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. David Goldman for OBAMA

    I JUST HAVE A QUESTION FOR MCBUSH.

    HOW CAN SOMEBODY BE SO OLD & SO SLEAZY?

    June 24, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. What Really Happend

    300 million for a battery invention = PORK Spending

    June 24, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Yukkie Too

    With all the millions of dollars Cindy has – why doesn't McMoldy get some clean dentures? Really.

    June 24, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    And McCain is...DR. EVIL!!! Yeah baby...

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

    How old are we again?

    June 24, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Mike

    Why is it that all Republicans like to do is give our money away to corporate america. We have given billions to the oil firms for them to develop alternative energy over the last 10 years but we have not seen any progress. It is time for Americans to wake up and see that the only thing that Republicans care for is making corporate america and their wealthy friends even richer at the majorities expense. Maybe you do not like him but he might be our only choice left in going up against the greed of corporate america and the wealthy that own it and taking this country back for the people. Vote Obama if you want to give change a chance.

    June 24, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Gitana

    I just googled "Dr. No" – it's a James Bond movie from 1962!! Good Grief....McGramps is OLD!!!

    June 24, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Laidetea

    McCrainy is crummie about is campaign and can't come up with anything. He's whack. That's right.

    Say No to McWhack.

    June 24, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. karen

    McCain is getting desperate!!! And the stuff about Dobson was rediculous!!!! Read what Obama said–he was right!! And I'm a Lutheran! Some of the radical right wing republicans are starting to sound so sick and desperate. The lies, name calling and just stupidity that is coming out of the republican party is turning me off more and more. AND I am a registered republican who not vote republican in Nov. Go Obama!!

    June 24, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. zius

    ahem... 1-tax cuts lead to ......no real relief no REAL price drop and loss of billions for roads construction and job loss2-drilling benefit is within 10-15 to have an effect and who known what demand over sea in china and india will be ..plus the greate environmental effect plus losing more valuable time to make a real change in energy strategy ..plus you may dig and then not find oil at all3-300 m for whoever makes a new battery ...my god well where is he going to get that kind of money and i personally think this is a political stunt and trying to get aheadline the problem is not in the technology IS ALREADY THERE we need a PLAN to change our energy policy........finally how can i be motivated to make a battery when i know it want be used otherwise why encourage the drill drill

    June 24, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. Republican for Obama

    No more war!
    No more money to oil companies!
    No more Republicans!
    No 100 year war!
    No special interest groups!
    No to having taxes paid to support his campaign!
    No to giving tax breaks to major corporations!
    No to this horrid economic situation that the republicans have caused!

    I kind of like the sound of Dr. No actually! It's certainly a compliment. Thanks, now go back to your Senior Living home Mr. McBush!!
    Obama '08

    June 24, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Franky

    Boooooo!! Hey Wolf, tell Gov. Rick Perry that he has no idea what he's talking about! I'll look for the oil and let the Reps just get their money....

    June 24, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. Preston

    Actually, when it comes to movie "doctors", McCain most reminds one of Dr. Strangelove. Please God that the voters finally come to their senses after their self-imposed disaster of the past eight years, and summon the collective wisdom to keep his tremulous finger off the button.

    June 24, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. only 4 hillary

    Americans, listen up!!!
    Long before I know McCain would win the Rep. primary I was praying for him to win so that in the mishap or sly chance Obama won I would have another choice if I couldn't vote for Hillary.

    NOW IS THE TIME TO VOTE MCCAIN. HE IS A TRUE AMERICAN WITH REAL AMERICAN VALUES.

    PUMA – against Obama (the creep)

    June 24, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. BR

    We should all just start goosestepping inline like the Nazis did behind Hitler. How dare anyone oppose BHO. He will cure all the world ills.

    June 24, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Adrian Aguirre

    Dr. No? This effort is not only stupid, it's also desperate.

    June 24, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. kathe oakland, california

    Tell when are the Republicans going to have AN ORIGINAL THOUGHT????
    All they do, including and especially McCain is critize Obama. Is that all their campaign is about?

    I keep saying over and over and over, Thank God I am a Democrat

    GO OBAMA/WEBB

    June 24, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. If not Hillary....then McCain

    Regarding McCain's reference to the psychological impact of off-shore drilling....

    It did have an impact, OPEC met this weekend and are talking about releasing more oil....that is what he meant....psycholigical impact on the people we buy from, telling them that we have had enough and we will persue our own avenues, we will make Americans and America rich instead of buying from the Middle East and making them all rich.

    CNN what's your problem.....waiting for moderation for 3 days with numerous postings....am I being censored?

    June 24, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. al

    ****************************************

    DR NO IS A VERY CATCHY PHASE. GIVE THE REPUB SOME CREDIT. POTRAY THE OPPOSITION AS A VILLIAN NOT AN OLD FRAT WHO CANT REMEMBER HIS POSITION ON ANYTHING. TRICKERY WON'T WIN YOU THE ELECTION COZ ITS CLEAR THAT BARAK WOULD MAKE BETTER JUDGEMENT WHEN IT COMES CRUNCH TIME. STOP THE MADNESS. VOTE OBAMA.

    June 24, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Dave in Houston

    You don't want to throw around nicknames, sir. McSame is a nickname that will stick pretty easily.

    June 24, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  21. Obama

    MCCAIN=NO

    June 24, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Kyle in San Diego

    You're right, we are seeing a pattern here. McCain keeps coming up with lame ideas. Get used to hearing the word 'No', you'll be hearing it all the way until November... and in case you STILL don't get it, McCain, you'll hear it again on January 20, 2009.

    June 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. Serge the DEM in Miami

    McCain... it's painfully obvious you are going to lose. Especially with remarks like these. Calling Obama Dr. No?

    Most everything that comes out of your mouth is being thrown back in your face. You need to retire. You don't have the mental fortitude or agility to make it to the presidency, especially against an opponent like Obama.

    Obama '08

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

    No real champion of energy reform can be anti-nuclear power. That's Obama's one flaw in this area of policy, and its a major one.

    June 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Besides Dr. No I think he is also a serial quitter, and says a lot of nothing.

    What has he done except fill two sand bags wearing girlie gauntlet gloves that went out in the 70's.

    He is truly a repeat of Jimmy Carter. If you liked Jimmy you will love Obama, clearly interested in serving Carter's second term.

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