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.”