August 4th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain camp mocks Obama's comment on inflated tires

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caption="The McCain campaign gave reporters this tire gauge Monday."]
PHILADELPHIA (CNN) - Mark Salter, a top adviser to John McCain, gleefully distributed tire pressure gauges to McCain’s traveling press corps on Monday morning, a sight gag meant to mock Barack Obama’s remark last week that “making sure your tires are properly inflated” could help conserve gasoline.

Before departing for Pennsylvania, Salter told the press on board McCain’s plane that campaign staffers had brought along copies of Obama’s energy plan for reporters to study during the trip. After takeoff, Salter re-emerged with his punch line, passing out the pressure gauges reading “Obama’s Energy Plan” to the journalists on the flight.

The Republican National Committee said McCain supporters in Michigan were planning to distribute the same gauges at Obama’s energy speech in Lansing today. McCain's campaign manager Rick Davis also e-mailed supporters, offering a tire pressure gauge in exchange for a donation of $25 or more.

Last month, McCain's campaign also gave reporters covering the presumptive Republican nominee as Barack Obama's traveling press pool traveled overseas with the Illinois Democrat a fake European press pass.

Earlier: McCain press passes go continental

The pass featured a shot of the Statue of Liberty in front of an American flag, and the words: "McCain Press Corps/JV Squad/Left Behind To Report in America." The back had a picture of a man sporting a beret and a neck scarf, standing in front of a silhouette of the Eiffel Tower and pouring a glass of wine.

UPDATE: The Obama campaign points out that McCain backers like Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as NASCAR, have promoted good tire maintenance as a way to manage fuel consumption.


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soundoff (236 Responses)
  1. W.H. Thomas

    It would be more funny if John McCain (Lord Siddious) had an energy plan of his own. Instead he has the Paris and Hilton plan!

    August 4, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. proud army and navy mom

    Now that is funny.....I guess what he means by "Change" is ensure you change your tires and positions.

    McCain 08

    August 4, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Adam

    That's Funny!!!!

    August 4, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. bij

    They are basically making obama look like a blackface funny character whose words cannot be taken seriously....this is very sad

    August 4, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. W.H. Thomas

    It would be more funny if John McCain (Lord Siddious) had an energy plan of his own. Instead he has the Paris and Britteny plan!

    August 4, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Jake

    Oh John McCain, You're such a riot.

    August 4, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Kongtooth

    I don't care who you are... that's funny right there.

    Obama 08... a Joke we can believe in!

    August 4, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. karen-phoenix

    McCain has nothing left to do but smear tackticks. I have voted a straight republican ticket for over 50 years. NO MORE!!! I'm so sick and ashamed of the republicans!!!! I'm voting Obama and a straight Democratic ticket this year!!! Out with old and in with the new!!!

    August 4, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Wake up America

    If this is not proof of how Stupid the McCain camp is, I don't know what is!

    August 4, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. NotFallingInLine.org

    Obama is playing politics with an important issue. He could care less about solutions. He's playing politics to win an election. Fortunately, it won't work.

    Ironically, Darragh Murphy is no better than Barack Obama.

    The question is: Are Pumas no better than Obamabots, nothing but mindless minions of Darragh Murphy in the same exact way that they think that Obamabots are the mindless minions of the Obamessiah?

    After all they've done, are Pumas really nothing but Pumabots who want to believe that Darragh Murphy is the Second Coming?

    I don't believe it...

    You decide.

    August 4, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  11. Barbara Campbell

    ... the McCain low road hasn't bottomed out ...

    August 4, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    For those of you (republicans) that aren't informed enough to know... encouraging people to inflate their tires properly is a good thing...

    If everyone inflated their tires properly, we could save a total of more than a million gallons of gasoline per day. That's not enough, which is why it's only one line out of over 100 pages of detailed energy policy... but a million gallons a day is a good start for just reminding people to properly maintain their vehicles.

    It's a shame that as old as McCain is, his campaign just can't seem to act like grown-ups about important policy discussions.

    Actually, it's pathetic.

    August 4, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. PUMA 4 HILL

    Well, our tires are always properly inflated and if we are saving anything I wouldn't know it. We still paid $800 last month on fuel for two vehicles.

    Thanks Barack, maybe we save a few pennies. Gosh, don't know what I'd do without your expert advice.

    August 4, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. cherrystrawberry

    John McCains gags are going to backfire. just you watch. He becomes more and more pathetic each day.

    August 4, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Theresa - Minneapolis

    I personally hope that John McCain and his campaign continue to make these rude, immature, and stupid comments. They actually went to the trouble of making a tire gauge? I find it hilarious that he is acting so UNLIKE a maverick and I hope that it hurts him in the end.

    Fool, fool, fool...

    August 4, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Griff

    Inflation???

    August 4, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Abby

    Oh my God! They are like junior high bullies...Just the worst type of instincts and behavior. Senator Obama, please try to remain positive in the midst of the worst type of trash and mud slinging.

    Happy Birthday, Senator Obama. Many, Many more!!!!

    August 4, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. Greg

    Seriously, who wants these people running our country? Their whole campaign seems to be gimmicks, holidays, prizes, and character attacks. Maybe its because they're terrible at actually governing.

    August 4, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  19. Eric

    This is what McCain is doing with our donated money? Pathetic. I'll never send him another dollar!

    August 4, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. LindaFerrel

    Why is this idiot even under consideration for office? He is now only able to mock and truly play far politics. I'm so embarrased that he is my Senator. Why is he spending campaign funds on tire gages? Any by the way, keeping your tires inflated is a pretty GREAT way to reduce your gas consumption, save a buck, and save the Earth. McMORON!

    August 4, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Maxine

    I have only one question??? Is this what the donors gave money to this campaign for?

    Boy is this money well spent.

    August 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. voter

    sad the republican party is making fun of this idea. Obama is correct. Always check your tires because it is properly inflated you save gas. AAA had this in their list for energy efficiency. Once again any suggestions that are made to help people save money the republicans laugh it off. In that case, Obama should mock McCain's comment in new orleans that babies who are dehydrated should drink boiling water. Now that is a stupid comment.

    August 4, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. Jackson

    Just another example of how out of touch Obama is with the average American.

    Does he really think people out there are dumb enough to be driving around with flat tires with gas at $4/ gallon???

    I guess half the country must be, they are supporting him.

    August 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Barack the Tele-promp-ter Messiah

    I don't care who you are, that's funny. Hey Barack, "Why so serious?"

    August 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. Jordan, NC

    WHY IS THIS NOT THE TOP STORY?

    "Obama calls for giving 'full vote' to Michigan, Florida delegates"

    WHY WAS COMMENTS CLOSED SO EARLY FOR THAT STORY?

    WHY WAS THE NEWS RELEASED BY THE DNC ON A SUNDAY?

    THESE ARE THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS.

    OBAMA STOLE THE NOMINATION AND HE SHOULDN'T EVEN BE HERE RIGHT NOW. A LOT OF THINGS COULD HAVE HAPPENED HAD ALL VOTES AND DELEGATES BEEN COUNTED IN MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA BUT THE PRESS IS JUST HAPPY TO TREAT THIS AS ANOTHER STORY. FOR ONE,

    WHY DID OBAMA GO AGAINST FULL REPRESENTATION BEFORE? WHY WAS IT SO CRITICAL BACK THEN THAT THAT HAPPENED?

    OBAMA IS PLAYING POLITICS AND THE PUBLIC AND MEDIA IS JUST LETTING IT SLIDE. IF HE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE HIS WORD, WHAT DOES HE HAVE? HE HAS GOT NO EXPERIENCE. AND PARIS IS MORE OF A WASHINGTON OUTSIDER THAN OBAMA, WHY DON'T WE ELECT HER? THIS IS RIDICULOUS.

    BRING HILLARY BACK!!!

    August 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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