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. Sarah

    Rob, you're an idiot! Before you go ranting on articles here, please learn how to spell!

    February 27, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Bankrupt

    I love the interesting guests and interviews on Rush's radio show. It would be so boring to just hear the same grumpy old man monologing partisan hate rants all day every day.

    February 27, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. greg allen

    FAT BOY IS A LOSER

    February 27, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Billy

    Good grief, the republicans are the most bitter bunch I have seen. There hoping for failure so they can have the "see we told you so" attitude. I wish they would stop IT!

    Rush, go overdose on your oxycotin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Kevin ST Pete, FL

    JOIN YOUR MASTODON ANCESTORS IN EXTINCTION!!!!!!!!!

    IT'S GONNA BE SWEET TO SWEEP THE REST OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OUT OF THE NATION'S CAPITOL, AND THE ROAD FOR 2010 WILL BE PAVED WITH THE BONES AND BLOOD OF THE RNC, TO SAY NOTHING ABOUT SEEING THE WHITEHOUSE IN 2012!!!!!

    February 27, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  6. anthony

    Yes, Limbaugh is an idiot. But judging from the speech of Jindal, who is supposed to be the GOP's rising star, Limbaugh might be the best spokesman the Republicans have.

    February 27, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  7. Chryssa

    I love how many Rush supporters have spelling and grammar mistakes in their posts.

    February 27, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Breezy

    What else would you expect from someone who cannot even control what goes in his mouth? Trash in, trash out. Hey Rush, I bet an Oxycontin would feel great right now. Just imagine that warm ooze as it spreads throughout you body. If I were you, I would go and take about ten at once. Imagine the buzz!...and you would be doing your country a HUGE favor to boot.

    February 27, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    Name calling by liberals.... I would expect more from people who supposedly pride themselves on tolerance and inclusion. The liberals are exposing themselves as the hatemongers they truly are.

    February 27, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Will 18 E

    Where were the GOPERs, and their adds when Bush ran up over $5 trillion dollars in debt?

    Now that they lost the WH it's a problem?

    February 27, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. David

    Rush is the perfect leader for the Conservative Republicans.
    A lying, racist, hypocritical, perscription pill junkie. Just what they need to keep the Right Wing Nuts disconnected from reality.
    Rush should run for Pres in 2012 and Hannity should be his VP.

    February 27, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. T the B

    So now Rush is the new leader of the Republican party? Is that the high Rush or the sober one?

    February 27, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  13. Dana

    You have to be the biggest gullable of a moron to actually sit and listen to Rush Limbaugh for an extended period of time, and then actually say to yourself that his rhetoric fits into your persona and sounds logical!

    What does it say about a person that feels empowered by belittling and demeaning someone else all the time, and hoping they fail? What do you lack as a person for you to feel that you can put down someone else and be happy about it, as if it's such a great accomplishment? As if it has defined a new accolade for you to brag about.

    This is what defines Limbaugh. And this is what people consider their representation as a Republican? No wonder America has not progressed in the past few years as it should.

    February 27, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. CH in Maine

    To my progressive friends,

    Stop trying to shut Limbaugh up. It is counter-productive. Think about it: when you are in a debate you can always score points by taking your opponents argument to its extreme and exposing in as flawed. Linbaugh is doing us a favor on a daily basis through his buffoonery . Every time he opens his mouth it advances our cause. So just relax and don't try to bring him down he is a great spokesman for the republican party.

    February 27, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  15. christi

    I have to say, Sniffit, that I always look forward to your comments! Thank you!!

    February 27, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Noneya

    Rush Limbaugh – the new Joseph Goebbels.

    February 27, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. lequino

    The unfortunate truth is that most Republicans share Limbaugh's ideology. It doesn't matter that Limbaugh's success is waning. His past influence was so powerful that now many ( a majority, which includes many Congressmen) have become like him in their willingness to express their beliefs in the nastiest and most extreme way possible. In fact many Republicans view anything less than utter ugliness to be weakness.
    The real pity is that because Limbaugh and those like him keep up a constant chant of a liberal media bias, they are able to continue with their hateful diatribes and the division in our nation continues to widen. Limbaugh is a seditionist, though he cannot be prosecuted as such.

    February 27, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. CELESTE ADAMS

    DOES RUSH LIMBAUGH EVER TALK ABOUT THE DRUG CARTELS IN AMERICA SINCE HE CAN'T VOTE ANY MORE?

    CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME IF RUSH LIMBAUGH DRUG ARREST AT THE AIRPORT IN FLORIDA WERE FIXED OR THE OTHER DRUG ARREST HAVE BEEN FIXED WHEN HE HAD THE 200 PAIN KILLERS FROM DIFFERENT DOCTORS?

    February 27, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. Limbreath Is A Big Fat Pig

    Well who else would they listen to? The brainless are listening to the only brain they have–a fat, multi-millionaire bigot who does not care about anyone but himself.

    February 27, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. Jeff

    Seems like it would be nice if, rather than name calling and mudslinging, we could talk about the issues. Liberals don't always have the right answers, and conservatives don't always have the right answers. We need both in this country. Not every leader is perfect. We'll just have to live with that. Both sides are doing their best to improve the country we all love.

    The same sort of hitting below the belt that Senator DeMint used is showing up in these comments quite frequently, and from both sides. Doesn't it seem odd that these uncivilized rants are taking the place of informed discussion? Gets old after a while.

    February 27, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. David

    What a joke! The AFSCME......whatever. Rush.......whatever. So do you all really buy into this two-party scam?

    February 27, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Peggy A

    All the Liberals out there there voted Obama into office are now trying to take away the freedom of free speech. Rush Limbaugh has said over and over that he hopes President Obama's POLICIES fail, not the person. It's time for Democrats and Republicans to open their eyes and not let the Far Left take this country into Socialism. First it's the bank, then it's health care. America better open up her eyes or we're not going to recognize the country we live in.

    February 27, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Minnesotan

    One big, fat, drug-addled fool leading the rest of the fools who threw America under the bus. Hopefully, he'll continue to lead these delusional GOP puppets over the cliff and America can regain some integrity and economic stability.

    February 27, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. Dittohead

    isn't this great. go after a private citizen because he disagrees with the administration's policies. i guess the only dissenters who are patriots are liberals. pathetic. mega dittos rush.

    February 27, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. John, Rochester MN

    Jon in CA February 27th, 2009 11:37 am ET
    Rush has what ever liberal on these boards will never have:
    Fame and Fortune
    ---------------------------–
    There's something we have that he'll never have, too. Integrity.

    February 27, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8