February 1st, 2008
09:43 PM ET
10 years ago

Snoop Dogg torn between Obama, Clinton


Watch Snoop Dogg talk politics.

(CNN) - Days before 22 states are set to hold Democratic primary contests, it appears at least one crucial endorsement is still up for grabs: Rapper Snoop Dogg's.

The rapper and music producer told CNN's Larry King he is torn between both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's historic candidacies.

"I just want to see somebody win in the best interest of America - whether it be [Obama], a black man, or whether it be Hillary, a woman," Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr., says in an exclusive interview set to air Friday night.

"Either one is a great move for America," he continued. "We need change. We need somebody in there that's about listening to the people and representing the people. I think both of the candidates will do that."

Snoop Dogg also said he thinks America is ready for a black president, noting Obama is the first African-American with a legitimate chance to win the White House.

"In the past we had presidential candidates like [Rev.] Jesse Jackson. We didn't really think he can win," he said. "Right now people feel like this man could really win. He's got the right thing going for him. He's got the right conversation. He's in line with the right scenario to win. Whether he wins or loses, he made a great step for black America by even stepping to the table and pulling off something like this."

Catch Larry King's interview with Snoop Dogg, Friday, 9 p.m. ET.

soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Kay

    Hmm, America embraces ignorant and troubled Black Men... When they change or progress for the better, the are ridiculed even worse. . love to see Black men fail at every cost.

    February 1, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. veronica lynne

    OMG, what next??? Ha Ha Ha
    I think he's going for Obama!

    February 1, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  3. Linda

    WIth all respect to him as a fellow human, who is Mr. S.D. to punditize about politics? Give me a break. Who gives a rat's ***?

    February 1, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  4. TC

    Stop bad mouthiing Snoop, he is entitled to his own opinion. Besides, he makes more money than most idiots who badmouth him, and that probably goes for most of you idiots on this blog. I agree with this, an endorsement from Snoop to Clinton will really help Obama, so do your thizzle fo shizzle dizzle.

    February 1, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. Mona

    Ditto Kay. They hate progress.... I watch the entire interview with Snoop and he has really change. I love that about him!!! He no longer refer women to Bit and Ho's in his lyrics.

    Change means progress and some actually to see change in black men. they would rather them talk amout rims, money and gold chains.

    February 1, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Tom (TN)

    Ya'll best back off my Dawg...

    February 1, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  7. elena

    Ditto to ALL on Larry's sleeziness!

    February 1, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. JP, HI

    Obama and Hillary must be falling over themselves for those Compton and Long Beach votes. Snoop should endorse who can do a better C-walk – I'll vote for the other person.

    Maybe McCain can rap better than he can sing? That would totally steal my vote.

    February 1, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  9. Joni

    Snoop is a smart man. No presidential candidate would want a controversial figure like Snoop Dogg to endorse them. That does not mean Snoop Dog is not influential....many of you know that Snoop's lingo, lifestyle, style of dress and his music has penetrated even the most surburban areas of our nation. However, he realizes the potential negative impact he could have by saying WHO he supports. I'm glad he did not, both for the Clinton and the Obama campaigns. Fa shizzle!

    February 1, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  10. Ian

    As I sift through the news each day it amazes me what fark is put on here.

    Every man is entitled to his opinion even though I'll admit I am not a fan of Snoops work... I don't see what it matters what he thinks about the canadates simply because he is a convicted fellon and can't vote ANYWAYS.

    That would be like asking Ethan Hawking what he thinks about the Olympics and what sport he should compete in.

    February 1, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  11. zellah60609

    Snoop Dogg has a TV show he is promoting folks. Nothing else!

    February 1, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. Jper

    It is imparative for Obama to become the democratic nominee for President, otherwise we'll be witnessing the inauguration of John McCain next January.

    If the Democrats fail to nominate Barack then there will be a moderate republican (McCain) up against a far-left democrat (Clinton). The Republicans would love this! McCain would be more appealing to dyed-in-the-wool republicans (to stay loyal to their party), moderate republicans (like McCain) and independents (voters looking for someone in the middle). Clinton would be way too far to the left, her base would shrink, and hence the democrats will surely lose this chance!!

    I sincerely hope democrats understand this! Nominate Obama or you can kiss the Presidency goodbye.

    February 1, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. Glen, Boston, MA

    Hogan, Norris, Snoopy...

    I wish society's brilliant leaders would come to a consensus so I could know who I should vote for!

    Come on, Steven Segal, break the gridlock!

    February 1, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. Alyssa

    I think it completely ridiculous that Obama is called a "black" presidential candidate. He is just as white as he is black.

    February 1, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  15. Gobama

    Ha ha!

    Snoop most likely needs to have the smoke cleared from his brain before he's able to come to a clear decision. lol

    Considering Snoop's awesome power over females, he will no doubt have good use for Hilary who cannot resist a strong male figure. lol

    February 1, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  16. Vic

    Please, please, everyone. Follow Snoop Dog in considering both candidates very carefully before making a decision on your voting.

    Each of the candidates is knowledgeable and have good reasons for wanting to lead this country.

    But we all should remember that there's more to being President than being able to speak beautiful and attractive words. Also, how much better would it be if Barack Obama had a record of any sorts that could be compared with Hillary Clinton's, but it just simply isn't there. At this dire time in our country and its threats from terrorists, whomever is elected is going to need all the experience and world standing they can possibly possess. In my mind, Hillary Clinton is that person.

    As for Hillary's voting to depose Saddam Hussein, she should not have to be on the defensive. Heck, we sided with Bush because he told us things that simply was not true. This is not Hillary's fault; it is George Bush's.

    February 1, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  17. Barry

    Oh Boy, oh boy , oh boy Well done America, if you could only get your children to share the same dislike for " Snoop the Dog " among others like him, jail funding would be cut 95% Oh, back to the politics. If either Democrat or Republican could find a white male candidate that was as eloquent and right on target as Obama, Hillary Mcain and others would be yester – year news.

    February 1, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  18. Independent

    rolling down the street smoking... sippin on gin and juice

    glad he is telling us how to vote!

    February 2, 2008 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  19. Nora


    February 2, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  20. Sam Rose

    Snoop Dogg? are you kidding Larry King with this interview???
    Larry, I watch you every night-except this one.......and who cares about
    "Chicken and Waffles" when people in NOLA still don't have homes, others are losing their homes , and honestly we have many children in this country going to bed hungry every night??
    Larry-I have two words for you ; GET REAL

    February 2, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. Gren

    Go Hillary!

    February 2, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Richard Rote (California)

    Snoop Dogg is not an intellect, and not a politician. This is one endorsement I really don't care about at all.

    February 2, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. BobW

    "The mere fact he's confused confirms that Hillary is the best choice.
    Take out the obvious conflict of interest in him being a black man and you it wouldn't be an issue. If Obama was White he'd vote for Hillary in a second.
    Let's fact it America, if Obama wasn't black, he'd never have gotten this far.

    Way to keep racism alive with comments like yours. Do you really beleive people are basing their vote on skin color or gender? Are black people incapable of making informed decisions? How about Latinos? Are Asian people better informed because they aren't black? Please! Sounds like more Clintonesque racism. Ranks right up there with the Jessie Jackson comment.

    February 2, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Jim Loomis

    This is NEWS???? No wonder we're in trouble!

    February 2, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Casey

    You all are being too hard on Snoop. He's allowed to have an opinion (it might not matter to anyone, but he's still allowed to have one).

    February 2, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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