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. Scott L

    Obama so easy to attack, yet offers no solutions of his own.

    What beats 5-10 years for offshore drilling? NOTHING. Come on Dems, let's hear your braniac plans that beat 5-10 years. Nothing will be that.

    July 8, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Obama2008/2012

    McShame is like warmed over burned gravy nothing new the taste/looks is the same just a different day.
    Between McShame and Lieberman they are not only old school politics we are tired looking at them they look like they have been here since at least the 1800's .
    Throw them both under the bus.

    July 8, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Vigla

    Look, I work for an oil company. You must think there's oil out there, but to be honest, there's no guarantee. Even if we find oil, with the same resources, oil companies must invest in the very expensive equipment to build the platforms. Then there's the lack of extra refining capacity.

    Stop being naive people, we can't drill our way out of this mess. Oil companies have plenty of areas they can drill and have yet to do so. Offshore drilling is a dumb idea to solve a short term crisis.

    July 8, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Jim

    It is not about getting more oil it is about getting off the addiction to oil, we need to reorganize our economy away from oil....Stop sending our money to countries that don't like us... keep it here in our country.

    July 8, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Frank, San Diego

    We don't need to open up more ocean for drilling. The oil companies already own leases covering 3/4 of the known off-shore reserves and they aren't using them.

    What we need is to USE LESS OIL! Just about the only area of economic activity in which we still have a decided edge on the rest of the world is research and development. If we develop the new low energy technologies before other people do, our economy will prosper.

    But if we let the advocates for old industry continue to dominate our politics, we will continue to invest in the outdated and economically marginal and America will continue to ship more jobs oversees than manufactured goods.

    July 8, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Judgement over experience

    McCain could care less about energy, economics or the average american, he is an elitist. He supports continued tax cuts for the rich, nuclear power with no plans on disposing of its wastes and drilling off our pristine coasts. Thank you Obama for stating the truth. I will be donating more money to you today.

    July 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    Mccain And Bush Look Like Best Friends In That Photo! He Wont Be Able To Seperate Himself From Bush! Mccain Only Wants To Drill For More Oil And Thats His Only Idea!

    July 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Jon

    How ridiculous Obama.......this is like saying that planting seeds won't have any effect for 3 months......after that......guess what.....you get food.....if you start drilling now....in the future (I thought Obama was all about change for the future?).....you will get oil and at some point, cost relief. If Obama can't figure this one out then you are in for a world of hurt!!!!

    July 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Vigla

    Oh, and Independent, the price of oil was low 8 years ago and most oil companies wouldn't have bothered to even try drilling. We'd still be in the same boat.

    July 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. tedious898

    Give it a rest Ernie! Obama is attacking the policy not the candidate. Its a bad idea ....ask Pickens (an oil man). He specifically says we can't drill ourselves out of this problem.

    Wake up please! It makes for a better voting decision if you're at least midly coherent.

    This time America...Let's vote for the smart guy! (you know, the guy that actual understandards economics, not the guy that said he's knows very little about the economy, ....you know the guy that actually knows how to use a computer ...the guy that believes its time to leave Iraq)

    July 8, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Bulldog

    For those of you who keep trying to claim Obama has no plans there is a very popular website that lays out his plans very clearly. It is BarackObama.com if you are really that concerned. Just because McCain has no verbal skills to go along with many of his other Bush like traits don't take it out on Obama. Tell us what is so good about McCain, that is if you have anything good to say.

    July 8, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Ell. TX

    Use common sense we have had 8 years of REP.
    Where has that got us .......................................
    America needs a new direction and someone with intelligence in the office, oh it would help if they actually knew about the economy.

    No more McBush McSame whoever he is this year???

    When your own family has money spending outrages limits how can you connect to the situation America is in? YOU MAY TRULY THINK ECONOMY IS JUST SLOWING DOWN! The fact is you don't feel our pain. When a kid runs a credit debt of more than the average American household monthy income. THERE IS SERIOUS DENIAL!

    July 8, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Judgement over experience

    Hey George – I guess you would prefer a continuation of the tax cuts for the rich huh? Like John Mcrich? I mean come on. Obama's plan will tax the ones who can afford it and cut the average americans taxes significantly. I think it's called fair. Oh BTW if some of you morons could read and go to Obama's website he has an extremely detailed plan outlining his specific plan but you don't want to hear that do you?

    July 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. rob

    It will take decades to come up with viable alternatives that will replace our dependance on oil for our energy needs. McCain has outlined a long term plan which includes Govt funded research for alternatives as well as allowing new drilling, additional refining capacity and building more Nuk power plants (France gets about 80% of its power from Nukes), all of which will keep our economy strong while we responsibly make the transition.

    So far Sen. Obama has not given any detailed plans for long term energy independance. He relies on focus group tested lines for speeches and bashing Mcain's ideas. The Govt can't solve this problem either overnight or ALONE, and Sen. Obama knows this.

    This is not CHANGE this is typical Political posturing by a typical Liberal Politician.

    July 8, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Bulldog

    Congratulations CNN, the McCain camp has successfully manipulated your irresponsible reporting. You bashed Obama for days for flip-flopping on Iraq and yet his message has been clearly consistent for at least the past 8 months or so. You need to apologize for your irresponsible reporting.

    July 8, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. ls

    You can have ALL the education in the world. If you don't have one bit of common sense, all that you have learned is worthless on so many levels. This could be why Bush failed so tremendously and this could be why a lot of people don't see the whole picture behind Bush and McCain's failed tactics.

    Obama's campaign is just keeping reality into check.

    July 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Connie

    Lets face it America John McBush and this administration is doing every thing they can for oil companies before the next president takes office and may not be as stupid. John McBush and this administration have put us in the mess, now McBush says he can get us out in his first term, of course he knows he does not have to keep that promise as he will be 76 years old . No first term for McBush! Barack"Hussein"OBama 08

    Connie"Hussein"Sturgeon from Indiana

    July 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Super D

    Typical Liberal policy. Yes, the Dems want high gas prices. That way they can begin to nationalize our petro industry. High prices will be their justification in doing so.

    See, all you Obama lovers, he aint gonna help you. This is not CHANGE.......it's MADNESS.....DRILL YOU FOOLS!

    Another reason why Obama is so scary, this man must be stopped. We can't afford all his tired, old, failed ideas that he has somehow spun into "change".

    July 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    You Cant Just Drill Our Way Out Of This Situation Mccain! You Have To Bring Energy Online From Multiple Sources Not Just More Oil!

    July 8, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Anita from Arizona

    Obama's plan is to wean America off oil. Alternative energy, higher fuel efficient cars, exploring hydrogen and electric cars. If your ready for OIL REHAB, which I am, McCain is not your man. He's the CRACK DEALER for OIL CARTELS. There's no short term fix at all. Obama is not promising anything that can not be delivered. McCain is making promises he and the republicans can't or won't deliver.

    Before you shoot your mouth off about "What's Obama's plan? duh" Get online and research his stance on all the issues compared to McCain and make a intelligent and wise decision when you vote.

    AGAIN, the GOP is screaming Obama's gonna raise our taxes. They don't do the research at all. They just spin everything to fit their need. Who got us out of the First Bush debt? Bill Clinton did, how? Raised taxes on the rich. How are we getting out of this debt? The same way. Economics 101.

    July 8, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. katiec

    Our dependence on oil most certainly not going to be resolved
    over night. But to use band aides as a solution is hipocrasy.
    We need to find quickly alternative ways to supply our country
    and pandering to and supporting big oil is not the soltuion.
    Nothing has been done for years to address this problem.
    All politicians are to blame to a degree, but more heavily
    on Bush/Cheny who have supported, negotiated with big oil,
    for their own purposes and sacrificing America.
    McCain will follow in their footsteps as he has supported
    every policy they have presented.
    We cannot survive having the republican party and McCain
    in control. They have already nearly destroyed our country.

    July 8, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Jay

    Actually neither candiate offers a plan to bring new oil exploration or production to the market. Each of these candidates are in the environmentalist leftist pocket. Our politcal leaders must stop giving in to special interest groups and finally decide what is best for the American public and the human race. Simple solution open exploration stop supsidising oil exploration as welll and do not raise tax windfall profits. Keep government out of our free market economy and let competition prevail.

    For all the genious's of this great country we are sadly going to be represented by one of these two men. It is a sad political year and will be a sad 4 years till we get a leader we can all follow.

    Praying for Greenspan to return and a strong dollar...

    July 8, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. Jeff

    Obama offers nothing new, but criticizes much. I have been a democrat for 30 years but am unable to support Obama. He is nothing more than ego in a suit. My party is more interested in electing the first African American President than they are in doing what is best for the nation. I don’t care what color the president is as long as he or she has some record of accomplishments. Obama has accomplished nothing and is running on arrogance and rhetoric. They have moved the venue for his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention to make room for his huge ego!

    July 8, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  24. Steve (Independent)

    Ever notice that the politicians invested in oil are the ones who favor drilling for more oil rather than proactively supporting fuel alternatives?

    The issue on drilling didn't start this election cycle, but goes back decades, or have people forgotten the 70's, for example, when oil prices sky-rocketed then? There was talk of additional drilling and oil independence then... more than 30 years ago. However, nothing gets done. And why should it, oil investors are making fortunes without having to do a thing.

    I think it's high-time that that oil companies be weaned off of government subsidies and spend some of the indecently earned wealth to pay for R&D on their own and only be subsidized for R&D of alternative sources...

    July 8, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  25. Cathy in MD

    To Jeff Long and all of those who claim that Obama has “no plan” and “proposes nothing,” you need to educate yourselves. Go to Obama’s website and click on “Issues.” Your criticisms of Obama have no basis in fact.

    July 8, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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