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. Obama will be President

    Clinton needs to quit adding fuel to the fire...she needs to drop out.

    The fuzzy math won't work.

    April 25, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Marshall in Nebraska

    Yes, it is broke...but who can fix it? Yes he can.

    April 25, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. Andre

    The truth hurts!!!

    April 25, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. trellskig

    To all the biased, puppets of Limbaugh (republicans turned democrates) at the last minute to vote for Clinton to screw up the Democratic party, I say, shame on you and McCane will not win and you will have to vote Democrate in November because you will not be able to switch back to the Repulican party in November…hahaha

    April 25, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. NickNas

    LOL the ole 2 on 1 again! Clinton is REALLY acting like a Repulican isn't she.

    FACT: Hillary Clinton was a member of the Young Republicans in College and didn't change to Democrat until it looked bad for her husband to be married to one running as a democrat>

    April 25, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Veterans for Obama

    Hillary please! Hearing you is like nails on a chalkboard....drop out already. The party is begging you to quit tearing Obama down, youre ego needs to take a vacation.

    April 25, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Obama in 08, 12

    Clinton you are desperate, delusional and pathetic....and your wife is a little nutty too.

    April 25, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Obama is a GODSEND

    Wake up...Obama will be president. He already is the nominee, Dean just failed to man up and announce it.

    April 25, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Aaron D

    I find it hard to believe how many people on these posts say "I support this democratic candidate, so if the other one wins I'm going to vote for McCain". This does not make sense. Both democratic candidates have, by their own admission, remarkably similar policy proposals and ideals. John McCain is the polar opposite of both democratic candidates on almost every issue.If you genuinely believe in the ideals and policies of either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, you believe in the ideals of the other democratic candidate much more than in those of John McCain. I am a vocal supporter of one of the two candidates, but I will gladly vote for the other if he/she is the nominee.
    Please, I know its easy to get attached to a candidate in such a personal process, but you have to be able to look past that and look at the issues. If you believe in the proposals of either Democratic candidate, you owe it to yourself and the country to vote for the other if they are the nominee.

    April 25, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Uncle Sam

    Obama's arrogance is breathtaking!

    April 25, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Mike

    Obama you need to back off of this...

    You did vote for that energy bill and ethanol is more hurtful to the environment and it costs more...

    April 25, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Grif

    You tell Him Girl! You Have the Energy!!

    April 25, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. Obama 08

    This man NEEDS to be our President....How refreshing to have apolitician who is not an imbecile (Bush) an out of touch geezer (McCain) or a desperate ego maniac (Hillary).

    April 25, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Tony, Miami

    Two Republicans against One Solid Democrat

    April 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Frank, San Diego

    For Obama to lump Clinton and McCain together on an issue over which they differ so fundamentally just adds to the impression that his entire campaign is about dumbing down the American electorate.

    April 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. ck

    Lies about...

    Sniper fire in Bosnia
    Chelsea jogging around the WTC on 9/11
    White Water
    Vince Foster
    and the list goes on.

    My question to HILLARY SUPPORTERS is this...

    What does she have to lie about that will finally convince you she is PLAYING YOU ALL FOR FOOLS!

    Bill told us it was ok to lie about sex.... now HILLARY SUPPORTERS are telling her its ok to lie about ANYTHING.

    Wake up people!!

    April 25, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Tom

    Obama keeps trying to sound presidential and as if he knows what he's talking about but.......................keep trying Mr. Obama for oh, 4 to 8 years in the senate and maybe you'll get there – and for God's sake vote for something this time!

    April 25, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. AZM

    Ahh... nice to see Obama not using any negative campaigning...

    Hypocrite... total absolute hypocrite... I cannot believe people trust this guy... part of me hopes he wins the whole thing... just so in four years we watch him get mauled worse than Carter trying for a second term... that is if America could survive the first four years.

    April 25, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. Dan (TX)

    Congress couldn't even start with the simple things – like setting ONE national gasoline formulation standard!

    Short term "Band Aid" fixes like temporary suspension of gasoline tax doesn't address the fundamental problem of supply & demand.

    Thanks to the Clintons, CHINA is now a formidable competitor with an insatiable appetite for raw materials such as OIL. What little oil Americans save is quickly gobbled up on the world market (without so much as a "thank you.")

    We'll look back this time next year and remember the "good ole days" when gasoline was less than $4/gallon!

    Get ready for $5 & $6/gallon gasoline – it's coming whether we like it or not! How many politicians have the guts to address this threat to our national security and standard of living? Sadly, I see no one from either party.....

    April 25, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. Ben

    Shouldn't the title be that "Obama attacks Clinton and McCain on energy policy".

    Seems to be more about that then the remarks by the other candidates.

    April 25, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. James

    Obama is saying the truth.

    April 25, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. energy

    Why does Obama drive a large, heavy car with a big v8 engine and poor fuel economy (Chrysler 300c) if he wants to appear so concerned about issues like the environment, energy bills, and raising the fuel economy standards for automakers? Even McCain drives a more earth and oil friendly car.

    If Obama is against oil companies, he has no problem accepting donations from empolyees of oil companies (source: factcheck.org).

    April 25, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. chris

    OBAMA/MARX 08 !!!!1
    cuase americans just dont wanna work anymore heck it takes a black leader to put us all on social programs

    ride it out liberal idiots the good times are over if he takes office you sure do complain alot but most of you are dang happy wiht what youhave now

    April 25, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Ken Murray

    Hillery Clinton is too obsessed to Quit.
    She has made it clear she’s going to continue this hopeless fight, right to the August convention.

    Clinton can’t win, will never leave as her ego will not let her quit.

    All Clinton can hope to achieve is to make certain that Obama does not win against McCain.

    April 25, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. charles

    CNN why do you report leaving out some information. why are you not reporting that the same bill raised taxes for the companies. l see becoz it wont make sence then to your story. CNN you are out of touch with reality.
    The 2005 energy bill actually raised taxes on the oil and gas industry by about 300 million over 11 years, according to the Congressional Research Service.

    April 25, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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