Clinton to Supporters: It’d be ‘terrible mistake’ to pick McCain over Obama

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.

You can watch the full interview with Clinton here.

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.

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7 Responses to Clinton to Supporters: It’d be ‘terrible mistake’ to pick McCain over Obama

  1. hummingbirdv says:

    The race isn’t over yet so it feel premature to be guessing what I will or won’t do. It will depend on many things. I know that you, Pamela, feel strongly any democratic in the white house would be better however, I will not commit to anything right now other than supporting Senator Clinton all the way to the convention, and I hope for 8 more years beyond.

    I will decide what to do when and if the situation demands it.

  2. LC says:

    I realized a week or so ago that I will not be able to vote for Obama. I won’t vote for McCain, either, but I will skip the Presidential part of the ballot if Obama is the nominee.

    I understand Hillary’s perspective and respect her commitment to the Democratic Party, but :

    1. I would rather have a real Republican in the White House than a faux Republican.

    2. I cannot vote for a man who has demonstrated a willingness to throw Hillary and his grandmother and women in general under the bus in order to get the nomination.

    3. But, most importantly, Obama is simply not qualified to be President. This is the most important job in the world. Heaven knows that Americans have elected a bunch of numbskulls over the years, but it’s hard to think of anybody with less experience of any kind than Obama. As near as I can tell from his history, all he has demonstrated is an overriding ambition and a stunning lack of interest in actual policy or governing. There is a lot about McCain not to like, and he could prove to be every bit as much of a disaster as Bush 43 – but he’s a known quantity and Obama is not.

    In short, it’s not a question of race or party, it’s a question of experience.

    So I will let others decide this one because I cannot in good conscience vote for either man.

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  4. J. Diamond says:

    i will re-state my opinion from the prior thread on getting a grip. i am a life-long dem and strong hillary supporter. i am very angry at the dems in congress and the actions of the DNC and the general ganging up against hillary this entire election season. john edwards was wrong to endorse yesterday. the time for an honorable endorsement had long passed…

    it is time for the dems in congress to do their job. they abdicated acting on their mandate from the ’06 midterms in order to preserve their ’08 electability. this was a gross miscarriage of duty. they compounded that by playing politics with the lives of our troops. they need to learn how to be effective even with a republican in the white house.

    i am not advocating electing mccain, but i am not into voting blindly for any democrat on the ballot either. barack obama has not won my vote. i am not inspired by a lot of empty talk about change and hope. i want a president who will really fight for the democratic agenda. i want a president who talks about the democratic agenda. have any of you heard hillary’s stump speech and compared it to obama’s?

    i am offended by the outrageous behavior of the obama supporters. the disrespect toward hillary is really not forgiveable. obama had better move toward ending that or he’s lost me for good.

    also, i have one last grudge… against the media. they really need to be put in their place. their behavior during this primary season has been outrageous as well, and even less forgiveable than the wretched behavior of the obama campaign and his minions. electing hillary is really the only way to put them in their place. if she is denied the nomination, then they have won no matter what since they are equally in love with “saint mccain” and “the one”… i guess i can cancel my subscription to the NY Times and turn off cable news…

    bottomline: obama needs to work a lot harder to win my vote and the dems have to become more honorable. the party i have seen during this primary season is very, very ugly (even if they aren’t as bad as the republicans — and that is no compliment.)

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