February 26th, 2010
07:04 PM ET
4 years ago

Perry enlists ABBA in Texas primary

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's Web video accuses Gov. Rick Perry of 'cronyism'.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's Web video accuses Gov. Rick Perry of 'cronyism'.

Washington (CNN) - The countdown to the Texas Republican gubernatorial primary is well underway, and with only two days remaining, attention is being paid to an unusual source: ABBA.

On Friday, Gov. Rick Perry's campaign released a new Web video with an unusual twist. The spot is set to a modified version of the Sweedish pop group ABBA's 1976 hit "Dancing Queen."

The video targets challenger Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and casts her as the "Earmark Queen." The original lyrics are gone – replaced with a new set performed by former American Idol contestant Stephanie Daulong.

"You are the Earmark Queen, Spend and spend wasting our money, Earmark Queen spend and spend, From the Treasury oh no!" Daulong croons.

The song is set to a series of visual reminders of what the Perry campaign refers to as "Hutchison's fiscally irresponsible 17 years in Washington."

Hutchison's campaign has launched their own set of Web videos leading up to the primary.

On Monday the Hutchinson campaign accused Gov. Perry of "rampant cronyism" and issued their own musically influenced Web video. Entitled "We're Pointing It Out," the Hutchison spot flashes newspaper articles about Perry to the tune of Tina Turner's "Simply The Best."


Filed under: 2010 • Kay Bailey Hutchison • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. tjaman

    Wow, and ABBA released the rights for their music to be used like this? Or is this just another example of Republicans expropriating other people's creativity to further their own bent, craven and evil ends?

    February 26, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Dean

    Abba huh shows just how out of touch he really is. Ole Rick is still living in the 70's

    February 26, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. ~~ JULY ~~

    Spending Queen? Ricky stop talking about yourself.

    How about Texas Mansion Buring Queen? You burn down OUR house and now asking US to pay for your pad? .... Like we say ' Don't Mess with Texas ' ... Ricky don't BURN down our HOME!

    February 26, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Ricky is a dancing queen, so the music is appropriate. Interesting that Texans would abandon Kay when she tried to help Texas.

    February 26, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Super mature. All these chickensh-ts do is run attack ads instead of providing information about their positions an dpolicies to the people. The only position that attack ads reveal about them is this: "I want to be in power." Some position. Of course, America as a whole apparently is quite willing to "assume the position" in response to it instead of fighting these jerks and making them do something other than play political games with our futures.

    February 26, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Former Republican, now an Independent

    What Texas lacks, yet needs desperately, is a credible common sense candidate. Rick Perry is at the top of a list of irrational idiots.

    February 26, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Chris

    Doesn't this guy realized the earmarks were for his state?

    February 26, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. tickertape

    This coming out

    a. after failing to gain endorsement from "his friend," the former President/governor of Texas/Bush dynasty;
    b. after having to retract ads gloating about the state's bilions of $$$ surplus under his leadership when budget cuts necessary due to deficits were revealed;
    c. and after garnering support from the illustrious "politically savvy", self-serving Sarah Palin is quite laughable at best.

    Not sure if Kay Bailey Hutchison is the answer but our state sure deserves better than what Rick Perry and his cast of players has to offer.

    Seems to me, Rick Perry is the one doing all the dancing lately.

    February 26, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. AndyBlue

    Republicans love using music to torchure others. They did the same at guantanamo when these torture lovers were in power.

    52% of all chistians believe in torture and Texas is the mega church capital of the country. Thats just a coincidense.

    February 26, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    Sniffit February 26th, 2010 4:23 pm ET
    Super mature. All these chickensh-ts do is run attack ads instead of providing information about their positions an dpolicies to the people
    ----------------–
    So glad the Dem party ALWAYS takes the higher road and NEVER runs attack ads and ALWAYS talk abut policies, right??
    Seondly. these are, as you like to call them......GOPers. Why are liberals so concerned?? You want neither one to win!

    February 26, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Rick, we're all behind you. But if you want to win with a mandate, publicly drop that superhighway boondoggle...

    February 26, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Medina is a RINO

    Debra Medina is a 9/11 truther! Look into it. She is nuts.

    February 26, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  13. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Thanks for the laugh, Republicans! You are SO funny!!!

    February 26, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    ABBA should sue.

    February 26, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    ABBA? Really? How hip and current! Boy, he's right on the cutting edge. Get a clue, man. Ditch the platform shoes and leisure suit, buy a couple of Ween albums, pull a couple of tubes and crank 'em up, Sparky. Have a nice day!

    February 26, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. scott c

    Rick, um you know, as aTexan of 39 years, I have just realized. I don't really care who wins your primary. Bill White is going to win, and the wind is blowing in both Dallas and Houston to do just that.

    February 26, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. Matthew from Oregon

    I know a good portion of the GOP are classic crazed closet-cases, but this ABBA thing is getting way out of hand.

    February 26, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. SH in TX

    Rick Perry is an idiot.

    If he had his way, Texas would be a separate country, and he would be it's self appointed king.

    Unfortunately for him, all he can be is a lowly governor. Hopefully, like Sarah Palin, he will have the word ex in front of his title in November.

    February 26, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    I hope he got permission before usiing it.
    We have laws- even for campaigns

    February 26, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  20. Avg Guy in Red State Kansas

    Way to go, "Governor Good Hair!" Being a seventh-generaltion Texan whose forefather was one of the people who drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico, I gotta say I'm embarrassed. This is hardly surprising, both from the GOP and this imbecile.

    What do you wanna bet ABBA didn't go along with this cheap idea from this slimy campaign. One can only hope that when they find out they sue this mutt all the way back to Clute, Texas!

    February 26, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    "So glad the Dem party ALWAYS takes the higher road and NEVER runs attack ads and ALWAYS talk abut policies, right??"

    Actually, while my comment came under an article about a GOPer doing it, it was intended to apply across the board. ALL misinformation campaigning is bad. That includes passively ommitting to tell the public things, which is something the Dems have a real problem with, and actively trying to misinform the public and get them to believe fabrications and falsehoods, which is something that has apparently become the cornerstone of GOPer politics. Attack ads are usually a mixture of the two.

    February 26, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Holden Mirror

    I am a proud Texan. Rick Perry embarasses me and my family.

    February 26, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Joanna

    That's just tacky.

    February 26, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. bb

    How can anyone even think of voting for this man?
    He allowed a Terrorist attack on the Government in his own State.
    He cannot keep his State safe, or his people safe. He failed to protect his State from an attack. He is not qualified. He does not have enough experience. This dude has got to go. HE NEEDS TO BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DERANGED PILOT WHO HE ALLOWED TO MURDER A GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE ON HIS WATCH!!!!!

    February 26, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Texas GOP

    Its over Texas. Rick will win again.

    February 26, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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