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. Democrat

    Good to see the Democrats coming back. I believe they are as ready to fight dirty as the Republicans do. If only they had done this for Kerry. Go ahead Repubs. Try swift boating Obama. Ain't a gonna happen.

    June 29, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  2. CA Loves Obama!

    Dr. Bob:

    What are you a doctor of? You must have a Ph.D. in Stupidity......

    June 29, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  3. Will

    For all you who are outrage, give me a break. the GOP has done this too and will also do so in the future.

    June 29, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |

    And it's not juvenile, unprofessional, and distateful to sing "bomb-bomb-bomb-bomb-bomb Ira........"?

    June 29, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  5. moral victory

    hahahahaha BRILLANT

    June 29, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  6. Mike, California

    Oh my god. Are we all going to survive until January with Bush in office. Like a kid. Please don't touch anything more until after January. I don't even know how Republicans can suport Bush. Go figure.

    June 29, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  7. john

    bush has done nothing for america. we are paying hi gas prices because of his inside deals with big oil companies. bush continues to rape the people until his term is up. shame on him! I am disgusted he is our president.

    June 29, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  8. raheen


    June 29, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  9. Bob

    "We see things not as they are, but as we are"

    June 29, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  10. Alex

    As anyone come to realize yet that Obama has absolutely no credible experience. As an Illinois resident, I'm pissed. He spent the last three years building up for this election. He says he's such an innovator and can bring change to this country. He had a chance to change the horrible way that Illinois is run and he didn't do a thing for one state. How can he change fifty? We don't need someone as our president, who is representing us to the world, who doesn't have any experience. This will be a puppet administration. He has his hands in many people's pocket. How do people eat up this drivel? It's disgusting.

    June 29, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |

    Dr. Bob if you vote for McCain there won't be anything left in 4 years, there will be no jobs, gas 10.00 plus a gallon, stock market will probably crash.

    Why not vote for Barack now. If he doesn't turn the country around in 4 years then vote for Hillary. I will.

    June 29, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  12. Riteaidbob

    Democrats are all F'ed up. Typical crap from the deranged left.

    June 29, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  13. Chuck, Livermore

    Wahhh Wahhhh Wahhhhh.... get over it Republicans!! You are a party tied to big oil interests, huge tax cuts and single issue politics that constantly divide this country. I think that just putting Bush on television or having John McCain bumbling in front of a green background is a reminder that we need people who don't have vacuous responses to serious problems.

    Perhaps it is over the top that they are mocking Bush ... but what amazes me is that there are, what 28% or 30% of the populace who are still supportive of Pres. Bush ... who are these people? Are they brain dead? I can see that they might 'like' Pres. Bush but to claim that he is doing a good job ... this is what we have in our country ... 30% of the people are congenitally deluded.

    June 29, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  14. Riteaidbob



    June 29, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  15. Who will be your scape goat when Obama gets the beatdown of the century?

    So, when (and I do say "when") Obama is soundly delivered a McGovern/Mondale style beatdown in November (and we KNOW this is going to happen when people wipe the magic pixie dust from their eyes and actually start looking into this guy and his socialist leanings), and he loses nearly every single state, who will you silly clowns then blame for the loss? Rove? Bush? Or the eeeeeeeeevil dastardly Republicans? (cue scary music... dunt dunt dunnnnnn)

    Will it be the voting machines? Or will it be the lack of paper trail? Or will it be a hanging chad? Or will it be a swift boat? Or will it be a "confusing" ballot that my even preschooler could knock out of the park? Or will it be "voter intimidation" because all the hacks you hired to hand out smokes and dope and booze to the bums were all arrested for election fraud? Or will it be because better scrubs were performed on voter lists (meaning all your dead people cannot vote Dem anymore)?

    Or will you blame it on the "sheeple?" You know, those people who are just not as "enlightened" as you, those silly peons who cannot understand that even though socialism has only killed 100 million people, that we should give it another try. Who will be your scape goat then?

    June 29, 2008 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  16. Gene

    I can't stand the republicans...but a commercial like that just makes the Dems sink to their level. Dumb idea guys.. Let Barack do his own campaigning... stop the childish BS

    June 29, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  17. GA Republican

    The DNC gets the award for an all time low, stupid and BS lies. The DNC knows darn well this is not how our fuel prices became so high. They think the GOP is tough now, just run those bogus adds! Like I said before Obama, your true colors are coming out!

    June 29, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  18. Mary Simmons

    Democrats you can do better than that. Who is the idot who wants to impersonate Bush? We all know Buh is ab oil man and is profitihg from the oil prices and we canr do a dam thing about it. Jonh McCain is a Charlie Mcarthy with Bush pulling the strings. Dems. dont fall into that trap so MCCain can win the election like Bush did CHEATIHG. McCain is a tired old man andyou can tell by the look on his face. I am 77 years old and age does matter. He should start looking for a young running mate. His face looks so pale and its not because he is white if he was'nt such a hypocrit I would feel sorry for him

    charlie M

    June 29, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  19. jmh

    Gas prices are up in every country in the world.

    It's amazing what people will blame W. for... the same people that think he is stupid give him credit for causing every bad thing in the world just to make money for his friends.

    I guess the strategy of the left is – if you just say it enough times, it appears true. And 70% of us are buying it.

    If you want to pay less for gas, stop moving further into the suburbs and start taking public transportation.

    June 29, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  20. Diamond

    this is the funniest thing I've ever heard. Grand oil party!

    June 29, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  21. Yuck yuck yuck! Them dems shure is clever!

    Dem congress in place for nearly two years now. Nothing to show for it. You bums are a goner, despite your clever ads. By the way, hows that workin' out for ya, being clever?

    June 29, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. D

    I left the Democratic party... and this is part of why... they've gone NUTS!!!!! What happened to ideals and morals? To doing RIGHT rather than what was EASY? Dems have lost their collective minds – and BECOME a collective obama-cult rather than the party of THE PEOPLE. Now the are a CULT that will do ANYTHING to win – with or without morals. Sad.... I voted for them faithfully for 20 years, and now I simply shake my head at this sort of thing...

    June 29, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  23. Vahjiin

    Well done. And perfect timing, with a holiday weekend coming...

    June 29, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  24. Richard, FL

    Why hire an imposter? Just use film of anytime he had to speak without attempting to read a speech.

    "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." - George W. Bush,President 08/05/04

    June 29, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  25. Frank O'Neil

    Listen to who is complaining !!! Republicans, what have you done for this country during the past 7 years 1/2 ?
    What an idiotic party. I just don't get why these `"useful idiots" still have followers. The church/kingdom mentality they all have is the real danger for this country otherwise I don’t see why the republicans win even 1 state out of 50 in November

    June 29, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
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