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May 12, 2014

Lindsey Graham's new ads tout support for Keystone pipeline, domestic drilling

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U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's newest campaign ads tout the Seneca Republican's efforts to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil.

The six-figure media buy announced Monday by the campaign includes statewide television, radio and internet ads showing Graham's support for the construction of the Keystone pipeline, expansion of domestic oil drilling and support for building nuclear power plants in South Carolina.

Former S.C. House Speaker David Wilkins, also a former ambassador to Canada, says in the 30-second television ad, "Lindsey Graham was the first member of the Senate to visit the oil sands. 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."

Wilkins also is one of Graham's grassroots county campaign chairmen and runs a Graham-friendly issues-advocacy nonprofit, S.C. Conservative Action Alliance.

Watch the ad here:

The minute-long radio ad starts with the sound of automatic weapons firing.

"Terrorism is on the rebound, and yet America imports nearly $400 billion in foreign oil, much of it from countries that hate us," the narrator says. "That's why Sen. Lindsey Graham had this to say about the failures of the Obama administration."

"We're a nation without a rational energy policy," Graham says in the ad. "Those of us who believe energy independence is a national security imperative, that jobs to be created are going to come from energy independence, we need to act."

Listen to the radio ad here:

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