August 20th, 2010
10:22 AM ET
4 years ago

DNC deploys George W. Bush in new ad

The DNC is out with a new ad Friday.
The DNC is out with a new ad Friday.

(CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is out Friday with a new television ad that looks forward to the November elections and closes with a cameo from former President George W. Bush.

Entitled "Big Choices," the ad frames the midterm elections as a choice between the policies of President Obama and national Democrats and the policies of Bush and the GOP. It captures a view of idealistic Americana –rolling fields of wheat, windmills, a teacher in a classroom, a welder in a factory–before Bush makes a surprise appearance with a verbal gaffe.

"You fool me, you can't get fooled again," Obama's Oval Office predecessor says in footage used in the ad.

The new 30-second spot is running on national cable stations.


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  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    It's hard to believe that some Americans will actually vote for the GOP after the HELL we endured during the Bush years!!!!!

    August 20, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Becoming political thanks to this administration

    Message to DNC:

    Bush left office a while ago. Time to move forward and actually come up with a plan for digging us out of the hole we are in and not digging it deeper!

    Please, DNC, intelligent people know this strategy is nothing more than a smokescreen to cover the failure of this administration to come up with anything new or successful. Two years after Bush left office, we are teetering on the edge of even worse.

    A growing number of moderates, never great fans of the past administration are thinking the previously unthinkable: is this one even worse??

    August 20, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Liz the First

    Let's hope most of the American people are too smart to be fooled again! i don't hold much hope for the repub base, they just don't have the tools for critical thinking. a poster yesterday made a comment about republicanism being a brain defect. it's not, it's a symptom of a brain deficiency that makes folks incapable of critical thinking. they tend to gravitate toward organizations that make it unnecessary to think for themselves, like the republican party or fundamentalist churches. it's a sad commentary on the state of the human race that there are so many of these people.

    August 20, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. JDD

    Dear current Administration,

    Actions speak louder than words.

    Your actions have been disastrous.

    Independents really aren't being impressed by the Bush card anymore.

    Mr. Obama, you'll be running against someone other than Bush in 2012. Are you aware of this. Better pick up the level of discourse soon.

    Other Democratic members of the House and Senate, you'll be running against other Independent and Republican candidates in about three months. Better find a way to defend the failure of your current 'forward-looking' plans soon.

    August 20, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. where did MainSt go

    Will this ad be airing in Martha's Vineyard in the next 10 days?

    August 20, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. rachel

    Yeah that might not work for them.

    August 20, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. GI Joe

    Bush is Pailin with a penis. Dumb dumb dumb

    August 20, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Hangar 13

    After two years of owning the White House and four years of owning both houses of Congress, you'd think the dems would have SOME kind of a record to run on besides demonizing Bush. They do have a record, of course, and quite an extensive one, but it's all bad and they desperately want to change the subject. November can't come soon enough!

    August 20, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Dee

    What else can they attempt to spend money on? If I had done the pathetic job of governing they've done since they took over Congress in 2006, I'd try to blame someone else, too. One thing you CAN bet on, these liberals will never stand up and be REAL leaders. They're frontrunners. Step out and gloat in the good times and hide in the shadows and strike in the tough times. Americans deseve much better than this!

    August 20, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  10. Bill

    Well it worked in 2008 and it should work on 2010, and in 2012. Americans are like sheep....

    August 20, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. Jerry

    I hate to say it but.............quality of life was better under George W. Bush........I did not like Bush, but my wife and I both had good paying jobs, a house, and cars. Quality of life under Obama is not good, I have lost my job, luckily my wife still has hers, but she just got her health insurance benefits from her employer drastically reduced because of Obamacare. If quality of life under Obama means that Unions and the poor get to take tax dollars away from everyone else so that they can live like they are rich, even when they didn't earn it, then I do not want Obama as our president, or any democrat to hold a seat in office. I will not be voting democrat this fall.

    August 20, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Robin

    Wow. Stretch much? While GWB had is issues, Obama is not an effective leader. He is making Jimmy Carter look good.

    One more time for the libs still crying about Bush. President Bush is no longer in office. President Obama is and has been for almost 2 years.

    August 20, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. We voted for this?

    Are democrats really going to campaign on the 'blame Bush' platform. These bozos really are idiots.

    First, democratic policies (and boneheaded reps: Barney Frank and Chris Dodd...) are the main reason we're in a major recession.

    Second, the last 4 years, Congress has been controlled by democrats... the last two with a super majority. They created the budgets, passed bad legislation and were responsible for Fannie and Freddie.

    Third, Obama's bad economic policies have not only kept us in the recession, but made sure that it would last longer.

    Forth, democrats have thrust us into an unsustainable debt.

    Blame Bush? What idiots.

    August 20, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. Sarah

    The Democratic Party is so completely devoid of ideas. You've controlled every aspect of government for nearly two years. You've controlled the House and Senate since January 2007. I would run away from your failed record, too!

    Please run these ads everywhere, Democrats. How many seats do you want to lose? Fifty, sixty, seventy? Maybe eighty if you keep it up!

    August 20, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. Kenneth Close

    The Dems are playing with gun powder on this one, especially since the heartland is mostly republican and now without jobs.

    August 20, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Justin

    This is smart strategy.

    Despite protests to the contrary, looking backward is the same as looking forward with the current GOP.

    None of the leadership seem to have any new ideas. Look how hard they're going to fight to preserve tax cuts for the rich ... while they claim to be deficit-hawks.

    Still the same old Bush-era bait-and-switch.

    August 20, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. SammyD

    So what, thanks to the Dems the RNC has plenty of Obama/Biden gaffe's to promote.

    August 20, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Mikey

    Youch! While it is true that the GOP is trying to go back to the policies that failed us and led to the worst two recessions in the past 25 years (1991 at the end of the Regan-Bush regime and 2008 at the end of the W. Bush regime), using footage that embarrasses a former President is bad form. Okay for SNL and Comedy Central, but not for the DNC.

    August 20, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. jules sand-perkins

    The Dems ran against Bush in 2008.
    Do they really think that's going to work again, after we've seen Obama's performance?

    August 20, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Kevin

    Good luck with that one Dems.... HAHAHAHAHAHAH you are so toast come Nov 2nd. what a joke!

    August 20, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. Lynne

    Bush is just one big walkin, talkin gaffe.

    August 20, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. Sagebrush Shorty

    Sounds like a desperation move on the part of the Democrats.

    August 20, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Sam I Am

    The Republican Party is what it is today (a train wreck) because of Bush policies and arrogance. What is dumbfounding is that those that remained behind when Bush exited the spotlight are so arrogant or maybe just stupid that they continue to try to promote the same agenda of fear and hatred of anything not Republican. And they're failing miserably at it. Because the Republican Party is so slow to return to solid conservative values rather than pandering to Tea Party nut jobs, they have lost vast swaths of conservative centrist voters, and continue to do so. Life is pretty grim for Republicans right now, and without some serious self-examination and re-architecting of their platform, it's going to continue to be pretty bad. Get with the program, boys, or you'll continue to find yourself in trouble. One or two election victories is not a turn around. It just shows just how angry voters are. Those "victories" will turn into defeats again in the next election cycle if you don't do something positve and creative.

    August 20, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. mike228

    ...and he was President how long ago? 2 YEARS? MOVE ON!

    August 20, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  25. Duck Fallas

    Why trash Bush? repubicans never trash Obama.

    AND... don't forget; Obama once said "corpse-man". What a maroon.

    August 20, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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