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. Venus

    Obama got 4 more SD today!

    Go Obama!

    May 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Zoey

    Democrats can't win with the young, suburban, and black voters??? WHAT?? - Come on Rush, leave those meds alone. Most of the delegates are in the most populated communities. Take your spin elsewhere. LEAVE THE DRUGS ALONE !

    May 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. CB2

    Yeah, right!!!!!

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

    This is why people are leaving the republicans in droves because of idiots like limbaugh, hannity and Oreilly. Instead of them trying to work to help bring the country together they continue to divide with hate. People are finally waking up to them and hopefully will continue to rally behind obama for change. And when he becomes president get a strick FEC limit this kind of garbage on radio

    May 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. dbacchus

    Not even funny. Now, when the race is over and Obama won, this drug-addicted maniac "changes his mind". Who the hell cares?!

    May 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Jeff

    I was an "Operation Chaos" operative. I crossed party lines and voted for Hillary just to keep the democrats at each others throats.

    May 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Linda Sandy Springs GA

    I'am not one to believe in conspiracy theories but Barack Obama would have one Indiana last night if 7% of Republician hadn't voted for Clinton as part of "Operaton Chaos"

    Mr Alexerod had the county he wanted to win in ... Obama knew what he was doing in Indiana.

    May 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. CJ

    If the majority of the people in this country vote for McCain no matter who he is running against, the problems are much worse than have been previously stated. At that point, I will believe the majority of people in this country have lost their minds!

    May 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Russ, Albuquerque

    And just WHY is anything this fella has to say newsworthy for CNN? We would be better off sticking to relevent news than having the media and entertainment types invent issues.

    Limbaugh is as much a racist and hate monger as Rev Wright, the right wing evangelicals, and mudslinging pundits like Ann Coulter, Shawn Hannity, etc. and just as irrelevent.

    Hopefully, the young voters that Obama has brought into the election process are smarter than their bi-party-polarized parents and will throw all the bums out Republican and Democrat.

    May 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. Tosha-Atlanta, GA

    Rush Limbaugh should be in jail for popping pills and you mean to tell me he still has listners. CNN please stop entertaining this clown.

    May 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. Ty

    We are much smarter than that RUSH...This is just another ploy to put fear in pple closing the deal for BO. We all know this thing is done!!

    May 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    This sounds like "Operation Chaos 2" ...

    Change the target, confuse the Democrats who are already eating themselves alive, and confuse that middle-ground of voters who is undecided about who to go with in the general election...

    Hey, if Rush can get Clinton to win even 1 or 2% of the vote that she couldn't have gotten otherwise, that's still pretty substantial in a race that the media drills into the average voters' mind as "close" ...

    May 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. Tejano

    Yep. time to wrap up the red carpet for Hillary. "Mission Accomplished".
    Super delegates do your job and end the pain for Hillary.

    Obama is toast. Thank you Hillary.

    Can't wait for the main event. Obama cannot win. Did you hear that.

    May 7, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Gena

    Who, in their right mind, listens to this hypocrit anyway? I couldn't care less what this idot thinks – about any candidate or any issue.

    May 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  15. Zack Mac

    This is just a a game to stretch the fight even longer.. it has no bases. Why did not hey say two days ago? Think !!!

    May 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Caroline

    Limbaugh is not worth a comment. Why would you even put this on a blog?

    May 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Status QuO.

    I do not like Obama and I've recently left the Democratic party. HOWEVER, I will not stand by and listen to his crap. His is the kind of thinking that we need to defeat in November. Enough of this Clinton-Obama madness, time to put these fools to rest.

    May 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. georgia

    Unfortunately many have made this clown rich in spite of his low opinion of his audience. He obviously feels they are not intelligent enough to think for themselves & need his grade school games to puppet them,silly games that suggest his drug addiction is again full blown .

    May 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Makeshift

    Yeah, because Rush Limbaugh knows what hes talking about. This is the same guy who though Mitt Romney was a better candidate than John McCain for the Republicans. He clearly wasnt, and Obama is clearly better than Hillary.

    May 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Sean

    Like he would tell the truth...

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

    Think about it would Democratic SuperDelegates listen to Rush... of coursenot he wants them to do the opposite!!

    We already know who the stronger of the 2 is..... The one who is winning!!

    OBAMA 08

    May 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. joeb

    Rush, you have proved once again, that you are indeed a scumbag!

    May 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. Talia

    what a douche! i can't wait till all of this childish and petty behavior blows up in his face when the republicans lose the general election. THIS ISN'T A GAME! THIS IS OUR COUNTRY! obviously he doesn't care. I thought republicans were patriotic?

    May 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Mary

    What a hypocrite!!! Just shut up!!

    May 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. J

    He is just saying that because they all know that Obama has the best chance as beating McCain. Like they showed last night Obama won all the important areas in Ind. to beat the McCain in Sept.

    May 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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