May 30th, 2008
10:32 AM ET
15 years ago

McClellan hints at supporting Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Could McClellan be supporting Obama."](CNN) - Could Scott McClellan be an unlikely supporter of Barack Obama?

In several interviews with media organizations Thursday night, the former White House press secretary hinted that he was strongly leaning toward the Illinois senator's White House bid over his own party’s presumptive nominee.

McClellan, a former White House official who has angered several Republicans this week for his scathing critique of the Bush Administration, said he hasn't made an official decision on which candidate he will back, but offered that he is "intrigued by Sen. Obama's message."

"It's a message that is very similar to the one that Gov. Bush ran on in 2000," McClellan told CBS News.

The former White House press secretary struck a similar tone in an interview with USA Today, saying that he is attracted to both party's likely nominees.

"I have a lot of respect and admiration for Sen. McCain," he said. "I'm also intrigued by Sen. Obama."

McClellan, who played a key role in the president's 2000 campaign, isn't the first member of Bush's inner circle to express support for Obama. In 2007, former Bush strategist Matt Dowd also said he had become disillusioned with the president and said Obama was the only candidate that appealed to him.

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  1. steveda - poconos

    Even this dirt-bag can pick a winner once in a while. Frankly I do not give him much credit as he participated in the frauds he writes about. Kinda like a guard at Auschwitz writing a tell all about the crimes committed there. It would have been nobler for him to report them immediately, not years later.

    May 30, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. George

    What I find interesting about this man is that as of last year he is on record as saying that he agreed with President Bush on the war in Iraq, several years after leaving the White House. Which do you believe Scott? Could your opinion of Pres. Bush have changed when you were offered a lucrative book deal?!?

    May 30, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. sandy

    Just remember all of you Hillary supporters, the republicans never had a woman, African American, latino or anything other than white men running. At least the Democrats gave you a choice, And yet you would defect to McCain if Hillary is not the nominee. Do you think that will get you a woman on the Supreme court or someone who will uphold Roe vs Wade? You all better think twice as to what is better for YOU and your families.

    May 30, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Moses, Ca.

    To all of you people that will vote for McCain, must not have any Sons or Nephews. If you do when they got to Irag think about your vote. If they get hurt or killed ask yourself was it worth it.

    May 30, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Internet Argument Winner

    I can see why republicans hate McClellan... he just made them realize they had been praying to a false god all alone... simple crook who lied and sent their kids to die for his personal ambitions.

    May 30, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. cmoore

    What a suprise he was a socialist liberal in disguise!!!!!

    May 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Helen

    I have no tolerance for a LIAR. Just like Barbara Walters went on a book tour and revealed the messy part of her life for $. I now have to add you to that same group of individuals.

    I believe you stood before the WH Press and lied continously for the sake of your job. And now you want Americans to dig into their pockets and purchase your book and for what. Only for the money. You lied then and you are more than likely lying now.

    You don't represent what Sen. Obama stands for. Although all are welcome, you must know that we are dealing with attics of old politicans. Enter but you must be quiet while your here in Obama Land. And don't even think about joining the Administration.

    May 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Hillary is the better one

    Hillary Supporters should unite in Nov and vote against Obama.

    Not by staying home, or voting for the lesser evil, McCain... but by actually voting their conscience and writing in Hillary Clinton.

    Many of us are doing that. But we need every one of the millions who support HRC to do so in order to win the white house.

    May 30, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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