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. Dave From Mass Live in Philly

    There is no room in the republican party for disagreements or individual thoughts. That is the main reason why they have falling so far from grace.

    If you are a party of less gov. A party of individual rights. A party of "christian" religionist beliefs. Then act like it. Stop bashing others within and outside of your party.

    But clearly they are not. If they were then they would not have Rush or orther like him.

    May 14, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. frank

    The Dems are so scared of Rush. Rush Limbaugh is NOT an elected official, but Obama is. Obama has spent $4Trillion dollars and the only noticeable change is that we are in more debt than we were before. Obama plans/policies aren't working. Stop focusing on Limbaugh and more on the idiot in chief Obama.

    May 14, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. The Broker.

    You would do better to keep Mum! Mister, Barage-Balloon...

    May 14, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Barbara

    Just keep spinning, Rush. The DEMS will win even more elections.

    May 14, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. arithmetic is liberal

    Matthew (Reading, PA) May 14th, 2009 4:58 pm ET

    Alexander Mooney:
    why have you not written anything on the ticker about what keith olbermann spews every single night on msnbc???

    I agree with you, but think about it: is Keith Olbermann the defacto head of the Republican Party?

    Do you see Jeff Kaine and Terry McAuliffe apologizing to Keith Olbermann? Does Obama have him over at the White House on his birthday? Do Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid change their "listening tour" to a "teaching tour" the next day after Olbermann gets indignant about what they say?

    I don't even LISTEN to Keith Olbermann, mostly because it's a bunch of liberal cheerleading and who really needs that crap? I've learned from watching the other side that there's no faster way to vanish up your own posterior than to listen to only one point of view.

    May 14, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  6. jim

    Typical Rush can only Bully girly man republican reps and old woman. Yopu know those druggies, oh yeah the ones that hypocrite railed about that should be locked up. Shame Fl doesnt have an honest prosecutor or he would be in jail if he had been seeling in say NY or PA

    May 14, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Ed

    The problem is that no one in either party, is looking at the real problem. We can not spend our personal life into prosperity and the fed govt can not do like wise. Until we get people in congress that understand that it is our personal $$ they are spending and not just something made up out of thin air we are all in deep du du. I agree that the rep party has not shown responsibility but neither has the dems. It seems that the reason they go to Washington is 1 to line their pockets and 2 get reelected to continue more of #1.

    May 14, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. Joe in Austin

    Problem is Rush really is a typical republican.

    May 14, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. Ned

    I belong to Mamma McCain's Republican Party. Rush is right, he is in a different party, his kool-aide crowd are LimPublicans. Anyone can join, buy his book and pay $29 a month....comes with all the kool-aide you can drink.

    May 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. Mike

    Rush is an inspiration an a breath of fresh air.
    I only wish he was our president and not that socialistic dictator. Just maybe we would then have a great country that our children can inherit. I think the USA is doomed and will not survive 4 years of an Obama presidency.

    May 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. William Barnett

    Rush is a genius? I mean he has these morons who believe everything he says. This guy and many others are the reason why people do not flock to the Republican party. John McCain should stand up for his mother, she is correct. John McCain would have won the election had stayed the way used to be. The Right Wing or maybe the Rush Wing will never win an election again, at least not the White House. Rush is nothing but Wind Bag.

    May 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Stu-Florida

    What a DOG!!

    May 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. cjr

    the little fat guy is having another temper tantrum – why do people listen to this guy? But then he is just part of the destruction of the republican party and that's not a bad thing- another more intelligent party will appear without the right wing idiots that are currently wasting our time.

    May 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. Charlie in Maine

    Does ability and willingness to stand up to Linbaugh skipa generation? Sen. McCain could do himself ,his party and his country a favor and call that big fat idiot a big fat idiot.
    McCain cannot earn my vote (not that he would be looking for it) but I look forward to respecting him again.

    May 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. tiff of Lithia Springs

    Rush you should be ashamed of yourself. You have "no" respect for you elders. What a FOOL.

    May 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. machar7

    how dear rush talk about macain's mom. what she forgets is not nearly half of what he willknow in his lifetime

    May 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. monman

    It's the other way around. It's Limbaugh's republican party that got shellacked over and over again at the polls. A majority of the people in America does not share the same hateful, exclusive, divisive ideals that he espouses. It's a wonder why they keep on sticking to the same old, tired formula, when they keep on losing on the same principles.

    May 14, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Peter E

    There is a reason, Mr. Limbaugh, that so many republicans have left the party, and so many conservatives are too disillusioned to vote. You just need to look in the mirror. Limbaugh has defended Bush's big government spending, interventionist, privacy-invading policies for eight years, and counting! Hence many of us left the party by 2006. In the 2006 elections it was not McCain that lead the party to ruin. It was Limbaugh, Bush, Cheney, and their neocon big government apologists! We real conservatives will not return until these people leave our GOP party!

    May 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Tim

    This proves Rush, the addict Limp-baugh can't control his mouth. He is too stupid to know when to shut the heck up.

    May 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. SF Serg

    Should we be surprised? I'm only surprised he didn't hit at her harder. I wonder how many times they counter each other until John McCain intervenes. Haha, GOP catfights are good distraction from our economic woes.

    May 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Oh please, don't stop it, please! I am enjoying it so much!

    May 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Yep...the GOP's "values" at work right here...this just screams "respect for elders" and "god-fearing humility" does it not?

    May 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Tex

    "Deafening silence" is an example of an oxymoron in the english language. Any words which emanate from the mouth of "ol' Rushbum" are always an example of that very rarely utilized item known as an "oxycontinmoron."........... Rush is a prime example of having served his country; and in his continued practice of "Republican family values".......... 🙂

    May 14, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Jhana

    Buddhists don't even bother listening to Rush as the teachings clearly illustrate that the more a person runs their mouth the less they know what they are talking about. Ridiculous chatter breeds ignorance and Rush has fathered and advanced alot of ignorance and misinformation in this country for his own personal gain. He is sucessful and rich but not a wise nor a great, or happy man. Pray for his deliverance and be kind to him for he is blind to the true spiritual path of the Way. Peace be your way.

    May 14, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. wannafal

    You progresives dont like Rush because he doesnt worry about whether he may be wrong, which he isnt.
    Rush makes so much money (another reason libs hate him, class envy) because he does speak to many in the conservative party. And yes, when the republicans come back to the CONSERVATIVE party, they will win again.
    Mccain was just about as moderate as humanly possible without actually running as a democrat.

    May 14, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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