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. Jim Shimmer

    I swear to god, BUSH is the worst leader in the worlds history.


    Use commom sense and your wallet to vote!

    June 30, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. Dan

    haha, that's awesome!

    June 30, 2008 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  3. George, Mason NH

    I voted for Bush twice. I know...I know...merely admitting as such might have most of you disregarding my post right off the bat.

    However, the point I am trying to make is...that even I will tell you that Bush has done a poor job at weening our country off of oil during his Presidency. Not that he is alone in that...but then again, no one else had been given such a unique opportunity to make major changes, like he was after 9/11.

    And for you dopes who keep crying about the Liberal Boogey Men trying to "Cram" an environmentalist agenda down your throats....better open up wide and get ready to swallow something big.....because the rest of the world and country doesn't have time you and your kind to wake up and smell the Co2.

    June 30, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  4. scotty

    Wow is this where the convention cash went? what a joke my former party has became..........they have done nothing but insults and nothing positive ever since they have been voted in as the majority party in washington...........now instead of getting rid of the guy we voted then in to get rid of they bring in others to act like him.

    June 30, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  5. Ohiovoter

    NOW I'VE HEARD IT AL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DEMOCRATS GROW UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And you wonder why you can't get into the White House!!!!!!!!!!! Anyone dumb enough to believe something that ridiculous would have to support Oblahblah.


    June 30, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  6. Raymond Duke

    Had to comment on veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan having to live on the street and being homeless. What a crock. Unfortunately the military like the rest of the businesses in the world gets some slugs. There is too many veteran programs for veterans to have to live on the street. Most of these veterans who are living on the street are making the choice to do so not because they have to but because they don't want to work and fit into society. A few of these could be damaged by the war and could easily be policied by the goverment and placed into veteran homes .As a veteran of twenty years i don't buy that bull. I served from vietnam forward and never had to live on the street. If they didn't take advantage of a college education while they were in their they could easily get a job with veteran preference points through civil service. If that don't work then stay in the military. It isn't that bad of a life and pays now better than most civilian jobs.Veterans should be mobile and be willing to take a job anywhere in the U.S. If you can't find a job where you live than move and find one. These veterans sound about as stupid as them people in the civilian sector who live in a ghetto and then claim they have it so bad. Most of these veterans sound like the few whinners from the vietnam war. Feel sorry for me and let me have my little bit of publiciity and then a lot of these veterans are playing the system for a check under the ptsd.

    June 30, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  7. Outspoken

    I think its a clever ad, especially with the constant reminder that McCain will be another Bush. The mentality will not change with another republican in office. There is propaganda on behalf of both parties, I can't say that I disagree with McCain's attacks on Obama, or Obama's attacks on McCain, all I know is that I agree much more with the values/beliefs of the democratic party

    June 30, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  8. bryan San Ramon

    Obama, has done nata in his life on gas prices, and making fun of bush is not going to get things done. The Dems have sat in control for two years and gas is $2 higher than when they took back control, should tell you something. We need McCain, a diverse energy policy is much better than a just tax em oil companies policy!

    Nuclear, Drilling, alternative fuels, all of the above for me please.

    McCain 08! I was for Hillary but boy can't stomach her campaigning for Obama!

    June 30, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  9. Cynthia

    Sometimes you have to use humor to tell the truth. You've heard a joke before and thought about it later and said they may be joking but there is some truth to it.

    June 30, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  10. no more republicans

    Repulicans have ruined this country. They are sucking blood from citizens here. They needs to be fired from their job. Come November, come any election, local, or state or federal they are bad for the citizens.

    June 30, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  11. An American

    But George W. Bush had never heard gas was going to $4 a gallon

    June 30, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  12. janet, ohio

    Wow. Did the DNC get this idea from Rush ?

    June 30, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  13. OBAMA 08



    OBAMA 08.

    June 30, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  14. K from TX

    To hear the Republicans react to this add is HILARIOUS!!!


    June 30, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  15. Grand Oil Party

    Lets face it, the Republicans have run the country into the ground. Even the Senate minority leader recognizes that. The Republican brand is in the toilet right now. Anybody can beat the Republicans as we speak. That's why they are trying so hard to paint McSame as an Independent Republican – whatever that means. But you know, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then guess what, it is a big fat duck! That's why we call him McSame and McBush. CNN make sure you post this!!!

    Yes We Can
    Obama 08 12

    June 30, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  16. One Drop Rule

    Obama, while bi racial, is considered, BLACK, because of an old fomer law that originated back in Tennessee called the One drop rule.

    It stated that if a person had one drop of blood in them that was not considered from "White" heritage, they could not be considered white.

    So if every person in your family was from Ireland, but your great great great grandmother had a child with a man who had a grandmother who had a half middlesastern father, that person would not be considered white, even if he was 95% pure irish blood.

    So don't blame Obama for being considered black, Blacks didn't put that law on the books back in the early 1900's.

    June 30, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  17. Hirotomi Takemitsu

    This guy sounds just like the "good ol' boy" sitting in the White House right now. But he won't be there for much longer!!!

    McCain is just a Bush clone. Eveneryone knows that. This commercial spot will remind everyone who is really to blame for the gas crisis....Bush. And it'll remind everyone of who is right in step with Bush.....McCain. Or is it McBush?


    June 30, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  18. Cathy in MD

    Of course Danny Diaz criticized the ad. Would we expect him to approve? He claims that Democrats are being “disingenuous.” How much more straightforward and sincere can the Democrats get?! Whether or not you like the style, at least the ad speaks the truth. Those who would argue that point are the disingenuous ones – and have themselves to blame for being duped.

    June 30, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  19. Vito

    Obama 2008!

    June 30, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  20. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Gas prices are hurting all Americans and not only at the gas pumps. And the best our political leaders can do is to devise new ads attacking the issue, rather than doing something about it. Why hire an impersonator.........why don't they pay George Bush a retainer to do the ad himiself. It is a game to all these inept leaders, and meantime the American people pay the price.

    June 30, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  21. Marie

    Great! Love It.

    June 30, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  22. Dr. Nancy

    To all my fellow Republican supporters and supporters of Mike Huckbey and Mitt Romney, McCain is too liberal and not conservative. So, vote for Obama in November so Mike Huckbey and Mitt Romney can run in 2012. I guarantee you either Mike or Mitt will win in 2012. So, lets vote Obama now.

    June 30, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  23. Fella from Chicago

    Glad to see your the candidate of change Barack Hussein Obama. Who you going to balme for things when Bush is no longer and you still have your Democratic Congress screwing things up? Go back to Kenya or wherever your African ancestors are from.

    June 30, 2008 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  24. Grand Oil Party

    Good ad, I hope it runs in California, where regular gas is $4.67.

    June 30, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  25. Michael in Columbus, Ohio

    does anyone knwo where the real news is located on this site?

    June 30, 2008 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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