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

Clinton, McCain camp fire back over Obama energy remarks

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(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. joyce, NC

    and how exactly do you intend to solve this problem barack? you see it's easy to point out flaws, etc... i hardly ever hear you come up with something original.

    solutions is what we need not promises and empty rhetorics.

    April 25, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. DJ in TX

    ALL of the candidates need to be called on about the oil and gas prices. None of them have ANY power whatsoever to do anything about it. BTW – the engergy actually netted a tax INCREASE for the iol companies. Let's get it straight.

    The gas price is about supply and demand. Unless we as Americans pull back on how much we use, or OPEC produces more, there is nothing a President can do about the prices.

    Let's end this thing please.

    April 25, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Tjaye

    If both Clinton and McCain are touting that they are of Washington with more years there AND they have been around while Washington let the energy crisis fall by the wayside, then AREN'T they a part of the broken Washington that hasn't done enough to solve the energy crisis?

    They can't keep claiming to be there, but when he points out what those who have been there have let fall off, then they don't want to take that credit.

    Obama O-8!!

    April 25, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Edwin K C

    This are comments of two would be losers very soon. Many expected this to come from them anyway.

    This reminds many of us that Sen. B Obama(D – ILL) is fighting a political war in two fronts.

    Does this ring a bell somewhere. For me it does, he must a very, very, very strong candiate

    Hilary will see dust in N Carolina and Indiana from where she should humbly thrown in the towel and go back to the Kitchen

    Edu,NBI

    April 25, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. carrie,detroit

    shut up,macclinton.
    you are both part of a broken washington.
    why dont u both retire happily to an old folks home in chicago?
    go away.
    fear mongers and warmongers

    April 25, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Shane

    OBAMA PLEASE FOR THE GOOD OF THE NATION, DROP OUT. JUST LKIE YOUR PASTOR SAID JUST A POLITICIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM A DEMOCRAT IF HE IS OUR NOMINEE I WILL VOTE MC CAIN IN 08

    April 25, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. gastoys

    What experience does Obama have? What about his failed $100 Million dollar housing development for the Chicago projects. Obama can only talk about Change, Hope, Yes we can and has not real plan. He is the best motivation speaker I have ever seen and should work for QVC and sell Communist flags.

    April 25, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. william

    them two r party of the lobbist, they have been they n enjoyed the fruits (bribes) that come from the big co operations n thats y they don want an agent of change to spoils they 'spoils' if u know wat i mean. Obama all the way to 16 penn street.

    April 25, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. david goldman for OBAMA

    HILLARY AND MCCAIN SHOULD RUN TOGETHER.

    April 25, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    HILLIE & HER BFF AGREE ON MANY THINGS

    AS WELL AS THE IRAQ WAR, AFRICAN-AMERICANS.

    April 25, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    MCCAIN AND CLINTON BRAG ABOUT HOW LONG THEY HAVE BEEN IN WASHINGTON JUST CONFIRMS THEY ARE PART OF "A BROKEN" GOVERNMENT. THE AREN'T THE SOLUTION TO OUR PROBLEMS, THEY ARE THE PROBLEM. WASHINGTON NEEDS A "TRANSFUSION". LET'S NOT LOSE THIS OPPORTUNITY THAT WE AS AMERICANS DESERVE WHICH OBAMA CAN CHANGE. SUPPORT OBAMA.

    April 25, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Jeff M.

    McCain supports cutting the 18.4 cent gas tax for three months. If EVERY PENNY of that tax cut went to the average american who owns a vehicle with a 15-gallon tank who needs to fill up the whole thing once a week, that would still only come out to a meager $33. Over three months. That's supposed to help?

    April 25, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Timothy

    Well spoken. What have they done since been in Washington nothing but fatten their purses argured or formed a committee to explore what we obvious already no needs to be done. Guess what I have experience too working in the public sector for more than 28 years. It does not mean I know everything or can solve or fix all problems. Therefore drop the experience rheotic. It is good to have but not a testimony to your leadership.

    April 25, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  14. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER ONCE AGAIN.

    April 25, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  15. vic nashville,Tn

    Obama talk real , You also from senate , what you were doing in senate sleeping? till Ohio we don’t know about you Now we know about you 10% , I am waiting to rest of 90% to come out. You know what will come out
    Sorry Obama I am not going to buy anything from you

    April 25, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. Buddy

    He needs to back Clinton and run as her Vice President That's the best way to solve this mess. Nobama

    April 25, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  17. GloriafromPA

    So we have Hillary who has taken the most money from oil criticizing Obama's support for a bill she say was bought by oil, apparently like her, and we have McCain who has no plans to better this country criticizing his GE rival. Once again, Hilary and McCain are on the same page. I wish she would just go for VP on McCain's ticket. They agree on a lot, since they have both been around Washington for way too long.

    April 25, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  18. Just Words

    OMG...The NERVE of this man!!! Coming from someone who has NEVER took a REAL STAND on VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES!!!!!!!!!!!

    OBLAMA,....YOU HELPED CHENEY'S ENERGY BILL!!!!!!

    FAULTY MEMORY .....AGAIN!!!

    YEAH........ his way is better........Vote "PRESENT" or "PULL THE WRONG LEVER 5 TIMES"

    WIMP!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. The McShames

    Clinton, McCain and Bush, three peas in a pod. It won't work. We are standing behind Obama in spite of the hypocracy in this campaign. Give it your best shot–Wright, bitter, plagerizing, Michelle–it' won't work. Why?

    We know the truth, Barack is hard to beat, and so the McShames have to grab anything. I have never in my whole life heard a Democrat favor a Republican over his opponent. I guess it's a new day when women are involved, they will scratch your eyes out. Thank God, it won't work and Barack is still standing tall.

    America and Barack Obama 08 !

    April 25, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  20. LeeRoy

    Obama is really poignant. He criticizes Washington, the lobbyists but he makes the same thing himself by going to find a political and financial agreement with the party. He denounces in public what he supports and makes in private. It's the hypocrisy.

    April 25, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. Obama Has Substance

    Shane, you are not a Democrat, you are a racist. Go away... you are rude and ingnorant.

    April 25, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. Getting tired of this

    To Shane:

    Go ahead and vote for McCain then if Obama is the nominee. We don't need you. Your threats are laughable. See you later.

    April 25, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. Smart

    "until you change the way Washington works, you won’t be able to make the changes Americans need"...

    This is the single most important issue. That is why Obama is likely to make the real changes because he does not take money from special interest group. Today I will pay you again 50$.

    Obama/ Eduard

    April 25, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. aliou salam FL

    Let's start with clinton: Has she ever delivered on anything she promised?
    1) Health care. She took 8 years of clinton Administration and didn't deliver. she still calls it exprience. What did she deliver then?
    2) She told NYkers that she will create jobs. NY lost most jobs under her than any other time. She blames all sorts of things and principally her republican friends.
    3) Hill ar ri has never taken responsibility. it is as if there are many hillaries.
    -the one who makes the promises and the lies.
    -the one whom constituents know as divider and work with every day getting nothing done.
    – and there is the hillary who gets angry and destroys all her enemy.

    April 25, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. christi

    If Washington isn't messed up – why does everyone complain about it?

    go ahead, just vote republican again – let's see what $8.00 a gallon of gas does??? The war will still be going on in Iraq – and maybe even Iran. Still more people will be denied health care that should be a right for everyone.

    Yep, 4 more years – sounds like fun!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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