DAYTON, Ohio (CNN) -– Between offshore drilling, a summer gas tax holiday, and more efficient car batteries, the debate over energy policy has provided some of the starkest contrasts between Barack Obama and John McCain in recent months.
On Friday, Obama took a daytrip from Chicago to Dayton to detail his energy plan and to emphasize how the lack of a sound one is a national security risk. The focus was on ending dependence on foreign oil through investment in alternative energy but Obama laced his various initiatives with repeated jabs at McCain who has taken to calling Obama “Dr. No” because of his consistent rejections of the Arizona senator’s proposals.
Obama started going after McCain on Friday by quoting the Arizona senator saying the country’s dependence on foreign oil stems from 30 years of inaction in Washington.
“I could not agree more, John McCain is exactly right,” Obama said to more than a thousand supporters in a school gymnasium. “The only problem is that out of those 30 years, Senator McCain was one of those politicians in Washington for 26.”
Obama accused McCain of ideas that “poll very well,” but “what he’s offered is a plan that doesn’t make any real investment in alternative sources of energy, that represents a failure to think long-term about our nation’s future.”
Obama went on to mock McCain’s $300 million cash prize to the inventor of a highly efficient car battery, saying it will take more than “a Readers Digest sweepstakes to achieve this goal.”
While Obama was listing the faults in McCain’s energy platform, McCain was returning the favor in Wisconsin.
“No to more drilling, no to more nuclear power, no to research prizes that help solve the problem affordable electric cars,” railed McCain. “You know, for a guy whose official seal carried the motto 'Yes we can,' Senator Obama's agenda sure has a lot of 'No we can't.'”