June 14th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama blasts McCain on energy, taxes

Sen. Barack Obama holds a town hall meeting with residents in Wayne, Pennsylvania, on Saturday.
Sen. Barack Obama holds a town hall meeting with residents in Wayne, Pennsylvania, on Saturday.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama told voters in Wayne, Pennsylvania, on Saturday that he'll cut taxes for the middle class, raise taxes for the wealthy and pour more money into what he calls green energy.

Later Saturday, in Illinois, Obama helped fill sandbags near the Mississippi River in an area devastated by flooding, his campaign said. The same day, Sen. John McCain extended his sympathies to those affected by flooding in the Midwest.

According to his campaign, Obama wants to invest $150 billion over the next 10 years to establish a green energy sector; create a national low-carbon fuel standard to ensure that the fuel is more efficient, and invest in clean energies like solar, wind and biodiesel.

That, according to the campaign, would create up to 5 million new green energy jobs.

Obama also blasted McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential candidate, for his recent silence on energy reform and his support for a gas tax holiday.

"He isn't offering any solutions to help Americans pay for high gas prices. Instead, he's proposing a gas tax holiday that's nothing more than a Washington stunt," Obama said. "I was for the idea back then, but I've learned from my mistake, because I don't think it's right to say you're offering families relief when you're just boosting oil company profits."

Obama says McCain's gas tax plan would "actually do real harm" and take "$3 billion a month out of the highway trust fund and hand it over to the oil companies."

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Brittany W.,L.A

    Hey Brittany and all of you Hillary supporters, Hillary IS $25MILLION TO $30MILLION IN DEBT.

    HOW ABOUT THE 18MILLION WHO VOTED FOR HER DONATE $1.50 TO HER CAMPAIGN! THIS WILL PAY OFF HER DEBT. BETTER YET I FYOU ARE IN A GENEROUS MOOD, YOU CAN DONATE $2.00 TO HER CAMPAIGN. THIS WILL PAY OFF HER DEBT AND LEAVE A LITTLE BIT OVER FOR HER TO HAVE SOME FUN WITH!

    You People just make me sick! You claim to soooooooooooo looooooooove Hillary and yet you cannot donate $1.50 or $2.00 to help her crawl out of the hole that she has created for herself!

    With friends like you, Hillary does not need enemies!

    June 14, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. KE

    McCain need to make a difference and convince American people before the Democratic convention otherwise a prolonged fight could be detrimental.

    This whole fraud nomination process should have stopped long ago but who knows we had to see it with our own eyes first. Look out for more fraud.

    June 14, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. randy

    obama go get them. do it for tim russert.

    June 14, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. pam Eugene OR

    Brittany W LA @ 5:34
    Brittany try actually reading the articles that you want to comment on! The DNC does not need the money! The city of Denver needs the money! You must be one of the uneducated voters. I don't mind that you can't follow the topic...the story is about energy proposal from Obama but at least be somewhat informed.

    June 14, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. randy

    BRITTANY.W L A YEAH I AM OBAMA SUPPORTER I HAVE GAVE THE DNC 100$ TODAY YOU CAN LAUGH AT US WE WILL HAVE A GREAT CONVENTION.

    June 14, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Eric in Ca

    Simply, rather than bash Obama or McCain on issues for which many of you are posting don't seem to have a clue and basing them on your own ignorance – please just go to their perspective websites and learn about the issues!
    Learn about taxes, healthcare, economy, womens' rights, war, education, social security read who has the better plan regarding issues!

    June 14, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. Sue

    Obama's plan sounds great–to invest $150 BILLION in more environmentally favorable alternatives. However, the key word in the report above is that Obama "wants." He can "want" all day long, but good luck on getting that done. Many Americans don't care about alternative fuels, and dismiss that as an important issue when electing their representatives. Our system is such that the President can't unilaterally implement a $150 Billion plan. He needs the support of Congress, and rightly so. The problem is that we are all complacent and don't insist on telling our congressmen what we want, and we don't back up our talk with votes. We put more energy into keeping up with the goings on of Paris Hilton and "Brangelina." We just can't wait to see the precious pictures of Brangelina's twins. How about putting some effort into our own children's futures–or for that matter, our own immediate situations?

    June 14, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. Nick

    I think it's interesting how people are blasting Obama for lack of experience. He has just about as much experience if not more than GWB had when he ran for president, and apparently that was enough because we elected him twice. And for those saying he is a hypocrite for supporting the tax holiday, and now being against it: check your facts. It's not like he has flip-flopped in this campaign just to pick up more votes. He supported it while in the Illinois state legislature and then realized it was pretty much a hoax. I'd rather have a president who learns from his mistakes and wises up instead of sticking with their mistakes and dragging everyone down. (i.e. GWB and McCain over the Iraq war)

    June 14, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. ward

    Where have these readers been hiding. All of these anti-Obama comments are so entirely out of whack, their originators must be spending their time out of country or getting their opinions from the likes of Limbaugh or the Inquirer. Wake up people and vote for Obama. Try overcoming your petty bigotry and do what's best for the USA.

    June 14, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. TXBad1

    Obama, wow they are already working on what you are wanting, you must of had an internet enlightening and what about Hydrogen , Military is testing and runs off water even better than others! Get educated before you put foot in mouth and show your true non being up to date from missing all the senate votes!

    June 14, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. David Starnes

    truth will set their souls free if they want

    June 14, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    Obama Is The Best Man To Be President! This Town Hall Meeting Proves It!

    June 14, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. peakarach,des moines,IA

    KID,PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA AS FAR AS POSSIBLE,IF YOU DON'T WANT SOMETHING BAD HAPPEN TO U. REMEMBER THE STATES OF IA IS NOW UNDER THE WATER AND WILL COST THE STATES OF IA AT LEAST A BILLION DOLLAR TO REPAIR,ALSO TIM RUSSERT,KENNEDY,ROBERT C. BYRN,REV.WRIGHT,TONY REZKO,MICHAEL PFLEGER AND MANY MORE TO COME.

    =========================================
    MCCAIN 08!
    HILLARY 12!

    June 14, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  14. Lisa

    To the Obama supporters, has Obama accepted a debate aganist Senator Mccain yet? I understand that he was scared to debate Hillary. I cannot believe he's scared to debate Mccain though. He's not going to be able to use that car salesman line that he's already debated 20 times. To be honest to become the President of this country it shouldn't matter if you had to debate 100 times you are suppose to be for the people, not out for yourself.

    June 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. chere

    Obama is inexperienced talks alot of eloquent fluff, while he may speak of higher taxes on the wealthy, it wont happen, he's saying what the people who made him a frount man tell him to say..he's fall up under the authority of the money masters and march to the beat of their drum if elected.
    There's no way he isnt going to do the same exact thing John McCain
    is proposing he'll do. The only difference is John Mcshame is telling the truth & Obama is so green he has the audacity of hoping to actually having a say in anything.If these 2 all Americans can cream up ..the dream's a nightmare. I havent seen one Obama sign in my state and no Mcshame's either but I did see the Paul signs, and driving home I even seen a headquarters that Said "Ron Paul"
    The American sheep are dumb. Reminds me of that verse "They are as lambs lead to the slaughter."

    June 14, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. StrictScript

    First off, I want to show my support to a Man that demonstrated what responsible media should be. He brought our voices to the table, and he was the kind of man who proved that asking questions was, has and will continue being a natural, noble, and undefeated cause.

    June 14, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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