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. veronica lynne

    Should we care what Snoop Dog thinks?? Good grief.
    Go Hillary!!!

    February 2, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Trev

    I don't think this is news either. It is amazing though that this is one of the more sophisticated opinions I have heard on this issue in awhile. He is actually THINKING about it rather than making an uninformed decision. It took me over 8 months to choose between HRC and Obama (I chose HRC). It seems like there are a number of people in this campaign who are voting on gender or race alone.

    February 2, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Bob

    Funny that everyone shouts "Who cares about what Snoop Dogg thinks?", yet every one of you had to click to the story in order to leave a comment. That must mean that at least you were curious what the man had to say. And why is his opinion any less important than anyone elses?

    February 2, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. mike

    why should we listen to some joint totin' rapper about who's going to run this country???

    February 2, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Rip

    Wow!!! This is a snapshot of the Democrat Party as a whole. A convicted felony, drug user, thug rapper, wondering which candidate he would vote for if he was allowed to vote. But without having to provide a photo ID, he'll probably get to vote anyway.

    February 2, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Theresa

    Yikes, lots of harsh criticism for Snoop Dog.


    I suggest some of you who don't think his opinions matter should possibly move to a country where there is no Democratic process. That way your opinions, which you seem to think are so much better, will not be listened to either.

    February 2, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Patrick L.

    It's over, GOP.

    You can't win in November no matter what you do.

    February 2, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. veronica lynne

    Should we care what Snoop Dog thinks?? Good grief.
    Go Hillary!!!!!

    February 2, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Roy M

    Theresa, sometimes it is better to sit and look like an idiot, and not open your mouth and prove it, thats the real american way. And by the way, I was born here over fifty years ago, and I am still amazed that people like you think this country is an EDEN, just for you information, its not! Thats why I keep running into more and more people like me that are trying to get away from people like you. Veterans like myself have defended so called free speech for people like you, but we don't have to like it, and as free speech is, I can express it. So please sit there and look beautiful, just don't open your mouth and spoil it.

    February 2, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Tim

    At least Snoop is hornest, he knows that both would make good presidents. Hillary has the best chance to beat a Republican to become president. Let your votes count.

    February 2, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. observer#1


    February 2, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. Ground Hog

    Who cares! Why not ask the ground hog who he's supporting since he just predicted six more weeks of winter. Snoop Dog, Attack Dog, Yellow Dog, Blue Dog et al., but this thread is just plain "doggone stupid".

    February 2, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. j. styles

    it's easy for mega stars to sit on the fence of support, because they don't live where we live and haven't looked back since leaving where we live. i mean, it would be great if we lived in a time and place where the principals of choosing a leader were based who's the best person for the job? who's going to take us where we need to be? not on who black, or who's a woman. unfortunately we live here and now and we do choose who we want based on things of that nature. what I've observed living in a capital city with about 6 colleges, ("the record # voter") is lack of campaigning and barely any poster's. It's a big "minority" area so the name Clinton ring bells. Most of the voters where i live are chanting Clinton. the younger crowd non-voters (not under age just don't vote) are yelling Obama. all it would take to get the people where I live (and areas like where i live) to vote, would be Snoop Dogg or JayZ to get on BET and support one of them. which everyone gets supported on BET will have a smooth ride. but the people where i live don't vote. and people like 50, BET, hill and obama know this. its the same everywhere, even in local elections so.

    February 2, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. AJ

    And Snoop Dogg is such a fine upstanding American.....
    Lets hope he endorses McCain!

    February 2, 2008 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Mr Bob

    Who really cares what Snoop Dogg thinks? Larry King should be ashamed for giving this individual an audience.

    February 2, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  16. ruby marshall

    Snoop, Obama will be a "trial and error" president...
    and Hillary will be a "proven and tested" president..
    Hillary' strong will and dedication to serve the people
    and the country are worth voting for her...


    February 2, 2008 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |

    Larry King is so hard up for people to come onto his stupid show, he has to settle for a washed up, old haggard rapper! talk about hitting the bottom of the barrel!

    Who really cares what a crimminal is torn about voting for. He's just an idiot, so when he votes for Hitlery, you can see what an idiot he is.


    February 2, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Ron Bennett

    Snoop Dogg

    My son liked him so much years ago that they named the kitten we got from the pet store after him. Snoop Cat…

    February 2, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. ginny

    Oh get a grip you jerks! I was never a fan, but I did watch Larry King last night and it was an excellent interview. In case you were not aware, Mr. King does not just have political guests, they are chosen from many facets of life, and Snoop has an interesting story to tell. Like it or not, his opinion may indeed be relevant to some of his fans. The mere fact that he stated clearly he intends to make up for the wrongs he has committed, made me listen to his story. He DOES want to make the country better for young African Americans, very few celebrities are standing up and doing as much as they can in this regard, so my hats off to him for that. Cut him some slack people, at least he's trying, are you?

    February 2, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. votehillary2008

    I think it's interesting that Snoop Dogg can speak with this much intelligence.

    It proves that his "gangsta rap" image was a front in order to make millions. During the 1990s, I saw many of my peers go down the wrong path because Snoop, Dre and others made it look cool. Granted, their parents have most of the blame, but the music certainly didn't help. Now, many of those young men are in jail and Snoop is rich, being a good father to his son and talking about politics on Larry King Live.

    African-Americans should be enraged about what gangsta rap helped do to our community and stop whining over whether or not Bill Clinton played the race card.

    February 2, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Jarmar Gaines

    I read all these comments and I have to say this is a shame that you demise Snoop because of his name and occupation. I think if he chooses to endorse one of these canidates they will gain boosted popularity in the urban community. Snoop is a not only a rapper to some people he is role model. He just as Obama over came the obstacles given to them at youth and still made something themselves. Yea Snoop has had problems who hasn't.. I think he would be a great addition to Obama 08' Endorsements

    February 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Satch

    Snoop, what a joke. Who is this guy anyway. The poster boy for an America that turns into that move "Idiocracy" and Hillary is at the helm? How poetic....

    Snoop probably sold the weed to Bill Clinton who smoked it, but didn't inhale....
    Yeah I know Bill....

    GO OBAMA !!!!!!

    February 2, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. TJT

    Obama is inspiring people but his lack of experience is the problem. So it is difficult for him to get the nomination eventhough he got many endorsements. The endorsements wont matter much. It is the peoples decision to elect who they want to be in the oval office when we have economic problem, national security issues etc.

    February 2, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Mike, CA

    Why is this on the Ticker? When Rep.Maxine Waters, a respected Congresswoman and powerful figure in the Congressional Black Caucus endorsed Clinton recently, it was barely mentioned. Now here comes Snoop Dogg with a photo and article even though he hasn't endorsed either candidate.

    I feel badly for Hillary; she has to try to get her positive message out in spite of a biased media and dirty tricks from the Obama campaign. What an uphill battle! But, she is strong, dedicated, and I think, will persevere.

    February 2, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. F Lane

    Wow, so many haters here but one thing you guys have overlooked is that a lot of folks obviously do care. The fact that these two are running has brought everybody back into it. Democratics, Republicans, Independents, right vs left, young vs old, and its good to see this much excitement over politics and get us communicating with each again, for better or worse. The only thing I credit GW and his current administration for is creating such an environment that this would have been possible if it weren't for his poor governing that the people of this country are so fed up with. So, you bigots keep up the bad work, we know that will never change but we'll all talking brightly and boldly again so lets get this country back on any course again and take it back!

    February 2, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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