February 27th, 2009
12:01 PM ET
11 years ago

GOP leaders taking cues from Limbaugh, new ad says

Rush Limbaugh is featured along with several Republican leaders in Congress in a new ad out Friday paid for by two liberal groups.

Rush Limbaugh is featured along with several Republican leaders in Congress in a new ad out Friday paid for by two liberal groups.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new ad out Friday argues that the Republican leadership in Congress is following Rush Limbaugh’s lead.

Entitled “No,” the 30-second television spot, highlights Republican opposition to the Obama administration’s $787 billion stimulus package.

“So who are Republican leaders listening to?,” an announcer asks before the ad cuts abruptly to footage of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh saying “I want him [Obama] to fail.”

“No,” is paid for by Americans United for Change and AFSCME, two groups that supported Obama during the general election and who are advocating for his agenda now that he’s in the Oval Office. The ad airs Friday through early next week on national cable and in the Washington area, according to a statement by Americans United for Change announcing the ad.

Limbaugh is set to speak Saturday in Washington at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative activists.

Updated Noon with RNC response: “The Democrats are running a permanent campaign rather than doing the bipartisan work of governing," Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant said in an e-mail to CNN. "These ads are part of the Democrats’ larger strategy to do something, anything to try to take the focus of their massive spending binge," Conant added.


Filed under: Political ads • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. Obambi

    If more people listened to Limbaugh–we would not be slipping down a slope to socialism.ALL OF HIS DETRACTORS ARE SCARED SILLY THAT HE IS RIGHT–HENCE THE SMEARS FROM MSM.

    February 27, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. What are you talking about

    Okay so you have a NFL Franchise that is only averaging 2 wins a season for the past 5 years. The stadium is old, you have bad players, the coach is terrible and ticket sales are at a record low. Do you A) Keep the same stadium, same players, same coach and just lower ticket prices, lower concessions prices, lower parking prices, use the same advertising budget and hope people will start coming to the games or B) Build a new stadium, get really good free agents (which cost), Hire a great and well known Coach (which costs) and put more money into advertising. Well let me see I guess the republicans would do option A. Hmmmmm

    February 27, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. Al, NY NY

    It's unfortunate that the fat Oxycotin blimp gets attention and therefore relevance but it is true. The GOP must get the almighty approval from the gas-bag before they move on anything. The exceptions to that are now targets of his vapid bile and will probably be voted out next time around.

    February 27, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Richard L

    Apparently the spokesmen for the Republican party are a soccer mom with a bachelor's degree in communication, an unlicensed plumber, and an ex-disk jockey with a high school degree who flunked everything in a one-year attempt at a higher education.

    February 27, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. deeds

    obamma is a president that is worse then Bush! He is leading us to ruin.

    February 27, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The party of idiots. The republicans need a completely new base. When you start taking orders from Rush Limbaugh, you've lost complete credibility and it just makes it look like NONE of you are suited to lead. Rush wants the president's plan to fail. I guess all of the GOP feel the same way. Sometimes you just need to know when to shut up.

    February 27, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. July

    Rush gets ready for his close-up at the Conservative Political Action Committee this weekend (which is a collection of nuts so nutty even Sarah Palin stayed away).

    February 27, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Toni - Atlanta

    I've seen it, and it speaks for itself!

    February 27, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. demwit

    AFSCME is a government employee organization? What the F??

    February 27, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. FreeNLovIt

    There's no GOP leaders. They're a tag team of knee-clubbing elites.

    February 27, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Had It

    They all have fat jowls and double or triple chins. No hunger in the republican party.

    February 27, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Lush Limprick is the real RNC chairman.

    The ad only states the obvious, with the repub's stated agenda from the bald, bloated bonehead that hopes "Obamba fails" and the obstrutionist attitudes of all but 3 repubs in Congress, this is not news to the majority of Americans.

    February 27, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Abeed

    Yep. Rush is not a bright man. He has no education beyond high school. He just sat behind a radio mic his whole life. And this is who the GOP follows. Very typical. Whilst Obama surrounds himself with intellectuals and people who have made it like Warren Buffet, Hilary Clinton, and Bill Clinton, look at who the GOP listens to.

    February 27, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. Had It

    I can picture him crawling up a hill squeeling (Deliverance).

    February 27, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. JC

    Somebody has to tell the truth before it is too late and we permanently screw up the US with loser socialism from Europe. Most of you people out there are so fricking STUPID...you listen to this glib-tongued crook from the Chicago (corrupt) political machine.

    February 27, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Me

    Republicans should run the same add. But just add TO SOCIALISM after the NO. Why? Because you can see how well it's worked for Europe and South America.

    February 27, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Its time for Jumpsuits and Handcuffs

    Limbaugh is the leader of the new facist wing of their party,he wants to be the leader of the new world order.

    February 27, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. dg

    I love it when people declare the leader of the Republican Party to be Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity. These guys are both nutty in the head. They specialize in hate mongering and spreading propaganda. How could any person with any common sense listen to the likes of them? They are decdent and disgusting!!

    February 27, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  19. Maggie

    In the words of one of the greatest philosophers ever seen on film, "Who’s the more foolish, the fool, or the fool who follows him?"

    February 27, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. Rick

    We need to listen to somebody other than Obumbler who is leading us right down the toilet.

    February 27, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Joyce Becker

    Rush Limbaugh is now the leader of the Republican pack and they take their orders from him as they have nobody else to listen to. It is sad what the Grand Old Party has come to that they have to listen to that pill popping gas bag for their inspiration, mainly because he has such a loud voice and just about nothing else.

    February 27, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Ryan

    Getting a little old now.

    February 27, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Seattle Sue

    So it has come down to having Limbaugh,Palin and Joe the Plumber to lead the Republican Party. WOW

    February 27, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. susanb

    Rush Limbaugh is the true leader of the Republican Party.

    What a horrifying thought.. but not surprising.

    It just means that Obama will be re-elected by a landslide in 2012.

    That will make this formerly Independent moderate – now a registered Democrat – very happy!

    February 27, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Beverly, NYC

    Truth in advertising, Republicans can't really argue with this ad. I hope they keep listening to the Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and wha's left of the hypocritical religious right, it makes the democrats look better and better. If Obama's plans work they can wander in the political wilderness for the next 20 years.

    February 27, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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