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. Donald, Toronto

    "Drill baby drill" should not be the argument of the day as is stated by Senator McCain. It should rather be "Drill responsibly Mr President". If the republicans had their way they would have open up the Alaskan wildlife sanctuary for drilling with little care about the environment as long as the USA is free from middle-east oil. I am sure that Senate Majority Leader, Senator Reid and the other democratic Senators along with House Speaker, Representative Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic representatives are in agreement with President Obama. Health Care Reform was pass despite the anger rousing tactics of the republicans. Senator McCain should worry about his on again partnership with Sarah Palin as he seeks for re-election.

    March 31, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. TCM

    Obama's a grade A idiot; how many things has he flipped on. This was a good idea of McCain's and Palin's, yet the liberal media is acting like Obama thought of it. In reality, he'll link it to Cap n Tax somehow. It will be a great day for this country when 2012 rolls around and we'll get to hear his concession speech; from the teleprompter of course.

    March 31, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Gil Oberdas

    God, I voted for someone to be not like McCain and now I find Obama isn't the environmentalist I supported. I'm still pleased his name isn't McCain or Palin!

    March 31, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. AmerFirst

    BIG DEAL...Knowing McCain, he'll just flip-flop and be against it before darkness falls!!!

    March 31, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Ryan

    This is the compromise republicans keep accusing obama ofnot having. Idiots.

    March 31, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. dem. St. Louis

    Obama to McLame. The people of the United States voted for me.

    March 31, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Why cant the antichrist be a woman?

    John must be thinking about the lobotomy he must have had in 2000,that Carl Rove did on him.

    March 31, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Squigman

    Go away old man. Go away..

    March 31, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. jm for sc

    The real question is, where will the Republicans, including McCain be on this? Since they are so willing to cut off their nose to spite their face, they will probably vote against offshore drilling as well. Favoring the presidents ideas in the the past means nothing to Republicans as most of them favored many things in the health care bill, but voted against it because every thing couldn't be their way.

    March 31, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. Mike

    Open up the West Coast as well!!

    March 31, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Tree

    As a diehard conservative, this is the first time I actually agree with an Obama decision!!! I just hope there isn't something tied to it that we don't know about yet. I do wonder where Reid and Pelosi are on this issue.

    March 31, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Nick

    Lets just hope he cooperates

    March 31, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Danny

    THIS is the Bi-Partisanship we were looking for... A Dem president making good decisions and republicans standing behind it... good for John McCain...

    March 31, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. wycliffe

    this is one issue as a republican I 100% support Obama. Time for republicans to say YES.

    March 31, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. stop the nonsense

    I'm still not a fan of off-shore drilling. However, if this doesn't prove Mr Obama's open-minded way of governing and quiet critics about him being a socialist and extrememly liberal, then is shows who really has the problem. It should have been quieted when he listen to the Generals about the war and reversed his opinion/
    No "bleeding-heart liberal" would have made either of these decisions.

    March 31, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. ART

    Retirement is an option, do the people of Arizona a favor. I have lost any respect i had for this man after watching him and Palin at the rally recently. Replace and repeal ain't gonna happen but apperantly senility is

    March 31, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. sonny chapman

    If you want a three word energy policy maker–he's your guy !

    March 31, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Now I assume the Boob Twins, McCain and Palin, will be against offshore drilling.

    March 31, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Capt. Snarky

    Yet another page stolen out of the Republican play book. The Progressives will be crappin' bricks over this one shortly.....................

    March 31, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Drill baby drill! Good move – where are Reid and Pelosi on this?"

    Is this really the same guy who encourages claims that Reid and Pelosi pull his strings? Make up what's left of your mind, you vascular-dementia-suffering old man. Have another embolic stroke mid-pamper-crap why don't you.

    March 31, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. Michael

    Why don't you sit down and shut up John since that 's what you said that you were going to do when you took your ball and went home after the health care reform passed.

    March 31, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. kevin

    It really doesn't matter if the drill or not the reThuglican't will not vote for this idea anyway because President Obama propose it.

    It is their idea and now he will run away with it and they will hate this man but that doesn't matter because he beat the reThuglican't already . Nothing to see here.

    March 31, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  23. Tayo, NY

    Well, let see how the GOP are going spin this!

    March 31, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  24. AndyBlue

    Yes John McCain. Keep screaming from the sidelines while Obama fixes the mess your party created.

    Didnt you pledge to block everything this administration accomplishes??? That was just last week.

    You insignificant little man.

    March 31, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Glenn Koons

    Obama is using this ploy note, to drill way way offshore. He is not dealing with our domestic onshore drilling efforts. We have more oil, gas, coal and could now build safe tech nuclear plants. But, we do not hear the Prez talking about that. No, we hear about way offshore. We need to drill onshore. Or just offshore in Fla,, Ca, NJ, NC and in the Gulf areas. We could outproduce OPEC and the Isalmofascists. But, Obama is not talking about that. We can use coal in WVA and PA. and in the Dakotas. We could drill for natural gas. We need this Pubs will run on this idea and Obama is trying like Clinton to coopt the Pubs. We shall see if the public will be fooled by this offshore VA. drilling. As to McCain, personally, his views no longer intrigue me. This comment instead of pointing out what I just pointed out was the old John, reaching across the aisle to keep in the love of the old media and some Dem buddies. Enough John. You had the correct agenda on energy and you should just pound this naif in the WH because this is a phony energy ploy and that is all it is.

    March 31, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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