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(CNN) - In a bid to capitalize on Rush Limbaugh's recent comment that he hopes President Obama "fails," national Democrats launched a petition drive Wednesday taking direct aim at the conservative radio host.
"Jobs, health care, our place in the world - the stakes for our nation are high and every American needs President Obama to succeed," says the petition, sponsored by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Stand strong against Rush Limbaugh's Attacks - sign our petition, telling Rush what you think of his attacks on President Obama."
Limbaugh told listeners last week he sharply disagrees with Republicans who have said they hope Obama succeeds as president, and particularly expressed frustration over what he viewed as the "absorption of as much of the private sector by the US government as possible, from the banking business, to the mortgage industry, the automobile business, to health care."
"If I wanted Obama to succeed, I'd be happy the Republicans have laid down," Limbaugh said. "I hope he fails."
The comment sparked outrage in Democratic circles, while defenders of the remark said it was made purely in the context of Obama's economic polices.
Still, the DCCC petition not only provides an outlet for Democratic anger at Limbaugh, but also serves as a vehicle to gain names and e-mail addresses, presumably for later use in fundraising and organizing efforts.
The petition follows reports Obama warned GOP congressional leaders last week that they should stop listening to the conservative talker, prompting Limbaugh’s response that the new president is "frightened of me."
“He’s obviously more frightened of me than he is [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell,” Limbaugh told listeners Monday. “He’s more frightened of me, then he is of say, [House Minority Leader] John Boehner, which doesn’t say much about our party.”
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Wow I guess this just shows the true color of the dems. Wanting to censor fredom of speech. Keep it up dems help show the people your true colors and how un american you really are.
I truly dis like Limbaugh, but he has a right to dislike and hope whatever he will. That is the great thing about America. That is why we have a great guy as our President now.
God Bless America, President Obama, and Rush Limbaugh.....
Why are people so afraid of FREE SPEECH? Give me a break. People have forgotten the 1st Amendment with this petition.
Limbaugh is un-American and if he is rooting for Obama to fail then he is rooting against us getting our economy back.
I disagreed with George W. Bush but I didn't root for him to fail. I rooted for him to get it right.
This is getting tiresome, with people knowingly and purposely taking Limbaugh's words out of context. He said that if Obama's going to work to enact some of the very liberal campaign promises he made, then Limbaugh hopes he fails in that attempt. Nothing controversial there.
I can't wait until the next time some dyed in the wool Republican is trying to play the patriot card...thanks, Rush, for more idiocy!
Aside from Keith Olbermann, who is busily judging each day's "Worst Person in the World" contest, who actually listens to Limbaugh's rants anymore? He's a moron with a big mouth and an even bigger ego. I'm already bored.
What is all the fuss about Limbaugh. He hasfreedom of speech in this country, just as he had freedom to OD on Oxycontin. There is no need to waste precious time over the likes of Rush Limbaugh. Let's move on. We've got lives to live.
@shawn was it also contempt when you libs wished Bush would fail over the past 8 years? Such a double standard! GO RUSH GO
The ONLY thing that this common gutter junkie HAS TO HAVE (besides his drugs and young boys, that is) is ATTENTION. He's a forth rate clown. Comon' folks.... we don't need to pay any attention to this frothing fool. The more we do, the longer he'll carry on because he stays in the limelight and thus, lines his pockets. He's proven over and over that he'll say ANYTHING to keep the spotlight on him and the money flowing. Why give him any more attention. Enough already.
THATS JUST HIS DRUGS TALKING, OH THATS RIGHT HE DOES'T
DO DRUGS. WHAT HE SAYS DOESN'T MATTER .
Nothing legitimizes a fringe radio talk show host like launching a nationally sponsored petition against him. Way to go, Dems. Don't you have anything better to do?
I'm not sure that such stupidity qualifies the waste of a comment. No one in their right mind would want the country and our President to fail. These remarks are unpatriotic and unAmerican. I personally wish the best for all of my fellow Americans and President Barack Obama. Our country will only heal economically with all of us working together. The time for division is over. America can and will get better.
Rush is as anti-American as you can get. His bitter self absorbtion is tiring.
Rush is great. Freedom of speach. Hey Dems, Have you ever heard of it.
I'm a Dem and have low regards to Limburger. But this is nonsense and a waste of time. The Petition only fuel this idiots devisive stature and probably help him get a bigger contract. DON'T MAKE THIS PERSON BIGGER THAN HE IS! He, along with some others, is not worth the ink used to write the petition.
This JERK needfs to shut his pie hole once and for all. Who pays this idiot? BOYCOTT his sponsers
All they are doing is dignifying his childish outbursts
Rush Limbaugh makes me wish that stupidity were a federal offense.
Hi RUSH!! I love your show!! Keep us informed!!
This sad Mr Rush. You prefer personal greed over country success. If he fails, we all fail. Since u already have million dollar contract, so you don't care a dime. But, folks like us do worry. Grow up Mr Rush Grow up
I agree with the petition, Rush should of been of the air spitting hate a long time ago.
Rush is a jerk and anti-American. Why would anyone give him the time of day. Ignore him. The petition is just giving him more attention. IGNORE, IGNORE, IGNORE the idiot.
Where is the petition. I want to sign it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!