June 3rd, 2008
04:55 PM ET

Will Clinton’s supporters back McCain?


FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Guess who Hillary Clinton's new best friend is? The presumptive Republican nominee, John McCain, is singing Hillary's praises to the heavens.

McCain to a group of Tennessee voters: "I admire and respect her. Hillary Clinton has inspired generations of American women to believe that they can reach the highest office in this nation. I admire the campaign she's run. She's deserving of a great deal of credit."

Interesting timing, now that Clinton's campaign is on its final leg. Clinton has insisted that if she's not the nominee she'll work with Barack Obama to unite the party and beat the Republicans in November. But remember all those Clinton supporters who angrily said they will vote for John McCain in the fall if she is not the nominee? Apparently John McCain remembers. And it sounds like he wants to know if they're serious.

Another sign McCain may be reaching out to Clinton's female supporters: one of his top advisers, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, says she believes Clinton faced sexism on the campaign trail. Fiorina says she has a lot of sympathy for what Clinton has been through, and that "a lot of women recognize she's been treated differently, whether they're Democrats or Republicans."

Some of the exit polls suggest there might be something to all this. For example, in Kentucky, 42% of Clinton voters said they'd back McCain, 32% said Obama, and 23% said they wouldn't vote at all.

It remains to be seen once the race is over and tempers have cooled whether these trends will really hold up. After what eight years of the Bush administration have done to this country, wouldn't you have to think long and hard before voting for someone who is almost exactly like him?

Here’s my question to you: How likely is it that Hillary Clinton’s supporters will actually vote for John McCain in November?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Brendan writes:
Although I can understand some of the bitterness coming from Clinton supporters, I can't understand how they could support McCain. It seems that Clinton supporters refusing to back Obama (an essentially identical candidate policy-wise) are substituting sour grapes for the future of this country.

Nora writes:
It hurts to say it, but yes, I believe many Clinton supporters will back McCain over Obama, chiefly because many Clinton supporters are concerned about Obama's lack of experience. He's only been a politician for three years and his background is in community organization (a background that can be claimed by anyone who's ever had a lemonade stand or put together a fundraising carwash).

Shawn writes:
Most of Hillary's supporters are not idiots and won’t vote for McCain. Some will, but they are morons and our party is better off without them. The millions of new voters Obama has brought in will more than make up for their childish little tantrum.

Jim writes:
He wants to stay in Iraq. She wants to go. He is anti-abortion. She is pro-choice. He wants to continue the Bush economic policy. She wants reform. For all the hubris and sabre rattling, her supporters will turn out for Obama in November.

Peggy writes:
Hillary was not treated fairly by the media or the DNC. Obama has not said or done anything that remotely shows me that he would be a good president, except give speeches to thousands of people. He can not talk one-on-one or in small groups. McCain shows me nothing. I will stay at home, it will probably be snowing anyway.

Filed under: 2008 Election • Hillary Clinton • John McCain
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. mitch martin arkansaw

    as mad as they act i'm not sure they'll ever vote again ,for anyone.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  2. Tom, Milwaukee WI

    Obama has won the nomination by capturing the moderates, energizing the youth and inspiring the apathetic. If the more traditional segments of the democratic party that have been supporting Clinton don't get behind Obama in the general election Obama could win the election without them. These Clinton supporters will render themselves irrelavent and incapable of influencing policy in the future once Obama has laid a roadmap to the white house that doesn't include them.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  3. Tina (Ft Worth)

    Jack there are some bitter old broads out there that are ticked because Hillary is not "IT". She is not the right person to become the first woman president. No one is owed anything in this old world and they will not back Obama but come Nov and we are still drowning in high prices they will vote for him hoping things will change.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  4. Sandi AZ

    I think it is very likely Jack, but...........I also think alot of those people are Republicans who switched over for the primary, to try to defeat Obama. It shows Hillary did not try to unite her followers to be steadfast and loyal to the Democratic Party, which by the way, she would not even be a candidate if it were not for them.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  5. Marie, Charleston, SC

    A small percentage might, but the vast majority will vote D even if the D in question is not their first choice. Right now, the anger and severe disappointment is still too fresh to gauge what they might do in November.

    There was a time when I was so upset with Senator Clinton's campaign tactics that I would not have trusted her to watch my dog let alone run my country. Time has allowed me to calm down and get some perspective so that I'm even at the point of being o.k. with her as the VP pick should Obama choose to do that. Her supporters will get there too–people should just give them time and space to do that instead of pushing them to "fall in line" right away.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  6. Norm

    This Hillary supporter will!............ SADLY but diffidently!

    June 3, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  7. Tamara


    The only way they will do that is:

    A. they have loved the past 8 years under Bush
    B. they don't have or has had any person whom they care about die or maimed in Iraq
    C. They own a oil company or have a pump in their back yard

    Anything short of the above mention lead me to the obvious answer
    D. they are mentally insane

    June 3, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  8. CJ in Atlanta, GA

    I am a Hillary Clinton supporter. Obama has not said anything during this campaign to earn my vote and the scandals revolving around his church far outweigh anything produced by Clinton. She is a class act in comparison. If Clinton is asked to be Obama's running mate, I will vote for Obama. If she is not, I will vote for McCain.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  9. Anthony Smith

    Absolutely...NOT! They will reunite and vote for a Democrat. Last time I checked, we had surpluses, prosperity, and relative peace under the last Democratic President. Its like fighting your sister or brother growing up but when an outsider attacked your family, you got their back. Every Democrat realizes that McCain is just a spin off of Bush and we cannot afford it!!! They will kiss and make up!

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    June 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  10. Jason, Koloa, HI

    Disgruntled Hillary voters are making threats now, but when the emotions cool they will either come back to the Democrats and vote for Obama , vote for an independent like Ralph Nader, or write in Al Gore or John Edwards. No true Democrat with Democratic values would ever vote for McCain.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  11. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Some will because McCain is white and Obama is not a woman. These are the ones that must want to be in Iraq forever, see more tax breaks for the wealthy and wear paintsuits for the rest of their lives.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  12. Dave from Arlington, MA

    It depends on how closed-minded they are, and how much Hillary Clinton urges them to do otherwise. The RBC meeting this past weekend was supposed to be about unity and compromise, yet it was perfectly clear that Clinton supporters went there with no intention of compromising. The unity they urge sounds more like: "This is my stance, now fall in line!"

    June 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  13. Tom - Las Vegas, Nevada

    Some will. A few are independants which could go either way in the fall. A few are Republicans, mostly women, who crossed over to support a female candidate. The majority however will back the Democratic candidate based on the differences between the positions of the two parties.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  14. Y in Georgia

    Hillary�s supporters are basically saying that they would rather vote for the war to continue rather than vote for a fellow African-American Democrat to be President. Hillary's supporters are just like her, confused. Hillary voted for the war. McClinton supporters don�t really care about the casualties from a war that should never have been waged. All they care about is their own selfish ambitions.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  15. Mark, Oklahoma City

    If I were a Hillary supporter, I would definitely vote for McCain. Hopeful that Obama loses, then McCain is too old to run again in four years. Hillary can then walk into the White House untouched in 2013.....looking over her shoulder all the way, of course.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  16. Allen L Wenger

    Some will, but not many. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's positions are very close on all the major issues. If a Clinton supporter is voting on the issues, they will move to Obama. The few Clinton voters who cannot bring themselves to vote for a black man, even if his position aligns with theirs, will vote for McCain.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  17. Rosalynd Florida

    Not very likely. The threat is there now because of hurt feelings with the loss of their candidate so fresh but they will come around. Voting for McCain is not really an option and Obama will include Clinton (not as VP) in some capacity in his administration even if she has his support for working healthcare through the senate. The Democrats will win in November.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  18. Lorenzo, Atlanta, GA

    Very likely. Anyone that supports Hillary and her backwards logic is sure to vote for McCain just to be a bigger sore loser. But McCain will get the last laugh when those blue collar white voters get taxed so high, they lose more than just their homes. Democrats need to drop the anger and unite to get out of this hole the Republicans have thrown us in.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  19. Ryan, Champaign IL

    If Clinton's supporters realize that McCain has lobbyists working for him that helped contribute to the consumer foreclosure crisis, Iranian interests, et cetera, and that his supporters are the same folks that brought us 8 years of Bush failure, they will not vote for him. It all depends on the coverage.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  20. Snapper Cridge • New Castle, IN

    Well Jack that all depends on whether or not people are actually as stupid as the politicians and media pundits think we are. I know of no "real" democrat that wants to see another four years of the same divisive, stubborn, and in some cases unethical leadership we have seen over the last eight years. This country needs to heal and prosper and at least for now, John McCain isn't the answer to our woes.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  21. Lyra Talarico

    No, Jack I do not think that they want another Repbulican in office after the last eight years. Some may not vote, but so many more will. This vote is one of the most important votes in their lives and they will vote on the issues not on the person.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  22. Joe in DE

    Probably not many ar likely to back McCain, depending on what happens with the war & the economy between now & November.

    If Obaama anh his supports to contiue to alienate Clinton supporters, it is possibl;e tha Hillary may show up as an INDEPENDENT.

    June 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  23. Terry, Chandler AZ

    Any voter who calls himself or herself a democrat will NOT vote for McCain. Even Indys and Republicans who have supported Hillary's platform cannot be honest with themselves if they vote for McCain.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  24. Andrew

    NO... No intelligent Democrat will vote for George McCain.. or is it John Bush. This would be a crazy move. Clinton has her political machine working to get folks to say this, but when DEMS go to the polls... they will vote for Obama.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  25. Denise, Brooklyn, New York

    It is very likely that many of Clinton's supporters will back McCain. I for one am a Clinton supporter who will not be voting for Obama or McCain. More than likely my vote will go to Cynthia McKinney or Ralph Nader.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  26. Karen W. MICH


    Republicans have already started the Hype tactic! A lot of the outrage that these women supporters, working class etc. who are threatening to leave if Hillary is not nominated and vote for McCain are the majority Republicans. They are subliminally feeding this over the airwaves and blogosphere so Dems believe it too. True Democrats regardless would not vote for McCain if they do not want 4 more years of a failed policy, a war that never should have been waged, troops dying, foreclosures! I initially was for Hillary then went to Obama, but if not Obama, Hillary would still garner my vote. Not that I'm personally fond of her, just I would never vote for McCain period. The RNC sold us Americans a war, now they are taking full advantage and feeding this donkey more propaganda. I do give Republicans credit for such smart tactics , you get enough "voters on the fence" that will believe this hype and we will have another 4 years of Bush! How inept we must be?

    June 3, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  27. Heather from Indianapolis, IN

    As a Clinton supporter, I can say it is VERY likely. I might even feel okay about it if McCain would re-consider his stance on Iraq. He seems to be a good man and understands politics and leadership in a way that Obama likely never will. Either way, with a democrat controlled congress, McCain will not be able to do much more damage, and I can hold out until 2012 when Hillary runs again with her new campaign theme "I told you so!"

    June 3, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  28. Kristen

    If Clinton supporters back McCain then that means they weren’t that passionate about what Clintons goals were as President. Clinton and McCain have nothing in common except for the color of their skin. Obama and Clinton have much more common interest concerning the direction this country should go. I just don’t see the correlation to go from voting for Clinton to McCain. So I think after folks cool down dems will support Obama.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  29. Dorothy

    Obama just made the slyest move in political history. His timeing was great. Hillary is not defeated yet.....But if he is nominated McCain will win the general election

    June 3, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  30. D.J.Lauter

    There are some people in the South that have racial predujice and they would never ever vote for a black man, even though Obama is half white. There are over 50% of Americans that don't like Hillary, so John McCain will get some of those votes. or, maybe they will vote independent. Some democrats will support the party, no matter who is the nominee.
    It's a toss up....
    D. Lauter

    June 3, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  31. Will San Jose, CA

    November is a long time away. There will be a few months of resentment and bad polls, but most will support anyone with a (D) next to their name come the general election.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  32. Deb (New York)

    I think for the most part the democratic party will unite and come November Senator Obama will be our next president. However, for this to happen both Geraldine Ferraro and her negative views and Sean Hannity and his "views" need to be shipped to an isolated island...just the two of them...until mid November in case there needs to be a recount.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  33. Stobie From Florida

    I don't care how mad they may get Jack a vote McShame will be the 12 years of Mcbush. The last I heard Bushes bake beans gives you gas, bush beer leaves you with a headache, so what I am sayingno more bush enough.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  34. Barbara, Montreal

    Jack, some will and others will won't. The ones that will are the few well educated ones that were on her side as they know both candidates supports the same policies, what seperates them, have nothing to do with the real issues and problems people are faced with (high gas, high food prices, lost of jobs etc.). They really need to decide what is more important. Its like working at a company where you do not really like your boss but because of the results that he/she fostors in the department you get a bonus every year. Would you quit your job to join another company who does not offer bonus?

    June 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  35. Wilfrid

    I pray not Jack. This economy sucks, the war sucks, and we have an administration thats willing to send aid to foreign countries before they will help Americans. We all have to unite to change the course. We need each other. It doesn't matter if the President is Obama or Clinton, they are going to need our help. We have to stay on our Senators and Representatives to do the right thing so the President can have an easier job. For everyone reading this, this is about us. We as Americans should want to do better. We should be hoping that something new is on the horizon. We need help each other. Put down the racism, sexism, and cynicism. Lets all get aboard and Say No to more of the same.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  36. Andrew

    I just saw how so many people think Hillary voters will not go McCain.

    Let's remember that Reagan won 47 states in 1980 when Carter went bolting to the left. Same thing with Obama.

    We didn't vote Hillary because she is an ultra liberal like Obama, we voted for her because she is a moderate. And McCain has been the most admired Republican by Blue Collar Democrats for 20 years.

    if they don't believe McCain will sweep, look at history.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  37. Truth Defined

    Clinton supporters that were voting on the issues will support Obama. Clinton supporter that were voting on the "person" will vote McCain.

    It's amazing that people will vote AGAINST their own interests.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  38. Ross, NJ

    it is simple...
    Sure...they will...
    if Clinton supporters really like BUSH then they will go for McCain...

    June 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  39. Ronald, American living abroad

    Right now there are many Clinton supporters who are still upset over the end of the nominating race . . . some will deny it's over. But come November, there is not a significant chance that a true Clinton supporter – female or male – will support John McCain. Any authentic Democrat will not tolerate another Bush term.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  40. Emotional Intelligence Deficit

    I personally find it very hard to believe that any Democrat would vote against their self interest out of sheer spite by supporting John McCain, who is currently angling for their votes. But then again as Mencken said: "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people".

    June 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  41. Joseph - Hudson, Ohio

    There's the possibility the wounds are that deep, sure, Jack. However, I truly believe that Clinton's campaign was just as much about Democratic issues as it was about advancing woman's rights and standing in the political world and beyond. I believe, hopefully so, that those supporters who believe in her campaign will also believe in her will-be vibrant support of Senator Obama.

    That said, some will vote for McCain regardless, but I hope and pray that those who truly want health care reform, energy reform, and a new policy on Iraq and other foreign policy will back whoever the Democratic nominee ends up being.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  42. Tour

    Jack I don't know what to say to that question. My thoughts are if these so called democrat supporters of Hillary Clinton feel they need to make a "statement" by not voting for Obama, then they too will suffer the consequences like all the other American people. Its as if they are smoking something, I don't get it. And, in a way I hope that Mccain wins so these people can look at themselves and see what Hillary has done to them. I hope in the long run they remember "WHOSE At FAULT", but I doubt it. I really feel sorry for them, I am a 58 year old woman, I have seen a lot in these years but nothing like this when women find everything to blame on someone else. Can you imagine any of these women being in charge in an office. Most of these women are menopausal anyway, so that says enough for me. Good Day Jack.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  43. Carolyn

    Jack, the analogy would be when your friend in high school swore never to speak to the guy who dumped you as a sign of sister-solidarity...until that guy asked her to the prom. These promises mean nothing in the end. Sorry, Hillary – O.V.E.R.

    Carolyn, Northbrook, IL

    June 3, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  44. Neil Bender

    The first thing Obama needs to do after this thing is clinched is have some sort of town hall with Clinton Democrats –with her there– and underscore the need to vote against McCain. 90% of Obama and Clinton's platforms are alike; if Clinton supporters are so stubborn that they'd jump ship and vote McCain, may they reap the worst of a McCain war-heavy presidency.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  45. Mark

    Get ready for the backlash if Hillary is not on the ticket. Hillary's supporters will vote McCain, stay home, or write-in Hillary even if she tells us to support Obama. That's a promise we will keep.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  46. Dietrich from Houston, Texas

    Jack, that depends on two things:

    thing one, a true democrat or at least a smart one would be wise to vote their interests and understand what the current administration has put American through these last eight years.

    thing two, don't forget "Operation Chaos" and the lengths some Republicans will go through to see a republican get seated.

    other than that the Dems should have a fair argument to take the house.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  47. Jkan

    "Any voter who calls himself or herself a democrat will NOT vote for McCain."

    This tactic is not going to work. We care for the country – not for the Party.

    If not Hillary, McCain (the SECOND BEST) gets our vote.

    We will ELECT McCain and teach the Democratic Party Leaders and the Press NEVER to MISUTILIZE their power when EMPOWERED .

    This is a service for the WELLNESS of the country, its ideal, its morale. Presidents will come and go. But the lesson to do the RIGHT thing will be learned for ever.

    Hillary supporters MUST unite to make McCain win now.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  48. susie

    This bitter, middle income, typical, white woman will vote for McCain. Obama has made it perfectly clear that has no use for the likes of us on his side.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  49. Sacto Joe

    How likely is a person to cut off their nose to spite their face? THIS IS AN ELABORATE BLUFF, designed to buffalo Senator Obama into making Senator Clinton his running mate.

    But fortunately, there's a long, long time until the Convention. Over that length of time, Senator Clinton will slowly fade away, like a bad dream.

    June 3, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  50. stuart-colorado

    If the candidates were cars, barack is a Ferarri and hillary is a Maserati. McCain is a Geo metro. If you want the Maserati but can't have it, why would you go for the Geo instead of the Ferarri? catch my drift?

    June 3, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  51. Tara

    If Hillary is Obam's running mate then I will vote for him but that is the only way.Any other combo and my votes going to McCain! I strongly fell once the nominee is chosen Howard Dean should resign.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  52. Tom Huntington,NY

    If they do vote for McCain then they are sore losers and aren't true Democrats. There was a time that I felt I couldn't vote for Hillary but realized I didn't want to be responsible for four more years of Bush.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  53. Bill in Florida

    Smart people do not vote based on parties. They vote based on the best person for the job and Mc Cain is my third choice given Lou Dobbs is not running!

    June 3, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  54. Lightfoot in Richmond VA

    When was the last time that a group of women joined together in agreement behind ONE thing, ended up not getting their way, and left quietly without any bloodshed? I’m not trying to be sassy. As a woman I know how that sounds. Yet if the Clinton supporters, who happen to be predominately women, continue to entertain the idea that they should join forces with a party who has historically hindered their advancement, they are part of the problem NOT the solution.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  55. Chris

    Can you imagine how things wouldve been different if it had been Hillary who were leading at this point and Barack not? All the same people would be saying you need to get behind the nominee, but since they assumed that Hillary would be the nominee it is hard to admit defeat and get behind the person the person who is closest to their beliefs. If women support McCain they may get Roe v Wade overturned and get this war continued for who knows how long. Is that what they truly want? McCain 2008 is not McCain 2000, do some research and you will see that.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  56. Okenge from Canada

    Hillary Clinton was on her way to become the “Mother” of the Democratic Party. Someone democrats would not always agree with, but someone they could always trust has their best interest at heart.

    At the end of this long primary season and amidst threats of continuing to make her case until the convention, she is now on her way to become the “Mother-in-law” of the Democratic Party.

    Someone democrats will constantly be suspicious about, slightly uncomfortable with, but most importantly someone who will be seen as convinced that democrats should simply be grateful to be her “son/daughter-in-laws”.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  57. Ugonna Wosu

    I believe he can win no matter who his VP is. He may be better off picking a Clinton surrogate or a female, but I think he'll be more effective picking someone who he'll work effectively with, and that ain't Clinton. They're just oil and water, and she carries too much baggage.

    The Dems will unite in the fall because his policies are closer to Clinton's than McCain's ever will be. If Clinton will campaign EXTENSIVELY for him and take back ALL the negative things she said about him, that could help. She must LAVISHLY praise him, even if it hurts(Barack has been doing this for her for weeks now).

    June 3, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  58. Lynda O'Neal

    -Here's another member of the Old Coalition – so yesterday. I am now a proud Democrat in Exile. As I have changed my registration to unafilliated, I will now take some time to think about my vote. Here's a news flash, guys, Hillary Clinton's supporters do not have to unite. We are not a mass. We supported her for a variety of reasons, and we will take our vote where we see fit. Suffice to say, there's a lot of repair work to be done. Anyone who thinks otherwise could be in for a royal shock.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  59. Quinton

    I hope not . We cant afford four more years of Bush like policies!

    Quinton in San Antonio Tx

    June 3, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  60. Jeri

    YES, I will vote for John McCain. I supported John Edwards 1st, Joe Biden 2nd, and Hillary 3rd. John McCain has my vote.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  61. sky

    She went out of her way to enflame her supporters turning some of them into rabid hateful dogs. These are people, regular Democrats like the rest of us, who are now somehow convinced that a good and descent man whose only travesty against them was to defeat their candidate, is not worthy of their vote. She took a party that was more excited and united than it has ever been and purposefully divided it. hopefully she is as good an uniting as she was at dividing because the time for unity is here.

    June 3, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  62. Jah From Virginia

    Jack you are my hero

    June 3, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  63. Lucy Bucks Co. PA

    Not too likely especially when we are reminded of Michelle saying she wasn't sure she could vote for Hillary. Wow! What a way to unify the party. They better keep her out of sight-she could end up being more of an albatross than Bill was this time around.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  64. Glenda

    Question: Clinton to McCain. VERY LIKELY !!!

    June 3, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  65. Patricia Chiles

    Myself and my 4 married daughters all wear pantsuits so you know where we stand and our husbands don't stand a chance as they will also vote for John McCain, so sorry Obama.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  66. Joanne

    I am a Hillary supporter and I don't see much difference between Obama and Mc Cain. They are both men. Mc Cain was a maverick until he cowarded down to Bush. He lost his back bone when he did that and any respect I had for him! Obama spent how many years in the Illinios senate voting present! He had no back bone to begin with.
    I for one will not vote if Hillary is not the headliner on the ticket. As VP Obama can sit her on a shelf and ignore her! He has no experience and this country is in desperate need of the Clinton's economics.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  67. Karen

    I am a Catholic and a HRC supporter and if she is not on the ticket, I most certainly will be voting for McCain in November. At least McCain is closer to my views than Obama / Rev. Wright's.
    Henderson, Nevada

    June 3, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  68. Toni

    I think it's sad that the Clinton supporters are so blinded by their own bitterness that they'd rather see the Bush era continue for four more years than get behind Obama and help bring the Democratic party together. It's especially unfortunately because it's quite clear that if the shoe were on the other foot, Obama supporters would not be nearly as angered by the results and far more willing to do what's best for the party and country as a whole.

    I ask these hardened Clinton supporters to examine their conscience. What are you first: A Clinton supporter or a Democratic party supporter? What is more important to you: having a Clinton in the White House or ending the Bush legacy once and for all? And last and most importantly, what sense does it make to substitute a Democrat with a Republican...and if you can in good conscience do that, are you really as concerned with the unification of the party and country as you say you are?

    June 3, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  69. Thomas H Walker Jr

    I cast my support for Hillary last January down here in Lee County Florida. I will not support her as VP for the forthcoming nightmare on the horizon. I encourage her to go independent. I would vote for John McCain as the lesser of two evils. Should the democrates win in November, I will contact the Social Security Office to have my checks mailed to Mexico as I would surrender my citizenship to escape the hordes of unruly citizens in jubilles.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  70. sonya watson

    i would vote for McCain if Hillary dont get president. If I was put in the situation of Aboma or Mcain. We need leadership not a dreamer to govern us, because all the dreaming in this day and time is out of the qwestion. A miracle would be a better word for it. At least Mcain has more experience in the field of politics. Hillary has got the power to withstand the stress and ability to face what may be placed in front of her. The guts to stand up and fight. Exactly what we need.



    June 3, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  71. Mike

    Yes,women voters will savage this election for Obama unless Clinton is chosen for the VP spot.Baser motives will dictate the results of this election,the issues have nothing to do with it.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  72. Wayne Hall

    If Obama is the democratic nominee, I will vote for McCain because I'm not about to vote for an "on the job training" candidate for President of this United States. He has enough baggage to fill a dump truck. At least Pastor Wright tells the truth as he sees it, as Obama would quit any church that would not aid him in his bid to get to the White House. All you "Hillary" supporters, "LET'S GO MCCAIN"!!

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  73. michael

    The clinton supporters may be upset but
    they are not stupid. They may have said
    they wont vote for obama out of anger
    but when they are thinking straight they
    know they cannot afford not to vote for him.
    The repubicans and the media try to bring
    division into the party but it's just good hard
    competion between the two candidates and
    as early as tomorrow the party will be unified
    with all cylinders running full steam ahead
    right over mccain and straight into the white house

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  74. Qadir in washington state

    I think very likely, her campaign has proved that she's old school politics just like john mcain. She's Bush light and we need drastic change, out with the old and in with the new.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  75. krishna

    American people voted second term for Bush. It would be no surprise if Hillary supporters votes to Jhon Maccain.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  76. Rosemary, California

    Those Clinton supporters, who want to vote for McCain, I say more power to them. Because, they are the very supporters who are pushing for a woman's right to choose and equal pay for equal work. Let's see what the Republican Standing is on this issue.

    Their Republican husbands will be right up there with McCain's roll back of Roe Vs. Wade with the new Supreme Court Appointments.

    As for the the working class, whom most are in unions, yep, McCain's election will definitely help them with the Republican led/ leaning Corporations who want to union Bust and ship jobs overseas.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  77. Toni Roach


    I will have no problem voting for McCain in the fall. I am a registered Democrat and back Hillary Clinton. After what happened on Saturday, when Florida and Michigan delegates were given 1/2 votes, and Obama was given 4 of Hillary's delegates, I no longer feel "warm and fuzzy" about the Democratic Party. They will no longer get my backing. The party leaders have been wanting to annoint Obama for a long time. They believe that Hillary backers will forget and "unite." They have their agenda and have disenfranchised voters. I no longer believe in the party and cannot condone their practices.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  78. Jeanne (Stowe, Vermont) Penoyar

    I will NOT vote for B. Obama! I WILL vote for Sen. Hillary Clinton if she runs as an Independent or I WILL vote for her as a write-in if permitted in the state of Vermont.
    B. Obama will not win in November. Hillary Clinton would be the best candidate to defeat John McCain!!!

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  79. carol moran

    I too , am a first time contributor to a candidate. I too, am a senior citizen on Social Security. I WILL NOT vote for Obama. I will stay home or vote for McCain or WRITE IN HILLARY .My family are 4th generation Democrats...I am ashamed of my party for falling into the "Golden Boy" media myth and getting Obama this far. When everyone finally woke up and are NOW realizing what happened,it is too late ( Or is it?). Super Delegates.....For the sake of this great country,CHANGE YOUR MIND!!!
    Another Senior Citizen

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  80. Steve

    It won't happen in any great numbers. As Bush's reelection proves, Americans vote for parties, not candidates. We might as well take humans out of the equation and vote for party mascots. Democrats might be opinionated about who their best candidate is, but when it comes to the general election, they would rather vote for a jack-ass than Senator McCain or any other republican. Personally, I would have voted for Clinton's dog Buddy had he run against Bush.

    Denver, CO

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  81. Matthew Rougely

    It all depends on Hillary. If she campaigns hard, and learns Barack as a person. They need to create a policy jointly so Hillary supporters will understand she can really work with Obama. She doesn't need to be campaigning for Barack like she is running for 2012. She needs to express the things her and Barack have in common. I just think they need to spend some time together and gain a true understanding of eachother. She should realize that they could go down in history as the most diverse and progressive dynamic duo of Politics. After Barack goes two terms, she will run and win and go on to be re-lected. Bill and Hill must find subtle ways to apologize for the negativity, or atleast display a change of heart about Barack as a person. If all goes well, Hillary will have spent more physical days in whithouse than anyother human being. I don't know if that last part is tru but you get the idea, it could be unprecedented.lol

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  82. Liz

    In a heart beat!

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  83. Brian Rosner

    The Primary Election is the selected method to nominate a Democratic Candidate. Haven't the Hillary supporters learned the lessons of the last eight years? They need to unite behind the final Democratic candidate rather than cut off their noses to spite their face and go over to the Republican side.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  84. Red, Brooklyn NY

    The answer to this question is as dramatic as the nomination race itself. Hillary's female supporters, both Black and White, would rather see a woman reach this great milestone before a Black man does. If the roles were reversed, and Clinton went on to win the presidency, they would have no problem helping Obama win in 2012.

    Female voters to Obama: "Not Before Us!!!!"

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  85. Virginia

    very likely.

    By the Way. I remember Donna Brazil saying that if this election had to be decided by the super delegates she would quit the Democratic Party. How does she feel about this now?

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  86. Jarrod (Montreal)

    I hope we've all learned what republican's can do. It's time for a change. I'm tired of everything going down hill in the economy. We can't afford another 4 years of this. I think democrates have a better vision of what we need.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  87. Terry

    Jack this is simple. Any Democrat and for that matter any voter who votes for Bush II needs a psychiatric examination and a values examination. Enough is ENOUGH!

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  88. Octavio Cruz Lima

    Jack, If those said to be democrats are willing to vote for John McCain because Hillary is not the nominee, they will be sitting on the porche at George Bush's ranch with John McCain discussing how to attack Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela and maybe we can be safer then .... good luck........... nice democrats, good Americans.

    Octavio Cruz Lima
    Elizabeth, NJ

    June 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  89. Victoria

    I am a lifelong Democrat and a supporter of Hillary Clinton. While it is possible that I will vote for Obama in November, this is the first time I have actually considered not voting. I am dismayed by the biased and disrespectful treatment of Senator Clinton by the media and many Democratic leaders, including superdelegates. I believe that these two factors have contributed to Obama's anticipated "victory." What I will certainly not do is contribute my time and money to the presidential campaign or the campaigns of those who called on Hillary to step aside. .

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  90. florence elion-mascott

    absolutely not!!!!

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  91. Ardeene Westvik

    Yes, I am a Clinton supporter that is an independent registered Democrat. I will vote for McCain. It has nothing to do with race. It has to do with experience. What makes a one year senator think he is qualified to be president? I hope Hillary does not take the vice-president offer. It's like asking her to "get to the back of the bus"! His supporters have been too insulting. Isn't it cute to see Obama "making nice" now that he needs her.

    West Sacramento,CA

    Isn't it cute to see Obama "making nice" now that he will probably need her.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  92. Karen


    There is no doubt in my mind that I will be voting for McCain. I'd rather go this way than support Obama who is too inexperienced, too darn smug and his religious views or lack thereof leave alot to be desired! Heck, I'll still scribble Hillary when I vote. After all, my vote didn't count anyway. Us Floridians don't count!!!!

    North Fort Myers, FL

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  93. Michael

    Jack, if you look at the type of campaign Hillary Clinton waged against Barack Obama, then it will be no surprise if her supporters vote John Mc Cain. She certainly campaigned as a Republican!

    It is quite clear that Hillary's motto was " If I can't win the Democratic nomination, then no one will"

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  94. Bryan Smith

    Hello Jack,
    The question was asked if Hillary supporters would vote for John McCain if she did not get the Presidential Nomination. The following is the way I feel about the whole thing. I supported Hillary before she even announced that she was running for president. I've watched this primary like no other, and probably any other. Even if Hillary ran for Vice President for Obama I would be voting for John McCain.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  95. jane davis

    if Obama gets the democratic election, John McCain can count on my vote and the votes from all my family. I have always voted domocratic party, but this year Obama is right, it is time for a change.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  96. John

    How could Clinton supporters possibly say they would vote McCain when their policies are polar opposites of each other?
    Are people really going to vote against their interests for personality?
    Maybe voting eligibility should be changed from age 18+ to IQ 18+.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  97. pat piquera

    Whether they are Democrats or Republicans, and they want more of the same George Bush then , more power to them.


    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  98. Robin Stojanov

    Let's take Kentucky, for example, a state which went overwhelmingly for Bush/Cheney in 2000 and 2004. Rush Limbaugh has a large radio audience in Kentucky. And Rush Limbaugh, as you may recall, conceived "Operation Chaos," the game of political mischief whereby right wing political mischief-makers would falsely declare themselves to be Democrats so they could cast their primary votes for Clinton, who Rush views to be the most flawed and beatable candidate. A win for Hillary would pave the way for a McCain victory in November, according to some hushed Republican whispers.

    Steve Jobs writes in his blog, "Says campaign strategist Paul Begala: "We're seeing record numbers of lower-IQ people crossing over from the Republican party to vote for Senator Clinton. Now, maybe the elites and eggheads and academics would rather not rub shoulders with these these ordinary, hard-working folks. Well, this is the world we're living in. These are the folks we need to reach if we're going to defeat John McCain in November. Like it or not, Hillary is the one whose message is bringing them in."

    Yeah, right. Call me a cynic, but sounds like "Operation Chaos" has been a resounding success, and NO, I do not expect Clinton's "supporters" to transfer that enthusiasm to Barack Obama's presidential campaign. It may have seemed close, but I regard the results to be tainted by Operation Chaos, especially in these vividly red states.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  99. Jerry,OK

    It's one hundred percent possible, this Hillary supporter will vote for McCain in the fall.

    Jerry N.Tulsa

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  100. Peggy, St. Louis

    Unless Hillary is on the Democratic ticket, my husband and I will be voting for McCain in November. Obama has no chance of winning without her. It's that simple!

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  101. Chris from Wausau

    well, the voters will have 2 choices, obama or McCain. Is Obama a more qualified leader than George Bush? Point to an accomplishment, a piece of legislation, something. Of ya, "if he had been in congress" he would not have voted to go to war. Well, after the fact "W" probably wouldn't have either. So do you vote for another trainee? don't vote at all? or McCain?

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  102. Brian Knoxville, TN

    Will Clinton supporter vote for the most qualified candidate on the ballot, Jack?

    To quote Harold Ickes: "You bet your ass."

    Go McCain Democrats '08

    Brian, Knoxville TN

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  103. Walter Scott-Williams

    I do not think that Hilary supporters will back McCain in November; I believe voters are just being emotional. If they are seriously considering such a thought I think they are delusional and incapable of rational thought. It’s no reason why Clinton supporters shouldn’t support Obama if he’s the nominee, or vice versa, their policies differ little. The only thing that Clinton has over Obama is perceived experience. People are getting distracted from the big picture because of personal preferences and it’s ridiculous. If they what four more years of destruction they can go right ahead and vote for McCain.

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  104. Harrison

    How likely is it that Hillary Clinton's supporters will back McCain?

    That just depends on if Hillary becomes vp, Because if shes not on the ticket (I believe she would help lower the deficit and help the party overall)... sign me up to vote for Bloomberg and that guy whos a war hero!

    June 3, 2008 at 5:27 pm |