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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  1. Obama4pres

    need a young person in office not the same old shhhh NWo agenda

    July 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. newsjunkie

    "Does Obama really think that Americans are so gullible?" Well, President Bush was in fact elected twice.

    July 8, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. tony

    Obama himself said that his plan will reduce our dependency on foreign oil to 35% by the year 2030–
    What are we supposed to do in the meantime Mr. Obama–
    If DEMOCRATIC President Bill Clinton had signed the 1996 Bill for drilling we would not be in this mess-
    But now that we are " Let's do nothing-
    What do you Dems think the price of gas will be in 2012-
    Stop drinking the kool aid-
    This guy is way too inexperienced and unwilling to try to help–

    July 8, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  4. Lesley

    Didn't four western oil companies just get no-bid contracts to drill in Iraq once again? Since western oil companies will be drilling there, will any of that oil translate into more oil for Americans? I mean, that's about as off shore as you can get.

    July 8, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    A picture of the two imbeciles!!!

    July 8, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. BR

    Could there be any more kool-aid drinking morons than what is on this comments section?

    July 8, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Obama is right!

    Obama's positon on the energy crisis is the best one in my opinion. When you are on a drug that is in short supply, you do not get another pusher, you try to get OFF the drug, if you can.

    The media and those in favor of drilling now should ask the McCain campaign and the radio right wingers some important questions:

    1. Will the price of oil come down if we drill or will world demand force the price even higher? China and India's comsumption are about to explode if they follow our model of development.

    2. Why aren't the oil companies drilling on the land the DO have now. Either because there is no oil or it is not profitable enough to extract at current prices.

    3. What will happen if after 50 years our oil production begins to dry up. If you think our economy is being held hostage now wait til then. Our enemies will simply wait us out, if that isn't what they are doing already.

    4. What is so wrong about thinking ahead to a new era of development.? Trying to get this economy off the backs of fossil fuels? McCain is acting like the horsesmith's in the dawn of the era of the motor car, resisting the need to change for the betterment of our nation and the world.

    It is time for our leaders to start thinking intelligently about our problems and not jus in terms of what is "good" for business because as we have discovered, the two are not always the same.

    July 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |

    energy is a problem all over the world and the world is scrambling for answers however the solutions are years in the making what we know is we have oil and we know how to get it we have coal all we need to do is make it clean. we have the technology for nuclear reactors. what we don't know is how the alternatives will work out and i think that using the tried and true while developing alternatives makes more sense than waiting till we are at the mercy of other countries it will take generations to move away from fossil fuels and to deny that for whatever reason if irresponsible

    July 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. P.U.M.A

    Let's see... Obama throttled and knocked HRC out of the race by criticizing her positions and platforms.

    Now he runs on over to HER exact positions on: Iraq, foreign affairs, NAFTA, and the economy.

    What a lying, cheating, hypocrit. Which platform is he for? His previous one or HRC's ?

    By the way.... Obama is way off on FISA and expanding faith based initiatives and on his NOT universal "universal health care plan".

    Dump this pandering dirty gameplaying lying politician.

    July 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. Esther

    To all the stupid short-sighted McSame supporters who are urging a short term fix of drilling like your old, hggard and shortsighted McSame – saying start now, start now!, WAKE UP! Listen to we the sound judgement people including Obama even if you dont have some.

    Like Mark 12:25pm ET said: So, it will take seven years. It will take longer than seven years for the alternative energy sources to be able to replace fossil fuels. Let's think short-term AND long-term...

    July 8, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. The Other Campaign Strategist from 115th St & Amsterdam Ave.

    GO ON OFFENSE … Don’t Play Defense ... take it to the hole!

    a) Keep McCain’s team off balance. He will revert to what he knows and what he knows will come across as dated. With the ROVE-related &* Guiliani -related addtions to his team ... they can only come across as mean. Americans don't want to see that anymore.

    b) Promote your bi-partisan work, your ORIGINAL SUPPORT of the NEW GI- BILL , your belief in Christianity. Take McCain where he doesn’t want to go …

    c) Be more of a MAN than McCain by contrast, not confrontation. You are slim, tall, with a slight build and those big ears… GOP will try to paint you as a physical wimp. Don’t take any B___$____t from them.

    July 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. Mila

    McCain and the knee-jerks think drilling will solve all our problems.

    There are 30 million acres where the oil companies already have the right to search for oil. One of the reasons there is no exploration there is simply because there aren't enough drills available.

    McCain wants to drill in ANWAR, too. But that oil would be extremely costly to extract. The oil companies aren't going to sell that oil cheaply in the U.S. after paying so much to get it, so it will probably all be sent to Asia.

    But more drilling sounds like a good idea if you're not paying attention.

    July 8, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. RGiles

    To vote for John McCain would simply be making the statement that you condone, approve and want more of Bush-Cheney. It is my firm belief that Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rice, Frist, Delay and others should be aggressively prosecuted for lying to the American people, to the world and criminally to the congress and for belligerently using their offices and America’s resources for their own private purposes. The Bush-Cheney administration constitutes the worst presidency this country has ever known and John McCain has not only approved of their action but also advocates continuing with more of the same. There is no way, in good conscience, that I could ever vote for John McCain.

    July 8, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Still for Hill but now ONLY for Hill

    Obama is running to the middle- where Hillary always was.

    That is why I voted for HRC- because she was the most accomplished and knowledgable and qualified to lead.

    That is why I will vote AGAINST Obama- because he pummeled her on NAFTA, IRAQ, FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AND THE ECONOMY.

    Only to NOW steal her platform.

    What a hypocrit.

    Come what may in NOV- MY conscience is clear- I voted for the VERY best- no bias, no racial games, no gender games, no hate, no insults.

    JUST COMMON SENSE to choose the VERY best, most qualified, experienced candidate with the most reasonable platform.

    Now it is NEVER Obama after his dirty trickery.

    July 8, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    dumb and dumbest-ever!!!

    July 8, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Bulldog

    Headline: Iraq insists on withdrawal timetable

    What do Bush and McCain have to say about that? They are speechless. It will be interesting to see what spin they create.

    July 8, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Frank

    Obama followers....this is nothing more than Obama calling you a fool right to your face. This argument is naive it is scary. And you are all going for the ride. Do you have no mind of your own? It may take seven years but then it may last for a hundred or more years. I now view Obama to be a fool! I will vote for john McCain.

    July 8, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Obamacan

    But if Barack keeps shifting to the right to ourGOP McCain, he will really start losing his base.

    July 8, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. kelly WI

    Drill our own. So, it takes 7 years. So what. If we don't it will still be 7 years without it. I heard that same arguement many years ago. Had we done it we would have had it on line by now.
    Dems like to keep the people poor so they have something to promise them in elections.
    Kids for Obama don't have enough real life experience behind them.

    July 8, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. OBAMA 08


    July 8, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Rob

    My party is more interested in electing the first African American President than they are in doing what is best for the nation.
    Obama has nothing to offer but criticism. I cant stand this guy.

    he is one of the ones that are in senate for many years but never vote for anything. Well, it might be much easier to critizise afterwards.

    Rob from NC

    McCain 2009

    July 8, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Down with Obama

    Obama is a nut case...he doesn't even have as many brains as Bush....and that is pretty darn bad!!!!

    July 8, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Jeff Long

    @Cathy in MD

    Like I said, Obama has not come up with anything new or innovative. McCain proposes all kinds of ideas. I read Obama's proposals and McCain seems to have a better grasp on energy and the economy so far. McCain proposes short and long term solutions whereas Obama proposes nothing but a bunch of long term solutions. Obama's solutions would take longer than 7 years to decrease the price of oil. Have you ever thought about that Cathy? Obama has no real solutions and McCain has a large number of real solutions that could be implemented even now. Whenever Hillary Clinton did a commercial, she would attack her candidate and then she would give her solution. Obama did not do that in his commercial because he has no real solutions and you buy into his crap!

    Once again!!! Substance over Hype!! McCain 2008!!

    July 8, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    am i the only one a little suspicious of the fact that all of a sudden we have an oil crisis, and that gas prices jumped more than DOUBLE in one year (which is unprecedented)!!!! and we have an OIL MAN in the WH!!!

    follow the money, people, ask yourself who is making the most $$$ on this so-called crisis?!?!!? uhh, that would be the oil companies who had RECORD BILLIONS IN PROFIT this year. wake up, america!!!

    dont play into their hands anymore, the oil companies are laughing at you all the way to the bank!!!!

    oil is the PAST!!!! we need to stop being so reliant on other countries for our energy. there's a big, huge yellow thing in the sky that can make a big contribution, only problem is...no one OWNS the sun, and so cannot profit from it the way they do old-fashioned things like oil.

    July 8, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. selected not elected

    Obama has more corporate backing than any other candidate.

    When this demagogue destroys the democratic party, I will have a clear conscience.

    I did all I could- I voted for a democrat and the VERY best candidate out there- Hillary Clinton.

    Obama used race as a shield to deflect criticism and as a sword to gut and carve and eviscerate all the more qualified, more experienced and BETTER democratic candidates.

    Hillary was the last to fall and she ONLY did so under the never ending barrage of undeserved criticism, sexually laced debasement, insults, hate, bias, race-baiting and lies from the great Obama, his campaign, pro-Obama pundits and the media.

    The DNC capitulated and installed the media and celebrity selected puppet nominee.


    July 8, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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