Obama Super PAC slams Romney for ties to "big oil"


Bill Burton, senior strategist of the Pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action, defended the group's latest ad, "Romney's Big Oil Trail" in the latest edition of CBS News' "Face to Face." The ad claims the GOP presidential candidate has been bought by the oil industry.

Burton, a former White House spokesman, told CBS News political director John Dickerson that "there are people directly connected with the oil industry who are directly helping the Romney campaign."

"The question to the people is how can you trust a guy like Mitt Romney to bring down the price of gas when he benefits politically from high gas prices, and the people supporting him benefit financially from high gas prices?"

The ad claims, and Burton reiterated on Wednesday, that "big oil" has given $200 million to Romney's campaign in exchange for his support on tax breaks to the oil industry.

Watch the rest of Dickerson's interview with Burton in the video above. Burton also discussed President Obama's evolving opinion of super PACs and what role Priorities USA Action will play in the general election.

As always, tune in to "Face the Nation" with Bob Schieffer this Sunday.

Also, Schieffer will also host a "Face the Nation" Google+ Hangout Thursday at 1:00 p.m. This is the first in a series of Google+ Hangouts that Schieffer, Dickerson and others will host during the 2012 campaign season.