June 24th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain camp: Obama is Dr. No

Sen. John McCain's campaign nicknamed Obama 'Dr. No' Tuesday.

Sen. John McCain's campaign nicknamed Obama 'Dr. No' Tuesday.

(CNN) – In the ongoing back-and-forth between John McCain and Barack Obama over energy policy, the Arizona senator's campaign gave Obama a new nickname on Tuesday – Dr. No.

“It’s just very clear at this point that Senator Obama is Dr. No on energy security,” McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said on a conference call with reporters. “Today it was ‘no’ on the $300 million for a new kind of battery. Before it was ‘no’ on further exploration or possibility of further exploration of our coasts. It was ‘no’ on gas tax relief that can help this summer families that are hurting. It’s ‘no’ on expanded nuclear power investments that we can make.”

“So, we think we’re seeing a pattern here,” Rogers concluded.

Watch: McCain discusses his energy plan

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, echoed the list of energy initiatives Obama has disagreed with, adding, “It's a new law we might call Obamanomics. It would repeal half the law of supply and demand.”

Earlier in Las Vegas, Obama called McCain’s $300 million prize for a car battery that would “leapfrog” current electrically-powered cars a “gimmick,” a word he often uses to describe McCain’s summer gas tax holiday proposal.

“I commend him for his desire to accelerate the search for a battery that can power the cars of the future,” said Obama. “But I don't think that a $300 million prize is the way to go.”

He added, “When John F. Kennedy decided that we were going to put a man on the moon, he didn't put a bounty out for some rocket scientist to win. He put the full resources of the United States government behind the project and called on the ingenuity and innovation of the American people.”

Obama also went after McCain for admitting Monday that offshore drilling might not provide immediate relief but would have a “psychological impact that I think is beneficial.”

“In case you're wondering, in Washington-speak what that means is, 'It polls well,'" he said. "It's an example of how Washington politicians try to convince you that they did something to make your life better when they really didn't.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. ProundToBeRepublican

    Of cource he will say no to the failed Bush&Mccain policy old and not wise decison some one has to stand up before the republicans destroy this nation.

    June 24, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  2. Mr. McGoo

    And McCain is Dr. I Don't Know.

    He doesn't have a clue what average Americans go through. How is he going to solve real life problems?

    June 24, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  3. Fritz

    Judgement requires the ability to say "no" to bad ideas and "yes" to good ones and to make difficult choices among priorities. Saying "yes" to all ideas does not yield a good result.

    I would love to see a "bad idea jeans" commercial done with some of these ideas being batted around...

    June 24, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Sheilah

    Even his campaign attacks are lame.

    Barack, get some rest, it's in the bag.

    June 24, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Li

    Mccain is confused from old age again and he can't tell apart the tv show Dr.Who and and Obama's name. You should check your facts yourself instead of listening to your lobbiests' ideas. When was the last time, you get a check up with a real doctor?

    June 24, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  6. Kick Hillary to the Curb

    Hey Peeps,

    DID anyone listen to NPR this morning regarding McCain? Basically they interviewed one of the Vietnamese prison guards that oversaw McCain. It was such an interesting interview. CNN, please find this interview and discuss it.


    June 24, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  7. Wallace

    And McCain is Dr. No Good.

    Obama 08

    June 24, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Enlightened Voter

    Terrorism has risen sharply since gwb took office. So the republican (john mcwar) foreign policies aren't actually working despite their so called 'experience'. Let's try someone who has proven sound judgment for a change and not the big companies in their back pocket – that man of course would be Obama.

    June 24, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Glenn

    Roger's pattern is the ridiculous policies and ideas coming out of McCain's head and mind. The most prevalent indicators showing how out of touch McCain is are his lack of vision, imagination and intelligence to deal with the complexity of 21st century problems and issues as well as his age..

    June 24, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Shannon

    Obama calls everything a gimmick if he didn't think of it. When Obama was in the IL senate, he voted three times to give his state a gas tax holiday. I guess they deserved a break and we don't. He voted for the Cheney Energy bill that gave huge tax breaks to big oil, now that he's in the spot light, he's calling their profits obscene. He didn't think they were obscene when he was voting to give them more of our tax dollars with his vote. The guy is a fraud, he will say and do anything to get elected. What is his plan to reduce the price of gas, he says no to everything, but offers no solutions. He is a senator now, couldn't he introduce legislation to help us out. Fast Eddy hasn't got a clue how to help us reduce the price of gas.

    June 24, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  11. Tony, Miami

    May be we should call McEnd, Dr Forget, as you know he needs Lieberman to loan him some bytes to be able to remember names or declarations he has made before.

    June 24, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. Dennis

    Does McCain really want to play this game? How bout we call him Dr. Jeckel and Mr. Hyde. Uh oh, I feel another flip flop coming this week...bust out the potion...lol

    June 24, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. Barack Knows

    Yeah baby, Barack is Dr. Know. He's taking this country by storm and we will be a better America.

    Obama 08

    June 24, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. AJP Richardson, TX

    It is apparant all John McCain's staff can do is take cheap shots since John really doesn't hace a program to stand on.

    June 24, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Angela Frazier, Memphis TN

    Better Dr. No than Dr. Duh I Don't Know!!!

    June 24, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. No Comment from True Democrats

    Typical comment from the republican party. Stay with the issues!!

    Obama 08

    June 24, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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