June 30th, 2008
09:10 AM ET
6 years ago

Congressional Democrats hire Bush impersonator

Van Hollen said Bush's policies were responsible for high gas prices.
Van Hollen said Bush's policies were responsible for high gas prices.

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."

CLICK PLAY to HEAR the DCCC's Bush impersonator


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


Filed under: DCCC • President Bush
soundoff (444 Responses)
  1. Dan - Atlanta

    If they wanted a Bush impersonator, why not ask John McCain? He does a great immitation of George W. Bush!

    June 29, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  2. Joe

    fascinating to see "pro Obama" messages in the comments when Obama voted for the legislation that the DNC is citing as the cause of our oil problems. And for the record, Hillary Clinton voted against it. Why aren't you people checking your facts?

    June 29, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  3. Californian for Obama

    Republicans trying to call out Democrats for being hypocrites, and trying to deem our behaviour unprofessional???? Wow! You idiots are the biggest hypocrites there is, and you are all saying how unprofessional, and juvenile the Democratic party is. Especially when Republicans are very childish, and spew nothing, but crap that is highly juvenile.

    Here goes the Republicans yet again spewing their hypocrisy. That's why your party is going down in flames come November. And it's funny how you all don't mind childish antics towards Obama, but when it's the Republicans turn to take in the heat, you all start.

    June 29, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  4. PAY ATTENTION

    Well said....would be better said if they named the ones controlling Bush

    June 29, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  5. pam Eugene OR

    Give credit where credit is due. Thank you President Bush for my $70 fill ups!
    Drilling today will not get us out of this mess. We need a Democratic President and a Democratic House and Senate. It is not the answer to spoil our beautiful coastlines or our our National Wilderness. We need to reduce our addiction to oil. One last fix of oil will only scar our land and prolong our agony. Just say no to oil and McCain. We do not want another fix.
    Obama 08

    June 29, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  6. Roy B

    This is priceless! The Republicans are complaining about dirty politics? You guys wrote the book! Chickens do come home to roost !

    June 29, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Why are republicans so clueless?

    June 29, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  8. Raymond Duke

    About as stupid as the democrats calling themselves by Obama 's middle name Hussien. I think george screwed up and didn't gather up some of them idiots and send them to Al Quedia. I am sure he would have listen to their whinning and hating america and come to the conclusion that if they will betray their country they would betray him.. Start the DRAFT and send these free loving nit-wits to Iraq or Afghanistan.. Let them get a taste of the real world and maybe they can come back here with some reality and a lot of gratitude for this country. Being a twenty year veteran these people of his make me want to puke. If I had only these people to defend i would let al-quedia have them.

    June 29, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  9. NOBAMA

    Obama will do anything.... What a crap! No moral, no value.

    June 29, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  10. Jason, Koloa HI

    What is hypocritical about not wanting to subsidize energy companies that are making billions of dollar a quarter? The Republican "faux angry" response does not even make sense. The oil party, a.k.a. Republicans, need to get out of the way for the benefit of humanity. They act like every move to take away profit and power from these oil corporations is an attack on America itself. AMERICA IS NOT AN OIL COMPANY! We, along with most of the rest of the intelligent people on this planet, do not care what happens to the oil companies. Our economy is just a lie perpetuated to maintaining these scums enormous wealth.

    June 29, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  11. Miguel

    I say if Conservatives and Republicans want to play dirty, Democrats have the right to play dirty, too.

    June 29, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  12. Dennis

    Bush signs the 05 energy bill that Obama voted FOR, (and McCain voted against) and Bush gets crap for that energy policy from Democracts. Ha! This is going to be one fun election, who shoots themselves in the foot least, wins!!!

    June 29, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  13. Texun

    Nice to see that the Republicans got their professional net posters at work again. They are providing jobs in a failing economy. The ad is hilarious satire, as most reasonably intelligent adults would realize. As to the phony Clinton supporter, guess again. If Obama doesn't win in November there probably won't be an election four years later, given what McCain has promised to do with the Supreme Court.
    A question for the brethern: what will the "October surprise" be? My guess is that W will attack Iran, then McBush will argue that the situation is too dangerous to change horses in mid-stream. There will also be an avalanche of attack ads from the unregulated groups during that month. The manics on right-wing radio and TV will coordinate their attacks on Obama with the new Bush war and McCain's campaign. Wait for it!

    June 29, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  14. dale

    JEAN SCHMIDT! what a bush-sucking twit! she's gotta get voted out... c'mon Ohioans!

    June 29, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  15. angie

    how do you like it repugs whats the matter truth hurt obama 08

    June 29, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  16. Drew, Appleton, Wisconsin

    What Republican revisionists posting here neglect to mention is that within 60 days of Democrats regaining control of Congress, they successfully headed up a repeal of the tax breaks the oil companies were enjoying. Earlier this month, however, Senate Republicans managed to override Democratic efforts to tax the record profits big oil has been raking in.

    Sorry boys, but America IS paying attention to who's sweet-hearting who.

    June 29, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  17. Remy

    Sometime satire is needed to express real issues. Comedy never be a bad issue in the case of politics because many politicians are behaving like comedians.

    But comedians tell the truth with laugh!

    June 30, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  18. Dee

    Anytime a bill comes to the senate the Demos can't decide what to do, they add more to a bill so that it will be vetoed or delay a bill and then blame the Republicans or Bush. Demos like to tax and spend the peoples money.

    June 30, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  19. Tony G

    Point 1, Bush's family has billions in oil company stocks. Point 2, Republicans were the majority up until 2 years ago and did they do ANYTHING about rising gas prices? Did they do anything to make us less dependent on foreign oil? They call the ad hypocritical and outrageous but it's fine when they've been using the same type of attack ads for more than the last 20 years? Come on America, WAKE UP. We're all screwed unless we get Obama in there to push for alternative fuels and ways of travel that don't involve oil. McCain might say he's for taking us off of foreign oil, and if he wins the election then by God I hope he's being honest. But the track record is clear. Democrats fight for the people. They speak for you and me. This has been clear for many decades. The Republicans have lost their fiscal responsibility with this Administration. They've increased the income gap to the largest divide since the great depression. They've done nothing to stop rising oil prices. They've given corporations billions in tax cuts while the average American suffers. And they've lost all credibility with the stunning number of cases regarding ethics (Tom Delay for example) just in the last two years. Let's stop kidding ourselves and realize that the best solution, our only solution is Obama '08.

    June 30, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  20. JMartins

    I don't like Bush, but this is shameful advertising and striking far below the belt - many people will actually believe that its Bush himself. The only reasons why the big oil companies have the power that they do, is because of their lobbying to big government - the solution is NOT to enlarge it, like the Democrats want.

    June 30, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  21. Fairly Obvious

    THe DNC needs some trick to support their candidate since he has no experience and is afraid to debate anyone lol

    June 30, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  22. Timothy

    The Republicans are going to use thier slime machine too.

    June 30, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  23. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    I guess the DNC is really scared. This is just so silly. Some actual clips of Bush saying foolish things would be much more effective. They certainly have a big inventory of things to choose from, and they're real. I am so hoping that BO will lose to McCain – and just by a little, say the by the number of disaffected women voters??? God knows I'm doing MY part.

    I've been an independent for 1 years now, but I've voted Democrat. As Barack would say, "Not this time..."

    Hiring some jerk to impersonate Bush when you have the real Bush at your fingertips is typical of the current crop of Democrats. Why not get something done in Congress? Now THAT might get somebody to sit up and take notice.

    June 30, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  24. saga for Obama

    yeah gotta agree, not the best idea they have had...truth be told if they were going to run an add like this they could have just used Bush's' own comments.
    and yes the Dems have had the house and Senate for two years, i think we will see a difference when Obama is president. it is going to take a long time to fix the Bush fiasco.
    did get a chuckle though

    June 30, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  25. Chula

    As a Democrat I am ashamed of the DNC and the dirty politics they have displayed this year.

    The Democrats are no longer the party we used to be proud of.....it has become a good old boy network that seems to look more and more like the Republican party.

    The DNC continues to give us more reasons to question our party
    affiliation and loyalty.

    June 30, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
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