President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign launched its first significant ad buy this week and Michigan is among the six states where the 30-second spot will air.
The Obama campaign ad, titled “Unprecedented,” will begin airing in the Detroit market Thursday as well in Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to the campaign.
The same week Obama rejected a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline to bring Canadian crude oil to the United States, the inaugural ad focuses on Obama’s energy record.
It refutes attacks from “secretive oil billionaires” and touts an expanding clean energy industry and the nation’s dependence on foreign oil falling below 50 percent for the first time since 1997.
“President Obama kept his promise to toughen ethics rules and strengthen America’s energy economy,” the ad says.
Obama’s energy record had been under attack by House Republicans. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton is investigating the Obama adminstration for more than $500 million in federal loan guarantees to the now bankrupt Solyndra solar panel manufacturer in California. Also, the St. Joseph Republican has been a vocal advocate among the GOP for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to Texas that Upton argues would create thousands of jobs and improve energy security.
However, Obama Wednesday rejected the pipeline not on its merits but because “the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially on the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment.”