July 21st, 2008
09:50 AM ET
15 years ago

New McCain ad pegs Obama for rising gas prices

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/21/art.pump.cnn.jpg caption="New McCain ad hits Obama on energy policy."](CNN) - A new attack today in the political battle over soaring energy costs.

Senator John McCain's (R-Arizona) presidential campaign is releasing a television commercial that highlights what it calls rival Barack Obama's opposition to proposals that would help lower fuel prices.

"Gas prices, $4, $5, no end in sight," says the announcer in the ad.

"Because some in Washington are still saying no to drilling in America. No to independence from foreign oil. Who can you thank for rising prices at the pump?" continues the announcer.

"Obama, Obama" chants are then heard in the commercial.

The announcer continues, saying that "one man knows we must now drill more in America and rescue our family budgets. Don't hope for more energy. Vote for it. McCain."

McCain favors lifting the federal ban on offshore oil drilling off much of the coast of the country. While Obama favors keeping the ban in place, he does not say no to all drilling in America, as the ad seems to suggest.

Both candidates are against lifting the ban on drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, better known as ANWR.

The McCain campaign says the commercial will run starting today on national cable and in 11 key battleground states.

UPDATE: Barack Obama's campaign has issued a response to the ad.

"As someone who’s been in Washington for 26 years, Senator McCain is one of those politicians, and he’s consistently opposed investments in renewable energy that would reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  Now he’s proposing nearly $4 billion in tax breaks for the oil companies and Washington gimmicks that he admits will only provide ‘psychological relief’ to consumers," Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

Filed under: John McCain • Political ads
soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. Irishman for McCain

    Barry the flipper will soon be for drilling!!! Just wait a few weeks!!!!

    July 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Phil in KC

    Say what? The biggest run-up of oil prices in American history occurred under the current administration. Now they're trying to blame it on Obama and the Democrats? Please!
    T. Boone Pickens is a conservative Republican and an oilman. What does his current ad say? We cannot drill our way out of this emergency. If a rich, conservative, Republican oilman can figure this out, why can't McCain and Bush?

    July 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. rw

    Texas Trail Dog says:
    4. Every American should give one terrorist a job. Change.
    5. Make as much money as you can off illegal real estate deals, ($860.000 worth) Change.

    Please throw some proofs here...

    July 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Coastal Paradise

    Today's not my day.....CNN you did not post my comment!

    July 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. BushwickJLD

    UNBELIEVABLE... I thought we wanted to FREE ourselves from oil, yet McShame and Bus & croonies want to blame Obama for preventing the Republicans from destroying our shores and further endangering our planet by drilling for oil? oh, did i mentioned that ECONOMIST–yes, trained–have said total savings would equate to 3 cents and actual production won't materialized for another 10 years? and Obama is to blame? I'm just speechless...

    July 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. brenda

    yes i will vote for mccain. why? because i trust him more with foreign relations than i do obama. plus i know that he wil attempt to do everything he can to where we will, one day, be energy independent. obama doesnt want us to be indepnednet of the federal governement. he wants us to be dependnet upon govt for everything and thereby allowing govt to be the Big Brother that everyone is afraid of.

    July 21, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. BLKMan in MD

    98% of the EDUCATED America's know that "off-shore" drilling for oil will NOT help gas prices today. WHY on earth are the Republican's making FALSE statements about this fact? America should be aware that drilling for oil will only help America in the short term, what about the long-term? What about the health of our children and grandchildren? When are we going the let fossil-fuel go, when are we (American's) going to invest in our future? Must we remain IGNORENT to the right-wing ignorent mentality? Fossil fuel is DEAD let it dye without the American people dying off as well.

    July 21, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Janice July 21st, 2008 1:48 pm ET

    Just because someone doesn't agree with your opinion does not mean that theirs is "stupid" or "uneducated". Most of you people who post on these sights are some of the most hateful, angry people. Regardless of who wins this country is so screwed up neither of them will be able to do enough to fix it. Common sense would make you think they could have prevented it years ago, the technology is there for greener energy but no one wanted to use it. Do you really think that is going to change anytime soon? Obama is a preacher, a used car salesman, a snake charmer. He has no substance, no real ideas, he has however taken a lot of ideas from other people and tried to make them his own. He has taken credit for things that was not his to take. The man is sef centered and arrogant. McCain is no better, he doesn't care about the people, he cares about "Coporate America" and his own wallet – which I am sure is more his wife's wallet. He has no regard for women's issues. He is old and coming in with old idea. While fresh idea's and outlooks are nice neither one of these candidates can provide it or true change either. It will be another 4 years of economic decline.

    Tell it like it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 21, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Brian, Pittsburgh

    Are you kidding? McCain's solution for America's Oil Addiction – More Oil!!

    The first step to getting out of a hole – stop digging.

    Obama '08.

    July 21, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. Brian Knoxville TN

    This is off-message but I'd like to make a point, if I may. There are people screaming today about the NY Times not accepting McCains editorial, saying that they are biased toward Obama. That really isn't the case. Anyone can submit a piece to any newspaper, saying what they believe, what's on their mind, etc.. Only a few ever get selected. The things that merit attention to the editorial board are new perspectives, new information, and a coherent train of thought. Agreement with any particular position is not often considered. In this case, McCain was clearly repeating an already known position. The Times did the right thing in rejecting it. Thanks.

    July 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Dennis Pelletier

    When I hear stupid stuff like this it only reinforces what Barack Obama has been saying for so long now, that the trouble we are in is because of the suck in the mud politicians in Washington who have done nothing up till now to stear this country towards an independence of foreign oil. Why whould they, it's only lining their own pockets. Think outside the box has been here for a long time, but has anyone heard it?

    July 21, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Allan

    No obama No obama

    July 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. NPA

    It's funny how when McCain's surrogates are pressed to talk about McCain's plans, they either try to divert the question and bash Obama or say that McCain's plans are works in progress. How pathetic!

    July 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Cynthia - Arkansas

    One question...Who do you think is bankrolling McSame's campaign? If you said BIG OIL, you win! They are not happy just having 60 million acres that they don't use, the want it ALL. I did hear a Republican slip up and say that China and Japan needs more oil. OOPS!

    July 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Ted

    Obama only voted present 2.5% of the time. All those who use the 'indecisive' argument are fools.

    July 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Billy J -Austin-Tx

    Although I still would prefer a different candidate than Obama as the democrat, the current gas prices have nothing to do with him, and everything to do with our poor decisions in Iraq, and the Enron loophole allowing speculators to wreak havoc with the oil stock.

    July 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Zachary

    Hillary supporters supporting Mccain being Hillary lost have emotional problems. Obama Hates women? Wow that is delusional. Please just admit you hate men because its pretty obvious!

    July 21, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Radical Islamic Extemism is very real and very dangerous.

    Yes, absolutely he is to blame. The netroots, the elite fringe enviromentalists, Pelosi, Dean, Reid and Soros are celebrating the price of gas. Their policies promote even higher gas and food prices. Please do not forget however that they truly answer to a higher power, they decide because they really know what is best for us ignorants and low informed. Instead of negotiating like normal people to get investments for green energy, they will take our money through fees and taxes to fund projects that erode the hard earned rights and freedoms enjoyed by , yes, hard working Americans.
    Hero B4 Zero
    Mc Cain Democrat

    July 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. nancy

    hahaha! repblicans after more money...
    no seeing to reason...
    any enviromental degredation theur offsprings can afford to live anywhere...
    nope not so easy...

    July 21, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Bart

    To v.a.
    True, this ad is ridiculous. But unfortunatelly, Americans are stupid enough to believe it. And this is sad. As with war in Iraq, it will take Americans few years until they realize how they were fooled. Few years that we do not have...

    July 21, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. less media more issues

    What drivel. I'm surprised he didn't use a picture of Senator Obama with his hands against an oil derrick, physically stopping the oil! Senator Obama is thinking of the future Senator McCain of someone else's pocketbook.....

    Drilling for oil here isn't going to help us. We have to stop the need for oil.

    July 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. I'm a hard working American Democrat who will vote for a Republican.

    Oooooh what has the party done this time ???
    Listen carefully, I do. Europe this, Europe that, the New Democratic Party is playing follow the leader, and we are not the leader. What do Europeans pay for gas, I HOPE we will not CHANGE our prices to $8 a gallon. BTW do not listen to me I'm ignorant, uneducated, an emotional wreck and I am very low informed. Thanks to the efforts of previous generations of brave Americans I have the right to vote.

    July 21, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    Okay wait....McCain and Bush said that drilling for oil of shore will not see great residuals for years to come and when they do...it will be a small amount if we even notice at all. Had Bush not allowed US oil refinaeries to shut down and all our oikl to be shipped we wouldn not be in this problem. With that said thises oil companies already have land set aside for them to safely drill for oil, with infastructure already set up. How come they don't want to use that?

    July 21, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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