Campaign 2010

Jun 30, 2008

DCCC Launches Independence Day Radio Ad Campaign

Chairman Chris Van Hollen announced today that the DCCC is launching the "Independence from Big Oil" campaign and will run radio ads against 13 House Republicans who stand with George Bush and Big Oil while America's middle class families are being squeezed by the highest gas prices in history.  The radio ads were recorded by a comedian impersonating President Bush.


"We will be going district-by-district to hold House Republicans accountable for helping President Bush give tax breaks to profitable Big Oil companies and doing nothing to help hardworking middle class Americans who are paying more than $4.00 per gallon at the pump," said Chairman Chris Van Hollen.  "This Independence Day, the American people deserve to be liberated from the Big Oil policies of President Bush and the rubber stamp House Republicans."

Van Hollen highlighted that the radio ads were recorded by a Bush impersonator, "President Bush's Big Oil energy policies delivered high gas prices to the American people, so who better to deliver our message than someone who sounds just like him? 


In addition to the "Independence from Big Oil" radio ads, the DCCC will be doing web videos and e-mails in targeted districts.  The radio ads will begin airing during drive time the week of June 30th. The initial ad buy is for one week. The ads will run in the following 13 districts:


  • Brian Bilbray (CA-50)
  • Charlie Dent (PA-15)
  • Thelma Drake (VA-02)
  • Shelley Moore Capito (WV-02)
  • Steve Chabot (OH-01)
  • Phil English (PA-03)
  • Scott Garrett (NJ-05)
  • Jim Gerlach (PA-06)
  • Virgil Goode (VA-05)
  • Robin Hayes (NC-08)
  • Patrick McHenry (NC-10)
  • Peter Roskam (IL-06)
  • Jean Schmidt (OH-02)  


The ad can be heard at  The text of the ad follows:


"Phone Call" - 60 seconds


(Sound of phone ringing.  After rings, ANSWERING MACHINE picks up): 


"Hi. You've reached the office of Congressman Patrick McHenry.  Please leave a message at the sound of the beep and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.


("PRESIDENT BUSH" leaves message):


"Pattie..."W" here. 


"Wanted to thank you for continuing to support 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.


"Seriously, Patrick, I know I can always count on you.


"Gotta go. Bye now.


(Sound of the phone hanging up. A new announcer speaks.)




"Call Patrick McHenry at 828-327-6100 and tell him to stop rewarding the oil companies and start standing up for hard working Americans. 


"The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is responsible for the content of this advertising. Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee."