Bob Barker says 'the choice is right'
December 12th, 2013
09:11 AM ET
10 months ago

Bob Barker says 'the choice is right'

(CNN) - Bob Barker is taking sides in a Republican primary for a vacant U.S. House seat in Florida.

The former longtime host of "The Price is Right" stars in a new TV commercial for David Jolly, who is running to succeed his one-time boss, the late Rep. Bill Young, who died earlier in October.

In the ad, Barker, who turns 90 Thursday, says "folks, when you get to be as young as I am, you call it like you see it. That's why I'm supporting David Jolly for Congress. I admired David as he worked along my good friend Bill Young, helping wounded veterans, protecting our seniors and children, and by standing up for Pinellas (county) with character and honor."

The spot ends with Barker saying "with Jolly, the choice is right."

Jolly's campaign says the commercial would first run Thursday morning, during the local airing of "The Price is Right." Barker is making a cameo appearance Thursday's program to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Jolly, who worked as a lobbyist, was also a longtime adviser and former general counsel for Young, who was in his 22nd term in the House and was the longest serving Republican in the chamber at the time of his death.

Jolly is facing off against state Sen. Kathleen Peters in the January 14 primary. The winner will run against Democrat Alex Sink, the former chief financial officer for Florida, in the March 11th general election.

Florida's 13th district, which covers most of Pinellas County and parts of St. Petersburg, is considered a swing district and the special election to fill out the remainder of Young's term is expected to be firmly in the national political spotlight.


Filed under: Florida • House of Representatives
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. JAX FL

    "Of course, I have to add: it's Florida, so there is a guarantee of another "hanging chad" fiasco along with the unique methods of counting votes. lol"
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    Please note the land of hanging chads is SOUTH FLORIDA. Otherwise known as Southern New Jersey/New York. Same crooks, only with suntans.

    December 12, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. just asking

    The Real Tom Paine
    There is no topic that you will not use as a means of attack.
    -–

    hahahaha.... i learned it well as i watched and listened to 8 years of it from you and your ilk when bush was in the white house, and even 5 years after he has left it.

    December 12, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  3. TLORop

    I would never have figured Bob Barker for a Republican.

    December 12, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. just asking

    Al-NY,NY
    and if this "amurkin icon" endorsed a democrat, you'd come up with the usual right wing tripe..."who cares what some Hollywood type thinks?"
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    to which ipoint to...

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    Me - Why on earth would anyone care what a game show host thinks??
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    the usual left wing tripe.... thanks for playing. better luck next time.

    December 12, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. TONE

    These old grumpy goats from florida need to stay at home and don't vote, because they don't know who the hell they are voting for dementia run amok in that state.

    December 12, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. termlimits

    The progressive left are the new robber barons. They are incapable of controlling their appetite for increasing the size of government.

    December 12, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Walter

    I thought for sure Barker would be a far left lib. Shocking.

    December 12, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. Bill

    Did he make sure to remind voters to spay and nueter their pets as well?

    December 12, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. Vince

    An old rich man picked a Republican. This is news?

    December 12, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. Testing 123

    Bob Barker is a has been so who cares who he endorses. Most people and I say most are not so impressionable to vote for someone just because a celebrity thinks they are good. Celebrities are some of the most unlawful people there are.

    December 12, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    ryjo

    I like the people ripping on liberal politicians that were in showbiz before. Does Ronald Reagan or Arnold Schwarzenegger ring a bell?
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    you forgot Sonny Bono and Fred Gopher Grandy

    December 12, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. Mark

    He's still alive??? My god, he must be ancient.

    December 12, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Biff Smith

    Bob Barker is about the median age for a Republican voter.

    December 12, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. About time

    No republican is ever the right choice.

    December 12, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. keven

    Really? A lobbyist? If you Florida folks elect this guy, you should have your heads examined.

    December 12, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Just a Joke

    I was hoping he was going to suggest Spaying and Neutering politicians.

    December 12, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. hm

    I thought I might care what Bob has to say, but having read this, I guess I don't.

    December 12, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. adsas

    I just spent the last 20 minutes, scouring the web for any website that will tell me this candidate's policy positions.

    Nothing.

    Great work, journalists!

    December 12, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Malory Archer

    adsas

    I just spent the last 20 minutes, scouring the web for any website that will tell me this candidate's policy positions.

    Nothing.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    He has none. He believes his association with the late congressman (who held the seat for far too long) entitles him to be the next representative for District 13.

    December 12, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. peavey

    Ask Mr. Barker about the Republican Rick Scott, 'the Governor's previous job as CEO of Columbia/ACA.

    straight-up frauds.

    December 12, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. greenaxe

    Old...White....PERFECT!

    December 12, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Testing 123

    Bob Barker is a has been so who cares who he endorses. Most people and I say most are not so impressionable to vote for someone just because a celebrity thinks they are good. Celebrities are some of the most unlawful people there are.
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    There are a lot of senior reitirees in Florida, many of whom probalbly have very fond memories of watching Barker's show.

    December 12, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. dorian canalizo

    Doesn't Bob know that most Republicans vote against any kind of animal protection? He is such a huge animal rights advocate and Republicans only care about big business!

    December 12, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. just asking

    greenaxe - Old...White....PERFECT!
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    why do those on the left hate old white people??? you do know it was largely they that won ww2 right? we'd all be speaking german right now if it were not for their bravery and sacrifice.

    December 12, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. anonymous

    I wish Bob Barker would come out with a campaign to spay and neuter liberals! Now THAT would be a public service!!

    December 12, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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