May 14th, 2009
09:34 PM ET
5 years ago

Limbaugh hits back at McCain's mom

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh responded Thursday to recent comments by Roberta McCain, the mother of Republican Sen. John McCain.
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh responded Thursday to recent comments by Roberta McCain, the mother of Republican Sen. John McCain.

(CNN) - Rush Limbaugh responded to Roberta McCain's criticism of his tough radio persona Thursday, joking over the fact "McCain's mother is dumping on me."

"She is absolutely right" in her assessment that that she belongs to a different Republican Party than he does, Limbaugh said during his radio show: "The Republican Party she belongs to gets shellacked election after election after election."

In an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Wednesday, the outspoken 97-year-old mother of Sen. John McCain said, to cheers from the audience, that Limbaugh "does not represent the Republican Party that I belong to."

"I belong to the Republican Party," she said. "What he represents of the Republican Party has nothing to do with my side of it. I don't know what the man means, I don't know what he's talking about."

On his show Thursday, Limbaugh made clear he found the criticism quite amusing.

"Sending Sen. McCain's mother out to dump on me?" Limbaugh said, laughing. "I love it."


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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Too True For You

    Class, pure class.

    May 14, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. hellokitti

    Limbaugh is the dinosaur here, not Mama McCain. The Party of Goldwater and Eisenhower are why people respected Republicans. It is the Republican Party of Rush that has lost that respect. Bring back Mama McCain's venerable old GOP and the Dems would be in for it.

    May 14, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Linda from Fresno

    The Republicans need to speak out against Rush however, there are people who believe in him. Maybe he wants to destroy the Republcian party or does he just want to start his own party. Whatever the case may be he definitely wants to take over something. I am disappointed he has sponsors. Those folks who like him will listen, the rest of us can change the channel. Let him keep talking and talking and talking the only folks who listen are those who like him. He seems to be making a fool of himself all by himself we need not respond to his vitriolic rhetoric. He makes Hugo Chavez look like a saint.

    May 14, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. WhoCares?

    McCain won't stand up for his Mom...he let his daughter get slammed by Rush for her opinion.

    That guy has ZERO backbone.

    May 14, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. JC

    Radicals in the right is as bad as Radical Left. Rush is Chavez but with Right ideas.

    May 14, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Jack

    Please Rush"over the cliff" go away, way far away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. Mary

    Nothing is so good for an ignorant man as silence; and if he was sensible of this he would not be ignorant.
    Saadi
    Persian poet (1184 – 1291)

    May 14, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. Republicans are the American Taliban

    I buy nothing from any of his shows advertisers, nor from any of the Fox advertisers. Like they spoke of President Obama's budget cuts being a teaspoon of sand in the desert; folks, between us all, we can drive all these freaks off the air forever....

    May 14, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. Crazy ass human being

    What if Limplips had a radio show and nobody listened.
    Boycott his advertisers, whoever they are (I don't listen to the moron)
    Why he isn't booted of the air is beyond me. The did it to the I Man.

    May 14, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. george

    Here's what I really hate about Limbug and his running dog Hattiny–when you want to challenge something misleading, or malicious, or downright stupid that they say , you cannot, because you will not be allowed on the air. Once in a while they carefully screen a not-so -smart caller and let him/her on to cynically give a whiff of fairness.
    I would love a chance to go toe to toe with either one of them and whup their ass.

    May 14, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. alvino

    Lard ass just could not let it go. He just had to take on a 97 year old and try to discredit her. Even Glenn Beck, the mental midget, would have let this go. Rush should know that it will take 70 million to beat Obama in the next election, and his small, by comparison, following is not going to get the job done.

    May 14, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. CopperGal

    I've been a Democrat all of my life and I would dearly love to have a Republican party around that provided some competition. Unfortunately the Republicans are going so low on their practices and behavoirs that I am embarrassed for them. When I was growing up in Arizona, Barry Goldwater was King. Goldwater believed in the least government intervention as possible. Even in the bedroom. The Republican party of today wants to push their ideas on everybody else whether they want them or not. Mrs. McCain is right. The Republican party isn't the same one it was 40 years ago. 40-50 years ago, the Republican's expressed their ideas, not called other people names, they believed in less law, not more laws that infringed on peoples personal rights. Poor Barry would roll in his grave if he knew what some of the Republicans do these days.

    May 14, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Adnan Hussain

    FLUSH DUMB-BAUGH is the hillbilly ruining America. President Obama is still trying to clean up the mess the Republicans created over the last eight years.

    Rush and Ann Coulter represent the WORST in America. He is not a spokeman for the Republican Party and he is definitely not an entertainer. He is a biased hypocritical typical right wing nut. Any radio station or any company that he represents immediately goes on my boycott list.

    May 14, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. brenda

    I have always thought that Rush is a closet liberal. Why else would he continue talking the way he does and drive people out of the party? Think about it. He is the perfect mole!

    May 14, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. David

    I keep thinking conservatives have had rock bottom, but they continue to sink lower and lower and lower. They seem to be going out of their to destroy all memory of their once power political status. They have become a national joke.

    May 14, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. S Callahan

    Oh my goodness Rush....have you no conscience? Leave this sweet lady alone....there are boundaries you know!

    May 14, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. Chaun

    I must have missed something. She dumps on Rush and he basically laughs about it. Like him or not, he did not go after a 97 year old women. How ignorant are some of you to state he did? L for liberal, L for Liars.

    May 14, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. Ia Guy

    They should split the Republicans, one called the Conservative party, the other a Rational one. Problem solved!

    May 14, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. NORM

    A new 400 million contract while all the Demorats are unable to get a show. Should tell you something folks. Even the Idiot Demo's are listening to him. When OBummer falls they will say they agreed with him all along. Why? Demo's have no spine, no eithcs, and no honor.

    May 14, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. Jake

    of course!
    if he's not hitting back at gays, women, minorities...why not go after a 97 year old woman. he is THAT GUY

    May 14, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. Vermonter

    Limbaugh you are a tool!

    May 14, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  22. Brent cole

    The old witch of the desert did the same thing to Romney about his religion, and she did it on national TV. Sorry, Rush is a little bombastic at times, but this time he's right. Can't Cindy McCain cough up some more millions for the "old guy" and get better PR than his dried up old stupid fossil mother?

    May 14, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Michael S. Smith Mike the truth sayer

    Yes it is not the Republican party she joined it is now the GOP (Greedy Orligarchical Plutocrat) party Rush Limbaugh aka the
    Great Right Liar said that Mrs Mcain's Republican party gets
    beat election after election yea like in 1952 and 1956 or in 1968
    and 1972 or in 1980, 1984

    May 14, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. Ken

    @ frank

    Frank? Frank Burns is that you?

    All you conservatives offer is derisive, hate-filled politics. No solutions, no direction, no hope.

    Perhaps if you'd get off your high horse and quit worshipping at the altar of Limbaugh and actually offer Americans something that resembles policy, you might win an election or two.

    May 14, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. John

    Anyone who takes Rush seriously does so at his/her own risk. Remember, he's an entertainer. he makes his money saying outrageous things. It's a sad time for our country that we now take someone like this seriously. We're going down fast...

    May 14, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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