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. Peter

    I love that picture of Bush and McBush actiing really friendly

    July 8, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Super D

    Alternative fuels are not the answer!!

    They will be the answer in another 50 years or longer! Right now we have the infrastructure to produce oil and do it rather quickly.

    I totally reject that we don't do anything about oil and instead try to go with alternative fuels which have no real way to delivering to markets!
    Plus they are not the answer and never could support our energy needs!

    The answer is OIL.....whether you like it or not!

    This idea from Obama and the Dems is so bad! They don't care about whether the price of gas is killing!

    If I were McCain I would be slapping Obama's stupid face and buck teeth with this!

    July 8, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Ned

    Good, keep attacking McCain because I don't want our gas to go up to $10. if he's elected.

    Obama 08

    July 8, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Tim from Dallas

    What I really enjoy is seeing the word fallacy bandied about, and blaming the congress. Correct me if I am wrong, but for the first six years of the Bush Diktat, the Congress was firmly Republican, and laid down for whatever Bush wanted. W did not veto a SINGLE bill until the last year of Republican Dominance.

    So the lack of a coherent energy policy, no drilling off the coast of Florida (guess that was owed to Jeb, right?), and more importantly, no new refineries started during 5 years of complete Republican control of the government is somehow the fault of the Democratic Congress of the last year?

    THAT is a fallacy!

    July 8, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Dave

    What it fails to mention is that the Dems put down a drilling plan in 1998 by saying it would be 7-10 years before we saw any oil. interesting. oh, and then the Saudi's increased prodution so the bottom fell out on the price and the Americans (with their heads in the sand) were fat and happy again.

    July 8, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Obama4pres

    You people are so brain washed by the media that you dont see the big alaround picture. The agenda First Gobal warming then fuel shortage, or peak oil what ever they want to call there skeem bio fuel causing food to go up. The big wigs have our chain and there pulling it and we take the b.s.hook line and sinker read the history of oil and see how these guy's conduct buisiness starting with standard oil and see who actually runs this country and the two puppets in the picture. The Electric car was bought out and tossed to the side a long time ago so that they can continue to rake in the dogh and since a good thing cat last they know it is comeing to a end so ther for high gas prices .We need to be a united as a people not devided like they want. There is no sides in life on this planet eather get it together or fall for the same song and dance while the manopalizers continue ther game.

    July 8, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Jake

    katie c,

    What is wrong with our country and how is it almost destroyed? You need to open your eyes and stop watching the all negative news channels. We live in a great country that provides opportunities to EVERYONE!

    America needs liberals to balance the political arena, but man, they just don't make sense. Because Obama uses the word Change, everyone thinks there will actually be Change. Are you kidding me? He is a politician. Look at his history in Illinois.

    If he said jump over the cliff, you wacky liberals would probably do it. Follow sheep follow........

    July 8, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Lim

    Obama '08: YES, WE SCAM!

    July 8, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. one4truth

    To be honest with you, its not so much whether you believe me or not, as much as you hear me. ~ Larry Sinclair


    July 8, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Johnny Mac is bad cheese gone worse

    And meanwhile back at the ranch, Bush and all his oil buddies are laughing while they sit on the current offshore sites and see the rest of us suffer.

    July 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Allan

    where is Change?The same BS.Wake up America. NO obama .NO obama.

    July 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Randy

    Well if it is going to take 7 years then we better start soon! If we wait for Obama to use some common sense it will be 13 years!

    July 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Fed up with the lies

    So Sen. McCain tells you he doesn't walk in bootstep with President Bush, but then joins in his call to violate the beautiful coast of Oregon, Washington and ok, California. You just have to love a candidate that stands up for himself and doesn't flip flop.

    Obama 2008

    July 8, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. C Hussein L

    I wish they would write the entire transcript to show what obama is proposing and making it seems as though he is going after McCain and not making any solutions. The ad goes as such

    On gas prices, John McCain’s part of the problem.

    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.

    He’s voted with Bush 95% of the time.

    Barack Obama will make energy independence an urgent priority.

    Raise mileage standards.

    Fast track technology for alternative fuels.

    A $1000 tax cut to help families as we break the grip of foreign oil.

    A real plan and new energy.

    OBAMA: I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message.

    July 8, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. Rob Johnson

    Good for Obama for challenging McCain and the GOP on this.

    No matter how much we drill, or where, we will never see $3 gas again in our lifetime. It's a simple supply and demand issue, and we can never drill for as much oil as growing economies like China and India are demanding.

    Somebody said that if we had started drilling a decade ago, we'd have the oil by now. Well, if we had started actively promoting solar and wind 15 years ago when I began working for Greenpeace, we'd have those online now. That argument goes both ways.

    We need to invest in the energy technologies of the future, instead of trying to prop up a dirty, outdated 19th century technology.

    July 8, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Ken

    Love the pic. McSame is Bush part III

    July 8, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Frank Canada

    Drilling for more oil isn't the answer. If you people want to discover the truth investigate Canadian Oil Companies that have one of the largest reserves in the world yet our gas prices are a lot higher than your gas prices. Also Canada ships a large portion of it's oil and gas to your country.

    It's not the supply of oil that's the problem. A little research by everyone would do the public more good than drilling off shore or in Alaska.

    July 8, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. @HusseinIsAmerican2

    John McShame says he is against dependency on oil, but overnight he FLIP-FLOPPED and want americans to DRILL MORE!

    McBush, you can't be for and against more oil dependence; providing band-aid solutuions like summer gas tax rebates is not the solution; more oil drilling at the expense of the environment is not the solution ; giving more tax breaks to oil companies to drill more is not the solution!

    John McSame = 4 MORE YEARS OF GDUBYA FAILED ECONOMIC POLICIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 8, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Chuck

    Snowbama has no plan, but, he sure likes to poke holes in everybody elses.

    Where's the Beef?

    July 8, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. For the Love of God

    For all those who say we should not drill for oil, are we going to stop using oil in 7 years? Yes, i know, we should be decreasing our usage of oil, but that doesn't mean we're going to actually stop using oil in the years to come. We'll still need those supplies or prices will just remain stuck at these high prices.

    Second, yes, we should do more to develop renewable and altnernative energy sources and increase effciency. But should the government do that? That same government that cannot pin point the recent salmonela outbreak? The same government that only 12% of people think is doing a good job? The same government that doles out money to special interests and campaign contributors? Do you think that money will be spent wisely?

    One example. The German government spent billions of dollars buying solar energy units. So many units that there is a shortage of parts that are used for solar energy panels and have driven the cost of such technology higher.

    Turns out, solar energy isn't that great for Germany. Studies show that wind turbines would have been much more efficient for this often cloudy and blustery region. But the government didn't care! They were 'doing something'. They were being 'green'.

    Would have been a lot more green had they spent some time figuring out that solar was not best. One would pray that the evil "free market" would have figured this out before they blew billions of dollars. And if they got it wrong?? Well, taxpayers are stuck with the bill.

    That's what is great about the free market. Individuals are willing to risk their own money. The government, however, is filled with individuals that risks everyone's money.

    July 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  21. Ian

    Now we know that McCain takes sides with Bush, but I guess I missed the part in the article that talks about what Obama's plan is.

    July 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  22. jim, kansas city

    Well I do not know about Obama or his supporters, but I plan to be here in seven years, sooner we get started the better. If Clinton had allowed drilling in 1995 we would not have this mess that we are dealing with right now. In '70 we imported 24% of our oil needs, today its up to 80%.
    As I said I plan to be in this country in seven years, sooner they start the better.

    July 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Reality Check richmond virginia

    no matter how you cut it, wether its just around the corner or a long ways away, the only real solution is to get off oil and we should be sprinting to get there as soon as possible.

    one of the things that has made us such a great country through out our history has been staying ahead of the curve, coming up with solutions the quickest and being the leaders of progress. We have been increasingly falling off in that realm recently and instead of looking for real solutions, we try and protect the status quo and the companies that finance or politicians campaigns.

    We are sinking............but we don't have to.

    July 8, 2008 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Obama-Junkie, IL

    McCain and Bush...buddies to the end.

    Americans don't need more political pandering when it comes to energy. Americans need "INTERVENTION" for our addiction to oil. When you support 95% of the same "crap" that Bush supported, then you can't successfully separate yourself from GW Bush! This is and will be John McCain's problem throughout this campaign. No one outside of the political junkies will care how McCain voted or bucked the party line 12 to 24 years ago. Most Americans are going to be concerned on how McCain voted over the last 8 years under the Bush years!

    July 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Nova from NV

    Obama is not telling the whole story (very typical political attack ploy). The off-shore drilling is just one of many plans of McCain Energy plan. It is a long-term plan to get our country ready for the shortage of oil in the future. McCain short term plans also includes Flex fuel vehicles, Plug-in hybrids and battery development, ethanol from non-corn crops, solar and wind.

    The Obama attack ad just to show that Obama is old-politics, attack your opponent position without getting into the whole story. People, let's wake up from this Obama pipe dream. Just look at him with an open mind and judge him for what he really is.

    July 8, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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