August 7th, 2008
04:16 PM ET
10 years ago

New radio ads target Republicans on energy policy

Newt Gingrich came to Capitol Hill Wednesday to support House Republicans protesting the need to vote on an energy bill.

Newt Gingrich came to Capitol Hill Wednesday to support House Republicans protesting the need to vote on an energy bill.

(CNN) – Political Action, a liberal advocacy group that supports many Democratic causes and Sen. Barack Obama presidential candidacy, will launch radio advertisements Friday that target six GOP members of Congress over their involvement in a week-long protest by House Republicans.

Since Congress’ five-week long recess began last Friday, some House Republicans have taken to the House floor every weekday to protest Congress’ failure to vote on an energy bill.

“The political theatrics in the House this week are brought to you by the Party that’s been sold to Big Oil,” said Noah T. Winer, in a statement released by MoveOn Thursday. “They are playing politics instead of offering solutions,” Winer, a campaign director at MoveOn also said in the statement.

The radio ads will air in the districts of Rep. Roy Blunt (Missouri’s 7th District), Rep. Mike Pence (Ohio’s Indiana’s 6th District), Rep. Mary Fallin (Oklahoma’s 5th District), Rep. John Culberson (Texas’s 7th District), Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas’s 11th District), and Rep. Jon Porter (Nevada’s 3rd District).

Newt Gingrich, former Republican Speaker of the House, met with House Republicans Wednesday, followed by a Capitol Hill press conference. The GOP protest is being support by a burgeoning movement of conservative online political activists.

soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    The oil companies should really focus on drilling on the 68 million acres of land they already have the leases to. The repugs are just puppets for them.

    August 7, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. v.a.

    hahahahaha silly republicans

    August 7, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Lesley

    If the Repubs had done their jobs all along, they wouldn't need to be staging this phony protest. Trying to show the people now that they are working hard doesn't erase their inaction on the public's behalf for the last 8 years, most of which represented a majority for the Republicans in Congress.

    August 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Joe Kiloz

    I am one more who wants an Energy policy, along with drill here and now. Lets get Congress reconvened and vote on the matter before another 30 years go by with the usual neglect. Don't want to be doing "odd-even days" like in Jimmy Carter's tenure.

    August 7, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Just answer one question:

    What were these same Republicans doing for the past 7 1/2 years – 6 of which was when the Republican held a unbreakable majority in the House and in the Senate and a Republican President with a Veto Pen???

    The answer is "Nothing" but hand out subsidies to big oil & gas: who met with VP Cheney over 40 times.

    Check McCain's voting record on energy: how many times he voted against higher fuel mileage cars etc.

    Nothing turns my stomach more than hypocrisy – and this is the most noxious kind. If it were not an election year, the Republicans would be as silent as the grave – building bridges to nowhere....

    August 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Small business–the few that remain–demand low fuel costs in order to grow busines, make payroll, and cover overhead.

    This is idealogical–this is breakfast, lunch, dinner–for millions of our citizens.

    Move-on....take a hike.

    If we can increase production–regardless of where–and our elected officials are holding that capability up in any way because of their ideology I've got one thing to say-"hunger, the repo-man, and taxes–don't give a crap about your ideoology–they just want a check.

    Free up any immediate respite for American small business and consumers–or suffer the electoral consequences.

    Above all this baloney–your country–your business–your oil.

    August 7, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Griff

    Re-Tyre Pressure.. That caps it all.. For Obama, to Retire: pressure, sounds better...

    August 7, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. red33,cedar rapids, ia

    Heaven forbid, if people start believing the drivel that MoveOn.Org. puts out; if I did that, I would question my mentality.

    August 7, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.


    Even if we could drill anywhere and everywhere like the GOP and their corporate masters want there are no rigs and skilled workers out there to man them. THIS IS PURE POLITICS.


    Can you say landslide???

    Yes we can!

    August 7, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Mike, TX (aka George Soros) stands to earn millions $$$ with energy prices high. They know that the democrats in congress and Obama in the White House will result in $300 oil. Soros is no fool, he only hires them.

    August 7, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. Jim

    That's pretty funny! Claims of a party being bought out coming from a party that has been fully bought out by the drug industry!


    August 7, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Nova from NV

    A government study shows that Obama's plan of taxing the gas companies and McCain's plan of drilling more will not have much effect on gasoline price. The study pretty much says that both ideas are stupid! The idea that will actually work is to enforce the speed limit.

    August 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. Marie in California is the creation of socialist, sociopathic, megalomaniac George Soros. He controls it. He also controls Obama, his puppet.

    Elect Obama in November and you'll have a socialistic Soros presidency!

    McCain 2008!

    August 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Military Man

    Moveon-dot-org is amongst the least trusted sources in my book.

    August 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Gregg Hanpeter

    I don't think anyone really believes a lot of what says based on lies in the past. But oh well, let them spew un-American hate if they wish.

    August 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Sandi AZ

    This is such a joke! All these Republicans wait 8 years to voice their dislike over the Dems taking a break. We all know they love the TV cameras. Most of them will be going home after the next election so they want to whine on the TV. Boo HOO! They better get a life, soon they will have no say so when this whole country goes Democrat!!

    August 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. tim

    If is a tax exempt organization, how can it be so slanted toward democrats?

    I thought in order to be tax exempt an organization had to be neutral in how it conducted itself.

    August 7, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Dave, Illinois

    Hey anybody who believes anything spewed out of MoveOn, I have a bridge to sell you.

    August 7, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. jkt

    Let's all find out who all is involved with this MOVEON.ORG garbage and expose them for who they really are. It is time for us to unite and destroy this enemy of America!

    August 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. John

    For a group that is all about moving on, they sure dont seem to be interested in moving anywhere. seems perfectly happy just sticking with the status quo of total gridlock until they can simply enforce their will on people through the candidates they support. If that is progress, I must be blind becuase I cant see it.

    Attacking these House members for promoting any energy solution seems to perpetuate the satus quo. Then there is the obligatory attack on Big Oil and subsequent link to the GOP. I will say again, they seem perfectly happy with the status quo: partisan bickering and name calling with no actual solution in sight.

    August 7, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. Bill from ALabama

    Move on .org is a big bunch of radical,liberals,that are backing Obama . They are, i'm sure,going to hold the home front together while Obama is in Hawaii on his second vacation in 6 months.

    August 7, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. Linda from Prescott AZ

    nothing but election year politics.
    and who the heck is Newt anyway but a philanderer who disgraced is wife and a hypocrite ex speaker of the house.

    August 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Stephen in Red Bluff

    Keep it up,!!

    We need your messages of truth out there! You guys can say the things we're all thinking–and things that Obama and his staff know but can't "go there"–and you can play a vital role in doing what the MSM won't: call out McCain and replay all his gaffes and lies!!

    August 7, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. cjr

    the reds (read republicans) can say all they want and stay in Washington for the next few months because it is all over for them. they will lose the Senate and big time in the House. What a corrupt bunch of people, not that the Democrats are much better but they are the best we have.

    August 7, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. DR. YES

    i love being a member.

    August 7, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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