Are Clinton’s supporters up for grabs? McCain thinks so
McCain, an Arizona senator, said on Wednesday Clinton’s backers would find a lot to like in his candidacy and signaled he would not cede their support to rival Barack Obama, who has won enough delegates to beat Clinton for their party’s White House nomination.
Some women who backed Clinton have said they will not fall behind Obama, an Illinois senator, though the former first lady has long emphasized her own differences with McCain.
Here are some of McCain’s comments about the subject:
“I would welcome any of Sen. Clinton’s supporters’ vote,” he said.
“I believe there are those who want genuine reform, not just talk about it.”
“Sen. Obama has the most liberal voting record, most partisan voting record, of any senator in the United States Senate. He really is not, well, I’ll stand on my record of reform, which I am very proud of. I think that could attract some of Sen. Clinton’s voters.”
“I also think that there are many of Sen. Clinton’s supporters who believe that I am by far best qualified to secure this nation’s future,” McCain said.
Obama has said before Clinton would be on “anybody’s short list” for vice president, but there are certainly no guarantees.
So, ladies for the former first lady, anyone convinced by McCain’s entreaties?
Photo credit: Reuters/Lee Celano (John McCain greets supporters in Louisiana)