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.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (228 Responses)
  1. jim, minneapolis

    John McCain is a tool. The end.

    August 5, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Independent Voter

    I know I'M confused!

    It's hard to keep up with Barry lately. He switches positions like he's changing his shirt!

    Never drill. Drill a little. Drill a lot and do it now!

    Whatever it takes, eh, Barry?

    August 5, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    THERE IS ONE WORD IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

    THAT MCSENILE SHOULD NEVER, NEVER, NEVER.

    EVER, USE, AND THAT WORD IS COOOOOONFUSED.

    COME TO THINK OF IT, HE SHOULDN'T USE IN ANY LANGUAGE.

    August 5, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. PG

    Confused? McCain "confused" is your middle name.

    August 5, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. David Goldman for OBAMA

    SORRY MCSENILE YOU HAVE THE MONOPOLY ON

    TOTAL, COMPLETE, 100%, CONFUSION ALL THE TIME.

    August 5, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. Luis

    OMG what a moron………….

    Welcome to the Third World America. This is the promise of the media created false Messiah .

    This imposter is clueless, can't hold a position more than 24 hours, is completely unqualified to lead even a McDonald franchise and hangs out with scum like Wright, Farrakahn, Ayers, Ludacris and Rezko.
    He has stated he wished he could rid himself of his "white blood" (read his writings if you dare) and will be eaten alive by the enemies of America. His child-like views on foriegn policy and the economy ensure our descent into also-ran status.

    Great job DNC of "selecting" your candidate over the objection of Michigan, Florida and the will of 18 million Billary voters. Another brilliant strategic plan by Howard (Yeehaww) Dean and the DNC.

    It was great to be on top for so long. Liberals, get ready for a wake up call if this Manchurian candidate gets in…..

    Vote McCain or join the insane………….

    August 5, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  7. A NATION OF WHINERS for OBAMA

    LOOK AT MCMORON !!!!

    FIRST HE BLAMED OBAMA FOR THE GAS PRICES,

    WHICH HE & HIS BUDDIES BLESSED US WITH.

    NOW MCNOTHING WANTS TO FORK OVER HIS CONFUSION

    TO THE SHARPEST MAN ALIVE. NO DEAL STUPID.

    August 5, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  8. Kim

    if you voted against it McBush? then why have you Flip flopped to where you are now the Great Crusader for permanant Tax Breaks for Big oil?

    August 5, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. A Brick

    I can't help but feel sorry for John McCain – He likely has no idea how pathetic he looks

    August 5, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. deroy

    obama is confused on any issue that his puppet master axelrod does not do for him. obama is afrid to answer questions. this is why he appears in the huge venues so security can keep him immune from responding to any questions.

    he is basically a coward on the issues and doesn't have the answers.

    August 5, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. Republican who loves OBAMA

    This election is about picking a candidate that has the JUDGEMENT to lead this country. All McCain can come up with are ads about celebrities and mocking all of Obama's policies without being specific or leaving out details of his own. McCain's lack of judgement when it came to the Iraq war is enough to disqualify him for the office of President. Vote smart.

    OBAMA '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. New Democrat

    DRILL HERE,DRILL NOW,thats all MCDRILL can think about.

    August 5, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Independent

    America is at a serious cross road in history.

    If McCain wins, the country will continue its march to hell. Race relations will get worse, economy will get worse, China and India will emerge as superpowers with more money and influence.

    If Obama wins, the country will come together as one. People will get excited about the future, other countries will begin to respect America again, America's respect in the world restored, race relations in the country will impove, new energy jobs will be created, American schools will start competing with China and India.

    Choose America; and then live or die with the result of your decision.

    August 5, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. A NATION OF WHINERS for OBAMA

    NON-BELIEVER

    WE BELIEVE THAT YOU DON'T HATE OBAMA.

    WE ALSO BELIEVE THAT YOU DON'T LOVE YOURSELF.

    YOU CAN CONVINCE YOUR SELF ABOUT ANYTHING

    IF YOU CAN CONVINCE YOURSELF THAT MCIDIOT,

    GIVES A CRAP ABOUT YOU OR US. MAN HAS SPENT

    THE LAST 30 YEARS MOOCHING OFF OUR TAXES &

    HAS DONE ABSOLUTELY ZERO, EXCEPT FOR HIMSELF.

    August 5, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. M. Winners, Mesa, AZ

    Looks like McLame is trying to cover his voting record tracks with more double-taking "fear, smear & mock" comments about Obama.
    McLame reminds me of the old magicians joke about the effectiveness of crowd diversion comments – They just say "Watch carefully and at no time will you ever see my fingers leave my hands"...

    August 5, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  16. Kevin-Seattle

    Have you notice that Lyndsey Graham are more pictures with McCain than his wife? He needs that security blanket to whisper in his ear when he gets "confused".

    August 5, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. a southern bell for OBAMA

    O DEAR LORD !!! I KNOW MCSENILE

    DIDN'T USE THE WORD CONFUSED.

    "PUTIN PRESIDENT OF GERMANY"

    CZECHOSLOVAKIA.

    SUNNIS & SHIITS & A 1000 OTHERS.

    MCCCONFUSED IS JUST THAT, CONFUSED.

    August 5, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. bill for barack

    If Obama is 'confused', then what is McLame /
    Why, he's an idiot, obviously.

    August 5, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. JOHN

    HOW CAN ANYONE WHO SUFFERS FROM P.T.S.D. SAY SOMEONE ELSE IS CONFUSED. NOW I'M CONFUSED OR HAVE I BEEN VICTIMIZED BY ANOTHER MCLAME JEDI MIND TRICK.

    August 5, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. Sarah

    Oh, I get it. So it's okay for McCain to say Obama is "confused," but nobody can say that McCain is "confused" without being labeled "ageist" (even though there have been some serious doubts raised about McCain's ability to remember things properly).

    Absolutely ridiculous.

    August 5, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  21. EBC, MD

    Ahhhh McCain let's NOT talk about being confused. YOU Sir looked beyond confused when asked recently by a reporter the question..
    "What have you done specifically for the African American community?"

    Dah..... LONG pause and hen SILENCE.....

    Even your wife and Gov. Crist BOTH stood there silently waiting for YOU to answer the question, AND then you forgot WHAT the question was.

    So whose TRULY confused here? Please don't insult our intelligence.

    August 5, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  22. Ted:Canada

    Are MaCain and the Republicans that stupid!!

    By the time they even find out if their drilling discovered oil, China will have bulid an automible that runs on somethinge else. Yes!!! in less than five years!!!

    American auto companies will be dead in the water – every car dealer every mechanic – every gas station owner – GONE!

    You will be buying from China!

    'Watch the Olymic coverge to see how fast China is growing and unlike the republicans they don't care about American oil companies.

    McCain you guys are either real stupid or you have put the oil companies ahead of the interest of the American people.

    August 5, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. Somebody

    OMG. see who's calling somebody confused !!!!
    Now the game is on – RACE and AGE

    August 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. Ray C.

    I heard McCain say 100,000 NOT 200,000. CNN needs to tell the truth.

    August 5, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  25. Big D

    McCain has no credibility on this issue. He's been in Congress for 26 years, so he's already part of the problem. Then his solutions do more harm (more drilling) than good (some alternatives). But it's ridiculous for him to whine about Congress not doing enough when he's part of that. And if he couldn't get more done, than how can he claim he's a leader? And how in the world can he fault Congress for not doing enough, when he hasn't bothered to show up in the Senate for 4 months. 4 months! And he's whining about Congress (himself included) having a break? No credibility here!

    August 5, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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