Washington, DC - The Democratic National Committee today launched the first web ad of the Exxon-McCain '08 campaign. The ad, called "Exxon John," highlights McCain's promise of more giveaways for his new friends in Big Oil. Released on the same day activists across the country are participating in an Exxon-McCain '08 National Day of Action, "Exxon John" is a parody of the "Big John" video released earlier this year by Republican Senator John Cornyn.
Last week, the Center for Responsive Politics reported that campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry to Senator McCain are triple the industry's contributions to Senator Obama. When contributions to the Republican National Committee are included, the McCain campaign has raised more than $2 million from Big Oil, and more than twice as much from the three most recognizable oil companies: Exxon, BP and Chevron. In return, Exxon John has promised $4 billion in new tax giveaways for Big Oil, offered new gimmicks that will line Big Oil's pockets but do nothing to help Americans deal with skyrocketing energy costs, and resisted efforts to raise fuel efficiency standards and promote alternatives to oil.
"Exxon John's out of touch agenda may be a boon for Big Oil, but it's a bust for America's working families," said DNC spokesman Damien LaVera. "Exxon-McCain '08 is the perfect ticket for Big Oil because only McCain looks at record profits and promises $4 billion more. The choice in this election is perfectly clear. If you want four more years of flawed energy policies dominated by gimmicks and giveaways for Big Oil, vote for Exxon John in November."
To view the new Exxon-McCain '08 web ad "Exxon John," click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtXOBH6U89Y
Visit the Exxon-McCain '08 campaign website at www.exxonmccain08.com.
The following is a script of "Exxon John:"
Exxon-McCain '08 Web Video:
VOICE OVER: "Exxon John... There's pain at the pump for Americans these days, but Exxon John follows the oil company's ways... Big Oil's profits soar? Exxon John says 'four billion more...' Tax breaks for Big Oil? Most say 'No.' Not Exxon John with lobbyists running his show... There's two million reasons Exxon John likes Big Oil: they've given him two million bucks to protect their spoils... The future in energy is alternatives they say, but that's not Exxon John's way... Exxon John, when it comes to Big Oil, more of the same while the rest of us toil... Exxon John."