May 30th, 2008
10:32 AM ET
10 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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (358 Responses)
  1. J Ullman

    "...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.

    That statement right there should scare the hell out of every democrat on the face of the planet, yet you see in the comments here that people seem to think that McClellan's words are somehow a good thing for Obama.

    One of Bush's own former insiders sees enough similarity between Bush and Obama that he would be willing to vote for Obama. How is that a good thing people? McClellan isn't saying Bush is so bad he wants something different, he's saying that he sees something in Obama that is enough like Bush that he's willing to vote for him. Obama needs to figure out very quickly what McClellan sees as "similar" and get as far away from it as he can.

    Getting the support of former Bush cronies because they want something different would be good. Getting that support because they see something similar is BAD.

    May 30, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Lenore Z.

    The usual ugly comments from Bush-ites and Clinton supporters.

    May 30, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. james miller

    McCain may be bipartisan once in awhile, however, it`s the Republican actions and direction over the last 7 years that I want to distance myself from. Obama is about as far away from that crowd as I can get. --- Guess I`ll support Obama.

    May 30, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    The leader of Hamas supports obama as well.

    May 30, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Mighty

    Now it's republicans moving to Obama. Soon it will be the whole world! can't wait for the big win for B'rock. For the first time in the history of mankind, the world will be together and at peace!!!

    May 30, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. carolflowery

    i think he's a just a pissed off person trying to make some money

    May 30, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Jose'

    A traitor who hates America supporting a traitor who hates America.


    May 30, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Al in Tx

    Similar message as Gov. Bush in 2000. Can anyone say OBushma!

    May 30, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Philip

    Anyone that pisses off Ann Coulter is OK in my book. I just wish he would have spoken up sooner, maybe so many people would be alive today. I'm glad that he at least has now seen the light.

    May 30, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Nazee

    seems Obama has a lot of backstabbers on his train to change, wonder who they wil be stabbing in the back in 4 yrs!!

    May 30, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. TKCROW

    What a chump – the moment they announced the book I told my wife he would come out in support of Obama. It doesn't surprise me he supports Obama – same morals, same flip flopping, same distancing from previous mentors, same looking for fame, same allegiance, Scott and Obama – best friends forever – ha ha

    May 30, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. tigerakabj

    McClellan knows what's good.

    Condoleeza, you too should get out while you still can. Colin Powell did. And he even almost supported Obama. When Bush and Cheney are in the Nuremberg Trials Round 2, I don't want to see you there. Fess up and come on over to the Obama camp. You know that he is going to get justice for America (and the world) when he become president.

    May 30, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. JN in NYC

    This just proves it. It is Everyone for Obama '08. Senator Obama can't help it that everyone seems to know that he has the brighest vision for this country and understands that it will take bipartisan support to change this country. Anyone who is ready to dig and work for a better America is welcome on Team Obama, we aren't here to judge we are here to bring the change we seek.

    May 30, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. james

    The man is insider from the democrat party, most likely. He NEVER was a republican. He is a turncoat against the UNBORN and a proponent of aggressive socialism. No man or woman with any sense of values would elect Obama or Clinton.

    May 30, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. TJ

    What I find funny about you Obama supporters is that you constantly attack Hillary supporters and call them delusional. I hope you realize that he will need Hillary supporters votes to win the general election. You are not making a good case for him with your condescending attitudes and obnoxious comments. He will have to have their votes in order to win. That is a fact. As a Democrat, I supported Hillary and will until she bows out. I would like to think I can support Obama over McCain, but every day, his supporters are the ones who are changing my mind! You are hurting your own candidate.

    May 30, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Beam Scotty Up

    Good grief! Scotty is falling into the trance.

    Soon he will be chanting "hope, hope, change, change."

    Just because you disagree with the war, doesn't mean you have to vote for Obama. There has to be a realistic PLAN. Obama is all words and no clue of how to execute a plan. A real plan.

    Wakey Wakey.

    May 30, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. Over the Hill(ary)

    pat May 30th, 2008 10:57 am ET


    Another nutjob radical Hillary fundamentalist. Nevermind all of your glaring grammatical errors, let me just point out a fact. Hillary agreed to the same rules as Obama did, except she held a fundraiser in FL after the DNC made their ruling, and against the DNC, left her name on the ballot in MI. It's not Obama's fault that some FL stations continued to run his ad. So based on your irrational logic, Hillary should be the one that is disqualified for breaking the rules, if not then, then now, since she initially agreed to the rules. Only now that she's getting her fat rump served to her does she want to change the rules in her favor. She, and now her supporters, are showing themselves to be the utterly reprehensible, slimy, self-serving, narrow-minded individuals that they are. You people are the worst sore-losers EVER!!! And go ahead and vote for McAncient, we don't want you, and we don't need you. For every one of you whiney babies that goes to McCain, two or more Republicans will vote for Obama. Game, set, match.

    May 30, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Jane


    May 30, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. independent

    Some of these devout Republicans sound more like they belong to a "cult" or "click" than just Americans---- Guess we have the " liberals" on one end and the "neo-cons" on the other

    May 30, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. K

    And next we'll see him on Dancing with the Stars. Who cares.

    May 30, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. enomisa

    Obama thinks that he can simply waltz into the white house without any qualifications whatsoever, just because America is sick and tired of 8 years of Bush.

    Many democrats don't agree, so now he is playing the race card to secure what he feels he's entitled to.

    May 30, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |

    welcome aboard........

    May 30, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Leonard Bogard

    Run Obama, run. Stay as far away from McCellan as you can. His kind of support you don't need. He may have a change of heart one day and find a way to get into the media spotlight at your expense. If he disagreed, then he should have had the integrity to quit and voice his doubts immediately.

    May 30, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. A democrat

    Year right.. Vote Obama, take your book money and go home McClellna. Obama supporters have an education, you know; we see clearly where you're coming from.

    May 30, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Bill

    With friends like McClellan, you don't need enemies. He'll fit right in with the Obamies.

    May 30, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15