Democratic allies of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: Centrists change tone of Democratic race Political purity tests are for losers Deportations lower under Trump administration than Obama: report MORE blasted a Republican National Committee (RNC) ad that hits the Illinois senator on energy policy, coming to Obama's defense on a conference call today.

Rep. Allyson Schwartz (Pa.), Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, and Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Commerce extends Huawei waiver | Senate Dems unveil privacy bill priorities | House funding measure extends surveillance program | Trump to tour Apple factory | GOP bill would restrict US data going to China Senate Democrats unveil priorities for federal privacy bill On The Money: Trump asks Supreme Court to block Dem subpoena for financial records | Kudlow 'very optimistic' for new NAFTA deal | House passes Ex-Im Bank bill opposed by Trump, McConnell MORE (Ohio)--Democrats serving states where the ad is airing--all defended Obama and criticized John McCainJohn Sidney McCainConservative group cuts ties with Michelle Malkin Democratic debate at Tyler Perry's could miss the mark with black voters Donald Trump's 2020 election economic gamble MORE.

The ad is incorrect, disingenuous, and right on "neither the short term or long term solutions on this energy crisis we're in," Schwartz said. Granholm called the ad "ridiculous" and praised Obama's plans to create jobs through renewable energy production, while Brown questioned McCain's leadership on energy issues in the Senate.

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The ad promotes McCain as a leader on energy issues such as alternative energy, conservation, climate change, gas taxes, and oil production. McCain has long called on the government to address climate change while many Republicans have denied scientists' claims of global warming.

Obama, by contrast, has "no new solutions" for energy policy according to the ad, as he "just says no" to lower gas taxes, nuclear power, and offshore oil drilling.

The ad began airing yesterday in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Obama opposes McCain's plans to allow offshore drilling and temporarily repeal the gas tax. The Illinois Democrat says he is open to expanding nuclear power, given the U.S. can store nuclear waste and protect power plants from terrorist attacks. Obama opposes a proposed waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.

"Senator Obama is the one who is offering permanent solutions on the price of energy and on creating these clean energy jobs," Granholm said.


Obama's proposal for a $150 billion, ten-year renewable energy fund is "a game changer," Granholm said, "It's certainly a stark contrast to John McCain's plan for a gas tax holiday, which for Michigan would mean 208 million dollars in highway funds, that would mean 7,200 lost jobs and it's a temporary fix to a permanent problem."

Granholm went on to praise Obama's proposals to limit oil speculation and further tax oil company profits.

Brown hit back at McCain most emphatically, saying the Arizon senator has "paid little attention to energy issues except to vote wrong time after time after time after time" in the Senate. Brown cited recent votes on biofuels, solar and wind power. "He's never really shown any kind of leadership on these issues," Brown said.