May 30th, 2008
10:32 AM ET
7 years ago

McClellan hints at supporting Obama

Could McClellan be supporting Obama.
Could McClellan be supporting Obama.

(CNN) – Could Scott McClellan be an unlikely supporter of Barack Obama?

In several interviews with media organizations Thursday night, the former White House press secretary hinted that he was strongly leaning toward the Illinois senator's White House bid over his own party’s presumptive nominee.

McClellan, a former White House official who has angered several Republicans this week for his scathing critique of the Bush Administration, said he hasn't made an official decision on which candidate he will back, but offered that he is "intrigued by Sen. Obama's message."

"It's a message that is very similar to the one that Gov. Bush ran on in 2000," McClellan told CBS News.

The former White House press secretary struck a similar tone in an interview with USA Today, saying that he is attracted to both party's likely nominees.

"I have a lot of respect and admiration for Sen. McCain," he said. "I'm also intrigued by Sen. Obama."

McClellan, who played a key role in the president's 2000 campaign, isn't the first member of Bush's inner circle to express support for Obama. In 2007, former Bush strategist Matt Dowd also said he had become disillusioned with the president and said Obama was the only candidate that appealed to him.


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soundoff (358 Responses)
  1. KK

    It was the likely result...good for you Scott!!

    May 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. j

    Like any other American, this guy has the right to vote for whomever he pleases. Why is this news?

    May 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Who Cares

    What does it matter which moron this pimple on the @ss of society is might possibly vote for??

    May 30, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Change Express , Kissimmee, FL

    YUP..he's an Obama supporter !

    OBAMA 08'/12'

    May 30, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    Come on over, Scott!! We know you are disillusioned with your party and would welcome you as an Obamacan!

    54-year-old woman with MBA proud to be an Obamabot!!!

    May 30, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Independent for Obama

    This guy sounds like he is really enjoying his 15 minutes of fame...

    May 30, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Sick

    This says a lot about this man's credibility. He has no substance, no loyalty and he flip flops on a dime, according to what he can make money off of and who can get him to the top. I trust this guy about as much as I trust Obama. Disgusting!

    May 30, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Uncle Sam

    Should that surprise anyone?

    May 30, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. z,new york, ny

    Sounds like he's really an Obama supporter but doesn't want to tick off his Republican friends.

    May 30, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Dave, SC

    Scott, how much money did you make so far going on NBC, CBS, CNN? Election is approaching very fast so time is limited. Make most of it so that you can make millions at the cost of liberals. I am sure that you knew very well that your publisher is from far left so you could make lot of monye. I wonder if George Soros has given you some of his money. If you want to make quick buck this is the right time and you can get lot of publicity with CNN. Get a life my friend... Your days are numbered.

    May 30, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. This is Too Funny!

    I TOLD YOU SO! I already smelled Axlerod (Obama's "brain") around the corner a few days ago! He's already grooming McClellan to be his next "puppet on a string."

    May 30, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Venus

    Way to go young man! Thanks for telling the truth and the book could not have come at a better time!

    Welcome to the "O" Team!

    Go Bam!

    May 30, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Bubba

    'Bout time you picked the right guy. Come on over, our party rocks.

    May 30, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Mary

    McClellan needs to to his homework and educate himself about Senator Obama, the Socialist/Marxist. He is bad for America.

    May 30, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Hillary 08, the electable candidate

    This guy is a coward. He states he didn't agree with what was going on, but he never spoke up and he never resigned.

    Sounds like another Obama supporter just wanting a payoff.

    Hillary 08

    May 30, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Jim

    Could Scott McClellan be an unlikely supporter of Barack Obama?

    .. Why not he fits obama's mold, just another Judas

    May 30, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Obama supporter

    GOOD FOR SCOTT. AT LEAST SOMEONE CAN SEE THE LIGHT .BUSH BETRAYED THIS COUNTRY GOOD RIDDANCE.

    May 30, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. ISeeNothingWrongWithIt

    All the wise people know what is good for America.

    May 30, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. A

    An Obamacan straight out of the Bush White House? Oh my!

    May 30, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. theresa in Prattville, AL

    Yeah he is intrigued by Obama. Obama is a good honest person with a few flaws like everyone else. McClellan knows that the Bush group lied about a lot of things. Maybe God has tapped McClellan on his shoulders and told him that he needs to get right with him and this may be his way of getting right–confessing all these wrong doings.

    May 30, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. J

    As if we didn't know this when he started? This man has obviously been paid quite a sum through his book to swing during this election. He has zero credibility. If anything, this shows that any idiot will lean towards Obama.

    May 30, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. Karen from Texas

    We welcome you with open arms. Its a good feeling to be on the winning team.

    Obama 08

    May 30, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Brian

    A strong republican coming across the aisle and likes Obama–yet Hillary still insists she "more electable"... This itself (although I never like McClellan) shows that a broad range of people prefer Obama over the same-old Washington politics that come bundled with Clinton and McCain.

    May 30, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. NEVER HILARY

    PLEASE WE DON'T NEED HYPOCRITES!!!!

    May 30, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. NoMcSame

    Welcome aboard brother. The Obama express is rollin. We have a kink in the track but SHE will be taken care of real soon, as a matter of fact she will get on this train soon herself.
    I hope this man stay strong because Bush and the FIX(fox) news team will be coming after him big time. The truth has set him free.
    JAIL time for George Bush. There is a special place in HELL for George Bush. Bush has caused the deaths of many people over the years. How does he sleep at night?
    Obama08

    May 30, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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