Democratic allies of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden looks to South Carolina to turn around campaign To winnow primary field, Obama and other Democrats must speak out  The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Facebook — Washington, Wall Street on edge about coronavirus 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 BrownOn The Money: Stocks close with second day of steep losses | Dow falls over 800 points as coronavirus fears grow | Kudlow claims virus has been contained | US expects China to honor trade deal amid outbreak Hillicon Valley: Agencies play catch-up over TikTok security concerns | Senate Dems seek sanctions on Russia over new election meddling | Pentagon unveils AI principles Senate Democrats urge Trump administration to impose sanctions on Russia for election interference MORE (Ohio)--Democrats serving states where the ad is airing--all defended Obama and criticized John McCainJohn Sidney McCainFox's Britt McHenry confirms brain tumor, says she's got 'amazing medical team' President Trump is weak against Bernie Sanders in foreign affairs Appeals court refuses to throw out Joe Arpaio's guilty verdict after Trump pardon 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.