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. jim

    McCain used to be respectable. He's a bigger flip-flopper than John Kerry. He knows oil companies can already drill off shore in 80% of the area in question yet they've chosen not too so far. He also knows drilling won't make a dent in the price of gas for consumers. That isn't even disputable. In the end he's too much like GW Bush and that will keep him out of the Whitehouse. The American people were fooled once but they wont' be again.

    July 24, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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    July 24, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. F. Taylor

    I wish everyone would stop picking on poor old John and realize he needs more energy and perhaps should consider some mind exercises as well.

    I'm sorry people but picturing McCain as president just doesn't come into focus very well.

    July 24, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Neil

    first you right wingers criticize obama for not going abroad...then when he does, you complain about him neglecting domestic issues. this is just grasping at straws and quite frankly hilarious. he is only gone for one week!

    mccain planned a photo op in the gulf and hurricane dolly ruined it for him. care to blame that on obama or the media?

    July 24, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Neil

    see what oil baron t. boone pickens has to say about the republican proposal to increase domestic drilling to deal with high gas prices. he called it a fraud. and this from the man that paid to sponsor the swift boat veterans for truth campaign

    July 24, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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    July 24, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Veteran in Kansas

    Let's keep the focus on energy, and the total failure of the Republican Administration to handle this issue. Let's keep the focus on energy and make sure that everyone understands that if you wanted to drill more well you needed to do so in the 1995 time frame to produce more now. Lets keep the focus on energy and make sure that everyone understands that the oil Companies have 100s of thousands of acres under lease that they have not explored or developed and lets make sure everyone understands that they do not have the drilling rigs to explore or develop what they already have contracts on.

    So come on and tell me how drilling more wells is going to accomplish anuthing today. So go ahead and tell me how after eight years of Bush sitting in the White House doing the bidding of oil companies a meaninless removal of an excutive order enacted by his father effects anything, it does not.

    McCain and his staff are so out of touch with reality it is truely scary.

    July 24, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Clark Shaffer

    McCain strategizers: "What is GWB's position?" -Drill EVERYWHERE!...and tell em to turn those damm thermo..thingies down"..oh yeah he also said people need to drive less.

    McCain speaking..."ah...what's the question again, my staffers are hard of hearing!" oh...yeah...we're working on drilling more and talking with those people in... aaahhh ... Antarctica no ...aah Alaska...bout drilling up there somewhere"..... next question.

    Come on people the guy can barely grasp what day it is, do you really want 4 years of McClueless!

    July 24, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. B. Williams

    John McCain has been in congress for 16 years. He has had time to tackle the energy and envrionmental issues and to do something about predatory lending. He has had time to do something about any issue you'd care to bring up.

    If we are in a mess, John McCain is one of the people who helped make it.

    July 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Robert Hill

    I keep watching and hearing the bickering of both parties concerning opening up more land for oil drilling but unless I am missing something I have yet to hear a reasonable explanation why the oil companies are not doing anything with the vast land leases they presently have,

    July 24, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Tom Sweazea

    All big oil wants is another land grab...
    This is a defining moment for America...we can stick with the policy and tyanny of big oil and the Arabs...OR...we can start the great shift to renewable resources, thus creating new industries and jobs at home and actually provide for a future for the next generation of Americans.

    They say going with Obama is a gamble...well...I for one am willing to take that risk.

    July 24, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. flavoter

    We are in a war that will benefit really only the oil companies the war has allow them to tap into the middle east oil thru Iraq, so with that deal under there belt now the greedy hords of oil barons. Want us to just let them pillage the few U.S. resources. They would have years of drilling under there belt if they had chose to exercise there lease options years ago why didn't they? Did they know what the big plan was for Iraq. Like John McCain know there was a surge before there was a surge? These people are playing with our lives all for the greed of money. What can John McCain do to his rich oil friends, nothing so working americans will continue to suffer and big business will flourish.. Simple fact..

    Big business has no loyality to the working people of this country, they just want our money at all cost. when will big business feel that they owe the american people a break...there moto now seem to be less product for more money, and the people will keep coming back for more....Sounds like a drug dealers mentality

    July 24, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. annonymous

    continuing to believe that BEGINNING THE PROCCESS of drilling will have immediate effect on fuel prices only fuels the belief in the rest of the world that American's are just plain stupid.

    What evergy vcrisis are you referring to, by the way? Ameraica still pays some of the lowest fuel prices in the free world.

    suck it up America and stop complaining!!!

    July 24, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. VON BISMARK, Vienna

    DRILL,DRILL,DRILL your way out.

    July 24, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. An informed person

    George Bush has been in office for 7 1/2 years. The first six the economy was fine.

    A little over one year ago:
    1) Consumer confidence stood at a 2 1/2 year high;
    2) Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon;
    3) the unemployment rate was 4.5%.
    4) the DOW JONES hit a record high–14,000 +
    5) American's were buying new cars, taking cruises, vacations
    over seas, living large!...

    But American's wanted 'CHANGE'! So, in 2006 they voted in a Democratic Congress & yep–we got 'CHANGE' all right!.....
    1) Consumer confidence has plummeted ;
    2) Gasoline is now over $4 a gallon & climbing!;
    3) Unemployment is up to 5% (a 10% increase);
    4) Americans have seen their home equity drop by $12
    TRILLION DOLLARS & prices still dropping;
    5) 1% of American homes are in foreclosure.
    6) as I write, THE DOW is probing another low~~11,300–$2.5


    July 24, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. An informed person

    As far as drilling goes...we're unable to drill in a lot of areas because it is UNECONOMIC to do so, we're unable to get there because of geologic and also political reasons. We can drill probably 20% of what we have...so yes drilling WON'T solve the problem immediately, but it will help in the future. The nation is way to dependent on oil, and it will stay that way for a long time to come...so get used to it.

    July 24, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. banderson

    I hope everyone is paying attention. These latest comments by the McCain campaign is an obvious attempt to change the subject from an very popular presidential candidate named Barack Obama traveling on the world stage. Having said that the democrats should be careful that they don't allow the Republicans to change the story line of this historical election. It was the Republicans who got us into this economical and foreign policy mess but they are slowly trying to make it a democrat issue/problem. Again if f you listen closely to these individuals they will tell you their playbook before the play even begins.

    July 24, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Yashir Mohamed Abdul

    Obama's like hey I'm the cool dude with the tan and we need to just all get along. And McCain is like hey I lived in a cage for 5 years. And Obama's like check out the size my ears. And McCain is like I don't care that the congressional staff report in 2006 recommended limits on futures trading of energy commodities, let's block congress from remedying the problem by tacking on so many amendments that nothing will get done.

    July 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. McCain Lies!

    Obama wants to use our oil reserves which would provide immediate relief at the pumps now. McCain wants to drill off shore so his already rich oil buddies can get richer. Problem is that won't produce any results for about 7-10 yrs. Who has the better judgment? Obama of course.

    July 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. mike

    Why is there all this talk about drilling for more oil, why dont the big wigs in office take the millions of dollors they would to put into offshore drillin and invest this money in new energy. It seems like that would make a lot of sense, think about if we are still using the same amount of oil we use today in ten years, i think we are goin to be in alot of trouble as a species, in ten years i think all that money would make a difference in new energy then livin off of dinosours dont you?

    July 24, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Allen

    What is Obama doing? Compaining in Germany? How many times did he have to say "wall" to get the crowd to cheer, half heartly at that. The Germans didn't need a history lesson on the Berlin Wall.

    Did Obama stop and visit our wounded soldiers in Germany? NO!! Obama is trying to win the election; that's it.. God help us if he actually wins and he actually has to make a decission based on facts and not fantasy..
    Go McCain!!!!!!!!!

    July 24, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Excellent. Put all options on the table. Continue to expose what Obama fails to admit. The surge and lower corporate tax. Bill Clinton made the same argument on tax only to find the that the republicans were right when he first took office . Make that point to the people . Great job of putting everything in a nutshell.

    July 24, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Hey McCain, please tell us why you haven't done anything with the 90 plus million acres you already have? Tell us why you haven't done a DARN thing with that for the past 8 years.

    Go betray your wife some more and commit treason against the united states while voting against virtually every veteran benefit bill you come across. Those are what you do best.

    Leave being patriotic to those of us who don't turn on our wife, troops and country.

    July 24, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Richard

    So let me try to understand this. We drill in the US and the oil companies who control the selling of oil, will out of the goodness of their hearts charge us less money. Because we know that if they don't sell the oil to us, they will sell it to the Chinese and get the price they want. But the oil companies in the US will be satisfied to receive less money. What capitalistic society are these repuglicans living in.

    July 24, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Todd

    I love the comments section just for the delightful ignorance on both sides 🙂

    July 24, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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