April 25th, 2008
02:18 PM ET
10 years ago

Clinton, McCain camp fire back over Obama energy remarks


(CNN) - Hillary Clinton and John McCain’s campaign both fired back at Barack Obama Friday over assertions that they were part of a broken Washington that has hasn’t done enough to solve the energy crisis and fight the power of lobbyists.

Obama told reporters Friday morning that he is the only candidate in the race who has worked to rein in the power of lobbyists and that his opponents’ Washington experience hasn’t yielded results.

"The candidates with the Washington experience - my opponents - are good people. They mean well," said Obama Friday. "But they’ve been in Washington for a long time, and even with all that experience they talk about, nothing has happened.

"...So what have we got for all that experience? Gas that’s approaching $4 a gallon, because you can fight all you want inside Washington, but until you change the way it works, you won’t be able to make the changes Americans need."

Standing mid-court at the home of the five-time national champion Indiana Hoosiers, Clinton responded.

“He claimed he would take on the special interests. But we’ve heard him say that before,” she said. “When it came time to stand up against the oil companies, to stand against Dick Cheney’s energy bill, my opponent voted for it and I voted against it. And that bill had billions of dollars in giveaways to the oil companies. It was the best bill that the energy companies could buy.”

The McCain campaign said Obama himself was part of the problem. "Barack Obama rolled out the cameras, and then said nothing about his new opposition to immediate price relief for hardworking Americans who are seeing record prices at the pump,” said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. “Barack Obama can’t deliver for working people if he supports higher gas taxes when the price of fuel is at a record high, and is likely to get higher by summertime.”

soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. bern

    The title says it all. "Clinton, Mccain...." no surprise there. A Vote for Clinton is the same as a vote for McCain. both have a record of simioar votes on different bills. As a matter of fact, McCain sometimes seems more 'democratic" than Hillary. I made my mind up about this woman back when she was askd about NAFTA and her supposedly opposition to it back whn her "husband" ws president. She claims that in the end she had no influence on his decision. Well, if she can't influence her own husband how can she influence anyone else....

    April 25, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. Vegas4Hillary

    Honestly, when it comes down to it all, Obama supporters are blinded by their own arrogance. He has a long list of lobbyists campaigning for him, bringing in a lot of monsy for his campaign. Every post I see from Obama supporters is from a person completely oblivious to the fact that their candidate is inexperienced and really has NO IDEA where he's going. He constantly stutters in his speeches because he really has no experience in this field. EVERY politician comes into the process and THINKS that they are the candidate for change, but when it comes down to it, they learn their lesson about the beauracracy that leads our nation. They back down from their soapbox and learn what it takes to REALLY get things acomplished. These Obama supporters are totally clueless.

    April 25, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Isaac

    They are ALL to blame but Clinton is absolutely correct in her argument here. Obama's negative attacks always seem to rely on the belief that America and the media will all gloss over the reality. Hopefully that does not remain the case for much longer.

    And please do tell me how Obama is not a Washington insider? He has most of the political establishment backing him and is a United States Senator. You don't get any more Washington than that. I really could care less, but I don't want someone that always just thinks they are better than everyone else without acknowledging simple facts.

    April 25, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. debbie

    young rep:

    Keeping on living and you might just learn something new!

    Or maybe Daddy is taking care of all your bills by making money off the backs of the poor.

    Go back to your dorm room and study, it is safe there..........

    Demo's 08'

    April 25, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
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