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. Scott, Wichita

    Obamanomics rolls off the tongue quite well, actually...

    June 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Willy

    Obama is Jimmy Carter II

    June 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Marc

    Ha ha, Dr. No.. I like it! Nobama has NO ideas, but he is a champion complainer and perputual "victim". For the first time in my adult life, I'm really proud to vote Republican.

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

    Obama is a joke. At least McCain is responding to what the American people are asking and wanting. I also see alot of attacking from both sides, but especially Obama. Didn't he say he despised that sort of politics? i guess he does only when it helps him get elected.

    This guy is like a 2 year intern at Microsoft interviewing for CEO...

    June 24, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. f

    yes and no may not alwsys be a right response evry single time to evry single question ..sometime its better to vote prersent because there are loopholes in proposed legislation that may have indirect harm than it does good

    June 24, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    Dr. No Is Saying No To You Being The President Mccain!

    June 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Archie

    Yeah, Kim from charlotte – all those nasty republicans do is name call. Like Angie – NAME CALLING AND CAPS ALL AT THE SAME TIME PLUS KVETCHING THAT MCCAIN OUT TO JUST GO AWAY SO WE HAVE A ONE CANDIDATE SYSTEM AND CAN ALL VOTE FOR MUGABE (OH WAIT OBAMA) BECAUSE THE THUGS ARE ALWAYS RIGHT AND WILL BEAT US UP. HOW DARE MCCAIN EVEN RUN.

    June 24, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. rice, bryan

    sometimes you have to tell who gets everything, "no". you can't spoil the child all the time. why drill for more oil when we have oil rigs not producing? why give big oil more area to drill when they have 80 million acres sitting there already? why throw money at auto makers to produce an electric car, just cut the red tape, and get it done. mcbush, needs to think of an original plan, that does not include big oil, that his largest contributers belong to. put on a diaper, and please be quiet, for 5 more months.

    June 24, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Obama Supporter

    If Barack is Dr. No, McCain is Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde.

    June 24, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Vote Nader

    sacto joe June 24th, 2008 4:36 pm ET

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

    -------------------------------–

    Are they spiking the kool-aid now?

    VotePact

    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    June 24, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. Archie

    Wow – bridgette -seems you should watch it with the stupid comments.

    June 24, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. truthbetold

    Bomb, bomb, bomb McSame is short on energy policy and long on WAR. This is the repubs goal to shift the campaign to fear instead of an energy, education, health, jobs and infrastructure policy that America needs. 'Dr. No' is NO for gimmicks like drilling that won't see any appreciable oil for 10 years and YES for an energy policy that can change the habit of America and bring alternatives for the 21st century. American cannot survive on an addiction to OIL! Republicans are very short sighted.

    June 24, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Scott

    EXACTLY.

    Change is just a slogan for Obama, he doesn't want to change anything. Very bizzare.

    June 24, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Chris from San Antonio

    What's scarier is McCain is "Dr. No" on the torture ban.

    June 24, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  15. Shane

    ACTUALLY MC CAIN IT IS DR. YES WE CAN!!!!!!!

    June 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. john

    John McCain is Dr No towards veterans. He votes against us every time.. and HE himself is a veteran. Shame on him! Im voting Obama.

    June 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. Ray

    Wow... "Dr. No?" I wonder how long it too him to come up with that clever one?

    Obama 08

    June 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Loretta from California

    Dr. No I will not support equal pay for women. Is this what we mean by NO, Senator McCain?

    June 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Realistic

    Honestly, Obama flip flops on so many issues it's hard to tell where he stands on any given day. His inexperience is shouting loud and clear! Please everyone talk to family and friends and let's all make sure come next January Obama is right back in Reverand Wright's church and Chicago and back to his background of community organizing.

    June 24, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Darrel from Denver

    Grasping at straws, McCain is.

    He is cooked and can only try to run a negative attack on Obama to have any chance. This presumes, of course, the general public are total fools and idiots – which has won the day in previous elections as we are now painfully aware.

    The Republicans are morally bankrupt and intellectually exhausted.

    June 24, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. James in Oregon

    McCain might want to take a look at the polls.........LOL.........he is done before he gets started.

    June 24, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Xavier, Saint Louis, MO

    Now say that to yourself another 100 times and click your heels another 3 times and maybe, just maybe Obama will disappear . . .NOT! Get real McSane and the GOP crew, your days are numbered!

    Obamanation '08

    YES WE CAN!

    June 24, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. jen

    Very Clever Dr. Flop

    June 24, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. David Goldman for OBAMA

    TECHNICALLY WE ARE DR.NO. OBAMA WORKS FOR US.

    AND WE SAY NO TO PUTTING A FEEBLE MINDED,

    WAR MONGERING IDIOT IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

    June 24, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. mel

    Mccain, name calling is not the way to win and honest election.
    Can you just thick to issues and the economy. Dr. no is not the
    way. This is dirty campaigning.

    June 24, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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