(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.
Yes, more proof that the republicans aren't interested in bipartisanship. The president just announced something that McCain should be happy about, and he uses the moment for a partisan jab. Nice move grampy. Show the American people what you're focused on...hint...it isn't the well being of the country.
McCain go somewhere and retired gracefully rather than getting beat in yet another campaign!
"Baby"??? he is the president of the USA now! He is the smartest man on earth! Everything he does is the best for us! (At least according to himself!)
Yeah, how about we leave the stupid "Drill, baby, drill" rally cry out of this and approach this question like individuals who have completed a high-school education? The question is far more subtle than this, and let's not forget that it was the Republicans under Reagen who shut down the active alternate energy program we had going in the 70s in response to the oil embargo. So, Republicans, show us your plan for developing renewable, clean energy technologies first, then you can talk about how you favor off-shore drilling as an interim solution.
Glad to see we should expect ZERO nonsense from the McCain and other Republican politicians on this.
Drill baby drill was rooted in the belief that simply announcing plans to drill off-shore, which would produce oil 5 years from now, would have reduced gasoline prices immediately. This never made much sense.
The President's plan is rooted in the belief that as long as we are a fossil fuel based economy (cars, home heating oil, etc.) we will have a National Security vulnerability because we import oil from people that don't necessarily like us.
As a part of comprehensive transition to clean energy and all the benefits associated with it, the President will build a coalition of Democrats, Independents and some Republicans. That's leadership.
You can dill baby dill all you want, it won't bring the cost of heating your home dwon or puting gas in your car. It cost money to drill, and who will pay the bill.
McCain is a really confused politician. He really needs to retire. One minute he is against, the next he is with you to save his own behind. Please retire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If it was said it was by me.
I still disagree with Obama on this one although I understand the political relevance. We need to push alternatives to fossil fuels as much as we need to quit relying on Middle Eastern oil. McCain, for the fact that you voted against a child getting insurance where they couldn't before the bill passed, you've lost all credibility and respect.
Please, sir, retire, you're not relevant anymore.
Ah...the hypocrisy of the left. So against off-shore drilling, and now quietly moving forward on it.
If McCain and Palin form a team in 2012 it better be Palin & McCain. PALIN 2012
Its nice to know our President is trainable. He might be ready to run the country by the time he leaves.
Seems like Obama is taking his ideas from McCain's playbook.
Anybody who thinks this oil and gas will go entirely to American consumers does not understand how this particular free market works. All the output from this effort will go on sale worldwide and the highest price will get it.
The only 'windfall' will be for the producers selling it and the brokers working the deal.
Just so you know.
Oil ... it costs more in American Blood than it does in American dollars.
Name two things John McCain has done for Arizona....
FINALLY something the American people can get behind!!! Should have been done on day one.
I can hardly wait to hear the screams from the liberal tree huggers on this move! Will Pelosi and Reid and their far left supporters vote for this though???
Why are we not drilling in Alaska? Is it because there is a lot of oil up there, and the government does not want us to be too independent of the Middle East?
This is not Drill Baby Drill. This is what do we need to do to strengthen the US and not also destroy the environment.
I'm sure Mr. McCain and his constituents would feel differently if Arizona had a coastline to be spoiled in the event of an oil spill. I live in Florida and it has been estimated that tapping the oil reserves off our coast would provide enough to power our country (at current rate of usage) for ONE WEEK. One week's worth of oil is not enough to chance ruining our beaches and our #1 industry, tourism. I'd bet a lot of folks in Virginia are thinking the same thing right about now.
This is coming from the senator of a state with no coastline to protect who believes that global warming is a left-wing conspiracy.
John McCain has become irrelevant.
This ought to upset the Left wing greenies.
McCain would be a fool to think he could EVER outsmart Barack Obama.
Drill and apply it towards US revenue. Reduce our taxes. We're paying too much...almost 1/3 of our work goes to taxes and now we have more with the health care bill?
You owe the IRS 99 days of hard work
Posted: March 30th, 2010 06:57 PM ET
From CNNMoney.com's Blake Ellis
New York (CNNMoney.com) – This year, it's going to take the average American 99 days to earn enough money to pay the IRS. That's one day longer than last year.
"Tax Freedom Day" marks the date that most Americans have earned enough money to pay their federal, state and local taxes, and this year that day arrives on April 9, according to the Tax Foundation's annual calculation, which is based on government tax and income data.
Arriving one day after it did last year, Tax Freedom Day means that Americans will have to work that much harder – for more than three months – just to pay their 2010 taxes.
Retire, John... you are just too old to be ANYTHING!