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. Kimmerly


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

    This is just another political strategy. He has finally realized that Obama is unstoppable is only saying this to undermine his victory. In reality, the republicans are more afraid of Obama than Hillary

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  3. Vera from California

    Rush, you must have read every book on how to be a racist jerk. No one does it better than you! If you kept your mouth shut, folks wouldn't know how stupid you are. hmmmmmm...nice thought. What in the world are you going to do with an African-American President???LOL

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

    The utter lack of intelligence from him has left me speechless, I can't even dignify this with a meaningful response...

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


    Reverse psychology is *so* last century.

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Tony Z- MD

    No need to comment.

    May 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. The truth hurts

    It amazes me how Rush plays with the intelligence of the democratic party. Why is this not illegal to do in this democracy? Thousands of republicans listen to him and vote for Hillary Clinton to cause chaos. Now that Obama is set to receive the nomination, Rush tries to cause more chaos. Yet Democrats will continue to bicker and be devisive. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!

    This is your life. Rush is already rich. Why are you not angry? These people are disrespecting you and your worried about supporters and how they are nasty. Give me a break! How many people on this blog have actually met the person whom they support? How many people on this blog have sat down and had dinner with the person they support? How many people on this blog can call the person they support on the phone right this minute? You don't know these people and everything they stand for. You are taking other peoples words or letting someone small minded influence your decisions. WAKE UP!

    This is your life that you are throwing around. HRC or Obama can't do this without us, united and strong. This is for your future and the future of your children.

    By the way I am a republican who wants change. I am rich and I'm doing very well under the current administration, however I live in the United States of America. I am ashamed of my party and would like to live in a united and successful America where all can prosper. I have met all three candidates personally, and all three of them have issues outside of the public marketing that is shown thru the media.

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

    What a clown!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Who Cares

    why is this even a story??

    c'mon cnn can do better than this!

    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. NObama

    It tells me that the republicans fear Hillary, and know they can beat Odrama. Really is that any surprise?

    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Jim

    What kind of game is this? First he tries to get Hillary to be the nominee and now that she is losing he thinks that if he tells everyone to vote for Obama it will get the superdelegates to swing her way! Don't think it will work for you!

    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Whether it is Obama or Clinton going against Mccain, dems will win in Nov. Mccain is a very weak candidate. Even I, an unknown, can win if I ran against Mccain.

    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Vinnie Vee

    Rush Late-baugh!!! Go take some more pills and call me in the morning. You're not even relevant to people who know better. Pill popping d-bag who needs Weight Watchers. Hit a treadmill or something.

    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Casy

    I already knew what Rush's objective was! Of course Obama is the weaker candidate. I bet the 527 will have a field day with him. They are just waiting for him to get the nomination!

    Democrats, you want Obama---well you got em!!


    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Mike from VT

    Rush is the king of lies. Take anything he says and you know the opposite is true. This only just confirms that Democrats made the right choice with Obama.

    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Veteran in DC

    Veterans in Kansas,

    and what should it tell us? It tells me that Rush is a flip-flopping idiot who thinks he still has significant influence over a large voting block. He doesn't. Last week he was "for Clinton," and now he's not.

    What does it tell YOU?

    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  17. Gabby

    I am an Obama supporter. I will not vote for Clinton. But wow Rush you not back into the meds again are you? Operation Chaos indeed..

    Obama 08

    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Chimere

    No matter what it's not going to be another republican in office again especially not old man McCain.

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

    WHY do you all publicize this? Why is this hateful man is on your political ticker everyday? He only does these things because you pay him attention, CNN. STOP letting Rush Limbaugh run your ticker!

    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Church Lady

    What's so hypocritical is how evangelicals support this druggie convict, thinking their religion and political party is one and the same. He calls upon followers to be divisive, acting as some author of confusion.

    Now who does that remind you of?

    Well isn't that special.

    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Ken from Michigan

    With supporters like that, who needs enemies.

    Limbaugh needs to shut his pie hole!

    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. kuma

    come on

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

    who cares about that immature bastard, he thinks that being a radio host keajs he has much influence on people. Get a life.

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

    Oh yeah the good old reverse Psychology.
    Rush, we know the Republican's are TERRIFIED of Obama.
    Their one big weapon (Rev Wright) against him did not sink him, hence they have nothing to use against him in November.
    Get ready Rush and all the right wing meanies, Obama is comming to town.

    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. sonny c.

    With his income from spewing hate, what does Mr. Big think he is? A laborer who toils in the workplace? Move On should run more pictures of his "compound" in Fla. It makes some of his rich neighbors look poor.

    May 7, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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