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. gary

    It appears Obama can also get the drug addict vote. Get on board Rush.

    May 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Lauren-CO

    This guy is a JOKE

    May 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. brian from lafayette la.

    rush you are a raciet man and need to be a shame of your self

    May 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. David

    My sides are hurting from laughing so much!!!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Victoria

    Who cares?
    Rush Dumbaugh is an idiot! Shouldn't he be in jail anyway?

    May 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Jose'

    Rush is brilliant!

    Rush is right!

    Obama/ Byrd '08!

    May 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Jones

    Who pays attention to this nut job? Crawl back into the hole you came out of

    May 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Diing

    Is he not the guy who urged the republicans not to vote for Senator McCain? is he not same guy who two days ago told foxnews viewers that he got a crush on senator Clinton. Now? he is all of a sudden rooting for IL Senator. If there is one person without any principle, Rush Limbaugh is the one. Same on you Rush for abusing democracy. Mind you, people die in order to have freedom to vote. you should go to either North Korean or China maybe you will appreciate the important of vote. Shame on you.

    May 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Claudia, Tucson, AZ

    What a punk this man is. Why does anyone with any self-respect listen to this man? He is so full of self-importance! Why do you give this man airtime?

    May 7, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Brian

    If ever a Jon Stewart quote was appropriate:

    "Stop what you are doing, you are hurting America."

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Jacqueline for Obama!

    Limbaugh is so transparent! Anyone who possesses simple deductive reasoning skills can see what his real goal is. This is an ill-fated attempt to cast doubt on Obama's electability, but it doesn't work. His so called "operation chaos" urges republican voters to vote for Hillary Clinton, hoping that the result would somehow yield a win for her, and at the same time keep the democratic nomination going right on through to the convention. But all he's actually proven is that even with Republicans casting votes for her in Democratic primaries, she still can't pull off the win. We all know Rush wants Hillary as the Democratic nominee because he actually thinks she will be the easiest one to beat. RUSH, YOU CAN'T SLICK A CAN OF OIL!

    Rush, it's time you accept the fact that you could very well have the first African American president come November, and I know that's very painful for you. GET OVER IT!

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Frank

    I have been a lifelong Republican, but am seriously considering voting for Obama if he wins the Democratic nomination because he represents the hope of a change in government. I am tired of the Republican tricks / negative attacks. I will never vote for Hillary as the Clinton's are part of the "negative" problem in our government. I will not vote for McCain as he is tied to the failed policies of George Bush, the worst president the country has had and who has put this country on a very bad path.

    Rush Limbaugh, who represents the right wing of the Republican party thinks he can fool everyone with his "vote for the worst" rhetoric, but he is wrong. He is alienating the good people of the Republican party.

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Jade

    Who listens to this prejudiced old man?

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Jack

    RUSH is now pushing for the Florida and Michigan Delegates to be seated and is saying the Democrats are un-democratic by not allowing those delegates to be seated at the convention.

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. norma

    Who cares what Rush Limbaugh thinks?
    I'm also getting tired of the the snide remarks you fair and unbiased news people put out there!
    Obama sounds like a preacher more than presidental material, and people are nearly falling at his feet. Scary!

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. GL

    Go back to the closet and snort some more Limbaugh. Has been, druggie, AM radio host.... yeah, cause his opinion matters in the least.

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. vic nashville,Tn

    I never I agree with Rush Limbaugh but the fact is if Obama nominee Mc Cain will be the president that is the simple equation

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Jason

    hmmm first Hillary was the weakest, now Barack is. It must be nice to flip-flop anytime it's convenient . He does it so well you almost forget about the special donut seat he has to sit on to insure his fat butt doesn't slide out of the chair!

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Democrat in Des Moines

    I'm a Hillary supporter but I know when all is lost. Hillary has bigger nads than this guy will ever have.

    If Obama thought Hillary played rough...just wait. I'm going to sit back and watch the Republicans eat him alive. He'll go from having his pillow taken away to being put on a bed of nails.

    Go team!!!

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. sue, Vienna, VA

    I never cared for Rush Limbaugh but now I think he's gone into early senility.....or else his drugs are out of whack and he's delusional! Of course, I personally think he's just egomaniac who loves to hear his own voice! Sad to have such a twisted mind....

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. Annonymous

    Rush is a loser and has lost the battle to stop Obama from winning. The republicans are really afraid of Obama hence he is changing the game at this point. Even some of his fellow republicans thinks that he is silly.

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Tammy

    Why does anyone listen to this person? Ignore him and maybe he'll go away. I still have yet to figure out why this pill-popper makes the news in anyway.

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Lynda

    I really think this is unfair. This guy is trying to confuse and deceive people. When he did that for Sen. Clinton and realize this did not work against Sen. Obama now he wants to reverse it. It's very dishonest.
    The media should not pay him no mind!!

    May 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. McCain-Limbaugh '08!

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if McCain chose Limbaugh to be his running-mate? UNSTOPPABLE!

    Limbaugh is the guy who used to make fun of the idea that there could possibly be such a thing as global warming. What a genius!

    May 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. Cammi317

    Reverse psychology....cute....nice try, but we're not biting.

    May 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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