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. NEVEROBAMA

    Obama accepted donations too. Why doesn't he mention that! What a loser – I can't wait until November. Obama is the candiate of fraud – All he is saying is what people want to hear. Wake up Obama Zombies!

    He is going down

    August 5, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. jFA

    Anybody questioning Barack Obama's decision to agree the standard three Commission for U.S. Presidential Debates needs to look no further, and wag their collective nagging fingers back at the ridiculous attitudes and gameplaying here.

    With a citizentry that would rightly disenfrancize itself with sociopathic beliefs and behaviors, why martyr ownself? Why pour your temple in with the slop of mud hole jumping lunatics?

    A responsive and caring person would work for and sacrifice with those who have and will reciprocate in kind. For the circle of life. And for the continuing advancement and evolutions that carry swimmers forth. Cleareyed-straightback individuals, would we expect any less than to do all one can for the most?

    August 5, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  3. bill for barack

    Maybe I'll tell my creditors to wait 7 years for payment for today's bills because I'm drilling for oil and that's all the longer it'll be before we see the results.
    That should satisfy them.
    Today's problems demand today's solutions.

    August 5, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Sane John

    Obama is against offshore drilling. He is voting for a package that has some limited offshore drilling in it because of the numerous alternative energy elements in the bill. You can't always get everything you want. I realize this is a level of mental sophistication that the average American and average web surfer is incapable of, but please try to understand.

    August 5, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. A NATION OF WHINERS for OBAMA

    IF MCMORON GOT NOTHING DONE FOR ALMOST

    30 YEARS, OTHER THAN SUCK OUR TAX DOLLARS,

    FOR HIS ENTIRE MISERABLE LIFE, HOW IS GOING

    TO COME UP WITH ANY PLAN. THIS SLEAZO & HIS

    CRONIES HAVE NEVER HELD JOBS. MCMORON

    TALKS ABOUT THE "WELFARE STATE". HE HAS BEEN

    ON OUR WELFARE FOR HIS ENTIRE LIFE. AND AS HE

    HIMSELF, HAS SO ELOQUENTLY STATED,

    "I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE ECONOMY".WE BELIEVE HIM.

    August 5, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. David

    Solving energy problem will take many solutions. How long till non gas vehicles are truly affordable for everyone. The one thing that scares me about Obama is a Democrat controlled House, Senate, and White House. It scared me with Bush and look at the mess we are in. The mess will get worse if we do the same thing with Democrats. Look at history. Bush for 6 years, Clinton's first 2 years, Carter, etc. The worst Presidential years have come with congress and the White house controlled by the same party. Lets not let it happen again.

    August 5, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. Puck

    First of all, Tucker Bounds needs to shut up. The guy
    is a complete moron who apparently has the title of
    "The Guy From the McCain Campaign That Has A
    Comment For Everything Every Day That Doesn't
    Add Anything New to the Conversation and Doesn't
    Clarify His Own Candidate's Stance on Anything
    but Just Attacks the Opposition With Mindnumbing
    Stupidity." Way to go, Tucker Bounds. You're a tool.

    When are McCain's "supporters" going to come out of
    the haze they're living in and realize that the man does
    NOT have any concrete ideas?

    McCain says, "Drill here. Drill now." And a couple thousand
    people respond with, "Yeah! McCain! Woo! Let's drill!" But,
    they have no idea what they're even supporting. They just
    think that drilling anywhere, everywhere, right now is the
    best answer.

    What happened to McCain's gas tax holiday? He talked
    that up an awful lot before, but now, he doesn't even
    mention it. How long til he stops talking about drilling?
    How long until he plants his magic beans and grows
    all the free power plants he talks about all over the US?

    Educate yourselves, people. Don't just support McCain and
    his so-called "ideas" just because you don't like Obama.
    That's the dumbest thing you could do.

    August 5, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  8. Brett

    Obama wants MORE gas price, so he getting more $$ into his pocket, and hope raise on his president's salary......

    But, why does poll shows that high precent of america support offshore drill? Alike I said, Obama must be his way!

    We need to use OUR LAND OF LOVE!!! Dont use import everything from others than USA.

    August 5, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  9. Surged OUT!

    Obama at it again lying up a storm.......Mr. campain finance reform himself. I cant wait untill Hussein is done in November I cant bare to see him or his awful wife for 4 years.

    August 5, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Proud Army and Navy Mom,
    McMatlock has accepted over $1,000,000 from oil company individuals with most of the donations coming in after he flip-flopped on off-shore drilling. So yes, he's in their pocket.

    Also, over $250k a year? I guess that makes you an elitist.

    August 5, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Dem

    drill oil bomb drill oil bomb drill oil bomb

    The REAL John McCain and his "solution" to everything. 26 years of "experience" in Washington will PREVENT him from changing Washington like he claims because that's all he knows. He's never been a civilian, he has no clue about the economy or what Americans are experiencing right now. If his dad wasn't an admiral, he'd be nothing right now.

    August 5, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. John, Boston

    Well since Sen. Mccaine and Pres. Bush have seriously been prodding congress to take action on drilling....gas is down 40 cents a gallon in my state.

    So I guess Barack has no idea what he is talking about

    August 5, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Bill

    George Bush has been in office for 7 1/2 years. The first six the economy was fine.
    A little over one year ago:
    1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
    2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
    3) the unemployment rate was 4.5%.
    4) the DOW JONES hit a record high–14,000 +
    5) American's were buying new cars, taking cruises, vacations o'seas, living large!...

    But American's wanted 'CHANGE'! So, in 2006 they voted in a Democratic Congress & yep–we got 'CHANGE' all right!.....
    1) Consumer confidence has plummeted ;
    2) Gasoline is now over $4 a gallon & climbing!;
    3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
    4) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $12 TRILLION DOLLARS & prices still dropping;
    5) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.
    6) as I write, THE DOW is probing another low~~11,300–$2.5 TRILLION DOLLARS HAS EVAPORATED FROM THEIR STOCKS, BONDS & MUTUAL FUNDS INVESTMENT PORTFOLIOS!

    YEP , IN 2006 AMERICA VOTED FOR CHANGE!...AND WE SURE AS HELL GOT IT!!!....NOW the DEM'S CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT–AND THE POLLS SAY HE'S GONNA BE 'THE MAN'–CLAIMS HE'S GONNA REALLY GIVE US CHANGE!!....JUST HOW MUCH MORE 'CHANGE' DO YA THINK YOU CAN STAND???

    August 5, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Brett

    Btw, gary Chandler in Canada,

    In the past, American do ANYTHING with soo many risk, many failed, many death... but good for long run. NASA has been improvement from year and year.... look at air force has been test THOUSAND of airplane before sent strong to WWII... many of them damaged, wasted, even few death.. but it is best for future from the expereince.

    as for energy plan, that is SOOO NEW to us... we take hard way to learn to change way of life...... SAVE energy, and less greenhouse...

    it is normal... dont u know that?

    August 5, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. R.I.F.

    Proud Army and Navy Mom

    First off it's not PAC money. Second, he's raised $300 million and you're talking about $394K from people workign at oil companies. Out of almost 2 million donors there's goign to be small % of contributions from regular people who work in all types of industries. McCain announced the drill change arounf June 15th and from that date in two weeks we raised $1.1 million from people working in the oil industry.

    August 5, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. mona

    where is the substance mccain where is the beef man!!!

    August 5, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. J

    A well thought out and diversified plan.
    Say what you want about the guy at least he is showing that he has ideas. I have figured out why so many of the American public don't like him; his plans and ideas are not short bumper sticker phrases that our Entertainment stations love so much. The reason that 68% think that we should drill off shore is b/c they don't understand it b/c if it takes more than one breath to explain then they don't comprehend.
    I definitely think our Media (Entertainment Companies CNN, MSNBC, FOX) fail us when they put their own greed over their job which is to inform the public with the only agenda being what is best for the common good. I just hope that someone does something about these greedy pigs, b/c without a real way to inform people we really can't do anything.

    August 5, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. rice, bryan

    mcbush is a joke. they aren't even sure that there is oil in these areas. if there is do you people actually think that the just drill a hole and instanly the oil comes in? how many years of law suits, and eventually drilling, and exploration, and finally if, or when they hit oil, do you think it will take to bring this bush material, i mean oil, to market? law makers are not experts on this, but those who are, are stating that it will be at least 7 years before any oil is in the line. now if in republican years this means a couple of months, this would be great. but in the real world, 7 years is a long while. in the meantime, why isn't anyone on the gop side of the isle willing to invest in a clean break from oil. could it be that bush wouldn't be able to get his hands on it with crawford oil corporation. we have the technology to get away from foreign oil now. drilling is a waste of time and money!

    August 5, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  19. edw

    I agree on at least 90% of Obama's policies and it would be nice to have a president with a quick sense of humor as well.

    August 5, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. mollygonz

    Yeah right Tucker..I"ll take what you call "bad judgement" over McSame's misguided policies any day. I can't wait until we don't have to hear anymore snipey comments coming from your mouth!

    August 5, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. kevin

    Righ't now I'm ashamed to be a democrat. Obama is doing anything,saying anything he can to get elected. John Kerry slinging mud, I'm ashamed of myself for voting for him. I have an 11yr old boy, explaining to him about Bill Clinton and his behavior while in the Whitehouse is going to be easy compared to the explaining of all the lying and pandering do anything politics Obama is doing just to get into the whitehoues. This democrat is ashamed of his nominee! GOD help us!!

    August 5, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. LOVE MY USA

    BO (Dr. NO) better come into the real world, and not his world.... If we had started drilling a few years back democracts we would not be in the situation we are today. So lets start drilling now, and with other alternatives we may get through this oil crunch. The Democrats have been doing there thing for the last 30 years, but lets put all of the blame on /Bush ( though I am not a Bush fan) . The crisis we are all in is because of the people we elect, could care less about the American people.. Its time to voth them all out. and force a bill that says they can not run more then two terms in the Senate or the House. Take away all of their perks, , such as; Cost of living increases, during and after they leave office. Only two weeks off for vacation not the whole summer, ect. .Let them pay 80% of their mediacal insurance, like the rest of us, not a freebee. Take some of thei money and put in back into the Social Security that they took out to use and never replaced. They all should be held accountable for the crisis the USsssa is presently in. Bottom line vote Independent!

    August 5, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Joe Regis

    McCain and the repubs are bad for business this year.

    If the repubs win, the people will get what they want and deserve.

    More economic problem, lost of jobs etc.

    August 5, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Mike, FL

    McCain has not come up with a single solution besides saying drill, drill to apease the big oil companies.

    August 5, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Speak

    Let's see first Obama predicted you his disciples would have to listen to McCain saying how "he doesn't look like the guy's on the money"..
    Did he mean old guy's, or was he discriminating on old white guys,
    either way it failed and Obama played the race card on old white men.

    Obama came back from the European vacation, he's still fumbling and he still only speaks English...

    Now he say's the tarts represented in McCain's ad are irrelevant..
    He doesn't have " time for that mess."......
    Obama just DISSED all you young impressionable white girls
    he's chased up and down Ameriocan states for votes...

    August 5, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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