June 20th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain visits Canada; Obama blasts him on offshore drilling

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain was touting U.S.-Canada economic and energy ties in a visit north Friday, while Sen. Barack Obama hammered his GOP opponent for embracing offshore drilling and other energy policies.

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  1. Venus

    Go get him Bam!

    June 20, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. RB

    I can't believe this idiot is in Canada touting NAFTA as a success story. That should really help to make the choice clear for you souls in OH, MI, IN, WV, and the other states that think McSame is going to look out for your best interest. If you were lucky enough to get a job through NAFTA, you should probably vote for McSame! If not...

    June 20, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Darth Vadik, CA

    McCain is crazy,
    First of all the oil companies have the right to drill in many other places

    THEY DONT ON PURPOSE TO KEEP THE PRICES UP

    second:

    Most of Florida's money comes from TOURISM

    YOU BUILD THOSE OIL RIGS OFF THE SHORE

    KISS THE TOURISM MONEY GOODBYE FLORIDA.

    June 20, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. K Jeffs

    Senator McCain made some interesting comments in Ottawa today. He revealed that Canada is the largest exporter of oil and gas to the United States. How many here knew that? We're almost always left to believe that the middle east is our largest oil supplier. Do we have a plan on the books to bring freedom to them so we can sign an oil sharing agreement? I'm being facetious of course but perhaps we should pay more attention to our closest trading partner and less to those that do not appreciate Americans. Another interesting point is Canada has been hit as hard by NAFTA as the United States has. It seems 2 bucks a day in Mexico is the place to do business.

    June 20, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Michael

    Don't the democrats get it? No, drilling is not the eternal answer. It is what we must do now until find that answer. If it's going to take ten years to get the one million barrels a day, let"s get started. We should have gotten started ten years ago, except we had Bill Clinton in the White House and then lack of decisiveness on this issue from Bush. By the way, anyone of you writers to this blog ever been to ANWR. Take a trip. There's nothing unique or pristine about it. It looks like Mars with mosquito pools.

    June 20, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. phil

    maybe some of those objecting should stand on the south beach of key west about mid night .. can you see the lights from cuba ?.. it is'nt just cars that use petroeum products .. and mr. obamaha it has been reported that your energy advisors use of power has increased by 10 percent since the original report

    June 20, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. independent

    mccain,please stay in canada.way up north,with the tlinglits.obama!stop the destruction of our children's planet!

    June 20, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Saad from NJ

    Why can't McCain run for the office in Canada? I admire him as a person and what he has done for our country but just the thought of having another Bush alike govern our country makes me sick.

    McCain for Canada 08.

    June 20, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. GA American

    Here's a candidate looking for ways to help America's rising fuel cost and here's a wishful candidate opposing the ideads. O.K. hOBO, what's your plan or do you have one? Do you even know what they are talking about? I'm sure it's above your head!!!!

    June 20, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Obama needs to be quiet if he has nothing positive to add. He reminds me of the kid who gets blasted at dodgeball lately.

    I wonder what McCain is up to. Whatever it is, it has the White House endorsement behind it. Don't believe it, then why is the White House so silent on this visit? How much noise would they make if Obama paid a visit to a foreign country to tout US policy, or his future US policy?

    June 20, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    I dont see obama even addressing the situation yet he blasted Hillary for playing politics with it. Talk is cheap double talk is expensive.

    We will remember come November.

    June 20, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. Bruce

    The Bushies have been trying to push permanent tax cuts for the wealthy as a repsonse to every economic problem, now suddenly we hear them all yammering about offshore drilling to get gas prices down, even though they know that the drilling won't lower gas prices for many years, if ever. So, as always, I am left to wonder what their real agenda is, what they are actually trying to accomplish. Is it just me, or is everyone else kind of fed up with being treated like idiots, lied to repeatedly, misled about everything our government is up to? Even after all his credibility has been lost, Bush is still making nonsensical proposals, and for some reason, McCain and others are still willing to be his yes-men.

    June 20, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Jessica, NY

    I'm an Obama supporter but I'm not necessarily oppossed to McCain until he does stuff like this. Offshore drilling is the worst idea I've ever heard. Our addiction to oil reminds me of a druggie who will do anything to get his drugs. The only thing we should ever rely on this much is food. Come on McCain, I like you, don't just say whatever you think your party wants you to say.

    June 20, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Republican for Obama

    He still has my vote. But I'm not on this rally call for "lets remain land locked". Truth is, by a poll most Americans think we should loosen up the constraints on offshore oil drilling. The only contradiction to this is the Democratic Party, which isn't even by a large margin.

    If you want to swing votes your way, this is not the banner to be carrying. You may lose some on this. Your rally call need not be about stagnating and maintaining the old policies. I thought I heard you say 'change'...well let's change these restrictive limits that are placed on offshore drilling.

    ps: Still got my vote, but watch how far you go before you lose it.

    June 20, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. all4lonnie

    Off shore drilling will not help. Does anyone really believe this crap. We need alternatives to oil not more oil.

    June 20, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. John Smith

    I guess Hillary and her "bitter" Clinton supporters need Obama (and supporters) more than Obama needs Hillary..

    Obama can win those battle-ground DEM states without the help of Hillary.

    Hillary needs the help of Obama to pay her sagging bills, loans etc. This is how terribly Hillary managed her campaign. I guess Hillary and her bitter followers need to beg Obama to come their help!!!

    Bottom line, call on McCain to help retire Hillary's debts, loans...!

    June 20, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. FrankSmith

    I guess Hillary and her "bitter" Clinton supporters need Obama (and supporters) more than Obama needs Hillary..

    Obama can win those battle-ground DEM states without the help of Hillary.

    Hillary needs the help of Obama to pay her sagging bills, loans etc. This is how terribly Hillary managed her campaign. I guess Hillary and her bitter followers need to beg Obama to come their help!!!

    Bottom line, call on McCain to help retire Hillary's debts, loans...!

    June 20, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Brian

    PUMA:

    To support the candidacy of Hillary Clinton

    Yup makes a lot of sense for PUMA's to vote for McCain:

    The smae guy who voted to impeach Clinton and "Do you know why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father." –at a 1998 Republican fundraiser

    June 20, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Chris from San Antonio

    Just like the "gas tax holiday" McCain is just pandering to Americans in what looks like economic relief but offers no real help.
    I fail to see how creating a potential ecological disaster that will produce oil 5 years from now is helpful. Perhaps a McCain supporter can answer.

    June 20, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. Voter

    Obama has slammed McCain's position on offshore drilling, not because of environmental concerns, but because it would not yeild increase in production for 5 years. Therefore he supports development of new technologies. He fails to mention that this pushes the window of productivity further out to at least a decade. We do not need this man in the white house. America will regret an Obama presidency.

    June 20, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. doc

    Both Obama, and McCain, are for Nuclear Power Barac has written legisation enabling it in his state to protect them from law suits for any environmental accidents and McCain says build more. Well what insurance carrier would write a policy covering the litigation from a 3 mile island type oops. The answer the American Gov.t., that is you and me baby and that will cost us BILLIONS, when the oops happens. I grew up within eye sight of Indian Point Nukes, in Westchester, they never even generated energy for New York it was all shipped out west and sold, plus the reactors or 1 or 2 were shut down for various reasons entombing atleast 1 or 2 workers killed. think about it folks neither one of these two have any solutions they will tell us what ever we want to hear for the votes its time for some truth !!!!!

    June 20, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Yupik1

    I don't think ANY of the candidates should leave the country during the course of this election season. This election is about U.S. and U.S. alone. We've had too many Presidents who have sold out the interests of American citizens for too long. It's time we elect a candidate who will look out for the best interest of U.S. citizens. There's no reason to pander to other countries until becoming the President of the U.S. America First!

    June 20, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Since when did Candians get a chance to vote in US elections? I know that as an American, I can't vote in Canadian elections. Have all the funds for his campaign dried up here in the US so that he has to go to Canada?

    McCain is wrong on the need for drilling. We need to invest other places and ways. The federal government under Bush has failed to anything like leadership.

    June 20, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. TJ Johnson

    McCain is proposing solutions; BO is proposing nothingness.

    June 20, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. Greg Erie PA

    Obama keeps saying we can't drill here, we can't drill ther. We can't do this we can't do that. The only thing he knows is tax, tax, tax. At least McCain is looking at different methods without raising taxes.
    Obama all tax, no ideas.

    June 20, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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