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)


    June 24, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Dave

    There are some true partisan hacks in this forum, McCain actually has an energy plan, and people call it "gimmicks". Obama has a plan to study things and partisan hacks call it "the future" open your eyes McCain is on the right track with his energy policy, it's time for Obama to jump on board and offer something other than speeches and the poitics of fear he accuses the other guy of doing.

    June 24, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. American Idolatry

    Barack Obama is not the character he plays on TV.

    June 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Ian

    I think Ron Paul would be offended by that remark.

    June 24, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. independent

    NO more gimmicks!NO more bs!NO more illegal wars!NO more tax cuts for wealthy!NO more corrupt republican administrations!NO more lieberman![i'm not sure where that came from,but,it is a good NO thing.]

    June 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. McCain campaign full of lies

    Spin, manipulation and yet more packs of lies by the GOP. Obama says "no" to gimmicks like contests for batteries and caving in to API lobbyist to pollute the ocean with oil.

    Obama has ALREADY CLEARLY stated his energy policy 50 times. McCain's people are just spinning the facts and playing games. The truth is that McCain is bought out by the big $ lobbyists that are professional con-artists and liars.

    June 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA





    June 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Darrel from Denver

    By the way, is it just me or does McCain bear a noticeable resemblance to Montgomery Burns, the power plant owner on The Simpsons television show?

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

    Of course Obama says no to McCain's policies...McCain's policies are are a smoke screen to keep the public in a zombie state. Just like Bush did...the sad thing is most of Amercian's fell for it. Hopefully this country can wake up to the lies and pandering!!!!

    June 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Montana is Obama Country

    Obama is Dr. No ... because ...*** ALL...*** McWAR ideas are BAD...

    Shoot I'd be Dr. No too.....

    June 24, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Stephen

    I'd rather by Dr No than the Yes Man for Bush, Cheney, and their oil buddies.

    June 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  12. NickNas

    OK OK OK This is Cute! McGreat Grandpa is using movie refferences from what? The 50'S??

    He can't even be witty without looking Old as Dirt. Whats next.. A budget for a federal supply of BUGGY WHIPS??

    June 24, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Mike

    No? He's Dr Evil...and yeh it' s childish.

    June 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. independent

    it's a good thing.NO MORE WAR IN IRAQ!turn ur hearing aid up!we want out,now!

    June 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Ohiovoter


    June 24, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  16. charles

    what do you want him to do agree with your ideas so you can turn around and say it was yr ideas. he has to be Dr no if that saves his views. why must he go along with the old mind. he is not old like you grandpa. he can think for himself. he doesnt need yr lectures. call him wat you want thats not gona change his views.wat about you dr yes to yr boss bush. yes yes to everything bush says.as if you can remember wat you have just said.

    June 24, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Joe Reed

    I ike the one about John McCain as Dr. Who?

    June 24, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Mike - Iowa

    Obama supporters all upset because McCain beat their guy to the idea. WWWWWHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

    June 24, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Ohiovoter

    Oh, wait a second – Not "Dr. No". Dr. NOBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NOBAMA '08

    June 24, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. JJ

    I can't wait to see McCain as our new president!! Vote McCain!

    June 24, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Al - Florida

    Hey Obama folks,

    What happens when Obama says NO to affirmative action programs.

    No more free rides people, you will still support him, right?

    Yeah, OK.

    June 24, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Obama cannot be Dr. No, he can never say no to raising taxes, spending money on social/welfare programs, cutting the Armed Forces for a "Peace Dividend", putting the global warming theory above the economy, and yes to judges who make law not interpret the law.

    June 24, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Chris

    "Dr. No on energy security”

    WHY does everything have to be about "SECURITY"??

    Stop with the WAR/Fear mongering!

    ps – why do we have to drill, make 100 radioactive nuclear plants, offer door prizes to countries for R&D rather than help fund their R&D, give corporate tax breaks to big companies and not talk to enemies to move forward in this country?

    June 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. I dont care

    And obama is soooo smart, it only takes him 144 "uh.'s... in a 10 minute press statement !!! obama, the dems and the media are giving the American people the finger, and are pathetic!!!!...

    June 24, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. Clemson 4 Obama

    Please Don't Veto Corona's, What will I Use my Lemons and Limes for.

    June 24, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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