July 8th, 2008
10:57 AM ET
6 years ago

New Obama ad attacks McCain on energy policy

New Obama ad hits McCain on energy.
New Obama ad hits McCain on energy.

(CNN) – Less than a week after the Republican National Committee rolled out its first contrast ad of the cycle – a $3 million swing state buy that hit Democrat Barack Obama on energy policy – the Obama campaign released a new ad Tuesday set to air in the same campaign battlegrounds.

“McCain and Bush support a drilling plan that won’t produce a drop of oil for seven years. McCain will give more tax breaks to big oil,” says the announcer in ‘New Energy,’ which will hit the airwaves in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. “He’s voted with Bush 95 percent of the time. Barack Obama will make energy independence an urgent priority.”

The Obama campaign says the 30-second spot is a direct response to the RNC’s ad, which painted McCain as an independent who had pressured his party on energy policy.


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  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    MCCAIN SHOULD HAVE KNOWN HOW TO PUT TOGETHER A SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN BEING THAT THIS HIS SECOND RUN FOR PRESIDENT AND HE TOUTS ABOUT HIS "EXPERIENCE" IS BEST. I WOULDN'T TRUST MCCAIN TO SUCCEED DOING ANYTHING, HE IS A PROVEN FAILURE GOING INTO THE RACE AND SHOULD NEVER USE THE WORD "EXPERIENCE" AGAIN. I"LL PUT MY BELIEF IN OBAMA ANYDAY.

    July 8, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. Crush Rush

    McCain is just another YES BOY for big oil and so is Rush Limbaugh.Limbaugh helped get Bush and the Big Oil Boys get in office and now he doesnt have the guts to say he helped.

    July 8, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. Independant

    You McBush backers just remember who got us into this countries mess. It was the Republicans! Why should I believe things are going to change with another Republcan in the White House.

    The Republicans blew it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Gene

    This is what Obama's campaign should be doing? Is good for republicans and there is nothing wrong letting Americans know the truth???

    July 8, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    I know this makes too much sense to make sense, but
    PUMA people who aer upset that Senator Obama has taken on some of Senator Clinton's positions as he moves to the general election campaign,
    why would you vote for Obama over McCain? Because Obama champions the same positions your favoriate candidate, Clinton, had.

    Or, would it make better sense to vote against the person who champions your causes in favor of a person who has positions diametrically opposed to your favorite candidate?
    And just one example would be te 2005 budget amendment when Senator Clinton pushed for this in order to help prevent teenage pregnancy through education and birth control. Guess who voted against it? Yep, the other guy, McCain.

    So, help explain WHY you vote against the positions that you held just two months ago, we'll all be looking forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely, an Obama fan praying that the former Hillary Clinton (and Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Gov. Gravel, Mike Kucinich and Gov Bill Richardson was my favorite) supporters get a grip on reality nad understand that there are two choice – McCain and Obama. And out of those two, one will become President. Likewise, only one of these two are even close to the same ideals you found and cherished in Clinton. That would be Senator Obama.

    July 8, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. Independent

    Actually Vigla, if you knew anything, (which you obviously are ignorant, considering you're a liberal and all, that's a given) you would understand that oil is traded on a futures market.

    In other words, if we had opened up drilling then, we would have a greater future supply now, therefore speculators wouldn't be watching the middle east in a state of panic.

    Also, oil companies do have leases of land. However, to build a rig takes about one and a half billion. If they only get a billion dollars worth of oil out of it, then that's a loss. That's why they're not stupid enough to drill there either economically or profitably, because a billion bucks of oil won't get us very far. However, they know where there is a major supply and that's where they want to drill.

    Liberal: def (n)- Someone who pretends to be informed, but really just drinks the Kool-Aid and waits for someone to bail them out of the sucky life they created for themselves.

    July 8, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. independent from the uk

    I think it is far fetched to put the survival of your economy on a gamble i.e the possibility of finding new oil spots. This idea is not a total cast away but highly risky.on a subjective level i support research into alternative source of energy therefore OBAMA is my guy!!!!!

    July 8, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. True

    People are so ill informed. Drilling here in the US will NOT stop our dependency on foreign oil. It only reduces our use a very small percentage. It will keep us from trying to create new ways to conduct re-usable and bio fuels.

    July 8, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Obama-Junkie, IL

    As soon as a major oil spill is experience in the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska again, all of these off-shore drilling supporters will be silenced.

    July 8, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. David Goldman

    THOSE AGAINST OBAMA'S ENERGY PLAN, ARE THE SAME

    MORONS THAT SAID GLOBAL WARMING WAS OUR IMAGINATION.

    OBAMA IS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY.

    WIND, OCEAN, SOLAR, CAN LEAD TO A HEALTHIER PLANET

    AND A GREAT ECONOMY. WE WOULD KEEP ALL THE MONEY

    WE PAY FOR ENERGY IN OUR ECONOMY. IF WE STARTED

    WORKING ON IT 20 YEARS AGO, WE WOULD BE GETTING

    30% OF OUR ENERGY FROM SUCH SOURCES. THE PRICE

    OF OIL WOULD BE A HECK OF A LOT CHEAPER, LESS DEMAND.

    WE ARE BEING LOOTED BY OUR OWN POLITICIANS.

    July 8, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. The Federalist

    Maybe Obama can give us cars that run on rainbows and unicorns.

    Sorry, bub, you can keep the "change."

    July 8, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Dan

    The Truth July 8th, 2008 1:18 pm ET

    To Tony:

    I am sure the reason you say he is "inexperienced" is because you truly believe that, and not some underlying racist hatered for the color of his skin.

    Which part of Obama do you hate, his White side or his Black side? Are you so full of hate that you hate the Black in him so much that you cannot see th White in him?

    A vote against Obama isn't racism. Just about everyone doesn't care about the color of his skin. They don't like him because he is weak and shallow.

    DOn't bring racism into this. That is absolutely disgusting gutter politics, and you should be ashamed of yourself. YOU are the bigot.

    July 8, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. DJ, LA, CA

    Great ad! Yes most Americans can see right through McCain's propaganda and see that he is really just an extension of Bush/Cheney's Big Oil corrpution. People wake-up and take the blinders off...do not believe the lies from McCain, Big Oil and OPEC.

    July 8, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. cevans, tx

    Jake,
    What planet did you fly in from? If this country is such an honorable country, please tell me why everyone hate us and think we are bullies?
    Any change from the Repub policies would be a start in the right direction. Don't know about you, but I need change from high energy,food,college cost. Apparently, you must be one of those Bush elitist. Yes, there have been opportunities, but I have had to fight ten times harder to achieve them. Please think before you speak!!

    Texan for Obama

    July 8, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Luis

    Obama doesn't have a clue........and all the Left Wing, Liberal morons are like lemmings following him on the path to Third World status......sad but comical..............

    Vote McCain or join the insane.......................

    July 8, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Robert

    And the ad does not define – when or what 'urgent priority' really means. Does it mean 'I will begin to pull out troops from Iraq in 60 days' to '18 months' or does it mean 'I could no more disown Reverend Wright' to 'under the bus you go'????

    Obamas words are nothing more than a manipulation based on misleading comments. He is a looser!

    July 8, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. That's Reality

    Obama supporters don't have any idea of what Obama will do because he, himself, is clueless. He changes with the wind to get to where he wants to be and I can tell you, by what little voting he has done, it's not a good place. Waaaaay too far to the left; will continue our downward slide into 3rd world nation status. Vote for McCain – experience, loyalty, proven.

    July 8, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Yes we can (talk in platitudes and glittering generalities)

    "Yes we can! Yes we can! Yes we can!"

    Let's see...
    Explore for new oil? No, we can't do that.
    Open areas now off limits for drilling? No, we can't do that.
    Drill for oil? Eh, no, not that either.
    Build new refineries? No, not that EITHER.
    How about outlawing "boutique" gasoline blends and limit fuel blends to two varieties... gas and diesel. No-can-do.
    Build nuclear plants? Nada.
    Explore the same coal-to-petrol process that Hitler used to fueled his war machine? Zip.
    How about build cars that run on hope and good intentions? Ding ding ding! We have a winner!

    For the candidate of "yes we can," all I seem to be hearing is a lot of "no we can't."

    July 8, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. John in Columbus Ohio

    Offshore drilling? Screw that. Drill in North Dakota. There's 4.1 billion barrels there, largely untapped, and probably more undiscovered. Drill where the oil companies are already allowed to drill. Plenty of currently untapped oil there.

    Jim in phila:
    You're an ignorant fool. Hydroelectric (hoover dam anyone), solar, geothermal, and tidal are left. I'm not opposed to nuclear power, but don't be a liar and act like oil, coal, and nuclear are our only options. If we use all the solar we can, all the hydro we can, all the tidal we can, and all the geothermal that we can, and limit nuclear to the areas that don't have access to any of the above, we can go a whole lot further with a whole lot less.

    If we stick to coal, we run out of coal, while doing an amazing amount of damage to the environment we live in. It's your environment too, it's in your best interest to keep it nice. If we use nuclear energy excessively, you've got lovely targets for terrorists, and what do you do with all those spent nuclear rods? If you use oil, you are subject to the whims of tinpot dictators like Chavez and Ahmenajad, and you're got the environmental risks on top of that as well.

    There's a reason that many Republicans are finally (and far too belatedly) getting on board with the whole "Green" thing. There's a reason that Newt Gingrich is doing PSA spots with Nancy Pelosi talking about the environment. That reason is simple: We've got one world to live on, it is by far in our best interests to keep it in good shape.

    You might be able to live in a dirty messy house, but would you want to? If you never clean, vermin may thrive. The vermin may be vectors for various diseases. It's possible to survive in a dirty house, but it isn't pleasant and it's not in your best interests. Clean it up.

    July 8, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. That's Reality

    Obama supporters don't have any idea of what Obama will do because he, himself, is clueless. He changes with the wind to get to where he wants to be and I can tell you, by what little voting he has done, it's not a good place. Waaaaay too far to the left; will continue our downward slide into 3rd world nation status. Vote for McCain – experience, loyalty, proven.

    Will CNN post this one or is it too much truth?

    July 8, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Ali

    Investing on alternative sources of energy will send strong signal to OPEC and other oil producing countries to lower prices or risk major losses...This will be stronger signal than off shore drilling.
    Investing in Natur wind is better and safer (CNN just reported that)...
    Then Obama is right in investing 150 billions on this source of energy.

    This is the real change we can believe in

    July 8, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Jason

    Obama Junkie. Drilling is safer than transporting the spill in Alaska was transport not drilling and there have been NO spills in the gulf. Not to mention all of the greenest countries in the world drill off their own shores. Stop with stupid people one Democratic sound bite is not the truth it is the same BS argument they have used for 30 years and that is why we are where we are.

    July 8, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Kelby from Houston, TX

    Has anyone seen the RNC attack ad? In it the narrator says "He forced his party to recognize global warming" Yeah, we need a party like that in charge 4 more years

    July 8, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Scott L

    This term McBush is very tiring and confusing to me. If you really believe McCain is the same as Bush, you have no clue about politics.

    That would be like me saying O'Jackson. Obama and Jesse Jackson are not the same, so why compare Bush and McCain? If you knew anything about McCain you would know that for years he has been the most liberal Republican out there. That means MIDDLE. DUH. Not far left wing like O'Jackson.

    July 8, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Marie in California

    Guess what? Had we drilled seven years ago, we'd have that oil now.

    It's time to do offshore drilling and go to ANWR. The offshore platforms would not be seen from land. As for ANWR, the size of the drilling and pumping station in the vast ANWR would be the equivalent of a postage stamp in the middle of a football field, and confined to ANWR's coastal plain, which is relatively bare. As in all places where we drill, responsibility and safety of the surrounding environment would have to be primary.

    We need other energy options, but while these are being developed we also need a continuing supply of oil. I, for one, would like to see it come from our own sources and not from the Middle East. Those folks over there have us over a barrel (literally and figuratively speaking) and they sure know it....and milk it for all it's worth.

    July 8, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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