The night before last I wrote a post here titled: Get A Grip!!! The post had a two fold message, one: to Clinton supporters threatening to vote for McCain over Obama and two: to Obama supporters who’s comments were getting out of hand here.
The post created some outcry from Clinton supporters here, sadly, who don’t seem to understand the importance of putting a Democrat in the White House in this election. I pointed out in my post that Hillary Clinton has stressed in the past that she will support Obama if he is the nominee and her supporters should follow suit.
In an interview with today on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Hillary Clinton “said it would be a “terrible mistake” for her supporters to vote for John McCain over Barack Obama.”
“Anybody who has ever voted for me or voted for Barack has much more in common in terms of what we want to see happen in our country and in the world with the other than they do with John McCain,” Clinton said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”
“I’m going to work my heart out for whoever our nominee is. Obviously, I’m still hoping to be that nominee, but I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that anyone who supported me … understands what a grave error it would be not to vote for Sen. Obama.”
Clinton was responding to a question from a CNN iReporter who asked why she thought so many of her supporters would choose McCain over Obama. Watch the question.
Hillary Clinton has continued to do better than Barack Obama “with the white working-class voters, and Obama continues to get more than 90 percent of the black vote.”
The racial gap has become a key issue in the media, but Clinton said she regrets “people exploding an issue like that.”
“It’s offensive. I think people vote for me because they think I’d be the better president. I think people vote for him because they think he’d be the better president. … That’s the way it’s supposed to be.”
CNN noted today in their piece on the interview that “Clinton drew criticism last week for comments she made to USA Today about having a broader appeal to white voters.”
“There was just an [Associated Press] article posted that found how Sen. Obama’s support among among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me,” she told the paper.
“I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on,” she added.
New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, a Clinton supporter, said “that was the dumbest thing she could have said.”
Clinton conceded today that Rangel’s “probably right.” There’s been a lot of outcry over Clinton’s statement, so good for Hillary for admitting it was a dumb thing to say. Clinton also told CNN, “Obviously, I have worked very hard to get the votes of everyone, and I have campaigned hard. I understand that we’ve got to put together a broad coalition in order to win in the fall. … I know Sen. Obama has worked hard to reach out to every community and constituency.”
Clinton also noted that “Democrats will have a unified party once they have a nominee, but she shied away from the idea of a joint ticket, saying talks about it would be “premature.””
I honestly hope that Clinton supporters here will heed Hillary’s words today and vote for Obama and not John McCain. Hillary Clinton has owrked so hard to build a base of voters, a base of voters that she wants to see vote for a Democrat in November, whether that Democrat is her or Barack Obama. She understands what is at stake. Supporters need to listen and follow her lead.
I guess the bottom-line from this interview with Hillary Clinton, is that she too would like supporters to Get A Grip, and understand that is far too important to put a Democrat in the White House, than to vote in protest because she may not be the nominee.