DNC - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley Joins DNC in Launching Exxon-McCain 08 Campaign

Washington, DC - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley joined the Democratic National Committee  today to launch the new Exxon-McCain 08 Presidential campaign at the DNC headquarters in Washington, DC.  Standing next to an oversized check in the amount of $2 million made out to John McCain from Exxon and his other big oil friends, O'Malley unveiled a new Exxon-McCain 08 campaign and website and discussed the national organizing strategy and plan of action aimed at highlighting Exxon-McCain's more of the same energy agenda.  

Governor O'Malley highlighted all the ways John McCain has been in the tank for his big oil friends like Exxon-Mobil. Governor O'Malley pointed out that, instead of supporting Senator Obama's plan to give middle class families an energy tax credit paid for with a windfalls profits tax on Big Oil or the bipartisan energy compromise being discussed in Congress, John McCain wants $4 billion more in giveaways for Big Oil and supports a gas tax gimmick that won't keep prices down but will fill Big Oil's tanks even more.  McCain even said Exxon-Mobil told him we can drill our way to energy independence.   

"The oil companies are looking for one, two, or even four more years of record profits, and John McCain is promising more of the same," said Governor O'Malley.  "He's voted time and again against raising fuel efficiency standards. He's voted against renewable fuels and green jobs. He's made an Exxon lobbyist his Senate Chief of Staff, and he has 33 oil industry lobbyists as campaign advisors and fundraises.  I guess Big Oil has gotten quite a return on their $2 million investment in John McCain."

"We can choose four years more of the same failed policies that have gotten us where we are.  Four years more of oil companies calling the shots while hard working families are struggling.  That's what Senator McCain is offering.  Or we can choose a new, clean energy future that gets us where we need to be.  We can make a different bet--a bet on the ingenuity, industry and determination of the American people.  That's what Barack Obama is offering."

Governor O'Malley was joined by DNC Senior Communications Advisor Brad Woodhouse, who discussed the campaign strategy in the coming weeks and displayed the package of yard signs, buttons and bumper stickers that will be featured at events across the country.  Woodhouse noted that Exxon McCain field events started with rallies outside of John McCain's appearance in Michigan yesterday and continued with events outside his events in West Virginia and Ohio today.  Exxon-McCain rallies are being planned in dozens of states in the coming days, including upcoming events in Des Moines, IA, Trenton, NJ, York, PA and Detroit, MI. 

"We're going to have thousands of activists and hundreds of event across the country telling people in their own communities what the Exxon-McCain 08 campaign has in store for them," said Woodhouse.  "If you want more of the same skyrocketing higher energy costs and giveaways for Big Oil, vote Exxon-McCain 08."

To view the Exxon McCain 08 website, click here: www.ExxonMcCain08.com.

To watch today's news conference, click here: http://www.democrats.org/page/-/video/ExxonMcCainPressConf.mp4

To view the Exxon's $2 million check to John McCain, http://www.democrats.org/page/-/images/content/exxon_mccain4.jpg

Download an Exxon-McCain 08 yard sign:  http://www.democrats.org/page/-/images/content/exxon_mccain1.jpg  

Download an Exxon-McCain 08 bumper sticker here:  http://www.democrats.org/page/-/images/content/exxon_mccain2.jpg