August 19th, 2008
02:45 PM ET
10 years ago

DNC targets McCain on energy with oil drum stress balls

Reporters traveling with Sen. McCain received these items from the DNC Tuesday.

Reporters traveling with Sen. McCain received these items from the DNC Tuesday.

(CNN) – Last month, the Republican National Committee tire gauges as part of its effort to rip Sen. Barack Obama’s energy policy. Now the Democratic Party is returning the favor, sending journalists oil drum-shaped stress balls as the presumptive Republican nominee visited an oil rig Tuesday to push for offshore drilling.

The “Exxon-McCain ’08” campaign kits from the Democratic National Committee — the latest effort in a weeks-long campaign by the party to tie McCain to the oil giant - contain a bumper sticker, two buttons, and a stress relieving device shaped like an oil barrel. All of the items are emblazoned with the words “Exxon McCain ‘08” and the image of a gas station pump.

But in a bit of poor political timing, a study by the Center for Responsive Politics released earlier this month as the DNC launched its effort to link McCain to Exxon found that employees and executives of that company, along with fellow oil giants Chevron and BP, had actually donated more money to presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama than to the Arizona senator’s presidential bid. The study did find that McCain received more contributions overall from the oil industry - $1.3 million compared with roughly $400,000 to Obama.

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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Barbara - NC

    We don't question Obama at all.

    We're so sick of the warmongering wealthy republicans it isn't funny.

    August 19, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. Peter (CA)

    I hope it's part of a consistent and continued effort to let people know who John McCain is. He is in the pocket of the big guys at Big Oil. Let's not confuse that with Obama getting contributions from the rank and file who work there.

    And I got to say it....JohnBoy, please get your facts straight or go lock yourself in your house until November. McCain is not a Muslim and neither is Obama. Obama is an American running for President, he was born in Hawaii. McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone. Using your logic, who is more American?

    August 19, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. Rusty

    You mean the Democrats lied?

    Like that's a surprise?

    August 19, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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