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. Woman for Obama in OKC

    Christine V from Dallas, TX if what you are saying is true then Hilary supporters are not true democrats. A true Democrat is willing to put personal dislikes aside and vote for the better of the contry. We support the nominee because we all have a common htread and we want to see that thread woven into the fabric of this country. if you would like an example of how we stick together you need to take a look at how we reacted and stood by Bill when he was impeached.

    May 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Mika- NC

    Put a sock in it Limp Bag!!!! Your comments are worthless....

    May 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Bruce Taylor, Berkeley, CA

    Limbaugh is what he is : the reason the Democratic Party needs to coalesce behind its ideals and vision and defeat John McCain.
    Whether you support Senator Obama or Senator Clinton, the writing on the wall can be made no clearer.

    May 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Juan Jimenez

    Look, if there are idiots in this country who thinks it's a good idea to behave like little sheep and fall in line behind a hypocrite drug addict, so be it. My understanding is that it's the same NASCAR "watching cars make left turns all day long is a sport" crowd who believe that since Bush got to the White House and ruined the country, they too could do the same someday. I think that giving this numbn*tz space in this blog on democrat issues is a complete waste of good bytes and bandwidth. You think maybe you could divert the effort into the issues?

    May 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. SHU from AL

    Wow. I can't believe the media is allowing this man to essentially ask Americans to throw an election via disingenuous voting. People (of all races) in this country DIED for the right to vote. Why would anyone knowingly abuse that right?

    May 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. Tommy

    Spreading more hate in America! That is all this guy has ever done or ever will do. Hypocrite, judging others when he should be in prison for drug abuse!

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

    The only reason Hillary barely edged out Obama in Indiana is because of the Republicans that voted for her at Rush's request. I'll have to say that Rush's reverse psychology on trying to push the vote to Hillary by claiming Obama is the weaker candidate, is brilliant. Sneaky, but brilliant.

    May 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. mike

    Since when did the Dems need that "dope-head" to give them advise? He should just stick to those idiotic and stupid money-making blurps that he calls dialogue and leave real issues to the true Americans to sort through and make sound decisions. This "human-waste" has made all of his money off of these 14 IQ nuts that listen to his trash. Get a life and a rehab, Limbaugh.

    May 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. A.K.

    I'm so glad a political shock-jock's slimeball rhetoric is publicized as news.

    May 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Ohio For Obama

    Maybe Limbaugh needs to step away from the Oxy! Clinton NEVER had to face real mud-slinging like Obama had to...Neither has McCain, for that fact!

    Look how well his "operation chaos" has worked!!! 🙂

    Say good night, Rushy! (And Clinton & McCain!)

    May 7, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. 1moreforobama

    who cares what this crack head has to say, not long ago he was on his way to jail did the Bushes give him a pardon also?

    someone get some roundup !!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. S.M

    The reason why Obama is unable to get some of those votes are because there are those who are so racist, they would never vote for an African American for President, even if it mean't they would be better off overall. They would rather have the likes of George Bush who is stupid and can barely talk in a complete sentence. Let's see if their racism will come to their rescue when it really gets rough.

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Leon

    Democrats, Liberal minded people, let's unite and defeat morons like Rush who dominate our Republican party's agenda.

    Repulican's for Obama...

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. David

    Somebody get a doctor please rush needs his drugs. What you are is a fake patriot, because your actions undermines ones the principles that makes this country great " democractic principles". This is one the reasons i admire Obama, wearing the flag on your lapel and putting your hand your chest does not mean you love this country, it is your actions. You intension to cause chaos and disrupt something this country holds in high regard is not patriotic indeed rush. Grow up.

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Matt in PA

    Oh my God! What right minded person still considers Rush Limbaugh to be a voice of reason or wisdom? He's a joke. He's a pill popping, hypocritical, manipulative blob who sits on the radio spewing venom about everyone who isn't a republican. He's nothing more than a blowhard who likes the sound of his own voice. Why is CNN even covering what this moron has to say? For shame.

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Really?

    Rush: You REALLY wanted McCain to lose, and he won. You REALLY wanted Hilary to win, and she lost. Please, come out strong against Obama. Your influence is very, very helpful!!

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Foreign observer

    Stupid and very elitist arguements he is making. He´s a nobody willing to become somebody in doing distraction......

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Jodie

    Rush, no one cares what you think. You do not even like McCain so what do you care?

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Justice

    What a biggot

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Will Not vote Obama HES FAKE

    Obama is fake and you followers should go out and see the GOV. of MA. and watch footage on YOUTUBE of what he said to win GOV> sounds the exact same of Obama. I am sorry but if he cannot be Unique and bring his own ideas then he cannot lead this country.

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  21. James

    Is this guy supposed to be in jail for shopping around to get a Doctor-Feel-Good? Why does he have ANY credibility any more?

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Mary, North Carolina

    he may have freedom of speech, but, is any of this LOONEYSY LEGAL?

    He has really gone off of his meds!!!

    Good Luck!

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  23. Chris, WI

    You know what this tells me? It tells me Rush is SCARED of Obama just like all of the other neo-conservative Republicans I know in my personal life. They're scared of the big bad liberal and all his evil plans.

    Obama has plans for a BIG government. He's going to tell you where to buy a house, where to work, who you can marry and mandate that you take a dump at 3 o'clock every afternoon or he's taking it out of your paycheck. Scary stuff! Look out!

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. Mark McCuistion

    Does anyone care what Rush thinks? What possible reason do we have to listen to anything this man has to say?

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. NoMoreBillorHillaryClintonInWhiteHouse

    I think he running out of drugs again. What the hell does this fat slub know who is weaker or stronger. All I know is there will not be any republican president for the coming 32 years or forever they are toast. Additionaly the Majority of the house, seanate , Governors will be help by democrats for a long time to come. Please give Limbaugh more drugs he needs to chill out.

    May 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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