May 8th, 2008
08:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Limbaugh comes out for Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/07/art.limb.gi.jpg 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. 60 old white lady, Mo

    Limbaugh is just an Idiot... And how american people can listen to him ... ?

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Adam from NY

    So, it worked so well in Indiana that it's time for some reverse psychology?

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. TruthSeeker

    Why does CNN publish such drivel?

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

    Rush really knows how to manipulate the media.

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. Nausea

    Here's the question that Democrats must answer: Is the party's commitment to Barack Obama more important than this election? If his hold on them is strong enough, they'll give him the nomination and throw the election. If not, they'll send him back to the bench to wait for next time, and give the nomination to the only Democrat in the race with the chance to be president - and the first woman president in U.S. history, at that.

    May 7, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Bayou Joe

    Hey Rush, Congratulations, But isn't it to early to tell the Democrats that Obama was the choice among republicans in the first place.
    Totally agree, Clinton would be harder to beat. Better a liar in Clinton than a closet Muslim in Obama.

    Goodbye, Clinton hello President McCain.

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

    Why does anyone care what this fat junkie says?

    Might as well ask what Paris Hilton thinks and post it, CNN.

    May 7, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Richard

    Limbaugh's game is becoming a tad too obvious. Now it's just funny. But at least he's intertaining.

    May 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Christine V from Dallas, TX

    This is so true. Obama supporters, spoilled brats will find out hard it will be November when Hillary's supporters cross party lines....

    May 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Jane, College Park, Maryland

    The first strategy did not work. Now go to the backup plan. He really does want Hillary to win.

    Is he not the same guy who had drug addiction problems or am i missing something?

    May 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Giovani

    Riiiight. Now that Obama is clearly going to be the nominee, you'll say you now want him.

    Nice try buddy.

    May 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Canadian Perspective

    This is not NEWS CNN!!! Who cares what Rush Thinks!!! Focus on the real issues.
    The whole world is paying close attention to this race.

    Obama 08

    May 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Victor, NJ

    This guy is an egomaniac fool. Why waste time with this idiot.

    May 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. Vig

    Well, that should tell you something. The Republicans are going to have a field day with Obama and in Novemeber the headlines will be Obama is toast.

    May 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Madelin Snow

    Limbaugh... obvious much??

    May 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. dave

    LOL. A stuffed animal can beat the Republicans.

    May 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Brian G

    Yawn.

    May 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. Claire, Texas

    Rush, no one cares!

    You are trying to use reverse psychology to make the supers go for Clinton whom McCain would totally crush.

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

    Rush is just saying this because his plan didn't work. I'm so dizzy with all the spin that has been going on between him and Clinton.

    May 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Hillary Tested, Blue Collar Approved

    He loves to hear himself talk.

    May 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. How dumb does he think people are?

    He's clearly saying this hoping people will pause and instead support Clinton, whom he truly wants to be the nominee. While that may work on the general public, I think (hope??) superdelegates are a little smarter

    May 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. LA Ben

    Who cares what this slob has to say. The guy's a drug addict and a hypocrite.

    May 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Independent

    Do you think we're so stupid as to not see reverse psychology when it's staring us in the face?

    I'm sure the superdelegates are now all going to put their support behind Hillary!

    What a maroon.

    May 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Taylor

    What a weak attempt at reverse psychology...

    May 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. Rick

    Usuck Limpbaugh.

    May 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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