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. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Yea. Change I can believe in. Gas prices are this high because of the IDIOTS on the left. You can't drill, no solar, no nuclear and no wind power. BO thinks high gas prices are OK. The DNC is a disgrace.

    June 30, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  2. Patrick

    I don't know why it's so hard for people to understand gas prices. It's called the law of supply and demand. It doesn't matter if Bush, McCain, or Obama is President, gas prices won't change up or down by more than 10% b/c of their policies. It will almost better if Obama does win so democrats can see that it's not the party that is in charge that dictates prices, it's how much we conserve as a country. This ad only shows me how stupid the democratic leadership is, not Bush.

    June 30, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  3. Hussein

    Dr. Bob you're not fooling no .. one .. you're a troll

    June 30, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  4. PG

    Georgie and his comrade Cheney are filling their pockets with oil money before they retire for GOOD!

    June 30, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  5. eli

    PATHETIC

    June 30, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  6. Geri

    I'm a democrat and even this type of ad makes me sick. Very sick and very petty. The dems have had the senate for the past couple years and have not done anything to help the situation out either. Blame is on both sides. The other ad that makes me want to throw up is Obama touting his midwest values. His mother didn't stay in the midwest and he didnt show up here till he went to college. The most he's had to do with the midwest is when he moved to Chicago suburbs after school. I think the nasty and offensive ads should be banned from both parties. Lets get down to some serious debatiing on issues and where each one stands. Obama doesn't have this race tied up yet. I'm sure he will win but lets get over the nastiness on both sides. CNN also needs to quit promoting this crap. Cafferty needs to ask questions about issues instead of trying to get a rise out of everyone about McCain. Hillary, Bill, and very occasionally Obama. Lets clean up this campaign and act like human beings instead of bickering 2 year olds.

    June 30, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  7. sarah

    HERES A WACKY IDEA FOR THE DEMS IN CONGRESS .......READ THE CONSTITUTION AND PERFORM YOUR JOB ACCORDINGLY TO ACT AS A CHECK FOR THE PRESIDENT INSTEAD OF ACTING LIKE YOU ARE ON STURDAY NIGHT LIVE!!!!

    June 30, 2008 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  8. Upon Further Review,Texas

    Put the blame where it belongs,Dick Cheney,hes been the real President behind the curtain.George is just the puppet.

    June 30, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  9. Hi

    Hilarious, yet underhanded. But I wonder why it's solely the Republicans' fault when Democrats have done nothing proactive to bring down prices either, and each party is trying to place blame on the other in the interest of votes to stay in power, not to help us. Neither party is really working for us–it's truly time to find a viable third party, if one can be found.

    June 30, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  10. Sen.McCain't Change

    No.. the hypocrisy is when we have a Prez who didnt even know that gas was on this rise to 4$ but yet he and his Daddy are lock, STOCK, and tons of barrels in their own oil co's..(did we forget this?..isnt it a conflict of interest?)..people want to claim the this administration had nothing to do with soaring oil prices(speculators my eye!) yet research, if you dont already know, how much gas was then when he started an how much is it NOW!!!... 2 other points I;d like to make which concerns Iraq.. Did anyone else hear him say on T.V. that invading Iraq will gives us low gas prices? Did anyone else also hear him threaten Saddam on T.v. because Saddam threatened W;s Daddy?(aka a presonal vendetta?)...WAS ANYONE ELSE WATCHING THIS..LISTENING..OR EVEN REMEMBERING?

    June 30, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  11. Hi

    By the way, even if they are not the cause, Republicans really need to stop defending Big Oil.

    June 30, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  12. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    RICHARD,FL

    WE AGREE WITH RICHARD.

    NO IMPERSONATOR CAN DELIVER THE MESSAGE

    BETTER THAN THE MAN WHO MADE THOSE STATEMENTS.

    REMEMBER WHEN HE WAS ENTIRELY SURPRISED ABOUT

    THE $4.00 GAS PRICE. NO COMIC ON EARTH CAN DELIVER THAT.

    SOMEONE SHOULD INFORM HIM. ITS OVER $5.00 IN THIS TOWN.

    June 30, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  13. Anonymous

    The Dems have finally located their testicles.

    June 30, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  14. Marie in California

    Can we hire an Obama impersonator too? Plenty of fun could be had with that one.

    P.U.M.A.

    McCain – 2008

    June 30, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  15. Brian

    And the Republicans are dirty players? I would expect Obama to denounce this attack, you know, with him being a breath of fresh air....

    June 30, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  16. Al-616

    Shameless. I am a Democrat, and this is shameless. What'll happen if the Pubbies decide to use an impersonator for Obama? I cringe. It's sad that I will have to vote for Obama in spite of you.

    June 30, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  17. amt Fresno, Ca

    It's Great, I Love It!!

    June 30, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  18. Lance, anywhere usa

    And the swift boat republicans complain about this ad. What goes around comes around. Ha.

    June 30, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  19. TEXAN

    Yes..I am a democrat. Yes...I support Obama. However, this is not in good taste. Even though George Bush is not doing a good job .....he is the President. He does deserve some respect. He is on his way out. Don't pick on him. Mc Cain is one we need to beat. BAD TASTE !

    June 30, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  20. Jan

    I'm a Democrat, but I think this radio ad is totally inappropriate. It isn't right to mock the president. I don't care who he is.

    Please do not put this ad on the air.

    June 30, 2008 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  21. Dan

    They could have at least gotten a good impersonator...that guy doesn't even sound like Bush.

    Come on Dems.

    June 30, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  22. landi

    is there a mcabel in the hhouse?

    June 30, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  23. BJ

    I think it's a FANTASTIC IDEA, and if the GOP had the ability. . .
    which they will Fabricate if they have too. . . .they'll do something
    similar with Obama. . . . utilizing anything to get the negative attention THEY DESERVE, off themselves !!! Democrats don't usually have the
    guts to do anything. .but this is good, especially for them.
    Get the message out, anyway you can. . . . . First amendment, etc.

    If what the current administration has been doing wasn't so Tragic and dispicable. . .
    it would REALLY BE FUNNY !!!!!

    June 30, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  24. Jason L

    This a good idea by the Dems.. Bush is solely responsible for higher gas prices. He has a oilman as his VP. Cheney's networth has grown by 80 million dollars mainly due to oil.

    The DNC needs to tell the truth about this administration. I think the Goofy Old Party saying this is disingenuous is like the pot calling the kettle black. The Repulsicans have tried their tricks since 1992 when Bush the dad was running for re-election. In 2000 the sheep of America believed Bush the goofy son was different. I think the Dems need to hit the republicans where it hurts. With ads..

    June 30, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  25. Garrett

    He doesn't sound like Bush. And the ad is stupid. All the democrats can come up with is Bush jokes. Last time I checked it isn't his name on the ballot in November.

    June 30, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
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