August 7th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
10 years ago

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. David, Tampa, Fl

    Putting more platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and along the southern Atlantic seaboard makes about as much sense as erecting hundreds of large windmills from north Texas to the Canadian border. One is hurricane zone the other is tornado alley. Of these 2 options I support windmills because the cost to replace one or several would be much less than an oil platform. This is all election year BS from both parties and in Jan when the new congress takes office and we have a new nut job in the oval office it will be things will degenerate to worse than what is going on now in DC. Both parties have had peroids of power over the last 50 years and have done nothing despite warning that this day was coming. I dont believe anything these people say any more.

    August 7, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Ryan

    I like the republicans for this. They're even willing to listen to a liberal hollywood star if she's trying to make some sense out of things. Its sure a lot better than the Democrats did by going home for a break.

    August 7, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. edw

    McCain's camp plans to utilize a number of tactics, including "family budget roundtables, grocery store visits," and "roundtable events heavily tilted towards women to discuss the pressures the economy is placing on family finances and how McCain's plan would help." The campaign also will work the fourth estate. As detailed in Taylor's memo, McCain will "provide compelling set of programming and surrogate activity to drive media interest," and "mobilize economists in target states supporting the McCain plan to engage the media in support of our plan."

    August 7, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. karen-phoenix

    Add wind power and its similar to Obama's. Obama is not against solar as McCain states. Obama is against the nuclear waste that is left and we have NO place to put it!!! Add 26 more nuclear power plants and what do we do with the waste? No safe way yet of disposing of it. AND the people of Nevada DO NOT want it in a mountain in their state!!! Do not blame them. Do you want it in your back yard? McCain doesn't care one bit. He has 8 houses to live in and will never have it in his backyard. Maybe we should drill for oil in Sadona, AZ where he owns one of the richest pieces of AZ proper in America!

    August 7, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Ethan

    If you were wondering the depth of the GOP's lack of ideas.... this is Rock Bottom.

    And yes, isn't it ironic that McCain campaign mocks Barack for his "celebrity" using Paris' image, and then they take her idea (which is Barack's idea). I thought the Right hated the Left for their "Hollywood Values". Just pathetic.

    Obama and all the Dems '08

    August 7, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. not an obamabot, thank GOD

    I thought the dems. said if they were elected, the war would end and gas would go down, that was when gas was around 2.00-2.50 a gallon, what happened we are still in iraq and gas is now 3.50-4.00. so they lied and now they wont vote, hmmm.

    August 7, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Veteran in Kansas

    Out of the mouth of babes............................................................

    August 7, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. We're NOT "your friends"!!!

    Is this really what this campaing has come down to? Citing Paris Hiltons' "energy plan". Pathetic!

    Obama '08

    August 7, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Obama supporter"White, 60 year old woman

    McCain is lieing when he says off shore drilling could start immediately as the states have to make the decisions once Congress does, he is using the GOP "protest "as a gimmick, otherwise he would have been in the Senate when they were discussing it and he would be joining them in their pretend protest.

    He also doesn't explain where this increased oil will be refined as American refineries are working at capacity now. He also doesn't explain why the oil companies are not drilling in the leases he has

    McCain also doesn't explain the process for nuclear plants:

    1. a 3-4 year process to receive a license
    2. 3 yrs to build one
    3. finding an area to accept a plant

    The only "change" this man represents is changing positions on everything to the savings due to properly inflated tires, to claiming to be a "maverick" to endorsing Bush, to having constant revelations of lobbyists on his campaign whose actions are completely contradictory to his so called policies.

    I bet that a good number of people stating that Obama receiving so much media attention (72% negative) are Obama supporters who just want the same due diligence and scrutiny of McCain's ads, comments and poll results as Obama receives.

    August 7, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Drew

    The Republicans of Big Oil include your Boy Barack... Check his Voting Record...

    August 7, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. JB


    Paris did not come up with this idea. It was fed to her. She had no idea what she was talking about.


    Why hate on the R's when they are trying to get lazy Pelosi and the D's back off their 5 week vacation. I don't care if you are a hard core D, you should be impressed that the R's are trying to get something done, AND as a D, you should be pushing your D representatives to get off their lazy bu!!s and get back to work.

    I am sorry, but who cares who gets things done, as long as it gets done.

    Finally, compromise often times is the best approach, like Paris's "hybrid" approach. Congress should do it more often!!!

    August 7, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Independent

    Even Paris Hilton is smart enough to know not to vote for McCain. She compared McCain to the old lady from Tales from the Creep. Hilarious!

    August 7, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Joe the Troll

    It's amazing that these people can't tell when someone is making fun of them.

    August 7, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Peter

    if McShame/Hilton 08 win this election i will move from this country because you PUMA's should belong in hell, though i know most of you dont have the guts to vote for McShame/Hilton 08

    August 7, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Donna

    Why must all IDIOT politicians have a Texas Connection? Bad enough we spewed Bush on the world(let alone ourselves when he was Gov)...

    August 7, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. al







    August 7, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Shane

    If it works then, why not? Much better than what we have currently. Honestly I am glad the republicans are doing this. I am a Democrat and am appalled that they went on vacation when we are suffering here.

    August 7, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. dan

    LOL at Jason's comment about McCain starting WW3. That has been the same tired old line that democrats have been dragging out since Reagan. It now has been 28 years since then and still no WW3. You just keep saying it. No need to acknowledge you've been wrong for 28 years just keep spouting it off about EVERY Republican nominee for years to come. What out the boogie man is around the corner also.

    August 7, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    I'm not suprised that our congressional leaders are looking to Paris Hilton for ideas. Their own are vapid and self-serving and have resulted in the lowest approval rating of a congress on record.

    Thanks folks–too bad we can't unelect you until your terms end.

    Libertarians–the third largest party in the country–and moving up!!!

    August 7, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Sacto Joe

    The "Paris Hilton plan" looks an awful lot like the Barak Obama plan. Limited offshore drilling where it's environmentally safe and push alternative energy. They do disagree on nuclear – she didn't mention it and he wants to take it slow and careful.

    I'm sure she also believes that people should pump up their tires as well, unlike John McCain....

    August 7, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Canada supports Obama

    John McCain flip flopped on drilling for oil on June 23rd, 2008 for political gain.

    Barack Obama compromised and although he still doesn't agree with drilling is willing to meet the GOP in the middle on this issue.


    August 7, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. tony

    So the Republicans are following Paris's lead now? Can they run on their own ideas? Oh wait, these are the people who support George W. Bush, who am I kidding?

    August 7, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  23. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Ken Pittsburgh August 7th, 2008 1:15 pm ET

    This is actually the Obama plan

    That is a flat out lie and you know it ! If you do some research you will see that It has been McCain's plan all along to drill now and invest in all of the above to provide stability. Obama has only agreed with drilling in the last ten days. Stop the lies.

    Btw take notice that most dems posting hear are off topic. The reason is that they don't want to admit that most prescribe to McCain's plan. So they will try to change the topic to distract you from the issues. You know what they say Repubs do all the time.

    August 7, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Enlightened Voter

    Wow, after all these years the repugs actually want to do something? What a sham

    August 7, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Silence Dogood

    O-cult: "The GOP does nothing but steal other people's ideas. "

    Have you read Obama's web site. ALL the ideas are someone else's – essentially the same as any liberal democrat. Where is the "change" and has anyone seen any new idea? Even one?

    I like liberal democrat ideas – it is the same though not a change. He lied.

    Read Empty suit's web site then look up change in the dictionary – the change from all previoous politics is a myth.

    August 7, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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