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. OBAMA 08!!!

    A picture is worth a thousand words and this one says to me: McCain, McSame

    Oil Drilling is not a solution. Oil will not last forever we must develop renewable energy sources starting yesterday.

    July 8, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. therealist

    So..., where's the CHANGE in politics that Obama keeps promising!?....

    July 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Rave

    McPain is like a 8088 PC with 5.25 inch floppy and no hard drive... Obama is a Mainframe with Terabytes of data in him.
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    July 8, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Dan

    I like how Obama whines and complains about using photos that make suggestive comments about him, yet he has no problem parading photos of McCain with Bush. Talk about stooping.

    July 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Bill From Florida

    I think Obama is a dim witt,. If we would have started drilling 7 years
    ago we would have oil now. Obama dosen't have a clue, at least McCain is doing something that will benefit us in the future. We have to start somewhere and now is the time.

    July 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. norb

    Looks like good old boy John was a little heavier in this picture? This one's for you John. McCain/Lieberman/Keating 08!

    July 8, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Dan

    I like how Obama whines and complains about using photos that make suggestive comments about him, yet he has no problem parading photos of McCain with Bush.

    Let's ignore that Obama has no realistic plans, and that big oil indirectly gave him lots of money.

    Talk about stooping.

    July 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    They Should Start The Drilling On Top Of Mccains Head! Once They Penetrate The Egg Like Surface They Should Find A Couple Of Barrels!

    July 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Blue California

    Price of gas was $1.43 when Clinton, (a democrat) left the office. Its about $4.40 now, thanks to Bush, ( a republican).

    Any questions?

    July 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Jeff Long

    @mitchell hussein martin

    Enough with your dumb attacks troll. Like I said, Obama attacks people and then proposes nothing. I read it already and its full of crap. He attacks people in his speeches and then proposes nothing. How about this troll, he proposes nothing new or innovative. At least McCain has ideas. Are you a CNN moderator or are you a paid blogger by the Obama campaign because your post seem to get on here a lot.

    July 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. theprogressivebigot

    No more drilling!!

    And besides, I love high gas prices. It helps keeps those stupid poor people of the road and on the bus.

    July 8, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Marcus B

    He has proposed a second round of stimulus. Something that will actually make a difference in the short term.

    1.) Who the heck considers 7 years short term? By that time, we will be priced out of buying gas anyway.

    2.) Gas prices are NOT GOING DOWN!!!! Stop being dumb and listening to these stupid offshore drilling ideas.

    3.) There are already millions of acres of land on lease for drilling. If the GOP wants to drill so d@mn badly, why don't they exhaust those resources before skipping that and going straight to offshore drilling?

    I'm for Obama's STIMULUS PACKAGE!!!

    Put money in my pocket so I can buy the expensive gas...don't drill for oil so it can be $3.85 instead of $4.20. I can't afford either one!!!!!!!

    OBAMA/SEBELIUS 2008-2016

    July 8, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Ike

    Those of you who say all Obama is doing is attacking, you obviously have not been paying attention. Obama most of the time is presenting his policies, and introducing himself to the American people. But when he is attacked, his campaign always responded quickly. The mistake made by previous democratic campaigns was that they never responded quickly enough to attacks (a la swiftboating). Pay attention, do your research (like read his policies on his website) then make thoughtful comments.....

    Regarding the oil issue, why don't we explore the over 40 million acres the oil companies already have BEFORE leasing even more land for them to cherry pick. IF they done that seven years ago we may not be in the crisis either.

    July 8, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. mitchell hussein martin

    I am so tired of Obama that it is making me sick! Obama proposes nothing with any substance.

    July 8, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. georgia

    mitchell hussein martin July 8th, 2008 11:29 am ET

    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.
    You know, it's perfectly possible–laudable, in fact–to attack an opposing viewpoint with facts. There's nothing wrong with the word "attack" per se, and CNN hasn't suggested that Obama's ad was an unfair "attack or "negative" in any way–at least not in this story. We should be careful readers if we're asking news organizations to be careful reporters.

    July 8, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. insanity

    The problem with McCain's energy plan is that it's a plan to win the election and not a plan to help American people.

    Drilling will add about 4 million barrels to the world market. That's a drop n the bucket to the 85 million or so barrels the world needs a day. Also by the time the new oil wells comes online, the demand would have exceeded 100 million barrels a day.
    Drilling will NOT HELP lover the cost.

    Gas Tax – We all know it's a phony solution. You'll end up with the same Gas prices at the end of the summer, and about 300,000 would have lost their jobs, and roads and bridges would not get repaired.

    300 Million Gift- What a sham this is. You need a lot of resources to create a solution the energy crises. Individual organizations do no have such resources. This is another one of those scams to get elected.

    McCain is delusional if he thinks he can fool the American public with this kind of stupid gimmics.

    July 8, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Truth

    Obama is making a big mistake by leaving Texas to McCain...This huge state can be challenged this time. It needs to be included and it will mess up all McSame calculations

    July 8, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. Cynthia

    I agree that Senator Obama has to fight back and put the truth out there if they are giving misinformation.

    July 8, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Jake

    Let's see, liberals complain and fight off shore drilling and then complain that Bush didn't do anything to flood the market with new oil.

    What is wrong with that argument?

    Liberals, are you really that naive to think the oil companies are not investing in alternative energy? Whatever company invents or produces an alternative source will instantly become a monopoly. They are all racing to THIS finish line.

    July 8, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. The Truth


    This is not an attack...It is the TRUTH.

    July 8, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. J

    McCain's energy policy is such an attempt to fool the American people, play on their ignorance, and pandering its unreal. Fact is Drilling for new oil wont produce anything for SEVEN years ... NOTHING, and once it is producing it will produce so little as to not make any real difference in global supply or pricing. To use this as a solution is simply a bad, bad, bad idea. And why not tax the oil companies more ? use those profits to invest in American infrastructure, institutions (ie: Health Care) and maybe, just maybe, sponsor initiatives to change your energy supply off oil. Oil can not be the future, this is new drilling is proposed to secure your energy future, all it is doing is securing your energy past.

    Obama, real change, real possibilities, real.

    July 8, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Dan

    Nobama forgot the footnote that reminds people that he received over $200k from oil companies and their family members.

    Oh well, I guess this is how a Washington outsider works. Oh wait, he's in the Senate, he should have been doing his job in Washington for the past three years. What did he do? NOTHING! What is he going to do for the United States? NOTHING!

    July 8, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Why hasn't Big Oil begin drilling on the thousands of acres they already have access to? Waiting for the price of oil to go up! Why hasn't the government collected the $12 billion in fines that have already been levied on Big Oil? Two oilmen in the White House looking out for their cronies! Why hasn't mainstream Media reported more about companies like Hunt Oil cutting deals in Iraq to take their oil, showing why we invaded? IT WAS ALWAYS ABOUT THE OIL!!! Meanwhile, the REAL WAR ON TERROR in Afghanistan and Pakistan is spinning out of control! Feel safer yet?

    July 8, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  24. Nate

    Tipical democrat. Critisise the other guy's plan to distract from the stupitity of your own

    July 8, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  25. Chipster

    We must stop the obsession with oil and other fossil fuels. The price will never go down because the demand exceeds the supply. In the near future, there will be no oil -none – zero – zip. If we drill offshore, if we drill in ANWR, if we drill in every living room in America, we will still never have enough oil to fuel the addiction for more than about 20 years.

    We must invest now in alternative and renewable energy sources or we will be fighting wars for oil for the next 3 decades until every last drop is gone. Then what? Then, we'll look back and say to our grandchildren that we should have planned better and generated renewable sources of energy sooner. If we think that drilling will suddenly provide enough oil, we'll just feed the addition that much more.

    Stop thinking of your immediate needs and think of the future for you children, grandchildren, and beyond. Bush, Cheney, and their Saudi business partners are laughing their way to bank at what fools we've been. They don't care about anything but their immediate needs, do you?

    July 8, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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