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. geecee

    Can this guy be any more hateful and damaging? And he actually has an audience and gets paid millions of dollars a year by his network to spout his psychotic thoughts out to millions of his brain dead listeners!! Could someone please tell me who his sponsors are so I can be sure I do not buy their products. Thanks.

    February 27, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Tony

    Criminal Drug Addicts make great GOP leaders!!!

    February 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. David

    That's the GOP braintrust? A failed PR guy?

    The world has moved on and left the GOP behind. When they talk it sounds like they're stuck in 1979.

    February 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Ted

    I'm amazed at the obsession with Limbaugh. The man is a character played on the radio on an entertainment show yet he continues to draw the fire of those on the far left. Who cares what he says, he's trying to get ratings, just like Saturday Night Live or American Idol. Nothing like free advertising though, but can we please end the campaign and get on with getting the country back on track?

    February 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. alabama j

    we the people want results for all the people not just a few

    February 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. liz

    Limbaugh gets to try out the talking points, everyone knows he is crazy. Sadly the Repubs just pick up the ones that work and run with it. Of course none of them bother to think beyond talking points that will get them reelected.

    February 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Todd

    Suzanne – I guess Barrack does feel like he is the messiah....Thinks he can resolve the problems millions with cash of 5!

    February 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Sean Schubert

    I have respect for true and honest conservatives (regardless of party). I don't typically agree with them, but I can typically understand their points of view and opinions. Mr. Limbaugh, however, represents that form of neoconservativism that is ruining any respect that I can have for the Republican party. I think it is important to have an opposition voice in any political arena. I just fear that if conservatives can't find a more intelligent spokesperson, then that opposing voice that keeps the "ins" honest is really going to fade to obscurity. Please, Republicans do a better job of finding someone to argue your points...Steele, Jindal, Palin and Limbaugh just aren't representing you very well.

    February 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Ted

    Rob...No fatter then you hairy MAMA.

    February 27, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Phil the Engineer

    What's the difference between Rush Limbaugh and the Hindenburg?

    February 27, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. NC=Blue in 2008

    This is a great ad! The Dems need to continue playing offense.

    February 27, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Rob

    CNN please quit doing a hack job on Rush. Rush, your the man!!!! You dont think Obama listens to Bill Ayers or George Soros give me a break

    February 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Todd M

    I think that the man is smart , but he's exactly like Howard Stern. He would present a perfectly cogent idea and then turn around and call a woman a feminazi if he disagreed with her. Howard Stern would analyze a topic and then tell a woman to show her boobs. Their actions consistently undermined their opinions.

    Rush completely ripped on the use of illegal drugs. Lo and behold Rush becomes an addict, but no ripping himself for his "weakness".
    Mr. Social Conservative has been married and divorced three times. No backlash form the social conservatives on that one. The ultimate "Do as I say, not as I do" leader.

    February 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. James From Chicago

    Limbaugh is a DRUG ADDICT and the Republicians want to follow his lead??

    This is very sad for this country.

    February 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. D

    Message to GOP and supporters:
    Why would you listen to him?
    Is he educated on worldy,complex issues or does he just use his KKK playbook.

    By the way did he tell you that Jindal and Steele were tokens for the RNC and when they get what they want from (through) them, they are going to flush them too

    February 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. RIDLEY ADAMS

    Rush is like putting lipstick on a pig.

    Can he even vote having the drug convictions?

    February 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Soccer Nana

    @Doug in Jersey,

    Stop drinking the Limbaugh kool aid. Everyone knows Limbaugh owns the GOP; hell, they pay his huge salary – they can't tell him to shut up, because he knows what they pay him to say.

    The rethuglicans had an Alaskan Independent Party member on the VP ticket during the last presidential election.

    February 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Lisa P

    Back when I was a kid people used to say that if you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem. Until Rush becomes part of any solution to the problems this country is facing he's just blowing hot air as far as I'm concerned.

    February 27, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. John

    Please. I like Limbaugh, but he is about as important as one termite chewing on an oak tree. There are just using him in the ad because they know that the very mention of Limbaugh gets liberals in a huff. Any chance they get to tie Rush to the GOP, they will do it.

    February 27, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. ALAN FROM PA.

    LOVE U RUSH. JUST WISH THE SLACKERS IN WASHINGTON HAD ONE FIFTH THE BRAIN POWER U HAVE.

    February 27, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Who's da man?

    The GOP, specifically the CONSERVATIVE GOP and their followers, are without doubt, the most repulsive group of people in America.

    February 27, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. BW

    I love the liberal response to this! Not a single solitary educated opinion of any form, no comment of intellectual substance, and absolutely hilarious. It's no wonder Rush is so capable of chewing you people up...apparently daily...because you have no point! I don't even listen to the guy, but it's obvious he has the true "brain children" of the liberal persuasion posting here today. Please keep going...I'll come back after lunch and enjoy the humor.

    February 27, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Dan, TX

    Obama has my full support. He is doing a great job and I look forward to seeing more of his centrist common sense ideas. Still reading the budget, and it is big. But it also is a continuation of stimulus as well as rebuilding broken things, like health insurance, our energy policy, our military/foreign policy.

    Thanks to Bush, we finally have brought the republican strategy of rob from the poor and give to the rich to its final conclusion. It's a stupid philosophy.

    February 27, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Daniel, Atlanta, GA, ex-republican

    Hey! I am sooooo glad that Rush is help the GOP! It means that Dems will win again for the next decade! Yippie!

    February 27, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. BW

    I love the liberal response to this! Not a single solitary educated opinion of any form, no comment of intellectual substance, and absolutely hilarious. It's no wonder Rush is so capable of chewing you people up...apparently daily...because you have no point! I don't even listen to the guy, but it's obvious he has the true "brain children" of the liberal persuasion posting here today. Please keep going...I'll come back after lunch and enjoy the humor.

    February 27, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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