May 16th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
10 years ago

More 'change' for the House GOP


WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Republicans have changed their new slogan about change.

After losing a hotly-contested Mississippi congressional seat this week, their third straight special election defeat in a row, House GOP leaders planned a public relations offensive, including a rollout of a new agenda pegged to the slogan, "The Change You Deserve."

It turns out the phrase matched a tagline for the anti-depressant drug Effexor. As word of the similarity got out, Democrats had a field day ridiculing Republicans.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, told reporters Wednesday, "Democrats, not drugs, is what the American people need."

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, D-Illinois, released a list of what he called the side effects of "Republican rule,” including “nausea because what they did to the economy makes people sick to their stomach."

Asked Thursday morning if he was planning to change the slogan, House Republican Leader John Boehner said "No. I think it's working just fine."

But in an e-mail later that afternoon from GOP Conference Chairman Adam Putnam to House Republicans, the new agenda had a new name - “The Change America Deserves.”

A memo sent out hours later from Boehner's political action committee to GOP candidates also included the new slogan.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. james

    Greedy Old Pigs

    May 16, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. NEVER obama

    DEMOCRATS........... the most dangerous thing in this country.

    May 16, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. beth

    SOS from the GOP

    May 16, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. David Goldman for OBAMA



    May 16, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. Becky

    I think a brutally honest republican slogan would be "If you earn less than $100,000.00 you are a pee-on and should be forced to give all of your change (money) to your betters (the rich)." And " What do you mean by trickle down economics – we told you you are the pee-ons!"

    May 16, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  6. Alec, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    This must be a joke of some kind....Are they (the Republicans) really that stupid????They all need to pack their bags and go home and pout because come November, they will get trounced!

    -Alec, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    May 16, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. The Dude Abides

    The change we deserve does not come from a white house that "loses" or "forgot to back up" thousands of email evidence files.

    May 16, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. david W. Lewis Houston Tx

    So great to see the "Repubican" brand exposed as the tired, crusty, mean-spirited group it really is. People want real change, and that's why Obama and Hillary have been dominating the news and packing them in (in record numbers) at the polls. "Repubicans", pack your bags! And take Bushie with you!

    May 16, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. mitchell from arkansaw

    so what?it's a dumb,' parroting',slogan,just like hillary's 'yes we can'.these campaigns have no idea how to reach the american people,without trying to copy the slogans,of another old and lame.the same way your administrations would wonder obama's having a cakewalk with these morons.

    May 16, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  10. RB

    Bone heads.

    May 16, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. Chris

    GOP = change America deserves but will never have if we are in power.

    May 16, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. JohnLee

    Of course drugs might help the republicans or maybe that's the problem – they are on too many drugs and their leader is a boozer!

    May 16, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. 58 white old ladies





    May 16, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. Some guy

    its peon not pee-on but everything else I agree with Becky.. although maybe the 100,000 should be around 200k

    May 16, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. James

    Always flip-flopping.

    May 16, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. Jane

    Even the clever Karl Rove will be no match for the Obama-biased media who is handing Obama the Democratic nomination. When you're up against a love-struck, fawning, yet very powerful instittuion like the press, you're toast. Ask Sen. Clinton. She will have more votes than Obama; she had an enormous lead early on; she's by far the most capable of any of the candidates, but the media (together with help from some in the Democratic "leadership") are still probably going to be able to land the nomination for Obama.

    May 16, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Unite Demos

    Well the Republicans are the wrong prescription for the depression that this country is in. The change we deserve is Obama.

    May 16, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  18. Jimmy


    But at least Republicans are finally withholding funding for the war. Wasn't that the democrats job?

    May 16, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. Yvonne, Waynesville, MO

    How about "Trickle Down Prosperity... Pocket Change for Peons"

    May 16, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  20. Enough already!

    I think the Republicans are actually on to something here. After all the failed practices and policies from this administration, and the resulting havoc we have had to endure, we could all use an anti-depressant. Or maybe it is just lack of research which has been a prevalent theme from the Bush Administration for the last 7.5 years. I'm leaning towards the latter.

    May 16, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  21. Ray

    LOL, I'm feeling nauseous seeing gas prices.

    May 16, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. RaineyDays in Maryland

    L.M.A.O. Whew, I needed that chuckle! Thanks GOP! I can always count on you guys!

    OBAMA 08!

    May 16, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. Dina

    And the hits just keep on coming. LOL

    May 16, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. Paul

    It's a little late for them to be copying Obama's line. Flattering to him though.

    May 16, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. Franky

    "But in an e-mail later that afternoon from GOP Conference Chairman Adam Putnam to House Republicans, the new agenda had a new name — “The Change America Deserves.”

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is a good thing I'm still here! I tell you what, they definitely change America.......and they deserve it, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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