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. Ken

    There is something unbecoming about Rush's comments, not that he would care. To say he supports Obama because he is more likely to lose is a clever way to get publicity, which CNN has given him. However, it is a misuse of the public airways entrusted to his network. In essence, he is asking people to subvert the political process by supporting a person whose election he opposes. This is not illegal since we have a First Amendment, but it takes his radio commentary to a new low.

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Randy - Denver

    Still trying to get Hillary elected are youRush? Your reverse psychology will not work this time but hey i guess you needed something to get your name back in the news... without popping pills again of course.

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Tab

    Limbough = loser

    West Virginia – come on out and show the country that too are ready for change.

    Vote OBAMA

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

    I see people replaying a particular scene from the Princess Bride to depict this...

    Clearly he is calling for Obama because he really wants us to vote for Clinton, but we're too smart for that and clearly he anticipates that...

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. Roy

    Who is the Rush Limbaugh guy you speak of ?

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. jean ali belton, mo.

    rush limbaugh and his throng of mindles followers are all ronsmo, alias morons he he hee

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. D.Kimbro OHIO

    Well we could all just take pills, and maybe this would make sense. Rush you are a moron. Get your life together, get it together!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. blah blah

    OMG!!! Rush you need prayer and I am going to really pray that God will forgive you and your family.

    You have got to be on crack!!!!!! Obama is going to beat McCain hands down..... get ready for the countries 1st Black President....

    No more old white men!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. girrlgil, sanfrancisco

    Rush is such a "comedian lunatic". Who is seeking his advise. Rush needs to shut is wide mouth and focus on himself.

    May 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Richard


    If Rush's objective was to face obama, then why was his "operation chaos" all about voting for hillary?

    Think about it, this doesn't require much intelligence. Obviously, he and the other neocons are so scared of obama that they were hoping for a hillary upset. Now that that is not possible, he is changing his strategy.

    If Rush, or any mainstream neocon for that matter, says they want to face obama, believe me, that they do not.

    May 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. Evie

    Limbaugh is a loser. Who keeps paying this guy to talk?

    May 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Eliot from Chicago, Illinois

    Did anyone tell Rush there are new painkillers on the market? Or did his maid pick some up? And why is he hanging out at SDSU fraternity row.

    Ok, don't post. Just having fun with the screeners.

    May 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Arkay, MI

    Good One Walter. I almost fell of my chair laughing !!

    May 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Mike Birmingham, AL

    Rush should pop another oxycontin before he goes on his rants – it might make him a little more likeable.

    May 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. aughhhh

    Why would we listen to a drug addict? Stop paying attention to this man.

    May 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  16. John D Infidel

    What comes around goes around! McCain would not be the Republican nominee had the Democrats not cross over to vote for him in the early caucuses and primaries.

    Rush has proven himself more influential than the mainstream media wishes to admit!

    May 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  17. 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 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    Limbaugh is the same kind of jerk Karl Rove and Bill O'Reilly are: An egomaniac who distorts the truth to serve his own sinister purposes; a vain person who is addicted to having his name in the headlines; and an outspoken public figure who has little real concern for blue collar workers or anybody else besides himself. Yes, as an American, he has the right to voice his opinions. But as an irresponsible, self-serving troublemaker, anything he says should be ignored by everybody. Always.

    May 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. SANdra willemsen

    Why does anyone in their right mind give people like Rush Limbaugh any mention at all?

    May 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  20. Owen Hill

    A change of opinion means he must have changed his medication again period

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Jennifer

    This man is the epitome of all that is wrong with the Republican Right. He's arrogant, belligerent, condescending, hate baiting, and frankly, with tactics like this, unpatriotic. It's an insult to thinking people everywhere.

    It's also a case of 'methinks he doth protest too much'. He's obviously scared of facing an Obama candidacy in the fall, or he wouldn't be working so hard to avoid it.

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Enough

    Who cares what this moron and his brain dead minions want? He has a real overinflated sense of self-importance. Why do you even give him any publicity time – he's been a major contributor to the dumbing down of America and certainly doesn't deserve any attention.

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. M J

    Let's see. He want Obama to win because he is weak, and asking people to vote for Hillary. What in the HELL does that mean? It does not make since. So if Rush is for the Republican Party and he is endorsing McCain should McCain and the Republican Party denounce Rush.... He is one idiot. I think they should denounce him...

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. JimCrowbegotsWright

    Nah, leave the man alone.

    I wish that his comments and others like him (Anne Coulter for example) were made more public.
    The more they run their mouths, the more mainstream America moves to the left.

    So, please CNN, more Rush L., Glenn Beck and Anne Coulter...

    They wil be McCain's albotross....

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Ricky Marlin, New Orleans, LA

    Is Rush Limbaugh still alive? I thought he overdosed on synthetic morphine after his third marriage ended.

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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