Dems Rush Out Barton ‘Stop Apologizing to Big Oil’ Ad

June 18, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Well, this didn’t take long. The Democratic National Committee launched a new ad today, mocking Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-TX) apology to BP, a foreign oil corporation, after the company responsible for one of the worst environmental disasters in our nation agreed to set aside $20 billion to pay victims from the Gulf Coast. The ad, which depicts Barton, apologizing at yesterday’s House hearing to BP CEO Tony Hayward, uses the tagline, “Tell Republicans: Stop apologizing to big oil.”

The ad’s voiceover reads:

“BP caused the worst oil spill in American history. Now, at President Obama’s direction, BP’s set aside $20 billion for recovery on the Gulf coast. But if Republicans were in charge, this is the guy who’d be overseeing BP.”

After the specter of Barton’s apologies to BP sinks in, the ad concludes: “Republicans apologizing to BP?” “Tell Republicans: Stop apologizing to big oil.”

The DNC sent out an email blitz today seeking donations for a national run of the ad on CNN and MSNBC:

“We’re whipping together an ad as fast as possible to make sure voters know exactly whose side Barton and the GOP are on and to demand they stop apologizing to big oil, but we need your help to get it on the air,” said DNC Communications Director Brad Woodhouse. “If you’re as furious as I am, will you chip in $5 to help us fight back?”

DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan, said “Barton’s comments highlighted a Republican culture of apologizing for the oil industry that was evident in their belief that holding BP accountable is ‘shakedown.'”

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