July 24th, 2008
12:40 PM ET
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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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  1. Frank

    This from a man who thinks that the recent drop in gas prices was the result of a speech by George W. Bush.

    McCain's energy policy is entirely consistent with his economic policy. Our problems are all in our heads, just like his economic adviser Phil Gramm said. We're just a nation of whiners. Some more oil leases and tax breaks for big companies will make them feel better and then we will all feel better.

    The Bush/McCain policies on oil and the economy show no understanding of how markets actually function. They raise ignorance to virtue and then wrap it in ideology.

    It would be funny, if it weren't so serious.

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

    The Republicans have the right idea; we're not getting off oil anytime within the next decade, so why not drill for more oil WHILST developing new alternatives.

    I for one am very excited about all the possibilities, such as ethanol from cellulosic waste and from algae grown in industrial smokestacks.

    July 24, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Mary - Independent

    McCain needs to quit spending time criticizing Obama and start telling the American people what he plans to do with the mess this Country is in. So far, I don't see much – and he definitely will lose the election, if he doesn't get his "act together"!

    July 24, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Lorraine

    No one is listening to you.

    July 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. R.I.F.

    Obama, Iraq, Surge, Drilling. Those are the only four words I've heard McCain utter all week. Surge, Surge, Surge, Surge...Obama, Obama, Obama, Obama, Obama... Iraq, Iraq, Iraq, Iraq... Obama, Obama, Obama, Obama...Drilling, Drilling, Drilling.

    Please return to the telepromter. At least you stayed on message, sort of. Now you are just walking around with a mic repeating the same lines...mostly starting with Senator Obama... and ending with an attack.

    This was suppose to be his "Economy" week....LOL!!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. DJ, LA, CA

    ...for all the wrong reasons, to fatten-up windfall profits for the Big Oil monopoly $ the GOP is bankrolled by.

    July 24, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Ron democrat turned independent

    mccain wants to build a bridge of domestic oil and gas reserves while we try to become independent of fossil fuels, which will take at least 20 to 30 years before that will come about..it is easy to say wind power, but the steel it will take to accomplish even limited success will use so much steel it will drive the price of automobiles and anything else made with steel out of reach. same with alternative fuels made from corn ect. you have to balance the results of making the fuel with what it does to the price of food ect. it is easy for sen. obama to talk about getting away from oil. but like all of his other issues he does not explain the concequences of his actions. that is one of the main reasons he will not have an open debate with mccain he can't answer the questions on the staments he makes on these issues. so again once someone (mccain) builds the bridge and people see the sense in it, obama will somehow explain to the voters that that as been his position all along and will make a speech so we can be convinced that this is true with the help of cnn of course

    July 24, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Maybe there should have some push to get vehicles improved milage standards and off gasoline years ago when McCain was first in the Senate. Where's the forethought? Oil is becoming our problem and getting more won't help. We need vehciles that run on electricty that we can charge from the wall socket that have batteries that can go 400 miles on a charge. It would help to have those vehciles with solar panels to partially charge while being in any kind of light. Drilling more oil is not going to help much now.

    July 24, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  9. Rick K

    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.

    Ben, you forgot the all important:

    4)Actually, makes an important lobby who is already rich even filthier rich (Big oil in this case)

    July 24, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  10. Obama 08: mature, white woman

    Maybe McCain could make this speech on a barge in the middle of the oil slick of the shores of New Orleans.

    July 24, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Mary WA

    Phil Gram is still the designer of his ecomonic plan and will be part of his cabinet . Phil Gram the ENRON LOOPHOLE-Americans are Whinners guy. PHIL GRAM IS SETTING THE ECONOMIC FUTURE in a Mc Multimillionaire White House.

    July 24, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  12. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA










    July 24, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Vote 08'

    Since when did McCrybaby decide to spend time on anything but being a negative grandpa toward Barack Obama? I can’t wait to see these two be on the same stage in a debate. John will be Mcscared and he won’t have Joe Lieberman to whisper in his ear the right answers.

    You can not hang your entire campaign on Iraq and the surge. A leader needs to look at the entire picture and Take care of America and the millions who are struggling to make it day to day.

    July 24, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Tim

    Mr Magoo just can't get a break. The news media are so unfair to him. He's become a whiner!!

    July 24, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. marvinj

    He'll flip-flop before the hour......bank ( more deregulation) on it.

    Next thing you know he'll have a surge thats not a surge that's sort of a surge. In your back yard so he can have his rich oil buddies drill there. Be careful what ask for.

    July 24, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. My friend

    "My friend- I just wants to let you know that I cannot do anything about anything"-from McCain speech.

    July 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. David Goldman for OBAMA





    July 24, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. My friend

    To all my whinning friends- McCain said. Said what? Clueless.

    July 24, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. William

    All he does is bash Obama. It amazes me that so many people don't see this. What I see is a country full of racists who won't admit it.

    July 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Canadian

    This election is a true testimony for Americans intelligence.
    You need a leader like OBAMA. This is the only way, you will get the world stage.

    July 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    and GOP just blocked a move to unlock 70M barrels of oil we have stockpiled....

    McBush is a zero on energy issues. And all his "solutions" so far wouldn't be effective until 2030.... McBush is befuddled.

    July 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. eric, minnesota

    I still cant believe that nobody is reporting McCain's huge gaffes over the last two days. I mean the man claims to be an expert and he keeps getting the facts wrong. First he says that the surge came before the Anbar Awakening, which is completely untrue. Then the next day he tries telling everyone he's right and everyone else is wrong. Yet, today we hear absolutely nothing about it. It is so sad that the media isnt doing their job. First CBS edits it out for McCain, then today nobody is talking about it. What does McCain have to do to actually get called out on a ridiculous misstake. I mean he says Obama isnt against genocide, he wants to lose the war to win his campaign, then McCain cant get the facts about the surge right. And his base, the media, says nothing about it. They are a bunch of hacks that should be fired.

    July 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. EBC

    McLAME couldn't keep the focus on anything if he stood on his head. This is a candidate that has repeatedly contradicted himself, can't seem to make an accurate statement about the Sunnis and Shiites without getting them confused over and over. NOT a good sign

    AND can't seem to get the correct dates as to when the SURGE began, but wants to get full blown credit for it. All he talks about is the SURGE, SURGE, SURGE...

    Okay, Mr. McLAME, we GET it, what's next? He had no responses as to what's next. He claims we are VICTORIOUS when it comes to the Iraq war but when asked to explain what VICTORIES is he claiming, he could NOT!!! It's these types of stupidity that claims Sen. McCain as clueless on foreign policies. He's constantly contradicting himself when it comes to the war and the Sunnis and Shiites.

    AND what Sen. McCain been doing since Sen. Obama's been gone? Walking down a cheese isle looking confused and "grandpa" like AND riding around on a golf cart with Old Man George Bush.... doing nothing yet again!!!!

    The woman at the town hall meeting was RIGHT. Sen. McCain needs to FIRE his entire PAID staff. They are failing big time when it comes to marketing their own candidate. McCain is viewed as old man "grampa" and Sen. Obama is portrayed as Presidential in the media.

    This is WHY there is such a disparity when it comes to Sen. McCain. His entire campaign does NOT have a clue. They've fumbled this whole week in the media.

    July 24, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. Marie in California

    T. Boone Pickens has a great plan to deal with the energy crisis. Just look up Pickens Plan!

    July 24, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. SIMP

    Mccain is insane. He wanted Obama to go to MIddle east, he went and with an enormous victory. He wants Obama to debate him, and of course Obama will but what's so bad about all this is Obama will make this little old man look even dumber than he really is, if that is at all possible. Go ahead all you Hillary supporters, vote for mccain it won't make one bit of difference to President Obama. LOL


    July 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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