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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  1. Mel

    "Limbaugh comes out for Obama"

    ...Well at least Rush is out of the closet now.

    May 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Larry from LA

    I can't even put into words what an absolute JERK Limbaugh is. This is comical. He is only saying Obama is the weaker candidate because now this self proclaimed god knows Obama will get the nomination. The fact I am even responding to this shows I must be nuts as well.

    May 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Dina

    Now I know Republican's are scared. LOL They sent this clown out ASAP even before the official Democratic nominee has been chosen to psyche out the crowd? That's right Russ...come from under the rock and see that handsome, brilliant, one-of-a-kind AA male leader that's about to come after your boy McCain. Just remember...Obama supporters and Clinton supporters are not one inthe same.

    May 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. james

    Obama/Rendell 08'

    May 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Dar of Ohio

    NO Please don't quit Hillary!! America needs you!! Badly!! If Florida and Michigan get to revote you will win hands down. Actually I believe if the states that Obama won got to revote the numbers would be very different. Americans have learned a lot about Obama recently and I know a WHOLE bunch of Americans that have changed there minds and wouldn't support Obama NOW at all.
    Stay in the race Hillary if you don't it will be President McCain because your supporters are going to vote McCain if your not a choice. I know my whole family and friends will be voting McCain if they can't vote Hillary.

    Keep going Hillary!!

    May 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Linda

    Rush knows Hillary's time is limited and he wants to keep his radio station going with mudslinging. Let's not indulge.

    May 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Janis

    Obama-Rendell 2008 - the "Dream Ticket" - will put all these worries to rest.

    May 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Independent Voter

    This begs a question (on Sanity) – what do the Talk show host do to help the society (other than the loyalty and readership/viewership AND revenue to the media they are part of) ????

    Aren't they supposed to help the public? Why does any party for that matter need help by such tactics – if Republican values are strong then people vote for them.

    Such gimmicks smell of a clear manipulation ( IMHO, I call the voters who fall to such maneouvers as "Dumb")

    May 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |

    Way to go RUSH. You are so fouled up on dope you don't even know who to root for. BUT, YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN PULLING FOR OBAMA ALL ALONG. IT's IDIOTS LIKE YOU TWO THAT IS GOING TO BE THE DOWNFALL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. With Obama as President it will be like jumping out of Bushes burning pot of stew right into the hot burning coals of hell!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. indep

    Limbaugh has a serious mental problem. What on earth makes him try so hard to make himself relevant to Obama? Is he over drugged to the extent that he got a brain damage?

    He may be surprised at the end of the day how many Republicans will actually defect to Obama than carrying out his operation.

    May 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  11. Rushheads unite!

    What a knobhead.

    Actually, this is great. If any Democrats or superDs or crossover Republicans were to even listen to Bush Limppaw, they would only push the vote in Obama's favor. And, contrary to Limppaw's distorted views, Obama does have the judgment and principle to succeed in the general election. So, Democrats will have the last laugh.

    Limppaw is like the other balding, calculating Republican weasel, Rove–he just wants to stay relevant because it satisfies his ego. Neither can appreciate the authority of personal character that Obama brings to the political table.

    May 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Michelle

    How does this druggie still have a listening base? Why why should anyone care WHO he wants in office? I certainly don't.

    May 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Crom

    RUSH must be high on pills again, we all know the whole reason he enacted Operation Chaos is to try and stop Obama from winning the nomination and continuing to disrupt the Democratic party. McCain doesn't stand a chance against Obama....that we all know as well... This childish "reverse psychology"-esque nonsense he's spewing now is so typical of him. I'm saddened so many Americans waste their time listening to this hate-mongering fool... Thank god he doesn't have the pull of Stephen Colbert or perhaps more of his croneys would have acted according to his Operation "I'm still relevant" one cares what you say're a hypocrite, racist, jerkoff.

    May 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. GL

    I know everyone was up late last night.. but at least make an effort to report some news today. Worse than phoning it in, it's as if you don't even care.

    May 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Avis, Richton Park, IL

    Wake up people, it's called reverse psychology!

    He wants Hillary to win because her negatives are way too high!

    Barack has a movement, the Republicans can't win against a movement.

    My point = Limbaugh is scared!

    May 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. carl from Houston

    Ya'll need to quit giving this impotent sissy any publicty , he's a girl Rush knows they don't want Obama to compete with, we are smarter than him, he can't even bust a grape.

    May 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Anita from Arizona

    Rush Limbaugh??? Why are we listening to this hateful person? Why is his opinion even news worthy? He's like a Gremlin in the Democratic Machine. About as ugly too... =)

    May 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Disbelief

    Why would CNN even promote this garbage. Your station is becoming a comic strip in a third rate newspaper. Go ahead, hire more previous Fox news pathetic....

    I wonder if I can hate CNN even more than I do right now???

    May 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Kathy

    Rush Limbaugh.....why are you reporting anything from him? He is a nut case!

    May 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. sharong58

    How much did the Clintons or McSame/Bush pay you to do this Rush? Or should I say Mush?!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. James

    There it is. Rush used this tactic talking to his listeners, "Reverse Physcology".

    May 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  22. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    Who cares who Limbaugh supports in the Democratic election? The guy is a nut case.
    At least 4 super-delegates have endorsed Obama today (to Hillary's count of 1) so the verdict is in – and the super-delegates will begin a flood of support that hopefully will end this drawn-out drama.

    The first words out of Hillary's mouth last night – rather than a gracious nod and vote of support for Obama, was yet more lunacy about "full speed ahead" and a request for money. It's over.

    Now it is time to ignore the loud-mouth Republican political machine and the delusional antics of Hillary Clinton and get on with the business at hand... changing the way politics control the destinies of normal, hard-working Americans.

    Go Obama! Congratulations on all your endorsements today and just ignore that clown behind the curtain.

    May 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. Spirit of America

    Obama's nomination guarantees a Republican victory. Clinton's nomination guarantees a Democratic victory. It's so simple even Limbaugh understands it.

    May 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. KOR

    Pretty funny that Obama is quoted as saying the only reason Limbaugh said to vote for Hillary was because she was the weaker candidate. But after the Indiana primaries, the Republicans they interviewed said they voted for Obama because he will lose to John McCain.

    Limbaugh never supported Hillary because she was weaker. He did Operation Chaos since she was behind and he wanted to race to drag on. Pay attention, people.

    May 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  25. Dori in AZ

    You're giving this ignorant little man way too much credit.

    May 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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