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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. George

    OK O'Bama lets tax the oil companies that will get us more oil real quick.

    No plan – only a novelty of the left to push the agenda.

    July 8, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. ANGIE

    love the picture and aint that the TRUTH!!!!

    July 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. mitchell hussein martin

    not an attack.just hard ,cold facts!get it right,cnn!every ad is not an attack!you perpetuate the notion of negative campaigning when using these adjectives!an attack should be something personal,not an ad on the issues.media needs to report facts,without mincing words.

    July 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Jeff Long

    What's so funny about this is that once again Obama proposes nothing.

    Substance over hype!! McCain 2008!!

    July 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Take a good look at McCain, what do you see...old school politics and ideas. Nothing new, nothing to draw people together, just the same old school politics.

    July 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. NotFallingInLine.org

    Ah, the logical fallacy that McCain is Bush and Bush's policies are McCain's again. The Obama campaign will never tire of feeding this nonsense to the American people.

    Does Obama really think that Americans are so gullible?

    Well, attacking his opponent by saying half-truths and untruths over and over again did work for him during the contest for the Democratic Party's nomination, more or less.

    Maybe he's on to something...

    July 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    I love how the media uses words like Attack... Blasted... and Lashes... Come on... on both sides.... if there is any response to the other side... why can't it just be their opinion...

    If MCcain says anything about Obama... maybe we should know if they were asked about it or was it something that he came out to say on his own... i.e. "Mr MCcain, how do you feel about Obama's consideration of the iraq situation?" vs..... MCcain coming on tv to just say anything about what Obama said & what he meant... It's a very different thing


    July 8, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. miyaki

    Obama voted for the Dick Cheney's energy bill loaded with goodies for the Oil industry.

    His vote was influenced by lobbyists for Exelon, an energy company. This company has contributed a lot of money to his campaign.

    July 8, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Carl

    See George what you fail to realize that the quest isn't for more oil. It's for finding new sources of energy to get us off the need for oil. Taxing the oil companies record profits will force them to put those would be profits into R & D or give them up in taxes. The R & D would go a long way towards creating new sources of energy or at least making the current alternatives more safe and efficient.

    Seems like a very pragmatic plan to me.

    July 8, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. David

    Yes, and they have been giving this objection to new drilling for a decade now. Had we begun then, we'd have it now. Seven years is right around the corner, if we intend to have a thriving economy, drill! And for Pete sake, do it cleanly!

    July 8, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. mitchell hussein martin

    george.we need to use less oil.prices are high,because we cant get enough of it.obama's plan is to wean people off the need for oil,that is destroying our economy and the world climate.if you want details on obama's 'plan',that you say he doesn't have,please go to www,barackobama.com and look under header that says 'ISSUES'.you will find all of obama's plans to solve our problems,there.so dont come on here saying he has no plan ,when you haven't bothered to look or listen for yourself.you just spew bs.

    July 8, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Ernie, WI

    So, McCain runs an ad touting his energy policy and Obama runs an attack ad in response. So much for the Politics of Change...

    July 8, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Esther

    Wow! Thank you my honorable President-to-be Obama! i just posted this concern somewhere yesterday or so, that Obama should reply to attack add on policy by McShame with an ad not a simple statement by his spokesman. And they were right on it!!! The real McShame and all the trash and 99% of Bush he stands for needs to be spelt out for all non-racists americans to beware!

    July 8, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. Crane

    Go Obama! Crank out the ads that actually tell the TRUTH!

    Why don't Republicans and Big Oil want to drill in the thousands and thousands of offshore acres (which they currently aren't touching) that are already available to them?

    An oil exec recently was on the Situation Room (Chevron's CEO, I think), and he commented that there was no "Mapquest" to drill for oil. Well why would you start drilling more holes, then, if you are already clueless as to where more might be.

    Anybody but McCain '08

    July 8, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Walter, Long Beach

    I agree with Angie. The picture tells you everything you need to know.

    If you loved the last 7 years, vote for McCain.

    I would rather vote for someone who is more likely to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

    Edwards would have been my first choice, Hillary my second. But Obama will do just fine.

    July 8, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Doris,Memphis,TN

    McCain and Bush are connected at the hip!
    What's so sad is millions of Americans can't see
    or don't want to believe it.

    July 8, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Independent

    And if we had done it seven years ago, we wouldn't be in this crisis now...

    July 8, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Scott, Wichita

    95% of the time? check factcheck.org

    it's just over 75%
    Obama is just over 60%

    July 8, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. mitchell hussein martin

    jeff.go to barack obama .com if you want obama's proposals.if you dont research for yourself,you'll never know the truth,and that leaves your argument with no standing.obama has proposed many things,you just talk smack ,instead of learning for yourself.

    July 8, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. prairieguy

    Go to his web site and read his plan...if you are educated enough to read...DUH!!!

    July 8, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. Not fooled by distractions

    For all of you whining about his counter ads and change I suggest you use your sense and see that he has to be on the offensive and defensive side. There's nothing horrible about these ads – they're a standard way to get the message out – what do you propose he do – rent the goodyear blimp? C'mon, be realistic here.

    July 8, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    They are both a day late and a dollar short in doing something to help us.

    Perhaps I'm alone here–but isn't Senator Obama also a member of the most do nothing bunch of elected officials we've had in our congress in decades?

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

    July 8, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. Anonymous

    Jeff Long July 8th, 2008 11:29 am ET

    There's not a lot to propose short term to cut gas prices. Any economist will tell you this. Anyone telling you there is something is just pandering which if that floats your boat then so be it. That's the problem . We have to decrease our dependence on oil not increase it. If drilling is the answer then why are the oil companies sitting on 68 million acres that they can drill on right now?

    July 8, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. @HusseinIsAmerican2

    McShame is proposing nothing NEW to solve the energy crisis...he is just reading off George Bush's energy plan. drill for more oil. give oil companies more business & more tax breaks; which in turn ends up in Dick Cheney's Halliburton hands & their lobbyist friends and then even more tax breaks to outsource american jobs overseas.


    July 8, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Bob Stephens

    I heard McCain try to explain his economic plan on the news yesterday. The man is an idiot, plain and simple. If Americans are dumb enough to elect him, there is no hope for our country.

    July 8, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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