February 26th, 2010
07:04 PM ET
8 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. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I hope ABBA sues. Maybe he will give them part of Texas since he doesn't even what it to be part of the United States. WHAT A BUNCH OF CLOWNS ALL OF THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BECOME!

    February 26, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. Minnesota gal

    It seems to me since republicans always elect trash they deserve what they get. It is a shame they have to put this crap off on real Americans who are tired of this stuff.

    February 26, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. Thomas

    lets make a song for the republicants

    a new version of ...You're So Vein.... I bet this song is about you

    You're So Lame I bet you think this vote is for you .....you're so Lame.........

    February 26, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Perry wants to sucede from the Union and Hutchison is backed by Cheney. I don't know if our from Texas should be sent home before Texas sucede so they have a home to return or if Hutchinson and Cheney will send them back. To stop this messy mess I'm voting for former Mayor Bill White and remain with the other 49 States.

    February 26, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. WCS

    Swedish. One E. How are you allowed to report when you cannot spell?

    February 26, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. JS007

    Who are the idiots that are supposed to fall for this juvenile cr*p? I'm not a fan of Hutchison but is this guy in grade 5 or something? How about discussing policy in a grown up way? America is broke, millions of families are going bankrupt due to health bills, two wars are going on and THIS is the caliber of political discourse? The ones who should be ashamed are the people who are going to vote for this moron.

    February 26, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. Fitz in Texas

    I'll take Gov. Perry over Medina and Hutchison.

    February 26, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Robert

    How low a republican can go. No substance to talk about?

    February 26, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    I'm sure ABBA wants to be associated with another GOP fascist. I bet the use of the song is illegal.

    February 26, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. Michael

    The irony is that everything both Perry and Hutchison say about each other is true.
    Two of a kind: shameless, self-serving panderers to the bloated parasite of big-money sponsors.

    February 26, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  11. rasputinslovechild

    The only thing that sucks more than disco is politics.

    February 26, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  12. Nick

    Cute Rick...so when you and Texas leave the union, Radio Free Texas will enjoy blasting ABAB while your children starve because they have no food...

    February 26, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. Dick

    Can't wait for Rick to come out with his campaign song – Waterloo

    February 26, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  14. Albert R. K. . L.A., CA

    tjaman rightfuly questions whether ABBA released the rights for their music to be used or if this jis ust another example of Republicans expropriating other people's creativity to further their own bent, craven and evil ends? Good question since the '80s rock band "Heart" objected to Sarah Palin using their song "Barracuda" at the Republican National Convention. Maybe in the next 24 hrs. we will learn whether Gov. Rick Perry respects the law any better than Palin when it comes to taking the property of others.

    February 26, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  15. jimPNW

    You could not even get an american band for this gimmick?

    February 26, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Is he a Dancing Queen now?

    February 26, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. TheMovieFan

    A GOP Dancing Queen...would not have expected it in Texas.

    February 26, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  18. Sam Corcoran

    Rick Perry is a souless jerk. And I say jerk only so my comment will get posted. First he executed a innocent man, then he fired anyone who asked questions. Now, this is an election between Hitler and Stalin. But I hope the people of Texas take a cue from FDR and pick the less evil.

    February 26, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  19. Goldn

    I don't care for either of them. They are going to get their feelings hurt when "White" wins. I cast my vote two weeks ago.

    February 26, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. Scytherius

    And I am SURE they got permission to use it. Ya know, being Republican and all. /s

    February 26, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. Cato

    They are BOTH embarrassments to Texas politics....and believe me...that is saying something from the state that George W. Bush dirties everyday by claiming to be a Texan!

    February 26, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Am I missing something? Earmarks aren't when you SPEND money, it's when you get the government to GIVE your state money. If Hutch was an "Earmark Queen," that means she's bringing more money to her state? And why isn't CNN pointing this out?

    February 26, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  23. stina

    Abba rules.I'm so glad that their song is being used.
    Viva Sverige.

    February 26, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. Albo58

    Perry wins in a landslide...bet on it!

    February 26, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  25. c spurgeon

    Both of these candidates suck. Isn't there a decent independent out there somewher?

    February 26, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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