August 6th, 2008
08:00 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain: 'I don't disagree' with Obama on inflating tires

The McCain and Obama camps have sparred in recent days over Sen. Obama's suggestion that vehicles could get better gas mileage with properly inflated tires.
The McCain and Obama camps have sparred in recent days over Sen. Obama's suggestion that vehicles could get better gas mileage with properly inflated tires.

HUNTINGTON, West Virginia (CNN) - John McCain appeared to make a serious U-turn Tuesday on the practice of keeping one’s tires inflated to save fuel.

McCain and his campaign have ruthlessly mocked Obama for telling cash-pinched gas consumers in Springfield, Missouri last week to keep their tires inflated to conserve gas.

The presumptive GOP nominee got a big laugh at a massive biker rally on Monday when he mockingly told the crowd, “My opponent doesn’t want to drill, he doesn’t want nuclear power, he wants you to inflate your tires.”

But on a conference call with Philadelphia voters Tuesday night, McCain offered support for the fuel-saving tip.

“And could I mention that Sen. Obama a couple of days ago said that we ought to all inflate our tires, and I don’t disagree with that,” he said on the call. “The American Automobile Association strongly recommends it. But I also don't think that that's a way to become energy independent."

McCain’s campaign said the comment is in line with his past statements on the matter, and accused Obama of championing good tire maintenance instead of well-rounded energy reform.

“As John McCain has said multiple times and said again yesterday: keeping your tires inflated is great, but Barack Obama’s claim that this is a substitute for drilling as a part of a comprehensive energy strategy demonstrates his inexperience on the energy issue,” McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
August 6th, 2008
06:15 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, August 6, 2008

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CNN: Iraq's oil-fueled surplus could hit $80 billion, report says
Iraq is raking in more money from oil exports than it is spending, amassing a projected four-year budget surplus of up to $80 billion, U.S. auditors reported Tuesday.

CNN: Paris Hilton fires back at McCain's "Celeb" ad
Paris Hilton has fired back in response to presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain's "Celeb" ad comparing the 27-year-old heiress to Barack Obama. The less-than-two-minute spot was paid for by the comedy video Web site funnyordie.com. It features Hilton sprawling in a lounge chair in a swimsuit. The socialite mocks McCain's ad, saying, "I want America to know that I'm, like, totally ready to lead."

LA Times: Obama pumped up over attack on his energy strategy
They've bickered over war and peace, taxes and healthcare. Now Barack Obama and John McCain are at odds over an issue not quite so weighty: the tire gauge.

WSJ Op-Ed: Sen. Hillary R. Clinton: No Crisis Is Immune From Exploitation Under Bush
Tucked away on the Cayman Islands sits Ugland House, an unassuming, nondescript building of modest scale and size. However, according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), this five-story office building is home to more than 18,000 corporate entities, nearly half of which have U.S. ties.

NY Times: Big-Dollar Donors Are Major Force in Obama Campaign
In an effort to cast himself as independent of the influence of money on politics, Senator Barack Obama often highlights the campaign contributions of $200 or less that have amounted to fully half of the $340 million he has collected so far.

Washington Post: Bundler Collects From Unlikely Donors
The bundle of $2,300 and $4,600 checks that poured into Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign on March 12 came from an unlikely group of California donors: a mechanic from D&D Auto Repair in Whittier, the manager of Rite Aid Pharmacy No. 5727, the 30-something owners of the Twilight Hookah Lounge in Fullerton.

CNN Radio: The wheels on the election go round and round…
Inflation, not the fiscal kind, but of tires, is now part of the political landscape. And the majestic vista of nuclear cooling towers provided the scenic backdrop yesterday for Sen. John McCain. Bob Costantini has today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.

Pitckforkmedia.com: Rage to Play Twin Cities During Republican Convention
Days after Rage Against the Machine's Lollapalooza set threatened to become a riot, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune's website has reported [via Rolling Stone's Rock & Roll Daily] that the band will play Minneapolis' Target Center on September 3. Making this show more than just another tour date is the fact that it's happening during the Republican National Convention, which will take place in the Twin Cities from September 1-4:

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August 6th, 2008
06:04 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Wednesday, August 6, 2008

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* Sen. John McCain stops by football practice at Marshall University in West Virginia.

* Sen. Barack Obama holds a “New Energy for America” town hall meeting in Elkhart, IN.


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