February 12th, 2008
05:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Limbaugh: I'm McCain's 'most valuable asset'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/12/art.limbaugh.mccain.afp.gi.jpg caption="Limbaugh has been highly critical of McCain, but on Tuesday the talk show host said he is actually doing the Arizona senator a favor."](CNN) - He's aggressively targeted John McCain ever since the Arizona senator began his meteoric rise in the polls, but conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday he may actually be the Arizona senator's "most valuable asset."

Commenting on the mainstream media's fixation with his feelings about McCain, Limbaugh said there may be more to his criticisms than meets the eye.

"If I really wanted to torpedo McCain, I would endorse him," Limbaugh said on his radio show. "Because that would send the independents and liberals who are going to vote for him running away faster than anything."

"What people don't realize is that I am doing McCain the biggest favor that can be done for him by staying out of this," he continued. "If I endorsed him thoroughly and with passion, that would end the independents and moderates, because they so despise me and they so hate me."

Limbaugh, along with several other prominent conservative radio hosts, have long spoken out against the Arizona senator over his stances on a range of issues and his history of working with Democrats on issues such as immigration and campaign finance reform.

Limbaugh's attacks in particular got so heated that former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole wrote the talk-show host last week defending McCain - calling him a "mainstream conservative" who supported the party on critical votes during Dole's time as the Senate Republican leader."

Limbaugh later said of the letter that McCain was "manipulating" Dole.

Yet despite the fiery rhetoric, Limbaugh on Monday suggested members of the media weren't digging deep enough into his comments.

"Couldn't it be said, if somebody wanted to…that I am secretly supporting McCain, because I secretly do want him to win, but I know full well that if I come out and endorse him, he's cooked?" Limbaugh asked. "Who may be in this whole kit and caboodle, this who shebang, the most valuable asset McCain has?"


- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (425 Responses)
  1. E. O'Neal

    Rush is a patriotic American who understands the potential damage of an Obama or Clinton presidency. He won't do anything to put them in the White House. McCain is certainly annoying, but he will fight the terrorists.

    February 12, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Reason

    Just looking at all of these comments by a bunch of liberal idiots proves what he is saying is correct. The left is not only fascist but is seething with hate.

    February 12, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Sarah, Kansas City, MO

    This gas bag needs go jump off a bridge.

    February 12, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Chet1245

    Good lord is this a Liberal Web Site or what. I've never read so much hatrid in long time. This is what Liberals are about. Nothing rational just name calling and insults. No policies, no direction just anger name calling and insults.

    February 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Raoul from South Carolina

    I'm sure McCain loves getting an endorsement from a junkie. Keep up the good work Rush.

    February 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Doub

    If you don't care what he says, then why are there 141 replies? You say you don't care because you know Rush is right. You all are a bunch of phoney liberal hypocrites!

    February 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. RevGreen

    his ship is sunk now..........:)

    February 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Mad Max

    It's obvious that the Guilanni crowd couldn't fathom McCain. Limbo, Coulter, etc. And it's obvious that they're greased by the wall-street banksters.

    The fate of Christian liberty in the country is sealed.

    February 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. DP

    Another fat headed comment from the king of hyperbole.

    February 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  10. matt

    What does abortion and Iraq have to do with this article? You people are insane.

    February 12, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. wes

    You Libs are being played like a fiddle. Rush knows how to push your buttons better than anyone. Any story on or about Rush gets you all in a twitter. It's hilarious to watch.

    February 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. Sharon Ammons

    I agree Rush. You are the worst person to endorse anyone.

    February 12, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  13. groweg

    According to the posters here Rush is arrogant, a hate-monger, a has-been, blowhard, buffoon, etc. Yet, sadly for those who disparage Rush, few if any of you could defeat him or his ideas in a discussion. You have to sink to childish personal attacks and name-calling. Over the years the intellectual level of liberals has declined precipitously.

    February 12, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. abacus101

    Having an income of 2-3 million dollars a month proves he's just another dummy.

    February 12, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. Carrie

    I can't believe that people listen to this jerk!

    February 12, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. bob

    I would criticize the liberal radio hosts but none seems to make the radar of the national media. I wonder if it is because they are trite and irrelevant?

    February 12, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  17. tnt4him

    I understand Rush, tongue in cheek sarcasm in this political chaos. Anyone that takes him literally is not getting the humor.

    February 12, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. Marty

    Well, after all, it is all about Rush. "Look at me, Look at me" Now he's got to back off his anti McCain stance without looking like a perfect fool. Don't worry Rush; nobody's perfect.

    February 12, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. Mario

    He must really think we're stupid.

    Ummm, after that I'm done with Rush, even though he was just fodder for entertainment purposes. It's not funny anymore.

    February 12, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  20. rolf

    my man rush and hannity were doing this act all along to get the mods to vote 4 john lmfao

    February 12, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. mevotedemokrat_duh

    you conservatives are such meanies. Doesn't rush understand that free speech only applies to us liberals!!

    when hitlery is elected we will limit free speech to only what we want to hear!!!

    February 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  22. terry

    do any of you actually listen to the broadcast? This remark is so tongue in cheek and so Rush... the man is being funny. If you actually listened to the show instead of someone else's interperatation you would get the joke.

    February 12, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. Bob

    Clearly, no one but the koolaid drinkers watch, read, or comment on CNN.
    As if anyone pays attention to any of your ranting and raving anyway. Ted Turner made a fortune out of you moodbats!

    February 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  24. john

    poor rush. still thinks he matters.

    February 12, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  25. Mike

    Why is anyone listening to that idiot anyway!

    February 12, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
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