Oil Gusher Reaches Far into Political Campaigns

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster is permeating political campaigns across the country, even far beyond the Gulf Coast. Candidates around the country are incorporating the event and its ramifications into their campaigns, whether or not they are directly affected by the spill.

Gary McDowell, a Democrat from the Michigan House of Representatives running for Congress, has made it a key talking point on the road. McDowell called for a permanent ban on drilling in the state's Great Lakes, warning that without this protection, they could become "the next victim of a tragic oil spill disaster like the one caused by BP." Representative Joe Sestak, a Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, accused his opponent, Pat Toomey, of caring more about "Big Oil profits" in a political ad (which you can watch after the jump).

Miami bureau chief for The New York Times, Damien Cave, talks about the recent redirection of political campaigns to focus more on the oil gusher.

 

Guests:

Damien Cave

Produced by:

Amanda Moore

Comments [1]

Rangdrol

I am so tired of hearing these whiney stories. You all want to run around town drinking your machiatos, and driving your tweaked cars while Tweeting your girlfriends about the Prada sales at Filenes. Oil gushing is more than embarassing, isn't it, because it threatens your lifestyle culture, not the wetlands, not the lives of those who work there, but the bottom line, your image, and your lifestyle. I dont own a car and never have. I suggest that those who buy cars and drive them be responsible for the fallout, after all, you are the ones who want to drive around, who can't live without your Hummers, your image, your Tweeter mentalities.

A "big oil bailout", tax those with cars, and boats, motorcycles, etc., and charge them a surcharge for these "luxury" items. I can't feel any emotion for a pcb-ic, oil-slicked beach; I can however, feel a pail sized bout of disgust at all of those who are directly responsible for the slick—and I don't mean BP. Supply and Demand, and everyone playing on that beach is at fault. You wanna play, you gotta play. Just wait til the nuclear power plants starting dotting the American landscape...add to that the flooding, the earthquakes, the tornados. Now that will make for some might fine reality TV!

Jun. 30 2010 09:40 AM

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