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. a REAL American

    I just love how liberals try to characterize those who listen to Limbaugh (I don't) as mindless sheep who can't think for themselves. The real reason millions of folks listen to him is because those ordinary folks finally have someone who can sum up their feelings and opinions. These good, hardworking Americans are worried, scared, and angry about the way things are going in this country, and having a voice out there brings a sense of empowerment and relief to them.

    You can badmouth Rush all you want, because it doesn't hurt him or his message. After all, I'm still going to call Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow (who definitely takes the "fantasy" out of lesbianism!), and the likes a bunch of bitter partisan hacks who are only good at one thing– kissing Obama's ***!

    February 27, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. AJ

    And this should underscore the limited IQ of republicans.

    February 27, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. In Houston, TX

    Rush Limbaugh is the defacto leader of the GOP. There is really no debating this fact.
    When he says "jump" The republican party says "How high?"
    It seems the only one who doesn't know who is leading the GOP is The GOP. Rush wants Sara Palin in 2012. The GOP will give him just what he wants.
    Every now and then, I feel so sorry for republicans. They are mired in ignorance and blinded by their own arrogance. They don't know where they went wrong. They don't see a need to admit they were wrong on a few things and make corrections. I don't even think they believe in correction of errors.
    We dems and liberals need the GOP. How would you know the light if not for the darkness? How would you know what was right if you never saw what was wrong?

    February 27, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Mike Webb

    Rush is a fat facist!

    February 27, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. proud american

    I don't know anyone who worship(s) him. There are many very intelligent people in our great country who believe he makes some very valid points in his comments though.

    February 27, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. MB

    There's a smart move on the part of the GOP. Drunk for a president and druggie to guide them now. The Reps are taking a cookbook approach to politics. Now if they could just find an ultra conservative female, minority, disabled war veteran from an Ivy League school earning $30K per year, they'll have the perfect candidate.

    On the other hand, they could listen to America and do the will of the people and not the will of the party.

    February 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. senterhistory

    This article shows exactly what's wrong with the GOP. Why they would listen to Limbaugh or "take cues" from him is beyond belief. I hope they keep doing it, though, because it will insure Democratic victories for years to come.

    February 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. ONE MAD AMERICAN

    I hardly recognized him without his hoodie...

    February 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. The One

    Democrats control the White House and Congress, and they still complain about Limbaugh. These guys should get a life.

    February 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. garry albrecht

    Why is CNN giving this defeatist print space??

    February 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. BeckyB

    So what's new. I have thought that for years!!

    February 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. gary, gpp

    The similarities between this pill popping blowhard, Sarah Palin, the republican party in general and the Nazi rabble-rousers of pre-war 1920's Germany are truly frightening. How did we arrive here ?

    February 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Sniffit

    huh...speaking of pork...

    February 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Wake-me-when-it's-over

    Rush has clarified his stance in wanting Obama to fail. He wants his
    making this country into a 'Socialist' country to fail. Of course many of
    you want socialism, because you have your little hands out, wanting a big handout.

    February 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Doug, New Jersey

    The GOP is ran by Limbaugh just as much as the executive branch is now ran by William Ayers and Rev. Wright. Just the truth, which lib calls a hate crime.

    February 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. thomas

    That's okay, Rush. He wants you to fail too, you big ol' Oxycontin junkie, you.

    February 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Tom

    Of course Rush Limbaugh wants Obama to fail he is a racists, and can not stand like many other Republicans that a bright, intelligent black man is our President. Typical...

    I am very proud of our President, Mr.Obama

    February 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. Obama Victim

    better Rush than Obummer

    February 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Regular Guy

    How is it appropriate to be affiliated with this guy?

    February 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. Jon in CA

    Rush has what ever liberal on these boards will never have:

    Fame and Fortune

    suck it libs! hahahaaa

    February 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Sireci

    It's hilarious that the "voice" of the Republican party is a pill popping radio host.

    Republicans, are you high?

    WAKE UP.

    February 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. Jack Carlson

    We have more serious issues to be concerned about than Limbaugh – if you follow what is going on we have issues such as our Constitution being attacked , specifically 1st and 2nd Amendement by our own Leaders. America will catch on and it appears they realize they made the "mistake of all mistakes" in Nov 2008.
    Jack Carlson
    Seattle WA

    February 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Regular Dude

    Since when do intelligent people take cue from trash talking shock jocks...oh wait were talking about Republicans here... For those who are smart enough to think for them selves pleas go look up our GNP for the last 60 years and note who was in power when it has dropped...Including the largest drop in US history....You guessed it...Republicans... But they just want to help us right?

    February 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  24. Craig - Hastings, MN

    This illiterate gas bag should be put on trial for sedition. In some countries of this world he'd have already faced a firing squad or hang mans noose

    February 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Simpliticus

    Interesting! Limbaugh is leading the phony charge against the Obama administration! Let us see just how long Limbaugh can leave himself exposed like this. The Jindal speech was horrendous and only Limbaugh is out there supporting this situation. Leaving himself exposed like this just might issue calls for his political ambitions which he really doesn't want because he makes far more money and influence in his talk show format. It appears that it is only Limbaugh this time to leave the charge up San Juan Hill. Hopefully for him there may people behind him but don't count on it! Thus Limbaugh's problem of winnowing out there on his limb bough!

    February 27, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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