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. Edith Arkansas

    Aquestion was asked of Presidential Candidate Barack Obama about age. Obama end reply I don't care about folks age as much I do what they will do for you if they are not doing for you Ibelieve in terms elections throw the bombs out I agree. Adding to that McCain is acting like an elementary mischievious kid making adds on Brittney Spears and Paris Hilton also mocking and blampheming God and calls it humorous and funny I agree they are very ignorant Mitt Romney was on CNN today up holding the McCain's ignorance, he also danced all around the question on should Cheney be asked to speak at the convention. Also dumb McCain calls for Obama to call the congress back in session. Why don't McCain call for President Bush to call them back he's the Commander N Chief, Obama is not the President anyways if Obama had callled them back he would have been accused of acting as though he's President. Repubs are very trickery dead beats. I hope the people don't allow them to get away with the ignorant childish tire gauge scam!!!!! and all the other.

    August 5, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Not sleeping at the switch

    Obama says " These Guys" CNN says REPUBLICANS.

    NOW who is trying to be devisive??

    CNN that is why I do not watch your channel anymore ( used to have it on 24/7) and have cut my visits to your blog to once or twice a day MAX!

    August 5, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. j brown

    as a dem. for many decades i think sen. obama made a huge mistake
    for even saying anything like tuneups and tires, now that most people
    drive autos that require little or no tuneups and awear of tire pressure

    August 5, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. Rufus from NC

    Go Barack! Send this tired old shill for Big Oil back to the Arizona desert where he can experience global warming first hand.

    August 5, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. deroy

    who made the comment? the man with no scientific or math or economic education. the arrogant barack obama.
    he is the candidate of the ignorant and uneduacted daley chicago machine.

    August 5, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. Go Obama!

    It is true, everyone needs to do the little things, like make sure your tires are properly inflated, and as McCain said turn your lights out 5 min. early...if we bike/walk when we can we can make a difference.

    I am sick that McCain would mock Obama for encouraging people to pay attention to the details. How irresponsible of him. I guess it is still anything to get a vote for him. Boo.

    Go OBAMA!

    August 5, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. deb

    i guess oil is the only thing that could get mccain to come to work. he's made $51, 000 so far this year in senate pay, ya know, paid by you and me, and hasn't worked since april. why would he want to give up that cush gig?

    August 5, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. Jenny from IN


    VERY well said.

    I don't understand how people in this nation can be so manipulated by the lies Republicans are pushing out every day. Obama has a comprehensive energy plan and would help the environment, boost America's economy significantly, and make us energy independent and McCain knows it. So why is he lying about about Obama's energy policy? Obama is right, if you want to try and get a little immediate relief, inflate your tires, take your car in for a tune-up. That's always been advice given to American consumers to save on gas prices. So why is it so absurd when Obama says it?

    Because the Republicans are trying to manipulate the American people.

    And what is McCain talking about reconvening Congress? That would be great - if the Senate actually was capable of doing anything. But the Republicans are way too deep in the pocket of big oil to get anything done.

    So, look. I know there're a lot of people who don't like Obama because of what they hear in the media. But, I urge you, get educated on your own. Read Obama's plans from Obama's website. Read McCain's plans from McCain's website. Turn off the AM Radio idiots (I don't think people understand how often they are lied to by people like Limbaugh and Hannity and Coulter.) I have a degree in political science, and I have a pretty good understanding of the issues these people try to talk about, and I'm appalled at how easily they can get away with blatant lying.

    So, please, do your research, let's have a real election based on FACT, not rumor.

    OBAMA '08

    August 5, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Bobbie, New Hampshire

    Yes, Obama has truth on his side--but it's a different truth every day depending upon which way the wind is blowing.

    August 5, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Ashley

    Also, Inflating my tires is utterly RIDICULOUS! lol, My tires have the right pressure and my fuel consumption still sucks. When was the last time Barack filled up his tank?? He is the bigger idiot.

    August 5, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. Pat Riot

    Obama, your energy plan is one big tax and spend proposal filled with mandates and laws on consumers and producers. All McCain is suggesting is that maybe just maybe the federal government should give states the right to manage their own off shore resources and loosen restrictions on nuclear plants and oil refineries. It sounds like your plan is more about absolute compliance from the American people and McCain's is more about free market solutions and consumer preferance. When T. Boone Pickens addressed the nation about building the worlds largest wind farm in the Cenrtal U.S. he went to talk with Lierberman, not you. You have no answers and all you have to offer is what you take from someone else. I don't like you and I don't like how you have duped many of my short-sighted countrymen into believing that socialism is the answer our problems because after all this country was founded on one freedom, "the freedom from government".

    August 5, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  12. Yupik1

    C'mon! CNN....Quit playing off of partisan politics trying to divide the country....Obama didn't say "Republicans"...He said "these guys," and I know who he means when he said that. Post this please!

    August 5, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. mary ann flaker

    Obama? Are you just now realizing that the Republicans are ignorant? They can't compete on issues so the denegrade and have no substance.

    August 5, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. adam

    Presidents have the ability to call back Congress for emergency sessions. Obama is not the President, Bush is, if the Republicans really wanted to have an emergency session they need to go talk to Bush.

    August 5, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  15. KenM

    So let me get this right....if Obama's group had pulled this would be cool....but since they haven't injected humor 'nto thier campaign it's not...don't worry Obama the lemmings are following you

    August 5, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. Oh boy...

    Please stop whining...

    August 5, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. mike

    I know – your comment is awaiting moderation.

    August 5, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  18. chiwillie

    Tragically bereft of ideas for improving our country, wedded to malevolent special interests and completely bankrupt in morals and ethics, the McCain campaign and republican party resort to the only thing they can do well: sling the slime. Their collective childishness and rampant hypocrisy would be downright comical if not for the tens of millions of people stupid enough to reward it with their votes. This current version of the GOP is ineluctably headed to history's outhouse.

    Adults for Obama

    August 5, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  19. wam

    thank you victorhill. It is truly a shame that even educated people believe fiction as fact and think that if they vote for McCain, they will be voting for something new????? I graduated from high school in 1969 and McCain is nothing more than a picture of our past. PLEASE!!!! Let's fix what is broken. Be Smart! Vote Obama!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. Skyview

    McCain is all subjective. This is because he has little or no ability to handle facts or details.....He speaks only in generalities and then relies on his campaign to fill in the blanks....But the citizens want to hear how McCain would respond to issues, not how his surrogates would respond...McCain is almost childish in his vision for the country; maybe that's because his answers are calculated only to get his party elected, not to lead the country to solutions to our challenges.

    August 5, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. Winkzilla, Tucson

    After near 8 years of neo-conservatism we have had our American way of life so debased by Rovian politics. We are a people that believe in truth and honesty. Nevertheless, Rovain politics is a buzzword for lies and deception. Somehow, it has become OK to engage in this immoral behavior. The Republicans have shown such an elitist character. Their self-proclaimed superiority seems to self-justify their means, even by immoral lies and deceptions.

    Capitalism is an important and useful tool created by humankind. It has contributed to this country. Nevertheless, capitalism is not the end of all things as Republicans view themselves. Capitalism, Republicans and all of us have obligations to this nation in terms of both national security and public good. Even the conservative's father of finances, Adam Smith, recognizes this in his third duty. Lies and deceptions over free exchange of ideas can only lead us to tyranny.

    As a general statement, anything taken to extreme comes at the expense of reality. This is true for extreme equality and extreme inequality type systems. Individualism is an important component to the success of any country. Extreme individualism is simplistic thinking and works against our national security and public good. There is a balance. The ideas of altruism and equality presented by conservatives such as Fredrick Hayek or Milton Friedman apply such ideas universally when they are limited to specific situations. Of course, it is silly to be altruistic in every situation.

    In the extreme individualism of Rove-like politics, we lose site of our moral obligations. Any individual can view themselves as god-like and act without accountability.

    August 5, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. Joe

    Obama's recommendation for tire pressure is a perfect example of personal living changes that can alter our use of energy, and eventually curtail our dependency. It IS ignorance not to get this, and even worse to poke fun at it without full knowledge of its implications.

    August 5, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. Jonathan

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

    August 5, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. Liliana, FL

    Ignorance is taking credit for something AAA has said for years... this is not an enegergy plan, it's common sense!

    NoBama 08

    August 5, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  25. Tom

    Dem08 – What a great comment? I don't give these Democrats this year to do the right thing.

    August 5, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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