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. Trekkie

    I am a life-long Democrat, and I am seriously considering switching parties after this pitiful fiasco between Obama and Hillary Clinton. Rush was absolutely right about the demographic splits, and it seems that democrats never learn.

    If Democrats lose the election in November, they have no one to blame but themselves.

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Amy, Kazoo

    And I'd like a mute Rush, but we all don't get what we want.

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Jeff C

    I don't follow Rush. I'm an independent. All I know is he built a reputation and lucrative career on trying to be controversial. I also know he was a drug addict. Seems to me, if, sort of like Howard Stern, you make a living being controversial, or lets at least say, 'highly opinionated' then if you were a Republican and you got the sense that Democrats were going to start rally around a nominee, what more controversial than to actually also back the same nominee, but in the context that it is best for the Republicans! And he got the media coverage just like he wanted by doing it. Pathetic.

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  4. JoAnn in Iowa

    If I had any respect at all for Rush, I'd care what he said. I don't.

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Fair-minded

    CNN, you should be ashamed for descending as low as to give attention to this nonsense. It lowers your already tarnished reputation
    even further.

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Terry, Dallas Texas

    He wants HER to be the nominee. The idea at first was to get her nominated through the primaries by getting Republicans to vote for her. That fell apart. So now that its almost certain she can't win without a whole LOT of supers he starts saying " I want Obama because he can't win the election" in hopes that it will influnce them to see Clinton as more electable than Obama. The fat windbag thinks that everyone is as simple minded as he is.

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Nate4Obama

    snnnffff.....i smell fear.

    Rush is used to people thinking he is all-knowing, so by saying this, he is trying to plant the seed of doubt in voters minds. It is the last ditch attempt make democrat's question if they are making the right decision. Elaborate mind games by the republican's Head Cheerleader.

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Dawn

    Rush gives the republicans a bad, bad name. This is unfortunate and the republicans should tell him to shut up. I mean really, who cares what he thinks?

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. john

    reverse psyc...
    Why would the republicans help the democrats by telling them that hillary is the strong nominee.... if anyone believe this guy they clearly are just wayyyy too gulable.

    Obama '08

    May 7, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. FloridaVoter

    This is EXACTLY what will happen. You are ignorant to think otherwise. I am a conservative Democrat that will NEVER vote for the most liberal voting record in the Senate. I cling to my guns and religion because it is MY right, not because I am bitter!


    May 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Val

    What Rush is doing: isn't tampering with the voting process a federal offense?

    May 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Karen

    I can't believe that CNN has given this fool a story. McCain won't beat anyone and you know it. It's sad to say; but he'll reach senility before November. Stress brings it on even quicker. He's already denying statements that he made on camera and doing it with a straight face. (Arianna Huffington) The Republicans know that this man will not be able to deal with the stress of the presidency, but that's ok, kill the man as long as they get their puppet.

    Too bad you have to get him elected first. NOT!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    Yeah, Obama is a weaker candidate,

    you know the one no body knew, with only about $4 million to his name (I say 4 mil only because Hillary, McCain, Romney and Giuliani have hundreds of millions), came to play and did the impossible by BEATING a well oiled political giant machine that was the Clintons.

    If that is weak, then I don't know what tough is.

    Keep dreaming dittoheads.

    May 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    Operation Chaos? No... Captain Chaos! Remember the alter ego of Dom Deluise's character on the Cannonball Run? that's who Rush reminds me of. DUH DUH DUHHHHHH!!!


    Yes We Can & Yes We Should!
    Obama 08'

    May 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Elaine

    I am an Indepenant. Limbaugh does not give a hoot about what goes on in this country. The only thing he cares about is ratings. I don't lisent to him, my husband does. I just happened to be in the room while his show was on today ( May 7th). He mentioned that Obama was henpecked by his wife, Michelle. Now, how does he know what goes on in Obama's house and why would he care. Furthermore, what does that have to do with what is going on with our country and economy. Give me a break. He doesn't care about Hillary anymore than he does about Obama. He is playing a physiological game trying to get the Democrates to vote the way he feels would be most advantage to Republicans in the fall. And giving entertainmnent and amusement to his fellow Republicans.

    May 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Just Words

    AHEEMMM..........Nothing new!

    Millions of Americans KNOW who the WEAK Dem. is ......... Baraka Oblahma!!!

    Someone tell Adolf Hit....I mean Axelrod THAT IS WAS OBLAHMA who has been asking Repubs. to vote Dem for a Day MANY MANY MANY occasions!!

    May 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. jd

    Rush, stop taking the pills. You should pack it in. Obama will win no matter what. MCBush is Old Hat! OBAMA/08

    May 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. lamac66

    This is all a smoke screen. He realized a while ago that rational republicans were asking for Democratic ballots at the polls, so to spin it like only right wing conservatives can, he came up with this operation chaos.

    Funny how he thinks Obama is the weakest candidate. He knows deep down inside he wanted Clinton to win because anybody with any sense knows that any Democrat will beat any Republican based on the economy alone.

    Right-wing conservatives fear Obama. Deep down they want Clinton to win because it will be politics as usual and she will play ball with them. Obama represents a change from business as usual politics. This will hurt their pockets

    The American people know that putting another Republican in the WhiteHouse is basically voting for another 4 years of Bush policies.

    May 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  19. Mike Jones

    Too bad that Rush and his followers are the "minority".

    May 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Betty

    After the 8 years of living with a Republican President and his cronies, it makes no difference who wins the democratic nomination. I am confident that the majority of the country has had enough. McCain will just keep things going as they are, spending more and more money on a war that was started under false pretenses, and keeping the big businesses in power. Time for the real people to use their voices and Vote for a chance at a new direction. Hillary or Obama would do a thousand times better than another Bush. How much worse can it get?

    May 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. So Obvious

    The Democratic Party bosses want the race to be OVER. Rush Limbaugh knows this; his Operation Chaos is not targeted in favor of Hillary over Obama or visa versa, there would still be an Operation Chaos (directing people to cross over and vote for Obama) even if Hillary had a slight delegate lead over Obama. Operation Chaos is designed to FORCE the situation where the Democratic nominee has to be selected by the elite superdelegates. What better way to illustrate that the Democratic Party is a party of elitists than to have them illustrate it themselves! Rush has for years preached that the Democrats are elitists who don't trust average Americans to make their own decisions, thus they promote thier brand of socialism. With Operation Chaos, that sermon will be in bold and underscore – the Democratic Party doesn't trust average Democrats to make the ultimate decision for their party.

    May 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. Jeff

    He is trying to extend the drama within the democratic party. The goal is for Hillary to say "see look, I am stronger" and for her to bring that message to the superdelegates, extending the debate within the party.

    If you ask me, pretty smart. Dirty and underhanded, but smart if you want to win in November.

    May 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. silence do good

    Rush supports Hillary – Terrible conspiracy probably Hillary's fault
    Rush supports Obama – non-issue

    Obama hypocrites.

    May 7, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. Renee Las Vegas NV

    Reverse Psychology at it's Best !

    May 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. blessed

    Rush what a crock of Bull! You are as big a lier as Bush. You need to pray that God does not make you hurt yourself. All the good that you do is doubled and comes from God and all the bad you do is by your own hand. That statement is not just for you but people that are following you in your wrongdoing.

    Stone Mountain, GA

    May 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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