March 4th, 2008
06:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Limbaugh urges listeners to vote for Clinton

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Limbaugh wants the Democratic race to continue."]

(CNN) - As Hillary Clinton battles to keep her presidential bid alive, she may be getting help from an unlikely source: conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Limbaugh has been actively urging his Texas listeners to cross over and vote for Clinton in that state's open primary Tuesday, arguing it helps the Republicans if the Democratic race remains unsettled for weeks to come.

"I want Hillary to stay in this…this is too good a soap opera," Limbaugh told fellow conservative talk-show host Laura Ingraham on Fox News Friday. He reiterated the comments on his Monday show and replayed the exchange with Ingram.

He also said Clinton is more willing than the Republican National Committee and John McCain's campaign to criticize Barack Obama.

"We need Barack Obama bloodied up politically. It's obvious that the Republicans are not going to do it, they don't have the stomach for it," Limbaugh continued. "As you probably know we're getting all kinds of memos from the RNC saying we're not going to be critical. Mark McKinnon of McCain's campaign said he'll quit if they get critical over Obama. This is the presidency of the United States we're talking about. I want our party to win I want the Democrats to lose.”

In January, liberal Daily Kos blogger Markos Moulitsas urged readers in Michigan to vote for Mitt Romney in the GOP primary for similar reasons. Romney went on to win Michigan, though exit polling showed Democrats who voted in that primary favored McCain.

On his Monday show, several listeners appeared dismayed that Limbaugh was urging them to support the New York senator.

"Wouldn't you love to cream Hillary though…why are you so afraid of her? Look at how ineptly she has campaigned against Obama," Limbaugh responded to one listener who said she wanted to see Clinton out of the race immediately.

"I'm asking people to cross over, and if they can stomach it and I know it's a difficult thing to do, vote for Clinton," he also told Ingraham Friday. "But it will sustain this soap opera, and it's something I think we need and it'll be fun, too."

Several recent polls suggest Clinton is statically tied with Obama in Texas, and the New York senator's campaign has characterized Tuesday's vote as a crucial test of strength.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (398 Responses)
  1. Ramona

    I would like to add a comment about what I think about Rush Limbaugh, but it will get edited out I am sure. So I would like to say, thank you for those who like to see a clean and respectful campaign. Trash talk does not need to be a part of this process. I would hope that it would be utterly beneath my next president of the United States, AND those who support "him".

    March 3, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. faye

    God help us all!

    March 3, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Ken

    I understand what Rush is saying. I to wish John McCain clear sailing to the convention. John McCain is another George Bush and no one wants that. It's a sure foot in for us Democrats if we're up against loser McCain. Kudos to Rush we do appreciate the thumbs up.

    March 3, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. Steve

    Rush must be high again.

    March 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. Vig

    Wouldn't it be justice if Rush helped Clinton win the White House!

    March 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. Peter

    RUSH and ANN This isn't a GAME. This "Soap Opera" is not meant to entertain you. This process is what separates our country from the rest and you are basically mocking it. I am sickened by the foolish attitude that is being conved by these two. This is the race for the presidency , probably the most important job in this country and these two are say basically " vote for the worst" . Just STOP IT and vote for the people who will do the best for this country and stop listening to these two. America VOTE FOR THE PERSON YOU THINK WILL DO THE BEST FOR THIS COUNTRY. and don't listen to these puppet heads.

    March 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. garvin

    So Rush is urging his boys and girls to run over and help Clinton out against Obama....

    Hey Rush if you're Scared, just say you're scared.

    Cause I think you're scared of the big bad Obama man.

    March 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Logan, Huntington, West Virginia

    America is over Limbaugh and those like him. Voter turnout on the Democratic side is breaking records and I don't think the few that listen to him would make a difference anyway.

    March 3, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. Vince from Texas

    CNN and you people are giving this guy too much relevance. He is a loser, a draft-dodger and a drug addict. Rush really just wants Hillary to be president so he and all you Clinton-haters can keep whining for 4 to 8 more years. He knows that his party is made up of a bunch of bigots who will never vote for Obama. Any of the field of Democrats would have made a better president than what the Republicans have served up.
    Hillary 08!

    March 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    It did work for Romney. Sounds good to me if you really sit down and think about it. It is kind of like that show where you put people on an island and you have to pick one to toss off every week. Sacrafice people, that is what it takes to get McCain in the White House.
    Hold your head high, don't vomit and vote for Hillary.

    March 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. yemiray

    I pray the Dem primaries end tomorrow. Hilary negative ads/attacks is already hurting the Demorcatic party. I heard that MCcain of all people now lead both candidates in the general polls..
    She has proven again how divisive figure she has been in American politics

    March 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Wayne

    As crazy as Rush is he has a very valid point. Hillary will be easier to beat in the general election than Obama. The war is a non issue since she voted for it. If she goes in talking about pulling out of Iraq McCain will say she changes her vote with the political wind. if its popular to be for the war she votes for it..unpopular she votes against it. She cant be trusted and everyone, including Repubs know this. If all she brings is experience..McCain beats her in experience, partisanship and political courage. I honestly cant see how she beats McCain.

    March 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. linda


    March 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. souza

    anyone heard of reverse psychology? Clinton won the Republican Senator position in N.Y.
    Why is there so many haters of the Clinton's? How short every one's memory of the economy when Bill was in office. Please lets dust those brain cells off and start thinking and not follow the Pied Piper Obama...

    March 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. Rosemarie

    It is not four more years of Bush with Clinton, are you stupid.
    You never had it so good when Bill Clinton was President

    March 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. Tom Zwolinski

    I have news for Rush Limbaugh. No matter who wins the Democratic nomination, they will win in November because the old Republican Conservative guard is doomed. George Bush sealed their fate with his misdeads. The American people are starting to realize that many of the professed conservatives are nothing more than puppets for big money and big corporations. They use religion, race, fear, and whatever tactic they can to divide the American people when their real agenda is the division of wealth.

    March 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. San

    The Clintons are dirty politicians.

    Where are their tax returns?

    Documents in the federally funded clinton library?

    Gloria Steinem slamming McCain's record campaigning for HIllary

    March 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. Ron

    Yes Victory will be mine and you will see a new reborn Hillary;And it needs to spread across the land Oh Happy day Oh Happy day

    March 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. silverspring

    I am upset that fellow demoncrats do not make up their minds. Hillary may be a good president but she is not going to win in November. That is why the Republicans want her to go against McCain. Against Obama, McCain will not a chance in hell.

    March 3, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. Mimi, CA

    Yep, Hillary is also a UNITER!

    March 3, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  21. Mihkel

    Ed: "can you name a human being more pathetic than Rush Limbaugh?"

    Answer: Hillary Clinton.

    March 3, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  22. Hillary Supporter

    I have been a republican all my life and finally this year I voted for Hillary Clinton. I decided to go with the most experience, a leader that can bring our soldiers home from the war, one that can help our economy and provide health care for all. She has a big task and everyday she shows courage when the media fails to be fair in this race.

    Obama is in serious trouble, when he can only be present 101 times and not vote a yes or no. Our economy will suffer with this type of attitude, he Obama seems to only talk with action. Do you really want a President that can only lead rock concerts? He said no to the war, what about 911, do you remember when we were under attack? What did he do then. Watch as the twin towers came down and closed his eyes to the thousands that lost their life that day, because he did not want to go after them it might cost to my money.

    March 3, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. mac

    most people today (..the older generation) would like life to stay just as it is....but america is seeing a change .....a change of going in a new direction making new choices and the american people having a say in the matter....PACK UP THE OLD POLITICS AND THE OLD DUSTY WAY OF DOING THINGS and go home...THERE'S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN......AND HIS NAME IS OBAMA

    March 3, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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