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. Deacon Blues

    Looks like more rats are leaving the ship....

    October 24, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. Shay

    The Republicans are so studpid that it is pathetic. One thing for sure no body knows how stupid she is until she answers questions. Yes wait til Washington meet Sara. Well John Washington has met Sara and they aren't too happyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Now what is you plans now since you can't seem to have a plan?

    October 24, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. j williamson

    Scotty we hardly knew ye!

    October 24, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Deacon Blues

    Looks like more rats are leaving the ship

    October 24, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. BJ, Texas

    Yeah, and so is Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck according to ACORN.

    October 24, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  6. Sue R.

    Obama can do without Powell's or this guy's backing. He has been doing all right. So let's not get too worked up about these endorsements. In my view, neither Powell nor McClellan had the b.... to stand up to what was wrong when we needed them to, so their backing or not backing my guy now don't impress me at all. I guess they are doing it because they are feeling guilty and by supporting a democrat, they feel like they can be repent of their previous sins. Yes, I do have a degree in psychology.

    October 24, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  7. soundbyte

    In Limbaugh's view, everything is about race. I come from a small town, and I know lots of the people who would never vote for a colored person no matter how bad a choice the alternative is. Yet, they do not think themselves as racists. We may have come a long way, but the matter of fact is racism still exists today. The only way to correct it is to educate our young to respect people of all colors and all religions.

    And please, go out and vote no matter who you support. Polls mean nothing, only the votes count.

    October 24, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  8. Larry

    You are emotional WEIRDOS

    October 24, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. Matt, Manchester, CT

    Wow, his book sales must have dipped dramatically.

    October 24, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  10. AT

    I think it's because he's Black.

    October 24, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  11. Chad Kew

    One loser endorsing another Loser....

    October 24, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. FrankSmith

    "Mr. Limbaugh,is this racism too?" I echo what some one just wrote!

    October 24, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  13. JB20834

    You....are an idiot. The end!

    October 24, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  14. JIM HAWK


    October 24, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  15. tg

    and i bet, so is c-rice, she just can't admit it openly, i can see her now behind the curtain smiling, pulling the lever for Barak....america embrace it Obama/Biden 2008/2012....thanks to the hillary/edwards supporters who stuck to the issues and not the hurt of their candidate loosing...we all will win at the end...

    October 24, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  16. Bible Spice wears $5000 lipstick

    Too funny!
    We need a landslide victory for a mandate!

    We can unify and heal this Nation!

    October 24, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  17. Fatal Blow


    You are not making sense!!!

    Joe Liebermann is voting for McCain, is this a case of "White blood" being thicker?

    Your theory is also being discounted by the fact that there are numerous White people, both old and young voting for Obama, so your divisive attempt to be noticed is not resonating..Thankfully

    October 24, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  18. Am in VA

    Scott McClellan was betrayed by Bush on the Valerie Plame matter. McClellan will now not stand idly by while John McCain tries to pick up the Bush reins. My hat's off to the men of character who are willing to stand up to such deceit and incompetence.

    October 24, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  19. Rick CT

    Big deal. This is over anyway. Can't wait to see how big Obama's deficits are.

    October 24, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  20. Praetorian

    More and more people are slipping away from a GOP and DEM only point of view.
    Reality–or economic credo, our foreign/domestic policy credo–is upside down for most adults right now. All of the tangible truths that led to our core beliefs–are being disproven.

    More of us believe now, more than ever, our country really needs a bold newcomer with a fresh viewpoint and a mandate from the people–to create a vision that is truly of and by the people–not just two polarizing points of view.

    October 24, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  21. joe smith

    all the boys who bankrupted the country with inflated housing prices/low interest rates tried to save their a– by pushing high oil, now ,really find themselves in a catch 22; and of course, as been said, there's a sucker borne every day..we need to do what the Amish do, keep our money in an old coffee can, and away from people like the madison avenue crowd..

    October 24, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  22. Bill,ca

    The year 2008 will be remembered in the whole world, as americans
    finally overcame racism, religerous divisions and hate for one another
    by electing Barack Obama for president.


    Obama / Biden 08

    October 24, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  23. Mike O

    I suppose all the Pumas voting for McCain are showing 'independence of mind' as well.

    October 24, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  24. Jim

    More proof that McCain is not at all like Bush. In fact, if you switch ideologies, Obama is more like Bush than McCain. Extremist, inexperienced, arrogant, elitist – these are all words that could be used to describe Obama or Bush, but not McCain.

    October 24, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    No surprise here; McClelland was thrown under the bus plenty of times. Sent out to the podium to lie like a rug for the Bush Cabal! Powell finally had enough of being dishonored by this crowd and quit. Don't be surpised if Powell emerges in the Obama Administration as Secretary of Defense, and why not, he has the expertise for managing the Asian undebelly having managed it before in the military!

    October 24, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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