McConnell campaign shakes it up with Harlem Shake
March 6th, 2013
08:51 AM ET
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McConnell campaign shakes it up with Harlem Shake

(CNN) - The dance craze that's been sweeping the nation has made it to the campaign trail.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election team Wednesday put out a web video of a person wearing a mask of the Republican senator from Kentucky dancing to the Harlem Shake.

The dance move has been going viral online for about a month, with YouTube saying that the search level for Harlem Shake videos has been skyrocketing. The craze has even spread up in the air, with recordings of people doing the dance aboard a commercial flight and sky diving.

Now the dance has spread to the 2014 midterm elections, when McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, will make a bid for a sixth term in the chamber.

The 49-second video starts with a person wearing a McConnell mask dancing to the Harlem Shake outside Churchill Downs, site of the Kentucky Derby, which is just a few minutes from McConnell's re-election campaign headquarters. The person is then joined by at least a dozen other people, many of whom are wearing red, white and blue garb, and even someone in what appears to be an elephant costume, also dancing the Harlem Shake.

The McConnell campaign tells CNN that the people in the video are college students from nearby schools who "approached us about shooting it because they are all fired up to volunteer for Team Mitch!"

"We are putting it out because we plan to work hard but also plan to have a lot of fun," said McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton.

This new web entry by the McConnell campaign is vastly different in nature than their last video, which criticized activist actress Ashley Judd, the only Democrat seriously considering a challenge to McConnell next year.

Filed under: Kentucky • Mitch McConnell
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Congress needs to work. Term-Limits are the dire need for this nation at congress/senate level. They are just playing with free money.

    March 6, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  2. Just a thought

    Ha Ha...Tea Party Racists using the Harlem shake to improve their marketing image to young folks. LOL ....Why don't you hypocrits use the dueling banjos from "Deliverance" ???? much more appropriate for your toothless supporters.

    March 6, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. john

    The Harlem Shake is the dumbest craze ever. Although, I guess it is useful in pointing out the idiots in our society.

    March 6, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Larry L

    Mitch McConnell would have spent his time better dancing on the recent day where he filibustered his own proposal! You can't be a bigger obstructionist than that! He exemplifies all that is broken about the Congress and is one big reason why Kentucky remains in the ranks of the bigoted, ignorant, xenophobic, homophobic, and fearful red states.

    March 6, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. dewey

    That's not the Harlem shake.

    March 6, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. James Bond

    WOW, where would he be without gerrymandering? right where he should be,not on my television, i would encourage young voters to do some research on this guy, and repubs in general, say it again, if your not stinking rich, you are voting for the enemy, just look at what they are doing, trying to deny voting to minorities, and working class, they refuset to close loopholes that benefit only rich, while trying to throw you under the bus, because you just dont know whats good for you. thanks so much

    March 6, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Hey Man, that Mitch is one groovy, groovy hep cat!

    March 6, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  8. Yanni

    How he deserved to be elected again is mind boggling. His wonderful job was to conspire and declared to unseat democratically elected president by road blocking progress. Even the Harlem Shake cannot make this partisan hack humanized.

    March 6, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. James Bond

    I find it amazing that this guy would even have a chance, let alone a big win, all one has to do is research, repubs know that some will believe without question, that is too bad, they dont deserve to be there.

    March 6, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    McConnell is phonier than a $3 bill and that's not even the real version of the Harlem Shake.

    March 6, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. James Bond

    What a tool, this guy has got to go, he is a good example of why we need term limts

    March 6, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  12. Martha in CF

    McConnells time is up. Hope he is defeated. He is nothing but a racist obstructionist!!!!!!!! He is not for the people.....

    March 6, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. James Bond

    Term limts, please, how does he get reelected? they are dumber than florida, if possible

    March 6, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. James Bond

    Oohhh how i loathe this man, he lies, and has not one drop of patiotic blood in his ugly decrepid body, this guy is pure evil

    March 6, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. John in Brooklyn

    Really? Harlem Shake was so....January. Can we really expect Mitch McConnell to be relevant to the American people if his campaign staff can't even remain sufficiently current with viral trends to make him look like anything other than somebody's drunk dad at a wedding?

    March 6, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. James Bond

    How can anyone believe a word this tool says? he says Exactly what he is told to say, by the ones holding his campaign money, funny how every republican has the same exact response as all the others, now we see what happened to the one guy who told the truth, the whole penns voter id law, done and done, now he is done, not allowed to talk about the real motives, have not seen him since

    March 6, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. ghostriter

    Didn't Diddy invent the Harlem Shake back when he as still Puff?

    March 6, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. ghostriter

    Of course, not to be outdone, Boehner has been promoting vidoes of himself doing the Dougie.

    March 6, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. plain&simple

    The only "shake" going on is the shake down of the American people by a senator who won't do his job. Govern!!!

    March 6, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |