July 8th, 2008
10:57 AM ET
14 years ago

New Obama ad attacks McCain on energy policy

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(CNN) - Less than a week after the Republican National Committee rolled out its first contrast ad of the cycle – a $3 million swing state buy that hit Democrat Barack Obama on energy policy – the Obama campaign released a new ad Tuesday set to air in the same campaign battlegrounds.

“McCain and Bush support a drilling plan that won’t produce a drop of oil for seven years. McCain will give more tax breaks to big oil,” says the announcer in ‘New Energy,’ which will hit the airwaves in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. “He’s voted with Bush 95 percent of the time. Barack Obama will make energy independence an urgent priority.”

The Obama campaign says the 30-second spot is a direct response to the RNC’s ad, which painted McCain as an independent who had pressured his party on energy policy.

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soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. Scot

    What this ad fails to acknowledge is that about 40% of the price of oil nowadays is speculative. In other words, if investors expected the price to stay the same oil would be about $86 per barrel, not $140. It's this high right now simply because investors expect it to go over $200 in the next few years (which will probably happen if we don't start drilling).

    Any credible analyst will tell you that the market will react immediately to the announcement that we are drilling, which makes Obama's contention that it will do nothing for 7 years entirely irrelevant. Then again nobody ever accused Democrats of understanding economics.

    July 8, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Becky Montgomery

    Go to YouTube and search for "Who Killed the Electric Car?"

    There are several parts–watch them all. It was shown at Sundance in 2006 and also on PBS. There was a good electric car made in the 90's that people really liked, but the car companies and oil companies squashed it–literally. The testers wanted to buy the cars but were not allowed to. Bush, Cheney, and other Republicans are mentioned for their roll in silencing it so they could continue to make big oil profits.

    If that car was that good then, and had been refined and improved all this time, we wouldn't be in this situation.

    July 8, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. Phil in KC

    To all you PUMAs, HRC supporters, etc.
    You continue with your diatribes on these forums even when they are irrelevant. When will you realize it's over? No one wants to hear your constant ranting and raving.
    As for castigating the Obama supporters as haters, liers, cheats or whatever, I think you need to look in a mirror. HRC trotted out the negative campaigning first. It was Bill who played the race card first. It was the Clintons who drove me to Obama. Because it was HIS campaign that seemed a little cleaner, seemed to have more vision and seemed more positive. Quite frankly, I've never seen any of the things you allegate in the Obama campaign, but I have seen it in the Clinton campaign.
    Now – back on subject – McCain's only answer is to drill, drill, drill. Even though it will not produce results for a number of years and, even then, will not produce enough oil to be significant. We need vision from our leaders.

    July 8, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |

    Ok CNN-why can you never print anything said about MCCain's HERO STAUS that my question his integrity? What about freedom of speech? McCain is using his Hero Status for political gain. Hero's are humble and are honored for their sacrifice. They don't not use their personal torment to make voters guilty or sorry for them. Did McCain vote for the Vet's benifits package? NO. What about all the suffering/tortured Americans without healthcare or safe have from abuse. What about cut back to Child Protective Sevices, causing suffering? Should we HOPE to have a government who cares about all of us not just the wealthy? McCain shoul be ASHAMED of the way he is exploiting his hero status. It earns him respect and thanks for his service to the country and a hero asks no more.

    July 8, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Reality Check

    Using military service as a qualification for president, just like Guiliani used 9/11.

    What college did McCain graduated from?

    McCain is nothing but sham

    July 8, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. mk

    McCain is answering to the US oil industry. It is ridiculous to think the answer to our gas addiction is to destroy the value of our coastlines with drills AND all the hideous shoreline support. Supply, demand, speculation within the global arena, and just possibly very bad international relations with oil producing countries will drive oil prices and the well being of our economy from now on. McCain will only continue the downward spiral.

    July 8, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    The US has already past the point of no return when it comes to dependence on imported fossil fuels. What is needed is drastic action to wean ourselves from fossil fuels. And I do not mean ethanol, because that just raises the cost of food.

    America needs to move forward to energy independence and a greener enviroment. Sooner or later, all combustion sources will have to be outlawed. The sonner we start down that path the better.

    July 8, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Jane

    Attack him all you want mr. obama. We're voting for him to keep you OUT.

    July 8, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Sandee from Portland, Or

    If we were going to drill for oil off our shores, it should have been done years ago. Drilling will not lower prices, it will only prolong the inevitable! There's only so much oil in the earth people. Our major auto companies are making and selling cars that don't run on gas to other countriesfor years; however, our wonderful government has not allowed them to do the same here! Get a clue. Taxing the oil companies will not lower prices! We need to get over our dependency on oil that is in everything we use, even those plastic bags the grocery stores push us to put our groceries in. Renewable resources need to be developed for everything from transportation to women's make-up. If not, I hate to think of the kind of world my grandchildren are going to try to live in.

    July 8, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. David Goldman







    July 8, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Orange

    They closed the Obama family comment so I'll put it here. I'm a dedicated puma but you are a beautiful family and you are all winners. Win or loose in Nov.

    July 8, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. David Nott

    Energy policy from Republicans is laughable. Again, Hillary fanatics stop wasting bandwith with your stupid comments.

    July 8, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Daniel, WA

    Obama does not have any of his own policies. He is a clean slate so he waits for John McCain to come up with his policies/ideas and no sooner he does that Obama punces on him to show as if he has better ideas. I do not know when these liberal will open their eyes and ears. Vote John McCain. There is no other choice.

    July 8, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Daniel, WA

    Obama does not have any of his own policies. He is a clean slate so he waits for John McCain to come up with his policies/ideas and no sooner he does that Obama punces on him to show as if he has better ideas. I do not know when these liberal will open their eyes and ears. Vote John McCain. There is no other choice.

    July 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. norb

    Surprise, Surprise, Surprise. Looks like those old hippies were right on!

    July 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Daniel, WA

    Obama does not have any of his own policies. He is a clean slate so he waits for John McCain to come up with his policies/ideas and no sooner he does that Obama punces on him to show as if he has better ideas. I do not know when these liberal will open their eyes and ears. Vote John McCain. There is no other choice.

    July 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. No Family Values

    McCain is a lightweight and an adulterer. He will never be my president–I never voted for Bill Clinton and I will never vote for McCain. He makes the Rupublicans' issue on family values look like a joke.

    July 8, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Jimmy in NY

    Sure McCain has the answer to the economy, the mortgage crisis, the war in Iraq, and he even knows where Bin Laden is too! He is just waiting until he is president to tell us!
    Vote for the smart guy,
    Obama in 08!

    July 8, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |

    look at the hateful, un-informed posts on this thread. maybe we can just stay on the facts and keep the 'opinion' out of it for a while. yes, we know.. some of you hate Obama and will not vote for him. yes we know, 'Operation chaos" people are still here posing and trying to keep the division from the primary going....

    i just want ONE person on here to have the guts to answer this question...

    The republicans had control of the entire government for 6 of the last 7 years. WHY DIDN'T THEY PUSH DRILLING THEN....?

    (answer: because they don't WANT to drill)... its expensive, there are no barges to carry the oil, there are no refineries.. (and why haven't the oil companies built any new refineries)...

    i DARE someone to answer these questions.....

    i'll wait............

    July 8, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Napping on the weekends: That's McSame's plan for energy conservation...

    July 8, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. saga4obama

    ok NEWS...who do you McCain supporters think McCain is running for? YOU? no really...do you think John BILLION HEIR McCain is thinking anything about you? well i guess you also still believe we are in Iraq for WMD....WAKE UP!!!
    here is your John McCain:
    top advisers; Wayne Berman-Chevron, Frank Donatelli-EXXON, Rebeccaa Anderson-SUNCO, Charlie Black-OCCIDENTAL PET.CORP, Nancy Pfotenhauer-KOCH IND., Randy Scheunemann-AMCO. Gramm- the ENRON LOOPHOLE...all big oil.
    "He continues his aggressive support for the Iraq War, which costs the U.S. taxpayer $12 billion a month, even though only 34% of Americans support the war. 4,538 Americans have died in the war. 29,780 have been wounded. 300,000 soldiers are suffering from" -Charlotte Iserbyt former Senior Adviser for the Reagan Administration.
    hello- he is not for America JOHN MCCAIN...who finished 894th out of 899 at the Naval Academy and lost five jets! is Keeping the power in the hands of the wealthy only...examples? DICK Chaney and Halliburton...HEY REPUBS AMERICANS WANT THEIR COUNTRY BACK!

    July 8, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. That's Reality

    Obama supporters don't have any idea of what Obama will do because he, himself, is clueless. He changes with the wind to get to where he wants to be and I can tell you, by what little voting he has done, it's not a good place. Waaaaay too far to the left; will continue our downward slide into 3rd world nation status. Vote for McCain – experience, loyalty, proven courageous.

    July 8, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. New Yorker

    Wisdom and experience come with age so vote for McCain. We can't afford to have a whippersnapper at the helm during this time of uncertainty.

    July 8, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
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