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. shawn

    I don't think any party wants to claim they know Rush anymore. He's a complete embarrassment!

    May 14, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Linda in MS

    Lord have mercy, this is so sad. The Republican thing just keeps looking and sounding more and more like the Jerry Springer Show.

    May 14, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Vic of New York

    You go Rush...

    The more you and DICK trash what's left of the Republicans, the likelier it will be Democrats pick up additional seats in the senate next year.

    Go for it. Slash each other and eat other's lunch. Like the Locust Conservatives you belong to - after you've eaten all there is of the farm you can turn to eating each other!

    May 14, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Tulsa

    Cazart,
    I agree with you, but Limbaugh isn't the titular head. that's Steele. Rush, he's the REAL head of the party.
    (no, really, look it up)

    May 14, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Let It Go

    For the first time since knowing of George Bush, I can say that he is being smarter than someone. You notice how Bush ain't saying nothing, but Dick Cheney & Rush Limbaugh are. George Dubya is finally getting something right. Move on and let it go.

    May 14, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. former republican

    Of course the fat, 3-time divorced, drug-addicted would say something. Do you really think his is the "all-mighty" rethuglican? Oh yea...they do!

    May 14, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. ssanbra

    Lamborough stop playing the dozen!

    May 14, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. Victor

    The press gives too much attention to Mr. Limbaugh who is a bombastic big-mouthed bag of hatred-filled wind.

    Whenever he is attacked, you merely fuel his rhetoric and give undeserved credability to the things he says. In addition as he twists half truths into complete lies, his followers gain courage and their hatred for President Obama and anyone whom receives the label of "Liberal" is fueled and inflamed.

    I suggest strongly that you at CNN to ignore this man by refusing to air any and every distorting self-serving statement that he utters.

    May 14, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. DX in TX

    Rush Limpwrist had to be that kid who was picked on in grade school and now he has dedicated his life to creating havoc whenever and where ever he can.
    Show a little respect for the elderly, Mrs, McCain has earned that and I would take her wisdom over Vomit-boy's any day....he's an entertainer and nothing more!

    Obama/Biden
    2008/2012

    May 14, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. bird man

    come on Limbaugh is a JERK

    May 14, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  11. human being

    CNN you are such an extremist disgusting organization you allow people on this blogsite to threaten the POTUS's life I mean look at that nutjob's name : "The Death of America by Obama:."

    May 14, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. Jason

    Rush must belong to some imaginary Republican party that's been winning election after election in his own mind. It's actually good for America that nut jobs like Rush are so out of touch with reality. We're better off with them digging in their heels. And staying right where they are. In the peanut gallery slinging meaningless insults as our country gets back on track.

    May 14, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Ted

    Rush Limbaugh is a morbidly obese, smelly, drug-addicted chicken-hawk who wants to see our country fails and who enjoys keeping a penis-shaped cigar in his mouth while lying on the radio.

    May 14, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Toby

    Has anybody heard what Limbaugh and Pat O'reilly bastard child Glenn Beck has had to say about this?

    May 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Phil from VA

    I am with Wanda.... fail fail.

    May 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. Troy

    Wow! CNN comment sections get all the crazy!

    May 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. DebM, Allentown, PA

    So now poor little Rushie baby has to fight back against the mean ole 97-year-old woman who could probably take him in a wrestling match? Poor poor little Rushie.

    May 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Frank

    Rush Limbaugh's is now resorting to attacking a 97 year old woman, who , by the way, is exactly right when it comes to the republican party! The party has gotten so extreme that people like John McCain and his family are now perceived as liberals by radical conservatives like Rush Limbaugh. What a worthless piece of garbage that scumbag Limbaugh is!

    May 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. Tulsa

    MING,
    We welcome you to the Democratic party. The only criteria for joining is..... oh, that's right, there isn't any. We are indeed the "big tent" party.
    We don't march in lockstep. As Samuel Clements wrote, "I don't belong to an organized political party. I'm a Democrat."
    And proud of it.

    May 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. NEW VOTER

    I am amused by the ENTERTAINER for calling everyone who disagree with him to live the GOP. Never hear anyone asking RUSH to live. Is this guy that POWERFUL as most of these folks think?

    May 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. mabel floyd

    limbaugh( i call him dumbaugh) is such a fat ego riddled pile of bs that he has no idea that people can see through him and his rancid hatred of anyone who disagree with him.
    i notice he was afraid to take on wanea sykes-but taking on a 97 year old women is more his speed-poor rush–he probably does not realize that ms mcCain just made him look like the ignorant bully he is.

    May 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Sam I Am

    If I was in charge of the Democratic Party, I would be secretly funding Rush LImbaugh. He's done more damage to the Republicans than anything the Democrats have ever even considered. He is trying to cast the Republican Party in his own image, which is a fat, racist, loud mouthed, middle aged fool. These are not attributes that get people elected.

    I would throw a cream pie at the guy, except I'm pretty sure he'd snap it out of the air like a trained seal grabs a fish.

    May 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. ng in dc

    Rush is loving all this publicity of late ... he doesn't care one bit for the Republican party, he only cares for his own notoriety and financial gain. Too bad he'll take the Republican party to its lowest point in his quest for more. Insatiable indeed he is.

    May 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    wow this guy thinks the republican party that mom McCain belongs to gets wiped ..he is sadly mistaken . it is infact the group that Rush, cHENEY AND rOVE AND THE LIST GOES ON ..they are the ones that get shellacked.
    the jack ass is reaching or I should say grasping at anything he can . its no longer about his radical radio crap its about the group of people that had control of america for the last eight years .. threats and lies

    his minority group of jackels have finally fallen ..time for more yahooooos and happy days .. we have spoken and our new president is listening and making good things happen . the carpet baggers days are over nex will be Fox news ..not a big enough audience to keep them afloat. crunch the numbers and see . most of america and the world like the direction we are now going in ..

    May 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Nija

    Limbaugh should be in a psych hospital. It is about time we reject this man and his extreme ideas.

    May 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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