November 16th, 2009
10:02 AM ET
11 years ago

Graham hit again for cap-and-trade support

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Lindsey Graham is taking heat in a new ad."]Washington (CNN) - An energy advocacy group is launching another television ad in South Carolina taking aim at Sen. Lindsey Graham for his support of energy legislation that would include a cap-and-trade program.

The 30-second spot is the latest salvo in an ongoing campaign against the Republican by the American Energy Alliance, a group funded in part by oil and gas companies that has spent roughly $375,000 over the last month knocking Graham on South Carolina's radio and TV airwaves.

The newest ad comes one week after Graham was censured by the Charleston County Republican Party for supporting the legislation, the latest indicator of the senator's difficult relationship with grassroots conservatives in his home state.

"Energy is the lifeblood of our economy, from home to work to play," a narrator says in the ad, as viewers are shown images of basic everyday tasks that require electricity, oil and gas. "Energy fuels us.

"So why would Senator Lindsey Graham support a new national energy tax called cap and trade, which could sign increase electricity bills, gas prices, and cost American jobs? Call Senator Lindsey Graham. Tell him you're turned off by his support for cap and trade."

Patrick Creighton, a spokesman for the American Energy Alliance, said the group is spending $75,000 to air the ad across the state.

"We're not going to let up," Creighton said. "As long as we have the resources we're going to continue campaigning in South Carolina. We just think the senator is offering a way forward that's just smoke and mirrors."

A spokesman for Graham did not respond to a request for comment on the ad. Graham has said he would only support cap-and-trade legislation as part of a bipartisan compromise that would include provisions to expand nuclear energy and offshore oil and gas drilling.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Texas Doc

    Graham is a good senator, one of the best they have, and for them to go after him on his ideological purity is crazy. Good luck with that teabaggers, hope you enjoy your purified minority for a long time.

    November 16, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. Jay Mac

    Neo Con Republicans are not going to let up even if the deceived people of SC who believe everything they say all get sick with cancer from the dense cloud of pollutants in the air that are sanctioned by these liars who are also voting to speed up their suffering and eventual death by denying them access to any health care.
    Hey the good people of SC have spoken they want the government to leave everybody alone....even though they don't realize that when they mean everyone, they're also talking about their employers who lay them off so they can ship their jobs overseas to make more money leaving them starving and unemployed.
    My other favorite hypocrisy: "the democrats are taking away my freedom...but gays shouldn't have any rights and women need to be denied choice over their bodies.
    Oh and add the fact that most of these people wanting the gov't out are more than likely surviving on a government run program.

    November 16, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Bill from GA

    Go, Lindsey. Wish my Senators had some guts!

    We can lead the world in clean energy or we can buy it from smarter countries.

    November 16, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Palin/Bachmann 2012

    I think Lindsay Graham should be thrown out of the party. He is just a RINO anyway. We need to purify the party.

    November 16, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Tom in FL

    Why do Republicans, who claim to be so frightened and distrustful of the government, trust these oil and gas people who are so obviously crooks? What's good for the country, or the world, is the last thing they care about. As global warming denial has become the mindless dogma of the Republican party, these crooks are milking their ignorance. And there's no shortage of that in South Carolina.

    November 16, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Danny

    Never – NEVER – underestimate the stupidity of republicans.

    November 16, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Oleg

    As GOP leadership expands their mandatory platform, a set of positions that members will be punished for disagreeing with, how do they expect to find the talent or the voters that happen to hold such a narrow set of opinions. War, economy, abortion, gay marriage, health care and environment are all totally different issues. Graham, who is normally very conservative, seems to be concerned about us wracking the globe. If you drive him out, who do you hope to get elected in your state? Sarah Palin?

    November 16, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. RAG

    The more I hear about Linsey Graham, it becomes clearer that he is the only adult in the Republican Party.

    November 16, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Lee in Raleigh

    What has happened to the once-proud Republican Party?
    The Democrats do not need to be concerned with defeating Republican candidates. The Republicans themselves are doing it! Any Republican with a sense of duty in doing the right thing for the country instead of goose-stepping to the Party tune, will be taken-down for lack of obedience and hung-out-to-dry by the Masters Limbaugh and Glen Beck. They have truly lost their way.

    November 16, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. GI Joe

    oops – Lindsey should have gone hiking. The family values christians would like him more.

    November 16, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Reformed Republican

    These rethugs once again prove they have no courage or conscience when it comes to dealing with the real issues that face America's future.

    When one of their own speaks with statemanship what do these fear mongering, pee-in-your-pants Talibangelicals do – Deny science, spread lies, gin up fear, then eat one of their own.

    Hey GOP, ever heard of "Home of the brave"? What do you have against creating green jobs for working class Americans?

    November 16, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Bluebonnet

    This moron needs to be "un"elected!

    November 16, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. DJ in TX

    The far right so called 'conservatives', are going to hurt the GOP. It is the GOP likeGraham who are willing to compromise that will carry the party back to some prominence. Not the Extreme right.

    November 16, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. Marry

    It is amazing that they do not get it: You do not solve problems of today with failed solutions from the past. If they cannot tolerate a moderate Republican, the GOP will end with nobody that tries new solutions. Well, they are not modern and are not working for the better anyway.

    November 16, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. Greg, MN

    The "energy" act will cripple the United States. It will make us incredibly uncompetitive in the global economy, increase or energy costs, and double our food costs.

    Is any news organization catching on to the huge cost it will put on food????? From gowing it to processing it?????

    Forget about energy costs, we all know they will skyrocket. What about the costs of our other staples?

    November 16, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Wmscot

    WOW ! A republican who is not in lock step with the big oil congressmen. I might not agree with his other policies but congrats on helping getting rid of our dependance on foriegn oil and helping the environment !

    November 16, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    he is in a pickle he just wants to be re elected . kind of acts like McCain flip flopping from demo to repub 🙂

    November 16, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. Melissa

    More childishness from the GOP. They will never grow up.

    November 16, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Kevin Schuder

    Thank You Lindsey Graham for supporting this legislation! We need to begin the work that will reduce carbon emissions, and cap and trade is an important part. The tax raise is so small, it's essentially a few coins a day... the halfwits who can't support this will go down in history for being as wrong as those who supported slavery, the salem witch trials, or the theory of the world being flat... energy companies and the majority of republicans can only ignore good science for so long.

    November 16, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Love watching the Republicans eat their young.

    November 16, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. Fitz in Texas

    If this Cap-and-Trade passes it's going to destroy us here in Texas.....but perhaps that's exactly what this administration wants...Pay back time for the South.

    November 16, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  22. Frozone

    Another soon to be ex-Republican Senator driven out by his own party. Thank you right wing extremists! Even though the Dems are doing their best to ruin their majority, you so-called conservatives are ensuring a Democratic reign for the long haul.

    November 16, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Wes B.

    I don't get these whacko people out there that act like Cap and Trade is some super-liberal idea. As a moderate liberal, I see Cap and Trade as a compromise between the left and the right.

    It just seems that the Conservative wing of the GOP just refuses to budge on ANYthing. And they put up a big, loud stink about any sort of legislation that differs from their stance.

    I'm sure the Left is just as unhappy with the middle ground on issues, but they don't whine and cry about it at the top of their lungs. They are willing to compromise.

    Does anyone else ever see that?

    November 16, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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