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.


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  1. Nathan

    I am a registered Republican that voted for President Obama. My vote was a direct result of a Republican campaign that lacked new ideas and that relied on fear and hate. It is a shame that Senator McCain caved in to the so called Republican base. Why are we so fearful of change and why would anyone continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh? Without a radio show, Mr. Limbaugh would be just another frightened extremist who's voice would not make the news. His bouncing, closed minded rants do not serve the party. The Republican party would be better off to tune him out and think for themselves. Let's stop being so negative and put our country first. We lost the election, it's now time to restructure the party. Our strength lies in new ideas and our open minded core rather than a harmful, minority base.

    February 27, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. I can see Canada from my house!

    @ Jon in CA:

    I have plenty of things Limbaugh does not have:

    1- I am happily married to my wife( my first and ONLY)
    2- I have children who I support through hard honest work
    3- I am not a recovering drug addict
    4- I have 2 college degrees
    5- I am a well adjusted adult, unlike him

    Why don't you and the rest of the Right-wingnut dittoheads who can't think for yourselves suck on that?

    February 27, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Wayne

    RUSH LIMBAUGH THE REPUBLICAN MESSIAH !!!

    February 27, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Sniffit

    @ Jon in CA, who said "Rush has what ever liberal on these boards will never have: Fame and Fortune"

    That's fine. We have what he has lost: a conscience.

    February 27, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. WhoCares?

    It's pretty true.

    Look at who they have speaking as CPac...RUSH and COULTER??

    They are the voice of the Republican Extremist Party now.

    February 27, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Mark

    I don't think a reasonable person needs Limbaugh to see the stupidity in Obamas socialism.

    February 27, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Tom Ware

    I don't think this a revalation. Mr. Obama has not tried very hard to disguise his socialistic views. The questions is not if the president is a socialist but will he have the support to carry out his agenda? If he turns the economy around probably so , if not he and his policies are toast.

    February 27, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. geecee

    This creep makes money by talking trash and inciting people to riot. How noble! And he gets paid big money to do it. Lucky for him he lives in the U.S. where we have the First Amendment. If there weren't so many hate-filled losers in this country who enjoy listening to this bloated windbag he'd be off the air in a hurry.

    February 27, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Rash Limpballs is the pied piper, leading the lemmings over the cliff. All his talk is about divisiveness, exclusion, bitterness, and if they fall for it, they look forward to more defeat.

    I haven't heard any suggestions on how to fix the problems we face from him or the fanatical religious right...Nothing

    February 27, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. fortlansing

    proud army navy mom,

    I pity your ignorance. Try listening to Rush sometime, you may learn something.
    Limbaugh and a few others are the only few who risk honest journalism, research and thought and have a clear sense as to what is really at stake, why do you think the liberals are trying to shut him up?
    Millions of people who listen to Mr. Limbaugh (who incidently did not vote for Obama) are up to date as to what is happening to our country. Our freedoms are at stake, especially freedom of speech. The liberals want to keep you ignorant, they do not want you to know the truth, that is why they will try to get rid of Mr. LImbaugh.

    Obama and his liberal buddies are taking our country down the wrong path of socialism. Only time will tell what our country will become if we continue down this path of destruction. Socialism when tried has ALWAYS failed.

    February 27, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. knowlege

    Who cares. No one listens to Limbaugh anymore! Every knowledgeable and intelligent American knows he doesn't speak or represent America's views! He needs to be checked because he might be suffering from dementia. Seriously.

    February 27, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. Daniel, Atlanta, GA, ex-republican

    YES WE CAN'T! Republican talking point!

    February 27, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. piggybank

    GOP = Grand Out-dated & Pig-headed

    February 27, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. Kurt

    Limburger is evil and promotes evil, plain and simple.

    February 27, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Michael

    I am a Republican.

    I don't listen to Limbaugh, he is a big mouth blowhard.

    I want the Obama stimulus plan to work because that would be best for America.

    I don't believe it will work because it has too much spending in it that will not stimulate and does not do enough to actually stimulate. I believe it will fail but do want it to work.

    Obama's budget will have a 1.75 trillion deficit. This is on purpose. He complains about the deficit he inherited and then add over a trillion to it. That is not rational or credible. How is that different than the peolpe who bought homes they could not pay for.

    Republican opposition to the Obama spendulus is based on rational thinking, not Limbaugh.

    February 27, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Erik from Real Pennsylvania

    These CPAC wackos are not "conservative" in any sense of the word that matters.

    February 27, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Mark

    Didnt the American sheep talk cues from the media in electing an intern into running the country??

    February 27, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    If the way to fix what Bush has wrought is socialism for a few years, then count me in. Doing what the Republicans suggest...more of what got us here in the first place...isn't going to cut it. Cutting taxes on the rich and powerful won't help the deficit. And cutting programs for people who desperately need help in this country WILL make matters worse. Our schools are falling apart, big oil and the coal industry rule the energy debate, and health care costs in the free enterprise system they love so much are bankrupting hard-working families. Come up with some NEW ideas.

    February 27, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  19. CC

    So now a radio idiotality is running the GOP. Wow. Didn't really how bad it is on the Repub side.

    February 27, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. r sisk, nevada

    The preacher of hatred, intolerance and denial.

    A very wealthy white guy.

    Sounds like the GOP to me.

    February 27, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Ted

    proud army navy mom...And those who worship the OBAMANation...The Chosen LIB...OBAMA will put us into a depression (Mind and Money) with his Moveon, Daily KOS, Air America, strategy.

    February 27, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. bill

    and the CONservative republicans did such a good job the last 8 years. read todays "worse GDP in 26 years". how can these people still hang on to their own whatevers????

    February 27, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. dont drop the soap Rush

    Meet your new friends Rush.

    February 27, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. chuck

    What kind of prescription pills is Rush taking this week? Leave Obama to politics Rush and you go back to the hobby of doctor shopping.

    February 27, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. Who's da man?

    The GOP, specifially the CONSERVATIVE GOP, is without doubt the most repulsive group of people in America.

    February 27, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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