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. John G

    Once again the DNC shows it's true colors. It uses theatrics, publicity stunts, photo ops and empty rhetoric to get it's "message" across.

    This time, however, the DNC also takes the opportunity to disrespect the President at the same time. I won't say that Bush hasn't made mistakes nor will I blindly defend his policies or actions.

    I will say this though-I personally will never vote for anyone who has to resort to school yard bullying to garner votes. The DNC gets votes by calling names and when attacked hides behind the unbreakable defense of racism, sexism or any other bias that is convenient at the time-because apparently Democrats don't make mistakes.

    Mistakes that were not made by Democrats include

    -Oral sex is not sex
    -Hillary was under sniper fire (whether the other people present knew it or not)
    -Obama's uncle (who was actually a great uncle) liberated a concentration camp (which was actually liberated by another country)
    -Bushes time in the National Guard was carefully monitored and controlled by retired officers and he was kept comfortable as a national conspiracy
    -Oil prices are sky rocketing because (stay with me here) the government is going out of it's way to make it cheaper for them to do business-it has nothing to do with a stagnant supply, increasing demand, subsidies in developing economies and a weak dollar.
    -All of our problems will be solved if we legalize 12 million illegal immigrants
    -The only problem with healthcare is that we aren't spending enough taxpayer money on people who don't have insurance

    June 29, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  2. Frank O'Neil

    Please tell me why the republicans deserve to win anything. You pick an idiot in 2000 and 2004, he fails the country badly, and then you choose the number 2 from your 2000 primaries to succeed him. What do you think this country is? a kingdom?
    If your number 1 pick is an idiot, and you choose the number 2 to run the show after a big disaster caused by the previous, what does it says about republicans?.

    June 29, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. Montana is Obama Country

    ... ********** Sure seems like the "Silly Season"...

    June 29, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  4. Steve

    Sophomoric-They deserve to lose. Obama should put his foot down on this if he wants to prove he is about new politics.

    June 29, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  5. KW

    this may be a bad ad (maybe) but it is nothing compared to the Swift Boat ads and the one against the black guy who ran for senate in TN in 06.

    June 29, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  6. Mary Simmons

    I left my comment and it is awating moderation vwhat is wrong ? you are affraid of the truth? OK this modified Bush is an oil man and who is stupid enough to impresonate him? Enough already lets stick to the real issues. Bush has dont all the damage he can do to us Americans. What do you say? CHANGE and by the way I am 77 years old and age does matter.

    June 29, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  7. jimmy velman

    An endorsement fro the Rev. Billy Graham would have been a great
    boost for McCain . We just do not understand wht Mr Graham did not endorse Hillary Clinton who went to Graham for spiritual counseling and support during some difficult time during her husbands presicency. eventually , Hillary triumphed over her difficulties and became the Strong, brave and Tenacious Presidential Candidate she is. Now , we are waiting for Obama to make his VP choice.

    June 29, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  8. GOBAMA!

    Sorry, as much as I like to see Bush and his followers bashed, this man does not sounds that much like Bush. There are plenty of comedians who do though.

    June 29, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  9. David

    The GOP are upset because the truth hurts. The GOP are also upset because "W" got "swift boated" by the Democrats. The GOP not only going to feel the wrath of the American people for their role of making America into the Titanic, they are going to be taught a lesson about Karma as well. "What goes around, comes around"

    June 29, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  10. KE

    Did anyone noticed at the unity meeting how Sen. Obama or the Obama campaign put a tall stool on the stage for Sen. Obama to sit but it was too high for Hillary Clinton. A little thing like that makes us wonder about the character of a man or his company (since they claim they are the winner).

    Next time Sen. Clinton or anybody who camapign for Sen. Obama should bring their own chair.

    If Bill Clinton is angry how his wife was treated by the DNC shows he is a human.

    Good luck with the DNC.

    June 29, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  11. Don

    Those Democraps are wicked smart!

    Highlight energy policy that their congressional leadership contributed to and has done nothing about.

    Then again, when god was handing out brains, liberals thougth he said trains...:)

    June 29, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  12. Dan, TX

    You can drill for all the oil we've got but it won't drop the price of gas one cent. The cost of gas in the US is no different than in Taiwan, that imports 100% of its gasoline. Explain that.

    June 29, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  13. Roland

    WOW THAT IS GREAT!!! GoodBye Republicans!! GO OBAMA 08 and 12!!!!

    June 29, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  14. jimmy velman

    All the Democrats have to do is tie the Republican candidates to Bush's Policies and they're out.

    June 29, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  15. Willy

    Another crack head in the wacky world of the dimwitcrats

    June 29, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  16. Butterworth

    cnn is a bunch of donkey porkers

    June 29, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  17. paul

    Its childish but then again all Democrats are just that way. best they can do is blame any one else but their own party for this problem.

    The only thing they seem to enjoy more then anything is just hiking up taxes. Dont bother to cut their pork spending when its so easy to just tax our country to death.

    June 29, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  18. No McCain!

    This should be interesting...

    Obama '08!

    June 29, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  19. William Robert

    I guess it is OK for the Dems to hire someone that sounds like a Texan. Wonder what would happen if the GOP hired someone that sounds BLACK?

    June 29, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  20. Lee

    This is totaly false and only idiots would belive it, which is why it will work with the democrate party faithful. Oil is $140 per barrel because of demand from parts of the world that never consumed oil before, and we continue to consume at increasing rates ourselves. It is supply and demand. Honestly I wish that there was an education requirement for voting. I'm disappointed in the lack of leadership by the administration to be sure, but I do not blame them for the price of oil. Want to blame someone? Point your finger at China. The Chinese government subsidizes the price of gasoline for its motorists. That essentially says to OPEC, "we will pay whatever you want to charge." With such an offer in place, why would OPEC sell to the US for a penny less than the Chinese Government is willing to pay? Fortunatly the Chinese Government resently announced that it will end the subsidizes for gasoline, so I think the price of oil might start to come down when the new "market pricing policy" takes effect, but it may be the end of the summer before oil gets below $100 per barrel. In the meantime, don't blame the wrong person- and by the way, if you check your 401k plan, the oil stocks are problably the only thing holding your porfolio above water- without the oil stocks, you'd be sunk. You own a piece of Big Oil.

    June 29, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  21. Larry D.

    Great Ad. The Truth hurts. The republicans can dish it out, but is sure not able to take it. Cry babies.

    June 29, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    this is a terrible ad, i certainly will not donate any money to the DCCC if they use it for these purposes. i think the democratic party is the lesser of two evils, but it's stunts like this that make everyone lose faith in politics

    June 29, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  23. Lynette Stapleton

    If you believe that – you will believe the earth is flat

    June 29, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  24. Marcus

    That was a lame Bush. Shoulda hired Frank Caliendo.

    June 29, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  25. AJ

    that doesnt even sound like W

    June 29, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
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