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's got no experience

    Obama definitely is the king of stating the obvious...but many of his voters are so ignorant they fall for it.

    August 5, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Megan

    Thankyou President Obama. Please highlight the idiocy plaguing McCain's campaign. Instead of throwing poo all the time he should try and explain what it is exactly he plans to do. Such a negative little goblin he is.

    August 5, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  3. Tuoyo

    Totally agree, ignorant and childish, immature all of the above

    August 5, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. Kate

    all I can say is wow! The republicans have stooped lower again...

    August 5, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Mark

    In the last 8 years the only effective thing the Republicans have done to lower energy prices is hand out those tire pressure gages and they did it unintentionally out of ignorance.

    August 5, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  6. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA



    August 5, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. Jacie - San Leandro, Ca

    Senator Obama delivered a fully charged speech today it was a great come back for him. He spoke the truth and was not stumped by heckers who always managed to disrupt his speeche(s).

    I think the best way to get back at McCain is by calling him out on his lies, and underminding tatics. Oh how quickly we forget that people are tired of this type of politics of the past it seems McCain has forget his pledge that he was going to run a honoruble campaign oops I forgot he has already borrowed page(s) from Bush & Clinton's play book these days it looks like he's taken the whole book(s).

    American is ready for a real change.
    We've had enough of Bush/McCain and their fear mongoring ways!

    Obama for President 08

    August 5, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. j Baughman Los Angeles, CA

    John McCain is truly a moron. He is pushing drilling in a place that wouldn't see oil production for at least 10 years, and even then it would be sold on the open market and wouldn't help the American people, yet he mocks simple things that will reduce our consumption of energy. Wake up America, this old man is a phony and doesn't have the skills or the knowledge to run this country. It's evident in his lies and flip flopping week after week.

    August 5, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  9. StacyGA

    Thank You Obama for saying that. BTW- I always knew that some people in this country are stupid, ignorant , racist pigs. That said, unfortunately, there are far more than I thought. Nothing like the first Black man running for POTUS to bring all the hater, freaks, and sheets!

    August 5, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  10. Arack Bobama

    Solving the energy crisis by checking the pressure of your tires is like saving for your retirement by making soap balls from used up soap bars. Sure, I guess in theory it could help some, but the benefits are less than miniscule.

    It is Obama's self-obsessed view of the world which is "ignorant", and not McCain's spot-on comments.

    August 5, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Kiss my ebony A*S

    White folks don't like uppity black folks.

    Obama da man.

    He will show you justice and righteousness.

    August 5, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. Liberal?

    Wow....I thought Obama was a different kind of politician. Sounds the same.

    However, he does not have facts on his side. He demonstrates an amazing lack of basic economics understanding. Supply and demand actually work. When you punish the successful people, you get less success. When you tax something you get less of it.

    August 5, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Joseph, Los Angeles California

    I was very upset this morning when one of the major news organizations said Obama's idea of proper tire inflation was "false." Yes, they said false. I thought this was a blatent lie to the American people who generally get their news from the big "3." On top of that, they encouraged Americans to go out and buy SUV's because buying a smaller more effiecient model will not save you money in the long run; yes, they said that to. Not only is Foxie news misinforming the public, that particular news morning show did it as well. I was appauled.

    I have an idea of what the auto industry can do with SUV's... Do what they did to the electric car, serves them right.

    I also think Obama should choose Hillary Clinton as his Vice President. I will vote for the Democrat, but I think the two of him together would be awesome!

    August 5, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. Atlas


    August 5, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. Scott L

    Dear America, please all you single moms and all you teenage kids out there...and people working two or three jobs! Please please please check your tire pressure! That is the solution to all of our problems! If every American will check their tire pressure then we are all set!

    Hey Obama, problem is...NOBODY DOES THAT!!!!

    August 5, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Big D

    Well ... John McCain said that he was proud of the ads that they were making and the campaign that they were running. And part of that campaign is that flippant ridicule (and lying) about Obama's energy plan. So Obama is right that McCain would apparantly rather make gloating fun of a good idea, rather than promote his own ideas. What is McCain's energy proposal? "Drill now" isn't much of a complete plan is it?

    August 5, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. mike s.

    The audacity of arrogance never ceases to amaze. This guy has the thinnest resume of any presidential candidate in history, yet he unabashedly and incessantly wags his finger and lectures everyone about things that he hasn't even begun to think about it.

    What a farce on the American people.


    August 5, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. Yes we can and we will


    We will take this country.

    August 5, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. gate

    I love that the McCain campaign response was to change the subject to Congress being out of session, never mind that McCain has missed more votes this term than any other Senator. Just keep piling on the ignorance GOP.

    August 5, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. James


    August 5, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  21. Michael, Oregon

    Every time McCain responds its clear that he doesn't listen to what was said or can't hear

    August 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  22. Nobama

    During these trying times we need leadership and someone with vision, not someone who decided after 143 days as a senator that they wanted to be President – that's why McCain is our man.
    He has the most comprehensive energy plan for the short and long term. He will keep taxes low and keep the economy growing.

    August 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. Former Repub

    Go get OBAMA!
    Giv'em hell!!!
    Ignorant is only true if you don't fight it

    OBAMA 08

    August 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  24. Ken Pearce

    I once admired John McCain, probably about 8 or 10 years ago when he was running for President. He seemed to be a man of integrity and would speak the truth when asked a question. Seems to me that he made a "deal with the devil" a while back and was told that if he patiently waited his turn, he'd get a shot at the Whitehouse. The problem is, once he made that deal, he was no longer the man I wanted to vote for.

    Obama is a breath of fresh air, not to mention someone who speaks the truth and he does it with intelligence.

    Obama 08!

    August 5, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  25. jd

    Ouch! Pay back for Paris Hilton. I love it! OBAMA /08

    August 5, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
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