Pro-Obama group links Romney to ‘big oil’
April 2nd, 2012
06:39 AM ET
2 years ago

Pro-Obama group links Romney to ‘big oil’

Washington (CNN) – A new television commercial from an independent group backing President Barack Obama's re-election tries to tie likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to big oil companies.

The ad, by Priorities USA Action, responds to an earlier TV commercial that attacked the president's record on energy.

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"Who’s behind this ad smearing President Obama?" asks the narrator in the 30-second spot. "Big oil, that’s who. The money they make from high gas prices – is going right into Mitt Romney’s campaign. Big oil executives have pledged two hundred million to help him. And Mitt Romney’s pledged to protect their record profits – and their billions in special tax breaks too. These guys all profit. You pay the price."

Last week the American Energy Alliance started running a commercial that blames Obama for the jump in gas prices and criticizes his decision to delay construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada to the United States.

Priorities USA Action says their new spot will run on TV starting later this week in the eight battleground states where the American Energy Alliance is running their ad: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. The spot will also run online.

Responding to the spot, Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul said Obama is "trying to deflect blame and cover up for his failure to control gas prices."

"His own Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, said in 2008 that we have to find a way to get the price of gas up to the level in Europe," Saul said in an email. "It looks like he’s succeeding, and, unfortunately, the American people are worse off for it.”

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • gas prices • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Sal

    Romney: Always on the side of money! THE BRAIN WHO NEVER LEFT BAIN.

    April 2, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  2. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Companies that make billions in profits in a quarter don't need government financial help. They seem to be competing and doing well on their own. They offer a product that most if not all of us use. Much of the cost is relfected in speculation on the open market. Do I think that we could open more areas to drilling? That would be a yes with a big assumption - more inspectors and more and larger penalties for screw ups.

    April 2, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  3. Ricky

    What about Obama's major donor? Impersonating a bank official. Birds of a feather...

    April 2, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Big oil blames the president for the spike in oil prices? It cost $2 a barrel to bring oil out of the ground domestically, and $35 a barrel for their deep water drilling. It would seem to me that that big oil is price gouging in the hopes that Americans would blame President Obama.

    April 2, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  5. Mario

    That's why Mitt the coward won't let the public know see donor's list. He's a big flip flopper and he WILL erase all you low rent TEA PARTY voters once he get's the nomination.

    April 2, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In the summer of 2008, when gas was well over $4.15 a gallon, Fox foreign owned media with a hint of Saudi said the president had no control over gas prices in a free market.

    April 2, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens is a supporter of Wall Street, big oil, big insurance, big banks, and billionaires like the Kochs. They know if Mittens is elected, they will make billions more, so why not buy Mittens the presidency?

    April 2, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  8. Marry

    The US is pumping more oil than EVER before. But, since it is a world-marked (seasoned with speculation) it will not change a thing about the price of gas in the short and long run. Energy is going to get more and more expensive when based on oil as years go by. It is disturbing what long-term risks to the environment (especially Alaska) society and big oil will accept for these last 40 to 80 years to squeeze every last drop and make “profits” that are going to be very costly to the world.
    To let himself be driven to “drill, baby drill” is a point where critic on the President to some degree is in order. Whenever there is talk about “responsibility for future generations” it seems that the GOP is talking exclusively about money (for the 1% generations) and for the Democrats it means among other things a livable environment (including health care, education, infrastructure etc.) So, the Dems should be proud and defend that position. Let’s hope President Obama will have the opportunity (strait Democrat ticket in November!) to do better on that in his next 4 years!

    April 2, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  9. Just Say No to Flipper

    While Big Oil certainly expects Rmoney to be a good boy and do as he's told, Wall St. is Rmoney's true owner. He is raking in huge amounts of cash from the top 1% of the 1%. Less than 50 people (rich, old, white males in case you couldn't guess) have made 60-80% of ALL campaign and PAC donations this year. The majority of those donations have gone to Rmoney and his PACs and he is far and away the "leader" in receiving donations from Wall St. Rmoney is trying to be the first post-Citizens United candidate to literally buy his way into office. This is not good for the country. Rmoney and his even wealthier masters care only for their greedy and parasitic selves. They care nothing about the rest of US.

    April 2, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  10. Wake up people

    That's right people! Time to let the truth be known. After all of the lies told about the POTUS, it's time for the truth. You know Mittens handlers are making a new video attempting to dispute this as we speak.

    OBAMA 2012!

    April 2, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  11. diridi

    not only Big Oil, but also, job shipper to CHINA, bans your SS,, Medicare, Health Care...etc, nonsense idiots. just vote all these Idiots in Republican party out in Nov. Election. Evil goes from this nation....they are American Taliban...and American al quida...o.k, true.

    April 2, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  12. king

    These repubs and big oil thinks they've got their cake and eating it too. They are will fully raping the American people, by pushing money into these repubs pockets to attack and defend themselves, while they commence raping of the American people. "Oh" how I wish the American people wasn't so gullible!!! They are pushing more and more carbon into the atmosphere, and over heating the earth, while they kill every clean energy job initiative this president put farward, to help future generations from climate changes. No all these folks see is the Almighty dollar, and they are willing to use the repubs to keep their monstrosity going.

    April 2, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  13. rightytighty

    At leaset Romney's energy policy doesn't hobble the average Americans wallet under the pretense of green energy accomplishments.

    April 2, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  14. GI Joe

    Well well well well well. What about that. Rmoney finds more big money and promises more tax cuts. Surprise, surprise, surprise.

    April 2, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |