John McCain's mother, Roberta McCain, lashed out at Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday night on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. The outspoken 97-year-old said Limbaugh has "nothing to do" with the Republican party.
Mrs. McCain was a regular presence on her son's presidential campaign. During that time, Limbaugh and Senator McCain clashed more than once, with Limbaugh often attacking the Arizona senator on his radio show, branding him a "liberal" and urging his listeners to vote against him.
More recently, Limbaugh said McCain and his daughter, Meghan -- who's become something of a Republican pundit lately -- should take Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter's lead and leave the GOP.
The elder Mrs. McCain told Leno she "belongs to the Republican party," but thinks Limbaugh "has nothing to do" with it:
"I belong to the Republican Party. What [Limbaugh] 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."
During the brief late night interview, McCain also said she agrees with RNC Chairman Michael Steele's characterization of Limbaugh as an "entertainer."
"I think [Steele] was exactly right when he defined this man as an entertainer. To my horror, the Republican Party made him back up on it."
UPDATE: Limbaugh responded to Mrs. McCain, saying, "She's right. The Republican Party she belongs to gets shellacked in election after election after election." He went on to make fun of John McCain and his mother for calling him an "entertainer." Listen:
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