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. patrick

    why didn't John Mccain listen to his mother.... John McCain is not a bad man.... He was just influenced by people like Rush.

    May 14, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Hopeful Optimist

    This guy is truly one of the lowest forms of protoplasm in the known physical universe. And the fact that he makes some 35-40 mil per year is one of America's ugliest sins. Fellow citizens, this is not something to laugh about or be proud of. He is a reflection on ALL of us whether we agree with him or not. Rush Limbaugh, more than any other person or phenomenon, actually makes a reasonable person question the merits of the first amendment to the US Constitution.

    May 14, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Dan in NC

    Ummm... her son did lose... so I guess she does belong to the part of the Republican party that needs to be rejected.

    May 14, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Rush has met his match. If he was a wise man(which he's not), but if he was, you should see that trading jabs with a 97 year old woman i not in your party's best interest.

    May 14, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. nice!

    Crazy conspiracy theory of the day...Rush is a liberal!

    1-He has taken at least $400 million away from the conservative "cause"
    2-Has never run, nor ever will run for office out of fear of being thoroughly humiliated
    3-He is destroying the GOP from the inside

    May 14, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Annie

    So what parallel universe is Limbaugh living in then? What 'other' Republican party is NOT getting shellacked in elections?

    May 14, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Tania

    Shame!

    May 14, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. Michael

    "Limbaugh said during his radio show: "The Republican Party she belongs to gets shellacked election after election after election."

    Yet Lord Limbaugh's Party of No gets soundly trounced for the past two elections- and the demographic shifts are ensuring they remained marginalized. Limbaugh's plan? Shift even more right-wing. Yeah, great plan in a rapidly left-leaning America.

    May 14, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Frozone

    Far be it from Boss Limbaugh not to go after a 97 year old woman. Stay classy Republicans.

    May 14, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. BJs65

    Hitting back at a little old lady...nice guy.

    May 14, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. JVS

    Where is John McCain? Why isn't he sticking up for his mother? What a coward.

    May 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Ken

    And the Entertainer continues to entertain us, destroying the Republican party, merely to increase his ratings and salary. What a hero!!

    May 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. D - Atlanta, GA

    Apparently Rush Limbaugh does not realize that whatever Republican party he belongs to has been repeatedly shellacked election, after election, after election.

    May 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. JT from TN

    This guy is pure sick. He reminds me of some of my family that says your either with me and agree with me or you're wrong and and don't understand. The lady is 97 years old, you demwit, I'm sure she knows a lot more than you will ever know.

    May 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Cazart

    1. Limbaugh DOES realize that the party he's the titular head of is the one that keeps getting "shellacked election after election after election," right?

    2. Sending himself out to dump on McCain's 97 year-old mother? I love it.

    May 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. jhon

    who cares

    May 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. Brian

    I call for a celebrity death match! Really. Lets get Limbaugh in the ring with McCain. No gloves or hits below the belt to settle who reins supreme in the Republican party....

    If McCain is not up for the bout, i vote Powell and Limbaugh spar. All the proceeds from this pay-per-view event will go toward rebuilding the republican party in the way the victor sees fit.

    May 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Jeff, TX

    Uh-oh, Limbaugh is popping off about a guy's Mama....

    May 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. Max

    I don't get it. He belongs to a completely different group known as the the Republican Party that won a whole mess of elections lately? What is his point there? Get a real job.

    May 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Just Wondering

    I'm surprised that Michael Steele, Liz Cheney or some of the other evangelicals didn't jump on her first. Oh, I forgot they are only concerned about anyone that doesn't identify themselves as conservative. I am also surprised that CNN (Fox lite) would publish anything about Rush or a republican without first allowing them to reply at the bottom of the article.

    May 14, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. Crazy Cat Lady

    So now he's beating up on a 97-year-old woman? Is he insane? Has his ego swollen so huge that he can't see over it to the real world?

    May 14, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. No Incumbents 2010

    Limbaug has disgraced himself even more, by attacking a 97-year old lady who only wanted to speak her mind. Limbaug should respect his elders, instead of insulting them.
    So Limbaug's Republican party was been winning elections? Where?

    May 14, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Gravitas

    He just had to say something. Says a lot about this bonehead. Couldn't even let that one slide. WOW.

    May 14, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. Michigan

    I think he has it backwards..."The Republican Party HE belongs to gets shellacked election after election after election."

    May 14, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. daddy sir

    limbaugh attacking old women now. nice. his recent "performances" suggest he is still doctor shopping pills. personally, i luv the guy out front with dick as the spokesmen for the virus, er, the gop. the "real" news is far funnier than stewart and colbert combined.

    May 14, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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