticket, B) push policies that favor the working class, or C) highlight McCain's economic policy's fallacies.
The voters that actually were for Hillary will support Obama because they are democrats and want to dump the GOP. The voters who voted for her because they didn't like Obama because of the bitter comment or the Wright craziness, will have to be won over to choose him as the lesser of evils. The other evil being the incompetence of McCain and the GOP.
Great question Jack
I personally think that if Obama does make Hilary Clinton as his running mate it will guarantee him the ticket to the presidency, although they differ on some topics they still share similar views on how to run the executive branch.
...Barack would have to be willing to "Suspend" his campaign and be willing to take the VP slot (Under Hillaray of course) (Seems pretty obvious, but will that get me a book???) (Please...!)
(love your sharp edges...)
It would be a serious mistake if Obama did not offer the vice presidency to senator Clinton. The long, and at times nasty battle for the nomination has fractured the party irreparably otherwise.
Many of Hillary's supporters only too well remember the nasty things Michelle said on the air about Hillary. I think a profound, sincere apology is definitely in order, especially for the remark she made, "if she can't take care of her own house, how can she take care of the
Obama needs to reassure women voters that he can be their candidate, too by focusing on issues close to women today. This includes reiterating that he supports womens' right to choose while John McCain does not support reproductive freedom. By reinforcing Democratic principles, Obama will reel in the Democratic women who backed Clinton. The women who claim to be voting for McCain now that Clinton is out are not loyal Democrats–because any Democrat would vote for Obama over McCain, and any woman who values freedom and rights can see that Obama represents their ideals.
If Obama can succeed in proving he is the true progressive and TALKS about issues important to women, he will win over more of Clinton's supporters.
Barrack tell me who you associate with and I will tell you who you are. That's why I don't trust you. That's why I won't vote for you in November, so remember in November.
“No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her” -Susan B Anthony, 1872.
Another reason I will not vote for Obama.....
I think time will be what is needed. As an Obama supporter I have thought of how I would feel if things were reversed. I know I would feel much the way Hillary's supporters are feeling today.
But, with time will come the healing and Hillary's supporters will come to their own peace with the matter and move on in their own time.
I am sure that some will not vote for Obama but, many will if people just give them space.
But, Jack, please tell Wolf to quit wasting time dreaming over his dream ticket. It's a silly idea and will not happen. Obama doesn't need to deal with the problems that Bill alone will cause Obama every day for 4 years.
I think that Michelle OBama should begin having small meetings across the country with women. She's charming and I think she will help boost OBama in the eyes of women. This late 50's white woman is as captured by Michelle as she is with OBama.
Heck, you can see how wonderful they are as a couple and that could only help in the general election.
I'm a proud Obama supporter and I have to say that Obama needs only to do what he's been doing to win over "Hillary Democrats". Although Obama and Clinton had their differences, it is over now. In November, only a fool will vote against their checkbook and to keep their sons and daughters in a war that doesn't even make sense! A vote for John McCain is just that.
By appealing to their sense of self-preservation. Not voting or voting for McCain would be suicidal and would eliminate hard won progress over the years. He has been respectful and should keep on being that way. He does not need to make her his VP!
Any "disaffected" Hillary supporters who would now vote for McCain are clearly uninterested in issues. They care only about gender. So the only thing Obama can do is grow breasts.
I appreciate how passionate the supporters of both candidates are but if you are not going to vote for Senator Obama because Hillary didnt win then you probably weren't voting for the issues in the first place. Its not a popularity contest and we should be more concerend with who you think is going to take our country forward. Lets not live out four more years of Bush.
Proud Supporter of Senator Obama
He could start by actually getting Hillary Clinton on his side.
New York, NY
Hillary needs to campaign aggressively for the DEMOCRATIC PARTY and the importance of VOTING, not for HERSELF. Look at what experience in the White House now has done to us...so much for experience. Wake up America! If you don't vote, you don't count. And no more WHINING!
Now Hank tell me who you associate with and I'll tell you who you are. Do you really want to go there with all the questionable associates the Clintons had? You either believe in move America forward or you don't. McCain will not move us forward, he'll move us into the dark ages. And pray you don't have sons because he'll institute a draft to cover the wars he wants.
this "bitter, blue collar, poor, uneducated, union, clinging to my god and my gun, beer drinking female, will sit at home if she is not on the ballot..
remember jack, i'm from mi, where he didn't want my vote, then wanted to split my vote even, then ended up with my vote....so yeah, i'm still bitter....
What 18 million voters? 25% of those were not voting for her but AGAINST Obama. That's over 4 million she thinks she has, but doesn't. Those 4 million will either be voting for McCain or just staying home and sipping a martini.
Simple. Tell the truth. It's got him this far ... and it would be a refreshing change after the presidency of the past eight years.
Sen. Obama must use his powers of sincerity & influence to somehow win over scores of radical feminists whom want a female president, for the sake of having a female president & many elderly racists whom claim to love America & call themselves "Patriots", but base their votes largely on race. He has his work cut out for him.
He shouldn’t have to do anything. Obama possesses the same leadership qualities and change initiating philosophies, but most of all, because he won the nomination. Apparently, many of Hillary’s followers weren’t that concerned about altering America’s errant course, but in simply electing a woman. We can only hope they will come to their senses in short order and trade their feminist predilections for genuine concern for the future of this nation. There can be no more damaging reflex than to vote for McCain or to not vote at all just because their candidate of choice did not win the day. Be disappointed, be sad, be angry, throw a tantrum, but get over it and move on.
To my fellow Sen Clinton supporters. lets not forget that Sen Obama, has had nothing but disdain for Sen Clinton..Remember the "State of the Union" address when Sen Obama, turned his back to Sen Clinton, and how about His "Your likeable enough Hillary" comment at the debate, which he said with a noticable smirk on his face. His lack of class towards a fellow U.S. Senator will not be forgotten by this Sen Clintor supporter.
John, from Poughkeepsie N.Y.
I guess Obama will need to add Clinton on as his V.P. to get the most votes. It's unfortunate that so many voters are more focused on personalities instead of important issues. I think the media is responsible for much of that thinking. They also need to focus more on issues rather than personalities.
Carol, Irondequoit NY
Obama doesn't have to do anything to win over Clinton supporters. If they support her, they'd do as she said and support Obama...
So, what does Obama do?
Well, he petitions Gore to join his ticket. Gore won in 2000 (we would all agree in all fairness). Gore would catapult Obama to an electoral rocket launch if he were on the ticket. He'd deliver Flordia. And he'd even deliver Tennessee this time. That is the only sufficient answer to his not adding Clinton to his ticket.
I believe Obama should just forget about this issue of winning Hillary's supporters. He will win all of them back if he could deliver & convince all citizens of USA that he has realistic & strong programs in economy, security, and health care for all. Substance are the key to winning votes from all. It is time for media to rehash the old news. – She was & is history for another 8 years.
Nothing he does will matter. The Hillary supporters who are now backing McCain (myself included) are not doing this out of spite. We simply believe that in a time of war and economics crisis, a political neophyte cannot be trusted to take over the most powerful office in the world.
... Clinton supporters think the best way for Obama to get her 18 million voters ......
You Know the old saying, "Anything repeated often enough, becomes the truth"?
No, there were NOT 18 million voting FOR her....
NO ONE even mentions the millions of votes that resulted from the cross-over Republicans who were trying to knock-out Obama, so they'd have her to compete against in the fall election !
Even if only 10% of the vote was due to those who followed Rush L.'s Operation Chaos' directive, that would deduct minimum of 1.8 million who would NOT EVER have voted for her in this Fall !!!
I am a resident of Fremont, OH. We have a president from this town, 19th president Rutherford B Hayes. Our Local paper took some similar opinions. It was simple. Put Hillary on the ticket and Ohio will be a BLUE state in November. Not saying he wouldnt win without her, but with her on the ticket Ohio is a slam dunk. That is unless he picks Ted Strickland, which would be a similar result…..There are my two cents.
Jack, Obama does not need Hillary supporters. He needs to get the millions of people who are not registered to vote to register, then he could say no thanks Hillary. See Ya don't want to be Ya!!!
To much press is being given to the Clintons, it's time to focus on fresh and new ideas. Let Obama do his thing.
Put her on the ticket!
He needs to make these stubborn Hillary supporters understand how bad things could get for ALL of us if they DON'T vote for him. Obama plans to do the same things Hillary wanted to do (please don't nitpick right now about little differences in methods). I was a solid Hillary supporter and I was very sad and a little bit mad and couldn't seem to get past it and feel OK until I watched her speech on Saturday. I cried alot, laughed a little, my heart went out to that woman. If she could get up there and swallow her pride and so profoundly endorse Obama after such a close race, then the least I can do is "work my heart out" for Obama too. We have common goals.
The simple solution Jack is for Obama to ask the voters if they want to head the same direction that Hillary Clinton wanted to take them or simply not vote or even worse vote for McCain and see nothing "change", except who the figure head is at the helm playing God in the world...
Drop out,and let Hillary who has the most votes, and is the best choice have the nomination. We already have an Idiot in the WH,nd we don't need another one.
A week ago they would have been saying – "Me vote for McCain?! Are you out of your mind!!"
There is a lot of strong emotions now. As the campaign continues, they will be able to seriously compare Obama to McCain. Most of the Clinton supporters who currently say they are considering McCain are older women. They know that he is tangentially opposed to their core beliefs with respect to a woman's right to choose, etc.
You under estimate the strength of Hillary's supporters who feel disenfranchised by the DNC. There is a movement afoot, of which I am part, to unseat the super-delegates who are up for re-election and who threw Hillary under the bus. Kerry may well lose his seat over this, as well as Landrieu here in Louisiana. I am part of a group of very reliable women voters who simply will not be there for the DNC in the fall. Under no circumstances will I vote for the nominee who was chosen by the DNC and not the vote of the people. My voice WILL be heard this Fall, and not in ways the DNC used to be able to count on.
I will under no circumstances vote for Obama. The DNC and the media annointed Obama and rammed him down our throats. If he had beat Hillary fair and square, I would have considered him. But he didn't. I've already switched to McCain. Of course all you arrogant talking heads in the media can keep telling yourselves all her supporters will unite and see the light. Yeah, sure, keep the delusioning going.
The ONLY way I would consider voting for Obama is if she is on the ticket. No Hillary, No Vote.
MO is going to be Obama's Achilles, another reason I will not vote for Obama.
If these so called Clinton supporters are true Democrats then Obama should have to do nothing. At this stage of the game, these people should be rallying around Obama if there are serious about undoing the damage done to this nation from the Bush / Cheney administration. If these so called Clinton supporters decide to vote for McCain, then they were never true Democrats to begin with and they demosntrate that are simply very flakey people who will vote for any pathetic waste of skin.
Since when is this about voting Democratic or Republican? I thought we were trying to turn our country purple and stop the partisan politics. If so then voting falls onto the candidate each individual feels is best to lead this country. I am a democrat looking for experience. No one really knows Obama. I will not be forced into voting based on my declared party. I am not a part of the sheeple and can make my own decisions. Obama supporters should be confidant that he is the best candidate to win without trying to degrate and bully those that disagree. If not then you picked the wrong democrat. That's not my problem and don't try to make it mine.
It's interesting how many Obama supporters have chimed in on this question. You should be asking those of us who support Hillary. We chose Hillary for valid, well-thought out reasons. Today, knowing what I know, I would still vote for Hillary. Unless Hillary is on the ticket, I will not automatically vote party lines just for the sake of it. I'll write in Hillary first.
There is not a lot Obama can do to win over Clinton supporter, but he will win over Democratic supporters. Clinton purposely devided the party for her own selfish reason(to be president). Her diehard followers have their own agenda. Did you see how angree they where? If they vote for McCain, they'll get what they deserve. People re-elected Bush and look what we got.
I believe Obama will win, with or without Clinton. However, I would rather see Obama loose with out Clinton, than to win with her. To me, she proved to be untrustworthy. She seem to do and say anything for her own gain. You do not want a person like that on the ticket. She disqualified herself.
Hillary supporters need to know that Barack supporters appreciate all their hard work and that their views are basically the same on all major issues. If they are concerned about the fewer years of experience Barack has had, I think they should trust that he will surround himself with the brightest and best experts on the economy, national security, etc. What they might find helpful is to focus on the character of Barack and his even temperament in the face of severe challenges during the primaries.
Barack Obama must include Hillary Clinton on the Presidential ticket SOON! Excitement for her is very high right now and could be combined with supporters to make an unstoppable campaign. The longer he waits, the less energy and interest there will be for the Clinton supporters to vote at all.
He doesn't need to do anything other than be who he is- a leader who shows integrity, honesty, and avoids the game playing which turned so many people off to Hillary Clinton. Seeing how close Clinton and Obama were on most issues, one can only assume that the Clinton supporters who decided to vote in 4 more years of Bush are doing it out of spite or merely playing games themselves, hoping to usher in a 2012 run for HRC. It's petty and shortsighted, considering that we can't afford 4 more years like the last 8. We can't wait that long, which is why Obama ran in the first place.
I think Hillary's true supporters can be pulled to vote for Barack if
Hillary is sincere in backing him without strings attached (she has not convinved me of that )
Older white voters still have race issues so I can see that group voting
for McCain because they were going to even if Hillary had won , you would have seen a great jump to McCain .
The writing has been on the wall for quite sometime... I think your stats are a little high but in a general election all it takes is 5% of the democrats to either not vote or vote McCain to swing the election Republican...
If your numbers are correct... it is all ready over!!!
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