August 7th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
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Congressman wants to bring up “Paris Hilton plan”

Rep. Michael Burgess things the 'Paris Hilton plan' for energy should be considered.

Rep. Michael Burgess things the 'Paris Hilton plan' for energy should be considered.

CAPITOL HILL (CNN) - The lines between celebrity and politician blurred into a haze Thursday at a Republican news conference, as one congressman began pushing Paris Hilton's “plan” on energy.

"Let's bring up the Paris Hilton plan," goaded Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas.

Burgess and his fellow Republicans are in day five energy speeches on the House floor, despite the fact that the chamber is closed for August recess. They're trying to pressure House Speaker Nancy Pelosi into holding a vote on offshore oil drilling.

As they plan for another week of House protest, those Republicans have found an unlikely ally and publicity magnet in Hilton. The model and actress launched a parody campaign commercial earlier this week, suggesting a hybrid of energy plans from presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain

"We can do limited offshore drilling, with strict environmental oversight," the heiress suggested in an animal print bathing suit, "while creating tax incentives to get Detroit making hybrid and electric cars."

"Even Paris Hilton had an energy plan that she's talking about," said Burgess, seizing a chance to make Democrats look lackluster on the issue.

The Texas congressman tried to put Hilton in the Republican camp, claiming her words mirrored current GOP legislation known as the "No More Excuses Energy Act". But, while that proposal does allow offshore drilling, a congressional summary shows it does not contain tax credits to encourage new automobile technology.

And that keeps Hilton, strangely, in the centrist chair on energy. A centrist, poolside lounge chair

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soundoff (257 Responses)
  1. Elizabeth

    Godness, are the Republican party so bukrupt they need Paris Hilton satire plan......which is basically Obama's Energy plan.

    August 7, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. seeing the truth

    it seems, unfortunately a lot of Americans do not know how our system works. i have read comments about how the Dems are the Majority and have not done anything in the two years they have been there. well though it is true they are the Majority however only by one seat. that in no way blocks the Repub filibuster efforts, which i might add have been at a record high. so the Dems are not and have not held a true Majority, so you can not blame the Dems...even though i know you want to for the grid lock in Washington with out looking at the Repubs negative actions. the Oil Companies have 68 MILLION acres they are not drilling on...this show the Repubs are putting on gets two thumbs DOWN...if you do not understand that they are playing on Americans frustrations and fears at the gas pump, you are mislead.

    August 7, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Indep

    Isn't her plan is same as Obama's? I guess since now hot girl saying it, now RNC want to adopt it. Ultemately RNC follow Obamas footsteps. It's like Elephant will drink water but it will make the water dirty before drink it.

    August 7, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Dan

    photo caption: "Rep. Michael Burgess things the 'Paris Hilton plan' for energy should be considered."

    probably should be 'thinks'

    August 7, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. J

    The GOP's logic is so backwards its not even funny. It's just scary.

    August 7, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Repticilicans are clueless losers!

    August 7, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Mimi De La Cruz, los angeles





    August 7, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    why not, its got to be better than any thing Bush could come up with.

    Look, Obama and McCains energy plans are similiar on paper in alot of ways. Its just "more of this" and "less of that" in varying degrees. Its apparent that we could be alot farther along in getting off oil, if the oil companies had not had our gov. on lock down for so long. its happening with McCain now, and once again, the american people are being taken for a ride by the oil companies on off shore drilling.

    August 7, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  9. JD

    Paris' plan would at least reduce our dependency on foreign oil. Mr. Obama's (and the Democratic Party's) plan would have us twist in the wind as our foreign dependency continues to climb over 70%. Currently over $700 billion is being transferred every year to countries that are basically hostile to the US.

    August 7, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. Franky

    You know what guys? Let them stay, I really hope they do. Why?? Because Conservatives care about a lot of options, not distractions...

    I dare the Conservatives to stand up, I dare them....

    August 7, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. Vote Nader

    This may be the first time my representative (Burgess) has done something worthwhile. There must not be any expensive defense contracts to land for Lockheed.

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    August 7, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  12. Peggy - TX

    I am not a fan of Paris, but her plan makes good sense and she did a good job of communicating it.

    August 7, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. Charlotte

    When Paris Hilton has a better plan then either candidate, that is a sad day for America.

    August 7, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. adam

    Maybe the Republicans didn't notice but oil prices and gas prices have been falling without government intervention. Conservatives should be cheering, don't they like non-intrusive government and free-market corrections.

    August 7, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Jeff

    The Paris Hilton plan certainly cant be any worse than either the McCain or Obama plans.

    August 7, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. Franky

    I'm tough, I don't play around when I mean it...

    I'm telling you, I'm gonna mess with them and boy are they gonna have beautiful dreams...

    August 7, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Tired of W, OH

    We all know how the republicans operate by now. They'll run with the drilling part and give kick backs to big oil, but they'll just give lip service to the alternative energy and hybrid technology. The Gas and Oil Party will never get on board with alternative energy because it would cut into big oil's profits.

    August 7, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. Charlotte

    Pelosi is too busy, she is on a book tour. I hope it is as big of a flop as she is. The worst Congress in history! With people like her in charge, it is no wonder.

    August 7, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Tim in NC


    wheher her idea has merit or not, she's a an over-sexed anti-rolemodel for today's young people. She embodies EVERYTHING republicans stand against.

    In today's political structure, where the meer image of possible impropriety is enough to doom a person's political career, hwo can any one put forth the "Paris Hilton plan".

    Do what all good pl;oticians do: steal it, tweek it, and present it as something "new and fresh"... No wonder the republicans are set up to lose between 15-30 seats in the house and senate this election, they've just lost their friggin minds.

    August 7, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. Rachel, MT

    I don't think Paris is supporting the GOP, or John McSame after what he did to her. No her suggestions was to put him in his place, and she did. Kudos to Paris.

    Obama 08

    P.S. The GOP does nothing but steal other people's ideas. They don't have any of their own. Now they're trying gto steal from Paris Hilton. Shameful.

    August 7, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Paris for preisdent!

    August 7, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. John Ellis

    I am totally impressed with this story. Typically CNN hates everything that any Republicans do. Although short, at least you presented a positive comment of the Republican pursuit of an energy plan.
    However you did fail to point out that most Democrats went on vacation during this time, although many Amercican cannot afford to go on vacation due to the cost of fuel. I guess Democrats like high gas prices.

    August 7, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Lee from FL

    she might be lacking in most intellectual areas but she has a good point.
    seems like she is more in touch with reality than our 2 presidential candidates

    August 7, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. Jason

    Typical Republican'ts they don't have any plans of their own to offer, so instead they mock people and waste more tax-payers dollars by stupid stunts like this. Texas surely can pick some winners down there! WHOA..

    How about instead of drilling offshore which will take 3-5 years before a single barrel of oil will make it to America, lets invest in alternatives to oil such as Sugar Cane based ethanol.. Its a renewable resource and clean burning. Brazil does it. So why can't America???

    If you want to drill, drill on the already leased land!! The Republican'ts are living in the 1980's and they think McCain is the 2nd coming of Reagan.. WRONG.. McCain will start WW3.. if you want that, then vote McCain...

    Listen to the American people and find alternative energy sources. We live in the past we need to move forward.. America says to drill because that will make us feel better, but not solve any problems!! Stop wasting money with bandaids instead find real solutions.

    Hybrid cars are to expensive, they should be produced in higher quantities to reduce the cost to the consumer. The auto makers should allow a trade in of a lease of a conventional fuel vehicle into a lease of hybrid if available with no penalties. Its in the best interest of auto makers to provide the consumer with what the consumer wants!! NOW

    August 7, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |

    Excuse me, but McCain already had the plan. If you were paying attention to McCain's town hall debates that Obama refused to participate in, you would know that. Paris is as bad as Obama on stealing other people's ideas and calling them his own.....

    August 7, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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