June 8th, 2010
07:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Lincoln mocks effort to blame her for oil spill

 Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln mocked an attempt by her political opponents in the final stretch of the state's runoff election to blame her for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln mocked an attempt by her political opponents in the final stretch of the state's runoff election to blame her for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Little Rock, Arkansas (CNN) - Big oil Blanche? Arkansas Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln mocked an attempt by her political opponents in the final stretch of the state's runoff election to blame her for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"You know it's amazing to me that all of the sudden I am now the reason for the oil spill," Lincoln told reporters after voting in Little Rock on Tuesday. "I can't figure out for the life of me where that has come from other than just that these outside interest groups and others want to put negative outside advertising out there about me and try and mislead voters. I am certainly not part of that problem in the Gulf."

A television ad airing in Arkansas sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund this week links Lincoln with campaign contributions from oil companies and highlights her support for offshore drilling.

The ad calls the campaign donations "another gusher" and maintains that Lincoln has taken more money in the last two years than any other senator, and a half-million dollars since she was elected. With a BP logo prominently displayed on the screen, the television ad argues that Lincoln "got that money because she helped Bush and Cheney give oil companies 14 million in tax breaks or maybe because she voted to allow risky offshore drilling for BP and others. It's time to send big oil a message. On Tuesday send big oil packing."

The environmental group also created a website targeting Lincoln, labeling her "big oil Blanche."

For her part, Lincoln dismissed the charges, and made the case that she's part of an effort on Capitol Hill to hold BP's feet to the fire. She noted that she signed a letter to the U.S. Attorney General urging a moratorium on any BP profits going to shareholders until the costs of the cleanup are covered.

Just hours before polls closed, the Arkansas Democrat said she's working to do what she can to speed up the cleanup, telling reporters, "I'm ready to go down there with my dishwashing liquid and wash off some of those birds."


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Ryuken

    God forbid Halter win this run-off....Ill vote for Boozman in the general.

    June 8, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. John D

    Bye, Bye Blanche. How does it feel to still be a liberal loser?

    June 8, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. RTB

    Send Blanche packing.

    Elect a true Democrat.

    Let's rid ourselves of these phoney "moderates".

    She is a gas bag, nothing else. In the pockets of the corporate lobby.

    June 8, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. Carl Justus

    The republicans with a majority in the senate in 1989 or 1990 with George Herbert Walker Bush in the presidency voted to put a cap on the liability for the oil companies to be 75 million dollars and did not even fund it they were so anxious to give the oil companies free ring to damage the environment and take away the their liability and now they want to blame the democrats.

    Just like the republicans who are the worst when it comes to accepting bribes they would try to blame the democrats.

    Do not say that is not so, have you heard about the Abramoff scandal when I think about 14 senators, house members, and administration officials were charged with crimes of bribery and other crimes. This does not include Tom Delay who resigned to keep from being charged with money laundering or conspiracy and even moved from Texas and I do not know if more resigned or not.

    June 8, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. hendrik

    The reason I don't like Lincoln is because she is not a Democrat. She has done more to hurt the Democratic party than many others. Go and talk to Mary from LA and Ben Nelson. Go become a Rebublican. We don't need you with US. Idiot.

    June 8, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. Remember the Alamo

    She is a Democrat isn't she. That's enough to blame her and the rest.

    June 8, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |