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. SZ

    I love these ridiculous verbs CNN uses in headlines, like "blasts."

    June 14, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. timothy

    why is it ok to dicriminitate against rich people

    June 14, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    WAT'S NOT TO LIKE ABOUT THE MCBUSH ENERGY

    PLAN? EVERYTHING. WILL LEAD TO $10.00 A GALLON.

    IT'S JUST LIKE CHANEY'S, SAME PEOPLE,SAME POLICIES.

    June 14, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Obama more favorable globally for President.
    Wake up everyone, poll on MSNBC shows Obama leading it the world and 1% behind McCain in the states. What is our problem here in the US of A? Why can't we see what the world sees?

    McCain to old to help put down sandbags. Once you get that age, all you can do is talk and pray that you remembered what you said.

    NO HILLARY OR BAYH FOR VP DITCH MITCH

    June 14, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. dave

    Making America 'Green' a.k.a communist, will raise taxes, oil prices, housing prices, etc. Just be quiet already, Obama; you obviously don't have the slightest idea of how the economy works.

    June 14, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. TexasLady

    And where will Obamanation find the extra money? Hmmmmm? I'll bet by raising taxes on thos of us who worked our backsides off without government help to get where we are.

    June 14, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. Jen, CA

    It always amuses me to see Obama with that "authoritative" look when, as usualy he says nothing, just like during the debates. "Blasts"? Don't think so (just more CNN literary license). In reality, Obama is more like THE MOUSE THAT ROARED!

    June 14, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Vig

    All of a sudden the junior senator from Illinois is a know-it-all because the media elected him nominee. The junior senator from Illinois runs on ego.

    June 14, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Belle

    Obama is always blasting someone! What he needs to do is explain his policies, not blast and steal ideas from someone else. But I forget, he doesn't need a plan; he is god. He can hope for a solution for all the ills of the world.

    June 14, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. Starr Dittmann WA

    OBAMA, keep on trucking!!! You have my VOTE and you also have my entire families vote now!! No need to convince me!!

    OBAMA 2008!!!

    June 14, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. BROOKLYN

    We are all pretty sure that Obamas "tax plan" harms something as well or is he just going to pull the money out of his butt?
    Both plans are pretty much the same so why is it that Senator Obama (who I voted for by the way) practicing "politics as usual" when he SWORE he would not do this, that is why I voted and now I will NEVER give him my support, he has flat out lied to us all...

    And the DNC, spending all that money for a party just to announce the nominee???? WE ALREADY KNOW WHO IT IS... GIVE THE MONEY TO THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT... LIKE THE FLOOD VICTIMS WHO HAVE LOST EVERYTHING...

    Selfish slobs all of them....

    June 14, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. jaye

    Senator Obama is a very smart man, and John McCain is not.
    Senator Obama finds solutions, while John McCain is nothing but a panderer, and that pandering is nothing but Washington politics at its best.
    Vote smart – vote Obama '08!

    June 14, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    you are rigt mr obama
    and for you to fill sand bags is mighty nice of you. dirt hurts no one and i am so proud of you for not careing to dirty your hands to help some one else/ i live in arkansas and wish i could help but being 65 year old woman, not a lot i could do anyway
    thank you sir

    god bless the flood and tornado and fire victoms thru out the country

    June 14, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. David Goldman for OBAMA

    VOTING FOR MCMOULD IS AN EXERCISE IN SELF ABUSE.

    HE HAS CONSISTENTLY SUPPORTED BUSH POLICY.

    AND WOULD CONTINUE TO IMPLEMENT IT.

    June 14, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. outsider

    what does mcbush war monger knows apart from bomb bomb. he believes just like bush that war is the solution to Americans security

    June 14, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. Joe Six

    Investing money over the next 10 years to create a green energy ssector is good, but it won't do anything to reduce the price of gas today or tomorrow. What is Obama going to do to reduce the price of oil and gas NOW? Obama does not want to do anything about the high price of gas. At least McCain wants to put a few dollars back in the pockets of working Americans. Maybe McCain's idea doesn't amount to much, and it won't solve the problem, but it is still more than what Obama is offering. When Obama comes out and discusses his position on drilling for more oil in the US, nuclear power, and other things that can be done in the short term, then he'll be talking.

    June 14, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Mike H

    Protect ANWAR forever. Develop cellulosic ethanol synthesis and cyanobacter oil production as alternatives to petroleum energy. We need petroleum more for the chemical industry anyway.

    Puma Democrats are liars. They are really Republican operatives.

    June 14, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. Susan

    Hit him heavy Obama. You are so right!..his gas tax holiday is ridiculous, and as far as taxes, at least you tell it like it is, rather than McBush having our great grandchildren paying for his decicit spendin, No McBush!

    June 14, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. stone

    Obama is a major liberal and wants to raise our taxes. It's also a fact that he has a very little experience in the business world. We're about to elect a person with a tiny amount of experience.

    June 14, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    LORD, I LOVE OUR FUTURE PREZ, BUT I THINK

    WE ALL KNOW WHAT THE MCSAME ENERGY PLAN IS.

    THE MCBUSH PLANE IS $10.00 A GALLON.

    END OF STORY.

    June 14, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    McMothball better step up his game or it is going to get ugly! I wonder if the GOP wished they had a longer primary season now that tails from the Mc Crip is having a tough time!

    McMothball has finally napalmed in his depends! We are all going to have to excuse him; while he changes out his disposables to cleaner fresher ones!

    June 14, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  22. joe

    If you are a ceo of perdue, then you become the president of united states, be gauranteed the chickens will be very costly, just like oil.
    Then that family will live in trust funds forever and ever!

    June 14, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Tom

    What politician admits when they where wrong, and states they have learned from there mistakes like Obama?

    Obama clearly wants the people to know the truth even if it means telling them he made a mistake, but have learned from it.

    Honesty is always the right choice, and thats why i admire him so much.

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT:)

    June 14, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Franky

    Hey guys, I got an idea! Tell the Dems(especially the ladies) to attack! I mean, are you kidding me? Tell the Dems that I'm waiting for that contract, LOL!! Na'h, na'h I'm just playing.

    Attack!!! LOL!!!

    June 14, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. Marie Everett

    A gas tax holiday will not boost oil company profits. Is this man crazy? I can't stand to listen to him and I won't read another word of his. He is so off-base; his followers are fools.

    June 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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