COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s re-election campaign today released new statewide television and radio ads highlighting Graham’s efforts to decrease our dependence on oil imported from the Middle East by expanding drilling in America and constructing the Keystone XL pipeline. The ads are part of a six-figure, statewide advertising campaign on television, radio and digital media outlets.
Each year, America imports nearly $400 billion of foreign oil – some of which comes from countries that hate us and support radical Islamic terrorists. Our dependence on foreign oil is a threat to our economic and national security. That’s why Senator Graham is pushing President Obama to embrace an “all of the above” plan for energy independence, including the Keystone XL pipeline which would import oil from our ally Canada and create jobs in America.
“Lindsey Graham was the first member of the Senate to visit the oil sands,” said former U.S. Ambassador David Wilkins under President Bush. “Every drop of oil we get from Canada is one less drop we have to get from countries in the Middle East, countries that don’t like us. Lindsey Graham understood that before most people understood it.”
The new ads include:
- David Wilkins, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada under President George W. Bush, praising Graham for being the first member of the Senate to visit the Canadian oil sands in 2010 – the source of the oil which will be transported in the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Wilkins discusses Graham’s early support for Keystone and his hard work on behalf of the state of South Carolina.
- Canada’s The Globe and Mail newspaper headline chronicling Graham’s visit to the oil sands in 2010: “U.S. senator sold on the oil sands”
- Graham’s early advocacy for completion of the Keystone XL pipeline to lessen our dependence on oil imported from the Middle East and to create jobs in America.
- Graham’s support of multiple bills to strengthen America’s energy independence through expanded drilling, including most recently a bill he and Senator Tim Scott introduced in the 113th Congress, the Southern Energy Access Jobs Act.
- Graham’s advocacy of two new nuclear power reactors – the first in 30 years – to be built in South Carolina creating safe electricity and thousands of new jobs.
The new 30-second television ad “Pipeline” is available here: