August 8th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Energy crisis is fuel-injecting election up and down the ballot

Voters are focused on the continuing pain at the pump.

Voters are focused on the continuing pain at the pump.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell blames challenger Bruce Lunsford for the increase in the state's gas tax. Michigan Rep. John Dingell pledges to stop price gouging and rein in energy speculators.

And Oklahoma Corporation Commission candidate Rob Johnson expressed empathy for families feeling pain at the pump.

It is not just Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama who are trying to convince voters this year that they have the answers to ease the nation's reliance on foreign oil.

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  1. Dave

    I think Obama thought up this gas tax rebate while giving his speech. Lets find ways to get prices down not rebate everything.

    August 8, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. lovable liberal

    Charlie, it's a windfall profit tax, so the oil companies can raise the price if they want to collect more taxes from gasoline. Duh.

    Mitch McConnell couldn't take responsibility for any Republican disaster. He doesn't have the character.

    August 8, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Tom Williams

    Gee, we have all been informed that if we properly inflate our tires we won't have an oil price problem. We can do that, so what's the problem????

    August 8, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. NB

    $4.51 a gallon?! I gotta get me some of that...

    I'm paying $4.67, unless I'm low out in the boonies, in which case the price heads up to around $4.89.

    August 8, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. jimmy


    August 8, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. Griff

    If you stop chasing Traffic Stops, you will all save Fuel... You can not beat the Lights... All that energy wasted, just to sit there Idling; with a Carburator full of Gas...

    August 8, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Allan

    I wish Obama take vacation for one year. WAKE up America. No obama.

    August 8, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. TheTruthHurts

    Alll these politicians SUCK. They've paid lip service for decades and NOW they want to get hot and bothered. I can't vote Nader, but he had them pegged forever ago.

    I'm hoping Obama brings some common sense and PLANNING back to federal government. Of course, it's up to us to keep him honest.

    August 8, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Jordan - San Marcos TX

    If I hear the phrase "pain at the pump" said or printed one more time I'm going to go crazy.

    August 8, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Gramma Faye /Idaho

    These oil people are lying about the length of time to get our own oil and natural gas to our outlets. If they get there rears in gear it can be done in a yr. Maybe we should push for the little independent oil people to get busy since the big boys seem to be dragging their feet and helping in the price manipulating.
    Now do you want to have National Security because oil and Natural Gas are toward the top of the list with our military and secure borders. Or do you want to be a wimpy country that has to have the rest of the world take care of them Because we are headed down that road. We as a country, don't have the 10-20-40 yrs to waste for Obama and cronies ideas go into affect. And at my age I doubt I have the 10 yrs. And I do NOT want my great grand kids having to be paying off all this mess Bush got us in or be paying for Obamas pipe dream. And I don't want me or mine to be part of the North American Union that these politicians are trying to push on us.

    August 8, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |

    People are desperate for an immediate answer or solution to the problem of raising gas prices. Unfortunately the solutions are complex and cannot be reduced to sound bites and theatrics. John McCain previous "great service" to our nation and his reputation as a maverick is sadly undermined by his current pandering and cynicism.

    Most in the oil industry know that there is a server shortage of drills, drill bits, towers, barges etc . that has to be overcome before drilling could even start. They also know that most Gulf off shore wells have yielded natural gas not oil. It is symbolic that the Republicans in the house are saying drill drill drill in a dark chamber, and Mc Cain says the "best sound he knows" is several hundred motorcycles reeving their engines frivolously burning gas and polluting the atmosphere.

    John McCain is not a maverick, and no longer a hero. He is a pathetic pandering politician representing a political party that is pathetically out of gas. Want to "talk straight" John? Release your medical records in a way that allows people full access and time to study them. Release your military records, and let folks know why you where transfered off the Forestall, and what influence your father and grandfather had getting you in the Naval Academy, and indeed keeping you in.(affirmative action?). Let an independent auditor go through your financial records to see your ties to big oil, foreign money, and Az land deals.

    BTW....I gave serious consideration to volunteering for you in the New Hampshire Primary, but I have this bad habit of reading too much.

    August 8, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. to loveable liberal

    Please define a "windfall"
    How does it differ from regular old profit
    FYI – Exxon Margin is about 9%
    Exxon paid over $54 Billion in taxes with a total profit of about $18 billion

    Microsoft paid $20 billion in taxes on $22 Billion dollars of profits..

    WITH a margin rate of almost 30%....

    nevermind, you probably hate microsoft too...

    August 8, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Sacto Joe

    Look, the Republicans had 7 LONG YEARS to do something about our dependence on oil – and all they did was increase that dependence!

    Why on earth are you people believing ANYTHING those crooks are saying???!

    August 8, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  14. Go McCain

    For all you that are against the oil companies, make your protest by denying them their profits. Right now, go trade in your SUV for a hybrid. Get a manual lawnmower and other yard equipment. Do not fly on a plane. Quit using anything with plastics (which are made from petroleum products). Sorry, if you are diabetic, you have to give up your plastic syringes or plastic test meter. Going into surgery? Demand that the physcians use no plastic instruments–no IVs, no plastic catheter bags, etc. Now, if you all do that, you will see Big Oil suffer and lose their profits. Isn"t that what you want???

    August 8, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Rob Curry-Smithson

    So where is the story about the ten Hess Oil execs who each gave $28,500 to the RNC's fund to elect McCain? This would seem to be big news, and goes along way to explain McCain's reverse course on offshore drilling, not to mention being potentially illegal bribery. It also would appear the Hess has funneled corporate money through some employee's who mysteriously also decided to give $28,500 on the same day, despite the fact that their job titles would suggest they don't have nearly that much money to give, and the fact that this was there first ever contribution. So is Hess Oil illegal funneling money to McCain as payment for his flip-flop on offshore drilling?

    August 8, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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