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. LG in Atl

    Insanely juvenile and unprofessional...that's why the democrats are so reviled. If they spent half as much time trying to find solutions to problems (which they helped create) as they do ridiculous schemes to divert attention from themselves, maybe they could gain the confidence of the American people. With initiatives like this, they will never get my vote.

    June 29, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  2. mitchell hussein martin

    bush is easy.just act like you know everything about nothing.

    June 29, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  3. Dusacre


    June 29, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. dorothy martin

    Hey I like this !

    June 29, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  5. Clinton/McCain

    We should also mention that Obama gets money from oil compnay executives, employees of oil companies and spouces of people who work for oil companies.

    June 29, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  6. Franky


    Good times guys, good times.....

    June 29, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  7. Mike in Seattle

    Sure glad they are not focusing on solutions like drilling, nuclear, conservation and improved efficiencies. It really does not matter what is going on in the country the only objective of any incumbent politician is to get re-elected. It is shameful and disgusting. The founding fathers must be turning over in their graves at an alarming pace!!

    June 29, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  8. Ted

    And the Democrats are complaining about Republican tactics...?

    Obama is just another politician and I can't wait for Bill Clinton to get involved in the campaign so he can help him lose in November.

    Clinton 2012.

    June 29, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  9. Dave

    The Democrat Party will never change...trying to play the high ground while at the same time being completely childish and immature. Funny that the Democrat-controlled Congress takes no responsibility for the state of the economy...

    June 29, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  10. U.S. Common Sense

    Just goes to show that neither of the two dominating parties deserve any special credit or respect for their status among US politics. Most politicians are worthy of the respect that their positions dictate. It is time for the US to turn their backs on the two dominating parties and embrace more independent or third-party movements. That would be the common sense thing to do.

    June 29, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. Dan (Redmond, WA)

    Can't wait to hear it!!!

    June 29, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  12. Rob indetroit

    The ad sound's like it will do the job Republican's fall. Obama in 08

    June 29, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  13. Venus


    I love it! Go Dems! Let those freaking GOP have it!

    That's right! Time for the Dems to step it up!

    Go get em!

    June 29, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. lilacs

    its about time credit is giving where credit is due. The republicans have a hard time with the truth, will this truth shouts to finally be heard-its about time the democrats stand up to these brutes. Dont back down. Hit them with te truth and keep hitting with the teruth. There is power in truth. Bush and company you cannot con the the american people any longer.

    June 29, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  15. Michelle


    Maybe the Democrats in Congress should blame themselves for the high energy costs. Remember all the empty promises made?

    June 29, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  16. Nishesh in Greenville

    Well done Democrats, you took Bush's words right out of mouth. The Republicans shouldn't complain, they ran smear campaigns since 2000, and the Democrats have to react. Swift boating will be attempted by the Republicans and Obama's campaign must respond and do the same.

    Obama/Clinton or Bust

    June 29, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  17. Kathy S

    I like it! We need to have something to laugh about - there's only so much destruction a president can do and still be in denial.

    June 29, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  18. Lol @ dems

    Wow, more of the Democrats blatant hypocrisy. I guess that means that we're not in Iraq for the oil then, eh?

    June 29, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  19. dems be dopes


    Blame Bush for high gas prices

    Dems control Congress.........18% approlal rating

    Bush .........23% approval rating

    yep, his fault

    go figure

    June 29, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  20. BHO Not my Candidate

    Wow, Howard Dean has no morals.. its suprising he hasnt gone against his own parties wishes.... WHOOPS he DID

    June 29, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  21. M

    Democrats learning some tricks from Republicans...eh..

    June 29, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  22. The Campaign Strategist From 115th St & Amsterdam Avenue

    At age 72 (next month), the 2008 election represents John McCain's last political hurrah.

    While John feels that "it's his turn" after his prior loss 8 years ago, there is no "entitlement" for the office of Presidency. As he seeks to draw on his years in the Senate to justify being the general election candidate, the truth is, in his eyes, McCain feels that he's paid his dues.

    Fortunately, the Presidency doesn't simple go to the next guy in line.

    June 29, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  23. Democrat

    I love to hear those Bush impersonators. Some of them do a very good job, generally making fun of him which is the best part.

    June 29, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  24. frank

    what a bunch of bull
    I guess they dont have any thing better to do
    Demo in washington dont know how to fix this mess so they have to
    do some thing to waste tax payer money for some yhing

    June 29, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  25. SPLAT

    It's a BLACKBERRY PIE squashed in the face of the GOP. No comeback will get rid of the stains before November.

    June 29, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
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