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. Lawrence Ogoigbe

    The RNC & McShame's campaign can go ahead with more negative ad.Obama has the resources to match them.Obama is not Kerry nor
    Gore.He is very prepared for anything the GOP can throw @ him.No
    escape root for the GOP this fall.It's over.Besides,NO negative you throw will stick.

    July 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Republican for Obama

    Enough with the kool aid comments. Just because someone doesn't agree with you, they are not delusional, in fact I would argue, more informed. Had we started drilling 10 years ago we would still be in a mess. China and India are becoming huge industrialized nations, just as we did back in the day. Their demand for resources is going to be insatiable. Remember the 70's oil embargo? If we had done something about our consumption then we would not be in this mess. So what makes you think giving an addict 10 more years of cheap heroin is going to make it easier for them to quit?

    It's time to face the facts that there is only a limited supply of oil left and when it's gone we're going to be in a heap of trouble if we don't sometime soon start changing our ways.

    July 8, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Ben (Eugene, OR)

    Let me explain the advantage to opening off-shore drilling, and drilling in ANWAR:

    Demand is the largest force driving up the prices of oil. The U.S. gets 60% of it's oil domestically. That leaves 40% from foreign countries (our largest supplier being Canada[20%]). This leaves 20% coming from the Middle East, South America and Mexico.

    Solution: Decrease reliance on foreign oil, and decrease our domestic demand.
    A tax cut of $1000 to every family doesn't solve either of these problems. In fact it makes it worse. It makes buying gas EASIER, and thus NOT forcing citizens to CONSERVE. High gas prices are GOOD because they force us all to CONSERVE, and make alternatives more viable.

    Drilling in the long term reduces the amount of oil we need to import, reduces the trade deficit, and ensures energy security.
    In the short term, it forces the oil speculators to believe that at some point the price could go down with the influx of more domestic oil. This makes them less likely to buy OVER PRICED futures, keeping the price of oil at reasonable levels.

    Obama is the best public speaker in modern history, but I vote on substance...I won't vote for him until I get some.

    July 8, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Price to pay is Obama himself

    Never had a mandate

    Never will have a mandate.

    The "new" democratic party is well...just NOT into democracy.

    When did the left become so bigoted, sexist and hateful?

    When did lying and cheating and stealing become the path to securing the nomination of the democratic party.

    When did we put our least worthy and least accomplished candidate out there as our nominee?

    Since the haters for Obama decided hate, insults, threats, force and coercion is the best way to install your nominee.

    Will YOU reward that in NOV?

    July 8, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Laddieoh

    I've been a Democrat all my life, but this Obama guy scares me. So far all he has accomplished is to come up with the campaign slogan, "Change". His actual record shows no talent for effecting change, and no experience. So far, all I am hearing is "wind". So there we have it, "The Windy candidate from the Windy City".

    July 8, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Chris

    I just don't get you McCain supporters!! Where were you back in 01? LOL!!! I mean you all need to wise up and vote for OBAMA since for the most part you guys put the current idiot in office. So, now y'all see the light!!! GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

    July 8, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. MD

    Good for Obama.

    In every one of his speeches, Obama must remind the American People that McCane has voted with Bush 95% of the time. This is one fact that McCane and his spin doctors cannot refute.

    July 8, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Mary

    OMG…..ANWAR? Drilling offshore?

    First of all, these oil companies already have lots of areas that they own and can explore. DRILL THERE PLEASE!!! Start with that and call us next election PLEASE!!! What’s the problem with getting the oil from areas you already own?

    Secondly, remember Exxon (Valdez) fiasco? America does not want another 2 or 3 of those offshore nor in ANWAR. Did you see what happened last week with Valdez? They owed over $5 billion due to there fiasco but that amount was reduced to just a percentage of that. Great example hey? With all the money that Exxon is making they should have doubled the amount not reduced it!

    No way McCain. NOT THIS TIME!!!

    July 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. The Truth

    To Tony:

    I am sure the reason you say he is "inexperienced" is because you truly believe that, and not some underlying racist hatered for the color of his skin.

    Which part of Obama do you hate, his White side or his Black side? Are you so full of hate that you hate the Black in him so much that you cannot see th White in him?

    July 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. mel

    McCain, will do or say anything to get elected to office.
    He is Bush the third and he will hurt this country as much
    as Bush has. I don't his military background will make
    him a good president. Army and marines have more
    military experience than someone in the air. Officer on
    the ground more battle than in those in the air. This is
    not just about war,the economy and Jobs are more
    important. Hell with the war we need to bring ours troops

    July 8, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. susie

    What does big NOBAMA propose so there is more oil? Use olive oil from olives???

    I agree with Tony - we wouldn't be in this mess if Bill Clinton had signed the bill for more drilling in 1996.

    Congressional apporval is the lowest in history. Democrats have had control for 2 years now - and promised action in the first 100 days - well glad we didn't hold our breath for them to act.

    July 8, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  12. jr

    We either take the bull by the horns and secure our energy future, or we do nothing and continue to let the situation worsen. Think about where we would be if we had begun the drilling process 7 to 9 years ago.To ensure our energy future we must stop talking and act now.

    Obama, would have you believe that his election will somehow cause new beneficial energy sources to spring up overnight. Nothing can be further from the truth. Without the immediate development of our domestic fields, for future use, in conjunction with the continued development of new energy technologies, the Sword of Damacles will continue to hang over our heads.

    July 8, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Justice League

    If republicans would stop casting a blind eye to the last 8 years, and open it for once, they would see that they are the ones drinking the "kool-aid" and they are the ones that are the lost sheep. Or haven't you noticed that the current administration has NO plans to help drive the current fuel prices back down, or help turn the economy back around, or stop the rapid bleeding of our trade deficit. McCain and his deluded supporters are the ones with no clue and no plan. So maybe you all need to look in the mirror and think about what your beloved W has done for you in the last 8 years.

    July 8, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Jason

    A cancer cure is 10 years off so should we just forget it and move on since we can't solve the problem now?

    July 8, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. The Meek

    I’m glad the bitter Hillary supporters are going to vote for McCain. They must think, as do I, that women should NOT have the right to make decisions regarding their own bodies. Roe vs. Wade will be overturned! Can’t wait!

    July 8, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  16. PUMA = NUTS

    So let me get this straight. For all of you.. "he has no plan" people, you can go READ (I know, short words are better) about ALL of his proposals online. Now, also, all of these plans are going to be changed (even if McCain is in office) because you can't say we're going to do it exactly like this, it depends on Congress. So, they are outlines of what they would like to PROPOSE (I know its a long word, bare with me). Also, the problem with this "something's wrong, government fix it"; its not going to work with oil. All I wish someone would really say is you're screwed; there isn't a SHORT term solution, hate to break it to you but gas isn't going to go down. Drilling will not help and McCain used to know that until he started to run for President. I'm not saying you have to like one candidate over the other but I would educate myself about these plans BEFORE I started "blah blah blah"-ing about no substance. I swear its like the same five people come on here everyday angry about this and that.
    Oh and for the jerk who keeps coming on here taking out selections from "Dreams from my Father" you need to stop going to these weird sites and finding quotes from some anonymous loser not reading the WHOLE BOOK. If you can actually read more than 3 sentences at a time, then you would see the context as to which all of those comments came from. The entire book is about his struggle when he was younger to find a place for himself. We're talking about stuff he did and said as a teenager and how as he's gotten older seen things differently. But I guess everyone still thinks and sees things exactly the same way at 46 as they did at 17... right? Just checking.

    July 8, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Dave in IL

    Another negative attack ad by that new style politician, Barack Obama. Why do they sound the same as the negative attack ads by that old style politician Hillary Clinton? Maybe he should add more of her people to his staff and morph himself into Barcak Oclinton or Hillary Obama. And where is his plan and when will it increase the oil supply. It's always best to say the other guy's idea is no good when you don't have a better one to tout.

    July 8, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    Hate drove you away you say? Satans helpers are among us and they are plenty. Stay strong for "OBAMA'. VOTE,VOTE,VOTE. for OBAMA.

    July 8, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. jim - phila.

    If you oppose drilling, coal and nuke what is left.

    Nothing – which is the Dem plan.

    July 8, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Mike - Texas

    Some people sure must be IGNORANT to beleive that add.

    Obama and his people are lieing through their teeth.

    Also, McCain's record shows him voting with Bush more like 65% of the time instead of the 95% that Obama is claiming. LIE LIE LIE

    July 8, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Jason

    Tori second energy bill came in 2006 he did vote for it quit cherry picking your info.

    July 8, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Jonny

    "Bob Stephens July 8th, 2008 11:42 am ET

    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."

    While I belive many Amerian are smart and have common sense Bob Stephens you will be surprise of the dumb ignorance out there in America.

    Lets hope they all come to their senses this years after going through 8 years of fear.

    July 8, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. RaginAsian

    well here s the other side to this. whether we like it or not we are in a serious pinch with the oil cricis, but we cant all turn our heads at the "dogs" of the situation. i mean we have to blame the environmentalists for a lot. they are the ones that have ultimatly driven all steel over seas and now we are in the same boat with our oil. even if we drill for oil today we couldnt refine it due to the overly strict regualations of the EPA!!!! its cheaper for us to send it over seas and then back to refine it just because of this "wanderful" radicalist organization called the EPA. so dont throw politics into the race for oil unless you want to move our environmentalists out of the way so that we can do our jobs as americans. know the trueth no your facts!!!!!!

    July 8, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Ms. D

    The Americans are not gullible and this is why we are voting Obama!!! You repubs can spin all you want but Bush has destroyed our country, financially, socially, and emotionally. Mccain has adopted and voted for the same failed policies of Bush, so, NO MCCAIN!!! GO OBAMA 08, Yes we can and Yes we will win in NOVEMBER!!!

    July 8, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. Independent

    Judgement over experience:

    Hey, can you do simple math?

    Let's take twenty percent of twenty thousand dollars. That would be four thousand dollars. Let's say that's what you pay in taxes because I can't imagine someone like you making any more than that.

    Now let's take someone with a brain, he'll make two hundred thousand. We'll be fair and give him the same percentage. Twenty percent of that would be forty thousand dollars.

    Huh. Guess who's paying more right now anyways?

    Liberal- def. (n): Someone who blames other people for his failure to succeed in life, but is severely jealous of those who do.

    July 8, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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