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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  1. bill dee

    It doesn't matter why Mcclellan wrote his Bush book. What is important is the message the book imparts: that government stopped performing its primary function, that of problem solving, and instead allowed politics and wishful thinking to propel this country into failed policies. Moreover, in the pursuit of these failed policies , administration officials manufactured facts to fit events and lied to protect their jobs.
    The lack of leadership at crucial times permitted policies to get so out of control that this train wreck produced the Katrina and Iraq debacles.
    One cannot blame a low-level administrative spokesman whose job was to obfuscate facts and regurgitate the talking points of the day to the sleeping press for not being willing to leave his job when Generals and Cabinet appointees sat silently by as the train left the tracks. All those lockstep administrative officials, past and present, who now berate McClellan need to look at their own service. They may have been appointed by the President, but they, and he, works for us!
    Good for you Scott. You go girl!

    May 30, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Hypocrits all

    The Obama followers say they see the wisdom in talking to our international enemies (so do I by the way) and advocate such diplomacy.

    But on these blogs they display an inability to dialogue with anyone who disagrees with them or who is different from them.

    So much hatred evident in their vitriolic, name-calling, insulting posts.

    If they can not be civil, respectful and tolerant of fellow democrats, how can they hope to talk to our sworn enemies?

    May 30, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Jerry in Boston

    Unbelievable. You people are just unbelievable. Did you actulally read his comments?

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

    That doesn't set off any alarm bells in your head?

    Obama is LYING to you and wrapping it in sincere tones and bipartisanship. He is the Bush of the Left, but you don't care do you? All your hatred of Bush isn't about him being a duplicitous liar, it's because he's not YOUR duplicitous liar.

    You deserve everything you get.

    May 30, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. A CANUCK

    Please just go away....if you think Obama's message is like gov Bush's old message....YOU JUST DON'T GET IT.....STUPID !!!

    May 30, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Eugene

    CNN is running two days behind in their delegate count. Sharpen up that old math department, guys!

    May 30, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Deb

    McClellan smells the Exon money from the Obama camp.

    A vote for obama is a vote to put another Oil Man in office.

    NO THANK YOU!

    $4.00 a gallon has me broke already!

    Hillary 08

    May 30, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. attempt #2

    Please post those of us that are not Obama fanatics.
    The Obama followers say they see the wisdom in talking to our international enemies (so do I by the way) and advocate such diplomacy.

    But on these blogs they display an inability to dialogue with anyone who disagrees with them or who is different from them.

    So much hatred evident in their vitriolic, name-calling, insulting posts.

    If they can not be civil, respectful and tolerant of fellow democrats, how can they hope to talk to our sworn enemies?

    May 30, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Maxine

    It shows that many Republicans are discouraged with their party right now; for Carl Rove, GW and John McCain are not what they appeared to be regarding polocies, especially the war. McCain was not real keen on the war in the beginning, but he had to saddle up with Bush to keep his status in WA. Look back from 2000 to present and see the changes made in McCain regarding the Bush Administration.

    This also, shows Obama's attraction to all people who are sick of the present Washington status. Obama found this out when he was elected senator and decided this has got to change how we do business in Washington. Why do you think they are really trying to get Hill or John in there, then it is the same as before.

    Good book by the way.

    May 30, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Itsabouttime

    Go Scott! The republicans and all those who want to be replublicans are just afraid of the fact that there's someone within there group that stood up for the Right. Scott went "against the grain". The republicans and wannabee's are selfish individuals, as long as they are just getting therest....."The Hell With Everyone else". Republicans/wannabee's........your Day is coming.

    Go Scott! Together we will weather this "Storm" The trught will be told.

    itsabouttime.

    May 30, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. enomisa

    Another lying hypocrit jumps on the Obama bandwagon for vague change- constant flip-flopping change.

    May 30, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Geoff the Great Independent!

    We should not be surprised at the insights that would come out of te Bush Administration. The administration is corrupt! I'm always amazed when I read comments from McCain and Clinton supports about th decision to support Obama. For instance, Barack can't be trusted, but yet Hillary outrighit lied to the American people to bolster more support and at any means necessary ton several occaisions. She is willing to do and say anthing to get to the white house.... She dishonest and we can't trust what she'll say and when she's tired we can't trust what she'll do! She might not answer the phone. Scott sees this and is intriqued more by Obama. He sees that McCain is strong on military strategy (if you beleive it) but lack backbone, judgement and true understanding of American people. We'll he's just like Bush.. Leadersip is not based on experience its based on charisma, character, judgment and intelligence. Obama is a greater leader than anyone in the compaign.

    May 30, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. Generation X

    Scott- Thank you.

    May 30, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Democrat.

    A mole, who will trust this guy ?

    May 30, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. Annette

    You really can't blame the man, it took courage to speak out. He comes from democrated roots, so it's no wonder he is intrigued with Obama. However, pay attention to who he is not supporting during this contest.

    May 30, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. CMitch, FW TX

    I know what you mean. Out with the republican.

    May 30, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Tolga

    Of course he will support Obama. He is the first one to know what harm the "experienced" Washington politicians did to this country and to the world. He knows McCain much better than we do.

    Obama 08/12

    May 30, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Alex

    This should be a good sign to shut Ferraro. Even Republicans love Obama. The only people who do not like him are bitter racists like you. If there is a functioning brain on your shoulder even if you do not like his skin color you just have to keep your comment to his views not his skin color. Certain things never change. Get over it. The people are ahead of you old lady. Move on.

    May 30, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Tell The Truth

    Wow @ some of these replies...........I've been here for a few months and the vast majority of you Clinton and McCain supporters sound like characters that have come straight out of a comic book.

    I wonder if you actually spread this ignorance in public or is it just another identity you take on when you join cyberspace? This has gotten beyond the realms of laughably pathetic. I don't think you believe some of the things you say yourselves.

    Is our society really this ignorant.? Tell me it ain't so. If so, then we're all doomed and we definitely know the ones to blame for it. No wonder foreigners call us stupid Americans. They're definitely not talking about Obama supporters because that's where you'll find all the Americans with intellignece and common sense.

    CNN = You need to post this

    May 30, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Shannon Wadding

    What is the likelyhood that this Presidential election will start a revolution?

    The people should hold their elected officials accountable–especially in Michighan and Florida–for holding the will of the people, not the special interests and lobbyists.

    I fear this general election will end up in the US Supreme Court if the DNC chooses Hillary Clinton as the Presidential nominee for the Democratic party.

    How did the Democratic voting system become such a running joke to the world while we try to influence foreign governments to do the same?

    May 30, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. Hill please

    To the Hillary Clinton supporters...
    Please walk the walk of your talk and WRITE in Hillary Clinton in Nov.

    Please DO NOT stay home, and McCain is not really much better than Obama.

    Vote for the only qualified and able Leader- HRC

    May 30, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. E Barnes

    Is this supposed to be a good thing? No thanks, keep your support!

    May 30, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. PA Voter

    Wow! This election gets funnier by the minute.

    May 30, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Hanging Chad

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    Who the hell will EVER hire this guy ? Talk about a disgruntled
    former employee!

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    May 30, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Connie

    Come on over Scott. We will welcome you.

    May 30, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Attorney in FL

    Oh please...thats not what he said. I watched! You freakin' journalists are so far stuck up Obama's arse its UGLY! All of you should lose your jobs....what ever happened to fair -unbias reporting?? Its dead. Shame on you.

    May 30, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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