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. Watermann

    This political theatre is even worse than I experienced in Germany. Holy cow, how do these politicians think about the US voters?

    August 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Brian

    Power to the people!

    August 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Dave in Illinois

    If this is all just " political theatrics" by the Republicans, why is Pelosi afraid to bring up the offshore drilling issue for a vote? Maybe because the she'd lose the vote.

    She must figure that the 70% of the Americans in the polls that want offshore drilling must all be Republicans who are in Big Oil's pocket. If so, what chance will Obama have in the Fall?

    August 7, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Not a Move-on Moron

    Move-on OWNS the Democratic Party!

    Are you tired of high gas prices the Democrats promised to fix for you in '06 (when gas was $2.21/gallon)?

    The Democrats have done nothing and will do nothing.

    That is the reason their approval rating is THE LOWEST IN HISTORY.

    Support the Republicans in Congress and help make this country energy independent!!

    August 7, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Capsaicin

    Republican offer a theater of 'outrage' and 'mockery' while Obama offers a simple solution to save energy (tire-pressure) along with a multi-pronged set of solutions, and even an offer to compromise on 'drilling'. (Since when have the Republicans compromised on a hot button issue?).

    If the Right really cared about helping regular Americans, they would work with Obama and the democratic congress to negotiate a compromise between intelligent drilling and more forward-looking policies ASAP. Instead they grandstand to try to tarnish Mr. Obama.

    The American people aren't that stupid. They know the Oil companies have been sitting on their existing drilling leases and just want to fatten their bank accounts with a 'land grab' on new drilling locations. The people also know that the call for drilling as a primary solution is disingenuous–drilling won't produce results for years, while the pain at the pump is now.

    August 7, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Texas Trail Dog!


    August 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    vote ExxonMcCain 08.

    August 7, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. bridgette

    Newt Gingrich go back to where you have been. Because they are just being silly. You all had control of both of those houses for 12 yers and did nothing on energy. And for half of those years you had a Republican President and did absoulutely nothing. So just stop it.

    August 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. Ex-Conservative

    Not this conservative..................

    BARR 2008

    August 7, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Fed up from Tx

    That's no surprise! We all know with half a brain big oil runs all!
    We have had 8 years of 2 oil men and they love for it to continue!!!!!
    McCain is following Bush like a pup in training!

    August 7, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Shirley

    The Republicans had ten years to do something about energy,healthcare and anything that affect Americans.
    Now they are pointing finger and playing politic, and
    to think we vote these people into office every year.

    August 7, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. ex-Republican for Obama

    Exxon-McCain '08

    August 7, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Peter E

    Oh MoveOn, please do more of these adds, and let people know how closely you support democrats! It will help them greatly, just like you helped John Kerry get elected in 2004!

    August 7, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. Ben

    The Republicans in this instance aren't the ones guilty of theatrics. Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats' decision to turn off the lights and hit the road is both theatrical and irresponsible. We are in the middle of an energy crisis and it is an issue that demands our leaders' full attention. Whether you agree with the Republicans or the Democrats on energy policy, or like myself believe they're both way off base, it is still something that deserves a timely debate and a proper yes or no vote – not a vague commitment to waste more time arguing about it five weeks from now. Get in there and vote on the thing, guys. Don't go on vacation while the house is burning down.

    August 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Peter E

    You know, even most democrats get a negative knee-jerk reaction when they hear the word! They helped screw up Kerry in '04, and now they're doing it again for Obama... 8 more years of republicans, that's what we'll get...

    August 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Aaron

    Shut the government down, Newt. It really out worked well for you the last time, lol!!!! What a bunch of losers!!!

    August 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. jimmy


    August 7, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Aaron

    If these guys accomplished offshore drilling now, what the hell would they be running on in November? Border fences?

    The whole protest smells of desperation.

    August 7, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Sherry, Atlanta

    All ads by MOVEON, are GREAT

    August 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Newt Gingrich is one of the purveyors of the out-of-control partisanship that now dominates Washington. He instructed his fellow Republicans to refer to Democrat policies as "Stalinist" and to Democrats themselves as opposers of "normal American values" back in 1994.

    August 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Charlotte

    Newt, I thought you left? This is how the Speaker of the House should be acting. Nancy, where are you??? Oh right, your on a book tour.

    August 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Mark Webb

    Newt Gingrich is such an idiot!!!
    Same thing for McCain.

    McCain / Gingrich 2008

    August 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. victorhill

    A Message to Sen. Obama and his supporters;

    Here's a quote befitting of your whole improbable journey to the US presidency. You've probably heard it before. It's from the great Mahatma Ghandi:

    First they ignore you
    Then they laugh at you
    Then they fight you
    Then you win.
    So be encouraged!

    August 7, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. Rob

    This is such a pivitol position on behalf of McFlip Flop. He has claimed to be very concerned about global warming. He has always been against coastal drilling. And he knows full well that coastal driling will not lower gas prices. Yet in spite of all this. mc Hypocrite has tossed all this in the trash just to pander for a few votes of frightened ignorant people whom the oil companies have fooled into believing that coastal drilling will help the energy crises. mcBush may be the sleaziest candidate to ever run for the office of President.

    August 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. leon0146 do not forget to also create an ad to show America the real colors of Obama in refards to FISA. Is that the president you want for USA? IS that the kind of person you supported even when he hurts our human rights.

    More and more I can see the parallel and similarites between Obama and Bush. Obama can also be a third term of Bush in many ways

    August 7, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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