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. Zee

    The McCain camp has made me an Obama fan with their immature commercials and stupid statements, it is refreshing to see a politician respond with such maturity when the other side id behaving as if this was a high school election.

    ...I've been undecided for a while, waiting to see their professional personalities, but McCain has made me lean towards Obama.

    August 5, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. Black is strong

    The smart people vote for Obama.

    The stupids vote for McCain.

    Nothing can stop the Obama train.

    African Americans are at the helm now.

    Barack the vote... Barack the country.

    August 5, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. dr. yes we can


    August 5, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Jim, Burlington NC

    Here's the math – 3% – 4% savings for properly filled tires, at $3.70/gallon for gas that's like getting a .15 discount per gallon of gas.

    That translates for me into a savings of $2.70 a tank, or put another way, I can go an additional 30 miles per tank.

    Now, who's for the little guy? The candidate who puts forth a pretty good idea that every should do anyway, that saves oil AND saves you money, that doesn't cost you anything or raise your taxes – or the candidate that makes fun of the little guy trying to save a few bucks and do the right thing by lowering our dependence on foreign oil?

    Put it another way, 3% – 4% savings in gasoline translates into about 3 million LESS gallons of gas a day used by cars if everyone checks their tires.

    Now who looks stupid? Or senile?

    The bullies of politics who look stupider every day...

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

    So true.

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

    it's ridiculous that McCain acts like Obama has been going around preaching about this whole tire thing.. he said it one time, got it?

    what would you proposed doing, McCain?

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

    Why is it that everyone is so surprise that Obama is not further ahead in the polls? Isn't McCain the one with all of the years "Experience", knows how to win wars, understands most the needs of the American people, Why isn't he doing much better, why isn't he far ahead in the polls?

    August 5, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. Dave S.

    This is actually an example of the "bi-partisan" politics.
    A democrat proposes and a Republican (sort of) implements.

    Obama should actually thank john mccain for making his vision a reality and spin this situation as a positive.

    Its true.. i checked with my mechanic. Tire pressure does affect gas mileage.

    August 5, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  9. The Retrospectivist

    He did not say "Republicans," he said:

    “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.”

    Very clearly he meant McCain and his supporters, NOT the GOP in general. I am sure there are some very decent republicans out there that Obama has no desire to insult.

    Get it right.

    August 5, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Ron from Bel Air

    Sen McCain's handlers: You keep making fools of yourselves with such cheap shots. I can't imagine that anyone agreeing with your dismissive take on using correct tire pressure-some we can do immediately, and which will save at least two percent of our automotive energy needs-I can't imagine that those who believe your guff are going to be any new converts to Sen McCain's side.

    You're really throwing everything against the wall, there seems to be no coherent strategy to move the country ahead, and you underscore the Senator's being out of touch with these lame attempts. That's the word on the street. Give your guy better support than this, or leave his team, for crying out loud.

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

    This is true and i can only hope that more americans see the republicans false statements and manipulation of the truth and reject them all. We need people who are going to do the right thing to get this country back on the right track and that is going to be DEMOCRATS. As for HRC it is not going to happen so PUMAS if you truely believe in CHANGE then get behind OBAMA NOW. HRC has.

    August 5, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  12. C Spurgeon

    Please November. .....Lets get this done!

    August 5, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. Doug

    No Obama, what is ignorant is that you think we can inflate and tune our way out of foreign oil dependancy. And as a FYI... automobiles manufactured after 1988 do not require tune ups!

    August 5, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  14. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    They are arrogantly ignorant.

    August 5, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. David

    Agreed; I read an article about this on CNN yesterday that was very well thought out. It turned the RNC's attacks on Obama back on them by very clearly stating the facts, one of which was that drilling where they want to drill would provide 1% of our daily oil needs, whereas proper maintenance of cars and tires can save 3-4% yearly. It's sort of a sign of desperation on the Republican's part if they're grasping at such flimsy straws to attack Obama.

    August 5, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  16. Morons in Charge

    What we could tap (with the usual spills!) by expanding off-shore drilling
    into protected environments could easily be covered by efficiencies from
    correct tire pressue and regular tuneups. Any "plan" MUST include conservation. What in the hell is wrong with the Republican machine?
    Are these clowns so short-sighted and GREEDY that they can't even momentarily put aside their self-interest long enough to do what is right for the American people as opposed to the "entitled" rich?

    August 5, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. Blessings

    Thank You Obama for a clean campaign full of the TRUTH. The truth shall set us FREE from ignorance!

    BlackObama '08

    August 5, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. SC is Baracknation

    Ignorant racist white people better STFU and not mess this up for Obama.

    The Obama bomb is ready to denotate.

    August 5, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. MCCAIN 08


    August 5, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. rabbitdog

    My vehicle mfg. reccomends 30 lbs. in the tires.I have been running my car with 35 lbs. in them. I have ONSTAR and it moniters my tire presure at all times .The reason I do this I get about 20 to 30 % more tire life But I guess most everyone in America has quit thinking for them selfs They wait for some liberal politition to tell them what to do and how to do it

    August 5, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Retired Veteran from New York City, NY

    Go Obama! It's about time that you put those ignorant comments to rest and place them where they belongned to. John McCain and the Bush supporters don't even have a clue about what's at stakes in this election, they take pride in destroying this great Nation about everything America stands for.

    Everywhere that Bush went, national or abroad, it makes you ashame to have this guy represents such a used to be America. Voting McCain is going to be more of the same or even worst. Obama needs to stand up and tell it like it is. America cannot afford another 3rd term of these people.

    The Sean Hannity, the Rush Limbaugh, the so-calles the Chistian base conservatives, they are nothing but the ennemies of America, spreading their hates all over the airwave day in day out. They will prefer to see America sinks like the Titanic and can careless about the future of this great Nation as long they have idiots and ignorants to listen to them and consistantly looking for ways to derail America.

    I believe in good conscience, the people of America will be wise enough to make the right choice which is vote for Obama. McCain 20th Century's ideology, it's not what America needs this time.

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

    The issue is not about checking tire pressure. The issue is that Obama is trying to pander Iowa farmers by trying to put off off shore oil drilling. If there are no off-shore drillings, the gas prices will remain high and Iwoa farmers will make more money off their corn.

    And the fact of the matter is that even if Pope himself ask the Americans to check their tire pressures, most still won't and keep their SUVs that take so much gas regardless of the tire pressure.

    Political pandering. Simple as that.

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

    Obama should quit

    August 5, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. Barackuda

    Stupid white poeple keep black poeple down.

    NOT no mure- Obama is the next president.

    Suck it up... it is time.

    August 5, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. dave

    I am no expert on this but when i heard the.... air tires to save from new drilling offshore.. i went… CANT BE TRUE. After some thought, i did some quick calculations.
    if 80% of oil goes into making gasoline, if 1 in 10 things on the road have tires underinflated, if 3% improved mileage.. then..
    .80 X .10 X .03 X 20millions barrels used daily = 48,000 barrels saved.
    I may be no expert, and my facts are just a guess, but i am not stupid enough to believe the ‘air them lies’.

    August 5, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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