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. Dr. P. Lang

    what, you think that image isn't important? if palin looked bad on camera she'd be heckled. if she gets new clothes she's heckled. although I voted today for Obama, I don't think the RNC was out of line. in fact, I applaud their use of campaign money to but a woman new shoes :)

    October 23, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. mike

    Rush Limbaugh said McClelland's endorsement was all about 'race'.
    No wait, that was Powell, my bad!

    October 23, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. oregon thinker

    president bush, we would like you to build 'The Bush Presidential library', over somewhere in Iraq, ,, please not in the United States,..

    October 23, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. Splurge

    So now we can all pretend we never hated McClellan and start speaking about him with honor and respect. If Obama can do a 180 degree turn then so can his fans.

    October 23, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. Latina for Obama (nj)

    COME ON OVER!!! THIS IS THE WINNING TEAM.

    October 23, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. NewWorldOrder21

    Frankly I can't blame McClellan. He had an inside look at one of the worst administrations in history. While I can't say anything too good about him, I do think he at least knows the problem

    October 23, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. Rob Johnson

    Much like Colin Powell, McClellan saw up close and personal how destructive and deceptive the current Republican Party has become.

    Thank you for renouncing the Dark Side! You are a great American.

    October 23, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. sick n tired

    HEY SARAH YOUR WHITE HOOD IS SHOWING!!!!!!!

    October 23, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. Thomas

    Scott McClellan ,
    has always been honest and upfront.
    After being manipulated by other members on the Bush staff.
    I respect his courage for the truth of history.

    Life after Bush !

    October 23, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  10. Destination White House

    This train is bound for victory. Come on aboard Scott, there's plenty of room....ALL ABOARD.....Choo Choo

    October 23, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Big Ed

    Here is a man who chose to use his head in making his decision and not blindly follow the party line. I can respect someone who takes the facts and can make up his own mind.

    October 23, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. Greed is not good

    No shocker...he slammed Bush in the book and called him out for not giving a straight answer about wheter or not W used Cocaine.

    Now all the Neo-Con cynics will claim Scott wrote the book because he was an Obama fan all along. Despite the fact he was the official Bush spokesman for 2 years.

    October 23, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. conny

    Sen Obama is going to have a real time in the WH trying to straighten out this mess that WE are in. Gov Palin is just paving a way for her future at the expense of her family and American Honor, and Sen McNever, is really sad at his age he is the only one in his entire family (Black and White) that didn't know that they had slaves, and at his age please.................

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    October 23, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  14. A NATION OF WINERS for OBAMA

    WE ARE TOO, BABY !!!!

    LETS SEE WHO IS WHINING NOV. 4th.

    October 23, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  15. gilbert

    We need you. Welcome, We have to show MCcain that we have the right President:OBAMA

    October 23, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. A Woman In California For Obama or Shirley the Legal Secretary

    Welcome. Obama welcomes ALL republicans, independents, old, young, first time voters, etc. YOU ARE ALL WELCOME. You made the right choice Scott. Many former republicans feel just as you do.

    October 23, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. Marva

    Caribou Barbie needs to egt a real life and stop living on FANTASY ISLAND. PALIN/McSame days are NUMBERED. No one with a conscience and principles would vote for you two.

    OBAMA /BIDEN '08

    October 23, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Rich

    "Why is he slipping in the polls? He should be holding steady double digits by now?"

    If by "slipping in the polls" you mean up by an average of about seven points nationally, and in several more states than needed for a victory in the electoral college, I'm sure Obama will take it.

    October 23, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  19. voter

    ouch. another republican endorsed Obama. There is an old saying that when many people are telling you the same listen because it is probably true. republicans are telling McCain he is running a negative campaign and his vp is not qualified. McCain is in denial.

    October 23, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. DavidJ

    Thanks Scott!
    Now if Obama can nail home the REAL facts about his tax plan and defuse this ridiculous idea of "Joe the plumber" being taxed (when he obviously would not) maybe we can bring a few more on board in the week of the election!

    October 23, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  21. Jonathan M in a Red State starting to go Blue

    Please people.....even if you supported Bush, it's not too late to vote for the right candidate. My allegiance is to Senator Obama no matter who wins. And if this nation elects McCain/Palin, I fear our country will be no more within 25 years. The world is finally uniting against us because there is no more evil empire to combat for the sake of democracy. We have become the evil empire. Obama can fight for change. He's the only politician in my lifetime I have felt inspired by. He gives a citizen that pride to be American once again. So I say good job Mr. McClellan, now everyone needs to follow your example and vote for the best candidate. OBAMA/BIDEN '08

    October 23, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. Isidore Tamo

    This is the right decision for this gentleman. I don't see how anybody who is younger than McCain will vote for him. It is time for him to retire and let me remind him that retirement is not a punishment, but rather a well deserved rest. McCain finished school in 1958 and 40 years later things have dramatically changed. He is out of touch and cannot run the most powerful country in the world: he doesn't have the tools that are required. Collin Powel put it best: you need an intellectual vigor to be an effective president these days.

    October 23, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. Paul Chapel

    I guess the next thing we'll be hearing from Rush Limbaugh is that McCellan is voting for Obama because he's black.

    What excuse will the Republicans come up with this time?

    October 23, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  24. voter

    ouch. another republican endorsed Obama. There is an old saying that when many people are telling you the same thing listen because it is probably true. republicans are telling McCain he is running a negative campaign and his vp is not qualified. McCain is in denial.

    October 23, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. Meka

    This is not a suprise...after his book!

    A large number of 'Prominent Republicans', have come out in support of Obama/Biden.

    C*H*A*N*G*E A*M*E*R*I*C*A N*E*E*D*S

    Obama/Biden '08-'12

    October 23, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
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