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. Adrian Veidt

    Yes. McSame is very dangerous. He's too eager for more war and too eager to focus entirely on our addiction to oil rather than finding real solutions. A vote for McCain is a vote for war and $8 gas.

    August 5, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. 2008 MINUTE MAN

    OBAMA IS 100% CORRECT ON THIS ISSUE. WE AMERICANS ARE AT THE DAWN OF A PARDIGM SHIFT WITH RESEPECTS TO ENERGY. OFF SHORE DRILLING KEEPS THE CARDS OF OUR COLLECTIVE FATES IN THE HANDS OF THE MEN THAT PUT US IN THIS SITUATION IN THE FIRST PLACE. OBAMA'S PROPOSAL IS A REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH FROM THE OIL COMPANIES TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. ANYONE THAT ADVOCATES FOR THESE OIL COMPANIES, WHO ALREADY HAS MILLIONS OF UNDRILLED CLAIMS, IS COMPLETELY OUT OF TOUCH. THAT GOES FOR CANDIDATES AND VOTERS
    OBAMA 08

    August 5, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. wilfred

    Obama is an idiot , he will say , do anything to be president , must of taken lessons from clinton

    August 5, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. REG in AZ

    Whether they open up off-shore drilling or not seems of little importance to other than environmentalists and the oil companies. The facts indicate that it won’t make any difference until some time in the distant future and then probably only minimal, besides they haven't used all of their current off-shore sites. The point being that it won’t do anything for the immediate problem or even for the near future. So why is McCain trying so very hard to sell it, to rationalize it as being of value in the current crisis? Personally I respect Obama’s position that he is willing to negotiate, compromise and accept it in a more meaningful package that includes immediate benefit and a comprehensive plan towards achieving real progress. I wonder what McCain’s oil company bosses would say to including a wind fall tax, possibly releasing some oil from the reserve and more mandatory investment in alternative energy sources. Lying to the people while placating Special Interests is what we have had for eight years and that has gotten us where we are today, with only the wealthy gaining and everyone else and the country loosing ground. I think we need to put our biases, prejudices, emotional attachments and even our party loyalty aside to see and demand progress towards solving the very real problems we have. More of the same just isn’t going to cut it and if we can’t be objective enough to see that, then we will just be worse off four years from now.

    August 5, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  5. Wisest one of All

    Hussein Nobama supporter = dumbest citizens in the US.

    Nobama is an empty suit with no answers just feel good chants.

    I don't know who are the bigger traitors Nobama or hi idiot supporters?

    August 5, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Tjaye in LA

    I thought it was funny! And so did the audience there.

    Look...McCain's plan is to drill offshore so we can save about 2cents a gallon when we strike in about 7 years from now. You McCain supporters actually think we are silly enough to believe that saving us 2cents in the next 7 years is a plan?? Really? And for those who don't know...properly inflated tires IS one part of the solution and one day we WILL run out of oil. Then what will you do?

    Maybe you can't relate to Sen. Obama because is speaking simple common sense and not doing one liners and running to be the "Last Comic Standing".

    August 5, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Alex

    I see some comments regarding Obama's joke, and then some taking it too seriously.

    Thats the sad thing about most people in this country, Democrat or Republican. When one says its innapropriate to joke about what someone else said clearly has no idea on the political subject at hand.

    I don't completely trust John McCain, because the Bush administration went into the war in Iraq for phony reasons, definetely personal. It is highly probable that a letter was forged by the CIA to make it look like Saddam Hussein had ties to Al Queda, thus getting us into a war that gets oil companies their petroleum faster. Not to mention, DICK CHENEY IS THE FORMER CEO OF HALIBURTON ENERGY(AN OIL COMPANY) PUSHING WAR INTO AN OIL RICH NATION.

    There is no purpose to staying in Iraq because this country is only stopping the violence in someone's country, not protecting our borders. Thats not a success for the U.S.

    Bin Laden did trillions of dollars in damage when he took down the two towers, because the Bush Administration was in office when it happened. Now he can laugh at our horrible economy and know that he was a huge part of it. Thats what Republicans don't know they're voting for.

    August 5, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. B J

    I dont see how it will be Constitutional to enforce windfall profits against the oil companies. You would have to do it for all industries and there are many more that make a higher percentage of profit than the oil companies.

    August 5, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. VOICE OF REASON

    ALL THE MEDIA AND ALL THE MEDIA HYPE OVER OBAMA CANNOT GIVE HIM EXPERIENCE. IT CANNOT GIVE HIM JUDGEMENT UNDER FIRE, WISDOM IN CRISIS, OR SYMPATHY FOR THE LESS FORTUNATE. I REALLY WISH SUCH A MAN AS OBAMA STARTED OUT HYPED TO BE WERE ON THE SCENE AT THIS TIME IN OUR HISTORY. HE REALLY RODE UP ON THE SCENE LIKE THE LONE RANGER OR ZORRO TO SAVE THE DAY. NOW HIS CHANGE IS INDEED HIS CHANGE. REV WRIGHT AND AYERS AND WHATS HIS NAME RAPPERS ASIDE THIS MAN SCARES REGULAR WORKING FOLK. YOU CANT COUNT ON HIM TO STAND STILL. LIKE A KID IN THE BARBER CHAIR HE DOESNT SEEM TO SEE THE DAMAGE HES DOING BY SQUIRMING. HE SHOULD STAND BY HIS FOLKS COME HELL OR HIGH WATER. INTEGRITY TAKES ONE IN THE EYE NOT THRU THE EYELID. IF THEY WERE WRONG SAY SO FROM THE BEGINNING AND MOVE ON, BE AMAN ABOUT IT DONT FLIP FLOP. GEES MAN IT AT LEAST LOOKS SUSPICIUOS. ITS NOT A CHOICE TO VOTE FOR MCBUSH ANYMORE AS IT IS BECOMING TO VOTE AGAINST MCBAMA. THAT WHISTLING SOUND IS AIR RUSHING INTO OUR COUNTRY"S LEADERSHIP VACCUM NOT ANDY GRIFFITH WHISTLING. MY ISNT SOCIAL PROGRESS REFRESHING.

    August 5, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. kevin - Jacksonville FL

    It seems like Obama put the babbling idiot in his place. Drill, drill, drill thats the solution.

    August 5, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Jim in Orange Country

    I do not think that the McCain folks could have wished for a better response from Obama than the "where was he standing .... looks like in a building .." response. The Pain at the Pump is all a big joke, huh Barack ?

    August 5, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Bill

    Of all the candidates I've seen over the years, and all the supporters of those candidates, the most pathetically brainwashed and needlessly arrogant are Obama supporters. Some of you continue to villify McCain but can't even BEGIN to see Obama as others see him...a golden-tongued politician who will do anything and say anything to get elected. He flip flops just as much as McCain does, but you brainwashed types don't see that do you? As with any ruler who is more style than substance, they tend to appeal to the weak-minded and shallow thinkers who then become zealots, almost cultlike in their belief that they and they alone have the answers.

    Get over it, people. Obama ain't that great, and if there was EVER a stupid idea it's releasing oil from the strategic reserve. I think it was put best by a recent columnist..."the only crisis that's happened to make Obama change his mind on oil is a drop in his poll numbers".

    August 5, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Edward

    Wasn't it a few years back that Dems were saying there's no point to drilling in ANWR since we wouldn't see instant results? (hmmm maybe if we had we wouldn't be feeling this crunch now). The argument today – we won't see instant results from offshore drilling so there's no point. What a great strategy Obama – if the impact isn't instantaneous, let's not worry about long range planning. C'mon, just admit that the only reason you don't want to drill in either place is for environmental reasons. Why spin everything Obama?

    August 5, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. Harley Rider

    Question.......If Obama becomes President....Will the Secret Service have to wear Bow Ties?

    August 5, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Ken

    The Democrates close session early and we all know why!!!!!! We know what party Obama is do we all think change is going to come through him grow up we need a change and its not going to come from either party.

    August 5, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. Rose

    John McCain is a liar. Why don't you people look up their voting records, you certainly are not going to get the truth from the media unless of course they are talking about Obama. People do not vote without checking records and evidence this time. That is why we got stuck with the first 1st grader and John McCain is pre-school.

    August 5, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. Mike Dallas

    Drill here! Drill Now! Perhaps now we know why McCrypt supports insurance companies paying for Viagra, but not birth control??.

    August 5, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. Dave in Illinois

    Flip, flop.
    Flip, flop.
    Flip, flop.
    Flip, flop.

    August 5, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Ross in MD

    That's right Obama – treat McCain like the joke he is.

    August 5, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. ggamma

    it doesn't matter how mcsame put it, it simply the same as eveyone understanded!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!jerk

    August 5, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Gail

    If McCain should someone be elected, the entire world would ROAR in collective laughter and disgust. Our reputation in the world would finally be completely destroyed. We would definitively show the world the People of the USA are not capable of electing anyone other than old white men who rob us in our sleep and smile in our face.
    The world is ready for change – Obama is the ONLY POTUS who will bring about that change.
    Don't vote for the "Same". Vote for Change – "Obama 'till 2016

    August 5, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  22. Lou R

    The Obama tire air gauges McCain is distributing should be highly sought after by the NASCAR fans and others interested in improving vehicle efficiency. Those in the know highly support proper tire inflation as a way of increasing gas mileage by 3 – 4%. An impressive saving considering the simplicity of realizing the savings. McCain can only categorize it as a joke-the joke is on McCain.

    August 5, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. aaa

    obama is the man. mccain doesnt have any energy plan for this country obama is right

    August 5, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. Donna from Colorado Springs

    It is funny to me that a drill bit has not penetrated the earth anywhere recently and a geyser of oil has sprouted up. And gas prices and the price of a barrel of oil continues to plummet! Explain that McStupid! He knows that the speculators have been the main reason for the explosion of oil prices, yet when he gets an idea in his head about something, he's like a dog with a bone! Obama has a right to "tease" McStupid. Drilling is not the end all answer to the energy problems we have.

    August 5, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. KG

    Didn't Obama just yesterday say he could be for drilling? Now, Obama's blasting someone else for being for what Obama just said he could be for himself. Obama has turned around on so many issues he's running into himself.

    I believe a new word to be added to Obama's dictionary is "forgainst".

    Obama, how do you feel about drilling? I'm forgainst it.
    Obama, how do you feel about the surge? I'm forgainst it.
    Obama, how do you feel about border control? I'm forgainst it.
    Obama, how do you feel about NAFTA? I'm forgainst it.

    Well...you get the picture......

    August 5, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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