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. Charlotte

    More hyperbole from Obama. This will not get posted. It isn't pro-Obama. Obama was for it before he was against it? Sound familiar? I will write Hillary Clinton on my ballot. Let the chips fall where they may. I cannot vote for either one of these jerks. If she dosen't win a write in campaign, then I want a bumper sticker that reads, don't blame me..I wrote her name on my ballot.

    June 14, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. What?

    Does this guy have experience to be questioning anyone? How about a debate Obama? Stop running from this request and let's see what you got.

    June 14, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. Andrew

    "Blasts" McCain?

    Why does the media like to exaggerate everything?

    Sounds more like criticizing than "blasting".

    June 14, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Death

    Enough with the "green energy" talk. We need to drill for oil and drill now.

    June 14, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. CRob

    I love the magical things Obama says he is going to do. You should all vote for me, Im going to make it rain money, that will surely stimulate the economy. You may be a great leader someday, but you wont have my vote until you do something. Talk is cheap.

    June 14, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. Neutral

    Obambi is plain STUPID. This man lie to his teeth like there's no tomorrow. He VOTED FOR Cheney ENERGY BILL, that's why all of us are now paying through the nose at the pump. Some people are so stupid they just listen to soundbites instead of checking out what this ignorant man is saying.

    The Democratic Party is FULL of STOOPID PEOPLE, you all can use some COMMON SENSE.

    June 14, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. Jeff

    We need to peg gas at $3.00 a gallon so when the oil bubble bursts, we have the revenue to invest in weening ourselves from fossil fuel dependence.

    June 14, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. Pittsburgh

    Cindy and John are NOT going to like Barack Obama's plan!!

    They're one of the wealthiest in the United States!!!!

    June 14, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. Jeff - Jacksonville, FL

    There's the difference between John McCain and Barack Obama. John McCain extended his sympathies, which is all well and good.

    Barack Obama went and helped fill sand bags. He actually DID something.

    That is the kind of leadership we need in this country.

    Obama 08 (and 12)

    June 14, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. Mark

    Sorry Brittany, they are not sucking me dry, I have plenty of money and am more than happy to provide whatever they need...

    June 14, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. Lisa

    President Barack Obama, I really need that $30 savings in the gas prices. I know it's not a lot of money to you Senator Obama, but it's a lot of money to me.

    June 14, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. Texas

    The real Cindy McCain http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/14/thats-no-lady-thats-john_n_107147.html

    June 14, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. Pittsburgh

    YOU GO BARACK!!! Intelligence will always win out. It's going to get tough but God is on your side!!!

    June 14, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Ted van Tol

    I can not wait till Mccain endorse Barack Obama!
    He is slowly faiding out and Obama gets brighter every day!
    What a blessing Barack is for this broken world.

    Europe for Obama!

    With love from the Netherlands.

    June 14, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |

    Mccain Has Taken A Lot Of Hits Today! He Gets Blasted On The Energy Issue, His Pandering On The Gas Tax Holiday, And The Obama Shows How In Touch He Is With Regular People By Going To Help In The Disaster Areas! Mccain Looks Weak All The Way Around!

    June 14, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Unzip

    I love how people feel the need to comment on this article, referencing other articles, and taking them totally out of context, and moreover, completely misreading them. Brittany, the DNC isn't short the money, it is the company that is hosting it that has the shortcomings. But that's alright, as long as people have the ability to continually smear and contort the facts in favor of divisive politics. That's the American way.

    Double standards, mmm, deliciously ironic. Much in the same way that the members of McCain's team have taken "sweetheart loans" from or have special relationships with Fannie May. Love me some hypocrisy.

    June 14, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Jayhawk

    Obama was so good at raising money I thought from those little ( military industrial) people? So wWhy doesn't he use his famed fundraising little guy skills for the convention?

    And is he afraid to debate McCain? too?

    Hillary shouldn't help out the DNC after the way they screwed her but she could debate McCain to help out.

    June 14, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. andrea, Illinois

    Love the fact that Obama is hands on helping people filling sand bags. McCain probably couldn't lift the shovel, so it's easier to just say some empty words.....

    Could you guys picture Bush or McCain getting their hands dirty? I can't....

    June 14, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |

    GOOD BY MCCAIN AND!! HI TO OBAMA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 14, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. Joe Six

    Investing money over the next 10 years to create a green energy sector is good, but it won't do anything to reduce the price of gas today or tomorrow. What is Obama going to do to reduce the price of oil and gas NOW? Obama does not want to do anything about the high price of gas. At least McCain wants to put a few dollars back in the pockets of working Americans. Maybe McCain's idea doesn't amount to much, and it won't solve the problem, but it is still more than what Obama is offering. When Obama comes out and discusses his position on drilling for more oil in the US, nuclear power, and other things that can be done in the short term, then he'll be talking.

    June 14, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. frank

    Anytime someone ask you to vote for McCain ask them who they voted for the last two presidential elections and how that turned out. All republicans have no more credit left.


    June 14, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. VINCIE


    June 14, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. Michael

    The American Public is correct in blaming the Republican Leadership and it's elected GOPS for ills of this Nation, the republicans have destroyed this Nation it's time to replace them in all seats of the Government, ask yourself how much was the gas and food prices under the Democrat Elected leadership lets face the facts The Republicans must go.

    June 14, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  24. Ted van Tol


    How did you become so bitter?
    I realy am sorry for you.
    I hope you come over it by the time
    that Barack Obama wil be your President.

    June 14, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |

    Mccain Is Wrong On Energy Policies, Wrong About His Gas Tax Holiday, And Wrong About How To Handle Natural Disasters! He May Fly Over And Look Out The Window, But Ill Bet You Wont Catch Him Filling Any Sand Bags!

    June 14, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
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