May 6th, 2009
08:22 PM ET
12 years ago

Limbaugh to Powell: 'Become a Democrat'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Limbaugh took aim at Powell's comments about the GOP."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rush Limbaugh fired back at Colin Powell for his critical comments earlier this week, saying Wednesday that the former secretary of state should join the Democratic Party.

"What Colin Powell needs to do is close the loop and become a Democrat instead of claiming to be a Republican interested in reforming the Republican Party," Limbaugh said on his radio show Wednesday.

Limbaugh also took aim at Powell's decision to endorse President Obama over John McCain during the presidential election, repeating his earlier sentiment that Powell's move was "solely based on race."

"He's just mad at me because I'm the one person in the country who had the guts to explain his endorsement of Obama," Limbaugh said. "It was purely and solely based on race."

During a speech on Monday, Powell said the "the Republican Party is in deep trouble" and said the GOP would be better off without Limbaugh, according to a report by the National Journal.

"I think what Rush does as an entertainer diminishes the party and intrudes or inserts into our public life a kind of nastiness that we would be better to do without," Powell said.

Earlier: Powell: GOP 'polarization' backfired in election

Filed under: Colin Powell • Extra • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. big papa

    I pray daily that the conservatives keep the likes of Limbaugh...

    ...out front and center...

    ...keeping our enemies close is very important...

    May 6, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. etl

    Earth to Limbaugh – become human

    May 6, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Angela

    This time it will not work....Colin Powell will not come a running to apologize...nor will Rush likely to change how the country feels about Powell....nice try tough. As long as the republican party allow Rush Limbaugh to open his big fat mouth....they will not be winning any elections in the next cycle or 2012.

    May 6, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Uncle Sam

    My visits to cnn website are becoming less and less as cnn becomes more & more like fox (faux) news – keep giving voice to idiots like rush – or maybe ur actual plan is to help put the repugs to rest once & for all – hopefully the independents will take their place as a stronger party so we can continue to have a 2 party system

    May 6, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. J. Zagar

    Colin 1, Rush 0 .... as usual

    May 6, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Tim

    What a load of crap!! And I do mean Rush!!! Why is it when Rush picks someone, it's purely without bias and in the best interest of the country and when Powell picked Obama over McCain, it was purely because of race? I’ll answer that for myself. He is insinuating that people of color can't see past race!!! Rush is an idiot and anyone who listens and agrees with the garbage he spews is an idiot also.

    May 6, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Nick O

    So it's either agree with everything Rush says or join the Democrats?

    It's hard to imagine why the GOP is failing.

    May 6, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Jenny Creiger

    Yes, I agree, Colin Powell is nothing but a racist, all those years of intelligent and loyal service to the white man have been nothing but a big ploy. (can you smell the sarcasm)

    May 6, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. Mike G

    For somebody that has never governed anything besides his medicine cabinet, he certainly is some critic! Since Limbaugh is saying that Colin endorsed Obama based on race what does that say about Limbaughs record of voting for every white candidate? I'm sure that Limbaugh has never voted for a candidate that didn't represent his race?

    May 6, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Mamanomia

    Could we please not give Limberger any more press than maybe ET or the like!!! Please...

    May 6, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. Niki

    Republicans are in deep trouble...and that concerns me because I believe in a two (or more) party system. What I don't believe in is a system with far right republicans battling it out with far left democrats and moderates (most people) being left with the consequences. Mr. Limbaugh has the right to his beliefs and certainly has the right to say what he likes on his own show. Mr. Powell, however, is right in saying that Mr. Limbaugh is not helping win over the swing votes that republicans would need to be a viable party with national appeal. The consequences of extremist thinking is not solely for the conservatives. Far left democrats who prefer to spend spend spend would do well to "govern from the center" before we find ourselves talking about the demise of the Democratic Party in the next election cycle.

    May 6, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Mainer Bill

    Keep on flapping your yap, Mr. Limbaugh. You help Democrats everytime you do.

    May 6, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Greg

    Another Republican who's about to pay the price for acting like an adult. I bet all the conservatives who used to call Powell a national hero are all writing him nasty letters like little lemmings because the de facto party leader has spoken.

    May 6, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. nyc

    Why is this guy still around the GOP
    Get this guy off radio/media,anything assorted with the public viewpoint.
    Powell was first one to leave the Bush Adm because he saw how they business.
    The Gop will never regain it's Swagger with this punk still on air

    May 6, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. Bridget

    I can't believe that anyone of any kind of intelligence listens to Limbaugh, let alone takes him seriously or is influenced by his negative and vicious opinions. Seems to me he is moreorless a traitor, since he is hellbent on undermining the duly elected President of the United States.

    By the way, why does he sniff all the time? I suspect the worst.

    May 6, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Alex from Wisconsin

    Emperor Limbaugh has once again put ideological purity above common sense. If you are the GOP and you want to increase the size of the party, why would you be kicking out the moderates who are trying to bring intellect and sanity to the party?

    May 6, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Bill

    Limbaugh is a self-serving, divisive, bigot who is pushing sensible Republicans out of the G.O.P.. Those who keep following this moron will surely lead the party to irrelevancy.

    May 6, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Sam

    Soon, Limbo will be the only one left in the Republican Party. Which would be fine; then he'd be with someone he loved.

    May 6, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. fella from Chicago

    Agree with Limbaugh; Powell leaned to the left when he served in the Bush Administration and no one can tell me different that he backed Obama other than on race during the elections. He's a Democrat who needs to come out. No shame, just admit who you are and what you support.

    May 6, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. AJ

    Yes, Rush, you need to be kicked out from the RP. People like you are giving a bad name to the party and the net result: only 21% of the population now claims to be republican!!

    May 6, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. David S. Robins

    One again, Limbaugh proves that he is an out and out racist. The truth is Limbaugh isn't fit to polish Colin Powell's shoes. Powell is a very decent man and an American hero who was ruthlessly used by GWBush and the Republican party. Limbaugh is just a drug addicted scumbag.

    May 6, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    I listened to Powel's explanation of why he endorsed Obama. He provided a pretty long list of things and it had nothing to do with race. Limbaugh is race bating.

    Powel is welcome in the Democratic party. He's intelligent and practical (policy over idealogy). If the GOP continues to kick people like him out of their party, they are truly doomed. I'm sure there are sane people in the GOP but they don't get nearly as much air time as the far right, ultra conservative folks. They tend to spew nonsense. It's pretty sad.

    May 6, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. David, Chicago, IL

    1) The Republican Party is in deep trouble.


    2) We would all be better without Rush Limbaugh

    Who can disagree with either of these statements? Rush Limbaugh needs to change parties and become a Fascist or a Nazi (if the shoe fits), because he's giving Americans (Democrat or Republican) a bad name.

    P.S. I used to be apolitical until I grew a brain, then I became a Republican; I later grew a heart and became a Democrat.

    May 6, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. johnny

    I believe Mr. Powell explained his supporting Obama perfectly well, and it had nothing to do with race, and in fact MANY republicans came out and supported and cast their votes for President Obama. The problem with Rush Scumbaugh is that in his opinion, there is only one way to be a republican. You think this way about social issues, and this way about fiscal issues, and there is NO ROOM for new ideas. That's why the party is in a death spiral.

    May 6, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. Keefe in Florida

    Colin Powells statement referring to Rush Limbaugh is hitting the hammer right on the bullseye of the Nail.....

    I think most open minded average Americans understand Rush Limbaugh and the NASTINESS that drools from his mouth....

    What we don't understand is, the people that support Rush Limbaugh, we know that they're only 21% of our population...

    In addition, Sarah Palins followers are also a very very small part of our population.......

    These 2 people, Limbaugh and Palin, are an embarrasment to most Americans.....

    May 6, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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