August 6th, 2008
12:31 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain calls Obama 'out of touch' on energy, economy

McCain said Wednesday that Obama was “out of touch.”

McCain said Wednesday that Obama was “out of touch.”

JACKSON, Ohio (CNN) - John McCain strayed from his prepared remarks Wednesday to label Barack Obama as “out of touch” on energy, heightening his rhetoric against Obama on the issues of offshore drilling and nuclear power.

Watch: McCain: We need an economic surge

“My opponent, Senator Obama, opposes storage and reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel,” McCain told reporters after a tour of a cabinet factory here. “He opposes offshore drilling immediately, and he’s out of touch.”

The comments were not included in the original speech released by his campaign earlier in the day.

He accused Obama of planning to raise taxes on income, investment and small businesses, calling that “exactly the wrong strategy” in a bad economy.

McCain also debuted a new mantra in discussing the lagging economy, calling for an “economic surge” in the United States to complement the troop surge in Iraq, which McCain said has succeeded.

“Our surge has succeed in Iraq militarily,” McCain said. “Now we need an economic surge to keep jobs here at how and create new ones,” McCain said, without elaborating on what exactly an "economic surge" would entail.

McCain did not take questions from the media for the third consecutive day this week.

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soundoff (308 Responses)
  1. Ralph V. AZ

    Interesting comment comming from someone who doesn't know sqwat about the economy!

    You can't listen to someone who was the 5th dumbest guy in school!

    Enough said!

    August 6, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Kelby from Houston, TX

    OUT OF TOUCH??!!!?? lol

    August 6, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Tommy

    This guy is really starting to remind me of a little dictator!

    August 6, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. McSame is scripted

    Is this the state of mind surge or the surge before McSame wakes up in the morning. Did Cindy win Miss Buffulo Chip?

    August 6, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Troy King

    I think it's 225. For all of his suppoters ( all 6 of you) Gomer Pile aka John Mcaine can barely put on his velcro shoes on the right foot. Howe do you expect him to run a country.

    August 6, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. dr. yes we can

    why the lies over and over about raising taxes?
    oh yeah:
    surge- apply directly to the forehead.
    surge-apply directly to the forehead.
    surge-apply directly to the forehead.

    August 6, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    This is no joking matter.If mcWAR can't drill his way out he will surely bomb his way out.

    BOMB,BOMB.BOMB his way out. Pathetic!

    August 6, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Steve

    lol, he managed to find yet another way of using the term 'surge'

    Go Go McSurge!!! If you can't kill, bomb, or drill it, then surge it!

    August 6, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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