DeLay's appearance on "Dancing With the Stars" gives the former congressman an opportunity to remake his image.
"You're reaching an audience that otherwise is going to tune out politicians," Stuart Roy, a former DeLay spokesman, told ABC's Rick Klein . "What people don't see -- but political people will -- is that the promotion of the show goes far beyond putting out a press release."
And DeLay said he planned to use his skills honed in Washington to his advantage.
"Some people said I was the best whip that ever served," he said. "I'd be a fool not to use that skill in this. I'm going to go after the American people, show them that I can dance."