March 31st, 2010
12:27 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain to Obama: 'Drill baby, drill'

John McCain tweeted 'Drill baby drill!' on Wednesday.
John McCain tweeted 'Drill baby drill!' on Wednesday.

(CNN) - The "drill baby, drill" rally cry is back.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, on Wednesday hailed President Obama's decision to open U.S. coastal waters to oil and natural gas drilling.

Arizona's senior senator, who faces a tough Republican primary fight this year, tweeted: "Drill baby drill! Good move – where are Reid and Pelosi on this?"

During the 2008 presidential campaign, McCain - as well as his running mate Sarah Palin - wholeheartedly favored offshore drilling as gas prices rose throughout the country.


Filed under: Energy • John McCain
soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. NC

    Drill Baby Drill when we have a Republican in the White House in 2013.......don't give obama the credit......this was a Republican idea.....

    March 31, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. EDDIE

    To bad mcain is not going to work with this adminnistration anymore.

    March 31, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Elizabeth

    I have lost all respoect for this man since he included Palin in his presidential bid. He is an angry old man and a good reason for "term limits".

    March 31, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Turning into another republicant thug John? You guys should really knock of the hate stuff, it is no very good for the country you know, remeber your campaign? "Country first" I think you and your shrew howled that phrase everywhere you went didnt you?

    March 31, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Sue

    I've stopped caring what John McCain has to say a long time ago.

    March 31, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Repubs destroy America

    lets destroy more of our world to get about 2 months worth of gas

    Obama is pathetic with how he is appeasing the Republicans

    March 31, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. LIAR

    I thought you had no intention on bipartisanship this year Old Man River.

    HYPOCRITE!

    March 31, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Tom in Delaware

    This is nothing but a drop in the bucket for what potential we have versus what we need....IAW – Throw that dog a bone.

    March 31, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Tim

    The better question is where Joe the plumber stands on your relection campaign??? He is pretty angry with you and Sarah. Boy how things do change!!!!

    March 31, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    McCain doesn't need to worry about Reid and Pelosi, he better worry about J.D. Hayworth whose about to kick his you know what just like President Obama did. Thank God this old fool isn't president.

    March 31, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. susanj

    This old fart needs to go – I never thought I would say this but I hope the teapartier beats his old butt. He will never be forgiven for bringing Palin out into the public. He unleashed this horrible, lying stupid beyond belief woman to America. He is so out of touch.

    March 31, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Shawn

    Obama will be pragmatic and promote some more offshore drilling, but I don't think he will pursue it in an scorched Earth, destructive, oil worshipping way like Republicans want. Their "drill baby drill" chant is disgusting and highlights their total extremism on the issue. Obama campaigned on being open to more drilling, but there WILL and SHOULD be limits and regulations. This is a very responsible and moderate President.

    March 31, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Alicia

    Where is Palin for you McShame?

    March 31, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Bob in Pa.

    What is the deal on closing previously approved sites in Alaska though ? Is this a Open lots of less promising areas and close a choice area ? Is this another case where he tries to make something appealing when in reality he is hiding the KY behind his back ?

    March 31, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Joe in PA

    John is such a twit!

    March 31, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Steve in Denver

    Really? I figured since Obama is favoring drilling, you republicans would be running to the environmental side. I'm betting you tea baggers will find a way to be against Obama on this. Maybe I'll listent to limbaugh today to see what he has found wrong with it.

    Nah. Too much deception and ignorance on the am dial.

    March 31, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Michael from Ventura

    Hope John enjoys his last few months yelling slogans and voting No- what a disappointment.

    March 31, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  18. I KNEW IT

    Just the reaction I expected from the old geezer. But he vowed not to be bipartisan this year. You are soooo irrelevant McLame! If I were the President, I'd give another press conference and say "just kidding," to piss you republicans off.

    DEATH OF THE GOP 11/10

    March 31, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Nicole

    Now that President Obama is supporting some drilling in American waters, I'm interested to see how the Republicans can figure out how to disagree with him.

    March 31, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. The Other Michael in Houston

    I thought you said no coorperation until 2012 John? Such a flip flopper.

    March 31, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Dem in AZ

    who cares what reid and pelosi say

    March 31, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    JOHN!!!! Get out! You're WITH the President on this one? Noose got too tight huh? Yeah, that was a hell of a choke hold he put you GOP'ers in with that one!!

    Well sweetie, they're playing your song: DRILL BABY DRILL!! Go ahead and take spin around the dance floor!

    March 31, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Liz

    Good move Senator McCain. I'm glad to see you are not going to fight President Obama on this. Unfortunately Rep. Boehner has already come out saying "it's not enough." The GOP should follow McCain on this and not the Mr. Boehner otherwise the "party of no" label will really be stuck on with super glue.

    March 31, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  24. Frozone

    I thought the angry old man was going to oppose everything Obama did since he lost the election and lost on health care. At least the people will send this old grouch packing come election day.

    March 31, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. Steve in Denver

    I hope Reid and Pelosi are at the same place Obama is: We do need short term fixes while we work on a long term solution to our energy needs that does not include sacrificing national security to make deals with the middle east nations that hate us.

    That is the difference. "Drill, baby, drill" is the only energy solution for McCain and Palin; for the Democrats, it is a stop gap measure on the way to a long term solution.

    March 31, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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