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. Tulsa

    Limpballs. Keep up that line of reasoning, PLEASE! You are shrinking the Republikan party YOU believe in and killing the Republican party of my father, Mrs. McCain, Colin Powell, Arlen Specter, etc...

    May 14, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Blue Diamond

    Wow, RUSH obviously your still on some sort of "medication" Your imaginary party has not faired very well in recent elections either, unless we're counting west va. as a power move???

    May 14, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Sean the thinker

    When is everyone going to realize that Rush Limbaugh is only concerned with the profitability of his commercial enterprise. He will say anything that; is politically provocative, exploits racially based preconceived notions, anything that inflames existing notions about race, sexual orientation, religion or class structure in order to get more listeners to his radio program and viewers to his web site. Unfortunately, people are buying the garbage that he is selling.

    May 14, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. John in Ohio

    Wow. Limbaugh talking "yo mamma" smack. I may not have the most respect for John McCain, but I'm pretty sure he could kick Rush's draft dodging butt up and down.

    May 14, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Once You Vote Black

    Rush, how could you attack a sweet little old lady? Too afraid to fight with a young black dyke but you respond to this old crow? And we can thank you for Obama because of operation chaos. Why would you play such a game and then get upset with his policies. Oh I forgot, your a nut.

    May 14, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Bob (Illinois)

    Has there been any time in his life that Rush Limbaugh has be able to keep his mouth shut?

    May 14, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. yuri

    Here comes this corpulent chap chargin' at the coy ol' lady. We think that this portly pig RL, with oxycontin history, should fade away into insignificance and irrelevance. He is not smart and dedfinitely not entertainin'.

    May 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Frank

    Well let's see what those at faux news say about this. And he wonders why his republican party is a regional party. He obviously didn't get the memo that his repubiclan party is the one that the American public rejected and voted against. I wonder if Ed Rollins believes in intolerance and no new ideas. Rush limbaugh the republican gift that keeps on giving.

    May 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Alphonse Bluengreenenbrownenburger

    How did conservatives become so delusional and sanity-challenged? The endless wild, ludicrous accusations they regularly fling around as "truth" are just astounding. Liberals are socialists? Terrorists or siding with terrorists? Traitors? America-haters?

    How did you people get so frantically insane? How can you actually believe such hate-filled, psychotic delusions?

    How long before you froth-mouthed nut jobs get violent on your neighbors?

    May 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  10. Rush Rove Cheney

    You are correct ol' oxycontin breath.....Rush does NOT....I repeat NOT belong to the same GOP.

    Rush belongs to the GOP mantra of hate, divisiveness, bigotry, and all of those warm and fuzzy Klan type feelings.

    I still think that Rush is the best weapon the Dems have at this point and it is not costing them a cent.....and Cheney's mouth....ow!!.....that has to be another big winner for the Dems.

    Pandering is actually against the law, but the way the current crop of "GOP" leaders? are acting you wouldn't think so.......pander to the right wing that is a short street to destruction

    May 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. marvelouspatric

    that rush is a class act all the way. i mean, laughing at a 90 some year old woman and saying that he is the republican party. what a guy. i know i love it when one person defines everything i must be to belong to a group. that's bold. keep it up, rush.

    May 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Tammy

    CNN be nice leave the republicans alone as the eat themselves. I really feel bad for moderate republicans. Their party does not want them. Moderates must always feel like "guess who's coming to dinner"

    May 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. gino

    When you are a pile of cr@p people tend to take a dump on you.

    May 14, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. Ellen

    Yeah, Mr. Limbaugh, and how many Republicans have you gotten elected lately?????

    May 14, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    He loves it? Does that mean I can take a dump on you too Rush? I'll go grab the TP...

    May 14, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. tjaman

    Ignore the fact that she's a woman, the mother of a candidate for U.S. President who achieved some electoral success and a decorated war hero to boot, a man who has served his nation with honor.

    Ignore the fact that she's essentially reacting to something very much within the public eye at the moment, and that she's doing her damnedest to return some dignity to a party that frankly has lost some.

    She's 97 years old, which gives her some perspective and some wisdom. Chairman Limbaugh, instead of pretending she's someone you are even _allowed_ to talk about and respond to, show some RESPECT and some DEFERENCE, you charmless slug!

    May 14, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Charm

    I guess Rush will do anything for ratings, including making a big deal over comments made by a 97 year old woman.

    May 14, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Triggidy

    Talkin mess about a man's momma? Good lord this man almost tries to look like an ass. I can't believe we're from the same planet, let alone the same state.

    May 14, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    This proves it you know. A man with even an iota of class left would have let it go rather than allow pride to mandate a counterattack on a 97 year old woman.

    May 14, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. A little sad

    Ya gotta love the mental image of Rush beating up on a 97 year old woman.

    Some things ya just don't do.

    May 14, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Gene

    Now he's attacking a 97 year old woman?

    Well.. I gotta say it... Obama was WRONG! Rush Limbaugh DEFINITELY can qualify as troubled asset to the republican party 🙂

    May 14, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. The Truth

    This guy is truely "THE DEVIL" as well as anyone who follows him.....purely heartless. The only thing he loves is HATE! We need checks in balances, but this quy is off the scale!

    Get rid of him!

    May 14, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. Dan

    It warms the cockles of my heart to hear these boneheads bicker among themselves. So completely out of touch it's ridiculous. And getting nowhere.

    May 14, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  24. Maggie

    You stupid old're not a Republican.

    May 14, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. Irma in North Carolina

    I am no longer a republican because of people like Rush, I did not like the way Sarah and John ran their campaign. But I sure applaud Mrs Mcain for standing up to Rush and he was very disrepectful talking to a 97 year old woman like this. I wonder if John will come out and defend his mother is to be seen. So far Megan is scared to stand up to Rush. Maybe she will come out and defend her grandmother.

    May 14, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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