July 24th, 2008
12:40 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain advisors look to keep the focus on energy

(CNN) - Shortly before Barack Obama took the stage in Berlin, Germany Thursday, John McCain’s campaign tried to keep the spotlight on domestic concerns with a conference call focused on the nation’s energy crisis, and Democratic opposition to off-shore oil drilling. “Barack Obama is touring Europe and back home his leadership, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, are opposing any effort to expand exploration in the United States,” said McCain policy advisor Doug Holtz-Eakin.

The call was originally intended to highlight a visit by the presumptive Republican nominee to an off-shore oil rig in Louisiana - a photo op that had to be scrubbed late Wednesday, as Hurricane Dolly headed for the Gulf Coast.

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  1. Steven

    Everyone bashed Obama about not going to Iraq and abroad. Be careful what you ask for! Obama is dominating the news all over Europe! The Beatles didn't get this much exposure!

    Tne Warmongers Are So Jealous!

    McCain You Can Go Anywhere You Want To Speak, Get On Your Plane And Go. Stop Crying Like Some Little Soiled Five Year Old.
    You And Your Kitchen Sinks, Stink.

    July 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. Mama D

    I did not see anybody calling Bush arrogant. He was arrogant, dumb and stubborn. Obama is not arrogant. He is very confident, smart, intelligent and exciting!! And the Obama hater's need to drink some haterade real soon!! Once he is President and turn this country around back on track, you all will be looking stupid. But to save your face you will try and find something wrong with him!!

    July 24, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Ralph

    Looks like McCrybaby is taking this election against Obama too personally. I thought Hillary was bitter, but McCain is a thousand times more resentful than either of the Clintons were. Why is McCain getting so personal with his attacks lately?

    July 24, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Rob indetroit

    Was'nt there just a oil spill so much for it being safe.

    July 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  5. Doris,Memphis,TN

    McCain is bitter!

    July 24, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Texas trail puppy!

    Attack, attack, attack and attack Obama that how to Focus on Energy onJohnny Boy.....

    July 24, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Karen from Missouri

    Oil prices are going down because the supply is going up. The supply is going up because we're using less gas. I don't think the democrats (or the republicans for that matter) had anything to do with that. If we start driving more and using more gas, the prices will go right back up - even if we start new drilling today.

    McCain (and the rest of us) must get our heads out of the sand and start looking for alternatives.

    July 24, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    according to OUR department of energy: IN 2007 THE US EXPORTED 1,400,000 BARRELS OF OIL PER DAY!!

    why are we EXPORTING any barrels if we're in such a crisis?!?!! oh yeah, so exxon can make a few more billion while their BFF georgie is still in office!

    wake up, america, and quit being so lazy and trusting! PLEASE go to a LEGITIMATE (meaning no FOX, rush, glenn, and the rest of the white house SHILLS). it's not fair to the rest of us that you vote with absolutely ZERO factual information! you $crewed up twice already, DO NOT DO IT FOR A THIRD TIME!!!

    July 24, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Jason

    Brilliant idea with the visit to an oil rig. I hope McCain does plenty of spots standing atop an off shore oil rig. We should tap our natural resources and further explore green technologies. Anything less is not in the best interest of the country. The Democrats have an anchor tied to them with the ban on off shore drilling. It is stupid to not drill. The defense line that Dem's continually use is, "We will not see a drop of oil for seven years" is not fundamentally sound. A rational response is "So?" I plan to be driving a vehicle in 7 years. Do you not? It will take at least that long to develop the non oil technology and implement it to America. Why not do both? In summary PLEASE TAKE MANY PHOTOS ON OFF SHORE OIL RIGS. IT MAKES SENSE MR. McCAIN.

    July 24, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. John B. From New Hampshire

    they were the ones that pressured him to go. now they criticise him for being abroad? fellas, you can't have your cake and eat it too!!!

    July 24, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Griff

    Isn't it 'Great' to have a "Strong-Name John"! – Like the Oak Tree..

    July 24, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Down with Obama

    Obama has violated the Logan Act. The MSM is not reporting this. Complain to your Senator. Press for legal action to be taken. The United States should not be mocked by a disgusting parasite like Obama!!!

    Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

    This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

    1 Stat. 613, January 30, 1799, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953 (2004).

    July 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. bill for barack

    I guess McIdiot will do anything to try to keep voters' minds off the illegal , immoral war he started, the collapsing ecomony, the lack of health care and moral leadership in this nation – all by offering nonsense proposals about energy that he knows can never work.
    He keeps making up a surge that he says is successful. Maybe he can pretend that he's already solved the energy crisis too.
    McIdiot for Retirement '08.

    July 24, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA






    July 24, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. James Nelson

    Any working man or woman who believes that the Republican Party has their best interests at heart hasn't been paying attention over the past 8 years.

    July 24, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Michael

    Susan, would you do us all a favor and read book or a newspaper or at least take a basic vocabularly course. I've never read such puerile drivel.

    July 24, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Enlightened Voter

    Hey mcsurge, mcdrill off our shores, mciraqforever, there was a huge oil spill in Louisiana that has shut down the mississippi river ( i guess that is why you canceled your speech there huh?) anyway umm, is that Obama's fault too? And are you going to flip flop again on oil drilling now that the mississippi is ruined for years or are you going to continue with your bad judgement and stay the course on oil drilling? You probably won't answer me cause all you do is talk about the surge, bash Obama and Iraq.

    July 24, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Florence

    You Republicans need to go to Black Mountain, Arizona. Years ago J. McCain voted in a bill to drill for Uranium on the Navaho Indian Reservation. The Native Americans were relocated and lost their land to the Big Oil Co's. Many Navaho adults and children died from Uranium dust poisoning. J. McCains senatorial campaign was backed financially by big oil backing. Don't be fooled he is still being backed by them. I was born in AZ. and lived near these areas. The destruction from mining in Az. is still there to see. Look at Globe, Jerome, Miami and Black Mountain, AZ. See what distruction was left, for the next generations. Huge caverns, sludge every where. Nothing grows where this drilling took place. Would you want to live there?

    The old timers in AZ remember the Keating trials, the arrest of Mrs. McCain and how she stole from her employer to get drugs. Her nervous break down, her liquor involvement and you think she is what you want for the FIRST LADY? WAKE UP AMERICA the next eight years could be the most dangerous years yet, if we do not vote for an intelligent, honest, young person like Senator Obama. People get your heads out of the sand and realize the Republican party is wrong!!! John McCain is wrong!! John will need more than the Dalai Lama to get his facts straight. Oh, and I have been blessed by the Dalai Lama, which is the truth!

    I would think the Morman people would find a President who make his living off the income of his wife's BUDWISER LIQUOR business not exactly to the rules of the church. Are they going to vote for J. McCain?

    Florence–Born in Arizona

    July 24, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. tedious898

    I'm shocked and amazed. I guess americans really don't want Obama.

    This truly hurts. 8 yrs of Goofy now we get 8 years of Mr. Magoo
    I thought this time american would hire the smart guy. And I'm here to tell you its not Sen. McCain.

    OK....good luck to Hillary in 2012. The Obama supporters (well at least me) will sit that one out or vote for Jeb Bush. Who cares?

    July 24, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. Joshua College Station Texas

    "McCain" and "energy" don't belong in the same sentence. It's oxymoronic.

    The Dean 'whoop", the Clinton cackle, the Bush smirk, the Cheney sneer, the McCain smirk–ugh! Not presidential, not personality traits we want in a leader, not the people we want in office, not the faces we want representing us at home and abroad!

    July 24, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. Joshua College Station Texas

    "McCain" and "energy" don't belong in the same sentence. It's oxymoronic.

    The Dean 'whoop", the Clinton cackle, the Bush smirk, the Cheney sneer, the McCain smirk–ugh! Not presidential, not personality traits we want in our leaders, not the people we want in office, not the faces we want representing us at home and abroad!

    July 24, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Angi's mom

    Protect our oceans. NO OFFSHORE DRILLING!

    July 24, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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