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. Jason

    Smells like fascism to me. The GOP are going to continue to drown in their hatred of minority groups and people who are less fortunate.

    When the GOP say they wish Obama to fail that means they want AMERICA TO FAIL. Now who's the terrorist?

    February 27, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Limbaugh, the conservative intellectual leader of the GOP. What a joke! GOP will continue to lose elections.

    February 27, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Casey

    What a joke. Is this what the Republican party is reduced to? They follow the lead of a nimrod radio talk show host spewing daily pizzle? This is worse than followers of Perky Palin drooling on her every word. With this kind of intellect the GOP will have absolutely NO credibility for the foreseeable future.

    February 27, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    One word....

    PIG!

    February 27, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Not a Texan

    Rush is divisive and I hope the GOP keeps him front and center. The majority of Americans do not believe what Rush is saying, but he will help ensure that Independents vote Democrat and motivate the Democratic base in 2010 and 2012.

    February 27, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Roy

    Wow, it's nice to know that CPAC has scheduled a COMEDY act Saturday night...i am sure Rush will put the audience into hysterics with his wacky and offbeat observations of fringe American life from his little narrow mind.

    AGAIN.......instead of helping or presenting ANY sort of alternatives to our current crisis, Republicans sit on the sidelines and call names.....it must be horrible to live in such small-minded fear.

    February 27, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Minnesotan

    Good conservatism will follow. It will be the first since Reagan.

    February 27, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Steve

    Just another example of how broken the Republican Right (which is not to say the same as the Republican Party) really is. The Republicans are edging away from people like Rush. Their downfall in the last election was due in part to aligning with broken, psychologically-damaged people like him. Take your marching orders from Rush, and you'll march off a political cliff.

    February 27, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Dan

    Al Franken called it right before!

    February 27, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Todd

    The GOP is so incredibly out of touch with America right now that I don't think all the blame can go to one bad talk-radio personality. As a whole they seem to have just stopped thinking.

    February 27, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Dana

    Rush is a white Jesse Jackson, always stirring the pot to keep everyone upset.it beats working for a living, I guess, as long as there are these dwebs who listen to him.

    February 27, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Desmond

    A question of the blind ( not to speak of the vicious, bitter and very dumb) leading the blind and at least very dumb!

    February 27, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. katiec

    Loved the ad. To think the republican party is supporting this man shows us how out of touch with reality they are.
    They insult our intelligence and put the survival of their party over
    the survial of our country and us.
    What a bunch of hypocrits!!

    February 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Mike

    Limbaugh said he wanted obama's socialist agenda to fail not the country. The facts mean little or nothing to the democrats. Everyone needs to quit going along with obama or this country will fail thanks to obama and the democrat controlled congress. I hope we can hold on to this country until mid term elections.

    February 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. keenaber

    This a MORON,look at its head its so big like pumpkin.HOPELESS MAN

    February 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Joanna

    Really sad when people get there advise from a self loathing pill popper. LOL lol Rush is a total idiot.

    February 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. JB

    Amen on Limbaugh being silly. His only real agenda is to make $$$$. Either by pleasing the big business crowd or by increasing the number of people who listen to or watch him by making outrageous comments that many times are not or are half truths. He knows the uproar that this is going to cause .... he also knows it will increase his income as more supporters and haters listen!! Turn him OFF .... tell his sponsors that you will not buy their products!!!! Just DON'T listen to or watch him.

    February 27, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. QLee

    Rush is a big fat idiot who is a drug addict. He is an alarmist who cannot stand the thought of a black man in the White House. Only ignorant people listen to the man. Most of his listeners don't bother to read a newspaper, watch the news, etc. They rely on him for their information without even realizing how biased he is. I believe Rush Limbaugh is a danger to American society.

    February 27, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. lori

    satan comes in all disguises Limbaugh included

    February 27, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. donna

    Rush will end up running the GOP officially before too long...right now he is just their puppet master!!!!

    February 27, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Jabba the Hut

    does he resemble a Star Wars figure?

    Limbaugh, oh deliver-er of evil and all things wrong with the religious right and taking too much Oxycotton, please continue to be the wise one of the republican party, you and shaft though how you two are the spokespeople is anyone's guess, are doing all you can to bring down the GOP

    and that makes me happy

    oh and long live Palin, she is the gift that keeps on giving, har har har

    February 27, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Suzanne

    If Obama is our "messiah" then Limbaugh is their "Jim Jones".

    February 27, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. obamahasbigears

    That is the state of our country...where we listen to hate-filled drug addicts and religous zealots...Oh wait, thats just Republicans!

    February 27, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. rob

    does this pig just keep getting fatter or what ?

    February 27, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. Proud former Marine 1945

    TO PROUD ARMY NAVY MOM:

    AND I CAN TELL FROM YOUR COMMENT, THE SAME HOLDS TRUE FOR YOU ALSO MADAM, AND YOU ARE MOST LIKELY AMONG THAT PROUD GROUP AF WOMEN THAT GET ALL TJNGLEY WHEN YOU SEE "THE GREAT ONE"(obama).

    February 27, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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