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. KJ, GA

    Good for him, the more the merrier!

    Obama '08 !

    May 30, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Give me a break

    Can you say free publicity?

    May 30, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Mr. B.

    America Is Ready
    Obama 08

    May 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. Angela, Cleveland, OH

    It certainly does not matter who Scott supports.

    What does matter is the current shills for the White House in the press office start to realize that they owe their loyalty to the American Public and to no one else. This loyalty thing has got to be straightened out. They work for us and no one else. They should be getting their information from the White House, yes, but then FACT CHECKING to make sure what they are telling us, their employers, is the truth. Their loyalty should be to the public, no one else. The current group has yet to learn that and Scott learned way too late.

    May 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Dave C - NJ

    Such bitter comments from the right today lol...
    Did it occur to anyone that the guy had a change of heart?

    May 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. ITS ABOUT TIME

    He has already ticked off the Republican group, so he might as well to all the way to the left. He is nothing to loose at this point.

    May 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Barrington of Cambridge

    Because Scott is fair minded ...

    Obama is the Tiger Woods of politics ... and with that comes the same heat, from the same type of people that Tiger had to endure ... like the ENDLESS media attention whether good or bad.

    Most of us like McClellen, Rupert Murdock and Bay Buchanan can see beyond that and regonize talent when it's staring us in the face. Others will sacrifice talent for past wounds and beliefs believing that it is about them and not us.

    May 30, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. Len

    Why would anyone continue to be loyal to Bush? He is corrupt, dumb, and a complete liar. Good for him to come out and confirm what most everyone already knows. Those of you that continue to believe Bush need to get out of La La land which is where Bush seems to have been since day one. Mission Accomplished!!!

    May 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Dave C - NJ

    ...and besides, Bush and his cronies are a MESS.
    Can you blame him???

    May 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. Louise - MN

    "It's a message that is very similar to the one that Gov. Bush ran on in 2000,"
    Look where that got us...

    May 30, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. mel

    I think it is some truth to his but and the white house and the
    press somehow again will help cover this up. The american
    peoples already know that this war was fix.Mccain is part of this mess
    as well,this why he want to continue this war.

    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Berat, Park Ridge, IL

    Dave, SC:

    These people are interviewees. They don't get paid for making the rounds on TV. Stop talking about things you obviously know nothing about.

    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. concern citizen

    despite the fact that scott waited to long to reveal and confrim the truth we all knew for awhile regarding the sneaky tactics of the bush administration, I do hope people consider this statements about the president when voting. Do we want president like McCain who was duped into the war without confirming whether the information was accurate and believes in the current administration policies. Lying to get to war that has cost this country billions of dollars and 4,500 lives is an outcry. Why do we want to continue with this path? wake up, people. too many things are at stake.

    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Emma

    We Obama supporters are glad to see that the heavens have finally opened and the celestial choir is singing.

    It's safe inside Obamaland and welcome aboard!

    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. White 64 male for Obama

    Its funny how Republicans are blaming Scott's publisher. The same publisher who published many of Bill O'Reily's books. What I find even more interesting is that no one from the Republican party said that Scott was outright wrong. So that leads me to believe that Scott's book has some truth to it.

    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. N.Ryder

    It is refreshing to have someone like Scott so honest he felt he was obligated to let the world know what really goes on in the Bush administration. Also, brave enough to take the heat that he knew would come.

    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. vic nashville,Tn

    Please stay away from democratic party , from 1999 Bush and Karl Rove are ling and playing dirty trick you know that you were with them from 1999
    Now you are acting smart!!!!!!!!! Give us break
    Hillary 08 or Mc cain 08

    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. SEC

    Scotty, you had no credibility when you were distorting the facts a few years ago so why should anyone take you seriously now?

    Maybe you can go work for Rove – I hear he's looking for an employer that will buy into his deceptive and ventomlike nature – good luck scum!

    May 30, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. proud army and navy mom

    see there is hope for us all to change.

    ok, it took scott a while to see the truth....but better late than never. i hope he is an Obama supporter.

    welcome, we are inclusive, not divisive.

    May 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. jfs Memhis, Tn

    If he supports OBama it will be the most intelligent move he will have made in the last 10yrs.

    May 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. Brenda

    Good Choice....takes one to know one!

    May 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. Major Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    With all that he said in his book, he only now has respect for McCain......be careful Scott......one contradictory comment and Mr. Spark will beam you up......

    May 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Machiavelli, Baton Rouge, LA

    This Dave blogger has some pretty scathing critisism of McClelland–to the point where he threatens him, i.e., "Your days are numbered". He has not even read the book, yet he and other Bush supporters are reeling from excerpts from the book. It appears they are the ones who should get a life.

    May 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. They are slowly seeing the light!! Obama

    It's unavoidable and unstoppable. This country is through with separation, division and negativity. No more mud slinging and deception! We are greater than that.

    Clinton with all her 'experience' was mislead by a group of buffoons!! That same group that completely trashed her husband.

    They are spending billions and billions of OUR money on another country. Time to bring OUR MONEY HOME TO US!!!

    Obama!

    May 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. Jack from Texas

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

    Wouldn't this be a red flag?

    Vote Nader (dot) Org

    May 30, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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