May 30th, 2008
10:32 AM ET
6 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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  1. Smart TEXAN

    HILLARY THE ELECTABLE CANDIDATE YOU ARE SUCH A FLAKE. IF OBAMA GETS THE NOMINATION YOU WILL GO FOR MCCAIN. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? OBAMA AND HILLARY HAVE THE SAME POLICIES AND VIEWS. MCCAIN IS ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF BUSH. FLAKE FLAKE FLAKE HILLARY THE ELECTABLE CANDIDATE.

    May 30, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. chip

    How funny to have some of you speak of loyalty, when you really mean blind support. I had been a republican since I was old enough to vote, until the party nominated W. I now consider myself an Independent. The party can't put up a brain damaged alcoholic like W and expect me to support him. I thought he was slimy when he first ran and that opinion has not changed. The republican party it's self has somehow become the self righteous party. Not to mention they turned the biggest budget surplus into the biggest budget deficit.

    Like many of us, Scott had his eyes opened and you sure can't fault the man for that experience and his response to it.

    May 30, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Conservative Buyer- CA

    It's like getting an endorsement from Rupert Murdoch who's another Republican.

    You get an endorsement from a Republican and the right wing goes into an endless cycle of spin. Even if it's a good endorsement, these Jacksonian Republicans just spin that endorsement negatively.

    Everyone forgets John McCain has the endorsement of President GWBush. I can't wait for McCain to renounce and denounce GWBush.

    May 30, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. mark

    Great !!!

    Obama '08

    May 30, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. OH

    ...and until the philosophy that holds one race superior and another inferior "there will be war"

    Until the color of a man's skin is of no more importance than the color of his eyes "there will be war"

    In the East, West, war, rumors of war!

    The words of Bob Marley from the song "War"

    Folks, America is divided by race, gender, income, faith and social issues.

    Until Americans work together as one nation; divisions will constantly cause us pain.

    There are some who prefer to waste everyday of their lives living in hate while at the same time worry about income and their low standards.

    There are some who prefer to curse each other instead of picking up a book or read to their children.

    Why it is that today at Google, approximately 80% of the employees are foreign nationals?

    Why is it that Americans refuse to obtain the highest education possible? Why is it that 50% of the employees at Google are Asians?

    Why it is that MIT, Harvard and other colleges are NOT full of Americans but foreigners.

    AND, why is it that so many Americans blame Mexicans for job loss whereas Americans can and should afford to pay the menial wages the Mexicans gets?

    Why blame others for problems caused by you?

    A half black man who is highly educated and YES; much more educated that our current President is being treated like dirty by the low minded, hateful, uneducated morons who refused a higher education?

    Why? Why? Hell WHY?

    Keep hating each other and you'll find it impossible to love yourselves while you remain bitter toward each other.

    May 30, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. usa

    =============good for him,

    ============vote smart, vote obama================

    May 30, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. robert

    guess CNN has no real news--who cares what he does. Maybe now he'll come out too !

    May 30, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Lawrence

    If Hillary was the best for this country, why is it that she is losing in votes. What , did people forgot to vote. What kind of American system do we want when we try to turn a loser to a winner based on some kind of prejudice notion. That notion is unAmerican and stupid.

    May 30, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Buddy

    Two of a kind. Have you read Obama's book? Obama's words when the Political winds change I will side with the Muslims.

    May 30, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Ignorance has nothing to do w/ lack of education

    This is Too Funny! May 30th, 2008 10:38 am ET

    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."

    I find this comment curious, because one thing Obama doesn't lack is intelligence, and since you can't comprehend that, then maybe it's someone else's brain you should be examining or have examined...

    Just a thought

    May 30, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. j kothary, Blaine, WA

    a free man entitled to vote as he chooses !!!

    May 30, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. George

    I guess he thinks this will help sell more books. He will need to sell as many as he can since he can't be trusted by anyone by Republicans or Dems.

    I don't care that he wrote a book like this. But those who called him an idiot then are now calling him a HERO........HMMMMMM

    He will fit well with O'Bama. Say anything to sell books or get elected whether you believe it or not.....

    May 30, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. one Obama blogger

    One Obama blogger, in response to the unelectable issue, actually posted that the country is in such a bad way that Obama can sleep-walk his way into the presidency.

    Well, that is exactly what he has done to gain a small lead in the primary. But Americans are not that stupid.

    Come Nov, they will fully realize that he is not qualified to lead, that he has done absolutely nothing for his country, and they will not simply allow him to win by default. Which, incidentally is how he won his senate seat.

    May 30, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. John McBush

    "Could Scott McClellan be an unlikely supporter of Barack Obama?

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

    This is exactly why Republicans have got to be RETARDED or mentally disfunctional. This idiot is saying that Bush is Jesus!! by refering McClellen as Judas... You people truely are the Most Retarded in the world!!

    May 30, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Chris

    I'm glad that he finally came out and told the truth. I wonder what took him so long? He would impress me if he were to donate a portion of the proceeds of this book to some of the soldier's families. It won't erase the tragedy that has become Iraq, but it will at least show the public that he is sincere about what he sat back and watched!!!

    May 30, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Sharon

    I Like!!! See what a little honest and soul search will do. Free you up from the crap and let you smell the flowers. If we could just get the Hillary cult and the "stuck on the color of your skin" folks to do the same, oh, What a wonderful world it would be!!

    Obama 2008

    May 30, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. FH2

    Good it show that even a person who makes mistakes can change.. Maybe there's hope of us yet?

    May 30, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. an

    if he was so against the white house and its Propaganda why he stood in front of press and give reason all that time where was inner consious then, or just heard self voice when he has to sell a book and earn big millions with it,

    man if he had consious, time was to stand up at the time when war was being discussed in white house inner circle not when one has to sell book after armed men are in war for 5+years

    May 30, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. West Virginia

    Haha, Republicans. Your shame is like no other.

    May 30, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Sylvia from Oslo Norway

    No surprise there; the guy likes glossy charmers without a plan. At least until they disappoint you. US must learn to vote on policy and not smoothtalkers. Obama should be made to explain why there are 15 million people missing from the Obama universal health-care plan.

    Clinton 08!

    May 30, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Steve

    I think McClellan would be a great running mate for Barack. What do you think?

    Obama/McClellan '08

    May 30, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Daggone

    What the heck kind of name is Barack Obama?

    May 30, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Manny

    Lmao, the rupugnicans are imploding, time to desert the sinking ship !

    Obama by a landslide in 08 !

    May 30, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. Darth Vadik, CA

    We warned you about all this 5 years ago, and you still want to vote for McCain, oh please?
    How many times do we have to say it, how many times? But you're going to vote for McCain? Go to hell for screwing up my country, go to hell, all you McCain voters.
    And I'm the problem?
    Oh God you make me sick.
    You have a chance to change it this year, but you won't because you just cant trust Obama.
    After Bush, an ape would be beter.
    But you don't trust Obama.
    You make me sick.

    May 30, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. Welcome

    Welcome to the Obama team, Scott. I think I understand why you remained silent. In those days, it was considered almost mutinous to speak up. The Bush administration has always dealt harshly with dissent, which is odd, considering dissent is one of the cornerstones of American Democracy. It will be refreshing when Mr. Bush and his gang leave the White House. The place will definitely need airing out; the stink of arrogance and a complete disregard for the law will be heavy in the air for some time.

    It is important that we, as Americans, remember where our loyalties are. We shouldn't be loyal to a man or his regime, but to our country.
    Presidents come and go. The country, if we manage ourselves correctly, will go on for a long time.

    I congratulate you on coming forward. I'm sure there are others who worked near you who, if they had more guts, would come forward too.

    May 30, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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