August 5th, 2008
07:38 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama: Republicans take pride in being ignorant


Watch Obama speak out against McCain and the Republican party.

BEREA, Ohio (CNN) – For almost a week, John McCain and his campaign have been mocking Barack Obama’s comments to a voter last week in Missouri when he told her to one way to conserve energy is “making sure your tires are properly inflated.”

On Monday a top McCain advisor passed around tire gauges labeled “Obama’s Energy Plan” to reporters on the Arizona senator’s campaign plane - and the Republican National Committee says more are waiting for the Obama traveling press corps at Tuesday night’s hotel.

Obama shot back at a town hall in Ohio Tuesday afternoon, accusing them of lying about his energy plan and ignoring what experts say would reduce gas consumption between 3 and 4 percent.

“It's like these guys take pride in being ignorant,” Obama told a packed gym. “They think it’s funny that they're making fun of something that is actually true. They need to do their homework.”

“Instead of running ads about Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, they should go talk to some energy experts and actually make a difference,” Obama added.

Both the RNC and McCain’s campaign responded by urging Obama to call for Congress to return from summer recess for a special session to pass an energy package.

“Rather than demanding Americans inflate their tires, Obama should be demanding Congress return to DC to vote on a real energy plan. Obama is wrong: Inflated tires are no substitute for oil drilling and a comprehensive energy plan,” said RNC spokesman Alex Conant.

The race took a sharp turn for the negative last week, as McCain released the ‘Celeb’ ad aimed at Obama, who said the presumptive Republican nominee would try to make him look scary by saying the Illinois senator doesn’t “look like all the presidents on the dollar bills.”

“Our politics has gotten so nasty,” said Obama in Berea. “But not just nasty, also cynical and manipulative, right? Where we say things that we don’t mean.”

“I’m happy to have a battle of words because I’ve got facts on my side. I’ve got truth on my side. I fear no man when I’ve got truth on my side,” he added.

soundoff (377 Responses)
  1. Obama Supporter


    August 5, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Ardnuas

    Thank you Obama for speaking the TRUTH...... I just hope the voters are smart enough to see through the ignorant games the republicans play on the VOTERS.... year after year.... it's very sad.

    August 5, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. Dem08

    I wanted to comment on several blogs at CNN today, but they are all closed.. To sum up everything..This race is boring. Its great to see Hillary getting back on the trail...if Obama and his democrats are smart, Hillary will be the VP choice..I for one do not see getting excited about any other ticket...Obama needs Hillary's experiance and Hillary needs Obama's popularity. This is a great team, and one America needs..Come on ObamaNation, lets get Hillary on this ticket and take back the White House, hopefully for 16 years.

    August 5, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    OUCH! BUT ITS THE TRUTH! Today at the grocery store, I was at the check out stand and noticed the "Globe's" headline "Obama's Love Child" .......blah.......blah. I said to the clerk, "good grief are they lying or what?!" The poor woman looks at me with a straight face and says, "yes, its true! And Michele is leaving him!" Dear God, are people getting their news from the tabloids now!????

    Its bad enough that most Republicans I know are glued to the AM Radio, listening to the hate-and-fear-mongers, Reagan, Savage, Hannity & Limbaugh-the-clown. Now they are reading the tabloids for truth!!!!!


    August 5, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. victorhill

    Remember when Sen. McCain Said This;

    "McCain said in April, “I’m sorry to tell you that the price of oil — as far as I can tell — is not gonna go down anytime soon until we eliminate our dependency on it. We can do that as a nation — we can turn out the lights five minutes earlier, we don’t have to drive the extra block.”

    What’s wrong with this? Nothing in particular. In fact, it’s probably about as sensible as what Obama said about inflating our tires and getting regular tune-ups.

    The difference is, Dems didn’t spend a week getting “giddy” about using lightbulbs as a political prop and insisting that McCain’s entire energy policy is composed of turning off the lights.

    Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. Anne

    Hey Wolf, proof Obama is correct – try googling Buffalo Chip Cindy McCain. The story you refuse to cover that is all over the internet of John McCain offering up his wife to enter a topless contest for Miss Buffalo Chip –

    We know how biased CNN is, but aren't you being OBVIOUS????

    August 5, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." Obama 95

    You mean the same experts that talk about 9th grade economics.... you know... "SUPPLY AND DEMAND".

    That's why you now say it's ok to off shore drill.... OMG... can you pick a stance and stay there more than a week.

    Obama 08... a tool you can rely on!

    August 5, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. Slider


    I'd say those Paris Ads pretty much hit the spot.

    The sad thing is, they are more specific than anything that comes out of your gaping hold, Obama.

    "Our politics has gotten so nasty,” said Obama in Berea. “But not just nasty, also cynical and manipulative, right? Where we say things that we don’t mean.”

    Sound like a confession to me.

    August 5, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Nick - Arlington, VA

    100% correct

    OBAMA '08

    August 5, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. michael

    the republicans really are pathetic all the well earned money from supporters they are wasting on ludicrous ads lionizing Paris hilton and Brittany Spears instead of spending this money on something useful...discussing the issues. There is some real fodder here for debate but they seem intent on "having fun" All I can say is ...GUYS FOR GOD'S SAKE GROW UP THE COUNTRY IS NEED OF SERIOUS SOLUTIONS NOT RIDICULOUS ADS JUST FOR THE "FUN OF IT" short start acting like grown are 71 years old after all McCain!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. John Ainsworth

    drill here..... surge there.....drill here.....surge there.
    Drill and surge, surge and drill......drill drilll drilll drilllllll;

    "ah, what was my name again....?" Geez. Please Retire McCain.

    August 5, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. adm

    Go get 'em Obama.

    August 5, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. Paul

    I'm sick and tired of John McCain's arrogance and presumptuousness.

    August 5, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. Joe Kiloz

    BO: sliding, can't get over the treshold, facing the light at the end of the tunnel. Continue your preaching and finger pointing, you'll be rewarded accordingly in November. What a farce for a newbie. You're making Kerry and Edwards look good, fool.

    August 5, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  15. Terry, Dallas Texas

    I did some checking and according to studies if everyone did keep their tires inflated it would reduce US gasoline consumption by about 3 to 4 %. Thats saves an awful lot of gasoline without costing much.

    In fact it would most likely save as much gas as offshore drilling would bring on line.

    August 5, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Dandelion.

    Amen, Barack.

    August 5, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. CM

    Thank You Senator. If we can save 3-4% of our consumption now while waiting until a comprehensive energy package can reduce our consumption even more then we'll be much better off.

    Oh and almost all the Republican bills were aimed at drilling and nothing comprehensive. More quick fix and no long term but I guess some people only can see so far.

    August 5, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. Jesse

    Barak has less substance than Paris or Brittney and thats why he's so hurt.

    August 5, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. Bob from Kentucky

    "It's like these guys take pride in being ignorant"

    I can hardly believe he said that, but truer words have never been spoken.

    August 5, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. Zak, Chicago

    Lets be careful how title our articles. He didn't say all Republicans take pride in being in ignorant. He said the McCain campaign was being ignorant.

    In the world on identity politics that you helped create CNN, lets try to be a little more cautious with our wording, can we?

    August 5, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. Susan

    Obama is correct! Keeping tires inflated correctly does reduce gas consumpsion! The Repugs are idiots.

    Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. John in Iowa

    Hussein, you are not a quarter of the man John McCain is. You never will be. Soon enough your robots will "snap to" and realize the fraud you are. They will soon hear about Larry Sinclair. They will hear more about your friends, such as William Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, John Edwards (you know, the one who takes a mistress while his wife has cancer), Father Plehger, Tony Resco, etc...

    You WILL lose and lose BIG!

    McCain '08!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. Ron Nebraska

    Nice headline CNN, way to misinterpret Obamas' words. He was referring to the people running McCains' campaign, not republicans in general. But why let reality interfere with an opportunity to further divide and manipulate this society, right?

    August 5, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  24. Interracial Voter

    Ignorance is Bliss!

    August 5, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. How does CNN determine who gets posted?

    So nice to see him come out swinging.

    August 5, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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