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. Bobby tray

    Rush Limbaugh does not have the pull people think. Obama is not as weak as Rush think either.

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. oh Rush

    is he smoking crack now.

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. Tab

    How is Obama the weaker candidate? He won against the Clinton machine!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. HFT in Texas

    Rush is playing games with his own mind. Go someplace and get some sense – you need help in the worst kind of way. Who do you think you are anyway????????????????

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. donna knost

    will we be fine with obama when mechille is running the country.we may wish we had bill

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. Democrat '08

    Any Democrat, whether you support Sen. Clinton or Sen. Obama, would be impulsive, ignorant, and stubborn to see this comment as anything more than the next phase of "Operation Chaos". Yet and still, I have a feeling many Clinton supporters will immediately turn to the Obama supporters and scream "I told you so!" , ultimately dividing the Democrat party that much further apart. And as the Clinton supporters bash Obama's on the issue of electability, and vice versa, Rush Limbaugh and everyone who supports McCain will just sit back and laugh at how unbelievably simple and easy it is to manipulate the Democratic Party (shaking head). Sad...

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. BrnEyes999

    Whether Obama supporters believe it or not, Rush is NOT trying "reverse psychology" - he is now endorsing Obama because he knows Obama CAN'T win in Nov. - and anyone who thinks Obama can beat McCain is completely naive. Obama has the support of college students, African Americans and the "elite"...and GUESS WHAT? That support is NO WHERE NEAR ENOUGH for him to win the general election. On top of the, the republicans are going to remind the American public what dirty politics REALLY look like - they will make Clinton's so-called "attacks" on Obama look like child's play. And when it's all over, Obama's lack of experience, questionable relationships (Rev. Wright, Rezco, etc.), and his Muslim name (which I don't have a problem with, but many other Americans do) will hand over the presidency to McCain. Thanks a lot Obama supporters - you BLEW it for America!!!!!! Now we'll have to put up with 4 more years of conservative, war-mongering leadership!!! Clinton in 2012!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Deb, Iowa

    Oh please! He just urged listeners to vote for Hillary yesterday when Obama was already ahead in the delegate count. He didn't even need to say anything at all and Obama would have gotten more of the primary vote.

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Charlotte

    I can't stop laughing at the term "wealthy academics." Doesn't anyone know that most academics come out of school with over $100,000 in school loans, looking at around $40,000 a year? Wealthy? No, Rush, that's you.

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Pernevlyn Coggins

    Rush is a sad little man.

    May 7, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. to Church Lady

    Actually, the evangelicals I know (and listen to on the radio) do not support Mr. Limbaugh when he comes up with nonsense. Most most individuals I know can THINK FOR THEMSELVES. That's what is so amusing about all of this – we really can (and will) decide for ourselves come November. I don't care what Rush or any so-called 'pundit' tells me to do. I will vote my conscience. I hope the rest of the country does the same.

    PS – Y'all may not agree, but right now my conscience says that I cannot vote for a socialist – which is what Obama and Clinton really are...

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Vince

    Operation Chaos was a disaster and did not phase Obama which proves he is indeed the STRONGER candidate... Oh and reverse psychology much Rush? PEOPLE SAY NO TO DRUGS!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  13. Chris

    I agree with Rush Limbaugh that Obama can not win as he will need Clinton supporters including myself. I can't wait to vote for MaCain in November.

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Caroline

    CNN, you need to work on your headlines. That sounds... really odd at first–"Limbaugh comes out for Obama"

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Lee

    It's really unfortunate to have someone so visible encouraging people to meddle with the political process. This is totally un-American. Those who cross party lines to merely cast a tactical vote in a primary should be ashamed of themselves. Sad to see politics degenerate to such a low level.

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. GP Geneseo Il

    I can't believe anyone listens to that over sized WIND BAG!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Redphilly

    He can say whatever he wants. It's America after all. By the time the summer ends and no one has been able to go anywhere on a decent vacation because of the gas prices, Americans are going to be so frustrated they are going to want to throw McCain into the river in November!.

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    Reverse psychology?? This is such a childish tactic. Everyone knows that Obama will fare better than clinton against McCain. Reason being, Obama's been beaten throughout the primaries and the only thing they have on him is Rev Wright and Ayers which we are getting so tired of. On policy and real issues, McCain has a toothpick leg to stand on compared to Obama.

    This is nothing but reverse psychology, but Clinton supporters will probably eat this up since they are gullible enough to support a stupid gas tax. Intelligence is needed, people.

    OBAMA 08

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  19. Akilah

    This makes absolutely no sense. It is obvious that Barack Obama can get the votes, as he won North Carolina and barely lost to Clinton in Indiana. Once he gains the nomination, the election is pretty much over. John McCain is, quite frankly, too ancient to run a country. It would absolutely ruin America to have another conservative president.

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. JTJ

    Rush reminds me of the Grinch. You can tell he is unhappy with himself; so he pretends to be some kind of wise guy. He probably cries when he's alone.

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. steve

    LOL, why would he publicly state that he wants Obama to be the nominee, its REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY...
    "Obama is the weakest link, so vote for him"... why would a republican make that public if he really wanted Obama to win, this is just a tactic to make people vote for Hillary, which the republicans really want.
    It's so obvious too...

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. Kevin

    Of course, he's going to say that! He's playing both sides!

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Kelvin

    Limbaugh why don't you go over dose on your medications. You are one person with one opinion, just like everyone else. Why does the media pay these people so much attention, their votes carry the same weight as everyone else.

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. Joseph

    I am not a Rush fan but the dems are certainly giving him plenty of fat to chew on. I am an independent who voted for Al Gore in 00 and Dubya in 04. I always like to take a step back and evaluate both parties for the best candidate or lesser of 2 evils if you will. John Kerry was a very scary candidate (where do i begin) and forced me to vote for George. I was leaning towards Obama until recently. As a white male in this country it is impossible for me to consider voting for a man that brought his family to a church that spews hate for 20 years mostly directed at white people and America in general. I would expect better judgement from a potential ccommander in chief. When Michelle Obama was put on the spot by her husband to talk about the Wright situation she deferred and later that day came out with a comment that was obviously scripted. I love his charisma and charm but the lack of any substantial experience in a leadership role is troubling to say the least. I am also a firm believer in checks and balances. One party in congress and the white house does not provide this. John Mccain is a proven leader of a border state. He may be old but one thing I am not is an agist or a racist for that matter. He is the most moderate republican candidate we have ever had and probalbly will ever have. His service to our country is beyond anything most of us will ever have to bare. Lets give the experienced old man a chance. Obama is young. Let him grow politically and he will have many runs at the top job in the future.

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Baddog

    Only the most idiotic of Rush's 'dittoheads' won't be able to see what is clear to everyone else. No-one listened when he was against McCain and nobody is listening to him now. By pretending to endorse the candidate who is obviously going to be the Democratic nominee he gets to continue the delusion that he actually has some kind of influence. What a pathetic tool.

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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