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. David Goldman for OBAMA

    GOOD GOING GUYS.

    WE HAVE LOST OUR ECONOMIC STANDING IN THE

    WORLD DUE TO GREED & DECEPTION. WE NEED

    TO MAKE OUR CASE SIMPLE & FACTUAL.

    June 30, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  2. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Kudos to the Democrats!
    A party that gives Americans the facts.
    Barack Obama and the Democratic Party
    will restore America!

    June 30, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  3. CMS

    This is a great way to fortify your position. Hire someone to mock someone not in the election. (Bush wont be on the ballot.) Silly and immature. Emotional, sure – but Americans are smart enough to see through the facts.

    June 30, 2008 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  4. Wisconsin

    More Republicans faking they were going to vote for Clinton.

    Ya your going to vote for someone that stands directly opposed to everything Clinton stood for.

    Get a spine.

    June 30, 2008 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  5. It's the issues, Stupid

    Just a reminder...
    If you WERE for Hillary and are now for McCain, you are an idiot.

    June 30, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  6. G. Penley

    Sophomorish and dirty–normal Democratic politics..

    June 30, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  7. Ian M

    To – Who will be your scape goat when Obama gets the beatdown of the century?

    Your post would be a lot more accurate if you switched the name "Obama" with the name "McCain" ;)

    June 30, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  8. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    I DON'T KNOW WHY, BUT SOME PEOPLE

    I TALK TO, JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND THE

    CONNECTION BETWEEN BUSH POLICY, WAR, OIL

    PRICES, OUR ECONOMIC DOWN FALL. IT'S AMAZING TO

    ME, HOW EASY IT IS TO FOOL SO MANY. BUSH CAN'T EVEN

    READ A SPEECH & HE IS PRESIDENT. THAT'S JUST TO WILDE.

    June 30, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  9. A white woman for obama- Asheville NC

    I can not express my joy and happiness that we are finally for once putting credit where credit is due. For EIGHT years the republicans have destroyed this country with lies and loopholes. The "W.M.D's" we couldn't find in Iraq, the "Patriot Act" which took away basically ALL of our privacy rights, the Iraq War which has done nothing to make the world better and has only Killed our women and men and make Iraq a little bit better place. WE did not vote for him as President of Iraq...It was US the USA and he has done nothing but try to make OTHER countries better. LOOK in your own back yard you sorry excuse for a man, you cant even take care of your own. Its About time we stand up and say NO MORE BUSH no more CLOSE MINDED POLICIES and YES it is TIME FOR CHANGE!!!! Democrats Unite because if we let small minded people and people that cant put differences aside for the better of our country then we are just asking for more of the same. Stand up People....UNITE

    Freedom / Change / Hope -08--– Always

    June 30, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  10. angie

    about time the dems fight back and all hillary supporters DID HILLARY OR DID SHE NOT SAY BUSH AND CHEYNEY WERE BIG OIL MEN ITS OK FOR HER TO SAY IT BUT NOT OBAMA PLEASE OBAMA AND HILLARY HAVE PRETTY MUCH SAID THE SAME THINGS BUT ONCE AGAIN WHEN HILLARY SAYS IT ITS TRUE AND OK BUT OBAMA SAYS IT HES A LIAR AND A FRAUD PLEASE PEOPLE GET OVER YOURSELFS!!!

    June 30, 2008 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  11. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Compared to the Swift Boat Vets, this is child's play.

    At least the Democrats will use truth in the ad, unlike the fine, up-standing, T. Boone Pickens-funded Swifties!

    June 30, 2008 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  12. antler

    Wow... All the "Clinton" supporters out in force here today. LOL. Do you really think she cares about you, or your views? You are foolish if you do not realise that you are only going against her party and more importantly, her!

    The Democrats in congress have been trying hard... but guess who's vetoing them?

    Some people really ought to think before write.

    June 30, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  13. DP, Fullerton, CA

    Frank O'Neil, not everyone should think the same like you do. This is America. You might be not a christian, but do you ever comprehend why America becomes the greatest nation in the world? Does it happen over night?

    It's all because America used to have a lot of Christianity values. Because of those values, you are recognized being a citizen, being a man, being a people. It was because of the Bible that former Americans applied those sacred and holy values so that all people including you can have the same right as anyone else. If it wasn't because of those values, do you think you can talk like this? And you too, the media.

    It's only a matter of time when more and more Americans already never care one to another, no more love, no more sacrifice, no more humanity and christianity values. All there are only people who only think about their rights but not their obligation. When that happens, you'll see that's the time America will collapse. I'm not cursing America, reversely, I want to warn all the Dems like you. It's ok for me for a Dems to be a president, as long as he/she can keep the sacred and holy christianiy values that once was the foundation of this country.

    The reason I am not quite keen with democrat is because their values are bad. Majority of the Democrats are people who doesn't respect the moral values. They think it is a garbage and not important. They don't realize that those are the foundations.

    June 30, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  14. Peter

    And the Democrats continue to say the Republicans play dirty politics...

    June 30, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  15. Chris

    Good, the Democrats are finally giving the Republicans a taste of their own medicine!
    Obama '08!

    June 30, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  16. Sarah- ARIZONA

    This radio buy is such an amazing idea!!! The dems are finaly getting some balls to stick up to the repubs.

    AND NO it is not hypocritical. The reason congress is not doing as well as they promised is bc they are stuck with a president who is self-centered and is all abt the oil companies and making cash.

    This is highlighting the issues and policies of the repubs and what they stand for. its not a personal smear by any means.

    Way to go Democrats!!! wooohooo

    June 30, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  17. Peter

    This is a very bad decision! These kind of sophmoric ads simply undrmine the core message of Democrats regarding the overall state of the Nation that Bush is leaving as his legacy

    Maybe Democrats really are too stupid to elect!

    If you think the gas price per se is the biggest problem that Bush has left on the next president's doorstep...well think harder!!

    June 30, 2008 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  18. abey

    ever since obama-clinton unity move started,obama's poll ratings
    seems to have diminished.

    June 30, 2008 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  19. James

    I don't think publicly admitting your party doesn't understand that oil prices are a WORLDWIDE problem is a very good campaign move. Gas in Germany was $9.40 a gallon at last check... and it's almost just as bad in Turkey and elsewhere in Europe.

    Why would you then run a radio ad stating that oil prices are all George Bush's fault? Is this the DCCC's way of publicly stating that they are retarded or something?

    Additionally, John McCain is the one running for president... not George Bush. If you're going to launch political attacks for the coming election, at least attack the right guy.

    June 30, 2008 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  20. Mike S

    JOhn G., you will never come up with a good enough reason to make me think GW Bush is worthy of my respect. Even the Army now says his war leadership was putrid and, in fact, his declaration of Mission Accomplished made U.S. losses worse after May 1, 2004. And the folks the Dems are targeting are the dregs of society. I cringe to think my taxes are going to pay the salaries of such lowest -common-denominator imbeciles as Virgil Goode and Jean Schmidt.

    June 30, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  21. Iam4thiscountry

    Dr. Bob: I think you have it backwards. If you vote for McCain you will certainly end Hillary's chances of getting into the White House. She will be working her Heart out for Obama to win. Because if he doesn't, alot of people on the Hill will blame her for the lose (because of the long primary battle and some of the rumors that were started by her supporters about Obama) and she will not be around in 12 or 16 to run. I respect her and I know she will do what she thinks is best for her country. She will be very disappointed in any of her supporters that vote for McCain as it will show that they did not support her because of her views on the issues (which are very close to Obama's and opposite of McCains) but only because she was the first woman running for office and never had a clue what she stood for. So Shallow!!! So Sad!!!

    June 30, 2008 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  22. curtis in WI

    Bad idea. Now some Republican whackjob will hire an Obama sound alike and have them spout the most blatant lies – probably have it praising Allah or some such and the party will disavow all knowledge but do nothing to curb it but will in fact flame the fire to try to scare people into voting for McSame.

    June 30, 2008 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  23. Iam4thiscountry

    I am kind of at a lose over this ad? What is so wrong? After all it is ok for the Republicans to distort the truth! They do it all the time!! For instance; I keep hearing that Obama is going to raise taxes. Now, when a republican says it that is where they leave it. They do not bother to add that you will have to make ove $250,000.00 or that the Capital Gains tax starts when you get 3million. Right now it is at 2million. The republicans have always distorted the Truth Knowing they were distorting the Truth.

    June 30, 2008 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  24. Iam4thiscountry

    Montan is Obama Country: You are right!!! it is the "Silly Season". Maybe it should be renamed the "Stupid season".

    June 30, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  25. akadoug

    The Repubs already have a Bush impersonator...McCain. The old guy may not look like him much but he sure has been sounding like him. Too bad because in 2000 I wanted McCain instead of Dubya. Now I guess McCain thinks to win he's got to echo Bush and Cheney.

    This former Republican and current independant wants real change. That's why I'm voting for Obama in 2008!

    June 30, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
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