March 3rd, 2009
03:35 PM ET
6 years ago

McAuliffe asks Republican to condemn Limbaugh remarks

McAuliffe is trying to make Rush Limbaugh a campaign issue.
McAuliffe is trying to make Rush Limbaugh a campaign issue.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As national Democrats eagerly point to Rush Limbaugh’s influence among Republicans, one Virginia Democrat is looking to make the radio host a flash point in this year’s governor’s race.

Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman now seeking his party's nomination for governor, sent a letter Tuesday to the de facto Republican nominee, former state Attorney General Bob McDonnell, asking him to reject Limbaugh’s recent statement that he wants President Obama to fail.

“I know that you and I disagree on many issues, but I'm hoping that we can agree on this: hoping for failure isn't the right way to get our economy back on track,” McAuliffe wrote in the letter. “That's why I'm asking you to join me in condemning the remarks Rush Limbaugh made wishing for the President to fail.”

McAuliffe wrote that Virginians are concerned with getting the economy back on track and that Limbaugh’s comments are not constructive.

“I hope you'll join me in calling for Rush to start taking an approach that reflects the best of what our system stands for,” McAuliffe wrote.

McDonnell campaign spokesman Tucker Martin said McAuliffe "desperately wants our attention."

"And if he wins his competitive and tough primary in June he will get it," Martin said. "Until then, we wish him the best of luck.”

Current Virginia governor and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine highlighted Limbaugh’s influence in the GOP in multiple cable appearances Tuesday, calling the polarizing radio talker “the godfather” and “Wizard of Oz” of the Republican Party.

McAuliffe is competing against former House delegate Brian Moran and state senator Creigh Deeds in a three-way Democratic primary.

Story updated 5:00 p.m. EST


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Rush Limbaugh • Terry McAuliffe
soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. mark

    How about if Pelosi and Reid apologize first?

    March 3, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. overtheroad

    95% of Limbaugh's listeners are truck drivers. That tells me a lot about this out of touch multi millionaire with a drug habit. The only reason the Dems listen to him is for a good laugh.

    March 3, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. chris

    Terry, how about apologizing for not listening to people who know economics better than you? Sorry, but team BO sucks, they are tanking the economy and who are they going to blame?

    Rush doesn't have to wish for him to fail, it will happen. Nothing any of ya'll has proposed helps the WORKING man. Only the sit at home get a government check man is being helped.

    March 3, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. Lush Limprick the HEAD of the Republican NAZI Committee!

    Oh please, Terry do you think any of the Brown Shirts are going to anger Der Furhrer?

    All that slurping you hear coming from the repub's camp is them working their way to the top, so to speak, by bootlicking, a$$ kissing and finally some pole riding!

    March 3, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. Roy

    The REALLY scary part about all this is that a LOT of Republicans believe the hate-filled separatist bile that Limbaugh spits out! This guy is the Andy Kaufman of the political arena. Will Rush now be calling for a religious 'crusade' against Washington?? WIll you Republicans go there if he does...like the 'Tea Party Time' racist comments in this blog?

    March 3, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. cnnnewser

    I have to laught at this article.... no way are the repubs going to back away from Limbaugh, and if any of them do they go running back begging forgiveness.

    March 3, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Rush spews fear

    our tax system, by definition – IS SOCIALIST!!!! Pure capitalism does NOT work and pure socialism is not what Obama proposes....Rush has all of you megadittoheads in an uneccessary (but rather amusing) panic! Breathe and THINK comprehensively for a change!!!!!

    The free market is what got us into this miserable mess...irresponsible greed.

    March 3, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  8. A.P. Fremont

    To SoCal gal;
    You must remember,
    It's your hypocritical notion the GOP posseses. Not the entire country . One that would believe Democrats are Socialist's because they're strategy is to shrink the Republican caused deficit we have you're Republican now. As a result, you're Republican ideology makes you a Socialist for the top 2% wage earners who emptied our American banking American banking system vaults by the Mortgage crisis effect and cause to this economy.......

    The GOP is delusional.....

    March 3, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. M & M

    Rush limbaugh is just another example why the Republican are not in power. We the people have decided, it was time to turn this types of politics around on election day. Rush is just a distraction. There s far more important things to worry about than a selfish man like him. Who would rather see the unemployement rate continue to increase instead of a healthy economy. McAuliffe is right, Let 's see where they all stand on the issue.

    March 3, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Tanja

    I heard Rush's speach and he really looks as though he his back on the pills.

    Rush is just another junkie running off at the mouth.

    March 3, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. A.P. Fremont

    To SoCal gal;
    You must remember,
    It's your hypocritical notion the GOP posseses. Not the entire country . One that would believe Democrats are Socialist's because they're strategy is to shrink the Republican caused deficit we now have. As a result, you're Republican ideology makes YOU a Socialist for the top 2% wage earners who emptied our American banking American banking system vaults by the Mortgage crisis effect and cause to this economy.......

    The GOP is delusional.....

    March 3, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Dennis

    Yeah right, Democrats have an open door policy unless you say anything even remotely negative about Saint Barack

    March 3, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. FreeNLovIt

    Yeah, I know.. Rush is going ROGUE>.. whatever you do people, we just got rid of DAFFY DUCK, Darth Vader and the Sith. Dont go back there again!! I know the dark side of the force is strong, but living in freedom is better than in fear, so RESIST!!

    March 3, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. Peter

    Limbaugh and Hannity belong in jail

    March 3, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Mariaelena

    Limbaugh,w/his ilusions of grandeur/ makes Dems and GOPs sick. His rhetoric is tired,hateful,baseless, and laden w/lies.

    I knew Rush back in Sacramento where he started. He should remember ofetn where he came from, because it's likely he'll return to that level.

    Brunswick,MD

    March 3, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Frank

    Capitalism failed! Wall Street & the Private Banks are on bailout life support from the American Taxpayer. Republican leaders like Rush Limbaugh are stuck in the 80's & 90's mentality of attacking political opponents instead of attacking problems. If you don't agree with Rush, then according to Rush you're a "liberal". It's time for America to move beyond this trash mouth talk radio type of politics.

    kEEP GUANTANAMO BAY OPEN FOR RUSH. FOR THE REST OF AMERICA LET'S MOVE ON.........

    SUPPORT OBAMA.... HE'S A HELL OF ALOT BETTER AMERICAN THAN RUSH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Virginia

    While I don't agree with McAuliffe in many matters, this one I do agree with. I think that Limbaugh's comments are inflammatory at best, and are a threat to anything that the Republicans can do to try repairing their party. I say dump Limbaugh and find another calmer, better spoken representative of the party.

    March 3, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Ange

    The Bush administration failed not because the Democrats "wished" them to, but because of their own greed and ineptitude. The Republican party is now forced to stand naked before not only the American public, but the entire world, and admit their failings. Not a happy time for these guys. Rush Limbaugh is the perfect poster child for an era of government we are forced to move beyond–bloated, obnoxious, incoherent and mean.

    March 3, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Jeff

    OMG the democrats attacked, attacked attacked President Bush ever since the run up to the 2006 elections, demonizing him so that he was hated more than the terrorists. The politicized the Iraq war and war on terrorism to win elections. THey put their party before their country. Democrats = hypocrites.

    March 3, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Scott

    Why would anyone condemn Rush comments? The media can and did take it completely out of context. Hear the entire statement and there is nothing that needs to be condemned, except the biased media.

    March 3, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. James

    Terry....nobody cares what you think.

    March 3, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. Phoenix

    Rush Limbaugh is the new leader of the Republican party. If any Republicans attempt to help President Obama they will pay a big price, come next election. The Republican party sounds more like a gang.

    Bipartinship never had a chance.

    March 3, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. Joe the Troll

    Jeremiah Grant-

    Sorry, but that isn't what he said. He said it, now he owns it. I guess "personal responsibility" is only something Republicans TALK about, without any intention of walking the walk.

    March 3, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  24. dg

    Good for Terry. I hope all you Virginia voters remember this when you vote for your new Governor this year. So many Republicans have spoken out against Rush Limbaugh and have recanted within hours. The Democrats. including Terry, have shown they aren't scared of that fat cow. Maybe Terry will start a movement in both parties telling Rush tha he isn't needed and isn't wanted. The old coot isn't even in public office anywhere. He is decadent and disgusting!!

    March 3, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    This next comment read reflect my sentiment :

    Republican leaders like Rush Limbaugh are stuck in the 80's & 90's mentality of attacking political opponents instead of attacking problems.

    March 3, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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