Democrats say Republicans would rather apologize to BP than hold company accountable. By The Canadian Press (CP)
WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee says Republicans are oil company loyalists who would rather apologize to BP than hold it accountable.
The Democrats' ad includes a clip of Republican Rep. Joe Barton apologizing to BP. The Texan apologized to BP executives after they met with President Barack Obama.
Barton took back the apology and Republican leaders have distanced themselves from it, but Democrats have painted Republicans as being oil industry loyalists. The DNC says Republicans should stand up to oil, not show sympathy for a company whose destroyed oil rig is spewing tens of thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day of the week.
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Note: While in Congress, Barton has received $27,000 in campaign contributions from BP and $1.4 million from the oil and gas industry.