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.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (402 Responses)
  1. Educated

    Nice Obama ... Keep Mc Cain on the Defensive ... Attack Him on the Issues .. sooner or later he'll have to talk about them .... Mc Cain knows all this policies are the same as Bush ... So he is trying to distract the electorate and these Idiots are buying into it .. such fools ...

    John Mc Cain has nothing new to offer to the American People all he offers is more same .... the same failed Bush Policies .... am I lying my Mc Cain Supporters???

    August 5, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Lisa M

    I am just not sure that we should spend our time an money on the search for oil.

    The first issue I have is this does absolutely nothing to solve the issue of our dependency on oil.

    Oil is limited. There is only so much crude in the world...

    The second issue is that supposedly the refineries are runing at their highest production levels, if we don't build more(at a cost to the tax payer and in somebodies backyard) the price of gas won't go down.

    The third issue I have is that the price of oil has NOTHING to do with actual supply and demand. It has to do with speculators.

    I think we need to spend our time and money on something renewable or "unlimitted".

    If the oil companies want to drill for oil, I guess I don't have a problem with it, but they need to pay for it out of their own pockets and not mine.

    August 5, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Jack

    McCain has been in Washington for TWENTY SIX YEARS, HE IS PART OF OUR GOVERNMENT'S FAILURE!

    August 5, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Republican for Obama

    The thing Obama understands is that you can't get your way 100% of the time you have to compromise with people of differing views. He stated he is against Offshore Drilling but would consider a limited approach as part of a compromise. The same with the Bush energy bill, he voted for it as a compromise to get some of the item he advocated through. This gridlock in Washington is caused by politicians like McCain who refuse to compromise and so nothing happens.

    August 5, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  5. Old Stradlater

    That's actually funny. For all the talk of McCain's sense of humor, he hasn't told one funny joke yet. Must be his impeccible sense of timing, which is late, like most of his policies.

    August 5, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. prncssntsoprfct

    most of the citizens that want to drill off shore dont live anywhere near the drilling would take place. we as a country really need to look at different ways to deal with this energy crisis. not just drill drill drill we wont see the diffrence for up to ten years big deal

    August 5, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Kim, Charlotte

    You tell them Obama.

    McCain and Cindy are at a Bike Rally.................
    So dumb....................

    August 5, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Jody Monroe

    Americans, get a grip. Instead of blaming and attacking political parties. think about the legacy you are leaving for your children to inherit. And their children. And their children.

    Will you be proud of your legacy?

    August 5, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. Enlightened Voter

    Barry's plan is the same old socialist plan, steal from the 'rich' to give to the 'poor'. Why doesn't he just tap Cynthia McKinney for VP, she wants to socialize big oil too. AND what's this about tapping the strategic oil reserve???? Would he be trying to say supply and demand works by increasing the supply, lowering the demand, and lowering the price?? How could this be?? Anyway, that is such a small amount it wouldn't matter, at least drilling is a long-term plan. You have to start somewhere and we will have to pay for your dem party being beholden to extrme environmentalist policy for so many years.

    August 5, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. ArtNYC

    Interesting... I guess Obama's idea of selling oil from the reserve is a better one. Consider this, there's only about 3 and half days of supply in the reserve. Once he depletes that, what does Obama intend to do?

    I love these campaign rhetorics, they go very well with uninformed voters that worship Obama like he's the second coming.

    August 5, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Justin in CA

    McLame has no plan because he thinks the economy is fine and has been growing the last 8 years. We are all just a bunch of whiners remember.

    Take it to him Barack. Expose him for the phony he is. He would rather just say anything to win a campaign.

    August 5, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Caryl - Connecticut

    Come on Ob – give us all a break. We need to see some REAL news, some fresh faces in the NEWS. Some REAL PEOPLE for a CHANGE. Go ON VACATION...... for a long long time , permamently! I sure hope we don't have to see you in the news on your vacation.

    Thank goodness we have the OLYMPICS to look forward to for a few weeks.

    In the mean time, maybe something else worthy of NEWS will crop up so we can continue the "break."

    August 5, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. PELOSI SUCKS

    FACT: Barack Obama received hundreds of thousands of dollars from EXXON

    August 5, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. A Nightingale Sings in Berkeley Square

    Another smoke and mirrors trick. There is nothing he can do short of drilling to fix this problem. Besides, the country is driven by oil, no new oil means growth comes to a standstill. We can mandate more funds to alternative energy sources, but until then we NEED oil. His big GOVT fixes are a sham. Since when has the govt made anything better, cheaper, or easier???

    August 5, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. ran

    McCain does not have a true energeny plan or does the republicans. All they want is to give the Oil co. more land so they can have what oil there is left. Come on people open your eyes. If the land they have now did not have oil they would not keep leasing them. If they were to increase supply their profits would go down and they are not going to do that. We need to get off oil and the republicans are not going to let that happen. PLEASE FOR THE GOOD OF THIS COUNTRY VOTE ONLY DEMOCRATS

    August 5, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Shari, NY

    Yes, Sen. Obama – give them the same medicine they have been giving you! Let’s see if that will cure them and result in a promotion from kindergarten to Grade 1. I know you will save the best for last (especially with those debates) which must have the summer campers wobbling in trepidation. While you are using your head they are scratching theirs. God bless!

    August 5, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Troy, Iowa

    The Worst Judgement of our Generation was McCain, McBush AND McCheney going to war in Iraq. The effect was the instability of oil supplies which factored in Oil Futures and largely to blame for current prices we are seeing today!

    So much for a straight talk express when most of your actions to-date has been anything but.

    Yes to less dependency on Carbon Based Energy!
    Yes to Troop Withdrawal from Iraq and effective redeployment in Afghanistan!
    Yes to comprehensive Veterans Bill to care for wounded and traumatized veterans!
    Yes to America that is again respected in the World and Work Effectively to solve problems that we all face.

    Yes We Can! Yes We Must! Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Independent

    Obama and the Dems don't want to drill offshore, or in the Gulf of Mexico, or in ANWAR, nor do they approve of nuclear energy, supposedly in the name of the environment.

    You can't have it both ways, so obviously these liberal Dems either don't care about rising fuel prices, or they're holding out for the SOCIALIST-COMMUNIST approach: they want "the government" to provide "RELIEF" – a.k.a the "stimulus" of $1000 Obama bin laden proposed the other day!!!

    We borrowed $ from China to provide the economic "stimulus" we just got – where the HELL is this going to come from?

    Obama is merely a modern-day Robin Hood, taking from those who've succeeded and giving to those who don't – in other words, a thief (I.e. redistribution of wealth) = COMMUNIST!

    August 5, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  19. jimmy velman

    JOHN MCCAIN FOR EXGERIENCE AND GOOD JUDGEMENT.
    IF WE AMERICANS JUST REALIZE THAT MCCAIN IS NOT LIKE PREZ BUSH . MCCAIN WAS AN OPPONENT OF BUSH AND STILL IS. IF MCCAIN WAS EVER ON BUSH'S SIDE, HE WOUILD HAVE BEEN BUSH VP AND NOT CHENEY. WE NEED A MATURE MAN WITH GOOD JUDGEMENT IN THESE TROUBLED TIMES.
    MCCAIN IS VERY FIRM ON IRAQ AND IRAN. THE IRAQIS WILL HAVE THEIR OWN GOVERNMENT ALLIED TO AMERICA . THEY WILL NEED AMERICAN RECONSTRUCTION KNOW HOW TO REBUILD THEIR COUNTRY.. IRAN WILL BE STOPPED FROM NUKE WEAPONS CAPABILITY BY MCCAIN.

    August 5, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Chris from NY

    That's all that McCain knows how to do drill,drill, drill. He's not upfront with the American people by telling them that drilling will not yield a drop of oil for the next seven years. Though I support drilling where necessary tell me the whole truth and nothing but the truth. That will help me make an informed decision or at least know what I am getting.

    August 5, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Dan, TX

    His banner states NEW ENERGY for America. What is new?? Taxing and redistrubution is new energy? Give me a break. Let the free markets rule and stop being jealous of entrepreneurs.

    August 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. jimmy velman

    TYPO ERROR:EXPERIENCE MISSPELLED

    August 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Katja

    It's frightening that purportedly 70% of Americans favor more offshore drilling when I would hope any thinking person would realize that...

    ... IF there is no hole in the ground already ... the oil from a potential well won't flow to refineries for several years ... Obama says 7 ... but even if it were 3 or 5 years ... there is no additonal supply against demand. There will be ZERO impact on near term prices.

    Obama is willing to included drilling in his negotiation IF politicians support the stuff he REALLY believes in .... renewables. There is not "flip flop" there. It's called reaching a compromise ... something a Bush nor McCain administration can / would do.

    McCain ... you can DRILL TODAY ALREADY ... just use those off shore oil leases that Oil companies ALREADY have access to. Drill now, you brilliant man.

    August 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    McCain = Big Oil Meat Puppet.

    Obama = First chance at change in 8 years.

    You decide

    August 5, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Empty suit, empty promises

    Actually Barry H Obama, here's a newsflash, since Bush signed the executive order demanding that we start drilling on our OWN SOIL, the prices have gone down.

    Now you can send out your sycophants and they can say this and that, but the bottom line is, by making the Middle East folks think they are going to lose us as a customer, they have started to play ball.

    Now if you quit LYING about McCain and "redefining" your positions on a DAILY basis, you would realize that McCain want's what MANY of us want:

    Start drilling NOW

    Coal, windfarms and Nuclear energy – STOP saying no Democrats

    Start FINDING and FUNDING the alternatives to the above

    Democrats STOP JUST TALKING ABOUT IT and WORK TOGETHER

    That is the truth about McCain as he wants the COMPLETE package

    So do we, NO, NO, NO will not cut it anymore Barry.

    August 5, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17