August 5th, 2008
05:13 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama teases McCain on drilling

Obama teased McCain on drilling Tuesday.
Obama teased McCain on drilling Tuesday.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (CNN) –- Barack Obama continued to slam John McCain’s energy policy Tuesday, attacking his opponent’s focus on oil drilling and mocking his Monday comments that “we need to drill here, and we need to drill now.”

Watch: Obama teases McCain

“Instead of offering a real plan to lower gas prices, the only energy plan that he's really promoting is more drilling,” Obama told supporters at a town hall meeting in Ohio, on the second day of a week of energy-themed events. “That's what he talked about yesterday. I want to drill here. I want to drill now. I don't know where he was standing. I think he was in a building somewhere.”

CNN Election Center: Where do the candidates stand on energy policy?

“This plan will not lower prices today, it won't lower prices during the next administration,” Obama continued. “The truth is we wouldn't see a drop of oil from John McCain's plan for at least seven years.”

Though Obama supported last week’s proposed “Gang of Ten” bi-partisan energy plan that includes an element of off-shore drilling, the Illinois senator has continued to rail against it and McCain and his campaign have been sure to remind voters. A recent CNN/Opinon research poll showed 69 percent of Americans support off-shore drilling.

Listen: The McCain campaign slams Obama's energy policy on a Tuesday conference call

The McCain campaign quickly fired back. “While Americans are hurting, Barack Obama is opposed to off-shore drilling, and is also opposed to admitting that he voted for the same corporate giveaways for Big Oil that he’s campaigning against today,” wrote McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. “It underscores that Barack Obama isn’t being straightforward with voters and has the bad judgment Americans can’t afford right now.”

Obama outlined the energy proposals he put forward in a major speech Monday, including the ambitious goal of eliminating imports of oil from the Middle East and Venezuela within ten years.

“I know that there's going to be all kinds of discussion,” said Obama. “John McCain wants to talk about Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. That's his idea of a really relevant campaign. But I don't have time to deal with that mess.”

“We can watch helplessly as the price of gas rises and falls because of some foreign crisis we've got no control over," he added, "and uncover every single barrel of oil buried beneath John McCain's feet only to realize we don't have enough for a few years much less for a century.”


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soundoff (402 Responses)
  1. BROOKLYN

    It's kind of NOT a joke Barack.

    August 5, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Tim

    Get him Senator Obama. Also I'm so glad John McLoser is handing out tire gages as it highlights that fact that properly inflated tires and tune up will save more gas that we would get from the drill now laugher from McSenile!!!

    August 5, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Barb

    McCain makes you think he knows what he's talking about, but he knows nothing.

    Obama is right and right for this country.

    Obama 08 and 12

    August 5, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Obama Supporter from FL

    “We can watch helplessly as the price of gas rises and falls because of some foreign crisis we've got no control over," he added, "and uncover every single barrel of oil buried beneath John McCain's feet only to realize we don't have enough for a few years much less for a century.”

    Exactly. Hence, we need to start really working on alternative fuels. Ruining the coast of CA and FL for a year's worth of oil (MAYBE) is not the solution.

    August 5, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Ryan

    Bad Judgement = Obama!!

    August 5, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. Ronnie, New Mexico

    CNN-it's 1:36PM CST and 5 of the first 6 articles on The Ticker are either pro Obama or anti McCain.

    You remain a bunch of political hacks for Obama with no credibility as an independent news source. Why would anyone believe you when you are so obviously biased?

    August 5, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Proud Army and Navy Mom

    From factcheck.org linked from the CNN site: "...oil companies themselves don't make donations. It's illegal under federal law for corporations to donate directly to candidates and has been since 1918. The ad refers to donations from executives and employees of oil companies, given either directly or through company-sponsored political action committees, or PACs.

    Both candidates accept donations from individual employees of oil companies. In fact, when Obama claimed in an ad last March that "I don't take money from oil companies," we criticized him for being a little too slick. The CRP puts Obama's total from oil and gas donors at $394,465. "

    He is LYING as usal. LYING I say and YOU believe him, hahahaha!

    August 5, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. BD

    Oh he's so hilarious. Not. Joke will be on you on November 4th.

    August 5, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Gary Chandler in Canada

    McCain keep saying America can do ANYTHING; like landing on the moon. They never drove model T's to the moon!
    The point is, if you can do ANYTHING, why not solve the energy needs without using dangerous and nonrenewable sources, like nuclear and offshore oil?

    August 5, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Ted - NYC

    Poor McCain. He wants to drill here, he wants to drill now! Leadership is taking a position that will get things done. That position is supporting the bipartisan proposal. Does he support it or not?

    August 5, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. EBC, MD

    OLD Man McCain is starting to sound like a broken record.

    He started out WAR, WAR, WAR......

    Then it was SURGE, SURGE, SURGE...

    then it became..... DRILL, DRILL, DRILL.....

    Pleeezz, he hasn't come up with one brainer of an idea except to waste much of his energy talking about Sen. Obama rather than the issues facing this country. BORING..... BORING.... BORING...

    August 5, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Non-Believer

    “While Americans are hurting, Barack Obama is opposed to off-shore drilling, and is also opposed to admitting that he voted for the same corporate giveaways for Big Oil that he’s campaigning against today,” wrote McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. “It underscores that Barack Obama isn’t being straightforward with voters and has the bad judgment Americans can’t afford right now.”

    He's quick to criticize others on how they voted...typical for Obama.

    August 5, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Susan

    Keep hammering away at this nut case, Sen. Obama. McCain and the rethuglicans offer us nothing but four more years of misery!

    August 5, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Sherry, Atlanta

    Drilling will not solve the 'Energy Problem'. McCain has 'No Vision' for the 21st Century (we can't blame him for that-age is a factor).

    * SOLAR
    * WIND
    * NATURAL GAS
    * OBAMA '08

    August 5, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    SENATOR OBAMA, YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT

    DRILL, DRILL, DRILL & BOMB, BOMB, BOMB IS ALL THE

    OLD CREEP CAN REMEMBER. DON'T BE SO HARD ON HIM.

    HOW CAN HE COME UP WITH AN ENERGY PLAN, WHEN THE

    MAN CAN'T FIND HIS WAY OUT OF A SMALL ROOM.

    BESIDES HE DOESN'T NEED ONE. HE IS USING CHANEY'S.

    August 5, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Ike (Atlanta, GA)

    The Replublican really think we are stupid. They are fighting so hard for offshore drillin in which we will not see a drop of oil for 10-20 years. What is McCain energy plan? I have heard nothing but drill now drill now as his plan.

    August 5, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. v.a.

    mccain doesn't know left from right. don't even pay attention to that fool, obama.

    August 5, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Joe Kiloz

    Mr. Obama, you're making a lot of us dizzy. You're against it after you were for it or vice versa? Please send tire inflation gauge to Congress.

    August 5, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Tim

    Why is it when McCain says something about Obama the headlines read McCain slams Obama, but when it's reversed, your headlines read Obama teases McCain????

    August 5, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Caryn

    Oil drilling will not help us for a long time – if it even does! Does McCain really think the American people are that stupid? There are already leased drill sites that are either capped or not being used. However, if the oil companies do release the capped oil or drill for more, it's not going into the Americans' gas tanks. It's going on the WORLD market for China, India and everyone else to gobble up. The oil companies are not going to do the American people any favors; they are going to take our money and run!

    August 5, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Janey/Michigan

    Obama's jokes fall flat. He should stick to whining and racist comments.Or go and inflate his caravan's tires. Or make sure he takes no extra baggage on his Obamaplane! I guess that is why Michelle stays home.

    August 5, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. therealist

    Obama is mocking Americans struggling to fill their gas tanks.

    August 5, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Honestlady

    The McCain camp says "“While Americans are hurting, Barack Obama is opposed to off-shore drilling, "

    Yes, Americans are hurting but we are hurting NOW. We need a solution that is going to help things NOW...not just in 7 years!!! It's going to take years before Off-shore drilling has any affect.

    August 5, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Former republican white man from california for Obama

    This is a losing issue for Republicans and I can not for the life of me figure out how they can still stand up and say this will help. The oil companies, Texas oil billionaire T Boone Pickens, and energy expert across the country agree we would not possibly see anything form this for at least 10 years and then it would only be marginal. This is what is wrong with the radical right wing! they do not listen to any evidence or reason from experts in the field. They just move forward with whatever half cocked idea they come up with and pay no attention to the cost of there failures in fat most of the time they will not even admit to failure! Come on republicans lets take back our party from these right wing radical thugs. For now our best bet is Sen Obama at least the country will still be standing in 8 years. I don't agree with much of the democratic platform but I love my country to much to see it wiped out by the likes of these radicals and extremist that have become the so called republican party.

    August 5, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. Peggy - TX

    McCain does not have a plan, he just mouths what ever his current puppet master says will help him raise his polls numbers. Obama inspires my confidence, because it is clear that his polices are based on his own research and solid principles.

    August 5, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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