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. alan j

    You can take your snotty-@ss attitude and your Great Enlightened Harvard Education and go be a professor somewhere in some academic ivory tower away from the rest us.

    --By the way I have B.A degrees in History and Economics, and two post graduate degrees in law and finance.

    Kiss-off, Obama.

    August 5, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Ryan , Indianapolis

    Poor Obama , the dude is truly clueless. If he doesnt understand economics and supply and demand concerning oil, then how do people think this guy is fit to make tough decisions as the President. I am not a huge McCain fan but you know where he stands and it usually is not in line with the socialist marxist view that Obama usually has. Anybody but Nobama....

    August 5, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Tom


    1. Major factor is 8 YEARS of REPUBLICAN Rule made the dollar so weak against other currencies, so the price of oil went up against a weakening dollar. You might now notice that if the dollar goes up by a dime, oil prices drops by 3 dollars a barrel.

    2. As George Bush took the charge he changed the long standing policy on oil trading on the wall street. Wallstreet were not allowed to speculate on oil unless they are planning to use oil. Bush reversed the position and allowed speculation on this. Billion dollar pension funds like California pension funds started buying oil on paper and thus creating a artificial demand for oil which is in no way related to the actual demand. The resulted increase in gas prices are the cause of increase in the food and milk prices which is affecting common people like us

    These 2 are the major factors in increasing the demand. It is NOT demand from INDIA and CHINA. That is bull**. So drilling more is not the answer to this crisis, that is what McCain and Republicans are trying to make it to. I think Obama is trying to address it and Republicans are trying to portrait him a fool for doing this.

    Please, CNN please publish this. This is fact. You can go back to the first years of Bush presidency and see that how they changed our strong dollar policy so that they could improve the ex[ports. It is the no vision policy of this administration that put us in this big mess.
    you need somebody outside from the oil party to get us Out.


    August 5, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Bendo

    Way to go Obama...attack and mock! good show!

    August 5, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. Middle America, Middle Income

    I loved the comments that Mr. Obama responded with, the McCain campaign should do better research before putting info out that is not true. CNN has been talking about this at least once a week on issue # 1 at mid day on how to save gas.

    I do wish though that the Dems would have stuck around a few more days in D.C. to sort this out. What a great sign for the public of making the effort to work together

    Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. Barack the Tele-promp-ter Messiah

    I'm Barack Obama and I approve taking your paycheck.

    August 5, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  7. Former g.o.p.


    August 5, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. Clinton/McCain

    Look who's talking about being ignorant. What a dope.

    August 5, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. Jane

    I just saw this on CNN. Obama is so arrogant and snide. This is not the kind of behavior I want my leader to exhibit. I plead with America to not elect this child.

    August 5, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Devin

    I'm sure Republicans relish their ignorance just like Democrats relish their arrogance.

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

    McCain's campain is becoming desperate, the only way they can win is to tear the other candidate down. This is the way that party has been operating for years. I hope Americans we realize that this year before we further subject this country to another four years of hell. MY fellow Americans, please wake-up.

    August 5, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. biffington, biff

    Oh that was GOOOOD!

    August 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  13. Charles

    Why doesn't Obama start handing out those cardboard wheel calculators that show how long the gasoline from McCain's offshore drilling will take to reach our gas tanks?

    Obama is so right,. These Repubs take pride in their ignorance. Keeping tires inflated does wonders for gas consumption. It is by far better of an idea than ANY that have come out of the White House!!!

    August 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. Don Allegretti

    Who really is Obama?
    Simple Math-
    Karl Marx + Neville Chamberlain + Jimmy Carter = Barack Obama

    The beginning of the end of the U.S.

    August 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Anita from Arizona

    Well said, Senator Obama. I wish McCain and his campaign would quit insulting me and my fellow voters with their spin on the facts. It's just downright insulting.

    August 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. Ryan in California

    I never saw the word Republican used.

    August 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  17. David in Illinois

    Or course Obama is absolutely correct. Keeping your tires properly inflated, if embraced by the country as a whole, would make a huge dent in consumption of gas and diesel in this country. Who hasn't heard that before? This is PAINLESS savings. Just stop at the gas station once in a while and use one of those cheesy Republican tire gauges. The same is true for keeping the car tuned, not idling for long periods, washing and waxing the vehicle to reduce air resistance. It's also true of adding weatherstripping to your house, changing the furnance filter, replacing old windows, turning the thermostat down a degree or two. Some of this is an investment, but it always pays for itself. Other actions are simple and cost hardly anything but a little time and effort.
    But McCain doesn't KNOW any of this. What can you make of this clown who can't even turn on a computer or send an e-mail? I'm not sure what he knows besides how to prolong a bloody, costly, unnecessary war. He thinks it's a great idea to continue Bush's policies, which is all the more proof that he doesn't know ANYTHING.

    August 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |

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

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

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

    Say this over and over again!

    It's just so true!!!

    OBAMA '08

    August 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. mk

    I am just wondering why McCain isn't asking the person IN CHARGE to call congress back into session. Isn't that THE SITTING PRESIDENT? It isn't Obama's job yet is it? Or maybe McCain thinks Obama has already won????

    August 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. Bitter Allen Hissein from Visalia

    Of course Republicans take pride in being ignorant. Being ignorant is what being a Republican is all about.

    August 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. wake up

    no greater political truth has been told...proof? Bush 2 terms

    August 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. Mike

    Preach on Obama.

    It's about time somebody calls it like it is.

    August 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. Denise Groves

    I agree. There comments on the blogs confirm this. I feel as if they are as education as Jethro Bodine! Their response to the tire remark by Obama confirms it. They have not a clue. No wonder the country is in such a state of turmoil

    August 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  24. Lesley

    Voters are checking all facts now that each candidate says, either about their own campaigns and records or that of the other candidate. So if you're going to spin, please remember that at least some people are checking the spin. And enough about the Paris Hilton ad. Stop referring to all of McCain's dumb ads - they have been trounced by the media, trounced by his more mature advisors of the past, and I think by voters who see them as silly, negative, and angry. Get on with positive messages about yourself Obama and lighten up on the McCain ads. He will do himself in without any help.

    August 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. wk

    Typical of McCain not to understand true fact and continuously bash Obama to try to make himself look better... I guess that's all he's got going for him at this point...

    August 5, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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