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. uc

    Limbaugh is a complete pack of IDiot, that is bilut under a decietful family

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

    Personally, I will be writing in this November Rush himself. 🙂

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Kentucky Voter

    Don't be fooled.

    He wants to tell the supers and such pick Obama so that Hillary supporters can scream and try to support her again and keep "Operation Chaos" going.

    It's reverse psychology. Duh.

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

    I know Obama will blow away McCain in the fall.

    We need to stick together, dems.

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. George from Argentina

    Rush Limbaugh is exactly what the rest of the world hates about the U.S.

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. josh good NYC

    He is absolutely correct. Obama rode the Hillary hate machine to meet his own ends and Hillary supporters will remember that in November.

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Joe Gaines

    Why don't you dig yourself a hole Rush fall in head first and come out after the election maybe if you hit your head hard enough you can figure how to dig yourself out after everything is over and come out with maybe 10 cent worth of sense

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. leezee

    Clinton/Limbaugh 2012?

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  9. Al

    Anyone who listens to his show should be shot.

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. R.I.F.

    If you've actually ever followed Rush and what he's been saying in the past, he never wanted to actually pick a canidate by voting for Obama, but just cause "chaos" and send the fight to the convention.

    Now his point is to make it appear that Obama is the weaker canidate to give Superdelegates pause so, once again...the fight goes to the convention.

    So before all of you Clinton backers start the "see, he's not electable" chant, please do your homework first.

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Quandry in CA

    All I can say is, if this country votes another "George Bush-esque" Republican into office in November, it deserves to wallow in it's current misery. C'MON PEOPLE ...... WAKE UP !!!!!!!! How much more of this plundering do you think we can weather??

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Who Cares

    why is this even a story??
    c'mon you guys can do better than this!

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. so ironic

    HA! From the mouth of Operation Chaos itself! What a joke this guy is!

    Now he is trying to use reverse psychology on the superdels to actually vote for Hillary and keep the mess going!

    Just another phase of Operation Chaos!

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Chuck in MO

    Flip-flopping Rush. Proves what an idiot he is.

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. John, NC

    Yeah right Rush! Nice try though, trying to scare the superdelegates into voting for Clinton! This man should be shipped out and banned from entering America ever again. It is such a shame that all Republicans care about is winning and continuing to ruin this country and making a mockery of voting........I hope Republicans lose every race in every state from this day forward, they are truely the most pathetic human beings............Conservative Christians? I think not!

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. Roger

    I agree with the nut. Obama needs to drop out of the race to save the Democrat party.

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. RON

    people dont realize is that he is trying to cause a problem....... people why are we paying him any attention... this is a way to keep the race going lol

    obama 08

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Canadian Neighbour

    Limbaugh, you are so filled with 'SPITE' and 'HATRED'......so much that is is 'CONFUSING' you.

    Rush Limbaugh, "you need PRAYER"

    God bless Obama !

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

    Rush Limbaugh is a Big, Fat Idiot.

    May 7, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  20. Jeff

    Why is he so fat?

    May 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. John

    He now see that his plan did'nt work now he's trying to save face.

    Obama 08.

    May 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  22. Gregory Finch

    As long as we have record voter registration for the Democrats, keep on going at it Rush.

    May 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. James

    Yes, there it is.

    May 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Blue Collar Dem

    Comedian Rush LIMPbaugh!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Marv...

    HaHaHaHaHa...... I'm pretty sure John McCain has a lockdown with this demographic. He (John McCain) doesn’t believe the country is going through an economic slow down. Stick to sucking down your oxycotin and spreading lies to the conservatives who can't comprehend for themselves. Don’t forget, we are elitist, we know what you are attempting to accomplish concerning the few weak minded Clinton supports.

    May 7, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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