May 8th, 2008
08:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Limbaugh comes out for Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Limbaugh now wants Obama to be the Democratic nominee."](CNN) - He has publicly urged Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton to keep the divisive Democratic nomination fight alive, but talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday it's Barack Obama who he really wants to be the party's nominee.

"I now believe he would be the weakest of the Democrat nominees," Limbaugh, among the most powerful voices in conservative radio, said on his program. "I now urge the Democrat supereldegates to make your mind up and publicly go for Obama."

"Barack Obama has shown he cannot get the votes Democrats need to win – blue-collar, working class people," Limbaugh also said. "He can get effete snobs, he can get wealthy academics, he can get the young, and he can get the black vote, but Democrats do not win with that."

For months, Limbaugh has urged his listeners in states with open primaries to cross party lines and support Clinton in an effort he has dubbed "Operation Chaos." The conservative talk show host has said the Republican Party will benefit from a protracted Democratic race that grows more bruising by the week.

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soundoff (490 Responses)
  1. Veteran in Kansas

    And this should really tell you something.

    May 7, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. Sara

    Shut up Rush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Blowhard.

    May 7, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Venus

    Who knows what to believe!

    Go Obama! We don't need Rush's help!

    May 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. JRC

    Is he trying reverse psychology?? His ploy to get Hillary in there didn't work so now he's trying to say Obama is the weakest person. Get a grip, Rush, those drugs must have taken your last living brain cell.

    May 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Arkansas Undertaker

    Why doesnt this Fat Idiot go somewhere and drop dead!

    May 7, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA



    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Nando, Florida

    Rush mus be back on the MEDS again.!!!!!!!!!

    Total meltdown will be in NOV 08

    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Walter

    It's really not nice to publicize the problems of the mentally ill. CNN should be ashamed.

    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Oh No! He is taking pills again someone need to call the police and have him put in jail.

    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Chut Pata

    tch tch Billary. Rush used you to damage the Democratic Party and now he is just discarding you like a used toilet paper. My sympathy with you.

    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. melikeyhill

    limbaugh is a neurotic moron, and is working closely with the clintons! this is just another clinton-mccain-republican, strategy, limbaugh is a loser and his tactics will fail!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. melancholymonday

    Limbaugh doesn't like Obama. To me, this is comforting.

    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. MM

    Anybody who listens to this man is a complete idiot.

    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Jay - democrat from Chicago, IL

    I hope Feinstein realizes that having a conversation with a crazy lady like clinton won't do anything. Billary is here to stay and they are only looking out for themselves. I can't believe the good americans who keeps supporting her in Indiana, NC, West Virginia, and Kentucky don't see how damaging of a person Hillary is. Her message is simple, "win at all costs".

    It is mind boggling to me that fellow democrats won't just stand up and say "enough is enough". I will vote for Obama for the good of our party and the good of our country so that Mccain is not able to carry out a 3rd bush term.

    Everyone knows it. It is ridiculous for clinton to stay in the race.

    Please super delegates, I beg of you. End this nomination fight now.

    May 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. The Dude

    He's only saying that because a lot of Republicans already have been voting for Obama.

    Common Sense '08!

    May 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Steve in DC

    Rush...take some more pills and go to sleep.

    May 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. USAF Sr. Airman

    What a fool. This guy is all over the place. What kind of uneducated mindless citizens listen to this guy seriously? Typical of a man with no real accomplishments or purpose in life to try to get attention any way he can.

    May 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. Debbie

    What a sad, sad individual this pathetic drug addict is!
    There are people on this planet starving, there are people dying in wars, we have global warming etc etc.
    But Mr. Limbaugh spends his time spewing lies and hatred – so what's the difference between him and Rev. Wright – nothing really, except his white!
    What's even sadder is that Limbaugh actually has loyal listeners.
    No wonder the world has lost respect for the USA.
    The best part about this whole charade is that he fired up the African American voters – and it worked – they voted in droves!
    So thanks Mr. Limbaugh – it achieved the exact opposite of your "cunning" plan ha ha ha!

    May 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  19. Tjaye

    This man is an idiot.

    Obama O-8!

    May 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. Chuck, Oregonians for Obama

    Rush needs to take a break, grab a bottle of mouth wash, clean up a bit and maybe, just maybe he will stop spewing so much crap. (crap being a politically correct way of saying the other word).

    May 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Obama 08

    He knows McCain can't win without all his dirty tricks.

    May 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. nwhite

    hah! what a retard.

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Living in the USA

    Rush back away from the pills. Put the bottle down thank you. Wouldn't it be funny if Obama say I don't want his support the same way that he did Wright.

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Boye

    LOL, Rush think super-delegates are as ignorant as he is. He is trying to make them hand the nomination to Hillary so that the Democratic party will be in peril. Even a 4year old can see through the mist of lies.

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. John J.

    So he doesn't look wrong, he changed his bet to the leader after supporting the "underdog" didn't look like it was working out for him... hm.

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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