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. Xavier, Saint Louis, Missouri

    People offshore drilling is not a for sure thing. If we started offshore drilling today, we wouldn't see any results, if any results at all until maybe 2018. Offshore drilling is a way of looking for more oil. The only ones that will benefit from offshore drilling are the oil companies, because we will be paying the oil companies to find the oil, if there is any oil to be found.

    Wake up people! Just say no to McCain!

    .

    August 5, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Deb, Allentown, PA

    For those of you (Independent, this is directed at you) who believe that Obama is against nuclear power, please get your facts straight before you spout the GOP rhetoric.

    BO is not against nuclear power, but he believes that we have to ensure that plants operate at the highest level of safety. He is also against waste storage in Yucca Mountain. Yucca's been there forever and plants are still storing waste onsite rather than transporting to Yucca.

    We have to find a safe, long-term alternative for storage of spent fuel rods. Both onsite storage and transport to Yucca have their own intrinsic safety and logistical problems. When those questions are answered satisfactorily, I think you'll see a bigger push for nuclear power from the left.

    August 5, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Milen Orozoff

    Fact 1: Drilling all over the US will not lower prices
    Fact 2: Off-shore drilling will endanger tourist industry in tourist hot spots like FL and CA
    Fact 3: We give to the Saudis and others who don't like us much $800 million a day for oil
    Fact 4: America can use this money here, invested in renewable energy, more R&D and more jobs in small towns across the country
    Fact 5: Over the last decade we became even more dependent on oil
    Fact 6: Time to be a little stronger and more self-reliant - good old American virtues.

    Time to put and end to failed policies and keep our money here at home!

    August 5, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Italy

    Obama you are so stupid. You are a lier , flip flap, months ago you said no drill, now you said yes? you have hotmeal in your brain . You cant be the President of United State of America.

    August 5, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. Go McCain

    Yeah Obama–let's not drill. Let's release our reserves. Brilliant idea. Iran is becoming a major threat with the potential to seriously disrupt oil shipments from the Middle East. If we release our reserves, what will we do when we Iran limits our imports? Guess , I'll just have to fill my gas tank with dreams and rainbows.

    This year is really looking like 1976 all over again. ( OIl embargo, Iran, etc)

    Obama= Carter's 2nd Term

    August 5, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Tired of W, OH

    Maybe McCain would embrace wind, solar, and other alternative energies if they would make a large donation to his election fund like Big Oil did? The man should tatoo a "For Sale" sign to his forehead.

    August 5, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. REA

    obama teases mccain sound more like OBAMA IS DRILLING OLD MAN MCCAIN KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK OBAMA GOD BLESS YOU.

    August 5, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. peter

    to Ronnie, New Mexico....

    its not a biased news source....to simply put it, obama just has better policies and he knows what hes doing. McShame is just offering no viable solutions and is a repeat of BUSH!

    August 5, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Chris

    McCain has repeatedly voted against tax credits for renewable energy.
    McCain missed votes to require energy companies to produce 20% of energy from renewable sources.
    McCain voted against tougher fuel efficiency standards.
    McCain opposed $290 million for Research and Development on Renewable Energy, including wind power.

    McCain's record speaks for itself! He has not supported renewable energy for YEARS!!

    August 5, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Cathy

    While McCain continues to attack Obama and McCain also continues to insult the intelligence of the American people.

    I'm becoming really sick of McCain and his Karl Rove tactics!!!!

    August 5, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. FRANCES

    OBAMA HAS A BIGGER "DRILL" THAN MCWAR !!

    SORRY, MRS. "COWCHIP", BUT YOUR MAN DOESN'T COMPARE TO MICHELE'S MAN.

    I'M VOTING FOR THE DUDE WITH THE BIGGER DRILL.!!

    VOTE FOR OBAMA....IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    we should drill, drill, drill. I can't wait for the 2 cents a gallon savings I will get in 15 years.......that will be swell.

    August 5, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  13. Tampa resident

    I can only imagine how the Florida coast line would look after the oil spills that would surely ensue after a season of hurricanes. Not only are McSames ideas flawed they are laughable...

    OBAMA 08

    August 5, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." Obama 95

    Milen Orozoff

    Fact 1: Wrong... that's 9th grade economics... (supply and demand)
    Fact 2: It's off shore... doesn't mean Fl and Ca... and it's never been a problem in the gulf or any other place in the world
    Fact 3: Great point... agree... we need our own since theirs is cheper than ours at this point
    Fact 4: Another great point... but changing to new energy will take 10 or 20 years... so we still need oil
    Fact 5: In 1996 the oil companies went to the government stating we would be hitting criticle times in a decade... here we are... and still won't do anything
    Fact 6: Agree... however we still have to do it with oil... no other way yet.

    Keep your money in your pocket... I can spend it better than Obama...

    August 5, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Jake

    We also are borrowing 12 billion a month to finance this war in Iraq. The war that was based on lies. So let's get out of Iraq and have a sound plan on just what do we want to accomplish in Afghanistan so we do not get bogged down in a war over there like the Russians did a while back. This way we can end these war expenditures and use the money over here to create jobs in the energy field and on improving our infrastructure. We can get our auto industry back up on its feet to create more jobs. We can get our economy moving again. I think Obama has the better ideas and plans to do this and more. I am not sure just how much he will get done because it looks to me that all that is going to be left in our Treasury after Cheney and his friends quit robbing it are cob webs and a huge IOU to the Chinese and Saudis. He may have to do like Clinton did after the first Bush left our government in a mess and work on getting the deficit fixed first.

    August 5, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. DMAC in ID

    I wonder just how much oil money Obama has in his campaign other than Exxon?
    I also heard that he has a lot of connections in a lot of forgein countries including African countries. where he has family. I sure wish someone could get the list of all his donors. I don't trust politicians especially ones that try to give the impression they are squeaky clean.

    August 5, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Rocky

    Sherry, Atlanta

    Exactly how do you propose we get this natural without drilling. Some of you people should think before you speak.

    August 5, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Bill

    Who care if it takes 7 years to get new oil. That isnt very long. Wouldnt you be happy if we would have started drilling 7 years ago.

    August 5, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. Dem

    Do FUTURE GENERATIONS want us to "Drill here, drill now"???

    McCain is so short sighted and selfish. Esp. since he believes in Global Warming.

    and btw – there's no such thing as "clean coal"... that's like a filter in a cigarrette!

    August 5, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. proud 82nd airborne sgt.

    Proud Army and Navy Mom,

    so is that why you are voting for McSHAME? you think hes telling the truth? hahahahhahahahhahaha

    August 5, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. Niccole

    On Larry King Live last night, even T. BoonePickens says Obama's Energy Plan is encouraging and he is the original "oil man."

    August 5, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Peter E

    True. We won't see a drop in prices from such drilling for years... every economist and even oil companies have been saying that... THEN WHY ARE YOU SUPPORTING THIS SHORT-SIGHTED PLAN, Mr. Obama? Talk about double standards... When McCain proposes more drilling you spin it as 'short-sighted catering to oil companies' but when you propose it it's a 'visionary plan that will help the average American...'
    Hypocrite!

    August 5, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. al

    *********************************************************

    DON'T BE FOOLED. THE ONLY AGENDA THIS ADMINISTRATION HAVE IS .......MONEY.............MORE MONEY. ALL THE REST OF THE SO CALLED CONSERVATIVE VALUES ARE COVER FOR GETTING AS MUCH AS THEY CAN WHILE THEY CAN.

    THEY MANIPULATE THE COST OF GAS, PUTTING THE BURDEN TO CONSUMERS.

    GIVE CONTRACTS TO THEIR FRIENDS THAT WE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR.

    STOP THE MADNESS. VOTE OBAMA.

    August 5, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  24. Dorothy M. Oliver, Greensboro, NC

    Has anyone read a book about McCain recently? You won't like what you learn.

    August 5, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  25. ??????

    Why does CNN always seem to have links to McCain's sites, commercials, and audio clips but not Obama's?

    August 5, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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