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. Woman for Obama in OKC

    he is such a slimeball

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

    That can't be Rush Limbaugh "flip-flopping" can it??? He's such an idiot! He's now taking this new position out of fear! The republicans see Sen. Obama coming and they don't have a clue how to deal with him.

    Dear Rush, you give us all well-deserved hope that McCain will not win and I'm loving every moment of your implosion!

    Much Appreciated!

    May 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. Audrey, San Francisco

    dominated? sorry the razorthin margin by which clinton won indiana cannot possibly be called domination.

    May 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Hillary Tested, Blue Collar Approved

    you know what i just realized...you fear Mr Obama!

    May 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Lonny, Seattle

    I cant believe that there are people that actually listen to what he says...
    So sad...

    He is like a playground con that convinces you to trade your tasty p&j for his sack lunch that he promises holds much more treasure than your little sandwich... when you open the sack its full of brussel sprouts.

    Anyone with half a brain can see that he's just changing to Obama because Clinton cannot win.

    May 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. Jim Shimmer

    Rush is an idiot. Who listens to him anyways.

    OBAMA WILL BE PRESIDENT THIS YEAR. RUSH CAN GO SCREW HIMSELF. NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, YOU HATER, HE WILL WIN!

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

    *rolling eyes*

    May 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Liz in SD

    Rush, shmush. He needs a reality check–or maybe more prescription meds. Earth to Rush–nobody's taken you seriously in years!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Steve

    Rush, get a life!!! You are sooooo transparent.

    May 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. SP

    Why is cnn even giving Rush coverage? It's more sensationalized story telling. Report NEWS worthy content, and stop distracting easily impressionable people with such non sense.

    May 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. fred

    LOL, for once in my life I agree with Rush!!!!!

    GO Hillary!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Beth

    I think Operation Chaos is a success! The democrats have done it for years, now it's our turn!

    May 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Tim

    Hey Limbaugh, this is the pharmacy...your prescription is ready for pick up!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. DEE, PLANO TX

    MAKE UP YOUR MIND RUSH....

    May 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Rush is a miserable, hyproctiical, moronic pig who is MUCH more influential in his drug-addled mind than he is in reality. He is a waste of space on this earth.

    May 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  16. Alex

    Wow! Nice about face. It clearly shows Rush is getting nervous about the prospects of facing Obama come November.

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Zack Mac

    This is just a game to stretch out the fight even longer.. It has no bases.. Why did not he say that two days ago? why obama was not weak a few days ago? and all the sudden he is weak now.. Just a game.. Think people.. Shame on CNN to report such a thing.

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Chris Gorham

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz how boring is this?

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    Add Rush Limbaugh to the list of those who need to keep their mouth's shut.. He is second on the list to Jeremiah Wright.

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  20. Maxine

    Anyone who listens to this drug induced idiot, is just that an idiot. Rush, I am a white, 53 year old, female, blue collar worker and I support Obama. But then I am not a racist like you and some "democrats" who won't vote for Obama because of his color.

    True Democrats unite.

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

    we don't like ppl like you in our generation.

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. WHY

    WHY do we have to support the man who cannot win general election?

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

    It is sad to say that someone(Rush)! who continues to down Obama, but doesn't look at his own faults and downfalls he has had in life with the drug addicition to pain killers should never judge anyone or speak bad about anyone until he look in the mirror at himself and should just keep his thoughts about Obama to himself. God doesn't like ugly at all!!!!! As i have stated before God doesn't make any mistakes and when he is in something you can see it. I do believe he has his hand somewhere in this for Obama.

    Jam

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Jatovi, NC

    How does this guy still have a job?

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Liar, Liar, plants on fire.

    He goes wherever the wind blows.....

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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