Ad Tells Senators: It's Rush or Obama

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2009 8:08 PM CST
In this Jan. 18, 2009, file photo, talk show host Rush Limbaugh is interviewed on the sidelines before the start of the AFC championship game in Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
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(Newser) – A liberal group is launching an ad blitz tomorrow that pressures GOP senators to make a choice—Barack Obama or Rush Limbaugh, Politico reports. The ad—running in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Nevada—blasts House Republicans for voting against the stimulus package at Limbaugh's urging and asks, "Will our senator side with Limbaugh, too?" The talk show host criticized the ad as intimidation and urged senators not to waffle.

“We can understand why an 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," says the ad. In response, Limbaugh said the stimulus vote "is an opportunity for Republicans to redefine themselves after a few years of wandering aimlessly looking for a ‘brand’ and identity.”