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. Gene

    I can't stand McCain.. but this is one point I agree with him on. I do believe that we should be drilling. Even though it doesn't help us in the immediate future.. in the long run it'll be beneficial for us. Even if we as a country move on and become energy independent through alternative sources and don't need the oil... having that oil available for export could give our economy a huge boost.

    But also.. lets remember that this is another flip flop for McCain. He was opposed to the idea of drilling until the news starting reporting that the majority of Americans were now in favor of it. Then all of a sudden he makes the announcement that he's all for it. At least if you're gonna do that... part of the speech should include "I know I was against it in the past... but times have changed..."

    Don't make it sound like you've been fighting for it.

    June 20, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Obama/Hillary 08

    Offshore drilling is not a solution to our energy problems but a political stunt. Offshore drilling is only more profit for Exxon Mobil because the gas companies still going to control the market. Alternative energy sources is more likely to give us a better result because it would end that monopoly that the gas companies have. When gasoline and diesel is not the only source that we can power our cars and trucks with the price would automatically drop on its own. It would be the end of that monopoly.

    June 20, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. MD

    While McCane is traveling around the world making promises to get money for his election campaign, Obama is at home taking care of the people in HIS country.

    McCain must be hard up for money to look to the Canadians to fund his campaign. Although it is ilegal to accept foreign funds, I bet the Republicans will find a way to get foreign funds.

    June 20, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Mcshame

    mccain is a flip floper his trying to show his making a progress for the country. Please mccain just quit you will be the worst president.

    June 20, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Anthony W. Corbin

    Demonstrates his creativity and courage to go the extra mile in making difference!

    June 20, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Patrick

    Our piece of crap auto makers in detrout should HAVE STARTED 10 YEARS AGO making fuel efficient cars. Decreased consumption will drive down the price of has fools. I had a '93 civic back in the day, almost 50 MPG HWY. We've had the technology for YEARS.

    June 20, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Veterans For Obama

    McCain is a FLIP FLOPPING FIDGITY FOSSIL.

    June 20, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Jane Smith

    John Smith? Would you PLEASE stop the cut and paste job on EVERY SINGLE TOPIC in the ticker? People are starting to point. And laugh. Really, really hard.

    June 20, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. Jason

    I'm sure making economic vehicles wouldn't make sense to Republicans. If you increase fuel effeciencies X 3 then wouldn't that cut the cost of your gas by 3? George Bush could do the math. LOL

    June 20, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. honestlady

    What the...........what is McCain going to do about America? He seems obsessed with Iraq and the rest of the world. He needs to be visiting different states and cities and letting people know why they should be voting for him.

    June 20, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Shannon

    McCain=Bush favors off shore drilling because his cronies donate to his campaign and the RNC

    June 20, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. It's a done deal

    Good thing McCain has left the country. He can wait for his flip-flop to cool down a bit What's up with McCain kisses Canada's butt, instead of telling America how much he loves NAFTA. He's so unelectable – it's pathetic.

    June 20, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. yns

    At least McCain is not "winking" while he's talking! He has my vote for that!

    June 20, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Kris

    Wolf,

    I thought I would take the time to inform you and CNN that a majority Canadians do not support John McCain. In fact his policies makes most of us cringe. Yes NAFTA should be renegotiated and I take offense to your "What did John McCain say that had Canadians cheering?" comment. Simply not true. Corporations support him of coarse, not the millions of people that can see whats going on with the economy/wars/division between rich and poor. Obama is welcome in Canada anytime he would like to visit. McCain, on the other hand, can keep his Bush policies to himself. Thank you for listening. A proud Canadian and Humanitarian, Kris

    June 20, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. Scott L

    Chris From San Antonio, what solutions do you propose that will beat 5 years?

    Will wait patiently for your response...

    June 20, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  16. canuta

    does anyone else think its interesting that McCain came out with this "policy" after begging for dollars from Clayton Williams (Tx. Oilman)... you all remember 'ol Claytie don't you...

    if you're getting raped and can't do anything about it, might as well sit back and enjoy it.

    Real nice company, McSame.

    June 20, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. Andrew

    Obama's policies are alligned with his voting base. He has no bipartisan policies and will not reach across the aisle.

    He will have full Senate and Congressional control if elected.

    At least McCain has more moderate policies (minus the Iraq war).

    June 20, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. rudynyc2008

    Another gimmick from the McCain camp. That offshore drilling idea, will take between 5 to 10 years to realize and will save the average consumer 4 to 5 cents per gallon, whereas if we invest in bettter forms of energy, we can lower the price of a gallon of oil to at least half of what it is now.

    Gobama

    June 20, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. O Canada

    Obama, the great Divider. First his party, then the nation.

    June 20, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. Dirk, MO

    Wouldn't you go to Canada if you thought you could get money for your campaign?

    At least it's not another "Pretend I'm Going On A Congressional Tour, but Change It Into A Photo Opt For My Presidential Campaign" trip.

    Taxpayers foot the bill for his trip to Iraq and Israel, and we paid for this one as well. You would think with all the money that his wife has, that he would sponge off of her instead of us.

    This election is turning into the Amazing Race. Folks are crossing the borders just to get a buck.

    June 20, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. puff

    I am so terrilby sick of hearing Obama slam McCain. He think we just don't get it that he is totaly ignorant. If he thinks the American people will put up with this for 5 months and then vote him into office just becuase he has slammed McCain and nothing else, then he is truly the IDIOT I think he is. Just go away Nobama.
    PUMA

    June 20, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. Don Colony14Author, Mt Prospect, IL

    Obama: until you invent a perpetual motion machine, shut up and stay out of the way of those who can address the problems.

    In the meantime, we need to realize that we will require oil for a long time to come; we need to drill for oil in Alaska and offshore; we need to build more nuclear power plants; we need to use our vast amounts of coal and coal-shale deposits; we need to build more refineries; we need to lower capital gains taxes to encourage people to invest in the development of alternate sources of energy; we need to fund nuclear fusion research; we need to understand that an enormous amount of electricity is required to create hydrogen; we need to appreciate that an electric car is not entirely "green" or "clean" if it relies on carbon-based fuel to generate the electricity for its overnight recharging; we need to develop alternate sources of energy but realize it will be decades before they substantially reduce dependence on petroleum; we need to stop being so wasteful with all limited resources; we need to trust the future to inventors and entrepeneurs and investors and capitalists, not government bureaucrats; we need to understand that the U.S. government only loosely enforces its borders in exchange for oil from Mexico and Canada; we need to ignore Al Gore and his "one socialist world" followers.

    We do not each need to spend $600 per month on a new hybrid car payment in order to save $150 per month on gas (taking $450 per month out of the rest of the economy); we do not need to ruin our economy with ludicrous CO2 cap-and-trade agreements that will do nothing but raise prices to unimaginable levels and destroy jobs; we do not need to listen to people who can't comprehend that global warming is a cyclical and natural phenomenon caused by the effect of solar activity on cloud formation; we do not need to tax the oil companies and remove their incentive to look for more oil; we do not have to feel guilty for creating wealth and prosperity.

    June 20, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. gary

    OBAMA SLAMS EVERYONE THAT HAVES SOMETHING TO DO WITH HELPING OUR COUNTRY. JUST AS LONG THAT HE DIDNT BRING IT UP FIRST ITS NO GOOD. HE THINKS HE IS GOD. HIS YOUNG SUPPORTERS ARE SO BRAINWASHED THEY BELIEVE IS.MCCAIN KNOWS WE NEED TO DRILL OIL FOR OUR OWN COUNTRY, HRC ALSO WANTED A SHORT TERM SOLUTION WITH GAS TAX HOLIDAY. WE NEED ANYTHING THAT CAN HELP. I REALLY FEEL SORRY FOR AMERICA IF O.B. GETS ELECTED. HE SEEMS TO HAVE ALL THE SMOOTH TALK AND REHTORIC ,BUT SHOWS NOTHING EVEN IF ITS SHORT TIME TO HELP OUR COUNTRY. O.B. IS A BIG JOKE.

    June 20, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Paul

    To K Jeffs....

    We have been waiting to be liberated by your country for some time
    and pray for the day that the American forces parachute in to save us from
    the evil tyrants that cause us to charge you so much for our plentiful
    resources...Can you please tell them to bring us Britney Spears posters and lots of Coca Cola as we are not allowed these decadent things up
    here and crave American style democracy in our hearts.

    June 20, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. M Lynn ND

    Move to Canada McCain!

    June 20, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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