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Burr dismisses criticism of BP contribution

Posted June 1, 2010

— As the federal government opens a criminal probe into the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a new television ad by an advocacy group blasts Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr for taking campaign contributions from British Petroleum.

Burr on Tuesday dismissed the criticism of his taking money from BP.

"The American people are smart enough to look and see the president took more money from BP than Richard Burr. I took the nominal amount," he said.

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr Web only: Burr discusses oil spill, re-election

Burr said he is as disgusted and frustrated by the spill as everyone else. Still, he said he's confident that oil engineers – not government – will find a way to stop it.

"They'll be plenty for government to do once we stop the flow of oil, particularly where the environmental implications are concerned. The world is watching to figure out how we resolve this," he said.

As he travels the state, he said, many constituents talk to him about health care reform. Most either want to repeal the law President Barack Obama recently signed, or they want to make significant changes to it, he said.

"It's going to cause an increase in the annual premium of every existing private insurance policy somewhere between 8 and 15 percent by the most conservative estimates," he said.

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and former state Sen. Cal Cunningham are in a June 22 runoff election to determine who will face Burr in November. Regardless of whom Democrats choose in the runoff, Burr said he knows he has a tough race for re-election.

"The concern of North Carolinians makes me a target in the red area of the bull's eye because I'm an incumbent," he said, adding that it only makes him more focused.

"I really believe, over the next 18 months, that the decisions that are made at the national level will dictate for decades the path of this country and the prosperity of this country," he said. "So, I see the next 18 months as the most pivotal in my adult life and, more importantly, in my service in Washington."


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  • chinacats Jun 2, 2010

    The fact that Burr took money from BP is no surprise at all...same as other politicians. The fact that he will take money from anyone and blindly vote in their favor is the larger issue. It's time to move to a Senator who will represent the voters and not use them to move forward with a right wing agenda that he says represents this state.

  • tomwoolf Jun 2, 2010

    I am not as concerned over who Burr whored himself out to as to his vote a while back to facilitate the raping of military contractors. When he voted against the Franken amendment that would prohibit military contractors from instituting strict internal arbitration for such things as sexual harassment and rape, he lost me. He voted to allow contractors to evade responsibility for not protecting women helping our armed forces overseas. Burr needs to go.

  • Finz Up Jun 2, 2010

    Not only has Obama reaped heavy rewards from "Big Oil" he also reaped heavy rewards from "Big Financial" Goldman......But hypocrite liberals play by a different set of rules where it is A-Ok for their pockets to be lined. It's also perfectly acceptable to "question the administration" so long as it is just democrats doing the questioning....Just ask Hillary.

  • jet2rdu Jun 2, 2010

    Since BP gave Burr along with others in Congress, also is noted that BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates of both parties over the past 20 years. With the largest chunk of their money going to Obama.

  • wral mods blow close my account Jun 2, 2010

    Who is this Burr you speak of? I've never heard of him.

  • A confused citizen Jun 2, 2010

    Funny how Burr is taking heat for BP money but no has raised any questions about President Obama receiving over $77000 dollars from BP's PACs. The President was the largest single recipient of money from BP. Anyone emailing the President and complaining or is it ok in his case?

  • FairPlay Jun 2, 2010

    So what, so did Obama!! Big companies cntributing to campaigns has been legal all along. Obama said he would reform that, never did.

  • Leftfinsright Jun 2, 2010

    Another great article by WRAL

  • archmaker Jun 1, 2010

    nice doge! ask him about bp and he'll talk about health care!

  • geosol Jun 1, 2010

    Yep, another right winger with deep pockets from multinational oil companies. Nothing new here. C'mon, boys, let's here that timeless chant - - - - Drill, Baby, Drill!!!!

    Its OK, as long as i can gas up my big Honkin' SUV and pretend to care about the environment.