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.

Listen: McCain advisors say Democratic policy is costing Americans at the pump

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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    You need a history lesson.

    My friend.

    July 24, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Phil, FL

    Better keep the focus on McWarmonger's energy. He has none.

    He puts people to sleep and then goes to sleep himself.

    He's pathetic.

    July 24, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. aware

    Go McCain! 🙂

    Obama, the great pretender, is just an arrogant, egomaniac with no core principles, no moral center and no priorities other than political expediency!

    The media may crown Obama but America will not!

    July 24, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Earl

    Are you kidding?....The first thing out of McWar's mouth will be:

    My friends,Sen Obama doesn't want to drill offshore.....and.....

    The Surge is working.

    Can he come up with policy or just bash Obama?

    July 24, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. hillbilly

    he better.his foreign policy 'strength',is in the toilet,now.that was his 'strongpoint',if he ever had one.

    July 24, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Not surprised.

    You mean he's actually talking about HIS position on an issue? He's not just bashing Obama??? I'd be a miracle if he actually talked his position on the issues for a change.

    You know, McCain can TRY to do anything he wants, but he's the underdog, and Obama's pretty much callin' the shots – and McCain is left to campaigning at King Soupers and hangin' with folks like pappy bush that are even older than he is. Gotta laugh!!

    July 24, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Carl from MI

    Bring Gramm back... not only does know how to recognize a nation of whiners, but I bet he knows how to deal with them too. Once the nation stops whining everything will be better... bring on Trickle-down economics and Voodoo economics.

    Wait a minute, we tried that already and they failed miserably!! Hmm... seems everything the GOP tries economically fails miserably, except for all of their friends in corporate America, who are laughing all the way to the bank.

    July 24, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. JA Cook

    McCain has something to offer on energy? The same McCain who blamed Obama when gas prices were high but credited Bush when they came back down?

    Is he still pushing a gas tax holiday and offshore drilling? Both of those are pandering and nothing more. Neither will do anything anytime soon to help to issues we face.

    Let's hear some real ideas about getting off fossil fuels and making our vehicles, homes and factories more efficient.

    July 24, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Emi

    McCain seems to be rambling on without any plan. He needs a keeper, not a good sign in a presidential candidate.

    July 24, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Susan

    How can McCain and the Rethuglicans talk energy, when their candidate is so old, they have no energy. They have no plans except to stay in Iraq for the oil. Do not, for one minute think the Republicans care about energy!

    July 24, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  11. JIM...TX

    Aware...Obama has no moral center???? And you support McCain who cheated on his first wife for a rich blond bimb...truly amazing how dumb people are!

    July 24, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Jamaal kansas

    drill drill drill is all the Republicans know they just want more money to go to exxon Mobil Republicans are ignorant we need to get off of foreign oil not drill more WaKE up Republicans Obama 08

    July 24, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. prefer O koolaid than your McArsenic

    did one of the 59 lobbyist working on his campaign give him a book on tape copy of economics for dummies?

    July 24, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    McCain seems focused only on squawking, "Surge is working-Obama wrong! Squawk! Surge is working–Obama wrong-–my friends! Squawk!"

    July 24, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Loretta from California

    Finally, I'm tired of hearing what you think Senator Obama is doing or not doing.

    I want to hear what you will be doing as President, Senator McCain.
    Now I can stop changing the channel when you appear.

    July 24, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Ben - Portland, Or

    This folks, is the republican strategy at it's greatest. Come up with a plan that 1) sounds good to the most economically afflicted people RIGHT NOW and that 2) accomplishes absolutely nothing in the long term so that 3) anyone who comes out in opposition (because it accomplishes nothing in the long run) can be painted as unsympathetic to the plight of the working people. They've perfected this political game. They feed off of your desire to think they're protecting you. It functions well in sound bites because it can be repeated by every member of the team in less than 9 seconds. Come on, people, let's raise the bar some. We all know off shore drilling is a band aid for our oil situation and that we won't see any gains for several years, and those gains will be insignificant.

    July 24, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Monica, Texas

    McCain and his camp really sound like "sour grapes" perhaps if they spent more time focused on their own campaign rather than busy trying to discredit Obama maybe he would have more success. Jealousy....McCain is reduced with a photo opt with cheese...that is appropiate since we all know he had the "whine" to go with it.

    July 24, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA




    July 24, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Janice

    Mccain couldn't keep focus on anything if he tried. Mccain hasn't done anything this week but make gaffes and attack Obama. Mccain didn't think it was a bad idea to travel to Canada and Latin America touting Free Trade while Americans were home suffering. It was Mccain that insisted that he travel abroad in the first place and now because its a big success Mccain is showing he just an angry evil frustrated old man that can't stand the fire. Mccain and his supporters are a campaign of Whinners. If they can't stand the heat than get out of the kitchen. Besides, the media don't make a big deal out of his gaffes and he has darling interviews from all the networks, he should be greatfull for that insteaded of Whinning and complaining about everything Obama does like and angry grumpy old man.

    July 24, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. dormar

    Mcshame is too old for this bs

    July 24, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. ANGIE

    IS mcain ever ever ever gonna tell us his plans as potus or is he going to keep bashing obama and bashing his policies i am an independent and i am an obama supporter but i listen to both and maybe mccain might have a better policy than obama but i have to tell you i am sicked to death of mccain MCAIN WHAT ARE YOUR POLICIES WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO AS POTUS PLEASE STOP THE BASHING AND TALK MORE ABOUT YOUR PLANSSSSSSSSSSSS IM STICKING WITH OBAMA 110 PERCENT ALL THE WAY TO NOV MCAIN YOUR PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Oh! The Irony

    McCain, you can't have it both ways. First you complain and say you "HOPE" Obama goes overseas to visit these countries. When he gets there, you complain and point out how you are highlighting domestic issues while Obama is overseas.

    Please stop and hire a new strategist. Your campaign is garbage that wreaks of rotten chicken and diapers.

    July 24, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Jamaal kansas

    that is all he has to say is Obama this Obama that dan* just because you Old and no one likes you don't meen that you have to bash Obama all the time this is mcbush:this morning i woke up had to use my bengay and do you know Obama disagrees with the use of bengay i told him i support bengay and will pledge my alliance to bengay for the rest of my life. ha ha ha Old Mcbush give up

    July 24, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Cynthia

    He has made huges mistakes all week long by attacking Senator Obama – he should have been getting his message out whatever it is. He has truly look desperate all week long. I'm sure in private he is saying thank God that they could not come together in agreement on doing the town hall meetings. I for one can wait until they do the debates.

    July 24, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Mike

    Yes let us talk energy. For over a decade we all knew this oil crises was coming. All the Politicians spoke of it. Bush had eight years to at least start to do something about it. But Bush chose not to because his benefactors, the oil corporations pulled his puppet strings and did not let him. Now, McBush thinks we are stupid enough to blame Obama for this Republican disaster. Or, maybe there is not really a problem to begin with. It is all in our minds and we are just whiners.
    But! If there is really a problem. Then Obama did it.

    July 24, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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