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

Limbaugh comes out for Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/07/art.limb.gi.jpg 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. Illinois voter

    With more than 90% of the black vote, Obama has no more upside. If Hillary is the nominee, she will gain substanstially from the black vote in November. It's not like blacks will switch to McCain or boycott in any significant numbers.

    Moreover, exit polls in the last several primaries indicate that a greater percentage of Hillary supporters will vote McCain over Obama, compared to vice versa. This is a double whammy that Obama will not likely overcome by drawing new college voters.

    Hillary or McCain '08

    May 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Bukky

    Hmmm I now "urge" this guy to down 25 vicodin, 50 percocetts and 100 oxycontin and put ME outta my misery of having to share a planet with him...

    May 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Liberal?

    So interesting...Liberals attacking rush personally...fat, druggy etc. Liberals are tolerant of everything that doesn't matter...what's outside someones inner being. They need to be tolerant of others' thoughts.

    Isn't in interesting that democrats are voting primarily based on skin color and gender. I don't know any conservatives that use such meaningless categories to choose a person. Instead, conservatives look at the content of one's character. Would Martin Luther King Jr be disgusted by today's modern democratic party...one that votes on superficial issues instead of content of character.

    May 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. C from the D

    Seriously this cannot be news... His flip flop really doesn't help anyone. The people he influences already struggle with rudimentary tasks so telling them to vote for Hillary and then Obama may overload their few remaining brain cells.

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. scott

    Limbaugh is a fool, and a dope head who thinks he can persuade people to vote for Clinton because he fears a blackman will win...Guess what I'm a white male from Alabama who will vote for Obama... put that in your pipe and smoke it!

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. CNN why are you not posting my comments???

    SORRY FOR THE CAPS!!! .... BUT I WANT EVERYONE TO READ THIS!!!!

    RUSH IS TRYING REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY .. AND ONLY STUPID PEOPLE WOULD BELIEVE WHAT HE SAYS ... TRYING TO SPIN THE STORY ...

    THOSE DEMOCRATS WHO SAY OBAMA CANNOT BEAT MC CAIN ARE THE SAME ONES WHO WILL VOTE FOR MC CAIN COME NOV >> I'M 100% OF THIS >>>> AM I RIGHT????

    IF HILARY ALONGSIDE PRES. CLINTON CANNOT DEFEAT OBAMA (AN EXPERIENCED CANDIDATE AS MANY OF U SAY) EXPLAIN HOW SHE CAN BEAT MC CAIN

    RUSH MUST BE ON MEDS >>> OR GOING SENILE >>>

    LETS ALL DEMOCRATS UNITE & STOP THIS BITTERNESS ....!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Hillary Supporter

    This theory makes me sick to my stomach! People died for the right to vote and here is someone who is literally making a mockery out of something as sacred as voting. Republicans are so disingenuous when they talk about patriotism and values. This is why they cannot take the White House for another 4 years! Please fellow Democrats lets unify win the White House in November!

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Dennis F

    Well you are correct Mr. Limbaugh!!! Obama is the weakest candidate. If Obama wins the nomination and because I am a Conservative Democrat I will vote for John McCain. I do not agree with all of McCain's politics/policies but I respect and trust him as a man who is true to his words

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. R. Ward

    I doesn't matter who Rush Limbaugh wants to win. No one in their right frame of mind will take his advice anyway. Those of us who are supporting Obama will do so because we know he is the best candidate.

    Rush Limbaugh, do us all a favor and go AWAY!

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. proud army and navy mom

    funny how all the hillary supporters agrees with rush. must be the uneducated.....undercover republicans, never real democrats anyway

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Oretega M

    America should ask him if he is on drugs again.

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. tonyh

    Limbaugh is going with the flow. He can't afford to show his Operation Chaos lost its goal; thus, if Obama is the opponent, then vote for him, my subordinates! I command you to do it!
    He's flip-flopping. His egocentric personality doesn't allow him to be on the losing end.

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. DEE FROM NEW YORK

    THIS GUY TRULY IS A REPUBLICAN FOOL TRYING TO DIVIDE OUR COUNTRY.THIS IS ANOTHER HURDDLE BUSH'S REGIME IS PUTTING IS OUR WAY.LETS BRUSH THIS LIMBAUGH GUY OFF,AND UNITE.
    DEMOCRATS 08

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Mike

    So Obama can only get the effete snobs, academics, blacks, and the young to vote for him, huh? Fine. I guess that leaves Latinos and stupid white people to support McCain. Why should the Republicans mess with this formula - it's worked before for them! And after all, that's Rush's core constituency as well. (Wasn't it Dean Acheson who once stated that not all Republicans are stupid, but all stupid people vote Republican? Ha Ha.) I think Obama supporters will take their chances in 2008, though.

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Candi California

    Does anyone really care who this drugged-up blowhard wants the republicans to face? The republicans started to loose when they elected Bush for a second term. America has been fead down the garden path long enough. Fortunately the republicans and their friends were not able to totally loot the treasury. They carried off what they could however and left us the tab.

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. G

    HILLARY HAS MORE POWER THAN OBAMA AND NOBODY CARES. AND THE BLACK ARE VOTING BECAUSE HES BLACK,THATS NOT A GOOD REASON...I WILL BE VOTING FOR MCCAIN, IF FOR ANY RESON HILLARY STOPS RUNNING. AND THATS THE TRUTH....

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Joe at Boston College

    is it really hard to tell people?

    REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY!

    ...or maybe its just a coincidence that he changed his mind the day after the media widely publicized his orders...

    May 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. David, Santa Rosa, CA

    Go pop some hydrocodone you fat, right-wing whacko! Your hypocrosy is nauseating, your rhetoric is inane, and your relevence... ?You have no relevence as the good people of Indiana proved. You are the Geraldo Rivera of Rovian politics.

    My lord you right-wing hypocrits are annoying. You're like mosquitoes around a campfire with less importance. Shoot, even right-wing whackos can't stand right-wing whacko's. Everyone is jumping that ship. Time for you to as well Limbaugh.

    However, thanks for the support of Sen. Obama! I guess even you would be welcome on the Obama train. Just don't sit near me.

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. CLARICE

    I hope you all really know who obama is. He came in, in a hurry and has been surrounded by controversy every since. He always seems to come out on top, no matter what.

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Vern

    Who cares what thius idiot has to say! Everytime he opens his mouth he sink deeper & deeper in stupid-ville. Who ever is the nominee we all will rally behind that person. If not, we all will have 4 more years of this depression & only have oursleves to blame.

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. Winkzilla, Tucson

    I am sorry, but for CNN to present this story is simply stupid.

    It is absolutely adolescent.

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. John

    Republicans always have to resort to tactics like this because they realize that their ideals are so terribly wrong and out of touch, that they can never win another election under conventional means. If Democrats would have been terrified about losing every election from here on out, we would have influenced republican primaries by voting for people that don't believe in science, like Mike Huckabee.

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Ivey League

    Rush LIMPBaugh proves that the Republicans are still the Grand OLD Party...first and foremost. Experience... you didn't care about experience when it was George Bush. By the way, Sen Obama was in actual politics before Hilliary... four whole years (1996 in IL State Senate).

    OLD Politics vs. NEW Vision is on trial this November '08. If you vote for McCain. Don't whine about gas prices, don't belly ache over foreclosure, don't cry over failures in the stock market, and certainly, don't blame Washington or the Government...

    Clear enough.

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Darth Vadik, CA

    Is he back on the pills again, between his an O'Reilly's delusional worlds they might as well be living in Narnia or Middle Earth.

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. mel

    This has that funny Clinton smell all over it. I think it's a ploy to gain support for Hillary in the DNC. She can't win the election so maybe she can trick her way in. I can hear it now, "The republican's want him to win he's the weekest candidate." She even has republican backing, sounds like those other Republicans. Remember the Florida ballots?

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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