October 24th, 2008
05:50 AM ET
14 years ago

Former Bush aide voting for Obama


Watch McCllellan on D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.

(CNN) - Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary who sharply criticized President Bush in his memoir last spring, told CNN Thursday he's voting for Barack Obama.

"From the very beginning I have said I am going to support the candidate that has the best chance for changing the way Washington works and getting things done and I will be voting for Barack Obama and clapping," McClellan told new CNN Host D.L. Hughley

McClellan, a onetime Bush loyalist whose scathing critique of the president sent shock waves across Washington last spring, has long hinted he was leaning toward the Illinois senator.

"It's a message that is very similar to the one that Gov. Bush ran on in 2000," McClellan said in May about Obama's campaign.

McClellan 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.

The full interview will air on D.L. Hugley's new show, D.L. Hughley Breaks the News, Saturday at 10 p.m. ET. Hughley is also a guest of Larry King Live Friday at 9 p.m. ET.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. williefloyd

    Why bother to make a comment?? If it isn't what you want to hear, you don't post it anyway. I'm avoiding CNN ecept for J. Cafferty-he's the only thing of worth on your network.

    October 24, 2008 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  2. Stephane MOTq

    DLH Express award of the clumsiest endorsement :

    "It's a message that is very similar to the one that Gov. Bush ran on in 2000," McClellan said in May about Obama's campaign.

    (tough game for McClelland, who couldn't confess he was dumb enough to fall for Bush back in 2000)

    October 24, 2008 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  3. Kasio Mutuku

    This show one's independence of mind as per as these campains are concerned.

    October 24, 2008 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  4. Dawn

    Looks as if they think that the Republicans are full of it. If you go on Teamsters and what McCain wants to do to us as workers in the United States...Scary and Halloween is really early. One is to weaken OSHA. So if it is unsafe at your job, tough! No over time for workers? There is many more

    Second McCain wants your insurance company not to pay for contraceptives... Lets put it this way; I hope that in the budget that they have enough money for the CDC...

    Think about that before you vote.


    October 24, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  5. JB20834

    About Colin Powell's endorsement:
    Black Blood is thicker than water ...

    October 24, 2008 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  6. JB20834

    And I would have voted for Powell if he was running for the Presidency

    October 24, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  7. Independent from PA

    Yes we can!!! Thanks for your vote! The republicans are jumping ship like rats in a burning house; and yes, McCain has run a dishonorable campaign. I starteed out feeling I could live with him even though I was moderate. Now, no way; no how, no McCain!

    October 24, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  8. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Mr. Limbaugh,is this racism too?

    October 24, 2008 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  9. Purple Nurple

    The last dieing death throws of the GOP baby. It our turn...and we will get this country on the right track.

    October 24, 2008 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  10. Leslie

    Good for you, Scott! I voted for Obama two days ago.

    October 24, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  11. BOB


    October 24, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  12. SHELLI13

    The Republicans that are truthful about the Nasty campaigning of McNasty and Failin Palin are coming over to Vote for Senator Obama in Droves. Horray!!!!!
    $150,000.00 for outfits and Neiman Marcus is the worst thing that they can do. And they had the gall to talk about Obama going to see his sick Grandmother but nothing about when McShame flew in a campaign plane to see Mrs. Reagan.

    October 24, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  13. rm

    The Obama campaign needs to have him do an ad quickly!!! This endorsement speaks volumes. Can't wait to hear the republicans try to discredit this guy like they did Powell. I guess he will be called a racist too?

    October 24, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  14. Ted

    You betcha! I'm begining to believe Scott when he said that he was dissapointed with Bush.

    October 24, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  15. JDC

    Surprise! Surprise! McClellan has been anti-Bush since his contentious comments about Iraq. He probably thinks he has some crediibility with the American people...who can barely recall who he is.
    And same for Colin Powell...who went to the UN and told us about all the WMDs in Iraq. He was part of the problem, but now, hitches his wagon to Obama...probably wanting some appointment in January

    October 24, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  16. Robert

    Who cares? He was on the podium day in and day out lying to the American people.

    Then he writes a book about the lying, idiot president and we are to forgive him.

    October 24, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  17. November 5

    Ding Dong. The GOP is dead.

    It's time to vote for Obama.

    October 24, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  18. Doug R.

    Why would anyone vote for McCain/ Palin?? They have offered nothing except hate and smears and lies and hypocrisy.

    October 24, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  19. Kenneth M. of Flushing Queens

    This is all part of Operation Chaos.

    October 24, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  20. mike

    Hmmmmm....it seems like everyone from "old washington" is supporting Barack Obama. I just don't see that "change" coming.

    October 24, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  21. Judy from PA

    So Obama spends all his time linking McCain to the Bush Administration and now he has the backing of the Bush Administration. Maybe Colin Powell will lead us into another war when he is on Obama's Administration.

    October 24, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  22. Betty

    No cries of "racism" from the republicans? Oh, yeah, the guy is white...LOL Obama/Biden '08!!

    October 24, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  23. republicans hate america

    even McCain will vote for Obama

    October 24, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  24. whoiamnow

    Mr. McClellen is very brave to speak his mind on this. I applaud him.

    October 24, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  25. ChristineCT

    It's refreshing to see partisanship put aside for what people think is best for our country-what a novel idea.
    I would ask that for the sake of other bloggers, people please keep racism and offensive remarks out of their posts. It's fine to express an opinion, without being crude.

    We are, and will remain- ONE NATION

    October 24, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
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