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. one voice

    The GOP agree because they know they will privately make huge kickbacks from their oil buddies. For Republicans it's all about the money in the way they want to be the middle man for their cut. They will have a rude awakening when regulation is put in place so their schemes won't pan out!!! REGULATION is a scary word for the GOP, VERY SCARY!!!

    March 31, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. Debby

    Good for Obama this is great that he is finally doing something constructive since his healthcare plan will flop soon enough.

    March 31, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    Mr. John "The fundamentals of the economy are strong" McCain sure likes "catchy" sound bites....."Drill Baby Drill", "Bomb Bomb Iran", "I was a POW"......

    March 31, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Lois

    I wonder if the plague that unleashed on this nation will compliment the President too? Please retire. Even Joe the Plumber won't talk to you any longer.

    March 31, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Lois

    I wonder if the plague that YOU unleashed on this nation will compliment the President too? Please retire. Even Joe the Plumber won't talk to you any longer.

    March 31, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Linda

    An intelligent man President Obama in agreemeent with moron Palin? I'm not sure if this is a good thing.

    March 31, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Chipster

    Yeah? and what's your plan for our nation and world when all the oil is gone, Senator? I guess YOU'LL be running on "hope" then.

    By the way, the oil companies already have rights to drill offshore – nearly 40 million acres of leased area. Why do you suppose they aren't "drillin', baby?" Is it possible that the price of oil will drop a bit if they flood the market with it? There goes their 40-50% profit margins! Not a chance! They just want to grab the rights to drill in protected areas where it's cheaper to harvest the oil. But then, our prices at the pump would surely go down, right? Oh yeah, I'll just bet they will. Wink, Wink!

    March 31, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. El Gordo

    Frankly, I don't understand the issues of drilling in these areas, but I'll trust this Administration to make the right calls. That's why I voted for them.

    Now, here is a bipartisan cause that even a Republican can support.

    March 31, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. dee

    Suprise! I thought now you would be against it. Change is happping. welcome to the adult world

    March 31, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. proud member of global Zero

    from me to Senator McCain..retire baby, retire.

    March 31, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. hongli

    Americans can still hear the call," Joe where are you? Joe ,are you here? Oh! Joe didn' t turn. This is what this idiot McCain carried on with on the campaign trail in 2008. Now he's trying to tell Americans that the President has bought into his plan. To John McCain I say to you , do not use this to push your agenda because you will be kicked out of Arizona very soon by the Hispanics. Remember now John, you voted against the nomination of the Hispanic judge for the Supreme Courts and they haven't forgot.

    March 31, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. notfooledbydistractions

    Give it up Gramps, you're nothing more but a punchline to a tired old joke.

    March 31, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. quarterback

    Retire. If you need Palin's help, retire.

    I can't believe a Republicant actually said something positive about Obama.

    How long until some poster blames Obama for the oil crisis?

    All the world's ills are Obama's fault. The eight years of the Bush insanity never happened. Bush did so much to get us off foreign oil.

    March 31, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  14. Duck!

    Whhaaaaattttt?!! A republican agreeing with the President??!!!! OMG, cats are going to sleep with dogs and pigs will fly. Who knows, maybe we can even become energy independent....that is if Pelosi doesn't kill it because SHE thinks its bad.

    March 31, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. IVOTE

    John Mccain is a man of many faces.

    March 31, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Liz

    As strong a supporter of our president as i am, i have to disagree with his decision to lift the ban on off-shore drilling. oil is a finite resource, and if we don't wean ourselves off it by the time it runs out, we'll be in a world of hurt. i wonder if he's doing it to help the energy situation or is it a vain attempt to court the republican'ts, who no matter what he does will vote against him. nuclear i have to grudgingly go along with because of how much cleaner than coal or oil it is. but off-shore drilling poses too great a threat for one, a false sense of having oil from now on, and two, the possibility of unspeakable environmental disaster. with hurricanes getting stronger, the last thing we need is more platforms in harm's way. any money spent to develop these resources would be far wiser spent on renewable sources of energy.

    March 31, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. tree2010

    I bet mccain did praise him. there is no telling what the politician is getting out of the deal. americans better wake up for its to late. Politicians dont have the people interest in mind.

    March 31, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. Anthony

    Drill baby drill! We need it and it is good for our economy dems and republicans should agree

    March 31, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. Ferret out the BS

    Who says the President isn't trying to reach across the isle? I think he's trying to be pragmatic and do what's best for America unlike some others, who shall remain name-Republicancaucus-less, and just try to obstruct progress and benefits for America.

    March 31, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Mikey

    Drill baby drill is great if we want to substitute one set of problems for another. Any policy that does not have conservation at its center will not solve our long term problem or deal with the accompanying issues of polution, climate change, and supporting regimes unfriendly to the US.

    March 31, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. DMS-AKA

    Obama energy plan opens Atlantic and Gulf drilling..................LATE AGAIN MCCAIN

    March 31, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. ConsiderThis-FL

    John, there's a difference between "Drill Baby Drill" for the unbrideled benefit of big oil and "Off shore Drilling" as part of a well-thought-out strategic plan for America's energy independence; to which I suggest President Obama subscribes. Purpose and intent do matter, John, and sending the message to the oil companies that they should do something with the millions of acres currently leased for drilling purposes and laying dormat may have motivated them to start spending money to find additional reserves of oil. John, I know that you want to associate yourself with a proven winner (Obama), but you face an uphill battle because, after all, you unleashed the Political Pimp Sarah Palin on our country and it's never been the same (in a negative way) since. Why don't you clean up the mess you made by denouncing Sarah Palin for the anger and divisiveness that she promotes. By doing so, you'll have a positive claim to fame and be considered a winner on your own merits.

    March 31, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. kebo72

    Obama also was in favor of it but it was a switch from his early platform promises. Either way, it should be no surprise that Obama is starting to further tackle other items on his agenda now that healthcare has passed. Maybe the GOP will be more supportive before they are all elected out in November.

    March 31, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  24. Kevin B

    "Bomb bomb bomb Iran" and "drill baby drill".......Is Mr McCain good for anything except shallow slogans and catch phrases.

    No wonder the electorate rejected him in 08, what a phoney !

    March 31, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. Dieter Zerressen

    I know a palatial senatorial estate in Sedona, Arizona where they should drill, baby, drill.

    March 31, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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