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.

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  1. aaa

    thay should focuse on losing than winning because they are not taking the white house this november. evil republicans!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. You are a Whinner

    I know Old people whine- but this is too much from McCain. Can he do anything for Americans? He will never be able to compete with Obama. So stop bashing him and kee your dignity. Otherwise, you will be written off from history as your friend -Bush.

    July 24, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. California Gold

    They already have 17 million acres to look for oil McCain. Why don't you affix blame with those holding oil leases for not exploring with what they already have. Blaming Congress is one of your more incompetent comments.

    July 24, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. McCain

    What an embarracement he is. Pitiful campaigner and a pathetic ignorant man on facts and figures. 71 years old-with no knowledge of events and still wants to sit in the White House.
    For what? to call every one going on the street – My Friend?.
    The ones who support him-be real you people.

    July 24, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Frank

    Pelosi and Reid are detrimental to our Country!! The Democrats must GO!!

    July 24, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |



    July 24, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Dick, Texas

    Obama is over in a country where the unemployment is over 8% and he is telling them he wants the US to be more like them??????

    What a guy!

    Obama is a smoke screen. Those that support him will be the ones buying swamp land and then expecting the government to bail them out. Oh, Congress is already doing that.

    July 24, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Justin Castro

    Foucsing on opening new sources of oil in and around the United States is a waste of our tme, money, and effort. We are already behind Europe in developing new and renewable sources of energy and methods of energy conservation–where the future of the environment and the economy lies. We had the oppurtunity to move in this smarter and healthier direction during the first term of the present republican president who shunned the idea and was critical of energy reform throughout the vast majority of his tenure. A democratic president and congress will acomplish far more towards moving America into new dimensions of energy. Allowing oil companies to expand under the false banner of making gas cheaper is nearly criminal, and by far, not to the long term (or short term) beneifit to todays energy crisis in the USA.

    July 24, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |


    July 24, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. 4Real

    I cannot wait to see how many Europeans cast their vote for Obama come November. His time would be better spent campaigning domestically. Oh, that's right, the media is campaigning for Obama.

    July 24, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Grandpa

    You supporters-tell grandpa to get off the stage before he breaks his hip. He is not ready for commander nor for presidency, not for white house.
    Retirement -off course.

    July 24, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. McArsenic

    advise him to fire all of the lobbyist working on his campaign and to give back the millions of dollars the oil companies and special interest groups have bought him with.

    July 24, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. NoMcSame

    Yah the OLD fart looks like he could use some energy.

    July 24, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. It Be Me

    you really have to wonder if the canidates have people reading these posts.....and why McCain doesn't figure out that people want to hear real plans.....real ideas that will work NOW, not 5 or 10 years down the road.....

    his biggest idea to date seems to be.

    "ME – GOOD....HIM – BAD"

    July 24, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    IF the drop was solely due to President Bush, as Senator McCain contends, then why hasn't President Bush done this in the last 2 years when prices were skyrocketing?

    By the way, what about the fact that oil was around $20/barrel when Bush was sworn in. It's now $126. Does Bush get credit for that as well?
    Or, is it just the fact that the price went down from $145 to $126?

    July 24, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    By the way, I'm thinking the reason the meeting in Louisiana was cancelled was not because of the weather in New Orleans. After all, I don't think there were any delays in Louisiana. There were NONE in Houston, which is a lot closer to the storm that hit South Texas yesterday. I bet if he were getting on a plane to go to a fundraiser with Clayton "if it's inevitable, just lay back..." Williams, he would've made it just fine.

    No, rather, it probably had something to do with the barge accident and the oil spill.

    July 24, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. jack phoenix, AZ

    Obama 70% McCain 30% of popular vote. Looks like McCain will be retiring in Sun City after the thumping he will take in November.

    July 24, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Caycee

    Maybe he can advise US of the best method to clean up oil slicks in the Mississipi or off the Gulf now that he wants to focus on energy solutions.

    July 24, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Scott

    Obama = Presidential

    McCain = Whiner,

    with a capital W, my friend.

    July 24, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Claudia

    Even the weather turned against McCain. Hurricane Dolly chased him out of Louisiana even before he arrived.

    July 24, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Daniel So Cal

    I love it when Republicans call Obama out with no moral principles.
    Last I checked, he's still married. He toughts his faith, Christianity, and he's not afraid to have discussions about it.

    Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye. (Mathew 7:3)

    July 24, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. travelingtrav

    XXXX Quote from Mikexxxx "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."
    My lord you are ignorant on this. Bush tried since first year in office to get an energy conservation plan in place- "America can not conserve it's way out of this problem" 2001, "America is addicted to oil" -2002, every attempt to get a bill was shot down by the "keep earth green- go live in a cave"- movement. What strings did the oil company pull, have you ever heard in your life of a company that would purposly limit it self from making money? go back and read your statement out loud, do you realise how dumb it sounds? Dumb people I can live with, it is the ones that stay stupid on purpose I have a problem with.

    July 24, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Glenn

    Poor senile old fool.

    July 24, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |

    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. “
    NO Bashing today .....OFF shore drilling please advise How long will it take to see some results give complete BREAK DOWN ...... are you just pandering again

    marvinj He'll flip-flop before the hour--IDIOT!!!!

    July 24, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    "Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, are opposing any effort to expand exploration in the United States,” said McCain policy advisor Doug Holtz-Eakin."

    of course they are, b/c theyr'e not IDIOTS!!!! all this exploration will do is make the oil companies richer. it will have ZERO effect on current gas prices. the ONLY way to make america independent is with renewable resources like wind and the sun.

    arent you just the least bit suspicious that we have oil billionaires in the white house and oil prices have skyrocketed and oil companies made history-making profits in the billions?!!? if you think this is just coincidence, there's a 7-foot-tall hairy man out here in the pacific northwest you will want to meet!

    July 24, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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