Limbaugh Defends His McCain-Bashing

Blasts candidate for 'sitting down with Dems'
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2008 3:17 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. John Warner, R-Va., arrive on stage at at his Virginia Primary watch headquarters in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Talk radio's right-wing mouth Rush Limbaugh has defended his sustained anti-McCain invective, panning the presumptive GOP nominee yet again for "walking across the aisle and sitting down with Democrats." Limbaugh bemoaned his party's lack of "genuine conservative leadership," but was at least optimistic that he'll have plenty to rail against in years to come, he told Time magazine's Jay Carney.

Limbaugh also made clear his polemics aren't geared toward swaying voters, but rather "attracting new sponsors" and widening his audience, pointing out that talk radio is "show biz, too." In a final jab at McCain, he added: "I don't view myself as having to defend my president if he's in my party. That's not my job."