June 17th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain ad highlights split with Bush on global warming

Sen. McCain's new TV ad points out his differences with Pres. Bush over climate change.

Sen. McCain's new TV ad points out his differences with Pres. Bush over climate change.

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, is launching a new television ad Tuesday. Titled “Global,” the ad touts McCain’s differences with the Bush administration over global warming.

WATCH McCain's new ad "Global"

“John McCain stood up to the President and sounded the alarm on global warming five years ago. Today, he has a realistic plan that will curb greenhouse gas emissions,” an announcer says in the ad. The 30-second spot also says that McCain’s plan “will help grow our economy and protect our environment.”

The advertisement will air "in key battleground states and on national cable," the McCain campaign said Tuesday morning in a statement announcing the ad.

The ad is being released the same day McCain is set to give a speech on energy policy in Houston. During the address, McCain will propose lifting the federal moratorium on offshore drilling for oil. McCain’s proposal would then allow individual states to decide whether to allow drilling off their coasts.

UPDATE: McCain's new "Global" ad is "universally misleading," the Democratic National Committee said in a press release issued Tuesday afternoon.

Filed under: John McCain • Political ads • President Bush
soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. David O

    Old goat McCain is so afraid of Gore's endorsement of Obama that he has to get some media coverage of how he is also intersted in Global warming.

    Isn't this the same guy who is fighting to lift the ban on offshore drilling within the US?


    June 17, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. judy, Wisconsin

    I'd like to know why they are called "Conservatives"? They don't like to conserve: the environment, peace, the national budget etc. etc.

    And I'd like to beg Chuck to not throw another vote away on Nader or Gonzalez (who the heck is he?)

    June 17, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Carol, San Luis Obispo, CA

    "The 30-second spot also says that McCain’s plan “will help grow our economy and protect our environment.”

    Translation: big oil companies are let off leash because McCain thinks they can be trusted to not harm the environment.

    Wishful thinking does not make for good policy.

    June 17, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Taylor

    It's interesting to note the 60-30 split in the current CNN poll on McCain's proposal. The higher percentage backs him. The states decide, and if the majority want to deny energy exploration on their coast, they will. I know Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin wants it, and she's a very popular governor there, so the people will likely support it. I'm for it in the right places. Just like wind farms. I'm for them in the right places. As for SUV, motor home and monster pickup drivers, if any of those people are against this proposal, they need to ask themselves why they need to take their guzzlers to suck up the gas at foreign owned watering holes. We need to provide for our own and we need to give up the Suburbans, Hummers, and Dodge Ram pickups.

    June 17, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. MD

    Shame on you, McCain for biting the hand that fed you millions of dollars in donations a couple of weeks ago. You don't have the guts to stay with the man you voted for 93% of the time. Political expediency will not get you elected. Have some guts , man.

    June 17, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Spider

    Mark my words.....
    Before the end of the week Obama will give a speech about his energy policy. He will come up with some small complaints about certain aspects of McCain's plan. However, Obama's will mirror the majority of what McCain said. Just watch. Obama is becoming predictable, if you're not blindly following his empty suit.

    June 17, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. David Goldman for OBAMA









    June 17, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. Brian Knoxville, TN

    I can't do it anymore! I can't keep selling my soul.
    I admit it! I have been accepting money from the McCain campaign to repeatedly post derogatory and divisive messages about the Democractic party on this ticker. If you don't believe me, just look at my post history. Do you think anyone has the time to make hundreds of posts day-in, day-out if they weren't getting paid for it?
    But I can't do it anymore. I respect my country and myself too much. I hope my fellow democrats will forgive and embrace me.
    But beware…I have repented, but the GOP never will. They will continue to pay others to post as Brian Knoxville TN posing as PUMA democrat seperatists, trying their best to divide our party. Such underhanded tactics are all that they know, and they will continue to use them to full effect.
    DEMS '08!

    June 17, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Will in Richmond, VA

    I am a Democrat that favors offshore drilling. Not enough to support McCain, of course. I just understand that while it makes sense to curtail our consumption, we also need to increase our supply. This will give the best chance to keep prices down long enough for alternative sources to be found.

    We've basically consumed millions of years of oil production in 200 years.

    June 17, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Think About It

    Yes, great environmental stance McSame. How about you flip-flop on this issue like you have on every other to pander to your base. Increase unprofitable US drilling? Ruin our own back yard to allow major oil company's to continue our destructive addiction? Real problems call for real solutions.

    Obama 08

    June 17, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. jackson from Iowa

    Feeding the oil mens pockets again. It wont help any time soon,so who is he kidding. Does he think we are dumb?

    June 17, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Bill

    The only difference between Bush and McCain is their age and that's a negative for McCain. McCain joined himself to Bush's hip and now must live with it. He'll sink in the Bush/McCain quicksand.

    June 17, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Loretta from California

    It's too late for the "I AM DIFFERENT" strategy, McCain. You voted for the BUSH ADMINISTRATIONS policies a little too often to fool me.


    June 17, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Pamela

    McCain talks about global warming on one hand.
    With the other, he is petting the heads of the oil executives!

    June 17, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Nostradamus

    Do you think that the American people will wake up before they elect Obama the Antichrist?

    June 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. Randy S.

    I really can't believe all you knee-jerk, liberal Obama-backers. I guess most of you don't realize that as we sit here and read this blog that China, under the auspices of Cuba is drilling oil not 60 miles of the Florida coast.
    It's happening around the Gulf of Mexico and the Carribean, it's just other countries that are making the money. They're drilling the oil and selling it to us. That makes a helluva lot of sense, huh? The oil is still being harvested, and we could probably be more environmentally responsible in the process than most other countries will even try to be.
    Obama is nowhere nearly politically astute enough to be the Commander-in-Chief of this great country. And for those idiots out there who continually equate McCain to Bush, inform yourselves, there is no comparison.
    If Obama is elected, America will become a second-rate power, with higher taxes and no respect in the rest of the world.

    June 17, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Netmonger

    McCain has no firm tance or view on anything anymore – he has proved he'll say anything to try and hold onto the wacko right wingers - because thats all hes got! BA-HAHAHAHAHA!! Barack Obama '08!!! Woo Hoo!! Goooooo Barack!!

    June 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. jackson from Iowa

    We have the internet now so we can find out the truth .So Mccainstop the BULL!

    June 17, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Annette

    This is as good as November, folks! This man voted 95% of the time with Bush. Check out the facts!

    June 17, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. Loretta from California

    ooops you forgot one.

    If you criticize the Republicans for lying on Senator Obama you are UN-AMERICAN.


    June 17, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. aware

    Vote for the gutsy candidate McCain not the extreme left-wing party clone Obama anointed by the Declining Democrats and the media. 🙂

    Americans are smarter than you think Obama! 🙂

    June 17, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. To The PUMA People

    PUMA people just do it and shut up. You are like the lost soul on the bridge faking like he is going to jump when all he wants is attention. So, go ahead and take the leap and vote McSame if it will make you happy. Clinton is still begging each of her 18million folks for $I.00 to get her out of the hole but they won't do it. She lost, so get out of here and go cry to her or help her because you are not doing anyone any good on here.
    Obama will win this race without you and it will be better that way so that Hillary won't get the credit for her PUMA people crossing over.
    Obama08 with or without YOU.

    June 17, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. Cynthia

    Regardless of the ad, they have more in common than sets them apart.

    June 17, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Realism

    Where does McCain get his science advice? I think it must be from watching Al Gore's movie over and over and by watching reruns of Mr. Wizard!
    1. Glolbal warming theory is about to be discredited almost completely.
    2. The US does not have a clue how much the Potential Reserve of the offshore and AWAR regions are.
    3. The Energy Crisis in the US is immediate and severe.
    4. The US needs all of the proposed solutions and needs them now: a) increased fuel mileage standards. b) land use policy for wind and solar infrastructure. c) nuclear d) drilling as a reserve delineation strategy for strategic reserve. e) geothermal and legislation to provide it and its infrastructure affordably. f) national infrastructure plan for rail transport and "hub and spoke" transportation systems.

    Get real folks, the US is in deep trouble and BOTH McCain and the Dems are re-arranging the deck chairs of the Titanic...over and over! It's been Groundhog Day since the end of the Carter term. The US "cheap energy" strategy has worked well enough till now, but unless the US wants to be at war throughout the world ad nausea, to ensure supply, it's gotta change now! Remember the ad? "pay me now or pay me later", well its "later" and its time to pay!!

    June 17, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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