August 6th, 2008
08:42 AM ET
10 years ago

RNC delivers tire gauges to Obama press

The tire gauge sent to CNN by the RNC to mock Obama’s suggestion that drivers inflate their tires to save gas.

The tire gauge sent to CNN by the RNC to mock Obama’s suggestion that drivers inflate their tires to save gas.

ELKHART, Indiana (CNN) – The Obama traveling press corps arrived at its hotel Tuesday night to find not only their room keys waiting on a table in the lobby but white packages containing 'Obama Energy Plan' tire gauges.

"Happy Birthday, Barack Obama," read the note that came in the package from the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C. "In celebration of Barack Obama's special day, the RNC is sending you an important gift in his honor."

It then quotes Obama's contention that properly inflated tires would save as much energy as could be gained by increased drilling.

"Instead of actually increasing America's domestic oil supply, this is how Obama thinks you should try to alleviate your pain at the pump," the note ends, with "best wishes" from the RNC.

The gauges were sent to producers from the five major TV networks and most print reporters. They came in several colors, including gold, blue and green.

Upon seeing the gauges, Obama spokeswoman Linda Douglass said, "You can use it to check all the hot air coming out of [McCain's] Straight Talk Express.

A senior adviser handed out gauges on McCain's campaign plane and they were passed out outside Obama's energy speech in Lansing, Michigan, on Monday.

"They think it's funny that they're making fun of something that is actually true," Obama said Tuesday in Ohio. "They need to do their homework."

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Don't tell me. Camp McCain is going to deny any knowledge or involvement in this stunt. Swish. Under the rug it goes. Next.

    August 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. George

    If it is so nutty, then ask Pelosi to bring the House back to have an up or down vote.

    YOu want change, then you have to actually try to make it.

    NOBAMA is full of hot air........ Bring back Congress to vote........ We know they will not, because they will get their butt handed to them.

    The American people do not want a vacationing Congress, the hired them to make a difference in Washington, not on the beach!!!!

    August 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. judyc


    Please tell me why you're not posting my comments?

    August 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. obama haters are ignorant

    What Obama says is true, confirmed by CNN, Time, ABC, and numerous local news channels.

    August 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Not sleeping at the switch

    People are so funny. McCain pick just ONE of the MANY items listed in Obamas plan and Blows it out in the press and tries to make fun Of Obama...then has to RETRACT it (this morning) because it is TRUE.

    BUT people STILL post that it is the ONLY thing Obama knows. DO people read ANYTHING anymore or do they just sit in front of their machines and wait to be spoonfed by McCain and just believe it. LOL

    August 6, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. gotcha

    Obama is so easy to trease! Such an idiot.

    August 6, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Larry in Indy

    The Republicans are a bunch of morons. They can not win on real issues so they result to acting like 5th graders. What these idiots don't realize is IF they get into office they still have to gain bi-partisan support to get anything done in Washington. I hope they realize that Karl Rove "permanent campaign" tactics don't work. The Bush presidency is evidence of this. Wake up America

    Obama 08

    August 6, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Texas Trail Dog!


    August 6, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    When does the RNC break out the "Swift Boat-type" ads on Obama?

    Haven't gotten the check from T. Boone Pickens yet to produce it, eh?!

    August 6, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. John FL

    McCain’s Record of Vet Support, Just Another Buffalo Chip

    John McCain’s campaign for president recently took him to the annual Sturgis biker rally where he spoke with veterans at the Buffalo Chip Campground. He could not have picked a more appropriate setting to offer up his wife, Cindy McCain, for a topless beauty contest and brag about his record of supporting veterans. He failed on both counts, however, to give these veterans the full McCain:

    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America has given John McCain a grade of D for his support of veterans:

    Disabled Veterans of America gave him a 20% rating on support for veterans while giving Obama an 80% rating:

    Per Vietnam Veterans of America John McCain has “voted against us” in 15 key votes:

    John McCain is one of the few veterans running for office that VoteVets has refused to endorse:

    To name just a few votes by John McCain against veterans:

    McCain voted against an amendment providing $20 billion for VA medical facilities [5/4/06]

    McCain voted against providing $430 million to the VA for outpatient care and treatment for veterans [4/26/06]

    McCain voted against increasing VA funding by $1.5 billion by closing corporate loopholes [3/14/06]

    McCain voted against increasing VA funding by $1.8 billion by ending abusive tax loopholes [3/10/04]

    The man even voted against giving combat duty troops more time at home between extended tours.

    John McCain had the gall to not only be rude, but to lie to a vet
    about his record of endorsements from veteran groups and then had the nerve to refuse further questioning on the issue:

    “I’ve been endorsed in every election by every veterans organization that do that, I’ve been supported by them, and I’ve received their highest awards from all of those organizations. So I guess they don’t know something you know.”

    Later, during his town hall meeting, McCain admitted he does “not have a perfect voting record,” and then announced questions about veterans issues were off limits: “I will be glad to debate a lot of things, but not that one.”

    Not only was John McCain a no show when it came to voting on the GI Bill he opposed, a bill which the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars fully supported, he now wants to limit veteran health care to only combat related injury in order to save money. Per retired Army General Robert Gard, McCain’s proposal to limit health care to only combat injuries would “shortchange those veterans who suffer from non-combat related conditions”. McCain is apparently unconcerned about the number of veterans this would affect, including the 15% of female combat veterans who suffer from military sexual trauma.

    This comes as no surprise. When the VA was busted recently for
    circulating a memo suggesting doctors lower their diagnosis on veterans suffering from PTSD in order to save money, John McCain replied: “it’s not important.”

    Older veterans remember well how John McCain and John Kerry shut down all further investigation into remaining MIA/POW in order to open up trade with Vietnam over the protests of family members. They remember full well how these families were treated and talked to by McCain. They also remember how John McCain’s father-in-law immediately opened up a beer industry in Vietnam as soon as trade resumed.

    August 6, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Brian

    It's clear the RNC wasted a ton of money on this gimmick and now they're desperately trying to get rid of all the boxes of tire gauges they have laying around.

    August 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Nick

    I'm beginning to think that the RNC and the McCain campaign are being run by 12 year-olds. Their tactics remind me of the "clever" things I would do in middle school.

    August 6, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Mike, Boston

    Everyone please try will definately help you decide who you should vote for!!!!

    I would like everyone to google Sen. Obama's resume. Please copy and paste it to Word. Then replace his name with any general name, like Mike Johnson. Then replace the address and phone number with your own.

    Now, leave everything as is on the resume, except remove "United States Senator" and its relevant information. (we are doing this because well lets face it he has only been in Congress for less than two years and has spent that time running for President).

    Now comes the fun part. Go to your local city newspapers help wanted section. Locate ten "prestigous" jobs in your city such as CEO, or senior partner at a law firm.

    Mail this resume to the appropriate address. Wait 30 days and tell me how many interviews you have been offered!!!!

    This is great I did this....and guess how many responses I got to the resume!!!!!!! HAHAHA thats right people


    Do you need anymore proof that he is not qualified to be POTUS???????????

    August 6, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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