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. Another Hillary LIE

    Hillary: "When it came time to stand up against the oil companies, to stand against Dick Cheney’s energy bill"

    This bill was a good bill for the environment. It could have been better just like anything else but it starts to move us in the right direction. The only reason it wasn't better is because of G.W Bush is still the President.

    Only an idiot would've voted against this energy bill. Namely Hillary obviously by her comments.

    Hillary fan, PLEASE read this latest energy bill over and you'll know what I'm talking about. Don't listen to the witch stand there and spin more lies.

    April 25, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. Hillary

    I find the IRAQ WAR way more harmful than an ENERGY BILL that raised taxes on oil companies. Do Hillary and Mccain think we are stupid???

    April 25, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Hillary

    Hillary can you explain where your strength went when it was time for you to stand up for America and say NO to the IRAQ WAR!!!! You are hypocrite Hillary and a disgrace to all women!!!!

    April 25, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. Montana is Obama Country

    Barack is ready to change a broken Washington..

    Clinton and McCain are part of a huge well "oiled" machine of lobbist problems. The two Rebulicans need to go.. and now...

    Yes.. We.. Can...

    April 25, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. George

    Once again it's true.

    April 25, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Kim

    Obama has solutions for the OIL Crises while Hillary has, Her hands deep into the money bags of Big Oil. Check the facts. Only Obama is untainted by these sleazy oil lobby groups.

    April 25, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. Sure

    So Obama says he has no experience, eh? Maybe if he got some experience he could see you can't just give a 5 min speech and expect everything to be changed the way you want it to. I'm also still waiting for Obama to unite his party.....let alone get the Republicans on his side.

    April 25, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. Obama for VP!

    The way Obama is going, he'll be lucky to be VP on anyone's ticket.

    Obama for VP!

    April 25, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. Venus

    Yes and he's right!

    Go Obama – great to see you take on two-republicans!

    It gives me pleasure to see you over-look Hillary and focus on Mc Cain!

    This race is over for Hillary and I can't wait to see her last moment...

    April 25, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. mouli

    Hillary is delirious. No wonder she is rolling out ads such as 3:00 am, the 9/11. She has lost all credibility she claimed to have.

    You are talking about the couple (Hillary and Bill) that have cultivated a habit which makes politics a sport. Bill is going around talking about play book and playing hard. The innings is over for Hillary. But she is still pitching in pathetically.

    Politics is the last refuge of scoundrels. Of scoundrels, Hillary has proved to be top-notch.

    April 25, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. Bob

    The McLame/ Hillary ticket have teamed up again to attack Obama. Hillary wants more dabates so that she can make racist inuendo and hurl false accusations. McLame says Hamas likes Obama. This from an idiot who needs Lieberman to whisper in his ear to tell him the difference between a Sunni and Shiite Muslim!

    April 25, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. DefinitelyDem

    Clinton 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."

    But she neglects to point out that the bill increased the amount of taxation on the oli companies, and that it required the oil companies to sink more money into alternative energy.

    McCain said: "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,”

    But he neglects to mention that while it would save americans about $1.80 each time we filled our gas tanks, it would generate that much MORE DEBT to add to our current budget deficit. So while we might save about $300 over the course of a year, it would prevent the government from collecting BILLIONS of dollars to put into our infrastructure.

    April 25, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. mitch from ark.

    sorry washington cronies,you're toast!the people are making the right choice,and they can't stop us this time.we want our country back.obama speaks the truth,as i see it.

    April 25, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. Alan Boyer

    Clinton and McCain cannot argue that they have done anything to advance the issues that people outside of Washington care about.

    April 25, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. Mark, B'ham Alabama

    The lobbiest they did not fight must be Obama's friends who want no drilling, no new refineries, no nukes, and higher energy taxes thinking that this will force Americans to not drive to work anymore! The administration and Congress from 10 to15 years back are to blame for the energy crisis of today.

    April 25, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. Dwight

    Yeah, Barack, raising taxes is the Democratic way! That will surely bring energy costs down....duh!

    Neither one of these Democrat buffoons are electable – what a waste of time, money, and ink!

    April 25, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  17. Talimee

    The reality is that Obama doesnt propose any plans to fix anything. At least Clinton and McCain are proposing policies to deal with the high fuel prices, etc. Also, please note that Obama has not achieved anything either (besides an ethics bill) during his years in politics. The district he represented in Illinois is still a poor district without any improvement felt during his years in the Illinois congress. The same goes with his constituents in the US Senate. So for this man to come and say that the fault rests on McCain and Clinton goes to show how arrogant this man is. I will not vote for him, not only because I find him extremely unprepared to lead this nation, but also because his economic policies scare me. If McCain is an extremist to one side, so is Obama to the other. Clinton is the only rational choice.

    April 25, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Young Rep

    First of all Mr. Obama gas is expensive all over the world.., not just America. Second, changing how things are done in Washington has nothing to do gas. What's hurting us so badly is the fact China and India are now demanding much more oil and will soon be on par with the United States in demand... some of the high price of oil has to do with the conflict in the Middle East. A sniff of any type of conflict drives the price of oil up... there is alot more to this problem of gas than who is in power in Washington.

    By the way Lobbyist and special interest groups can also have a positive effect for the American people and they've been around longer than most people even know. The only way America will change is not in Washington but the average person making changes.

    April 25, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  19. maggie

    Hillary and McCain are great! Too bad they aren't in the same party!
    Both of them know more about the government than Obama is capable of learning in his whole lifetime!!

    April 25, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. Todd

    Hillary's comments about the energy bill are just one more example of how politicians of both parties leave out key information to mislead voters. Obama voted for that energy bill because it contained offsets for these so-called giveaways and was the best chance at the time to promote green alternatives. You never hear that part, and it's maddening that Obama doesn't counter her argument by filling in the missing piece of information.

    She needs to answer for her own voting record, such as supporting the horrible bankruptcy bill and the vote to go to war in Iraq without reading the full report. It's unconscionable that these people who represent us aren't even giving due diligence to the information they need to vote on the bills.

    April 25, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. mitch from ark.

    to:barbara benson.you noticed that,too?hahahaha

    April 25, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. Bob

    Hillary's henchmen have sunk to new lows (if that is possible)! They have posted false Obama web sites to siphon off Obama donations and make doners nervous about sending money! If Hillary ever were to be President,she would be the American version of Vladimir Putin. Spending all of her time trying to cling to power.

    April 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. J. P.

    Obama is so unqualified to be a presidential candidate. I'm afraid it will be too late in the game before the DNC realizes how inadequate and unpopular he will be up against John McCain. YOU BETTER PUT HILLARY OUT THERE IF YOU PLAN ON WINNING THE ELECTION!!!

    April 25, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. J. P.

    The Washington Establishment can't stand the thoughts of being ordered around by a female president. That's why Kerry, Kennedy, and so many other career politicians have opposed her. They know she'll shake things up!!!

    GO HILLARY!!!!

    April 25, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  25. Sunny

    Obama is getting quite cocky. He is no longer acting presidential with just attacks.

    April 25, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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