Ron Johnson (R-BP)
When asked about BP, Ron Johnson -- the GOP Senate candidate in Wisconsin -- told Wisconsin Public Television that he was "disappointed that the Obama administration is just, doing an all-out assault, now, on the oil company before we have the problem fixed."
Dino Rossi (R-BP)
When President Obama directed BP to set aside money to pay for the Gulf Coast oil spill, Washington Senate candidate Dino Rossi urged against "rushing this proposal through," and instead wanted to take things slow.
Sen. David Vitter (R-BP)
When it became obvious that paying for the cleanup would cost BP hundreds of millions of dollars, the Louisiana Republican introduced legislation to limit the amount of legal damages the oil giant could be forced to pay.
Pat Toomey (R-BP)
After the spill, Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey doubled-down on his support for off-shore drilling. When he was in Congress, he even voted to support drilling in the Great Lakes, even though the amount of oil leaked into the Gulf in the current oil spill crisis would completely contaminate every gallon of Lake Erie.
Dan Coats (R-BP)
When he was in Congress, Dan Coats supported legislation capping the damages that oil companies are required to pay in the wake of environmental disasters and voted to expand deep-water oil drilling. Then, when he became a lobbyist, he went to work for the firm that represented BP.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-BP)
Congressman Joe Barton, the top Republican on the committee overseeing the oil spill and its aftermath, delivered a personal apology to BP, saying the $20 billion fund that President Obama directed BP to establish to provide relief to the victims of the oil disaster was a "tragedy in the first proportion."
Rep. Steve King (R-BP)
As criticism mounted in the wake of Joe Barton's apology to BP, Republican Representative Steve King came to his defense. "I think Joe Barton was spot-on," King said on the conservative Laura Ingraham radio show.
Rand Paul (R-BP)
Kentucky's Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul leaped to the defense of BP, calling President Obama's efforts to hold the British company accountable for the Gulf Coast oil spill "un-American."
Sharron Angle (R-BP)
On a conservative radio show, Sharron Angle — the GOP nominee for Senate in Nevada — called the Gulf oil spill victims' relief program a "slush fund." When a caller suggested the BP payout was extortion, she agreed, saying, "Government shouldn't be doing that to a private company." Her solution to the energy crisis is to "deregulate" the oil industry.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-BP)
Representative Michele Bachmann defended BP, criticizing the Gulf Coast oil spill fund — designed to aid spill victims — as a "redistribution of wealth."