(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.”