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. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    Sooo immature


    June 30, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    This is tacky.

    Funny as all get out, but still tacky.

    June 30, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  3. Bobby

    This ad will be funny. Attacking the most horrible president in decades would be good for Mad TV or saturday Night Live but seriously, we need to focus on the real agenda! We dems must unite together and get Barack Obama in the White House! Oil prices will not fall while BUsh is in the White House and the economy, war and alieanation will contine if McSame is in the WHITE HOUSE!

    OBAMA 2008-2012

    June 30, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Carl from MI

    yeah.. it's all OBAMA's fault we have $4.00/gal. gas!!! It must be Al Gore's fault we invaded Iraq... and Bill Clinton's fault our economy is in the toilet!!!

    The Republican party has only TWO strategies... making you afraid of something and telling you who's to blame for it. How lame. And yet half of you people keep voting Republican! With Rush, Billo, Sean, and Ann Coulter-geist spewing all of their hate and dis-information... I can see why you people can't think for yourselves.

    June 30, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Southern view

    The high gas prices are in part the Democrats fault for opposing the development of our domestic energy supply and building of new refineries for thirty years. The subsidies perhaps allowed the deep water drilling and work on alternative energy sources which the energy companies have done – and that is not enough. This could backfire for the Democrats.

    June 30, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  6. Nick

    Only surprise to me is that the Bush impersonator wasn't any good.

    June 30, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  7. bob dillman

    Hey "Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter" please explain to me how women were disaffected in this primary. Hillary does not deserve the nomination because she lost. It had nothing to do with her sex. if you pout and cry because a woman lost, you are just as sexist and ignorant as a man who would not vote for a woman. so yeah, the smart thing is to vote for McCain. that will teach everyone. My female friends and family "get it", maybe you should get over your attachment.

    June 30, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. Tanya Kujath

    What do the Republicans and Bush expect? He was and is a HORRIBLE EXCUSE for a President of this Great Nation. Anyone who claims that the finger should be pointed in another direction is suffering from some some serious dillusional DENIAL.
    VOTE OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. alone in VT

    Gas prices have increased more while the congress is under the democ”rats” control than under the entire bush presidency. Bush is not running for re-election, when will they realize this?

    June 30, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. Michael

    Moronic behavior from democrats. Gee, what a shock!

    June 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. Neutral

    Ridiculous. Both parties are as much to blame for high gas...remember, big oil has lobbyists too ya know who talk to ALL sides not just one...Dems have controlled Congress 2 years and have done nothing. They can't even override a veto for gods sake. Suck it up and blame Congress for a change. They all need to be replaced! Theyve mostly all been around longer then Bush ya know, don't forget. Some of them were there back in the early 90s when gas started going high. heck some of them were there in the 70s when they didn't know what to do about gas!

    If they had any intelligence they'd stop talking about high gas and actually propose a bill about it! Right???????

    June 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. TESAP

    Oh yes such a terrible attack, just like accussing Obama of being a terrorist, or looping REV Wrights sermons, yes just terrible.....

    BARACK THE VOTE PEOPLE................... 🙂

    June 30, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. Tim

    I weep for our country based on most of the comments here. People are so blinded by their hatred for Bush and their loyalty to their party. When are we as Americans going to realize that it's not about right and left, it's about right and wrong. And for whatever you believe about Bush or the Republicans, this message is not right. Our country is going down the tubes not because of Bush but because of the inane and uninformed electorate who are like sheep being led to the slaughter.

    June 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Doug

    I'm sure the ad will appear childish, but whatever. A little humor never hurt anyone. (sticks and stones).
    To the folks who try to put gas prices on the "been in congressional power for two years" Democrats: #1) it has only been 1 1/2 years, and 2.) Bush has vetoed virtually every proposal that has come his way, imperfect tho they may be.
    The fact is, before this administration, gas was what? $1.80 a galon or less? It took 90 years for gas to get that high and only 8 years to triple that accomplishment.
    Regardless of what democrats may want or think, we can't afford the republicans any more. Not the republicans we've come to know, anyhow.

    June 30, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. Alex

    This is absolutely absurd, while yes there a republicans who manage oil this is only a fraction of the oil that is being consumed in this country. To blame Bush for gas prices is the most aggressive and uneducated statement I have ever read. THE CAUSE OF GAS PRICES IS SIMPLE ECONOMICS. As other countries such as India and China move into the modern world and desire the novelties we have grown accustom to in America (tv’s, cars, washers, dryers, computers, etc ), their demand for energy for their have caused an incredible increase in global demand for energy. Is it their fault for energy increases? No… but at the same time they have risen to our level and there are not enough resources for the energy demand. YOU NEED TO THINK ON A GLOBAL LEVEL rather than buy into the crap you are fed based on mudslinging between parties. While we are a great nation, WE ARE NOT THE ONLY NATION

    June 30, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    And junior Obama's plan to immediately lower gas prices is what? He shot down the gas tax holiday as a gimmick, so what will HE do?

    June 30, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. joe

    This is why the dumbacraps are a bunch of LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. Tony, Miami

    Nick : not even you believe what you wrote.


    June 30, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  19. American Patriot

    Oh Boy this will be fun

    Johny McBush has voted 95% of the time on everything agreeing with Bush on everything.

    Bush and Cheney should be impeached and the rest of the McBush cronies should be run out of office.


    If the Government no longer enforces the will of the people, the people should remove such individuals and government from office.

    That says it all.

    The U.S. Constitution and the Declaration will be enforced, right will overcome wrong everytime.

    JULY 12th Americans are marching on Washington by the Millons

    Join your countryment or stop complaining on these post's.

    You can not hide behind your computers any longer.

    June 30, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  20. BillyGibbons

    Just what is the Democrat solution to higher gas prices?
    Their first order of business in Congress is hiring a Bush impersonator?
    Their second order of business will be to increase taxes on oil companies?

    All I see is Congress more worried about winning seats in November than actually helping the country. All the Congressional Democrats want is more power for themselves, not cheaper power for anyone else.

    A pox upon both houses of Congress!

    June 30, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. Carl from MI

    Also, to all you people that are blaming the Dem controlled Congress, did you know that Republicans have blocked and stonewalled more bills and discussions this year than ANY other Congress in the HISTORY of Congress?? But without doing your homework, you sit there and complain that they're not getting anything done, AND IT'S BECAUSE OF REPUBLICANS!!!!

    And NOBODY is forcing the Big Oil to sell their oil at top prices either... they could drop their oil down to $75/barrel, still make a fortune and make themselves patriotic heroes BUT instead they continue to rape the American public.

    June 30, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  22. Matt

    This is terrible everyone already knows the Bush has done a bad job. The Dems are just making themselves look bad by doing this. It is a waste of money and time. They must actually be scared of McCain because the is unnecessary.

    McCain '08 Change in the right direction.

    June 30, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  23. Schratboy

    Typical. Liberals have no original thoughts.

    June 30, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. rupa

    I hate mcain he has no exprience excet killing people and war. obama is not a empty suite mcidiot is. I hope all the people that support mcidiot, I hope he drafts your sons and daughters to war and i hope they all die. What has John mcidiot offered nothing at all but war and empty promises. John mcidiot is the biggiest flop floper of all immigration, oil drilling, tax cuts. All the people who are going to vote for john mcidiot are going to be jobless very soon. John mcidiot equal the third term of bush. Cindy is just another blond bimbo with no brains at all. Infact i hope john mcidiot dies very soon.

    June 30, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. Texas Thinker


    Sorry but gas hasn't been under $2 a gallon in a very long time. By the time 2006 came we were already accustomed to gas being in the $2 range. Please check out your facts.

    June 30, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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