June 14th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama blasts McCain on energy, taxes

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/06/14/campaign.wrap/art.obamawayne.ap.jpg caption="Sen. Barack Obama holds a town hall meeting with residents in Wayne, Pennsylvania, on Saturday."]
(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama told voters in Wayne, Pennsylvania, on Saturday that he'll cut taxes for the middle class, raise taxes for the wealthy and pour more money into what he calls green energy.

Later Saturday, in Illinois, Obama helped fill sandbags near the Mississippi River in an area devastated by flooding, his campaign said. The same day, Sen. John McCain extended his sympathies to those affected by flooding in the Midwest.

According to his campaign, Obama wants to invest $150 billion over the next 10 years to establish a green energy sector; create a national low-carbon fuel standard to ensure that the fuel is more efficient, and invest in clean energies like solar, wind and biodiesel.

That, according to the campaign, would create up to 5 million new green energy jobs.

Obama also blasted McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential candidate, for his recent silence on energy reform and his support for a gas tax holiday.

"He isn't offering any solutions to help Americans pay for high gas prices. Instead, he's proposing a gas tax holiday that's nothing more than a Washington stunt," Obama said. "I was for the idea back then, but I've learned from my mistake, because I don't think it's right to say you're offering families relief when you're just boosting oil company profits."

Obama says McCain's gas tax plan would "actually do real harm" and take "$3 billion a month out of the highway trust fund and hand it over to the oil companies."

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soundoff (116 Responses)
  1. Papa DD

    Good thinking. Obama has always demonstrated that he's on the side of the people. To the ever hurting Hillary supporters who want to vote for Mcsame, may God help you.

    June 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. carepi

    time for americans to wake up, including you, republicans, or what will not vote for obama because he is black or his middle name is hussein?, what ignorance, and we call ourselves and educated nation!, wow, this 2 candidates have ideas like night and day, and i guess you guys like more the clear white day as suppose the darker night... what a shame.

    Vote for the candidate with better ideas, compare the plans side by side.... now can you see the difference??? or all of the sudden you are getting blind too?

    June 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Well McCain and Obama, I hope one of you comes up with a plan to knock down a federal DEBT in short order, starting with the international DEBT, as the financial issues start and end at that pivotal point!! THE DEBT HAS TO COME DOWN!!!

    June 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. republican voting democrat

    this guy got what it takes to move this country forward
    obama 2008

    June 14, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Gregoire Butera

    It's a new idea about women in particular and families in general.
    Pregnant women or women having new borns who work do not get enough maternity leave allowing them to take care of themselves and their babies. They have to go back to work in one or two weeks after they deliver babies otherwise they loose their jobs. America expects many things from these babies for the future, they should be well treated by their moms for at least one year and then go to day care to allow their moms to work.

    June 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Winthorp

    Wow, imagine that. A candidate actually focusing on issues instead of just saying things without substance.

    June 14, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. sue

    If America has truly sunken to the depth required to first BELIEVE this man is anything more than a huckster, and second ,can actually DO ANYTHING he says he can or will, then...quite simply, we are truly already too far gone here and doomed . The country DESERVES a snake oil salesman like him if they actually elect him

    June 14, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Jayson

    Most politicians are a joke when it comes to our energy policy. The government prefers to send money to countries who give money to terrorists instead of drilling in the US and being able to collect royalties on that oil production to spend on alternative fuel source research. Also many of the countries we get our oil from could care less about damage to the environment since they are more concerned about making money. But what do you expect from people who lay the blame solely on the oil companies instead of acknowleding the fact that they are contributing to the problem. The same could be said for the problems in the housing market since they were so set on keeping the economy soaring that they threw common sense to the wind instead of stepping in when people were being given interest only loans that they could only afford with the teaser rate.

    June 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. David Newport, OR

    Growing up, I remember gas at 19.9 during the gas wars of the late 60's. Yes, that is 19.9 cents/ gallon. I agree that if we put 1 yr worth of what we are spending in Iraq into research we could be well on our way of freeing ourselves of this burden IF we do not give that money to the companies already in control (automotive and oil). But understand, there is a bigger problem and it has to do w/ our financial system as it is. The price of oil is linked to the US dollar since that is the currency it is sold in. Everytime our dollar drops in value (compared to the Yen or Euro) oil prices have to go up. Until we fix our economy...oil will continue to rise.

    June 14, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. Jason, Texas

    it will be easy to take McCain down on energy. the Republicans have no clue how to fix this without lining their oil soaked pockets....

    June 14, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Mitch

    Either one of the candidates are not to keen how things work, we Americans will have to wait until 2012 when Hillary returns

    June 14, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Jack Mehoff, Orlando

    Why is Obama leading McCain by only 5-6 points when Bush's unfavorable ratings are 60%+ and McCain is 4 more years of Bush???

    Guess people don't like Obama. Maybe that's why the DNC is short $15 million for their convention.

    June 14, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Kim

    Obama has exciting new ideas. McBush has......Bush.

    June 14, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Louden

    "That, according to the campaign, would create up to 5 million new green energy jobs." Wow that's 5 million more people insured too...

    June 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. mollygonz

    I love the fact that this man has laid out plans and doesn't take any bunk from McSame. He is so progressive on all the issues. I can'only feel sorry for McSame as Obama just puts him in the dust. Also, helping fill sandbags. I love how hands on he is. That is his way of proving to people that he is at their level of understanding. Stay strong Obama. We are behind you all the way!!

    June 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. Brittany W., LA

    Hey Obama supporters-the DNC is short $15 million for their Denver convention-how about writing some more checks?-they're going to suck you dry-

    June 14, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. linda from South Dakota

    its so obvious that the man for the presicency is obama,, americans, do your research and listen to whats been said,, mccain is workin for the rich,,(as bush is) obama can make the change we need ,, go obama!!!!!

    June 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. Abbey

    Was this the town hall that was by invitation only? Oh, and I thought the Obamabots were blasting McCain yesterday for doing the same thing. Is this yet another instance of the BO supporters and their double standard?

    June 14, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. Bayousara

    None of Obama's ideas will ever happen.

    Candidates' promises never happen. Ever.

    June 14, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. s callahan

    I just love the principaled Obama....speaking for the middle guys...at least someone is speaking 'cause for the last few years my middle pot has gone to the hock....look forward to getting it back! go Obama!

    June 14, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. Sam Taveras

    Smart man. This is why I like Obama.

    June 14, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  22. O8ama

    There he goes... telling the truth again.

    Senator, please, stop. Americans don't know how to deal with truth. If you don't start lying, and soon, you will lose to McCain.

    June 14, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  23. Grand Nagus

    Obama is going to lose and the Democrats will see that they lost their BEST HOPE....HILLARY CLINTON!!!!

    For the FIRST TIME in my life I will be voting Republican!!!

    NOBAMA 08

    HILLARY 2012

    MC CAIN 08!

    June 14, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. martin

    mccains an easy target on the issues.what a sad candidate.i thought the repubs would come up with someone better than this loser.hahahaha!

    June 14, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. seah

    Obama can never give a talk or a speech with out attacking or smearing someone.

    He has played the dirtiest of anyone in this election. Everyone watches to see how low he will go with the next thing.

    I never seen anyone so evil, mean and vile and pretend to be so innocent.

    He Deserves and Oscar for his performance.

    June 14, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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