August 4th, 2008
10:01 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain: Congress should reconvene, vote on energy bill

CNN

"Drill here, drill now," McCain said Monday.

(CNN) - Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain called Monday for immediate congressional action on the nation’s energy crisis, joining a call by his Republican colleagues for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to call legislators back from their August recess for a special session.

The Arizona senator said he would return to vote on any proposal. McCain has missed Senate votes since April, including several involving major energy measures – one of which, a summer gas tax holiday, was a standard element of his spring stump speech.

Watch: McCain calls on Democratic leaders to call Congress back into session


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soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. WAW

    I fell ashamed for John McCain. In2000, I was proud that there was an American hero running for president. A man who kept his focus on the issues American families were needing. I could not believe that he did not attempt to protect his wife's reputation from the Bush / Rove slander. Nor did he stand up for his fellow Viet Nam veterans when the Republican National Committee attack him through them. One would think that eight years later, given the opportunity to run again, he would display the character we had hoped for back then. But wrong, not only has he failed to bring honor to himself, he has allowed his name to be used to destroy another simply because he would challenge the Republicans. Obama may not be the best candidate, but he appears to be the only man with any self pride and dignity.

    August 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. peakarach,des moines,IA

    BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA A CANDIDATE OF CHANGE AND MORE CHANGE ON EVERY ISSUES IN EVERY 30 SECOND THAT YOU CAN BELIEVE IN FOR SURE.

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    MCCAIN 08!
    HILLARY 12!

    August 4, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Mike from L.A.

    He only says he's willing to go back to work because he knows he can't get all those senators back into work while on vacation. The man talks a lot of bull!

    August 4, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. peakarach,des moines,IA

    PEOPLE,BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA DID VOTE FOR BUSH AND CHENEY ENERGY BILL BACK IN 2005. MCCAIN AND HILLARY DID NOT.
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    MCCAIN 08!
    HILLARY 12!

    August 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Ratgurl

    So THIS is where the PUMAs are hanging out these days. All 5 of them!

    August 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Mike, TX

    Mike in MN,

    You are absolutely correct.

    August 4, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Daryl from Seattle

    Wait a second? How do you miss the 'summer gas tax holiday' vote that you were championing on the stump this whole time?? WOW

    August 4, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Ernie

    I'm amazed Senator McCain is calling for Congress to reconvene and reconsider the energy issues. He hasn't attempted to attend a single vote in 6 months. And he's my Senator from Arizona.

    August 4, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Danel

    Vig August 4th, 2008 4:27 pm ET

    JOhn McCain has gumption. Obama has Obamaspeak – says one thing one day and something else the next. The only way Obama has a prayer is if Hillary is right behind him and you know what – he knows it.
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    Say WHAT?!? He cannot even answer the question straight up from the town hall. Yes Obama may switch position from time to time, so WHAT!! I'd rather vote for the man who's willing to compromise than being hard headed and nothing gets done. Look either my way of the highway Bush. No thank you.

    August 4, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. Bob

    How many Americans know that for the past two years the Democrats have held the majority in Congress? The Democrats earned that majority with great fanfare on the promise they would get out of Iraq right away and bring about prosperity for all. I'd like to know how their plan is going so far. It is interesting that in the time the Democrats have taken over Congress that the cost of a barrel of oil is now more than double what it was two years ago. If this is the change that Democrats bring to government leadership then we are in for much worse should the junior senator from Illinois become president.

    August 4, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Erin in Edmonds WA

    The reason why McCain is saying this now is because he wants to look presidential. Perhaps someone with a camera can take pictures of he hand his wife at the "Cow Chip Festival" or whatever it is they are at today–with bikini clad women, beer, and lots of rough housing. If he wanted it this badly, he'd put down his beer, and get his rear end to Washington and make the call from a much bigger platform–but he won't, he doesn't want to miss the half-naked girls in the mud wrestling ring. I'd also like to know what he was doing when he wasn't voting for FISA, the GI benefits bill, etc, etc. probably snoring under a porno magazine on the McSame Express....

    August 4, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Bill Gazitano

    This is a typical Bush tactic that McCain embraces. Make a quick and urgent vote on an issue that has long term consequences. Usually, it is on a political issue that congress thinks will make them look weak or ineffective, so they cave in. Barack Obama has shown courage in his willingness to compromise to get a more comprehensive bill in place. He is the only one proposing ideas that would provide short term relief in conjunction with long term strategies that the oil companies would prefer we ignore. Now it the time to make a difference. We are at a cross roads regarding our energy policy between fulfilling the wishes of the bush – oil industry dreams and embracing new and bold proposals for renewable energy that will break our dependency on foreign oil. If oil and gas prices slide down now, we cannot afford complacency. History has proven that the market place alone will not solve this problem. We ignored all the warnings, Detroit made gas guzzlers and fought efforts for electric cars in California in the late 90's, and did not allow consumers to have that choice, once they succeeded in rolling back the California laws for zero emission vehicles.

    August 4, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. Christie, PA

    Well, they had better not re-convene on a weekeknd because they will be s- out of luck, John McCain is not about to interrupt his weekend to go to the Senate floor and cast a vote. Remember, he's off on the weekends, every weekend; he only works from his home to do his tired radio broadcast, and that's only when he has some new juvenile attack ad he and his campaign want to lodge against Senator Obama! During the week, it's "play time" for John McCain and he sits back and amuses himself over the stupid campaign ads his low road express staff put out. He should be running for Clown-in-Chief, a vote he would surely win!

    August 4, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Dayahka

    Both of these guys running for president are definitely not the sharpest knives in the drawer. McCain wants to cut taxes on gasoline, so that Americans can supposedly continue their addiction to oil, while Obama wants to use some of the strategic oil reserves. These are two really dumb ideas. The strategic reserves should be kept for a really serious situation, while cutting taxes on gasoline hardly does anything to save motorists money since the money will not be spent for the upkeep of the infrastructure (road, bridges, potholes, etc.) that their cars run on.

    August 4, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. peakarach,des moines,IA

    BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA A CANDIDATE OF FLIP FLOP OF THE CENTURY THAT YOU KID CAN BELIEVE FOR SURE.

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    MCCAIN 08!
    HILLARY 12!

    August 4, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    MY FRIENDS, DON'T YOU JUST LOVE

    THE MCMORON EXPRESS.

    August 4, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. peakarach,des moines,IA

    FOLK,BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA DID VOTE FOR BUSH/CHENEY IN 2005. MCCAIN AND HILLARY DID NOT.
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    MCCAIN 08!
    HILLARY 12!

    August 4, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Mike, TX

    Obama supporters should check the Congressional Record of Obama's votes in the 110th congress. Whether he voted for or against anything, he only voted 51% of the time.

    He's milking the Illinois voters for 100% salary for part-time work. He's not stupid after all, he's just lazy.

    August 4, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. tony

    Obama didn't even show up at the State Senate to vote-
    Get over yourselves-
    Obama is not going to Win-
    He should be 20 Points ahead--

    He changed again in Cape Carnaveal– ( Now he won't tear it apart–
    What can you possibly believe–

    At Least McCain has Character and sticks by his convictions but you Dems won't see that-It's OK -
    The right man will win-

    August 4, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. peakarach,des moines,IA

    BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA VOTE YES FOR W.I.S.A. AND FOR BUSH/CHENEY ENGERGY BILL IN 2005.

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    MCCAIN 08!
    HILLARY 12!

    August 4, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Ian

    I bet a million dollars that if he even shows up to vote, that he votes against the bill!

    August 4, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. FlipFlop

    Is that McCain and Paris Hilton in that photo, shallow, family money ...

    August 4, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. KSK -Iowa

    Are you freaking kidding me???? The song has now changed from "bomb..bomb...bomb Iran" to "drill here, drill there, drill everywhere" because that is what is popular?!?! We keep feeding the pigs and then complain we are suffering while the pigs are bursting at the seams! Just how dumb are we....REALLY????????

    August 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    right on

    August 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    Dear peakarach from des moines: Nothing wrong with the name Hussein, it's just a name. The personal attacts don't work anymore; new Century, get used to it.

    August 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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