McClellan: I Became What I Wanted to Change

SCOTT McCLELLAN: Uh, I have a lot of respect and admiration for Senator McCain. Um, I, he's...

MARTHA RADDATZ: Would you like him to be President?

SCOTT McCLELLAN: He's someone that, uh, has governed from the center. Uh, I haven't made a decision, in the presidential election. Uh, I...

MARTHA RADDATZ: It's possible you could vote for a Democrat?

SCOTT McCLELLAN: I, I'm intrigued by Senator Obama's message. Uh, whether or not he can act- actually accomplish it is another thing. As I show in this book, it's a very difficult thing to try to change things in Washington.And you better have a way to do it, and you better constantly focus, focus on it.

MARTHA RADDATZ: So, you haven't made up your mind about a candidate, which means you haven't decided whether you'll vote Democrat or go Republican?

SCOTT McCLELLAN: I haven't made any decision.

MARTHA RADDATZ: One final thing- have you read blogs? Have you gotten hate mail?

SCOTT McCLELLAN: I, actually, most of the e-mails that I, I tell you, all the e-mails I'm getting are- I don't know about mail, because I'm in New York and not at home,but, um, a lot of very supportive e-mails. Uh, I actually got an e-mail from, um, one of my very closest friends, uh, in Texas, who served in the first Gulf War. And, he said, "Coming from someone who served in, in the Gulf War, thanks for telling the truth. And they can surely learn from these mistakes."


SCOTT McCLELLAN: It moved me very much.

MARTHA RADDATZ: I said last question...


MARTHA RADDATZ: ...But I don't mean that. What will you do after the book?

SCOTT McCLELLAN: Uh, you know, I don't know. I, I, uh, uh, have been continue- I've continued to do communications work, and I'm actually, uh, in the process of exploring some new opportunities, but I haven't thought about it. Uh, I'm too focused on this book project right now.

MARTHA RADDATZ: This is- when you think about... Do you, do you think, when you think about how the President must feel, you, you know him well enough to know, he's probably pretty angry about this.

SCOTT McCLELLAN: Yeah. I, I, I- I imagine he is, absolutely.

MARTHA RADDATZ: And what does that do to you?

SCOTT McCLELLAN: Uh, it's, it's tough. Uh, like I said, these weren't easy words to write. But, uh, there- there's a larger purpose to all this. It's a purpose that's larger than just this presidency.And, um, in the end, I felt it was important enough to, uh, get that message out.

MARTHA RADDATZ: Okay, thanks, Scott.


To read more about the reaction to McClellan's blistering look at President George Bush and the Bush White House, click HERE.

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