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. Anonymous


    VOTE OBAMA.....08

    August 5, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. Pander Watch ....

    Senator Obama -

    It's time for a simple Ross Perot type graphic that compares ...

    how much oil you save from inflating tires and changing air filters properly (800,000 barrels)

    as compared to

    how much oil we can pump from new off shore oil fields (200,000 barrels).

    Not only does proper tire pressure yield FOUR TIMES the BENEFIT.

    It is IMMEDIATE, unlike waiting 7 years (OR MORE) for oil fields and refinery capacity to come on line.

    KISS ... keep the message simple ... this is what the republicans tried to do with the tire gauge.

    August 5, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  3. 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 |

    Words, words words. Obama wouldn't know the truth if he saw it. Just a young dreamer, what America needs is an experienced person ready to solve America's problems.

    August 5, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. Jeffrey in MI

    Gawd, John McCain is such an ignorant fool!

    August 5, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  6. Margi

    It's about time Obama, stop letting that multi millionaire warmonger make light of the plight of 95% of Americans.

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

    I find myself starting to watch the people that are deliberately seated behind Obama. Then I wonder which voice Obama will be using.....his african-american voice or the " sound sophisticated" voice. I do notice he has a strange shouting voice these days that often sound strained and unnatural.
    His background cast often looks uncomfortable as many negative things are said about McCain.
    Maybe.....hopefully......they won't believe everything they hear.

    August 5, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  8. sandi

    There he goes again calling anyone who thought the tire pressure remark was funny, ignorant. You know what's funny Obama the people you are insulting today will not vote for you. You and your big city jokes that us blue collar people don't get and don't want to will sink you. I hope!!!! Tire pressure that most of us already know about that you have to go to the experts to find out. How out of touch is that??? If you have to call on experts to tell you to inflate your tires properly who will you call when our country is attacked. Oh ya, you'll call on Iran for a little meeting. Obama is so far out there not an expert on earth could find a way to reel him in.

    August 5, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Just Joe

    God help us all right. Sometimes we seem like the dumbest nation on earth....
    I am just praying for a regime change this time!

    August 5, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. Cindy

    Man, it's like, Professor Obama giving deliquent kids enough rope to hang themselves with.

    Then the deliquent kids' retort for being outed? "But.. but... it's not our fault Mr. Obama; We're acting up cause the teachers need to come back to school..."

    August 5, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  11. CTP

    Thank you, President Obama. Tell that old creep how it is.

    August 5, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Obama4ever

    If Americans love America they need to vote for Obama.

    Otherwise there will be race riots in the streets.

    Do you want that for your country?

    Republicans are all racists anyway.

    When we riot in the streets they will know.

    August 5, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. Greg

    And some people (Democrats) take pride in stealing money from those who work for themselves only to give it to those who don't care enough about their own lives to get a job.

    Democrats are proud to support the spread of socialism throughout our great country. What a shame!

    August 5, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. Remy

    Obama has his plans for reducing energy cost but McCain do not has anything. He run ads against Obama and try to fool the voters. McCain has nothing to offer except the worse policy of Bush.

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

    It's about time, Obama.
    McCain and the repubs are taking you for a joke. You are far smarter and more intelligent than most of them.
    It's a shame that they did not know that giving your car tires the correct amount of pressure can save you money in gas.
    McCaine and the repubs are actually making big fools of themselves.

    August 5, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. Reality check #1

    As an ex Democrat as of this year, I have donated to McCain and waiting on my tire pressure gauge, it has written across the gauge, Obama's energy plan. I love it! What a joke Obama is becoming. Like no one ever checked their tire pressure until HE told us to.

    August 5, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. eye's of the wise

    The GOP is doing what they do best, disrespecting people and being condensending

    August 5, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Bro for bro

    African Americans will take back this country from the ignorant racist fools.

    Barack the vote

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

    If only the Democratic nominee had some substance and some experience maybe this election time would be less boring.

    The one certain thing is that no matter tire gauges the Republicans buy they will never find one to measure the democratic nominees inflated ego.

    August 5, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. S. Denice

    So true, so true. Almost everything that comes from the McCain camp and the GOP is absolutely ridiculous. They are making themselves look like a bunch of idiots....

    August 5, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Black is beautiful

    Black is the power.

    Vote against Obama at your own peril.

    We will rock you

    Mark my words.

    August 5, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    "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."

    I am quite sure that is exactly what we would have seen from the Dems had they been paying any attention to McCain instead of battling it out between each other.

    August 5, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  23. wat

    "republicans take pride in being ignorant?" uh.... that's not really what he said. does anyone at cnn proofread these things?

    August 5, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. kathy

    You know, it seems like John McCain gets more stupid every day. i don't care if he was some kind of a hero – my dad was in WWII, the Korean conflict and Viet Nam twice – so big woo to John McCain being a hero!! I can't stand to hear the little man talk – his little child voice makes him sound so feeble. The man is too old to be president – do you know how old he'll be in 4 years – even tho we loved Ronald Reagan, people still made note of him nodding off in front of the press, among other things. But John McCain, he needs to grow up before I vote for him – his tire gauge antics are just more proof that he doesn't need to be president. Is that how he's going to behave in front of dignitaries or deal with foes? Shame on you John McCain – Shame on a presidential candidate behaving that way. We've had enough of bafoon presidents for a while, thank you very much.

    August 5, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. Rara

    Way to go Obama! It's about time your campaign started to fight back. I'm so sick of the lies being spread by the "low down express."

    August 5, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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