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. Prince

    keep this up and Bush might be voting for Obama

    October 23, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. James

    This election is going to be a landslide with all these life long Republicans voting for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. Young Educated Republicans for OBAMA

    WE ARE NOT BUSH AIDS BUT WE WILL VOTE FOR THE MAN

    THAT PROMOTES AMERICAN UNITY, AMERICAN PROGRESS,

    AMERICAN ECONOMIC SUPERIORITY, NOT STUPIDITY & POVERTY.

    October 23, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Jay

    To quote a line that the very sexy Obama Girl said: "Can's You See It's Hopeless.... It's become an Obama Nation!!!" The More Republicans that join us the stronger we are!!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 23, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. rowzeer

    Powell, Buckley, Dowd, McClellan, Parker, the list goes on and on. What does it say about McCain the many in the GOP think O is the better candidate.

    October 23, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. Rob

    OMG–always thought this guy was smart. good for him .

    October 23, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  7. Euridicie

    He knows time is running out, and that there is no country for 'OLD MEN".

    October 23, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. ivoirien for obama

    even mc same will

    October 23, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. nani

    McClellan you better tell Obama that you love him, and then you write another book telling us that Obama is an idiot. that will be the best way we will believe in you.Because Obama is an Idiot.

    McCain /Palin 008.

    October 23, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. Sally from Cali

    George W is probably next.

    October 23, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. Obama Will Kill The Stock Market

    Do whats right for America? If Obama is elected President, America will be run by a man who has ties with radicals and terrorists.
    If you think the economy is bad now, wait to you see what happens if Obama is elected President. Down, Down, Down............
    The Market is already pricing a significant downturn on November 5th if Obama is elected.

    Get informed people, this is serious.

    McCain Save us.

    October 23, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. BMR, Pittsburgh PA

    DATELINE: Hades

    Reports from this searing-hot eternal waystation indicate that a severe frost has taken hold of the entirety of the Underworld, causing flames to be extinguished, icicles to form and snow up to 2 feet in various parts of this once-scorching wasteland.

    Longtime political watchers have said that this unique wintry phenomenon, often cited as a precursor to impossible developments, explains why Sen. Barack Obama has been supported by people like Scott McClellan, Charles Krauthammer, Michael Smerconish, Matthew Dowd, Arne Carlson and Fred Hiatt.

    October 23, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. Gabriel

    One almost has to think that McCain v.2000 may have endorsed and voted for Obama over Bush Jr.

    October 23, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. Filipina

    Thank you Scott,,,you are on the winning team!!!!

    Yes We Can!

    Obama/Biden

    October 23, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. the other jd

    I am sorry...I hope as many people as possible vote for Obama, but I hate the thought I am voting the same way as McClellan.

    October 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    Thanks Scott!! LOL!! I knew you'd do it.

    Obama/Biden 08'

    October 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. ruben

    I think it was just a matter of time before the smart ones started coming over!!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. Scary

    McCain/Palin placards just went up in my neighbors' yard on Monday. They're the scariest Halloween decorations I've ever seen...

    October 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. Arkansas Undertaker

    Some Rethuglicans can actually recognized a madien voyage of the Titanic when they see them. I am not actually glad to see McClellan but, welcome aboard.

    October 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. JoelWhy

    Wow, Republicans are jumping ship left and right. (And, who can blame them?)

    October 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. rowzeer

    Nadeem...if she taking advantage as a candidate how will she take advantage of taxpayers as VP. She'll do to us as she did to Alaska and will be paying for Bristol's wedding.

    October 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  22. GoBama!

    Keep the good news coming. Maybe eventually Bush will realize what a dolt he has been for 8 years.

    Let the Obama era begin!

    October 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. oregon thinker

    Even the blowhard Limbaugh realizes Obama is sure to win, and ole Dittohead Rush is already talking about starting to re-build the conservative, right wing wacko base

    October 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  24. rowzeer

    I mean't WE'LL be paying

    October 23, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. Carl Dupont

    what $4, 000 for a purse?????? What will happen when she is in the White house?????? I believe she will loose and lose the governor's place!!!!!! What a choice McShame????

    October 23, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
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