June 30th, 2008
09:10 AM ET
13 years ago

Congressional Democrats hire Bush impersonator

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/08/art.vanhollen.gi.jpg caption="Van Hollen said Bush's policies were responsible for high gas prices."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Democrats will use a President Bush impersonator in a new radio advertising campaign that seeks to link 13 incumbent Republicans to rising gas prices as the country heads into the Fourth of July holiday.

The ad will run Monday through Friday in radio markets throughout the country, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, with a total buy of more than $100,000.

After an opening tailor-made for each targeted Republican, the impersonator then reads this boilerplate script:

"'W' here, wanted to thank you for your support of the big oil energy agenda. 'Preciate you voting to keep giving billions in tax breaks to the big oil companies. Sure, gasoline is over four bucks a gallon and the oil companies are making record profits, but what's good for big oil is good for America, right? I guess that's why they call us the Grand Oil Party. Heh, heh, heh."

CLICK PLAY to HEAR the DCCC's Bush impersonator

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the DCCC, told CNN that Democrats chose to use a Bush impersonator because the president's "big oil energy policies delivered high gas prices to the American people, so who better to deliver our message than someone who sounds like him? Every time Americans fill up their tanks or buy groceries high gas prices grab their attention, so it's important to give credit where credit is due."

Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, sharply criticized the ad and said Democrats were being disingenuous.

"It is an outrageous attack," Diaz said. "It seems like it would be more appropriate leveled against Barack Obama who voted for the '05 energy bill, yet Democrats rail against subsidies to energy companies. The hypocrisy is stunning."

(List of targeted Republicans after the jump)

The cost of oil and gasoline has become a lightning rod on the campaign trail as Democrats and Republicans trade charges of inaction on the issue, and between presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama spar over how best to address the nation's energy needs.

Last week, McCain began airing a television ad on national cable and in battleground states touting his vision to help the country overcome what many people describe as an energy crisis.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said it will start running radio ads this week against the following incumbent House Republicans.

* California Rep. Brian Bilbray

* Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent

* Virginia Rep. Thelma Drake

* West Virginia Rep. Shelly Moore Capito

* Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot

* Pennsylvania Rep. Phil English

* New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett

* Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gerlach

* Virginia Rep. Virgil Goode

* North Carolina Rep. Robin Hayes

* North Carolina Rep. Patrick McHenry

* Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam

* Ohio Rep. Jean Schmidt

Filed under: DCCC • President Bush
soundoff (444 Responses)
  1. NObama

    No surprise here. The democrats have been impersonating responsible lawmakers for the last 25 years.

    June 30, 2008 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  2. Tom C. Illinois

    Last election the dems were swiftboated constantly and Kerry did not respond. George W. and the repub's showed they were willing to do anything to win. I'm glad Barrack and the dem's are pulling out all the stops to win.

    June 30, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  3. RYK - St. Paul, MN

    Dems – you should be ashamed of yourself...as usual, it's all about do or say anything to win...look at the records and you'll see that the Senate (Dem controlled) has as much to do with our high oil prices as any group, but of course they won't mention that...I'm not saying that the GOP did anything to brag about from '00-'04, but when the Dems took over in '04, they had run on a ticket promising changes and they've been the most "do-nothing" group ever, all to the demise of America

    June 30, 2008 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  4. Mike - Texas

    Another underhanded LIE coming from the democrats!!!!!!

    Just remember that it is the democRATs that will not allow us to drill.

    NO to drilling in ANWR

    NO to drilling off shore

    NO to drilling in Colorado

    NO to nuclear power

    A swith to alternative fuels will take 15 – 20 years

    Get ready for $8 – $10 a gallon gasoline thanks to the democRATs!!

    June 30, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  5. David Wood

    All politicians are trash!!

    June 30, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  6. Blayze Kohime

    So when Bush is no longer President, where will the comedians get all their material?

    June 30, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  7. Eddie

    1. Using an impersonator, for radio adds, how low .
    2. Congress had hearings on Friday and the Democratic man wanted the news media to show the faces of our oprerators gathering information around the world. How anti-american .
    3. Lets keep America strong and clean up the mud throwing contest for the "November votes".

    June 30, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  8. OH MY!!!!!

    CNN............The ad will run Monday through Friday in radio markets throughout the country, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, with a total buy of more than $100,000.............
    They need to get $$$$ for the CONVENTION.......Good impersonator ........Sounds JUST like STUPID BUSH!!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  9. Matt

    Lets see. The Republicans were in the majority in Congress for 12 years and gas went up to $2.21/gallon.

    The Democrats have had the majority for less than two years and that price has doubled.

    Is anybody out there still dumb enough to think high gas prices are Bush's fault?

    June 30, 2008 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  10. Cas

    I am so sick of hearing Democrat vs Republican. I thought we elected these officials to make smart decesions and to do what is best for this country. It seems like all they are doing is "playing" in Washington. I hope this country can get it together or we are gonna be in big trouble.

    p.s. the other day I asked a black co-worker who she was voting for and she said Obama (go figure). I asked her why and she said " blacks just wanna see what it would be like if there was a black president". I just shook my head and walked off.

    June 30, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  11. Richard Dirsa

    The real reason for high gas prices is the Democrats have been refusing and blocking any further drilling of oil and the building of nuclear power plants since the oil embargo many years ago. Hiring silly brainless comedians is about all you would expect from the Democrats because they are the joke, on us.

    June 30, 2008 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  12. AT

    Isn't this the type of campaigning Barrack Obama is supposed to be against, has pledged to speak out against, and has skewered McCain when other unrelated groups did it and he didn't condemn it quickly enough? Hmm....it will be interesting if the Senator is silent or not which will indicate if politics as usual is "ok" with him as long as it makes President Bush the whipping boy and/or helps in November.

    June 30, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  13. Wayne, Greenville TX

    eli June 30th, 2008 12:20 am ET


    Yes, the Republicans are VERY pathetic.

    June 30, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  14. Anonymous

    does this website ever have anything positive to say about republicans or Bush, it is absolutely disgusting what you put out there it is always negative republican bashing and pro-democrat!!! I have never seen anything positive from a conservative prospective.


    June 30, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  15. Brad

    He's not even very good! Come on Dems, crank it up! We cannot have McCain as pres! Obama is amazing in many many ways, policies, charisma, intelligence, and I sincerely hope those beneath him making these kinds of campaign blunders do not screw things up for him. Get with it folks, don't sabotage our own best chance.

    June 30, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  16. Gus from Akron

    What a magnificent idea. But, if we want an impersonator for Bushy Bushy, we should have looked in the zoo, you know, the monkey cage...

    June 30, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  17. justpaul

    So the party that is on the record as being in favor of higher energy prices is going to run ads against people they claim have helped to give us higher energy prices? And to do this they are going to drag out their favorite boogeyman, even though he isn't running for office anywhere?

    Meanwhile, gasoline is still cheaper than milk and quite a few brands of "spring" water.

    June 30, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  18. Tony

    OKay, now THIS is the lamest thing I've ever heard.

    June 30, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  19. George

    Wow, can we say 5th grade............

    June 30, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  20. Antoine, Bronx, NY

    I'm confused, how is Bush responsible for the rise in oil prices? It is my understanding that it is our party that is preventing the drilling on our territories.

    Sorry guys, but you have to be honest or no one is going to believe our party.

    Obama '08

    June 30, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  21. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Nice ad but here is in charge of congress. Ah Obama and his crew of tax and spend Democrats.

    Yes, if the democrats wanted cheaper oil, they could have voted for it. They are in the majority so the lick is on them

    And Obama couldn't care less. Hillary and McCain wanted a tax holiday and so do I.

    We also want drilling in Alaska. So let's get the hard slog democrats out of office quickly.

    June 30, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  22. J. S.

    We have had a Democratic Congress for 2 years and NOTHING has been done by them...Al Gore. a Democrat, supposedly champions the environment and TALKS about it But uses enough energy at his mansion to fuel 230 homes. Danschle, Kennedy, etc. "caved in" on the war in Iraq... Democrats talk the talk but this registered Democrat has yet to see them walk the Walk.

    June 30, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  23. PSK

    The only problem I can see with the W ad is this: GWB hasn't a CLUE what the price of gasoline is today. Now, if you folks want to poke a little fun, a LEAST make it believable.

    June 30, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  24. ff09

    I'd vote for a chimpanzee over Bush. Its going to take 20+ years to undo the crap he's done.

    June 30, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  25. John

    To bad Al Jolson wasn't still around the republicans could hire hi, to portray obama. Black face and all. Seriously gas was less than $2.00 per gallon when the democrats took over congress. Now it's $4.00. The democrats have failed at everything they promised when they took over and they still can't get what they want from a lame duck president. It's the dems that are ruining this country not the republicans.

    June 30, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
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