April 28th, 2009
08:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Limbaugh to Specter: Please take McCain with you

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(CNN) - Conservative host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday he isn't sorry to see Arlen Specter leave the GOP - and that many Republicans wish the Pennsylvania senator would take a few others with him when he goes.

"A lot of people say, 'Well, Specter, take [Sen. John] McCain with you. And his daughter [Meghan]. Take McCain and his daughter with you if you're gonna..." he told listeners, dissolving in laughter.

".....It's ultimately good. You're weeding out people who aren't really Republicans," he said.

Limbaugh did concede the downside of Specter's defection. "It makes the Senate essentially as big a slam dunk for Obama and the Democrats as the House of Representatives already is," he said.

Earlier this month, Specter said Limbaugh did have a tendency to make "provocative" statements, but told radio host Howard Stern he didn't have a problem with the conservative talker. "Do I like Limbaugh?... yeah, I like him," he said then.

UPDATE: Late Tuesday afternoon, Meghan McCain fired back on Twitter. "RED TIL I'M DEAD BABY!!! I love the republican party enough to give it constructive criticism, I love my party and sure as hell not leavin!"

Filed under: Arlen Specter • Extra • John McCain • Meghan McCain • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. Melissa

    The Republicans need to boot Limbaugh from the party for its own good.

    April 28, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Billy

    Yes, please keep pushing all the moderates out of the Republican Party so they can become even more insignificant than they are.

    April 28, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Jim

    This just goes to show that had McCain won the election, Limbaugh would have been praying for McCain to die of old age as quickly as possible to make Palin the President. I believe it's safe to say everyone in the Conservative base felt the exact same way.

    And Limbaugh's comment about "weeding out people who aren't realy Republican". If that's not a fascist statement, along with his other regular statements, I don't know what is.

    April 28, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Robin

    I'm a die hard republican, and even I know Rush needs to go.

    April 28, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Ia Guy

    How about Rush take some of his faith money, go on a diet, and perhaps do something good ... like help feed the poor.

    Talk about your porkulous package!

    April 28, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. Sarah from VT

    Who care what this ignorant uneducated radio talk show host says

    April 28, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. DT

    Awwwww is he mad? I love it, Repubs are destroying themselves...the day that they no longer exist cant come fast enough...

    April 28, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. wycliffe


    April 28, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Marty, Grand Rapids

    Limbaugh, I'll take any moderate repubs you want to throw our way. It just further marginalizes your extremism.

    April 28, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Kevin B

    Mr Limbaugh is the biggest asset the democrats can ask for. He is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

    As long as the millionaire radio talk show "entertainers" run the GOP's national agenda, they will continue to loose the support of thinking americans.

    The GOP has degenrated into name calling and public temper tantrums and has turned the stomachs of middle of the road americans.

    Good move Mr Spector !!

    April 28, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. George

    Atta boy Rush!!!!! Yes please bring Meghan McCain with you. She is too good to be a republican. Hey Mr. McCain, now is your chance. Rush doesn't want you anymore. Join the winning team. Soon all that will be left is Rush, Sarah, and Mr. Steele. Oh yes Joe the Plunger too.
    Cute party!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Weaner

    Limbaugh's not a real Republican. The late Sen John Heinz was a real Reublican. Limbaugh's nothing but a right wing, drug addicted talk show host. He and his propaganda following crowd need to butt out of issues that are beyond them. People like Limbaugh, Santorum and Coulter are ruining my party! I'm a Pennsylvania Republican and will be voting for Arlen Specter for Democratic Senator.

    April 28, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. gary gpp

    All Hail !!! Boss Limbaugh has spoken !!!!

    April 28, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. RT

    Ahh yes, the party of "Inclusion" speaks again...

    April 28, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Political Actor

    This is why Limbaugh is an entertainer, not a politician. Much as it would be entertaining to have the Republican presidential candidate switch parties a few months after his loss (shades of Joe Lieberman!), and bring Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe along with him, giving Democrats 63 votes once Al Franken is sworn in, this has to be giving Michael Steele a migraine. His tent has already shrunk too small to exert any influence on the legislative process, and Limbaugh is declaring it a good thing to get even smaller? It won't be too much longer before Limbaugh is thrown out from Glenn Beck's Republican Party for insufficient insanity, leaving Beck all by himself.

    April 28, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Patrick - Indianapolis

    One could possibly imagine that Rush is really a Democrat hell-bent on bringing the GOP down to a complete state of irrelevance. Rush, If you go around kicking everyone out of your party, it will be a lonely party, indeed. Maybe you better open up to other peoples ideas else you will find yourself in complete isolation. Maybe thats what you really want? You'll get your wish.

    How many young Republicans do any of us know? (Not including those in the south who just simply don't know any better)

    April 28, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Mario in Texas

    I can see it now:

    Michael Steele's reply to Rush: "Yes Sir, Mr. Leader sir." lol

    April 28, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. rich

    The GOP party leadership has spoken. LOL. I cant get any better than this. This is rich, and I am enjoying every tantalizing detail.

    April 28, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Carl

    I live in Arizona and I also say McCain with him.

    April 28, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. WIlly Brown

    Agree and take Snowe Too!!!

    April 28, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Hey, Rush, you know what they say..."divided you fall"

    April 28, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Had It

    Come on over McCain – leave the radical right wingers out there on their shakey limb alone.

    April 28, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Lila

    Eventually, some forward looking Republican will have to sound the alarm that unless the party takes a close introspective look at itself and how they are perceived by the nation as a whole not neo conservative iconoclasts they will become shrill and marginal as a political party. Arlen's defection is symbolic of real divisive fissures within the Republican Party. It's a poor rat that has only one hole. You can't be a moderate in today's Republican Party.

    April 28, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Bev - NYC

    Heir Rush has spoken resistence is futile, you must be one with the Borg or else. Is it me or has the Republican party just totally gone and embraced the crazy. Just when I think the GOP can't get any lower Steele, Rush ,Hannity and Beck can find room to go lower. Enjoy the wilderness boys!!!

    April 28, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Cleaning up after W

    Specter's not enough of an extremist for the Wizard of Oxy. How many more flashing red lights do the remaining moderate Republicans need to realize that your party has been taken from you by extremists?

    April 28, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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