Let the political attack ads begin …
A new advertisement calls GOP presidential candidate John McCain's energy plan "balanced," with the focus on alternative energy, conservation, a gas tax holiday and more production in the US. The ad accuses Democratic candidate Barack Obama of having "no new solutions."
Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle calls the ad an "attack ad" that "distorts records and tries to create a new reality." Doyle says, "It is a distortion to suggest that any of those proposals that he just laid out would have any effect at all on what the gas prices would be at the pumps."
Doyle, who endorses Obama, says if we want to solve the energy crisis, we need to have an honest, reasonable discussion. The governor says Obama will try to win Wisconsin voters by talking about the issues and his message of change.
"My intention is to be involved in it as much as the Obama campaign wants and to me this is a critical point for our country, out state and it's absolutely essential that Barack Obama is elected president and I'm going to work very hard to make sure that happens."
Republican Party of Wisconsin spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski, in a statement, accuses Governor Doyle of being defensive, "trying to deflect attention from their agenda for higher taxes on energy."
The Republican National Committee paid for the advertisement.