Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sought to put himself at arm's length from Republican congressman Joe Barton, who became embroiled in controversy last week for his apologetic comments to BP's Tony Hayward.
"I couldn't disagree with Joe Barton more," McConnell said in an appearance on Fox News Sunday. "BP doesn't need an apology, they need to apologize to us."
McConnell, however, also saved some criticism for Democrats who he accused of using the Gulf disaster for political gain -- in this case, as a reason to push hard on an energy reform bill.
"They never miss an opportunity to seize on the crisis to turn to the far left to do list," the minority leader said.