January 30th, 2009
12:20 PM ET
9 years ago

GOP will face more pressure to back Obama's plan

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/30/art.limbaugh.gi.jpg caption=" Dems are targeting Limbaugh and GOP senators in a new ad."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Voters in Cleveland, Philadelphia and Reno will wake Friday morning to a new radio advertisement calling on them to urge their Republican senators to support President Obama's stimulus plan.

The commercials blast House Republicans for refusing to vote for Obama's stimulus proposal this week, claiming that the GOP lawmakers took marching orders from conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh not to support it.

The ad, paid for by the liberal advocacy group Americans United for Change, targets Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, and Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio. Specter is seeking re-election in 2010, while Voinovich is retiring when his term expires at the close of that year.

Each commercial follows the same script except that it changes the senator's name and state where appropriate.

The commercials are expected to run in each state for three to four days, according to an official with Americans United.

The group uses a Limbaugh sound-bite from earlier this month when the talk show host told his audience that "I hope he fails" as he spoke about Obama's term in office.

"Every Republican voted with Limbaugh and against creating four million new American jobs," a narrator says in the ad. "We can understand why a extreme partisan like Rush Limbaugh wants President Obama's jobs program to fail, but the members of Congress elected to represent the citizens in their districts? That's another matter."

On Thursday, a large coalition of liberal advocacy groups including
Americans United, announced that it was spending $500,000 to run television ads in the home states of five other Republican senators to pressure them to vote for the stimulus bill. The TV commercials target Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee bought some TV time in Reno criticizing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, for supporting the stimulus plan.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. junior

    D,ont u see gop does not care about us

    January 30, 2009 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  2. philianal@yahoo.com

    Shamed on the republican soon or later they will have to support president Obama.

    January 30, 2009 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  3. facts are facts

    What needs to be done is for the news media to interview a number of well known economists like Ali and ask if tax cuts help create jobs or do the businesses and wealthy just bank them until times get better. Ali has already stated this on air.

    The Republicans don't know anything else than smaller government and tax cuts for the rich. They just don't get it.

    January 30, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. boycott the immoral bankrupt system!

    withdraw your money from the banks and close your accounts NOW!

    pull your money together and start private banks! or

    create or join community-based non-profit credit unions!

    stop buying corporate products!

    cancel all your insurance policies! insurance is the worst scam!

    walk away from your upside down mortgages NOW!

    start growing your own food!

    recycle everything!

    January 30, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. Give me a break!

    Dawn – you are correct 100%. Couldn't have said it better myself!

    January 30, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. rob

    The more we see what is in the house bill the nore people will realize that its a huge pork bill. Congrats to the house reps and the 11 dems who voted against it.

    January 30, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. tskware

    Happy camper, First, do you know what communism is? second by spending $500,000 they did create jobs. (someone had to make the ads, air them etc.) and third if there was "no change, none", how can it be worse?

    January 30, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. john

    obama only wanted bi-partisanship so that if the "stimulus" fails the democratic party wont bear the sole blame. in retrospect, the dems dont need "full support" from the GOP. this is just their insurance policy against a failure of this bill.

    stop voting for people that simply buy votes with your money and leave future generations with unbearable debt. if "buying your way out of trouble" and government intervention worked, Zimbabwe wouldnt have exponential inflation and the Soviet Union would still be around.

    wake up and challenge what the media tells you once in a while.

    January 30, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. Computer Geek

    Wow – here's another way we could do it – let's let the Republicans and Rush have their way – no stimulus package whatsoever. Then in six months when the unemployment rate hits 20% and those people who have been laid off by the very people who caused the problems to begin with are looking around for someone to blame, their focus will naturally be on the corporations and people like Rush and Republican legislators (and a lot of them have guns). Do you think they'll be in a frame of mind of 'forgive and forget' or do you think they'll be in a frame of mind to destroy and seek revenge? If you want riots and destruction to take hold, then that is what you will get. But you have a right to take that path and have that opinion if you want to because this is America ... at least there will be some satisfaction that those who caused this (any CEO at one of these banks and other CEOs at the other large corporations that are now still making millions per year while they destroy peoples lives by terminating them) in that they will have to employ teams of body guards and security people and will never feel safe (gee, kinda like how they are making the entire US feel now – sweet irony and justice will be served!). This is not an advocation to violence but an observation of psychology and reality.

    January 30, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. John

    Patsy where did you get those numbers? Rush? The rest of you morons and disaffected rich spoiled repugs: the people have spoken. We are going to get a stimulus package and if its too little and too late it will be YOUR FAULT. There will be HE** to pay as the misdeeds of your elected officials come to the surface as those of your previous president and company have. The wall street bonuses are the ONLY thing that seems to be important to your representatives. Your "small" jobs and your 401K's are NOT. Its only the beginning folks, its better you get "wisdom" and get on the right side.

    January 30, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. abc ~ anything but california hugh

    In my book, I dislike Rush Limbaugh almost as much as I do the SS and Adolph Hitler. He rants and raves like a racist Adolph wannabe! His ideas of what America stands for are disturbingly twisted and obsolete.

    January 30, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. tlou

    Instead of focusing so much on Rush, maybe the media should be focusing on the spending that is being proposed in the bill. Spending that Democrats have fully admitted are not stimulus and will do nothing to save or create jobs.

    Why isn't the media covering what matters instead of allowing itself to get sidetracked with talk show hosts that are about entertainment.

    January 30, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Paul

    Obama can reach out to the Republicans all he wants. Until he reins in the pit bulls in charge of the democratic congress and those dogs begin to be bi partisan all the President's verbiage is just that.

    So attacking Limbaugh is like attacking Opra – it means nothing to the speding adicts on the hill.

    January 30, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. Billie

    PLEASE....SOMEONE PLEASE....get Rush Limbaugh from infront of the TV camera. This man is dangerous. Someone should check his medicine cabinet. I saw TV coverage about him last night, and he speaks and behaves like a deranged person.

    I feel that our country has had enough of that behavior.

    He needs a comfortable place to find himself.

    January 30, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. D-Coder

    Republicans to America: Drop dead.

    January 30, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Independent in NC

    There's a line in the bill that removes the cap on the amount of welfare each state can receive. Basically, it says that any money not already appropriated in the Treasury can be appropriated for the Emergency Fund as needed, making the cap on state welfare funds only limited by the amount of money in the Treasury. Is this really what people want, or are people just blindly supporting it because it goes against what the GOP wants?

    January 30, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Once You Vote Black

    Jake its just hard medicne. The GOP is regional, and the DNC is not much better. Obama wants people to work together. We should try it for 100 days and see if it works.

    January 30, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. the beginning

    I would like all the liberal democrats who read and comment on this blog to STOP. It is clear by these comments that they do not have orininal thought and are clearly swayed by every left wing wind that blows through their small lives. Clearly they were educated in the pathetic, liberal, government ordained and controlled public schools. All of you do your selves a favor and stop.

    January 30, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. manhandler

    This is the one time that we all should rally aroung Rush. As much as I dislike trhe man, he is right on about this one. Trying to fault just Republicans for this mess doesn't cut it. The Dims were right there in with them. As a matter of fact, the Dims may be more responsible than the Repugs, They're the ones that pushed the financial industry into making loans to people who couldn't pay them back. And now the Dims want to get Government more involved? Nobody knows for sure what has happened to the first part of the money that has been doled out. To Rush and the repugs-You go guys and stop these insanity.

    January 30, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. Lee in Iowa

    Some of you folks are just out of the loop. Give this administration a chance. After all no one heard you complain when Bush borrowed us into this mess. In fact all I heard from Republicans on the Iraq war, was "as long as I don't have to pay for it" Now it's time to pay and it's all Obama's fault!!!! Get a grip folks!

    January 30, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. rich

    When Republicans say they are listening to Rush Limbaugh do they realize that they are taking orders from someone who says he wants the Obama rescue plan to fail? Given that, why should anybody listen to anything they have to say about the rescue plan? They have nothing to offer but poison pills, to hasten our demise.

    Stop listening to these crooks!

    January 30, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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