April 16th, 2008
08:45 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain on gas prices: 'Americans need some relief'


Watch Sen McCain discuss gas prices.

(CNN) – A day after Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, unveiled his major economic proposals, CNN Chief National Correspondent John King sat down with McCain to discuss the proposals in more detail.

“Americans need some relief,” McCain said of his proposal to temporarily suspend the federal tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. “I just think it’s kind of a good thing to do so people can have a little more enjoyable summer during tough times,” he added.

McCain, long an advocate of cutting wasteful federal spending, also explained why he was pushing certain measures that would likely delay achieving a balanced federal budget if he wins the White House. “The best way to have a balanced budget is to have a recovering economy,” said McCain.

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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Grif

    And not Just..l. 'Breaking Wind'....

    April 16, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  2. carmen

    He is right about americans needed relief from gas. He is giving it to them

    April 16, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  3. Fred

    Yah we need relief from his Republican ways

    April 16, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  4. rezagui1@hotmail.com

    "Americans need some relief" Wow, he really is a genius. Apparently, he feels this way, because the summer is a time to have fun and not have to feel the reality of republican rule just before an election.

    April 16, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Apaul

    Now that's thinking outside the box. All that experience really helped him on that issue. Thank you Captain obvious.

    April 16, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    I strongly suspect the Iraq War is directly responsible for the current price of gas. If McCain is serious about giving Americans some relief of such expenses, maybe he should drop his Hundred Years War plan.

    April 16, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. Chris in Va.

    Great idea John. Once th federal tax is "temporarily suspended" the oil companies will jack up their price to fill the void. Then when the temporary wears out and the tax is reinstalled we will be paying even MORE for fuels with winter approaching. Admit it John, you are out of touch AND clueless. Disgusting!

    April 16, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  8. Susan MO

    It does not take a 'rocket scientist' to know Americans need relief from the soaring gas prices.

    This is going to hurt our country.......the tourist places will see less business.

    Something needs to be done!!

    April 16, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. OZ

    That's right, Relief, and it ain't no "Plop Plop fizz fizz oh what a relief it is".

    April 16, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  10. Leeban

    Yeah just keep slashing taxes. u think were in this mess to begin with because of high taxes?

    April 16, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  11. J. Forbes, Texas Independent

    McCain's gas tax 'holiday' is a brilliant idea that will help nearly all Americans and will aid many facets of the economy.

    April 16, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |

    It's astart, but a long way to go still.

    April 16, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  13. Not Voting McSame.

    I am sure this old man needs some gas relief with his old man prunes!

    April 16, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  14. Ian

    We need relief alright...from McCain!!!!

    April 16, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  15. Grif

    You have to: Save you're Country" Mr, from these ' Arab Loving Idiots'.
    $4 a Gallon? No... America, for couple dozen Barrels... Any Bids???

    April 16, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  16. Bernice


    But in truth I will spend my off time trying to get the gust of growing different fruits and vegetables. May even see what the city codes are for livestock.
    I can't help but wonder if gov had helped those small farmers if we would have been paying so much for food now

    April 16, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  17. D.W.; Miami, FL

    Does the word INFLATION mean anything to you John McCain?

    April 16, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Once agqain McCain speaks with a forked tongue and a know nothing old mind. He has no grip on reality and offers empty rhetoric of coal to people how are going hungry and can;' afford their hous gasoline or food.
    Shame on you McCain, take yourself back to Arizona.

    April 16, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  19. Willy

    That tax should have gone away years ago.

    April 16, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  20. Jed in Texas

    I thought "to the victor go the spoils", Johnny?Wheres all that Iraqi oil we went to war for?

    April 16, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  21. Michael

    This is hollow political pandering – election year nonsense. This gas tax "holiday" would exacerbate an already reeling transportation infrastructure funding situation while not doing much for the average driver. Hey John, how about giving the taxpayers some relief from this idiotic war?

    April 16, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  22. Karen - Branson

    Gee, that's big of him. Nice for vacations that we worked hard all year long and need a break. But how about the government getting rid of the taxes and tax the oil comany profits in addition?????

    April 16, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  23. True American

    Let's add just one thing: Let's have the oil corporations PAY the taxes reduced!

    April 16, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  24. reader

    How will the U.S. economy recover if we keep throwing our money away in Iraq? McCain couldn't balance a brick on a tennis court.

    April 16, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  25. Tatty Alan

    The Democratic Senate and Congress are misleading the American People. There is no valid economic reason to reject the free trade agreement with Columbia. Colombia's exports already enter the U.S. market duty-free under the 1991 Andean Trade Preference Act. But most U.S. exports to Colombia face big tariffs; 35 percent on autos, 15 percent on tractors and 10 percent on computers. The agreement would reduce these to zero; therefore it has no impact on imports, but will significantly help our exports. Why are the Democrats opposing it? Just to be popular and look to oppose free trade? It certainly doesn’t have any economic reason.

    April 16, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
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