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. MF

    Call me paranoid but I am getting suspicious of all the republican support for Obama. Why are they doing this? Will there be a republican party after this election? What will happen to those that will be left?
    If you wake up on Nov 5th and we have President Mccain what will happen? (Wow...my head is spinning on the mere mention of that name). Of course, I don't know the answer to the questions. But please go and vote. Take a friend or 2.

    VOTE for President Barack Obama.

    October 23, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. NOVA

    It's crazy how many marquee Republicans are switching the ticket.

    LESS THAN TWO WEEKS. LETS FOUCS!

    BARACK THE VOTE!

    October 23, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. Red, Red WHINE!!

    So...GOP and Conservatives....blog what you like, but it does look like even your own kind are taking notice of what a total and utter mess your policies have put us in. When you take away our rights, when you fight an unjust war. McCain is a joke, a wash up, a moron and a disgrace to mankind, let alone America. He is a stain on the american political landscape.

    GOP= Greedy Old People! Time to retire, all of you!

    Obama for a better future, McCain for crime lord!

    October 23, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Hello!!

    CNN, can you get your head out of obama's rear end?

    Nice apology from Griffin to Palin today, will ALL of the pundits on CNN be retracting THEIR lies, too?

    October 23, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. steve

    One more republican to join Obama,,, Great

    October 23, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  6. Truth-Teller in Colorado

    RNC may never get back to its original feet.

    October 23, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. KJL

    I bet a lot of loyal Republicans will vote for Obama because they love their country and fear what an angry, ailing president and incompetent VP could do to it.

    October 23, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. Beam Me Up Scotty

    Oh SNAP !!!

    It just keeps getting better and better. I'm loving it. My family and I keep the news on 24/7 and we've never had a better time. We've already voted and the smell of victory is sweeter than sweet.

    Beam me up Scotty !

    October 23, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. JOBS BABY JOBS

    AMERICA YOU CAN TELL EVERYBODY I SAID IT ON CNN FIRST BUT I PREDICT CONDOLEEZZA RICE IS THE NEXT ONE TO ENDORSE OBAMA SHE WILL ENDORSE HIM ON MONDAY MORNING ON CNN THATS WHAT I PREDICT AND YOU HEARD IT FIRST ONN CNN

    CNN COULD YOU PLEASE TAKE LOU DOBBS OFF YOUR NETWORK HE MAKES MY AZMA ITCH WITH HIS VIEWS SEND HIS JOB OVER TO NEW MEXICO.

    October 23, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. michael

    McClellan, Ms. Eisenhower, Buckley, Colin Powell. All the Republicans with integrity,honor and brains are supporting Obama. The Republicans have fallen apart under McBush/moose Bush. The Republicans must lose in 2008 for our own good . The Republicans must completly rebuild to return in 2012.

    October 23, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    I likes that...

    October 23, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. bill pike

    let me think: oh i know. give me ONE thing that is positive about the republicans the last 8 years??? ONE???? NOT TWO, JUST ONE??? why would anyone vote for 4 more of the same. DEFINITION OF INSANITY: VOTING THE SAME OL WAY AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT POLICIES.

    October 23, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  13. Patrick

    McCain will divide the country, like Bush/Cheney. Look at Obama rallies, he has the whole spectrum of America represented. Whites, Blacks, Christians, Latinos, etc. Obama will unite America as the one great nation we are.

    October 23, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. nani

    who cares how much money cost her clothing.
    Get a life you democrats Obama's lovers,
    just wait for your king Obama you will see how much he wil ruine us/

    McCain/ Palin 2008

    October 23, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  15. Freedom Loving Patriot

    SCOTT ROCKS!

    October 23, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  16. Maddie, Hartford, Ct.

    Wow...Colin Powell, Scott McClellan!
    Kind of makes you think that McCain's agenda for this country is the same as Bush's.
    It really is time for a change.
    Country First!
    Obama/Biden

    October 23, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  17. Great friend to have!

    Now THERE's a great guy to have on your list of endorsers (NOT)...

    October 23, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. Mel in GA

    Wow REPUBS are jumping ship, imagine how many REPUBS will be closet voters for OBAMA!!!! lol

    October 23, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  19. N in Nevada

    I sure hope that others can see the positives in voting for Obama as these Republicans have. McCain has become a laughable caricature of his former self his negativity and stubborness. His choice of Palin as a running mate really created a circus of the Republican image.

    October 23, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. bigbill

    I'm not going to be real surprised if Bush does not vote for Obama McCain hasn't done him any favors lately

    October 23, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. Chuck-Washington State

    This guy has no guts. He could not blow the whistyle on Bush until everyone already knew the facts and now he is jumping on the Obama bandwagon now that he is way up in the polls.

    Scott, for once in your life take a courageous stand before the wind blows and tells you where to go!

    October 23, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. Independent in AZ

    Wow! Even Bush loyalists are jumping from the sinking ship! Everyone's gotta learn at some point! We'll take all we can get! Get out and VOTE!!

    Obama/Biden 08 & 12!!

    October 23, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Snap, Snap, Snap

    And the hits just keep on coming.....

    October 23, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. jean Greer

    Wow! This party is getting wild Everyone seem to be leaving the
    republican party I wonder why.

    October 23, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. Sophia Beck

    Welcome-Obama is focused, knowledgable, show integrity, dignity and bold.

    thank you

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08

    October 23, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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