August 5th, 2008
05:10 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain: Obama 'confused' on energy positions

Sen. McCain slammed Sen. Obama at a press conference held in the shadow of a nuclear energy plant.
Sen. McCain slammed Sen. Obama at a press conference held in the shadow of a nuclear energy plant.

NEWPORT, Michigan (CNN) – A day after Barack Obama released a television ad that accuses John McCain of seeking tax breaks for big oil, McCain struck back Tuesday, calling Obama “a little bit confused” because of their divergent votes on the 2005 energy bill, which contained tax breaks for oil companies.

Watch: McCain slams Obama on energy policy

McCain made the remarks to reporters after touring the Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant, a facility that provides power to 2.3 million customers in southeastern Michigan. McCain is an ardent supporter of nuclear power.

“I saw that Senator Obama's latest attack has got to do with oil and campaign contributions,” McCain said, referring to Obama’s new TV spot. “I think he might be a little bit confused because when the energy bill came to the floor of the senate, full of goodies and breaks for the oil companies, I voted against it. Sen. Obama voted for it. People care, not only what you say but how you vote.”

Obama was one of 25 Senate Democrats to support that energy bill, which the Illinois senator has said represented a compromise that removed several of the Bush administration’s original proposals.

McCain also tweaked Obama for his newfound openness to offshore oil drilling.

“I noticed that there’s confusing now information from Sen. Obama as to whether he actually supports offshore drilling or not,” he said. “The fact is we have to drill here and we have to drill now and we have to drill immediately.”

Related: Obama teases McCain on drilling

McCain acknowledges that “nuclear power isn't enough and drilling isn't enough,” reiterating his regular proposals for a comprehensive approach to energy reform that includes wind, solar and tide production.

Flanked by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Representative Fred Upton of Michigan, McCain chided Congress for taking their annual summer recess without focusing on fuel prices.

“People are paying four dollars a gallon for gas, are sick and tired of a Congress that won't act in their behalf,” he said. “So I'm urging Senator Obama to urge the Democratic leaders of Congress to call Congress back into session.”


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soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. Denise Groves

    This is a man who does not know Sunni's from Shiites, and he says Obama is confused?

    August 5, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Non-Believer

    Obama uses whatever is important at the moment to decide his course and agenda.

    For you out there that call us haters – I don't hate Obama. He's just another politician playing the political gain. My problem is how you so blindly follow this man. It's astonishing to me.

    August 5, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Jerry

    MCSAME you are confused on everything you speak about, even when Paris Hilton mother and father donated to your camp I wondering if they can get a refund back from MCSAME and put it towards Obama campaign.

    August 5, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Obama supporter: Bipartisan Intelligence in Gov't

    Why isn't Senator joining his Republican friends if he feels so strongly about it? Why wasn't he in the Senate to support the demand for a vote? Why isn't he talking about his confused distribution of tire gauges? Why does he always have to be "flanked by someone now and why is he always reading from a script.

    It is pretty obvious that McCain is easily confused!!

    August 5, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. NoMcSame

    McSame is confused on where the toilet is, so he just goes in his pants.

    August 5, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. FactCheck

    > McCain acknowledges that “nuclear power isn't enough and drilling
    > isn't enough,”

    That wasn't what you were saying 5 minutes ago when you swore that offshore drilling would cure all ills. If anyone here is "confused" it would be you... but then again, since you don't know the different between a Sunni and a Shia, what did I possible expect?

    August 5, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Deb, Allentown, PA

    I'm guessing that, in addition to being flanked by Graham and Upton, Cindy was within hovering range as she always is. I can't figure out why she's almost always within a five foot radius of McCain. Is she there to catch him if he falls over, or to rein him in if he starts to tell one of his many tasteless sexist or racist jokes?

    August 5, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." Obama 95

    Obama votes for big oil tax breaks and then dogs McCain... what a joke.

    The Dalai Bama can't even remember what his position is because he changes it so often( no off shore, ok off shore, no tax breaks, wait I voted for them, I hate NAFTA, no wait I didn't mean that)... it's no wonder McCain has made up 9 points in the polls. So much so now he's considering Hillary... if she has any brains she will leave this fool to drown and run in 2012.

    Obama... if you don't like hime today just wait... he will change!

    August 5, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Ralph V. AZ

    McCain is retarded! The price of gas was pretty reasonable back when that bill came out pendejo!

    Obama 08!

    August 5, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. FactCheck

    > My problem is how you so blindly follow this man. It's astonishing to
    >me.

    Simple... look at the piece of junk that is offered as an alternative. If the Republicans had put forth a candidate worth more than the price of a cup of coffee, Obama wouldn't have so many "followers".

    August 5, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Marie

    I noted in a Huffington Post report today that MacCain attended a very controversial Biker Rally and even suggested his wife run for Buffalo Chip princess......if this were Obama, this would become a huge media story run on all major networks...so why isnt CNN running this story???

    August 5, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Ralph V. AZ

    I think McCain is Dazed and Confuzed!

    He thinks the president of Germany is Puttin.

    He thinks there is a boader between Iraq and Afganistan.

    Say no to the Crip Keeper!

    Obama 08!

    August 5, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Obama supporter: Bipartisan Intelligence in Gov't

    Why isn't McCain calling on the Repulican President to call on the Congress to reconvene....Oh, right, the Republicans already did that and the White House refused.

    Just more hot air from a do nothing to help average American people in the past 26 years.

    August 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Jo Ann

    How can McCain lets these words come out his mouth. He is confused just listern to him- totally confused!!!!

    August 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. rhoward

    The price of gas has been rising since the first of the year and Congress and President Bush never noticed until now.

    If it wasn't an election year, would any of these clowns care if we pay $4 or more a gallon for gas? They can feel our pain – RIGHT. And I'm Miss Universe.

    August 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. Jo Ann

    McCain is a total disgrace see if he knows what a disgrace is?

    August 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. Abby

    If I was Senator McCain, I would keep words like ‘confused’, ‘dementia’, ‘Alzheimer’s’ etc. out of the conversation as that is a battle he will lose. Lol

    if Obama has said McCain was CONFUSED, which McCain his, they would have claimed the age card.

    August 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. lizfor hillary clinton

    barack obama...the flip flopper....c'mon who is really CONFUSED...ask REV. WRight and he will tell you...the truth....OBAMA...you dorks....

    August 5, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. John - texas

    THIS OLD FART HAS LOST HIS BEARINGS

    August 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. lizfor hillary clinton

    do you know the difference between "christians"...c'mon groves...you know obama will say whatever to make himself sound good and proper...like a true lawyer

    August 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Ratgurl

    John McCain is the confused one. Sheesh!

    August 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. now is immediately

    Really, we need to drill now AND immediately. More crisp, clear messaging from team McCain!

    August 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. R.I.F.

    McCain is the one confused. I don't think it would be safe to drill right next to a nuclear plant.

    August 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. Molly Weasley

    He would be a bit more believable on "calling Congress back into session" if he had bothered to show up for work. McCain has the worst attendance record in Congress. He hasn't even been there since April.

    Maybe we could take his various "solutions" more seriously if ever bothered to ... you know ... show up and actually introduce a bill.

    Obviously, he was too busy asking his wife to enter the topless "Miss Buffalo Chip" contest in Sturgis. Somehow I don't think that's going to endear him to women voters...

    August 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. Sally on Cape Cod

    I am not a McCain supporter, but I agree Obama is CONFUSED on a lot of issues! He can't seem to decide which side of many issues he supports, considering he changes his mind CONSTANTLY!

    August 5, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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