May 14th, 2009
09:34 PM ET
13 years ago

Limbaugh hits back at McCain's mom

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh responded Thursday to recent comments by Roberta McCain, the mother of Republican Sen. John McCain."]
(CNN) - Rush Limbaugh responded to Roberta McCain's criticism of his tough radio persona Thursday, joking over the fact "McCain's mother is dumping on me."

"She is absolutely right" in her assessment that that she belongs to a different Republican Party than he does, Limbaugh said during his radio show: "The Republican Party she belongs to gets shellacked election after election after election."

In an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Wednesday, the outspoken 97-year-old mother of Sen. John McCain said, to cheers from the audience, that Limbaugh "does not represent the Republican Party that I belong to."

"I belong to the Republican Party," she said. "What he represents of the Republican Party has nothing to do with my side of it. I don't know what the man means, I don't know what he's talking about."

On his show Thursday, Limbaugh made clear he found the criticism quite amusing.

"Sending Sen. McCain's mother out to dump on me?" Limbaugh said, laughing. "I love it."

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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. JA/TN

    what have these folk fell to

    May 14, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Hotti4BHO

    Limburg where thou art thy limit? You have to be a mad man. Its true.

    May 14, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. once upon a horse

    uh oh Mother McCain you better apologoze to Rush QUICK or you're not a real Republican anymore!

    May 14, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. gypsyz

    wow. Am I the only one who recalls High School here? Yikes. At first I was amused, but now, its just sad to watch.

    May 14, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Bjoerlingfan

    No, Rush. The Republican Party YOU belong to gets "shellacked" all the time because your views are so extreme that you are unable to draw Independent voters. Idiot.

    May 14, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Minnesotan

    Limbaugh is so out of touch with reality (probably his legendary drug habit) that he doesn't realize that it's HIS Republican Party that's getting "shellacked election after election after election."

    May 14, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Lynn

    Now Limbaugh is going after a 97 year old woman. Limbaugh belongs to the side of the party that represents about 21% of the vote, talk about a "shellacking"/

    May 14, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Ben

    The fact that he's responding in his same old nasty way to a 97 year old woman is so boring and predictable.
    Why does CNN constantly cover him?

    May 14, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Grrrr-Awful-O

    Investigate Pelosi!

    May 14, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Fnord-a-saurus Rex

    Why is Limbaugh even relevent today? He does nothing but spew hatred and should be ignored by any person with a brain.

    CNN: stop giving Limbaugh a soap box to stand on. Maybe if we just ignore him he'll go away and take Cheney with him!

    May 14, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. mary jo

    What a pompous fool!

    May 14, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Bill NY

    Only in this great country can a drug addled ex used car salesman with absolutely no moral compass rise to such prominence. Mr. Limbaugh is one of the people dragging the USA down. He should be tried for treason.

    May 14, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Margot

    I'm sorry but this really is funny. Hey guess what Rush... I love it too! But for very different reasons!!!

    May 14, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. JFK

    Why does Rush persist to insult everyone? Only because he is a loud mouth ego maniac that doesnt know when to shut up! Rush doesnt have have a shred of humanity much less dignity. I guess if you get bad press its better than no press at all Mr Limbaugh. Keep alienating America with your small rabid fan base of nutjobs that cant think for themselves!

    May 14, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Once You Vote Black

    McCain ought to use his aligator arms and beat Rush up. How can he stand him talking about his momma like that. The GOP is in shambles. It won't last for ever, but it it mighty fine to look at for now.

    May 14, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. paul (staunch Moderate)

    I do encourage those in the Republican Party to closely hang on every word that spills from this man's mouth. He, Cheney, Ensign, Palin and the rest of the Neo-Conservative, extreme right of the party will then ensure that common sense prevails – Because the Moderates will continue to stay in power.

    May 14, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. FreeNLovIt

    Elephants, please do get well soon. America needs you, along with the donkeys.

    May 14, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Tom McCarey

    Anybody remember the Woody Allen line (when he was funny) about "baseball bats and bricks"? He was referring to a Nazi march that some folks said they were going to protest. His point – Nazis don't understand protests, much in the same way that Rush fails to distinguish between what is subtle or nuanced. I pray for consequences to visit hate-mongers like Rush and Sean Hannity.

    May 14, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Larry

    Rush Lumberjerk and Mrs. Magoo each have their own traits that represent the republican party. Some they have in common and some they don't. Here's the list:
    Rich (the haves)
    Very rich (the have mores – thanks Bushy Boy)

    May 14, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. scott stodden

    Rush Limbaugh has no idea what he represents, he does not represent the Republican Party because what he talks about is complete hatred. Maybe Rush should think about retirement as well as Dick Cheney

    May 14, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Darrel from Denver

    Limbaugh is wrong. It is the Republican Party he belongs to that is getting shellacked election after election after election. They hijacked the Party from the like of McCain and have trashed it with their right wing bigotry of all those who aren't 'with them'.

    He doesn't get it. Likely never will. He is too arrogant, too bigoted, and too myopic to see otherwise.

    That, and the fact he is nothing more than a simple entertainer....

    May 14, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Obama

    Go Mrs. McCain lol

    May 14, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Gambi

    You go girl! Give it back to Rush.

    May 14, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. The Death of America by Obama

    Well,he belongs to my side of the Republican Party and I'm sooooo proud of it. I'm also proud of him.
    Old woman,your stupidity is showing.............go home.

    May 14, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. tee

    Did Lush Limbaugh fire back at Wanda? I don't think he wants to go there, but I would love to see him try. Her response would be hillarious. Still LMAO

    May 14, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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