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. Shasta

    I believe McCain was sufficiently owned by Obama in this one. He just came across like a complete whiner.

    June 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Lindsay

    And John McCain is Mr. Magoo. I'll take Dr. No, thank you very much.

    June 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. skunkrat The Marine

    Thank God! Sen. Obama is right to be Dr. No on Se. McCain's dumb policy proposals. McCain is simply throwing ideas out and hoping that they will stick. When they don't stick he lunches another baseless attack on Sen. Obama.
    Sen. McCain really needs to look at his staff and make some changes.

    June 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. f

    what does dobson expect when he puts himself out like that of course he is going to draw fire just because he is behind a pulpit dnt mean he is bullet proof from attacks

    June 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  5. rumpusgoopus

    There's nothing just nothing as effective as referencing a 1962 movie to counteract the age issue.

    June 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. jimmy velman


    June 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. nitro

    McCain need to stop comming up with theese quick fix hurt in the long run ideas. They dont fix the problem and we need something thats going to fix what wrong not something thats worst than before.

    June 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Michael

    Perhaps it's not an issue of being against new ideas, just your bad ideas Mr. McCain. Good God the new contest? Are you kidding? Are you next going to suggest that we make it into a reality TV show, what "The Next American Battery"? Mr. McCain you need to stop with the gimmicks and get down to real solutions; this is ridiculous!

    June 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Franky

    And McCain is Dr............yes? LOL!!!!!

    Talk about fixing ones problems, huh? LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    June 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. David in Chicago

    NO more war.
    – NO more 18+ year olds dying
    – NO more $$$ wasted on people who don't want us!

    NO more house crisis.

    NO more major economic downturns.

    NO more addiction to Oil.

    NO more magical battery prize competitions.

    NO to the RNC and all of it's old white money grubbing vampires!

    June 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Ganesh

    Isn't this whole thing kinda farce, stupid, mindless... both McCain and Obama agree on the need for good car battery technology and yet they argue and attack each other... though to be fair at least Obama commended McCain for his willingness to promote better battery technology research. When campaigning there is this need to state disagreement with ur opponent strongly no matter how small or trivial the disagreement is ...

    June 24, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. fairandstraight

    McCain was Dr. No until he started running for president. He now says yes to Dr. King when he voted against the Dr. King Holiday. He now says yes to offshore drilling when he said no all along. He says yes to public financing only because it would be to his benefit if he could have convinced Obama to continue to be fooled by him. He also. People need more than a psychological impact, they need reality.
    With all the experience Sen. McCain is claiming, America should be on top of the world had he exercised that experience during his career. It is that type of experience which has this country headed toward a recession.

    I am sick of McCain and hope he loses by a landslide in November.

    Obama 08!!!!

    June 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Franky

    Ohhh trust me Senator, I know how the unconscious mind of a Conservative works...LOL!!!!!

    June 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. bridgette

    That's just sounds real stupid. What does that even mean. This is the same man that says he wants to cut spending by the government but wants to give $300 million to something that exists already. Has he heard of Hybrid.

    June 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. JJ from Arizona

    I don't know, I like Obama, but that $300mil. is a good start. We should be gathering up the nation's smarties to fix this problem, but it doesn't mean we shouldn't encourage it in other ways as well. Desperate times call for desperate measures, my friends.

    June 24, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Michael

    Dr no? Seriously. His campaign cannot come up with a single, more appropriate contemporary reference? First a Jimmy Carter analogy and now this.

    Sherman, turn the WAY BACK machine to 1950. good lord.


    June 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. Mike

    Dr. No says no to Flipper McBush and his stupid ideas. No to off shore drilling because we do not have the refinery capacity to handle the oil if we do drill it. McBush knows we are scared of high gas prices so he pretends the off shore drilling which he has always opposed in the past, might help, it won't. No to the silly pandering gas tax holiday that McBush thinks we are stupid enough to think is an answer. No to the 300 Million Cash Prize that McBush plans to award to one of his Corporate Crook Buddies. And while we are at it. No to four more years of wastefull war that has ruined our economy and put us a Trillion Dollars in debt to China. No No No!!!

    June 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    And McCain is Dr McCrazy.....Obama is willing to take a stand against proposals that are short-sighted pandering...sometimes it's a very good thing to say "No"....remember Nancy Reagan!! "Just Say No!"

    June 24, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. R.I.F.

    Mr. Magoo,

    That's because all of your "solutions" are gimmicks. There are no quick fixes to gas prices. Have you ever watced CNNMoney or read any of the 1000s of articles from intellegent economists. Every time you say you have a quick fix it is 100% gimmick and pure pandering.

    It's like saying you have a quick fix for AIDS. There are none.

    June 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. Steve

    Yes, Barack is Dr. No on stupid ideas, and gimmicks for the American people.

    June 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Rachel

    Haha that is kind of funny, you forgot to add no on debates and no on questioning his wife, no on taking pictures with muslims girls in the back ground. I think we all might say no to him in november.

    June 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. Mark, Portland, OR

    This is just insulting to Rep. Ron Paul, who is the real Dr. No in the Congress, and proud of it.

    June 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  23. Proud American

    Hey McCain come up with one good idea that benefits ALL Americans and then you'll get a yes.
    Lets Go Dems!!!

    June 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Archie

    Of course Obama wouldn't support any type of prize incentive – that might make one person or business wealthier than others – clearly contrary to the socialist agenda.

    June 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. rakesh

    Yes Obama is definitely Dr. NO except that he wants by any means to
    become the presdent.

    June 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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