June 24th, 2008
04:15 PM ET
6 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. BAMAFALIFE

    Caney-Cane is Dr. ZIVAGO–Dr. Shrinker and in need of a docta!

    June 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    All they know how to do is NAME CALL.......so childish!

    June 24, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    That is funny. He is actually Dr. "YES" to taxing the oil companies, making the government richer and bigger, and making our energy more expensive. Where is his solution? His solution is to Bash, bash, and bash some more, complain about how long drilling would take, and spout off about clean and renewable sources. What ARE those sources?? Please tell us? If he means coal, nuclear, woodwaste, drilling for our own oil and natural gas then I am with him!!

    June 24, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Roberta, NC

    Obama, you are the gimmick!
    Just Say NObama!

    June 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. ANGIE

    OH SHUT UP MCSAME YOU OLD FOOL YOU DONT EVEN KNOW WHATS GOING ON AROUND YOU YOUR SO OUT OF TOUCH WITH OUR ISSUSES AND YOU FLIP FLOP SO MUCH WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR MCCAIN AND WHAT DONT YOU IM SO CONFUSED WITH ALL YOUR FLIP FLOPPING I DONT KNOW WHERE YOU STAND SO DO US ALL A FAVOR AND GO AWAY WE DONT NEED YOU AS POTUS NOT NOW NOT EVER YOU SILLY OLD MAN!!!!

    June 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. Raghu

    Yep, Dr. No.1(Doctor Number 1)`!

    OBAMA '08

    June 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  7. sacto joe

    The ENERGY crisis is being purposefully confused with the GAS PRICE crisis. The two are only related in that the failure of the Bush administration to address the ENERGY crisis created the GAS PRICE crisis.

    Solving the immediate problem of high gas prices is simple: SLOW DOWN!!!

    I pumped up my tires, and slowed to 55 mph. I now go 50% farther on a tank of gas.

    WE NEED THE 55 MPH SPEED LIMIT BACK!

    THIS IS A NO-BRAINER!!!

    June 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  8. Jerry in Boston

    If Obama is D. No, then McCain is Dr. Who

    June 24, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. obamacrat

    If by Dr. No you mean that he keeps rejecting all of McCain's lame ideas that amount to nothing more than political pandering then yes, you may call him "Dr. No". Obama will take that as a compliment.

    June 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Donna

    Hmm....I can think of a few nicknames for McCain...he shouldn't want to play this game!!!!

    June 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. gary

    OBAMA HAS BEEN NO . WHAT A JOKE HE IS AND HIS HATING YOUNG FOLLOWERS.

    June 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  12. Sam

    Yes he is...he's saying No to Bush's third term!!!! Go Dr. No to McBush!

    June 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  13. Enlightened Voter

    Obama is Dr. No when it comes to your crazy schemes (gas tax holiday) he doesn't lie to us or tell us stuff he thinks we want to hear, he tells the truth which is much more than I can say for you Dr. WAR.

    June 24, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  14. Evangelical for Obama

    Actually, the words McCain is searching for are "Yes We Can." But I suppose Dr. No is kinda sorta close?

    Obama just isn't a member of the old Gimmick of the Week Club. Yes, we all know McCain wants to become president, and yes, we realize that a lot of people can get fooled by gimmicks. But honestly, campaigning for president isn't a sweepstakes. McCain, you aren't Ed McMahon or Simon Cowell.

    We all know that America's Got Talent, but we don't need the president to become a reality TV host. Is it just me or is McCain starting to get as crazy as Howie Mandell??

    June 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. Pete

    Well, it's normal for someone to say No to policies that won't work or help. The gas tax holiday is laughable. Drilling is the antithesis of what we are trying to accomplish; No dependancy on Oil, foreign or at home. $300 million prize for a better battery? Why not throw $300 million into research to get better cost effective batteries for EV's. The prize will then be for all Americans. He may be Mr. No to republicans, but sometimes you have to say no to the fluff.

    June 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  16. SS

    Richardson has it right, RIGHT! You can't drill your way out of the high cost of gas.
    I'd rather be a NO man, than a YES man for the current administration.
    Doesn't the McCain camp have some work to do in orchastrating a propogandized terror plot, which apparently would be good for his candidacy???
    WHATEVER IT TAKES, EH MCCAIN?!?

    June 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  17. Anita from Arizona

    McCain's ideas are gimmicks. He's going in the wrong direction. Treating our energy crisis with band-aids.

    Obama said “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.”

    Add the end to the Iraq war, there's the money to fund it. Sign me up.

    June 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Who is Dr. No? McCain needs to stop referencing characters from 1852.

    June 24, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Earl

    This is one fella that knows about Dr. No.....FlipFlop McWar

    "No " drilling for oil last week.

    Geez drilling for oil might get me elected

    "Yes" drilling for oil this week.

    STAY TUNED FOR NEXT WEEK.(gotta check with Bush & Cheney)

    June 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. anon

    You gotta love this part of the article:

    "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.”

    ____________________________________________________________

    Score another one for Obama for being straight with the American people.

    June 24, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Chris P

    Dr "No More Falling for the Gimmicks!!!!"
    Obama '08 / 12

    June 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Jaime

    Hey gramps! why don't you go check out some stuff on the internet. Oh wait, you don't know how to even turn on a computer.... right.

    Why don't you jump on your golf cart and go play bingo at the senior center and let the rest of the world figure it out. Don't worry your little silvered head about it mmmmkay gramps...

    June 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. PS from Tennessee

    I'd rather be called "Dr. No" than "Grandpa Munster".

    June 24, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Candy West Virginia

    Hey mccain, just for one second could you stop trashing OBama and tell us what you really stand for...today. I know that trashing Obama consists of your entire campaign strategy since let's face it, your on the losing end, but can we hear something other than that or about your war mongering skills, please?????????????

    June 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Frank

    Obama and Democrat policy is wrong people! If you don't agree with their policies then the only choice is to not vote for Democrats. Did I mention that they lie and spin each issue to acheive their goals of strangling a fair and balanced system. My RI Democrat Senators/Congressmen all vote for the things I am against. Check out your Democrat Senators/Congressmen to see if you agree with their votes....if you don't agree....don't vote for them!!!!!

    June 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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