WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Democrats will use a President Bush impersonator in a new radio advertising campaign that seeks to link 13 incumbent Republicans to rising gas prices as the country heads into the Fourth of July holiday.
The ad will run Monday through Friday in radio markets throughout the country, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, with a total buy of more than $100,000.
After an opening tailor-made for each targeted Republican, the impersonator then reads this boilerplate script:
"'W' here, wanted to thank you for your support of the big oil energy agenda. 'Preciate you voting to keep giving billions in tax breaks to the big oil companies. Sure, gasoline is over four bucks a gallon and the oil companies are making record profits, but what's good for big oil is good for America, right? I guess that's why they call us the Grand Oil Party. Heh, heh, heh."
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Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the DCCC, told CNN that Democrats chose to use a Bush impersonator because the president's "big oil energy policies delivered high gas prices to the American people, so who better to deliver our message than someone who sounds like him? Every time Americans fill up their tanks or buy groceries high gas prices grab their attention, so it's important to give credit where credit is due."
Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, sharply criticized the ad and said Democrats were being disingenuous.
"It is an outrageous attack," Diaz said. "It seems like it would be more appropriate leveled against Barack Obama who voted for the '05 energy bill, yet Democrats rail against subsidies to energy companies. The hypocrisy is stunning."
(List of targeted Republicans after the jump)
The cost of oil and gasoline has become a lightning rod on the campaign trail as Democrats and Republicans trade charges of inaction on the issue, and between presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama spar over how best to address the nation's energy needs.
Last week, McCain began airing a television ad on national cable and in battleground states touting his vision to help the country overcome what many people describe as an energy crisis.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said it will start running radio ads this week against the following incumbent House Republicans.
* California Rep. Brian Bilbray
* Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent
* Virginia Rep. Thelma Drake
* West Virginia Rep. Shelly Moore Capito
* Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot
* Pennsylvania Rep. Phil English
* New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett
* Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gerlach
* Virginia Rep. Virgil Goode
* North Carolina Rep. Robin Hayes
* North Carolina Rep. Patrick McHenry
* Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam
* Ohio Rep. Jean Schmidt