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. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    Well...Being a BO supporter I guess this is good...But Barack, please be wary of this guy....I don't quite trust him...I don't doubt a lot of what he is saying coz in my book nothing can be worse than the Bush administration, but his timing makes me a little suspicious and I can't help feeling that this guy might just be a fair weather friend aka opportunist....

    May 30, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. TyWebb

    Great Scott!

    May 30, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Anonymous

    he's a moron for putting country over Bush? and you're a democrat.... i think not!! this proves Republican operatives flood these blogs , posing as Hillary supporters , to cross dissention within the party

    May 30, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Ken

    The Truth

    You are correct. Sen. Clinton's main weakness is her high negatives. For some reason, she tends to be a hate magnet for Republicans.

    For all her bluster about winning swing states, Republicans have such distain for Sen. Clinton that I fear it will motivated their turnout.

    Obama on the otherhand is a comfortable choice for Republicans who want register a protest against their party, but wouldn't vote for a Clinton to do it.

    May 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. George Woodruff

    The biblical admonition "What profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?" might be something for McClellan to ponder over as he moves forward selling out his former friends and cohorts. Money can be important if earned honestly but it has little value compared to integrity. Only a fool puts profit above his immortal soul. To work for people..take their money...pretend to be their friend...spout their party line...and then sell them out to the opposition for cash doesn't speak well of a man's character. I realize it makes the partisans on the other side happy and they clap their hand in glee but actions like McClellan's always come back to bite you. Do you really think his "new friends" would actually trust him as far as they could throw him? Use him yes! Throw him under the bus when his value to them disappears. Probably and quickly! And maybe it will be what he deserves!

    May 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Justin

    Aw-right! Obama's message is similar to Gov. Bush's message in 2000! Great choice Dems!!!

    May 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Proud American

    Obamas message is resonating. Its not about the individuals its about the whole. We'll all come together.
    God Bless America

    May 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Tom Swift, Shopton

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    Who really cares who Scott "Judas" McClellan supports anyway?

    And why would Obama want his so-called "endorsement" ?


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    May 30, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Ratgurl

    Sounds like he's looking for a job!!

    May 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. liz

    Come aboard love...big party at Obamanation:))

    May 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. ChicoSez

    Another washington insider for Obama. Lets change politics with Pelosi, Dean, Kennedy, Dodd, Daschele etc leading the way. Those are the new faces we need in washington. And if you think Clinton and Mccain have blood on their hands for voting for the Iraq war, so do most of the dem congress thats supporting Obama. Should they be thrown out too? Another lifelong dem thats leaving the new far left party.

    May 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Debby

    Good let him support Obama then there will be a smear book about him next year. Boy Obama sure draws them doesn't he, the looney Catholic priest, Rev. Wright, Ayers, Rezko, Hamas, McClellan etc. etc.

    May 30, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Tired of the false scare tactics

    Joyce in Florida says: "We still don't know all about Senator Obama and his secrets. WAKE UP AGAIN PEOPLE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE"

    Joyce, I am pretty sure the Clinton and McCain camps have been digging to find something, anything on Obama. You know the negative opp research that the nasty campaigns do to try to bring down their competition? Yeah that research.

    So I am sure if Obama had any horrible "secrets" we would know by now. Why don't you and others like you just admit that you are afraid of Obama because his absentee father at one time was a muslim (before he beame an athiest). You people are terrified that this biracial guy is a muslim (and therefore a terrorists in the eyes of the ignorant) OR you are just looking for reasons to not vote for the black guy.

    So please stop with the disengenous scare tactics. The campaigns have vetted Obama and they can't find any horrible secrets BECAUSE THERE ARE NONE. WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET.

    Educate yourselves people and vote for our futures – OBAMA '08

    Amy, FL

    May 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. fred3 (seriously quit stealing my name)

    HILLARY WILL WIN EVEN IF SHE HAS TO TAKE THIS TO THE CONVENTION OR RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT!! SHE WON WV BY 50%, KY BY 30% AND MICHIGAN BY 100%!!!! UNCOMMITTED VOTES ARE JUST THAT, UNCOMMITTED SO THEY DONT COUNT FOR ANYONE!!!

    May 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. ree not for Obama

    John McCain is better off without him. Who wants someone who is a turncoat.

    Just goes to show you the type of people who are supporting Obama.

    Just remember all you people who are now against Bush. You voted for him for a second term. Could have had someone better. At least I can say I didn't vote for him. Ask your parents who they voted for four years ago. Remember he won re-election by over 51%. Alot of Dems. voted for him.

    O, well such short memories.

    May 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. AJ, IL

    Come on Scott. It's okay. You are not the only Republican thinking about supporting Obama in the general election. There are many more Republicans who are really thinking about supporting Obama in the general election.

    From Chuck Hager to Collin Powell to Ron Paul, many Republican leaders have spoken very favorably of Obama.

    Obama in 08!

    May 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  17. Kevin

    welcome on board Sir. Stop hiding. Come out now.

    May 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. Linda Esen

    I am NOT a Bush supporter BUT Scott McClellan’s is a Snake, Snake Snake...sure he was disillusioned by what what going on around him...whatever

    May 30, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. Peter from Oregon

    His endorsement is fine, but lets get back to the REAL NEWS of the SUPERDELEGATES endorsements! You haven't updated the latest endorsements from the 29th where Obama picked up 4 more and Clinton 1.

    5-29-08 – Added DNC Gail Rasmussen (OR) for Obama
    – Added DNC Eileen Macoll (WA) for Clinton
    – Added Rep. Alan Mollohan (WV) for Obama
    – Added DNC Boyd Richie (TX) for Obama
    – Added DNC Betty Richie (TX) for Obama

    New Total:
    Obama: 1984 with 44 more to go
    Clinton: 1781 with 244 more to go

    This is what we care about! This is what we want to read! Please give us an accurate Superdelegate count!

    May 30, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Dave in Houston

    Ronald Reagan was a Democrat and a union president before he switched over to the Dark Side. What's wrong with someone actually making the move over to the Bright Side?

    May 30, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. Elisabeth

    No one has triead to imagine a scenario in which USA had not been invading Irak. What had happened if Saddam Hussein had still been ruling the country? It might have been far worse than it is today!

    May 30, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  22. Tired of the false scare tactics

    CNN PLEASE POST MY COMMENTS FOR ONCE, THANKS.

    Joyce in Florida says: "We still don't know all about Senator Obama and his secrets. WAKE UP AGAIN PEOPLE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE"

    Joyce, I am pretty sure the Clinton and McCain camps have been digging to find something, anything on Obama. You know the negative opp research that the nasty campaigns do to try to bring down their competition? Yeah that research.

    So I am sure if Obama had any horrible "secrets" we would know by now. Why don't you and others like you just admit that you are afraid of Obama because his absentee father at one time was a muslim (before he beame an athiest). You people are terrified that this biracial guy is a muslim (and therefore a terrorists in the eyes of the ignorant) OR you are just looking for reasons to not vote for the black guy.

    So please stop with the disengenous scare tactics. The campaigns have vetted Obama and they can't find any horrible secrets BECAUSE THERE ARE NONE. WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET.

    Educate yourselves people and vote for our futures – OBAMA '08

    Amy, FL

    May 30, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Charlotte

    You know what is really funny? The republicans don't like McCain because he is more central in his thinking. The Regan Democrats will decide who the President will be, and it won't be Obama.

    May 30, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  24. wonder

    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.

    AND LOOK WHERE THAT GOT US!!!!!!!!!!!! HE SAID IT, OBAMA SOUNDS LIKE BUSH DID IN 2000, SCARES YA DOESN'T IT. It may be that Obama is more like Bush than McCain is if Obama got into office. It's kind of what I've said all along, it's a repeat but the younger voters weren't around then to know how close their CHANGE words are the same. Yep, Bush did changes, that's for sure. Why he hasn't been impeached has got to be because our Dem. Congress doesn't have the guts to do what they know needs to be done.

    May 30, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Michael, Farmington, NH

    I'm happy to hear about anyone supporting Obama. And I'm equally happy when people wake up and smell the coffee about not only Bush but neo-conservatism in general.

    May 30, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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