October 23rd, 2008
09:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Former Bush aide voting for Obama

CNN

Watch McCllellan on D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.

(CNN) - Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary who sharply criticized President Bush in his memoir last spring, told CNN Thursday he's voting for Barack Obama.

"From the very beginning I have said I am going to support the candidate that has the best chance for changing the way Washington works and getting things done and I will be voting for Barack Obama and clapping," McClellan told new CNN Host D.L. Hughley

McClellan, a onetime Bush loyalist whose scathing critique of the president sent shock waves across Washington last spring, has long hinted he was leaning toward the Illinois senator.

"It's a message that is very similar to the one that Gov. Bush ran on in 2000," McClellan said in May about Obama's campaign.

McClellan 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.

The full interview will air on D.L. Hugley's new show, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News, Saturday at 10 p.m. ET. Hughley is also a guest of Larry King Live Friday at 9 p.m. ET.


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soundoff (201 Responses)
  1. Sunshine

    how could it be anyone who has lived through the last 7 years of the bush tax cuts to the wealthy, super-rich and multi-national corporations who ship american jobs overseas, and john mccain will continue, truly believe with the over 800,000 jobs lost since the first of the year, gas, energy and food prices high, more homes now and going into foreclosure than since the great depression that only this time, prosperity will rein down like tinkerbell's fairy dust. what peyote bush has john mccain been smoking? the american people, and the people of indiana, has finally figured out, as harry truman once said, whose been hitting them over the head.

    October 23, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Condi

    McClellan is a red haired step-child looking for a home in the ghetto with the brothers. Maybe he is just the dope Obama needs on his slide down the poles.

    October 23, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. Josh Maloney, Oakland, CA

    Kudos to you Mr. McClellan.

    October 23, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Sarah's Going Home

    Sarah is making the GOP look like fools. She is making out like a bandit–new clothes for herself and her family, and all on the tax payer's dime. A 4,000 purse for her young daughter is just the beginning. She is milking this losing campaign for all it's worth and doesn't really care who wins.

    McCain is a fool if he thinks I'm going to send Caribou Barbie to the White House so she can get her greedy hands on more of my money. That witch is going back to Alaska if I have to carry her on my back.

    October 23, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. JOBS BABY JOBS

    OBAMA SUPPORTERS HAS SAID ALOT OF MEAN THINGS ABOUT MCCAIN SUPPORTERS AND I CAN'T AGREE WITH THEM MORE I MEAN DISAGREE TO AGREE WITH THEM ( OH MY GOD) THAT WAS FUNNY WHEN MCCAIN SAID THAT IF YOU SEE THAT CLIP LOOK AT THE PEOPLE BEHIND HIM LOOK AT THEIR EXPRESSION.

    PALIN CLOTHES- 150,000
    JOHN MCCAIN SHOES- 500.00
    I COULDN'T AGREE MORE WITH OBAMA SUPPORTERS- PRICELESS

    October 23, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. Charlie Bradley

    WOOHOOOOO!!!!!!! Someone on another one of the posts here on CNN asked "when is Bush going to endorse Obama".....I'd say this is an indicator of the forthcoming Bush endorsement :)

    October 23, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Mike Dallas

    Too bad you had this revelation AFTER your old boss bankrupt the country!

    October 23, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Martiniano Obamite

    You know what I love? I LOVE how quickly conservatives turn on themselves. Over the next 12 days we'll see more and more conservatives endorsing Obama because he is the obvious choice for any intelligent person. And watch as these conservatives speak their minds – the blue collar Republican contingent will say "They were never a real conservative anyway!"

    The way it's going I'd say the clear indication is that the only "real" conservatives are blue-collar uneducated peasants in bankrupt small towns across America.

    October 23, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. yeah baby

    REPUBLICANS – You have SERIOUSLY got to STOP believing the RUMORS and start thinking for yourselves. You've been sold a bill of goods by an unethical, dishonest party.

    There are no "ties to terrorists" nor are any of the other rumors and lies the McCain campaign has done to try and fulfill his lifelong dream of being president, no matter the cost.

    Our country under President Obama will be GREAT because it will be run BY the people FOR the people as intended. WE are running, funding and moving this campaign as we will the country.

    So WAKE UP and smell your FREEDOM!!

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    October 23, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Peachbird

    It amazes me to STILL read Republicans here saying that Obama is a terrorist and that he will destroy America, etc., etc., etc. It is pathetic! Come on, People, are you only listening to Rush Limbaugh, FoxNews, or Sarah Palin. Get a life. Think for yourselves. The only ones McCain will help is the ultra wealthy like himself and...

    Wait a minute........... is that you again, Cindy McCain? Shame on you, girl!!

    October 23, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. Patricia

    eVERYONE IS LEAVING GRAMPS!!!! hA HAHAHAHAH

    October 23, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. Snoozi

    If you go to Politico.com you will find a list of "goners" in congress as well. Apparently someone paid for research to determine exactly how many will be gone, who is on the fence and who still might win. The list is long and distinguished and Michelle Bachman is right in there with as a loss. Goes to show when you question the patriotism of Americans they will let you know just how patriotic they really are. Bachman went from winning last Thursday to losing this Thursday. Colin Powell was a better endorsement, but hey if Republicans want to come on over, they are welcome. That is the diff between a liberal and a conservative – conservatives are open minded

    October 23, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. Dr. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    AS SAM COOKE SANG,

    "BRING IT TO ME, BRING YOUR SWEET LOVING,

    BRING IT ON HOME TO ME, YEA, YEA.".

    CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS NATION TO BE ONE AGAIN.

    CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS GORGEOUS PEOPLE TO

    BE HONORED, AS WE DESERVE, BY OUR LEADERS,

    THAT WE, WE & I MEAN WE, ELECT PAY THEIR SALARIES.

    October 23, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  14. carlos vazquez

    I find this endorsement very interesting. the question I have is if Mccain's own party does not like him is this why he reaches across the aisle? Yet the democrats are not fond of him either so where is he going to reach if he makes president?

    October 23, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. bill

    Laura Bush will be next...now call it Racism.

    October 23, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. Tulsa

    McCain and Palin are hurting the Rupublican party and it will take a long time for the people of this country to forget his dirty tactics and lies and half truths, I think a lot of good republicans are going to vote Obama but they aren't saying it openly.......

    October 23, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. Charles Jameson

    I'd like to respond to the "Obama will kill the stock market argument". Actually, the market dowturn is due to both fundamentals and a larger "regulatory uncertainty" argument.

    Fundamentally, we have a global downturn that has sapped liquidity from all corners of the world, a sharp increase in bank lending rates and unbearable fiscal deficits on both consumers and governments (except in some parts of Europe and Asia that, wisely have high savings rates). That the downturn caused by the mortgage mess in US spread to the rest of the world so quickly is verification of the fact that we live in a global world.

    In terms of regulatory uncertainty, with such a sharp difference between the two candidates and the lack of an incumbent, most smart money is staying on the sidelines until the regulatory terrain can be figured out. Despite the raw capitalism we scream for, most wealth starts from some form of government largesse – positively in terms of, say, FCC licenses and negatively in terms of regulation. So, bascially people are waiting to see what the deck looks like.

    Finally, going back to the global market argument, we can actually see a priced-in bounce for an Obama presidency because most of the world thinks him better to restore America's standing and normalize relations that would lead to increased trade. It is inevitable that America will need to focus on its own economic problems, so most of this money will probably pour into bonds before America emerges from the crisis and restores risk taking into equities.

    P.S. A guy named El-Erian is head of the world largest bond manager, PIMCO. Don't be scared. We sometimes change diapers at home, but abroad we are already talking.

    October 23, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  18. Maggie

    He is one of the smart republicans...

    October 23, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. Scott

    Oh McCain, your ship is sinking.

    October 23, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. Yeah Baby !

    It's an OBAMANATION, and I am lovin' it.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 23, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. Adrienne

    Oh, and republicans need to turn off Rush and Hannity. Those two.. and the like... have deeply hurt the republican party. Their poster child turned the republican brand into rotten dog food.
    Stupid is nothing to take pride in..

    The republicans need to embrace the intelligentsia of their party again.

    Their sideshow clown acts don't turn out so good in the real world.

    October 23, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. T from AZ

    I will be voting on Nov 4th IN PERSON. I do not want to have a repeat of 2000. Why can't the Republicans Just GET IT. We the PEOPLE WANT YOU OUT! We gave you a chance and LOOK at the state of affairs we are in. Obams isn't the Messiah, He doesnt walk on Water, He isnt a Magician. What he is, is someone who stepped up to the plate to UNITED the PARTIES. Its not just Rupublican Vs Democrats. We are ALL Americans. Barack Obama, has moved me, and Im not ashamed to say even to tears sometimes by what he is saying and demonstrating. Clear and Steady Leadership!

    We have 2 MORE WEEKS PEOPLE. VOTE FOR OUR MAN!!

    BARACK OBAMA/JOE BIDEN

    October 23, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  23. NJ

    McClellan is a disgruntled ex-aide. He never opened his mouth about the Iraq War or Bush's Policies, until he was asked to resign and leave. Makes one wonder, if this guy is trustworthy at all....

    October 23, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. NoMoreSmokeAndMirrors

    Even if Barack does not Win in IN/ND/MT, the fact that he has paid some attention to these smaller states with a history of voting GOP shows us that he is NOT just the same old time pol.

    35K people to hear him speak in a GOP state, impessive. The 50 state strategy may not be quite all 50 but he has kept is word to expand the playing field. I wonder just how many miles he has logged in the last 18 months?

    It will be VERY interesting to see what the final landscape looks like on 11/5. We really need a leader who will HELP us all get past the divisive Rovian politics that we have whithered under.

    Obama-Biden '08
    Yes We Will!

    October 23, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. dave

    MC.SAME is the MOST DESPERATE POLITICIAN IN HISTORY! He now has the nerve to say if you like bush's policy vote for obama.
    I mean is this guy serious???He has the nerve to have a "country first" slogan? Watch this guy really good, everything he says is literally a LIE.He's about "CAMPAIGN FIRST"! he should cahnge his name to MC.SAYIN ANYTHING. I mean seriously folks do you really want a guy that says anything and literally lies in every 1 of his rally's as your next president???

    October 23, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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