As Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., kicks off a week focused on energy, his campaign will on Monday begin running a new TV ad that attacks Sen. John McCain as "in the pocket of big oil."
"Every time you fill your tank, the oil companies fill their pockets," the narrator says as the screen reads: "$143 Billion in Profits Over the Last Year."
As the ad cuts to a photo of McCain, the narrator says: "Now Big Oil’s filling John McCain’s campaign with $2 million in contributions," citing the Center for Responsive Politics. "Because instead of taxing their windfall profits to help drivers, McCain wants to give them another $4 billion in tax breaks."
This claim, cited on screen as the handiwork of the liberal Center for American Progress, is an apparent reference to McCain’s proposal to cut corporate taxes — for all companies, not just oil companies — from 35 percent to 25 percent.
As the camera pulls back from the photo of McCain to reveal him standing with President Bush, the narrator says, "After one president in the pocket of big oil, we can’t afford another. Barack Obama: A windfall profits tax on big oil to give families a thousand dollar rebate. A president who’ll stand up for you."
"I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message," says the candidate.
UPDATE: McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds writes to say, "Barack Obama’s latest negative attack ad shows his celebrity is matched only by his hypocrisy, after all it was Senator Obama, not John McCain, who voted for the Bush-Cheney energy bill that was a sweetheart deal for oil companies. Also not mentioned is the $400,000 from big oil contributors that Barack Obama has already pocketed in this election."