(CNN) – A new attack today in the political battle over soaring energy costs.
Senator John McCain's (R-Arizona) presidential campaign is releasing a television commercial that highlights what it calls rival Barack Obama's opposition to proposals that would help lower fuel prices.
"Gas prices, $4, $5, no end in sight," says the announcer in the ad.
"Because some in Washington are still saying no to drilling in America. No to independence from foreign oil. Who can you thank for rising prices at the pump?" continues the announcer.
"Obama, Obama" chants are then heard in the commercial.
The announcer continues, saying that "one man knows we must now drill more in America and rescue our family budgets. Don't hope for more energy. Vote for it. McCain."
McCain favors lifting the federal ban on offshore oil drilling off much of the coast of the country. While Obama favors keeping the ban in place, he does not say no to all drilling in America, as the ad seems to suggest.
Both candidates are against lifting the ban on drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, better known as ANWR.
The McCain campaign says the commercial will run starting today on national cable and in 11 key battleground states.
UPDATE: Barack Obama's campaign has issued a response to the ad.
"As someone who’s been in Washington for 26 years, Senator McCain is one of those politicians, and he’s consistently opposed investments in renewable energy that would reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Now he’s proposing nearly $4 billion in tax breaks for the oil companies and Washington gimmicks that he admits will only provide ‘psychological relief’ to consumers," Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said.