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. Dealt

    There's another pattern... McCain's campaign has run out of anything vaguely intelligent to say.

    June 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    McCain defines reality and bring hope. Innovation is what we want to see in a leader. He stands true to his belief in reform, prosperity and peace. Reform on immigration, energy, healthcare, foreign policy.

    June 24, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Rick FL

    Ahh, isn't that funny? Let's see here....

    – McCain said he was "against" pork-barrel spending/earmarks. What do you call a $300 million sweepstakes? Free?
    – McCain portrays himself as an "environmentalist," yet he is willing to backtrack on protecting our fragile coastline areas from drilling. Note: there are currently 68 million acres available and not being used.
    – Most economists agree McCain's gas tax holiday would save consumers very little or not lower gas prices at all. That is a gimmick.

    Our energy security requires long-term solutions, so we should say no to Dr. Smokescreen-McCain.

    June 24, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    Look who's talking.
    The crypt keeper himself.

    You lost your soul in South Carolina in 2000 John.

    June 24, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Women In California For Obama

    At least Obama is smart enough to become a REAL doctor. You on the other hand could NEVER do anything that requires a mind. Please see the Wizard of Oz and ask for a heart a brain and some courage. You lack all of these characteristics.

    June 24, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Chris

    Obama is Dr. YES WE WILL!!!

    Obama '08.

    McCain = Bush's 3rd term.

    June 24, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. McCain campaign full of lies

    Steve – how about we build the nuklar (bush pronounciation) plants in next to your street and dump the waste in your backyard or close to wear you get your tap water. Then we'll see how you feel about 100 new nuklar plants.

    June 24, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Duop Chak, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    They might soon pull back such a comment.

    June 24, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Anonymous


    June 24, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. JD

    The Democratic Energy Policy explained:
    NO new oil exploration/drilling – just use less, silly!
    NO nuclear energy – 'cause "nuclear" is a scary word.
    NO coal – uh uh, don't EVEN go there!
    NO Hydroelectric – why you thoughtless brute, think of the fish.
    NO wind farms – bad for birds, and Babs don't like 'em.
    NO solar farms – ugly; plus they cover up desert habitat.
    NO big batteries – full of lead, plus ya still gotta charge 'em somehow.
    NO hydrogen cells – how do you crack the h2 w/out other power sources?
    NO tidal electric – c'mon, get serious. what about the estuaries.
    NO wood/cow chip burning – tut tut, think of your carbon footprint.
    YES – Magical Mystery Fuel! First conceived of at woodstock, it evokes the spirit and power of the 60's and 70's! Totally edible and organic, its combustion emits only water and friendly UV-free sunshine and rainbows!

    June 24, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Ronda in Houston, TX

    Shame on you McCain for showing your true age. What character are you referring to..."Dr. No"? Dr. No is old just like you. Stop the name calling and get down to real politics!!!

    June 24, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Chris

    McCain looks like the Crypt Keeper...scary.

    June 24, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Patrick Henry

    Real options with measurable goals/objectives–are a lot better than hope and pie and rhetoric laced with blue-sky and vague promises–like Mr. Obama.

    Guess what–no where has John McCain ever even suggested we might have to "tighten our belts", "give up our accumulated wealth", or subjugate our liberty–for a better union and the common good.

    Why would a leader create expectations of the necessity for his fellow citizens to suffer and give up the wealth they have sacrificed to make themselves–for vague promises that carry the tone of blatant socialist ideology?

    June 24, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. RYAN

    McSAME and his creepy face get real and start talking about issues your right hand man DumbBush messed up.

    June 24, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    God this man dusgusts me.

    Another terrorist attack would help you John?

    Yeah, thats great.



    June 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. SZ

    Dr. NObama, to be precise.

    June 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. It's a done deal

    McCain is so desperate. Poor guy.

    June 24, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. Jim

    John McCain, you are a tool.

    June 24, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. Al

    I'm sure that we'll all wind up riding a bicycle and living in the dark with Obama's energy policy (or lack thereof).

    June 24, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Tell the truth

    Go DR. NO you have my vote.

    Obama 08/12

    P.S. Thanks DR. NO for telling the truth.

    June 24, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Mccain's campaign is as bad as Hillary's supporter!
    Cry baby Cry Wipe your weeping eyes
    Turn to the east and turn to the west

    Who's help McCain turn? (LOL)

    Go get um! Obama

    June 24, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. FactCheck

    McFlip flop is now throwing everything to the wall and hoping something will stick. Why doesn't he stick to what's he's best at i.e. crashing fighter planes and extra-marital affairs.

    June 24, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. FactCheck

    > PUMA – against Obama (the creep)

    Please go ahead and vote for McCan but shut the h ell up about it. We are done caring.

    June 24, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. Andrew

    Hillary, or McCain '08. NEVER Hussein.

    June 24, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. caywen

    No, McCain is Dr. No. Take that!!

    June 24, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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