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. RYAN

    I don't listen to radical or nut like Rush..........

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Sue

    This article should be retitled "Limbaugh Smears Obama by Endorsing Him." I mean really, he coudn't stop the Obama Express by getting followers to vote Hillary, so now this! Amusing.

    May 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Lorenzo

    Ted Turner is probably sorry he ever sold CNN. It is now the Tabloid News Chanel! Who cares what this big fat racist drug abusing bigot has to say? Is he for real or an entertainer? Let's give equal time to what Tom Crews thinks.

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Julio

    Obama vs. McCain = President McCain

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. NC4Obama

    We really do need a better education system in the States......only backwards thinking people would enjoy and believe the BS that Rush says....

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Syqueen

    Stop making too much noise about this guy. He is just not happy that nobody is listening to him to vote against Obama.This is why he turning to the superdelegates to hold them up.
    Poooooooor Slow Limbaugh

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    who wants advice from a crack head

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. BTHogan

    How vile does a white man in America have to be to be ostracized?

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Fred

    He is a flip flopper just like McCain. This guy is a looser. Trying to fix elections. What kind of people do this and get away with it.

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Jen B.

    This guy has zero credibility and scores even lower on intelligence. I recall hearing him slam the health care system in the UK, his description of how it works was nothing like the reality. I am from there and have experienced it first hand. I no longer pay attention to anything he says.

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Robin

    This guy is stupid and thinks the others are stupid as well.

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. close hi lies piehole

    Second thought that is his drugs speaking

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Roger Knapp

    Rush Limberger, a true American conservative.
    Let's see; He never served his country in the armed services; he has a history of drug abuse and he has how many wives? He obviously has a good understanding of what America needs for its next leader.

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. Philli

    Yeah Rush, if at first you don't succeed, change your tune.

    Of course, the mere fact that one side has stooped to this kind of scheme should tell us something about that party (I'll give you a hint: it starts with R).

    So the big question: is Rush back on the vicodin?

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. john

    If Hillary is not on the November ballot, then I will vote McCain.

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. Tony

    I still don't get why Hillary-supporters claim they will cross party lines in November if their savior doesn't get the nomination. Is this just so you'll feel better about yourselves, or because you're racist and refuse to accept a black man in the White House? Obama and Hillary have ridiculously similar views on seemingly every major issue, yet Hillary supperers are so stubborn that they're more than happy to vote for the white man that opposes all of Hillary's beliefs.

    If a screwjob is, in fact, in place, then I'll be happy to vote for Hillary. She's a liar and a cheat, not to mention a sore loser, but she's exponentially better than McCain. I just wish her dwindling list of supporters will realize the same when Obama gets his name on the ballot in six months.

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Josef Sleekz

    What a pig farmer this sow is squealing now. Rush preys on ignorant, non-thinking voters to fill his money trough–slurp, slurp, slob. He and Oriely should be in the same pen.

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. JMT

    No one is buying into Rush's reverse psychology. We all know that he had a meeting with Bill Clinton. If he can get the superdelegates to believe that Sen Obama is the weaker candidate they will side with Sen Clinton. Rush, you are not that smart!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Shane

    This guy is not revelant. He is a prescription drug fiend. What a low life. The people that listen to his show are conseravtive out of touch morons. He probably does cocaine and then preaches his conservative nonsense. He is no better than all the conservative nut jobs.

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Bitter Tommy Hussein in St. Louis

    I used to like Rush Limbaugh a lot. But now I consider him to be a person without credibility. He has married and divorced three times, and lectures the rest of us about family values. He said on the radio yesterday, "The problem with America isn't discourse. The problem with America is liberalism." So, in this democracy that is supposed to be a shining example for the rest of the world, we are supposed to target an entire school of thought as the "problem." In short, he is an idiot.

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. B in NC

    Even Rush can't make up his mind. LOL.

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. GL

    Rush & Wright should go on tour together.

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Barbara GA

    I have a question for Rush Limbaugh. Why are you downgrading these blue collar people? The majority of these people are working hard to make their kids life better than theirs. They struggle to pay tuition at major colleges in hopes that their kids can one day make 6 figures or a decent pay are the product of these blue collar workers kids label snobs or elites. Both Obama and Hillary came from these types of backgrounds. You must be a lonely and miserable person. I work with both Blacks and Whites and we are all struggling to buy food , pay for gas and now job lost for many of us. The last time I checked RESSISION had no color. It's people like you that cause division. No one wants negative statements I was told as a child if you don't some nice to say don't nothing at all!

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. NLC frm New York

    I applaud Limbaugh, he is the only one that has real sense of this. Get with Obama supporters, he will not win the general election against McCain unless we put the dream ticket together.

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. gobo

    Dear CNN,

    Your have made a disservice to the public good by spreading the nonsense of this guy.
    I do not think what he said deserve your platform.

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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