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.

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  1. Elisabeth

    No one has tried 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 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Leena



    May 30, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Emma, San Jose, CA

    If we are unable to speak out about a US Administration that causes
    extreme distress to the American people, we have an element of totalitarianism in our American government.

    May 30, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Jim

    This will definitely push more people towards McCain...Thanks Scott!!

    May 30, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Jaci

    He's done much more to help the Democratic win the Presidency than Hillary Clinton! He should be for Obama! He just handed him the Oval Office!

    May 30, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |

    What does McClellan like most about him?
    The fact that:
    He sat for two decades in Rev. Wright's church, with his young daughters, but never heard him say anything offensive.
    His wife has never in her life been proud of her country, until recently.
    He refuses to pledge flag or wear flag pin (until recently, he won't take if off now).
    His close friends include Rev. Wright, Ayers, Rezko.

    I am a 53-year old life-long Democrat who will be voting Republican for the first time if Obama is the nominee.

    May 30, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. An American (Post this please CNN!)

    Actually, what Scott is really trying to do is hurt Obama. Don't get me wrong! I know that some Republicans are crossing over. But listen to what he said. "It's a message that is very similar to the one that Gov. Bush ran on in 2000." He is sneakily trying to compare Barack Obama to George W. Bush while pretending that he is against the Bush administration. This whole thing was planned by Bush, McCain, and McClellan. I told someone right after I heard this that "I bet $100 McClellan will now say he is backing Obama."

    Please, people. Think! Read between the lines! Stop taking everything for face value! These people are WAY WAY WAY smarter than the average American who is posting on this blog. I'm sure those with very high IQ scores will agree with me.

    May 30, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. La Raza

    Great News!! I see him as Obama's Press Secretary.

    May 30, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. GoHillary

    Another follower of dubious character for the OBAMA camp!! Nobody could say its a surprise. Any more thugs and gangsters out there?

    May 30, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Rafael San Juan PR

    Perfect Scott you are heading right were you belong the Obama camp. Hey someone should do an investigation to see if Scott was responsible for leaking all those National Security info to the NY Times. Justice Department look into this.

    Scott you sell out cheap... so did your mom.

    May 30, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Kenneth M


    May 30, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Dustin

    Read between the lines people!

    He's pretending!

    He just said that Obama is running a campaign like Bush...Bush FAILED on every promise he made...that was a veiled jab at Obama. Very smart politics.

    May 30, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. Tony - Indiana Moderate

    This dude really wants to sell a lot of books. I'm sure this will work perfectly to get a lot of Obama supporters out their in the book stores. This is coming from an Obama supporter.

    May 30, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. TruthSeeker

    Republicans are deserting in droves... That's good news.

    May 30, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Rick in Florida


    May 30, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. Sharon in Mi..

    Really? Guess he was ticked off.

    May 30, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Darth Vadik, CA

    Oh Lord, not simple Scotty.
    I think the world has just turned upside down.

    May 30, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. Rob

    Will McClellan hint that Georg $oros held the purse strings for the publisher of his book? Funny how that gets conveniently overlooked.

    May 30, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Alice Jones

    HIllary is a republican power hungry woman. Scott, thanks for the tell all book, but where were you when we really needed you? It's like people who complain at my job to the office cleaners instead of telling off their boss.

    I mean couldn't any of us of written this book? We knew/know this whole administration is full of liars and cheats. Just like the last one. Why do we put people office and act surprised when they screw things up?

    May 30, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    Intrigued is not the same as support. In the end the guy is a Repub and he will vote for McSame.

    May 30, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. Prince Kaywood New Orleans

    McCELLAN had to carefully write this book. This is why it took him so long to step forward. I am also an author, and a lot goes into producing a book. I wish more people close to Washinton would be as honest and fair as him.

    May 30, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. Ed From Milwaukee WI- Swing State

    He has seen the light he is stepping out of the darkness, welcome to the winnning team!

    Obama 08

    May 30, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Educated Voter for HRC

    Um...excuse me, but anyone who thinks Scott McClellan has any principles is naive. He was the president's spokesperson. He represented the government of the most powerful nation on Earth. There's a certain level of trust there – if he had issues with what was going on, he should have resigned with dignity.

    Instead he was forced out and this is his payback. He himself admits he lied before; why believe him now? Regardless, as a president's spokesperson, this is not professional or ethical.

    I am in a similar role in the private sector – this is NOT what you do. Make money by writing a tell-all after you lived high on the hog and lied when it was convenient? Um, no ... a principled person would have either resigned in protest or at least kept their silence out of respect for the office, regardless of who was in it.

    He's not a whistleblower – there's nothing new in his book. He's rehashing a lot of old information all for the purpose of getting even and making money. He's no better than those he professes to dislike. A scum, a dog, a lying sack of you-know-what.

    How interesting that he's for Obama. I can't imagine Barack would welcome this person, unless he's only looking for propaganda.

    May 30, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Vern

    Don't dismiss what you don't know. We have a serious Recission in this country and We the People would do well to listen rather jump to conclusions. Take the good and the bad and judge for yourselves, not base conclusions on politicial and media pundits.

    May 30, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Dan

    "Hillary 08, the electable candidate May 30th, 2008 10:40 am ET

    This guy is a coward. He states he didn't agree with what was going on, but he never spoke up and he never resigned.

    Sounds like another Obama supporter just wanting a payoff.

    Hillary 08"

    Go ahead and apply that same criticism to your hero Hillary for not having the courage to vote against the Iraq War Resolution.

    Another Obama supporter wanting a payoff? That doesn't even make any sense. You're a complete idiot.

    May 30, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
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