March 31st, 2010
12:27 PM ET
5 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. Larry

    Go crawl back in your hole McCain. This country has had enough of you.

    You're just a bitter old man.

    March 31, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. sifto77

    Hey–Obama is smartening up–he is listening to the right people! Palin and McCain! Hail Obama! Good work Pres! Drill, Obambi, drill!

    March 31, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Larry

    Now this is the McCain I remember. If he likes something he says it no matter if a Dem or Repub says it. I hope he keeps this up.

    March 31, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. normajean

    I can't believe this man is letting Palin drag him around by the nose. She helped him lose the last time and here we go again. As far as the article written {suppositly} by Palin on the state of the world. SHE DIDN'T WRITE THAT ANYMORE THAN I DID.THIS WOMAN IS UNDEREDUCATED,TALKS IN SOUND BITES AND DOESN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION AND IS SOUNDING OFF WITH SOMEONE ELSES WRITING. SHE IS A PUPPETT AND DANGEROUS BECAUSE SHE DOES NOT KNOW WHAT SHE'S TALKING ABOUT.FANS OF HERS SHOULD THINK, SHE QUIT BEING GOVENOR BECAUSE SHE COULDN'T CUT IT. SHE'S A LOSER AND A QUITTER..SHE DOESN'T KNOW ANY MORE ANOUT WORKING WITH IRAN THAN YOU DO AND THAT'S A FACT.

    March 31, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. andy

    Wow...Obama doing what McCain and Palin called for over a year ago. The dems made jokes about and now they think its a good idea... Obama the joke in chief

    March 31, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. gt

    i wonder if any of the democrats who made fun of mccain when he said 'drill baby drill ' will now back obama on this one,,,,it s just strange to me how the parties try to basch each other at the exspence of the people...

    March 31, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. Jim

    Well here come the" tree huggers",this country would be much better off if these people would get job's in basic industry,oop's we don't have any basic industry anymore,thank you huggers.

    March 31, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. Slider

    As with Guantanimo, military tribunals, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, healthcare, transparency, and the like, now Progressives are getting another dose of the vapid campaign rhetoric that Obama spews.

    With one-eighties like this, Republicans would have been better served not even posting a candidate to run for president.

    It just goes to show that rhetoric is a poor substitute for fact. Obama, not firmly entrenched in the White House has gotten an education about the issues.

    Don't worry, he'll still screw it up.

    March 31, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. NO Repubs

    Right after health care reform passed, Senator McCain said he would NEVER again work with the President. Now he's ready to drill drill drill? WOW! That was a whole two weeks before he changed his mind...AGAIN. Would someone PLEASE show this feeble minded senator to the exit door?

    March 31, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. RedTurnedBlue

    The sooner this old creepy lying windbag and his ignorant hillbilly troll Palin are gone from american politics the better we all will be. It's a sad day when my party is represented by the likes of this ilk.

    March 31, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. AJ

    Ahhhh, Obama. Anything to try and appease the right. What a con man.

    March 31, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Rosa Birmingham, AL

    This is disgusting. DIdn't Obama learn anything from the health care fiasco. The Repubs will not play nice no matter what you do. If he would have ignored them in the first place we would have a real progressive health care reform instead of this law based mostly on ideas from moderate Republican that no one likes. Now he is going to ruin energy policy by going to them again? How many times do you have to fall in the ditch before you walk around it. He is just alienating his base. The Republicans aren't going to vote for him no matter what he does.

    March 31, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. mark l holland

    Whether it is off shore drilling or Nuclear power plants they are bad idea's. Even if we started going full bore on both ideas it will be 10 to 15 years before either idea bare fruit in the amounts needed. Within 10 to 15 years we should be completely off of both of these sources, does anyone believe that in 15 years these ideas will simply be shut down when alternative sources become available of course not. investing that amount of time in money would require the continuing use of these sources for additional decades before breaking even.

    Invest the time and money into alternative sources now so that in 10 or 15 years we can put the oil and nuclear technologies into a closet and forget about them.

    March 31, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. normajean

    Please people, think about this. What does Sarah Palin know about dealing with Iran?,,She couldn't even take care of Alaska and she's trying to give advice on Iran and nuclear weapons.?. Don't you get the picture that this woman is dangerous because she is being used for propaganda purposes and doesn't even know it? We have people such as the Sec. of State and diplomates with years of experience and training to handle such delicate foreign affairs, This is the last thing Sarah Palin should be talking about.This interference has got to stop.This is serious.

    March 31, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  15. Steve Harvey

    Wow, 2 steps forward, one big step back. Just leave the quote at "good move"

    Im so sick of this subliminal overarching politicizing EVERYTHING. Who cares where Pelosi and Reid are, John, its done.....actions are all that matters, i guess im not surprised even when Obama does something EXACTLY what many of those who oppose him were asking there would be a subtitle to the acknowledgment.

    March 31, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. BOS

    The Oil Slickster-in-Chief forgot about opening up the Left Coast to drilling. Hmmm... wonder how that happened. This is just a Trojan Horse for Cap-and-Trade.

    March 31, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    This is another example of the very little difference in the two major parties. Do you really think these two major parties do not answer to the same set of global bosses? Do you not believe that both parties are working for the "New World Order"? That both parties want progressive ideals and want to reject the ideals of our Constitution?
    The American people need to get over the attitude of my "party or the highway".
    The time for a return to the principles of the founding father's and restore the foundation of our liberty with an independent leadership and let these failed political parties fade into history.

    March 31, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. chris tx

    I thought he said no more Republican cooperation? See... we get Healthcare, you get Oil. It's AMERICA (purple states)

    March 31, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Sarah Palin was RIGHT after all.....

    stick around....you may see all of Sarah Palin's proposals implemented by that community organizer....

    March 31, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. FL Voter

    Sen. McCain uses the same old tired rhetoric, while President Obama is trying to focus on the bigger picture for comprehensive energy solutions.

    Substance over rhetoric, please.

    March 31, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Michelle

    This is just as wrong now as it was in 2008. We still do not have the refineries to process new oil; it goes on the world market, not directly to the US, and it will NOT save us money. The answer is, as always, conservation and new sources. I do not like this at all. Obama takes one giant step forward with health care, then four paces back toward the idiotic Republicans. Stop, Mr. President!

    March 31, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. BILL, WI

    A new refinery or two would also help.

    March 31, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Angus McDugan

    The liberals / dems are such low IQ racists. Their moto should be "race to the bottom."

    March 31, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Dave In Altmar

    I don't know what's sadder – that McCain has taken to Tweeting, or that he's still using that stupid "Drill Baby Drill" line.

    C'mon, John! Reject your Inner Palin – it's just as big an idiot as your Veep selection was!

    March 31, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Janice

    It is time for John McCain to retire. No disrespect, but what does he have in common with majority of American's? I do not agree with any of my grandparents views on most issues. There living and reminsicing about years of past.

    Retire old man, retire!

    March 31, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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