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

Former Bush aide voting for Obama


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. J-STIZLE ( Oakland, Calif. )

    McClellan was PUNKED by Bush !!! But now he ( McClellan ) has the LAST laugh ! But in the final analysis it really doesn't matter. Obama
    was going to win this thing with or without McClellan's endorsement.
    The ReThuglican Party is WASHED UP !!!

    October 23, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Haki

    NEWS OF THE DAY: Senator John McCain endorses obama...... lol

    October 23, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Kate

    It's refreshing to see that some people do evolve.

    October 23, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Californian4Obama

    I bet before the election Limbaugh switches to support Obama! Hahahahahaha!

    October 23, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. GB - Elgin, TX

    After his tell-all book, this is no surprise. Wish all of his mom's supporters would get on board, too!

    October 23, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. travis

    Please donate money to the RNC so Sarah Palin can have a new outfit for her big rally in Ohio tomorrow. Come to think of it, Todd would like a new suit, so please ante up.

    October 23, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  7. Adrienne

    Most people understand Obama is not far left. Obama will make a mid-course directional changes and aim the ship in a slight left of center direction.
    Obama will not flip the ship with a huge swing left.
    Obama is centered. He is slow and steady.

    Obama will have some of the best republican minds in his cabinet. Obama wants the best... like Abrham Lincon. There are great minds on both sides. Not all republicans are pathological ideological tabloid trash like Hannity and Rush.
    The republicans have some top notch intellects in their party that Obama is able to have productive 'meeting of the minds' with.
    Obama is going to be very different than GW. That is a fact.
    The republicans don't need to be scared. Obama is smart enough to recognize other smart people and problem solve.
    We have a lot of work to do as a nation. A lot of really big problems face us.
    Get ready. We have to work together. It's time

    October 23, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Jim

    Not smart to raise taxes on the people who provide jobs. Don’t worry my income will stay the same (The rich will stay rich) I’ll just fire a couple employees to cover my losses that Obama creates.

    Unemployment will be over 10% under Obama guaranteed. Other business owners I have talked with will also start cutting jobs and raising prices if Obama is elected.

    Some of you will be voting yourselves out of a job. Typical democrat, cut your nose off despite your face.

    Don’t cry to me when you get the pink slip, I’ll just reply, I TOLD YOU SO!

    October 23, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. Dem

    Any prominany Dems supporting McCain besides "Lieberman"??

    October 23, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. It's Time

    It's time for a change. Change from the SOS.

    1. We are not following for the lies anymore.
    2. We have to start looking to the future to fix what has happened in the past.
    3. It's time out for dirty politics and division in this country.
    4. We are the hard working Americans that need a break – need a piece of America.
    5. We are the waitresses, janitors, secretaries, bank tellers, security guards, grocery store clerks that work twice has hard as the big "CEOs" that sit behind a desk and make decisions. Yet we get paid less and less as taxes go up.

    It's time America! It's our time!

    Vote for the right change: Obama/Biden 08'

    October 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Amy from Miami

    This is great news! Wow, there's no stopping Obama now. Sweet!

    October 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. Susan

    Who cares

    October 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Obama 100%

    You're making the right choice, but you're still horrible.

    October 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. Cynthia; Bham

    Scott McCllean has seen the worst by being in the Bush Administration and does not want to see it repeated with Senator McCain. Good for him for speaking out.

    October 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. Kentucky

    Another war supporter for obama. First Colin Powell who lied for the president then Scott McClellan who preached to the American public that Bush was telling the truth.

    What a joke.

    October 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. Obama Our President, FL

    The first important decision by someone running for the President of the United States is to pick a running mate. McCain failed in this task. Moreover, his capaign is in shambles. HOW CAN WE TRUST HIM TO RUN THE GOVT, IF HE FAILED IN THIS INITIAL TASKS?

    Anyone casting a vote for McCain/Palin is NOT RATIONAL.
    They are either ignorant of at worst racists.

    Obama Voter in FLORIDA.

    October 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  17. USA in 08

    Its all about race and fashion. Palin and family get a new wardrobe and Obama gets endorsements because of race. Gotta love our politics. The only surprise is that anyone is endorsing McCain.

    I am a white male voting no on fashion and yes for Obama.

    October 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  18. Will1

    "What's going on?" Well, historically the poll numbers have tightened up in the final days of an election. Rarely is a double-digit lead attained or even maintained for very long.

    If you add the fact that Obama is not necessarily the choice of many...shall we say...xenophobic Americans under *any* circumstance, I think that the numbers are impressive as they are.

    October 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. Shannon

    another criminal for Obama, what a shock!

    October 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. Xerxes

    Those in denial can't claim race on this one. Powell and McClellen are just both looking at the big picture.

    October 23, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  21. Lou R

    Many senior Republicans have realized the McCain candidacy is seriously flawed. With the seriousness of the nation's issues, McCain, Palin and the surrogates continue traveling down the attack road even through the strategy is seen to be a failure. This is another example of a poorly organized and run campaign which have raised serious doubts in the mind's of voters concerning McCain's stability, judgment, health, age and his VP pick. Too many negatives to overcome!

    October 23, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. Annie, Atlanta

    nani – I hate to break it to you, but we're already ruined, with a future of more to come. As far as the clothes go, $150,000 is a lot of money. If I had donated to the RNC, I would have been mad. Unless, of course, they offered to buy me a $150,000 makeover.

    October 23, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  23. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    As erratic as McCain is, I expect him to finally say "Obama is just like me – but I'm white".

    Voted early for Obama

    October 23, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. stacey

    I wouldn't be surprised if President Bush votes for Barack!!! He wants to jump on the band wagon too!!

    October 23, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. Vote For Change

    Abandon Ship.

    October 23, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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