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. Mark

    I seriously doubt Hillary supporters would cross over, and I seriously doubt Obama supporters would cross over either..

    Real supporters of the democrat party will always be democrats...We can ill afford to have McSame in the office in 2009. We can't go thru a third Bush term... and soon the republicans will realize that the democrats are gunning for them with a vengence, and all the vetting Hillary helped Obama do over the past few months will make him an even better president, and HIllary will help bring the party back together to support her counterpart in Barack.

    We are strong, we are together in this, and we will not fail.

    DEMOCRAT 08'!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Bill, Florida

    ...And thats what we've been saying all along. Now its official that the Republicans WANT Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee, because he's easier to beat in November. Hopefully the super delegates will look at this before making their decision.

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. ken

    its the oxycontin talking

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

    I am a senior citizen as well as a Democrat and veteran, from Florida. I am courious to know if Senator Obama, if he becomes president elect will use the Koran or Bible to be sworn in and will he wear a U.S. flag pin to honor our nation and troops?

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Moderate Dem in Mo

    This is the reason i stopped listening to Rush 2 1/2 years ago. All Rush cares about himself and ratings nothing more nothing less.

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. fairandstraight

    Nausea, to answer to your question is Democrats are not giving Sen. Obama this election. He actually won it. It matters not what the polls say, the man won. As for as blue collar white workers, that a bunch of bull. What the media want people superdelegates to believe is that some white people will not vote for a black man. Well, maybe those white people will enjoy seeing our troops killed in a war that Sen. McCain plans to carry on. What people should ask themselves is this,"When its all said and done, do I perfer seeing Sen. Obama as president or bodies shipped back to the US?" Would I rather struggle under the Bush administration for the next 4 years or would it hurt me that much to see a black president.

    This is year 2008 for get about color and let's move forward.

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

    Fat piece of Garbage !! Only 1 Viagra pill a day Rush...not 3

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Christine V from Dallas, TX

    Obama supporters could not determine the Republican strategy?

    lol and they are supposed to be the educated elitie?

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. boston

    -–someone should look in to this, and fine does who cheat-

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Mr. Los Angeles

    The psychology behind this is quite clear–the repubs fear obama. His statements obviously direct aim at clinton supporters to not get behind the dem nom, but not this time!

    fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me..and i sir, am not shamful.

    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. wyliffe


    May 7, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. monica

    Funny how Limbaugh acts like the authority on matters, then changes his mind himself! Whatever, Rush. We're winning and McCain doesn't stand a chance. Deal with it.

    OBAMA '08

    May 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Pedro M

    If one thinks that Rush always wanted Obama to win, this makes sense. If this were the case, the only reason for him to ask for republicans to vote for Hillary was to drive the democrat party to where it is now, practically divided in half (This is taking into account that during the first primaries, Obama was the only other possibility for the primary) Now that this has been accomplished, he is stating his support for Obama, who he says is the weakest candidate.

    It seems as if Rush actually never wanted Hillary to be the democratic nominee. If no one else had been competition for Hillary during the first primaries, asking republicans to vote for her would have only brought her closer to becoming the nominee.

    Also, I am sure that his "support" for Hillary has driven some voters on the fence to vote for Obama since they do not want the next president to have anything resembling a republican. This would only not hurt Hillary but also help Obama...two kills with one shot.

    Democrats should focus on uniting the party now. Whether it is Hillary or Obama, we should all stop wanting 'our' candidate to win and start focusing on which one, Hillary or Obama, will be able to beat the obvious republican nominee. Also, as democrats, we still have the green party to worry about.

    May 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Maria

    Who is this Limbaugh?

    Is he a superdelegate?

    If not, why are we even talking about him?

    May 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. David Goldman for OBAMA





    May 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Jeff

    Bayou Joe

    First, being a muslim is a religion. Obama is an arabaic name, however he is Christian (believing in Christ) That does not make him a muslim you ignorant back woods, sheep loving freak.

    Now with that cleared up, is there something wrong with being Muslim? You probably think so, hence the reason why I hope you stay in the bayou with all of your "squeal like a pig" friends.

    May 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Paul

    Why are supposedly legitimate media sources like CNN even reporting on this fat megalomaniac? Is this 1988?

    May 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Harerta Tesfa

    Like anybody cares about this drug addict professional blubber mouth. Is CNN desperate for news that it keeps broadcasting Rush's trash every other day. Give me a break!

    May 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Bob

    Just shows you what an idiot Rush has become. He flip flops more than a fish on a beach. Rush, do us all a favor and go back on drugs. You were much funny while a druggie

    May 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. JK

    I wonder why the FCC and the Feds aren't looking at Mr. Blowhard a little more closely, since this appears to be a blatent attempt to influence an election, similar to disenfranchisement or ballot stuffing, which is ILLEGAL, is it not?

    May 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Stupid

    If people are actually doing the Limbaugh thing, then God knows we need someone to lead this country because that's just "STUPID!!!"

    May 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. This side of the Mississippi

    Oh good grief...............
    blowing with the wind are we Limbaugh
    turncoat is what I think it's called

    May 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Seth

    and people wonder why the GOP has a negative connotation.

    May 7, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Gabriel

    Just wait, when it's clear McCain doesn't have a prayer against Obama in the general, suddenly Rush will declare that his support for Obama was responsible for his winning the presidency, but it's all been an elaborate trick so that Mitt Romney can run in 2012!

    What a joke. The only "Limbaugh Effect" that's really happening is the stunningly high number of people who are turning off their radios when he comes on now. It's a shame most of his listeners probably can't even spell the word "irrelevant", but that's exactly what Rush Pillpopper is.

    May 7, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. William

    RL is a fruit-cup that has a following of mindless fools.

    May 7, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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