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. AJ, IL

    Why doesn't Obama just hit Hillary over the head with her vote against the 2005 Energy Bill?!?! GOOD GRIEF! HE'S IN INDIANA! It's part corn country.

    Facts of the 2005 Energy Bill:

    * first legislation to increase the car mileage in over 30 years
    *Legislation increases ethanol usage over a 10 year period
    * Has net increase in the taxes for oil companies

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

    Explain? I can't. I don't have the Energy anymore....

    April 25, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Mac Attack

    I want Hillary to stay in as long as possible. She needs to run around and lose some of those hips. Oink- oink.

    McCain 08

    April 25, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Ca Native

    Oh this is rich!! Obama accusing Clinton & McCain of being apart of the do-nothing congress.

    WHAT exactly has Obama done on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee???

    Nuh-thing! When he was asked... "I've been too busy campaigning".

    Has he EVER been to Iraq to see our soldiers? Nope – too busy campaigning.

    The only "change" Barack genuinely seeks is a paygrade.

    April 25, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Young & Educated 4 Obama

    Ethanol is byproduct of corn! How does it cost more Mike?
    CK – You are right and with ALLLLL those lies and scandals Hillary will NEVER NEVER stand a chance in Nov against McCain! BTW there is a hell of a lot more filth in the trunk!
    Shane – Hillary needs to drop out! She lost do the MATH! I know ur prob a lil childish writing in ALL CAPS lol who you shoutin at!!
    Dont worry we have room for you on the winning team!
    Stop the drama VOTE Obama!
    NC and IN gonna knock it out the box!!!

    April 25, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Joe

    Is hilary a democrat or a republican? The rules of the game within the same party is that if you can,t beat them, you should join them. But why is hilary using the rules of opposition party which is if you can't beat them, destroy them. This goes to show that hilary and bill does not really care about the democratic party. They only care about themselves going back to the white house by any means possible. they are bent on making Obama unelectible in november so that she can come back in 4 years time. Thats why they did little to campaign for Kerry 4 years ago. They wanted him to loose so they can come and claim the nomination this time but then came this movement led by Obama. So now the strategy is to make sure what happened to Kerry 4 Years ago is to happen to Obama this time. I hope the people in North Carolina and Indiana can see through the Clintons and vote for Obama so that this nonsense can end. we need to be focusing on Mc cain . The Cllintons are too self centered.

    April 25, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. aliou salam FL

    Mcain: I still don't know the one thing Mccain has done other than divorse the wife who waited for him through his hotel hanoi e pisode.

    April 25, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. aliou salam FL

    Clinton and McCain belong to the same party. Clinton just decided to join democrats when she didn't have a chance with the repuks

    April 25, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. Obama 08

    Shane your a moron.

    April 25, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. Darryl

    The republican working as a team again McCain should as Hillary to switch back to a Republican. That will be the onlyu way she on the ticket is someone's VP.

    She burn too many bridges with Obama.

    April 25, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. Momma for Obama MN

    Billary and McCain = One and the Same.

    April 25, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. Franky

    Energy?!?! What the?!?! I don't even know where to start with this issue.......

    April 25, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. california voter

    obama: negative, attacking, no substance, no solutions, and no past history of doing anything.

    April 25, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  14. Jonathan

    Why is everyone so worried about the high prices of gas? Raising the price will actually help us. Why you ask? As the prices rise, the people will start to demand alternative energy. If you have a problem with gas prices, sell your SUV and tell your elected officials to push alternative energy. Oh, are you strapped for cash? Ride the bus.

    April 25, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. True

    Clinton voted for that same Bill in 2005...

    Obama voted in support (i.e. not table the amendment) an amendment that would have given the states authority to site the LNG terminals. Obama voted for the overall bill because it would encourage ethanol, clean-coal technology and other energy alternatives that would reduce demand for foreign oil.

    April 25, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Jim F

    why does CNN allow racist posts (like that of "chris") to go unchecked? I see them all the time and CNN does nothing while my posts are always "under moderation" by the reviewers!

    April 25, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. Brett

    This is something that they both obviously could not just sit idely on the side for. Its ridictulous that he would ever utter such a thing as gas prices, when he himself participated in Washington politics by caving in to the special interests of the oil industry. Shame on him.

    The sad part: he's going to win the nomination. All I hope is that someday people will see that he was playing Washington politics all along.

    April 25, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  18. Barbara Benson

    It's easy to spot those folks that stand in Obama's corner...they can spell and use proper grammar.

    April 25, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    What a pity. All of it. But, most importantly, I would really like for those who plan to vote McCain if Obama wins the election to just switch now and shut up about it. Who really cares that you will defect and leave the Democratic party anyway? It just means you were never really committed to the party. Unity, anyone? Mmmmm......

    OBAMA for President, TX

    April 25, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  20. California Girl

    Senator Obama: You are also a Washington insider with lack of tact.

    April 25, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  21. Suziku

    Why oh why doesn't this nasty woman go away?! Why oh why does anyone still even consider supporting her? Why can't the hillarycrites see that she's in it for HER! NOT THEM. She's doing the right wing republicans a big favor, she's further dividing the Democrats. It's time for this to stop, it's time for her to stop! It's time for the crites to wake up!

    April 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  22. Viet Nam Vet

    The DNC should mandate that all super delegates endorse their choice fro the democratic nominee by May 15th so we can get on with process. It's these people that are dividing the democrats.

    April 25, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Obama makes a great point when he asks, "where has all that experience gotten us?" Obama will be the next President......its almost time for Porky the Pig to come out and say "th....th....th....th....that's all folks!"

    April 25, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  24. M.S. Indiana

    Please people, remember she was a part of the republican party, see what she is doing ??? Must be a good boat McCain have...

    Every news station says she is tearing down the party, so Obama cant win the general election. She are going to run in 2012 for president

    April 25, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. Hillary

    EMPLOYEES of oil companies! He accepts money from employees (who are citizens) of IHOP, SHONEYS, DILLARDS, etc! Hillary and her supporters are some of the most desperate people I have ever seen in my life!!!

    April 25, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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