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. aware

    Senator McCain, don't expect integrity or truth from the ruthless, manipulative, obfuscating, power-hungry Obama.

    Obama has high expectations! He is the fascist Mussolini, and the JFK cult of personality all rolled into one. Wow! 😦

    Can he fool the majority of Americans? I don't think so!

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

    CNN – more balance & fair news – please !

    June 24, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Marge in Manhatten

    I recall "Dr.NO"; yes he was bent on world domination just like BO.

    June 24, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx


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

    John McBush is Dr. Warmonger. I'll settle for Dr. No !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 24, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Caryn, WDC

    McCain is a ridiculous man.

    June 24, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. White/female/age 55/Texan

    Yeah, Sherman and the WAY BACK machine. Too funny.

    June 24, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Obama is Dr. Love of Kiss' 'Calling Dr. Love"

    McCain needs a Docta!

    June 24, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Tim

    Dr. No or Dr. No to solutions that harm our environment and don't help people in any appreciable way. People are tired of politicians selling the knee-jerk response to any issue for political points rather than practical reasons. We are ready for a president whose approach is reason and rationality, not 100% pandering.

    June 24, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    No to all the Republicans Right Wing ideas that have dragged this country through the mud for last eight years. I am Dr. No and rightly so!

    June 24, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. FormerGOP

    The Best McCain can come up with is a $300tho to anyone who can come up with a good battery. Are you kidding me! Obama is Dr. No to all the feel good ideals that the GOP keeps throwing out there. It seems like McCain and his people get up every morning watch the news to see what the people are saying, then they come up with a gimmick trying to get people to pay attention. It is funny how the old bate on hook is not working for the GOP any more.

    June 24, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. lil

    Mr straight talk, you should strart telling the truth and stop lying
    and may Sen Obama will stop saying no to all of your pandering
    Mccain make me sick and tired.

    June 24, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. Seriously dude....

    ahhhhhhhhh John, you sure you wanna play this game?

    Seriously dude, play your strength and name-calling ain't one of 'em.

    June 24, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Alfred

    Barack is Dr. No on free trade. He is No on making Americans more competitive in the global workplace. He is No on creating incentives for new business. He is No on finding a sustainable solution to the war in the middle east.

    Barack is YES on choosing racist spiritual mentors. He is YES on Venezuala/Carter like socialist policies. He is YES on going back on his "convictions" with regards to campaign financing. He is YES on sexism against Hillary. He is YES on telling people what they want to hear instead of doing what is right for America. Obama = politics as usual.

    June 24, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Raffaello

    Has anyone noticed McCain's resemblance to Voldemort?
    None of this matters, Obama in a landslide in November.

    June 24, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Mark in GA

    Yeah, Obama is saying "NO" to all of George W. Bush's policies and McSame is saying "YES" to them. And this is a full-frontal flip-flop by McSame – quite the feat for a septuagenarian.

    June 24, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  17. Doris,Memphis,TN

    The McCain camp has it wrong!
    Barack Obama is Dr. Know!
    As in "knows it all".
    The man is brillant! Get over it.
    If you can't beat them join them.

    June 24, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. John

    I have never witnessed this type of blatant disregard for our elders as I have by reading the posts of Obama's supporters. What audacity!!

    Guess what folks? You will be old someday as well.

    Make some sensible posts (unlike Jaime) and leave the "gramps" blah-blah alone.

    Quick reminder – Seniors votes count as well.

    You only tarnish your candidate with such adolescent comments.

    By the way.....
    McCain 08

    June 24, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Confused

    McCain should put his foot in his mouth after that one. LOL, that was a nice try though.

    June 24, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. Obvious

    Very clever, old man – care to differentiate yourself from failure Bush, or are you just going to try to be funny creating nicknames for your opponent and singing silly songs like "bomb bomb bomb Iran?"

    June 24, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Beverly, NYC

    The American people will also say NO to McCain.

    June 24, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. Milly - Arizona

    McCain is a snake oil pedlar!! I'm a Rep but still do not trust McCain. He's been flip-flopping everywhere and we just don't trust him.

    Uncommited Republican.

    June 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. saga for Obama

    June 24th, 2008 5:00 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    funny what CNN wont post here…
    i agree Obama is a Dr. No…Dr.NO more stupid gimmicks from the desperate McCant camp. we are still reeling from the Bush/Chaney "good" ideas.

    so John, i say no too to your flip flop and crash campaign, to your off shore drilling to your gas tax "holiday" ( i am not celebrating when it cost 50 dollars to fill my tank) no to your ENRON advisers running your campaign, talk about bed judgment? i say no to the statement Mr. Black made with ease, because as we have seen an attack on US soil would not be good…oh unless you are Exxon backing the repubs (no bid contracts in Iraq) is that your war on terror…if so you just terrified me.
    American people say NO to Mcain…because he MC Cant

    June 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  24. Texas for Obama

    MCcain is too old for president. We need change and he is not the one! I do not want my grandchildren's future left in this person's hands. All he talks about is war, and his military record. He said he doesn't know about the economy. We need someone who knows how to work a computer. It will take years to repair this economy!

    June 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. Martin in PA

    McCain is an energy conservation MORON who should take his "fad" ideas for reducing fossil fuel consumption back to Arizona.

    June 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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