Muckraker: Grist on Politics

Thought the Olympics might bring some reprieve from election season? Think again. Today Barack Obama rolled out his $5 million ad campaign that will run during Olympic coverage on NBC, focusing on a clean energy economy.

“The hands that built this nation can build a new economy,” says the ad, as it shows images of people working on solar panels, wind farms, and other eco-friendly projects. It repeats the candidate’s pledge to create 5 million green jobs, and pledges to “fast-track alternative fuels.”

“Barack Obama: A new vision for our economy,” it continues. “Because America’s future is in our hands.” Watch it:

Not to be outdone, John McCain is dropping $6 million to run an ad during the games as well.