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. Intelligence is ruling the world and ignorance is bearing the burden

    Why don't stay retired. You left office because your affair was going to be exposed to the public at the same time you were criticizing Bill Clinton for having an affair. He may have lied to congress but I give Clinton more credit because he didn't run with his tail between his legs like you did.

    August 7, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. jason, tx

    Where were these dip wads 7 years ago, or 15 years ago, or 20 years ago when we could have developed solutions before this all happened? Oh, wait, they were drilling for oil!

    August 7, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. DMAC in ID

    As long as you have that power hungry piece of fluff with an Ego for a brain and no common sence the Dems won't come back. For some reason they are all afraid of her and won't over throw her She's. A 3 story house with all the lights on and all the windows open and everyone gone on vacation.

    August 7, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  4. Brian

    House Republicans are the last of the NeoCons. They've yet to realize that they have been exposed as thieves and the prostitutes of big oil, big finance and banking, and Haliburton's war profiteers. They have never served the general public-a fact that thankfully most voters recognize. They could do with less vacation time; they will probably use the time they wait in an empty Wshington to convert IOUs into lucrative jobs in the private sector.

    August 7, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. Jenna

    Yeah, well I want big oil to be producted right her in the good old USA. MoveOn.Org needs to move on, if they want foreign oil dependancy then let them move on to the Middle East!

    Dem for McCain

    August 7, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  6. Jenna

    Yeah, well I want big oil to be produced right here in the good old USA. MoveOn.Org needs to move on, if they want foreign oil dependancy then let them move on to the Middle East!

    Dem for McCain

    August 7, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  7. Denise Groves

    GET EM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 7, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. PG

    Too bad they didn't have this same energy (no pun intended) during the last 7.5 years.

    August 7, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Vig have sold their followers an empty suit. Obama needs to own up to the fact that he has no experience, doesn't know what he is talking about and is in it for the ego gratifications and power. Read the article in today's SF Chronicle editorial section and you too will be convinced it's time to place Hillary Clinton's name in nomination and be done with Mr. Change – who only seems to keep changing his mind.

    August 7, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  10. Walter

    John McCain's energy policy is absolute gibberish.

    Take nuclear power. Even if we solved the waste disposal problem tomorrow (good luck with that project), nuclear power would still be uncompetitive simply because of cost. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that, even with fossil fuel inflation, coal and natural gas will still be cheaper than nuclear through at least 2015.

    Here is the answer to a question the Republican's don't want you asking. The government is not stopping energy companies from building new nuclear plants now, but they aren't doing it. The reason is simple. It is cost-prohibitive.

    Somebody needs to brief the Republican nominee about business issues.

    August 7, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. deroy

    perfect name for a spokesman: WINER!

    August 7, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. Jeff Brown

    Wow, bringing in the heavy hitters eh? LMAO!!!!!

    August 7, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. Chuck, Montgomery, AL

    What energy policy – drill drill drill – that's not a policy.

    Just like surge surge surge is not an exit strategy.

    Silly season – have you noticed the repukes still going on and on in a dark room?

    August 7, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. Independent in KS

    Everything that is done right now is about "playing politics". Neither party really has the interest of the people in mind, the Democrats paint this horrible picture of the state of the Union and blame it all on Bush and other Republicans (which is only a half truth) and the Republicans continue to promise one thing and only deliver for their big money backers.

    August 7, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. KG

    Does anyone even take seriously anymore? They are a complete joke.

    August 7, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. obama is the most dangerous man alive DEAD. You don't belong in this country anyway.

    August 7, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  17. Enlightned voter

    Noah T. Winer?? What a PERFECT name. Think that says it all. We'll just tax the oil comapnies, great plan! Oh, and natural gas is a FOSSIL FUEL.

    August 7, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. In case you didnt know

    The tax cut for the wealthy funded China's growth to American workers detriment. Rather than invest it here they invested in China to build the plants that took away American jobs. Now those same foreign workers who are buying cars are driving up the price of gasoline.

    The tax break was a double wammy for American workers. Not only was the capital used to outsource their jobs but now the oil demands by the low wage employees who tooks those jobs is pushing up fuel prices and creating more misery and unemployment.

    The wealthy tax break is a job eating ebola virus to the American economy. John McCain thinks this is wonderful.

    August 7, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Adolf Hitler

    MoveOn are a bunch of idiots.

    August 7, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |

    Um, excuse me.

    Is MoveOn joking?

    While it's true that Republicans love their theatrics, Nancy Pelosi has been the one playing politics with energy.

    Sorry, MoveOn. But you're wrong on this one.

    Knoxville NFIL

    August 7, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. Lee from Baton Rouge Louisiana

    Say yes to Big Oil
    Say yes to the destruction of our Planet
    Say yes to the ultimate demise of our great Land
    Say yes to McShame

    Obama 08

    August 7, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Is this the same Newt that was jumping up and down to impeach Clinton when Newt himself was in a love triangle with another woman. He should be impeached, he's no different than Clinton, Spitzer or the Detroit Mayor who is now in jail or Larry Craig for that matter.

    August 7, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Carl from MI

    What a bunch of blowhards!! Good thing Big Oil is paying them to be there... otherwise they'd all be out golfing with Boehner!!!

    August 7, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  24. Fed up with the lies

    As long as my tax dollars aren't being spent supporting these idiots; I could care less if they are keeping the air conditioning running while they're supposed to be at home; kissing babies. I don't think their speaches are put in the congressional record if the congress is in a vacation break period, so who cares?

    August 7, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  25. Jack

    This is just the GOPs last grandstanding chance to keep their promises to their big-oil donors before being swept out of office in Nov. Jack Abramoff, Tom Delay & Ted Stevens are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to big oil's payoffs in Congress.

    Don't be fooled America. They ain't doing it for you.

    August 7, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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