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. Esther Folly

    I am Texas Republican. I listen to Limbaugh. I am gonna go for McCain. All noted, I am a bit angered or frustrated by the entire Operation Chaos thing. I've read alot of the vitriolic slams on Limbaugh, but none seem to capture what I frustrated with. It seems very un-democratic, very un-patriotic, very very very wrong to tell folks to vote against their conscience, to meddle with the most distinguishing characteristic of democracy which allows us all to have a say through voting. I'll continue to be a Republican, continue to listen to Limbaugh and of course McCain is my guy in Nov. But the Operation Chaos should be illegal, should be unconstitutional.

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Republican (voting-D)

    Does the name "Operation Chaos" not speak for itself? Obviously, Limbaugh is trying to confuse the Democratic party. At best, it will help drag out the contest for the Democratic nominee all the way to the convention (which Hillary is obviously determined to do on her own)... at worst, it will just fuel the media with another sideshow detracting from the important election at hand.

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Alice

    This is reverse psychology – pure and simple.

    He is "switching" his support from Clinton to Obama to play with the heads of the superdelegates, so they will think the Republicans view Obama as th weaker candidate to run against.

    Don't fall for it.

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Marc

    What a moron.

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. chuck

    No surprise here. The GOP has been trying to stop Clinton from day one. The spin was always that it was a "good thing" when Obama got Republican votes, but it was a bad thing when Clinton did.

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Anita from Arizona

    If you proclaim yourself a Democrat and your going to choose the Republican in November just because your candidate is not the Democratic nominee just shows you are not ready to vote. Why don't you try to base this important decision on which candidate is going to help our country out of the problems we're all in. You sound like you having a temper tantrum. Don't vote at all and leave this IMPORTANT decision up to the grown ups.

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Rush Limbaugh is walking evidence of how OxyContin use results in pronounced brain function impairment.

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. mel

    I'm more concerned with the Hillary supporters who said they wouldn't vote for Obama should he win the nomination. These same voters say Obama isn't able to beat Republicans in the General. They say they have had enough of our countries current condition, however they throw support to republicans. ? I thought the goal was to have a democratic president when January rolls around. I understand that Obama supporters have said the same however the numbers are overwhelming. 70% of Obama supporters say they would vote for Hillary. Only 56% of Hillary supporters say they will vote for Obama. A hefty portion of the remaining 44% say they will vote for McCain. ? There has to be some underlying reason why they party could be split this way. I understand the candidates lashing at each other has a lot to do with it, however I feel that issues or racism and prejudice are more prevalent in this country than we like to admit.

    Blue Collar white guy for Obama. (Only because are economy sucks, and I can't relate to Hillary and her millions. I have to work overtime to support my kids, buy food, and gas, and she can go to her bank account for 11mil toward an election that she has technically lost.)

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Former Clinton Supporter

    unbelievable. Christine V from Dallas, TX may I please ask you to drop that 40 lb bag of bricks you feel like you need to carry around.

    Here's the deal. Either you support Hillary Clinton for her issues that she fights for or because she can be the first woman candidate. If its the issues that please, for the love of God, realize the difference between these two are minimal and support the democratic nominee. I'm a Democrat. I supported HIllary Clinton for a long time. It has now become apparant her run has ended and we need to unite. It is people like you who will carry the pettiness all the way to November.

    The world will be a much better place if we can put our differences aside and come together. John McCain represents a very scary scenario if he's in office. His policies will bankrupt our future, my children can not afford that.

    Please Clinton Supporters, let's unite again and be Democrats. United we stand, divided we fall...

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Kevin

    Welcome aboard Rush.

    You are the anit-supporter.

    You, your minions, your hate-filled rants, your bull-head thinking and the far right have led us to where we are.

    America knows this. And they think this place stinks. So whomever you are against, most smart-thinking Americans will go the other way. This my big-headed friend is a large, large group of people who went to college and those who didn't, those who were uniforms and those who wear ties, those who pray to Jesus every Sunday and those who don't, those who speak English only and those who also speak Spanish, those who pee standing up and those who don't.

    We're on a mission my big-headed friend. Thanks for the extra push.

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Ann Furthermore

    Rush is just trying to cover his own traitorous butt now. It's clear that despite his corrupt efforts, even he can't keep Hillary's campaign alive. Now Rush is just siding with the already obvious – Obama will be the Democratic nominee. Rush may think that he helped the Republicans with his slimy stunts, but he only managed to show everyone that the Republicans have no intention of honoring the integrity of our voting process. Our ability to vote for our leaders was earned by the blood of American citizens, yet the Republicans treat it as a joke. Rush and his ilk disgust any true American who actually cares about this country and our future. Obama has more integrity in his little finger than Rush Limbaugh and his idiotic supporters have in their combined total.

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. bini

    Why give this clown any acknowledgement? Is he still on drugs? It's a scary thought that someone like this has a following.

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. SP

    The media should be held accountable for what it "sensationalizes." It's you who genuinely perpetuate division. Pathetic!

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  14. Mary J

    CORRECTION ILLEGAL NOT illefal sorry

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. Tina

    There should be a campaign to get this guy off the air!
    Operation Rush him out!
    The only people who listen to this guy are the ones who are just smart enough to register to vote and look for a lapel pin, but haven't the first clue about the real issues that affect their lives.
    Is that a recent picture? He may need rehab again.

    OBAMA 08

    May 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. Foreign observer

    Just imagine an olympic 100 meters race of Mc Cain versus Obama !!!

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. The Truth


    He is trying to use pyschology for super delegates to actually vote for Hillary so they can have a chance. The fact remains they are afraid for many different reasons....the change is real and its COMING!

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Jon Shaw

    Thanks for wasting my time cnn ! I don' t think I needed to know this ! Why are you reporting this ? What is the story?

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  19. Evanston4Obama

    Rush, you must have been picked on and bulled when you were young. Go pick your nose somewhere else, because you never recovered.

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Letha, Sioux Falls, SD

    The Obamanation groupies have the funniest comments. And, my bet is they all pretend to be good Christians on Sunday.

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Mama Sue, Chicago, Illinois

    Wow! Now he wants to take credit for getting the Super Delegates to endorse Obama. What an idiot.

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. right source

    Does he really think people are going to listen to him? I put him in the same category as Jeremiah Wright- an OPPORTUNIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Aaron

    Its hypocritical scum like limbaugh that divide the country. If this big mouth was a real patriot he would not support chaos in either party. How is chaos good for america? Its not. Scum like Limbaugh love the republican party more then they love america. Not more then he loves his Dominican Hookers and oxycontin though.

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Nordean

    Well, The republicans are getting scared now, so a little reversed psychology was expected, Obama had gone trough a lot of critisism lately but mostly for things he hasn't done, and he proved to be tougher than he was given credit for, especially that he has done it with such a grace. Limbaugh is a recovering drug addict, who knows if he's high or not. Obama will be our next President, let's back him up and reclaim the pride in America we once had, Economies work on speculations, if the get a strong positive signal from Washington, the tables will turn around and everything else will improve, and also a very important point, a lot of our alleged enemies will back down, because the trait of a lunatic war mungerer president, becomes a less likely thing with Obama, who loves peace to reign the world not fear. WV and KY help yourself by helping Obama

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Bartender

    Rush ties half his brain behind his back just to make it obvious. If anyone had any doubts about his influence on the mind-numbing robots that make up his ditto-head flock, his minor influence on the primary election outcomes should be proof enough.

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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