July 11th, 2008
03:55 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama ties energy to security, jabs McCain

Obama draws contrasts with McCain.

Obama draws contrasts with McCain.

DAYTON, Ohio (CNN) -– Between offshore drilling, a summer gas tax holiday, and more efficient car batteries, the debate over energy policy has provided some of the starkest contrasts between Barack Obama and John McCain in recent months.

On Friday, Obama took a daytrip from Chicago to Dayton to detail his energy plan and to emphasize how the lack of a sound one is a national security risk. The focus was on ending dependence on foreign oil through investment in alternative energy but Obama laced his various initiatives with repeated jabs at McCain who has taken to calling Obama “Dr. No” because of his consistent rejections of the Arizona senator’s proposals.

Obama started going after McCain on Friday by quoting the Arizona senator saying the country’s dependence on foreign oil stems from 30 years of inaction in Washington.

“I could not agree more, John McCain is exactly right,” Obama said to more than a thousand supporters in a school gymnasium. “The only problem is that out of those 30 years, Senator McCain was one of those politicians in Washington for 26.”

Obama accused McCain of ideas that “poll very well,” but “what he’s offered is a plan that doesn’t make any real investment in alternative sources of energy, that represents a failure to think long-term about our nation’s future.”

Obama went on to mock McCain’s $300 million cash prize to the inventor of a highly efficient car battery, saying it will take more than “a Readers Digest sweepstakes to achieve this goal.”

While Obama was listing the faults in McCain’s energy platform, McCain was returning the favor in Wisconsin.

“No to more drilling, no to more nuclear power, no to research prizes that help solve the problem affordable electric cars,” railed McCain. “You know, for a guy whose official seal carried the motto 'Yes we can,' Senator Obama's agenda sure has a lot of 'No we can't.'”

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Ron Nebraska

    So why wasn't something done on the energy front when the Republicans were in charge for so many years of the Bush fiasco? Could this whole drilling for oil offshore just be another typical manipulate the ignorant ploys during election time? Kind of like the gay marriage epidemic threatening to doom America, only brought out as an issue at elections so Republicans can scare up a few more votes from the pathetic.

    July 11, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |


    If that oil gets as far as the west coast, it will likely be shipped to China.

    That's a fact that's out there too.

    July 11, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  3. Orange

    Democrats energy plan is simple
    You ride a bicycle
    You ride the bus
    If food is expensive, its not our fault blame, blame, blame
    Obama tell us the truth, where are your records from Illinoi ??
    PUMA Hillary or Mc Cain

    July 11, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. whiner

    he means 'no' we cant be stupid about your tired old ways.it's time for you cronies from the civil war era to step aside and let someone with some common sense and loyalty to the country,take over and show REAL leadership skills. mccain should write on the blackboard WAR IS NOT GOOD 1,000 times while lieberman counts for him. obama '08

    July 11, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  5. whiner

    wont it be great when oil washes up on the beaches of california,after the next 'big one',and everyone can collect their own fule for free.the black 'gold rush' of 2009.we'll have to rename the team from san francisco,tho.how 'bout the um...OILERS!ya the forty-niners can be the oilers.

    July 11, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. Robert Burns

    I'm a Democrat whose planning on voting for Obama (who voted for Clinton in the primary), a conservative who abhors squandering our national oil supply, and hates giving money to my energy money to Republicans, Texans, and Arabs, but I like McCain's innovation incentive for a better automobile battery. The man is so tied to Bush and Bush's backers that he might as well be swimming with a ball and chain but he's an experienced, intelligent human who deserves credit when it's due. He won't get my vote but he does get this isolated commendation. There are some very good environmentalists within the Republican ranks (just not many in government).

    July 11, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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