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. Jimmy

    After reading every post on this story, I have to say that you Rush haters are WACKED! I know that you would never make the time to listen to the man, but it would help if you would. Then you would know what the hell you were talking about.
    It's called satire friends... SATIRE!

    How can so many people "hate/pity" a person that they have never listened to?


    February 12, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. Kyle Barnhill

    Allow me to explain something basic to 'LISTEN!!!' Republicans don't like war anymore than democrats. Sometimes war is neccesary. If it wasn't for the military over the past two hundred years fighting (and killing) the enemy, you wouldn't enjoy the freedom you have to criticize. To the more important point, republicans are really 'pro-choice', we just have enough common sense to understand that the individual (person) who has the most to lose should get to make the 'choice'. That obviously would be the unborn child now wouldn't it. How many unborn children do you think would grow to adulthood and then say they wish their mother would have aborted them? It is utterly absurd to believe that a child's life can be taken by the mother at any time during pregnancy and it's called abortion, but once its taken its first breath it's called murder. American abortion makes the jewish holocaust and all wars in history combined pale in comparison. It's really not a religious issue, its a common sense one and you obviously don't have much of that.

    February 12, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. rightone

    Go Rush! WE LOVE YOU! It's working!!

    February 12, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. gettinolder

    Wow people! What hate, venom, animosity for a man who can articulate successfuly what the majority of U.S. citizens really feel!

    Give it time, with the current trend you will soon be eating your croissants and looking out your windows admiring the golden mosques, just like the Brit's are doing as they enjoy their tea and crumpets...Idiots! pull your heads out.

    February 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  5. Q

    If you really don't understand the difference between fighting a war with an agressor and condemning the killing of innocent human life, there's no sense in arguing with you. You are not well-meaning but misguided. You are mean ill.

    February 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. ed rod

    Who Care's ....Anybody but Hilliary....

    February 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. al anon

    it is typical addict behavior. Grandiose and deluded... and he is so depressing and hostile. He's like a black hole with a microphone

    February 12, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  8. Dan

    seriously folks, if you're gonna comment, at least listen to the show. you are reacting exactly as Rush wants you to.

    February 12, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. Jeff

    I don't understand how Liberals bend over backwards to save the trees but think nothing of aborting an unborn baby.

    February 12, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. markitos

    Yah! Rush is so irrelevant and stupid that CNN constantly report what he has to say and you “progressives” and other ignoramuses (who never even listen to his show) rush to post your hate filled comments based on your narrow mindedness and stupidity. How progressive!!! How smart!!! If you have any civility and tolerance to an opposing opinion you would offer an intelligent commentary. Also, it shows who reads and listen to what CNN has to say.

    February 12, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. ed`

    Rigt John, and almost all of the killing of inocents in Iraq is Terrorists killing inocent civilians. It is Muslem killing Muslem usually when no American Soldier is present. Ten to one I would rather terrorists had their attention fixed on Iraq rather than on New York City. Could Someone tell me why it is so important that we kill our own kids. Since Row vs Wade there have been over 50 Million killed by abortion. This is my response to the one who won't give his name just says LISTEN!!!

    February 12, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Whiz

    Hey listen –

    The difference between an abortion and a war is that one of them can choose their future...

    February 12, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. k

    To LISTEN!!!!! : So, if I follow your logic, you are both for abortion and iraq war?

    February 12, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. Roger

    Rush has officially made tooted his own horn so hard that it may be stuck... Who listens to this man anyways?

    February 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  15. watson

    One thing I have noticed, Republicans want to get after if and build things, democrats want to use what they (Republicans) build for free, claim it as their own and then gripe if it breaks...go figure, think I will stay a Republican.

    February 12, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  16. Robert

    Let's see, you equate thousands killed in a "useless war" verses 1.37 million innocent babies killed each and every year in the US alone.

    February 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  17. Pappy

    Rush is Right!

    February 12, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  18. Kirk in Atlanta

    If it's true, it isn't bragging. Go Rush! Further, better Clinton or Obama drive this country into the ground with their socialistic agendas.

    February 12, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. Rightofcenter

    Oops God apparently doesn't apply to folks that think science = truth. The ACLU, the 9th district of Califorina, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will all someday have to answer for position's that cannot be defended.

    February 12, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  20. TheLeftNut

    I love reading all these W.A.C.K jobs (White American Conservative Know-it-alls) postings. I almost feel like a voyeur watching a big republican circle jerk.

    Take you last breath boys, you're going down Bloop! Bloop!

    (now that's funny)

    BTW: Why don't you try be pro-ALL-life. Jesus loves all, not just W.A.C.K jobs.

    February 12, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. Mike

    theres been so many comments yet not one of you liberals have been capable of sensing the obvious sarcasm in his saying that...but i guess it's better to be an arrogant pig in politics than an oblivious coward

    February 12, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  22. Re:Listen

    Listen, by comparing abortion to war you have made my day. That's because you implicitly recognize that BOTH are murder. Thank you. I never thought I'd hear a liberal admit that abortion is murder.

    Of course it is. As others have posted, I know of no Republicans who "like" war.

    A better argument for you and your liberal friends are why are you so quick to terminate human life while obsessing over baby seals, mosquitos and rats? What form of self loathing makes you think as you do?

    February 12, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  23. cecil

    if this is a republican circle jerk,then the leftnut must be the pivot boy.stop inturn abuse.

    February 12, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  24. John

    Looks like Rush got you again, look at all of the comments, I guess 20,000,000 listeners can't all be wrong.

    February 12, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  25. Don Strawsburg

    More important than Rush, is that the media has put McCain in this race. And the media has put Obama up against him. Roomney dropped out, and why, because a Republican can't win this election, no way no how.

    The economy sucks, the war doesn't end, the media is convinced the oceans are about to boil over.

    Roomney knows he will be back in 4 short years, McCain has just wasted his last shot at President.

    To true conservatives, it doesn't matter if McCain, Obama, or Clinton win. One is as bad as the other. Rush is setting the Republicans up for 2012, and 2010 congressional elections.

    With the US in a recession, Obama or Clinton will do less damage to the party than will McCain.

    To be honest, if this Republican has to pick, McCain or Obama, Obama wins! 😉

    February 12, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
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