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SEIU Joins the Pa. Fray

The Service Employees International Union is joining the ad fray in Pennsylvania with commercials in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia starting today that highlight the rising cost of gas and tout Barack Obama's ability to solve the problem.

The ad opens with a montage of people listing the exorbitant price -- ''$75"(!) -- of a full tank of gas these days, then pivots to drub the oil companies for the profits they are reaping.

"Too many politicians are in the pocket of big oil," says one man; "Barack Obama is different," says another. "He doesn't take money from PACs or lobbyists." Watch it here:

SEIU, which endorsed Obama in February, is also planning to have its members stake out a Philadelphia-area gas station today and hand out leaflets expressing their support for Obama's energy plan.

SEIU's ad buy will add to the significant advantage that Obama and his surrogates are enjoying on the Pennsylvania airwaves at the moment.

Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton have been battling it out over the airwaves on the issue of late with Obama striking the most recent blow with an ad entitled "Dime":

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 17, 2008; 8:19 AM ET
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