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. Scot from Philly

    Obama beats McCain on every issue. EVERY issue.

    June 14, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Tom

    Don`t worry Obama will challenge mCCain in time, but will not be pressured by no one which is wise.

    And when he does challenge MCCain he will beat him with his own show, i mean my grandmother can beat MCCain.

    So go figure people...

    June 14, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Lorraine Pittsburgh, PA

    Unlike other blogs, it DID get posted. People here are little more civilized. Yes Obama DOES have experience. Experience enough to know this country is on the wrong track. If you have been paying attention, really listening. he has outlined in DETAIL over the last several weeks some of his plans for the country. He has enough experience to know one thing--this country does need put on track again. NO MORE OF THE SAME PLEASE!!!!

    June 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. Obama helping the flood victims

    Hey CNN, how about you post pictures from Obama's flickr account of him helping bag sand for the Midwest floods and then compare McCain's picture of him having cake with Bush on the day Katrina happend. I bet you wont on your ticker— a picture of a candidate actually working for the people in some jeans with a shovel.

    I would like to see it though. If I can find it I know that you're people are resourceful enough to print the story….

    June 14, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Mik

    To all the Hillary supporters:
    Indeed what the democrats are saying about McCain and his political policies are correct , however what else does he have to run on ?
    Obama has more of the right stuff to argue about as Democrats, but I really do believe that McCain will change a lot of his views on things if we really back him plus it would be hard to do anything with a democratic congress.
    The Supreme court Judges will have to stay active for four more years in which they could.
    Things would not be as bad as people think with McCain. He is not my first choice but better then Obama this man has not a clue, he does everything half way before moving on to other things for political gain, look at his record. McCain will work both sides he has nothing to lose and he is a fair man. Think about it...lets put Hillary in 2012

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

    The Choice Of Our Next President Is Clear! Obama Is Right About The Important Issues, He Calls Mccain On His Gas Tax Pandering, And He Shows He Is Physically Fit All In One Day! Way To Go Obama!

    June 14, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. Rick FL

    What?–careful what you wish for. There will be town halls where they have to debate the issues. Obama has fresh ideas for our country, combining the best from Democratic and Republican policies (the right kind of experience), while McCain will be revealed as more of the same, who adopted many of Bush's misguided positions.

    Obama '08

    June 14, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. FACTS only

    It's amazing to see so many "Hillary supporters" who really don't trust her when she "hopes and prays" they will support Obama. Obviously they don't respect her and obviously they think she is not smart enough to see the Obama is bad. They sure threw her under the bus.

    June 14, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |


    June 14, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    McCain had three months to speak to Republicans...Obama will take time to do the same with Democrats....for heaven sakes he hasn't even been the nominee for two weeks!

    ..and seah: there is a difference between "attacking" and "drawing distinctions"....

    Nice to see McCain followed Obama's lead in checking out the flood situation...

    June 14, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Obama can never give a speech without attacking or smearing someone? At least when he goes on the offensive he talks about policy, whereas all republicans do is spin and slam Michelle for being unpatriotic.

    June 14, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. axt113

    He offered McCain two extra debates, but McCain refused

    June 14, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. richard

    McFlipFlop does not have my vote, BUT it has become apparent that Obama has modified the "shame and blame" strategy of the Republican Revolution into a Praise and Blame. Hey you were a hero and fine public servant McFlipFlop BUT -- you are confused who helped Bush get us into this mess. I like that strategy. It can work for national security, economy, health care, social security, education, and just about any political topic of the day, including energy and taxes.

    June 14, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    They should just have the elections tomorrow. Obama rhetoric is nothing but an insult to best and brightest people of America. Carly Fiorina is one them. She is an adviser to McCain and America is fortunate to have her input. I would like to see her as the Republican's Treasury Secretary in the McCain cabinet or better still Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. Go Carly!

    June 14, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. jd


    June 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. Molly

    Obama is a FRAUD!!! He can only deliver a well prepared speech from the teleprompter – he is NOT qualified to lead our country – he cannot debate or even answer a direct question without the campaign staging his events. He sure does CHANGE his answers in accordance with his audience – his message seems to change on a daily basis.

    June 14, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. Shannon

    I love how all the people that come on this blog and criticize Obama have NOTHING positive to say about McCain. Instead of touting why they are going to vote for him, they have to tear down Obama. Sounds like they have very little or I would contend NOTHING to work with in what is appealing about McCain's agenda.

    June 14, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. Shannon

    Will you please, just this once post my comment??

    I love how all the people that come on this blog and criticize Obama have NOTHING positive to say about McCain. Instead of touting why they are going to vote for him, they have to tear down Obama. Sounds like they have very little or I would contend NOTHING to work with in what is appealing about McCain's agenda.

    June 14, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Peter Park

    I believe if we invest more in green energy, instead of basing the foundation of our energy sector on oil profits, then America can truly transition into a phase where we can once again, live in harmony with this beautiful country we live in. That is the American way, not tax breaks and environmental degradation from the elites.

    Thus if Obama pours even a little bit of investment into this green energy sector, and ignite innovation that will free us from 20th century oil.

    Christ bless you all.

    June 14, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Charlotte

    And who voted for the Cheney energy bill? Obama is a joke. I think he is the biggest flip-flopper ever.

    June 14, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. The Tax Man

    For all of you who hate GW, you should take some time to at least acknowledge that if he did anything right during his eight years in office, it was to implement his tax plan. Since the implementation of the plan, overall tax revenues have been on the rise and capital expenditures have exceeded the expenditures. Most economists agree that without the plan, we would be in a much steeper economic decline. Every time taxes are cut (and they were cut accross the board – not just to the rich), revenues increase. If Obama were not so inexperienced and dead set against any ideas from the other side, he would extend the tax cuts and use the increased revenue to fund all the socialist programs he wants to implement.

    June 14, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |

    Keep Doing Your Own Town Halls Without Mccain! Keep Punching Him From A Distance And Let Him Make His Own Mistakes At His Meetings! Then Punch Him Some More The Next Day! And So Americans Dont Forget, Remind Them About All The Dumb Things He Says That Put Him Out Of Touch With The People! Then Hold One Debate In Front Of Thousands Of People To Deliver The Knock Out Blow! I Can Hardly Wait!

    June 14, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  23. Todd

    Could the Major Media Outlets be any further in Obama's back pocket?

    June 14, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |

    Obama And Mccain Should Have A Pay Per View Debate And The Winner Gets The Money!

    June 14, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  25. Aaron in Kansas City

    Did you hear that at a campaign rally recently Obama healed a crippled child, and made a blind woman see! Also, I heard that at a McCain rally 'McBush' actually ate the head off of a live chicken!

    C'mon people – enough with the Messiah and Satan characteristics. If Obama's elected do you really think that the world is going to turn for the better overnight? The President isn't the emperor – that person still has to get their ideas approved by Congress. I am about to gag from both sides' lack of humility in this campaign.

    June 14, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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