May 20th, 2009
07:06 PM ET
5 years ago

Limbaugh blasts Powell attack

Rush Limbaugh criticized Colin Powell as being part of the 'stale, the old, the worn-out GOP.'
Rush Limbaugh criticized Colin Powell as being part of the 'stale, the old, the worn-out GOP.'

(CNN) - Colin Powell and Rush Limbaugh escalated their war of words on Wednesday, with the talk radio host calling the former Secretary of State part of the "stale, the old, the worn-out GOP that never won anything."

The comments came hours after Powell fired back at Limbaugh and former Vice President Dick Cheney over recent remarks questioning his GOP credentials.

"Rush Limbaugh says, 'get out of the Republican Party.' Dick Cheney says, 'he's already out,'" Powell said at a Tuesday night event in Boston, according to the Boston Globe. "I may be out of their version of the Republican Party, but there's another version of the Republican Party waiting to emerge once again."

Powell drew ire from many in the GOP for his decision to endorse President Obama's candidacy, and said earlier this month that the party would be better off without Limbaugh.

On his show Wednesday, Limbaugh mocked Powell's comments. "And now there's an agenda, an emerging agenda, that he's waiting for for the Republican Party?" said the radio host. "The only thing emerging here is Colin Powell's ego. Colin Powell represents the stale, the old, the worn-out GOP that never won anything."

Limbaugh, who has been called the de facto leader of the Republican Party by leading Democrats, also said that he is resigning from the position.

"I am resigning as the titular head of the Republican Party," Limbaugh said. "Clearly I am not the titular head of the Republican Party, it's not an office I sought, it was an office position that rather was ladled onto me, and one I was appointed without by acquiescence."


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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. Hammer

    Colin Powell is a card carrying member of the Democratic Socialist Party.

    May 20, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. skyhawkdriver

    Can rush lumblubber just please go away??..I certainly respect general powell for his service but I certainly don't think of him as a republican..but I can guarantee that I will listen to what he has to say and respect him for saying it a long time before i will listen to rush the idiot..and I'm a republican..although I am leaning more and more libertarian

    May 20, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. TX Jim

    The Republican problem appears to be... the best candidate for them in 2012 is probably Colin Powell. But he already endorsed Obama...

    Maybe they can run Rush and O'Reilly out there so he can see how popular they really arent.

    May 20, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Kevin B

    Rush and his taliban version of the GOP is doing us all a favor and showing the real shrill and anti-intellectual face of thier constituency.

    Rush and Cheney are so busy throwing people out the thier "party" that they will be left exposed as the frauds and hypocritical chicken hawks they are.

    Cheney/Rush 2012 LMAO........

    May 20, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    That's the problem with the GOP nowadays, you cannot suggest anything to them, or criticize anything they do! If you dare to say something you'll get Limbaugh and company blasting you with insults and harsh comments.

    Democracy? Free speech? sure, but not if yo disagree with the GOP.

    May 20, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Larry from RI

    Funny how these chicken-hawks that support Rush, (who never served and is a pill junkie) over a lifelong soldier and American hero – have never served their country either!

    Hmmm – anyone else see a pattern emerging here?

    The biggest cowards are always the toughest talkers!

    May 20, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Buddy

    WOW,
    I can tell that this CNN Forum leans so far to the left that most of you could not even see the middle!
    Colin Powell dosn't represent any part of the Republican party with his endorsment of Obama. He is just a guy who thinks he can get ahead by pandering to people like you all, who think you can get something for nothing. Just take it from those who earn it.
    RIGHT?

    May 20, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Roger

    King Limbaugh and his Republican Kingdom :|

    Long Live the King. Hail King Limbaugh :)

    May 20, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. ralph

    If there are any Republicans who actually feel that the country would be better run with Mc Cain at the helm, can you please add a comment explaining your reasoning. I just can't see the McCain & Palin ticket moving the country to where it needs to be moving. I just think that Gen. Powell feels the same way. Am I wrong? Please in all sincerity, let me know why.

    May 20, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Kevin B

    Hey J.P., you said that just like rush told you too. Good boy.

    May 20, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Mike Nashville,Tn.

    Keep up the good work Rush,
    The liberls and the media only wish they had your 40 million dollar income that you make a year. With a number one talk show for over at least 10 years maybe more.

    Take note liberls. Hard work not a Obama liberl goverment handout gets you the success Rush has. No one gave it to him.He earned It.

    May 20, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. lc

    can rush limbaugh just shut up already. he is so annoying. he is so far to the right he is disgracing the republican party!

    May 20, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. No More Incumbents

    Why do you even cover Rush or Meghan? They speak for no one but themselves.

    May 20, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. lc

    yay for reps that voted for obama! i applaud you.

    May 20, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. Diane

    I hope Limbaugh's kidneys fail!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Irma in North Carolina

    I think that Rush, Cheny, coulter, Ingram. Palin are all a disgrace to the American People. And the republicans continue to worship these people. I sugguest that Todd Palin starts another AIP party where alaska would with draw from the Union and all these guys go join them and also Take the republicans out of DC and put them up there too and the USA would be a peacful place to live in. And then just think how happy they would be Having Sarah as their President and every one would be Happy.

    May 20, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Simmy

    As different as night and day......No comparison......Gen. Powell should not give him the time of day.....

    May 20, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. That Won

    Hopefully the good lord will call Rush home soon!!

    May 20, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. nda

    Shut yo trap up Willy. Colin Powell voted just like other Republicans for Obama because McCain was not the man for the job to be president. Therefore, you might want to read a book or google what a republican is and find out more about Colin Powell and what he stands for. Let me be clear, IT WAS NOT RACE. Don't get it twisted and make this a race issue like YOUR leader Rush Limbo makes it out to be

    May 20, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Che

    How can anyone take this pill popping performer seriously. If he knows what's best for the country he should try to run for office, but he knows that his scandolous life will surface and he'll be an even bigger joke than he is now. Have another oxycotin Rush you blowhard....

    May 20, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Edward Veidt

    Yeah... let's see who has more credibility, the four-star general with multiple tours of duty and nearly 50 years of service to his country, or the blowhard college dropout who avoided service and got busted for illegal prescriptions...

    May 20, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. GOP Disaster

    He can talk junk to Colin Powell but he can't talk trash to Wanda Sykes.

    May 20, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. ghost

    One thing Rush said on his show that was so terrible? How bout that Powell endorsed Obama because of his race?

    But hey, Rush is great listening if you wish to have a good laugh...

    May 20, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Robert

    Limbaugh is the Clown Prince of the Republican Party. What has he ever even done to serve his country - besides blovate for bucks ($)?

    Gen. Powell, on the other hand, has served his country with distinction in many capacities. He's in an entirely different league than Limbaugh, and shouldn't even bother "debating" him in the media.

    May 20, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Heather in Seattle

    Colin Powell is right! More people would be willing to vote for Republicans if they were like Colin Powell. The venom spewed by Limbaugh only attracts a small percentage of the conservatives. Many of the countries republicans follow the idea of being fiscally responsible without the other crackpot ideas preached on by the ultra right wingers. There are also many independents that would follow this type of political leadership. What Limbaugh, Cheney and Newt are trying to sell, the majority of us are not buying, we are smarter than that.

    May 20, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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