May 7th, 2008
04:40 PM ET

GOP voting against McCain?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Nearly all of the focus in yesterday's primaries was on the Democrats, and rightly so. But, here's an interesting little nugget about how the Republicans voted:

Despite the fact that John McCain has been his party's presumptive nominee for almost three months now, about a quarter of Republicans in North Carolina and Indiana voted against the Arizona senator.

That's right. In North Carolina, McCain received just 74% of the vote, while Mike Huckabee got 12% and Ron Paul received 7%. 4% said they had no preference. And in Indiana, 77% of Republicans voted for McCain, while Huckabee got 10%, Paul received 8%, and Mitt Romney 5%.

McCain faced similar results in the Pennsylvania primary two weeks ago. Also, quite a few Republicans crossed over to vote in the Democratic primary... with one in 10 Indiana voters in the Democratic primary identifying themselves as Republicans.

McCain's campaign says it's pleased with the way the Republican Party has united around his candidacy. They also point to polls that show them doing as well – if not better – with Republicans as President Bush did at similar points in his first campaign in 2000. The difference is President Bush wasn't running against the record of President Bush in 2000.

Here’s my question to you: What does it say when about a quarter of Republicans voted against John McCain yesterday?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Sandy from Ohio writes:
It says one of three things: 1) One fourth of the Republicans are not happy with their party's presumptive nominee 2) or one fourth of the Republicans are senile and don't know McCain is the presumptive nominee 3) or one fourth of the Republicans are just fed up and looking for a glimmer of hope. You can decide, Jack.

Chuck from North Carolina writes:
It tells me that the GOP is just as divided as the Democrats. Maybe it’s time for a real third party.

Sabrina from Spokane, Washington writes:
Jack, I live in the eastern, conservative part of the Washington state. Many Republicans voted here for Ron Paul. All my Republican friends, however, voted for Barack. I am a Democrat voting for Barack and convincing my conservative husband to do the same. I think it will work.

Kathy from Florida writes:
Jack, It means absolutely nothing. He has the Republican nomination. Let's wait until November to see what happens, when Republicans vote for their own party.

John from Chapel Hill, North Carolina writes:
Jack, It's called a protest vote. They know it's not going to make a difference so they vote for the candidate they wish had won. I know my brother voted for Ron Paul yesterday. Since I'm an independent, I could choose whether to vote Republican or Democrat. I chose the contest that was still in the headlines.

Kerry writes:
I am a young Republican looking for change from the past 8 years. McCain is too old. I will cross party lines and vote for Obama. My peer group is doing the same.

Dan from Chantilly, Va. writes:
I'm more interested in what it means for Ron Paul that the guy who already dropped out of the race is still getting more votes than him.

Filed under: GOP • John McCain
soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. Beartrack Truckee,CA

    Even the "real" Republicans can see that the Bush version of Republican is all wrong for America. McCain has coped out on his own values and has become Bush 3. Sad to see such a man go down that drain.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  2. Kel from Auburn AL

    Well, I'm a mechanical engineering student and I know math well enough to get by, I think. That being said, looking at the numbers, I think it means that John McCain has the support of three-fourths of the Republican party, which is a majority unseen even in the democratic primaries.

    The party is sure to unite around him to a greater degree in November – you can bet on that.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  3. Jay, Canada

    It says that about a quarter of Republicans understand that the future well being of the country is more important than the future well being of the party. God bless them for actually thinking before pulling the lever in the booth.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  4. Vincent OBrien

    What it means is the system is flawed. Registered Republicans should not be allowed to vote in a Democratic primary

    May 7, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  5. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Republicans are disappointed in their nominee. McCain is not conservative enough for them. They actually want another bush. I don't know who they think they are going to vote for. I hope they just stay home.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  6. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    It means that the 81% of Americans who believe our country is headed in the wrong direction, includes moderate-thinking-Republicans. The 27% who approve of Bush will vote for McCain or stay home.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  7. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    It shows they made a serious mistake in making him their nominee–he's too old, too fond of war, and flipflops all the time. Most importantly, I think he could care less about the average person. Nothing about him appeals to me, but I AM a Yellow Dog Democrat.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  8. Joan Buck

    Says nothing ! Republicans want Obama as opponent as he's the weak candidiate. There will be more on him too.
    Joan B
    Chicago, Il

    May 7, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  9. Raj, Toronto

    No, the GOP is voting for Hillary. Obama is loosing these contests by rural voters in ever contest, These districts will vote republican in the fall, so when Hillary says that Obama can't win, can see win democratic congressional districts. Can she win liberal voters, no. Can she win the population centers no. Will New York and California vote democrat, yes. Rush is laughing and we as democrats just don't get it. Let Hillary continue but get behind our candidate democrats, please.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  10. Stephany

    That there don't need to be an election for 2009. He will do rightly if he will just be so kind and step aside and give back what belonged to the democrates rightfully in the beginning. And all the republicans need to sworn in before they are allowed to be democrates. Because, our good name is not to be stained. Democrates Rule.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  11. peter canada

    The only reason he's there is to make G Bush l@@k good

    May 7, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  12. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    The Stupid Republicans are even more idiotic then the dems. They have a great representative in McCain who do what they want and they are unable to appreciate it. I am totally convinced that the extremes of both parties need a mind transplant.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  13. MAGGIE, VA

    It means the GOP is so confused that they don't know whether they are going or coming, this election cycle!

    May 7, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  14. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    That is politics as usual. Every time you get 2 politicians together one wants to know what's in it for them. In this case there was nothing in it ofr them it was being done for the people. What no pork for me? We can't have that!! Other republicans are afraid of McCain because he represents something they don't like. A man who does not pack pork into bills like they do. They resent him for exercising good judgement and for doing what's right. To them nothing is right unless they can get something out of it. Look at their past pork barrel spending then look at McCains. That's right McCain does not have any. That is the politician who will get my vote.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  15. Philip Dallas TX

    Nothing. We will all unite when its time to. BTW....as long as mccain picks the right VP.....obama has no chance anyway.


    May 7, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  16. sarah, Indiana

    it says that those horrible uber conservative bush supporters can clearly see that sen. mccain is a very different sort of republican. they cant control him, they cant use him, they cant expect him to be their puppet. GOOD for us, not good for them. GO GET 'EM MAC!!!!

    May 7, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  17. J. Onofre - CA

    The FORCE is with Obama.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  18. Edly in San Jose, California

    It means "Operation Chaos" is working. The Republican party is in chaos. Works for me!

    May 7, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  19. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    I'm not sure if enough Republicans will defect in November to significantly change the dynamics of the Electoral College results, but I think it signifies that Barack Obama will have an easier time passing legislation than President Bush has because it bodes poorly for all Republican candidates this fall, not just John McCain. Having support in the states you lose may not count come November, but it sure counts for the 4 years afterwards.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  20. Independent

    they are keeping the fight going between the dems...the limbaugh effect as some say...its worked and clinton should thank them by joining mccain on the ticket.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  21. D.J.Lauter

    It says that he can't even hold his own party. If he chose Romney as his running partner, he may have a chance.

    May 7, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  22. Simpliticus

    John McCain is watching the mess from the sidelines has Obama and Clinton "duke" it out! But obviously Republicans are also watching from those same sidelines, interested in what this country is going to look like. If John is going to look like George, I am sure that Republicans have had enough of a country self-destructing from the inside out. Look for more support for Obama from these Republicans as an insane continuance of George "W.(rong-way) Bush in John McCain lends itself as a possibility. Barack Obama may as well just go straight to the White House bypassing the usual rendering of candidates. John McCain is that much of a potential mistake!

    May 7, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  23. Russ in PA

    It means that people can see right through him. Shame they can't also do that with the Democrats...

    May 7, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  24. Kelley C, Huntsville AL

    McCain has a problem. It is obvious he isn't shoring up his base. This was obvious in the previous contest in PA and TX also... where the numbers are about the same. Huckabee and Paul are each getting about 10% or more of the vote which tells me that there is a lot of Republican infighting.
    Rush et. al. were hoping to force a Clinton win so they could get these people into the fold for McCain – it didn't work although I will say they made a darned good effort in Indiana. NC wasn't going to happen because of the important governor's and senate races.

    If McCain can't fix it – he will not win against Obama.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  25. David Alexandria, VA

    It probably means that McCain is closer to being a centrist/ independent than the hard-right is comfortable with at the moment. If people begin to look past the "Bush Third Term" nonsense and get into the real substance of his position on issues, they should find a man who is highly experienced, thoughtful, balanced and committed to moving the country forward. He says what he belives (not what he wants you to believe under the rubric of oratory "hope" or unspecified "change." These are going to be challenging national times in coming years. To get off the dime, those on the far right (and far left) are going to have to acquiesce to a lot of reality. I'd rather face that with someone who is a straight-shooter.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  26. Anne/Seattle

    It says there's hope for the future of the U.S.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  27. Charles in Florida

    Jack, it says the thought of BUSH Episode III doesn't appeal to many voters. If Mccain could somehow change the title to Grand Theft Auto: the MCCain Edition, he would win by a landslde.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  28. Tex Abroad

    It means that about 25% or Republicans were conscious!

    May 7, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  29. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    Can everyone say President Barack Obama, that is what it means. John McCain will cancel himself out by November, everytime he talks he seems to forget what year it is and says the dumbest things.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  30. Mark - Asheville, NC

    It means that those republicans want to run against Obama! Do I even need to say why????

    May 7, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  31. Terry from North Carolina

    The grand old party made a serious mistake, John McCain is not the canidate the majority of the republican party wanted, however apparently he was the best of a bad lot and their stuck with him. If this fiasco the democrats are currently calling a great contest between to good canidates doesnt end soon maybe the republicans will get lucky and sneak this guy into the white house while no one is looking.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  32. Patricia

    They just want to be part of the most exciting contest in history. Once we have a nominee, we'll see who they're really voting for or against. I suspect many of them will vote for Obama.


    May 7, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  33. Paula in Albuquerque

    It could mean: All is not lost, Hillary! The American appetite for the vulgar and the dishonest knows no bounds! You and that pimp/husband of yours may still call the White House your "city pied-a-terre"!

    May 7, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  34. Cruz

    Every one talks about Hilliary dropping out of the Dem Primary, but with Republicans voting against John McCain, maybe he is the one who should "drop out" now.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  35. Uncle Whitey

    I feel McCain is too entrenched in old school politics that he has rendered himself ineffective. The party has drifted too much away from it's central beliefs and consequently become out of touch with most americans. I feel that had Ron Paul received as much media attention as Hillary Clinton, he would be in a better position to earn the nomination. Fortunately, the seeds of change have been sewn by Paul's organization and now have hundreds of thousands of young people as supporters. In a few years, we will get back to following our constitution and operating the government as the founding fathers intended.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  36. Moses, Ca.

    McCain isn't the choice of the Repulicans. He's being used as a pawn, because they know they can't win in Nov. they're looking at 2012.

    Moses, Ca.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  37. Patricia

    Are you kidding me...??? There are die-hard Republicans who are white supremacists & they will never vote against John McBush, even if it's the right thing to do. These people are just crazy enough to vote against their own economic lives.
    Palmdale, Ca.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  38. Harry

    All this means nothing for McCain or the democrats. The bottom line is the price of gas come November. The winner will be the candidate with the best grass roots support and free transportation to the polls.

    Somehow, I don't think the straight talk express can haul that many people.


    May 7, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  39. Steve Hayden, Idaho

    McCain shouldn't worry too much, this is all a ploy by Rush Limbaugh's operation Chaos which hopes Hillary wins the campaign. The Republicans have a lot of garbage and baggage on Hillary and fear Obama. Hillary 's dishonesty ratings are off the charts for Republican voters, if they had to cross the aisle you, don't think you actually pick Hillary. Most of those voters will switch back to McCain in the fall.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  40. Mike of Pueblo


    This has become a very interesting and rancorous election year, with candidate choices many find unpalatable. Of course some of the far right don't like McCain. McCain may not even be the first choice among most Republicans. But I bet that most Republicans, Independents, and even some Democrats voting in the general election will not be "voting against" McCain. Nor will the be "voting for" McCain. Instead, they will all be "voting against" the Democratic nominee, who will likely be the relatively inexperienced Barack Obama. Regardless of who gains the Democratic nomination, they have given the Republicans more than enough ammunition to destroy the Democratic candidate in the general election.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  41. Al, KS

    It means that 3/4 of them are still drinking the koolaid.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  42. JD - NH

    I can't imagine why anyone would vote for McCain. His healthcare proposal involves doing away with employer-provided plans. Instead, he'll send you a check for $5,000 and allow you to buy a substandard health insurance policy for $12,000 – providing, of course, you have no pre-existing condition which would make you a risk to big insurance. He's all for privatizing social security, too. Given recent up and down numbers on Wall Street, is there anyone who thinks that's a good idea? Then, of course, there's the neverending war.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  43. Mike S., New Orleans, Louisiana

    Even the Republicans who voted against McCain in the primaries will support him in the general election. Recent history shows they are more concerned with winning the power by any means available than putting the best person in the White House. This coming election will make the Swift Boat Veterans look like pussy cats. By the time they get done with Obama, most Americans will think he masterminded September 11th.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  44. Jerry, NYC

    It says people do not want a continuation of the past 8 years, something the McCain campaign promises to do if he is elected.

    People are worried about the economy, something McCain knows little about, they are fed up with the war, which McCain promises to continues for the next 100 years and they want a return to the rule of law and the Constitution.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  45. mitchell martin ark.

    it means cheney needs to invite mccain to go on a hunting trip with him ,to help shore up support.cheney's old friends won't go with him,anymore.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  46. stan, pittsburgh, pa

    yeah the republicans cant stand john mccain, because he is a george bush puppet, no change there! even some republicans know when their economic situation is challenged and they need a democrat to fix the economy again so they can start more wars!!!

    May 7, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  47. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Jack it is all spin. Lets spin the republicans into this as they would rather fight Obama, it is leading that way. The honest truth is that those republicans that came out and voted for either Hillary or Obama are saying they are tired of the Republican way of doing things and they too want real change, even if it comes from a democrat.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  48. Ray, Florida

    There a bunch of Wacko's!!!

    They been programed to hate so much, They're starting to hate their own kind!

    May 7, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  49. Helen from Mifflin County, PA

    It means they don't want to have a president who will put them to sleep every time he makes a speech. Hasn't anyone talked to McCain about his monotone speeches! And if you know what group is talking to, you can figure out for yourself what he will say becaue he says what the people in front of him at the moment want to hear. The democrats are a whole lot more interesting at this point.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  50. Paul Columbia, SC

    Get it straight John McCain is not George W. Bush. He is his own man. I'll choose the guy who was really shot at; was really tortured; and still chose to serve his country honorably. He never paid off special interests with pork barrel money. He admits to mistakes and demonstrates the ability to listen to sound advice. Want "change"? Be careful what you wish for. There are two kinds of change.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  51. D. from MT

    It means just what it says-we don't like him! We felt he railroaded himself into the position of Republican Nominee. We didn't trust him then and, now he is again courting the Hispanic vote by suggesting those awful words "Comprehensive Immigration Reform". Didn't he tell us he "got the message"? Apparently, he didn't OR maybe his senior years have clouded his mind!

    May 7, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  52. Chuck in MO

    That some small fraction of the republican party might actually be sane.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  53. Karen, Idaho Falls Idaho

    It says that a quarter of Republicans don't like John McCain!!! But he won't need them in November if Obama is the Democratic nominee for President. Many of the supporters of Hillary Clinton who can't bring themselves to vote for Obama (myself included) will cross party lines and vote for John McCain.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  54. Dave from Veazie, ME

    Jack, it says that despite Hillary's best efforts to ensure a republican is president for another four years, Barack Obama still has a good chance to beat John McCain come November.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  55. Tina (Ft Worth)

    Four letters......BUSH

    May 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  56. Karl in CA

    Jack, yesterday you ask why Democrats can't make up their minds. Maybe the Republicans have the same problem.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  57. Mil

    The republicans really didn't want John McCain as their candidate. McCain flip-flops to much on key issues. He will have a hard time mobilizing the far right in November.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  58. Annie, Atlanta

    That they don't want to go to war with Iran?

    May 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  59. Mike from Syracuse NY

    It's the last chance for the ultra conservatives to file a protest vote. Come November it will mean nothing, as this group will NEVER vote for Obama.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  60. James in Cape Coral, FL

    It say's one of two things, either republicans are just as fed up with the direction this country is going and are looking to replace the current administration with one that consider's them before their own personal gain. Or, their so stuck in this political divide of republican, democrat and independant's, as opposed to everyone just being American, that their voting for Clinton to ensure McCains victory in November. I hope for this countries sake that the latter is untrue.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  61. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Not a thing really...McCain has the nomination, this may be a case of sour grapes for some in the party.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  62. Jane in Texas

    It says that not even Republicans want a third term of W. Bush.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  63. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    It's not too late for them to vote for Obama!

    May 7, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  64. Darren S.

    McCain's a bigger liberal than Clinton and he's also a bigger flip-flopper than Romney, not exactly a valid reason for celebration.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  65. Bob from Richmond VA

    It means Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States of America.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  66. Ron from Colorado

    Did they vote against McCain, or did they cross party lines and vote for Clinton to make Obama look weaker? Without the crossover, Obama would have won Indiana too.

    The democratic super delegates need to consider carefully the cross-over factor since they will probably cross back during the general election. Primaries are showing strengths and weaknesses between candidates of the same party. When it becomes party vs party there can be a huge shift in the numbers.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  67. Angela

    Even the republicans are tired of their own party....

    May 7, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  68. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Some of the Republicans voted for Hillary in hopes that she would win and McCain would beat her in November. Some voted for Obama as they see hope and are tired of the war. And then some voted against McCain because he is too old and out of touch. Then that leaves to ones that voted for McCain because ..... who knows why? Not me. I can't understand why anyone would vote for him unless you're in that high tax bracket.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  69. sam from mesa arizona

    Jack this man is a war veteran , i think he has served his country well
    we all know him , dont we every american knows about the John Mccain story.
    you see the grace of a president who olquently can hold his own is what Americans are looking for , what republicans are looking for
    and in mccain they dont have it.
    He has hd issues with his anger in the past so i heard, we dont need a president to come on tv in this era in our lives yelling and pouncing his arms and hands ,yelling to for example to iran you are the axis on evil ,come on that will be bad , he looks like the man wo will say lets torture our prisoners at guantanamo ,
    john mccain to the his party is the man yu wanna smile to and just listen to what he has to say and when he is out of view you chuck it
    no one is taking this man serious
    we respect your service to this country please spare us the justering
    anyway where did the winking go ? that was a teal from george w. bush
    maybe if mccan can show us who he truly is why might overlook his age until then adeos

    May 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  70. Matthew Gill

    The majority of the voters who switched to vote Democratic yesterday will vote Republican in November. I've seen the map, all of Hillary's counties are Republican counties come November. If she manages to steal this thing, it will be Clinton/Limbaugh '08.

    May 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  71. Andre / Florida

    Contrary to the never ending slew of poll data, the Dems are going to have a very easy time winning in November.

    McCain has shown he is clueless on economic issues, wishy washy by moving his ideologies further right, and not as stable on foreign policy as once believed. Add that to the fact that the conservative base of the Republican party has been trying to derail the "straight-talk" express for years, 8 years of Bush-Cheney has all but destroyed middle America, and Barack Obama is going to crush McCain, (service medals and all) when they debate in the fall; and it becomes clear that the desire for CHANGE is not limited to one socio-economic class, political ideology, or POLITICAL PARTY!!!

    Miami, Florida

    May 7, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  72. Warren, Detroit


    McCain isn't presidential material. His McPolicies don't add up; they're all McPolitics. And if it weren't for all the McRepublicans there'd be a candidate up there who is not a McNeoCon.

    Can I get fries with that?

    Warren, Detroit

    May 7, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  73. DAD in Hollis, NH

    Have you listened to McCain lately? He is sounding like a broken record thanking everyone over and over again for their question and then responding with the same old same old. Some of the GOP, say about 25%, are as hungry as I am for truth and change. That leaves out both McCain and Clinton. I can say this as I am one.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  74. Esther Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    Mccain will not be able to run with his health records get out or did we forget about those huh?

    May 7, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  75. Diane/Allentown, PA

    Come on Jack, you don't honestly think the republicans want John McCain to win do you? I don't think John McCain wants John McCain to win.

    They are the party that got us into this pitiful situation, they certainly don't want to be the party that can't get us out either. That, they'd love to blame on the democrats!!

    I think they're very willing to wait til 2012. This next president has many serious issues to address. It's not going to be a cake walk, that's for sure.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  76. Frank Selwyn

    McCain is constantly trying to suck & blow at the same time and hasn't figured out yet that it can't be done!

    He has to tote the extreme right wing views or he loses the majority of the conservative votes which will be amplified even more now that they won't have the Clinton factor to motivate them in November.

    His proposed continuation of the Bush policies on the war, the economy and the justice system won't fly with anyone putting their country ahead of their political affiliations.

    History shows in your country you elect Republicans to destroy your economy then you elect a Democrat to get the economy back on track then you go right back to electing another Republican to tear the economy apart again so it's only reasonable to assume you will continue on with your pattern.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  77. Lori in Battle Creek, MI

    Could it be that they don't want 4 more years of the Bush administration and that he is just too darn old?

    May 7, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  78. Matt from NYC, NY

    It says that some on the hard right still can't accept a moderate as the nominee. McCain is everything bush wasn't, he's bipartisan, experienced, knowledgeable, willing to reach out, not in debt to the religious right and those who are still married to old GW are fighting this tooth and nail. I mean come on, Huckabee's voters are the Religious Right and Ron Pauls voters are paleo-conservative psychotics loathed by both parties. Seriously, Paul is the Mr. Magoo of American electoral life. Someone needs to throw some cold water on his wacked out supporters and let them no noone cares.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  79. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    It doesn't MEAN anything. A lot of the people who would've voted McCain didn't go, because he'd already won. It should be used to pick out his running mate. Huck got the next highest amount, obviously the people like him!

    May 7, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  80. Shirley-Ohio

    It says that Obama will not have a problem beating him in November.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  81. Karen - Branson MO

    It means that 1/8th like the Democrats and 1/8 did what Rush Limbaugh told them to do.

    I think that all states should require that if you change your affiliation...you cannot change it back for the general election...or for at least 1 year.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  82. Ralph at NYC

    Jack, it is a good strategy to keep the fight in the Democrartic Party going by voting for the Democratic candidates. While they are using time and money fighting between each other, the GOP can start to obtain and conserve their funds for the general election while attempting to lessen the Bush stigma by introducing McCain to the voters and trying to convince the country that his policies are not a simple cabon copy of those of our present Administration.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  83. John from Chicago

    I consider myself an old school republican but NO WAY WILL I VOTE FOR MCCAIN. I have become upset with the GOP the last 7 years for allowing George Bush to do whatever he wants.

    The republican party puts corporate profits above people. It needs to stop! I cant allow the republicans to wreck this country any more. I voted Obama and I will again in the fall.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  84. Jerry


    I have checked on the pork barrel spending the congressmen
    give back to their districts and John McCain is right, he gives nothing
    back to Arizona. But checkinfg further you'll see a lot of money
    go to good causes like daycare for kids, projects for seniors,
    help for fire and police, local road improvments. So I say to John
    keep vetoing those projects and you won't even carry your home
    state in the election.

    Roselle, Illinois

    May 7, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  85. Andrew

    John Bush McCain can be beaten and will be beaten. A guy who has no impulse control, Called his wife the C word, and has a temper like a child is a problem.. even worse he wants more of Bush policies.. Of course we voted against him

    May 7, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  86. Roy Munroe

    Jack, I just do not understand what it is about the McCains in the world who just flat do not get what the last elections were all about. True to the Republican nature they just do not pay any attention to what us little guys and gals out here in never never land have expressed through our votes what we want them to do. I respect McCain but the people of this country want to END this war and re-direct our efforts to find and deal with Osama Bin Laden. McCain just goes about his day telling everyone that he knows better than the rest of us what we want. His real failing is in the assumption that we will be LOSERS if we pull out of Iraq now when in reality everyone of our troops and the Iraq civilians who get maimed, displaced and killed makes us losers. I am a Vietnam veteran and heared the same rhetoric in the sixties as I am today. Victory is when our troops are home safe and only utilized when the cause is a just one which is exactly the opposite of what we have today.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  87. Joshua P. from North Carolina

    They realized that they cannot win the General Election in the Fall.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  88. Tyson Stoner

    It tells me Jack that the republican party has badly lost its way. Hell, Even Ronald Reagancouldnt get elected today to the Republican party. The republicans has gotten too divided within their own party. In order to be a Republican today you have to eat the whole cake, You cannot just have a slice anymore. Everything that the party used to stand for Bush has taken it and balled it up burned it and buried it. The Neo cons has taken over the party(ie Bill Crystal, John Bolten, Cheney and many more) and used it to their own advantage. They used to stand for small government, not policing the world, less intitlements. Well now they stand for everything besides that. they need to wake up and quit doing what fox news tells them to do. They used to be the party of leaders now they are the party of crazies. Its sad I used to call myself a real Republican until my eyes opened with the liberal Bush administration. Hell, Even Mike Huckabee is still getting votes. Thats bad , real bad.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  89. Charlotte

    Jack, It says they already had their nominee and could put the democrats votes askew. They know they can beat Obama and want this battle to continue, I think more of them have voted for Obama then Hillary.. They have not abandoned their party, they will vote for McCain in November, as will a lot of democrats. The Black vote will not carry Obama in the General Election. The Young voters will probable not even vote in the General. That leaves McCain as the next President of the US…
    clovis, ca

    May 7, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  90. Dan, Chantilly Va

    I'm more interested in what it means for Ron Paul that the guy who already dropped out of the race is still getting more votes than him.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  91. Dennis G form FL

    The choice for the next president is obvious.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  92. Jimmy T - Alaska

    he may not get full support of the republican party but that missing 1/4 will be filled in with pro-clinton supporters, those pro-clinton voters are far more divisive than pro-bama supporters

    May 7, 2008 at 3:45 pm |

    it says republicans are holding their nose to vote. it's sad when people are so stuck in partsan politics that they are mindless to think for themselves.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  94. Scott Bornstein

    It means the ultimate ticket to beat the Republicans is Obama/Clinton, that's Bill Clinton.

    Scott B. Lakeland, FL

    May 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  95. KIM, Dodge City

    It says that if this is the best guy they can come up with, then they are secretly admitting that Bush has made it impossible for Republicans to get another one into office. McCain is the sacrificial lamb, and in the next four years they will stonewall any democratic progress, blame the Democrats for lack of real change and then run a better candidate the next election. Meanwhile the entire country will spiral downward as the two parties remain more interested in their own survival than that of the American way of life.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  96. Jon (Austin, TX)

    Its pretty straight forward. There are still many republicans that preferred another candidate. Since it doesn't really matter who they
    vote for now, they just voted their preference.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  97. John

    Who cares who the Republicans vote for? After supporting Bush twice, I can only conclude that they have the judgment of banana slugs.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  98. John from Colorado

    Hillary may take the fight with Obama all the way to the convention. Several more months of negative campaining would go a long way to ensuring a McCain victory in the general election. If Obama loses in 2008, he will be in the closet in 2012, leaving Hillary in the catbird's seat. McCain would be 76 years old and might be satisfied at that point to be a one term president. All the better for Hillary. Staying in the race is going to do nothing but hurt the Democratic party no matter what the outcome.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  99. Marie

    I'd rather know who the crossover voters went for, and why.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  100. Michael, Canada


    Don't forget the 11% crossover vote in Indiana where the Republicans voted primarily for the weaker Democrat candidate, Mrs. Clinton, in order to (1) help her win Indiana, (2) prolong the Democrat primaries, and most importantly, (3) give Mrs. Clinton more incentive to go negative against Mr. Obama, weaken him as much as possible and further divide a Democrat party that may not come together in November.

    So, 25% + 11% = 36% of the Republicans who voted yesterday did not vote for Mr. McCain.

    May 7, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  101. Jerry, Fayetteville Tennessee

    It simply says that one quarter of the people who decided to vote in a meaningless primary still prefer Huckabee or Ron Paul – I doubt that all those voters will vote against him in November.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  102. Bruce St Paul MN

    He's a maverick, he's a true conservative, he doesn't get the economy, he is getting in touch with the common people. He is offended by the religious right, now they endorse him. He is against the tax cuts, now they should be permanent. The more he tries to court the various pieces of the Republican coalition, the more he loses his identity. His biggest problem is his party. There are not broad issues that affect all conservatives. Some are social conservatives, some are fiscal conservatives. Some are just in it for the tax breaks. They are not the huddled masses, they are the favored few. He cannot possibly appeal to all of them because each group has it's own narrow selfish agenda.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  103. Howard from Philly


    It says that a quarter of the republicans feel that this guy has absolutely no shot at becoming president. Can you imagine this guy running the country, what is he 100 years old, by the end of his1st term he'll probably forget who Cindy is just like Ronald Reagan forgot who Nanacy was.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  104. Bill in St. Cloud, FL

    It means that we really don't have a clearly superior choice! Fire 'em all and start over with some regular folks who have common sense and real experience in the real world. Lifelong politicians are simply out of touch.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  105. CJ in Roanoke, VA

    If McCain is the best the Republicans can do we are in trouble. I will not vote for the guy because of McCain-Feingold, his stance on continuing the war in Iraq, his amnesty for illegals position and his deer in the headlights approach to the economy. I wanted Ron Paul to be the nominee, but the rest of the country was asleep when they should have voted for him. Ron Paul was my guy and I'll never vote for McCain.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  106. Keith from Pa.

    How can you take him seriously when he will flip flop and vote againt his own bill?

    May 7, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  107. DrJ

    Republican Doom!
    Maybe Hillary will come out of the closet,, and join the McCain ticket.
    She's definitely more in her own "sniper fire" element....

    May 7, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  108. Herb in Texas

    That Ron Paul or Mike Huckabee should have been the nominee? Those were my 2 choices.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  109. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It says, "Hello President Obama."

    May 7, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  110. Richard Adams

    Most of the republicans I know would vote for a dead man rather than vote for a Democrat.

    May 7, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  111. Bob S Philadelphia, PA


    Even with the GOP against him he will still beat Obama because the Clintion voters will in NO WAY vote for Obama so even with his own people against him he would still win over Rev. Obama oopppss I mean Sen.Obama

    May 7, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  112. Jan - OH

    Jack, I would imagine that it means that Obama is "the most electable" after all! That's sad when your own consituents don't like or suport you! Maybe he & Ron Paul can strick a deal: McCain goes away & Ron Paul takes over?

    Either way, I'm still an Obama Girl!!!

    May 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  113. Christine from California

    It means that 75% voted for him.. If Obama had 75% of Democrats voting for him, we would have been rid of Hillary a long time ago. I'm jealous!

    thousand Oaks Ca

    May 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  114. Charles in Houston,TX

    It says that while McCain is licking his lips over potentially snagging anti-Obama Clinton supporters, he doesn't see his own base sneaking out the back door.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  115. R.K.Babu

    Your question tells me to say to Mr.McCain,"Hey John,you're gone"

    May 7, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  116. Houri Khalilian

    Hillary is the best president that anybody could hope for. She must fight to the end for the sake of Americans. Please do not make another huge mistake by electing someone with no experience. Send Hillary to the white house to restore American lost reputation in the World.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  117. Bob Timleten

    How can the Democratic Party ever come closer to winning when they can't even get all the states in to nominate a candidate?
    Not to mention that they have done nothing in the house and some unbalanced person says that impeachment of off the table?
    Hello Bush # 3.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  118. LaVerne E Brison

    Jack, It doesn't mean a thing. Unlike the democrats who cry and moan when their candidate loses and threatens to vote for the Republican, they will stick together in the end and vote for John McCain. Also the elite of the Republican who are a little lukewarm about John McCain will get together and support him. This is why the Democrats cannot win an election. They don't stick together.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  119. Judy from Arlington ma

    It means they don't want 4 more years of Bush. He's a carbon copy with the I'm-the-guy-to-have-a-beer-with smiley face, folksy demeanor and with policies, positions and a temper that all scare me to death!

    May 7, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  120. Independent

    he was a good choice last time around – too bad he seems to have sold himself to the devil to be the nominee...he would be in a much better place as his usual moderate self.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  121. charles gardner

    It says that about one quarter of republicans can read.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  122. Patricia, CA

    It means we're all about to watch Obama win the presidential election by a landslide!

    May 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  123. Bev Leonard

    It means that even some Republicans have a brain.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  124. j.b.minor

    You are without question one of the most sarcastic people I have ever seen on television. A quote from Irvin S. Cobb describes you perfectly. " He is a self-made man and worships his creator".

    May 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  125. Nancy, Mankato,Minnesota

    It says the republican party no longer gets much approval from the electorate and that means fewer votes. They are, after all, politicians. Switching parties is nothing new to politics.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  126. Jon from Tempe, Az

    It means that America is ready for a third pary or independent candidate. Americans are sick and tired of the politics as usual offerred by Democrats and Republicans. It is getting ugly out there Jack! I think maybe you should run as an independent. You could then write another book titled "It Is No Longer Ugly Out There".

    May 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  127. Kareem from Hampton Va

    Looks to me that there's a "big elephant" in the room that the republicans are trying not to notice!!

    May 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  128. Dave Yoder

    It shows that None-of-the-Above is the leading candidate....in both parties.
    Tampa, FL

    May 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  129. Hal Blagbrough

    Who cares about the republicans. My comment is that Hillary is all ready the nominee as she won Florida and MI. Since the people have spoken I think Mr. Dean should step up to the fair and domocratic plate and speak the truth.

    Hal Blagbrough Saint Louis

    May 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  130. Richard

    Jack – What does it say that 25% of Republicans voted against John McCain yesterday.....?
    It says that 75% of Republicans have not come to their senses yet.


    May 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  131. Bo

    This country needs change and Senator McCain is not adaptable to change.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  132. Kathy in Florida

    It means absolutely nothing. He has the republican nomination.
    Let's wait until November to see what happens, when Republicans vote for their own party. If you and the Dems can not see what is happening, you need to open up your eyes.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  133. Jack

    Jack how can you belittle Ron Paul, the man who has broken many campaign records and has a very popular book. By you saying that republican votes don't count any more is an outrage. Why don't you go out an by "The Revolution, A Manifesto," b=maybe that will change your perspective.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  134. Venia, Philadelphia Pennsylvania

    What it means it that republicans are hurting too and they are beginning to take their blinders off to the real world around them. They (meaning republicans) can't keep touting the same old dried up spin they usually have because this great old country isn't quite that great.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  135. Albert N. Milliron

    The reason folks are voting for others is they know that the nomenee for the republcians has been picked. i have done this many times. I vote for the candidate I support no matter the nomenee. The crossover votes are all about operation chaos by rush limbagh. Had rush not done this, Obama would have won in Indiana. While I am not an advocate of crossovers, I understand that some people want to dispalce the democrats.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  136. Tyler

    Well, the whole deal with John McCain leads to one thing: electability. When you are already chosen for your party's nomination, and your main opponents are either dropped out, or as Cafferty said "no one cares about Ron Paul", and they still get a quarter of the vote... I just don't see a Republican beating the Democratic Cabdidate in 2008.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  137. Jonathan

    It just means 75% liked him. If Obama could rally 60% of all democrats behind him the whole election would be looking completely different.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  138. Eric from Texas

    It means simply that even republicans are wanting change. The state of this country is not what it should be. Republicans and Democrats are tired of a government that doesn't work. Obama/Clinton 08.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  139. pat piquera

    Both party's fail to realize that they are of the elitish group. Hilliary and John McCain are part of a generation that has out grown America's needs. Old school they call it.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  140. Lee

    That 75% did, do the math.

    May 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  141. Betty Townsend

    One Question?Why is the American Election Process so complicated.Disregard delegates and super delegates.Let American voters decide on election day. By the people for the people, for a true democracy. Betty Townsend

    May 7, 2008 at 9:44 pm |