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

Limbaugh to Specter: Please take McCain with you

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/10/art.getty.limbaugh.jpg caption=" Limbaugh did concede the downside of Specter's defection."]
(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. Tim, Seattle

    And the republican implosion reached its tipping point.
    The party of 'NO' is being ignored and rejected.
    With Al Franken, dont we now have 60 votes?
    I guess the GOP shhould have said Yes at least once.
    Well, if all you are going to be is negative and say No, eventually no one will listen to you any more...sad...but true

    April 28, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Rush is in TimeOut

    Don't need your comments Rush .... sorry you feel left out and irrelevant ... get use to it.

    April 28, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Chris (SC)

    These sorts of comments are exactly the reason the republican party is so small. If you want to be a fringe party with regional domination but no chance at the federal level fine by me.

    Just don't complain when you don't get things the way you want them. Its pretty simple, if only 20% of the people believe the same things as you how on earth could you expect to get what you want done?

    April 28, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Mike O'Brien

    Maybe, Rush Limbaugh is 'right' on this one. However, maybe Megan McCain is right to.. Megan McCain said on the cable tv show 'The View' that Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter should all "just go away" and leave us alone. Maybe, Rush.., you should go, too. I have lost all faith in the Republican Party and so has Senator Arlen Specter and others. There will be more to defect.., they see the writing on the wall for the 'present' Republican Party. The Republican Party should get rid of the dead wood in the party and look forward and toward the future, not looking back or backwards. It would be nice to have some new faces with fresh new ideas and rebuilting the Republican Party. Mike in Montana

    April 28, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. maf

    And Rush is a REAL Republican?

    Rush, when are you going to run for a spot in government? Let the people decide if you are or aren't.

    April 28, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Agrippa

    Amusing. It's Limbaugh himself who is emlematic of the dire situation his dying party finds itself in. I am no fan of Specter, but every reasonable person left in the Republican Party is being driven to the same conclusions.

    April 28, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. WhoCares?

    You guys keeping moving farther and farther to the right....and farther and farther away from the Moderate America we live in.

    April 28, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Renee

    There's no place in the republican party for a moderate. Moderates should create a thrid party. They'd probably win.

    April 28, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. tim

    Keep sending 'em…Your party will continue to die a slow death.

    April 28, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Skeeve

    Of cause it is ultimately good. Let's face, it GOP is a fundamentalist religious party and therefore should be treated as such. There is no difference at the moment between official GOP line and hindu or muslim fundamentalism.

    April 28, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. I laugh at Limbaugh daily

    Rush Limbaughs days as"mouth of the " are also numbered.

    April 28, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  12. Perry is anti-American

    Would love to welcome McCain and ALL Americans to the Democratic party...... However, Secessionists are not welcomed!

    April 28, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...and Limbaugh, please, take Limbaugh with you. If you can't carry him tie him to the rear bumper of your car, and take him hollering and screaming into the night. Oh wait, that's the Rush Limbaugh Show! lmao!

    April 28, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. Robert

    Keep it up Rush.

    April 28, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Shirley In California

    A house divided..... I don't need to say anymore. Seriously, I don't want McCain or his daughter.

    April 28, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. Good Reporting

    So Limbaugh actually didn't say to take McCain...he said "other" people are saying it and he found humor while discussing this, as it relates to Specter switching parties.

    But CNN paints it as Limbaugh making a flat statement to Specter to take McCain. Is it any surprise that CNN's ratings are in the toilet?

    April 28, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. chuck

    Before too long, the Republican Party will be full of Limbuagh clones.
    Fat old white me, with drug problems that can’t stay married.

    The party of the DITTO heads.

    April 28, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Well, now we know the official Republican stand on it, straight from the leader.

    April 28, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. Al, CA

    Yes, it is time for GOP to split on two parties: A party of religious extremists like Lim... and a party of moderate fiscal conservatives.

    April 28, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Chris

    Well said touche' 1-20-2013

    April 28, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  21. George

    Hey, Rush, can we get Sara too, she can add to our big tent. This can of worms is finally open.

    April 28, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. arithmetic is liberal

    Conservatives take note: Limbaughs ratings couldn't be better.

    When Limbagh's ratings are up, the survivability of Republicans is down.

    April 28, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. Obama Victim

    as usual...Rush is right on................the party needs to get back to true Conservatism...............Bush was a diaster..........McCain maybe worse......a true Conservative can reclaim the White House

    April 28, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Saad

    Send this idiot to Gitmo..... and put him in the cave with Osama Bin Laden. They both are the biggest evil to have hit this planet.

    April 28, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. dee

    here is the real head of the repb party. know wonder spector left. if you dont agree with everything russ believes you arent a real repb. i am tired of repb thinking they are the only party that loves this country and are true AMERICANS. they arent .....dems love this country too.

    April 28, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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