August 4th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain camp mocks Obama's comment on inflated tires

The McCain campaign gave reporters this tire gauge Monday.
The McCain campaign gave reporters this tire gauge Monday.

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) – Mark Salter, a top adviser to John McCain, gleefully distributed tire pressure gauges to McCain’s traveling press corps on Monday morning, a sight gag meant to mock Barack Obama’s remark last week that “making sure your tires are properly inflated” could help conserve gasoline.

Before departing for Pennsylvania, Salter told the press on board McCain’s plane that campaign staffers had brought along copies of Obama’s energy plan for reporters to study during the trip. After takeoff, Salter re-emerged with his punch line, passing out the pressure gauges reading “Obama’s Energy Plan” to the journalists on the flight.

The Republican National Committee said McCain supporters in Michigan were planning to distribute the same gauges at Obama’s energy speech in Lansing today. McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis also e-mailed supporters, offering a tire pressure gauge in exchange for a donation of $25 or more.

Last month, McCain's campaign also gave reporters covering the presumptive Republican nominee as Barack Obama's traveling press pool traveled overseas with the Illinois Democrat a fake European press pass.

Earlier: McCain press passes go continental

The pass featured a shot of the Statue of Liberty in front of an American flag, and the words: "McCain Press Corps/JV Squad/Left Behind To Report in America." The back had a picture of a man sporting a beret and a neck scarf, standing in front of a silhouette of the Eiffel Tower and pouring a glass of wine.

UPDATE: The Obama campaign points out that McCain backers like Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as NASCAR, have promoted good tire maintenance as a way to manage fuel consumption.


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soundoff (236 Responses)
  1. KJ, GA

    It really is pitiful, it seems the only thing the replicans and McCain camp want to do is mock Obama. Once again, the jealousy and pre-occupation with Obama is obvious.

    I would very much like McCain folks to folcus ont heir own issues and ways to improve the country instead of putting down another...gheeez!

    August 4, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. megalodonbite

    Sorry McMelanoma, you should consider checking the air-pressure in your brain as well.

    August 4, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Chelsea from Florida

    Well, I gave McCain my last dollar. No more contributions from me or my husband. This is pathetic, not funny, and immature. I thought McCain was supposed to be better than this. I have donated money to McCain every month, up until now. I am done with his campaign and will be voting for either a third party or Obama. McCain is not the man he had all of us believe.

    August 4, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Intelligence is ruling the world and ignorance is bearing the burden

    It won't get McSame elected but it's funny.

    August 4, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Mike - Texas

    Inflating the tires will help a little, but not to the extent that Obama claims.

    Maybe Obama can just blow on it, he is full of HOT air anyway.

    August 4, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Jorge Luna

    Isn't funny that those who actually USE McCain's tire guages, will end up saving more money at the end of this year than any "gas tax holiday" or expanded drilling combined? We should thank McCain for finally doing something that helps anyone other than Big Oil!

    August 4, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Major Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Simple tokens of resolution addressing the energy crisis.......of course look who is distributing them.......McSimpleton.

    August 4, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Nando, Florida

    MCCAIN IS THE VILLAGE IDIOT OF OUR TIME !!!

    August 4, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. some guy in New Hampshire

    Yes, making sure your tires are properly inflated can improve your mileage and save you money. Ridiculing this idea is funny how? If this is what McCain considers presidential behavior, and this is the quality of advisors he appoints, I'm voting for Obama.

    August 4, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. ALECO1 -----NOKOMIS,FL

    CAN WE USE A TIRE GAUGE ON McCAIN TO MEASURE HOW MUCH HOT AIR HE HAS . I KNOW HE'S FULL OF IT, ALSO HE IS FULL OF SOMETHING ELSE, YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS.

    August 4, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Cathy in MD

    Spoiled, sophomoric wannabes. Cocky, frat boy behavior in the style of George W. Bush. It really is obnoxious ... and ineffective. Makes me want to put 'em all in the time-out chair, while the rest of us grown ups put this country back on track.

    August 4, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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