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

McCain camp mocks Obama's comment on inflated tires

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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. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    the john McSame energy plan is: no conservation or maintainance of your car or tires; just PUMP MORE GAS!!!

    August 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Obama 08 - rocking it baby

    McCain camp can not do anything other than Mock Obama for anything he states or do... that is the snakey way the repugs operate as he has not a thing policy wise to discussed how disgusting.... once again big boys don't cry and old man should know better.... Grow up McSame and boys and stick to the issues.

    August 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Eric

    More idiocy from the McCain's campaign. It is a simple fact that properly inflated tires save energy. But it seems important for them to keep the Americans stupid and uninformed about simple facts and even though Americans use 25% of the energy (5% of world population), GOP would do anything to ridicule energy saving. It is quite incredible, considering the scope of Obama's energy policies, that McCain campaign could only come up with such a lame line of arguments. Always looking for the lowest denominator.

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

    What part of "conservation" doesn't McCain understand? Of course, more energy conservation means less profits for McCain's friends in the oil industry.

    August 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Chuck, Montgomery, AL

    He doesn't drive, so doesn't understand that vehicle maintenance (including tire pressure) is crucial to better gas mileage.

    All he ever does is ridicule and bash. He has no ideas.

    He also wasn't a good pilot. HA He Lacks judgment, or he would not have been shot down !!!!!

    August 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Informed Voter

    What's this man's plan??? .... all he does is criticize & whine .. time to get serious ... the problems we face is not a laughing matter ...

    August 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Regina, UT

    Regarding: Bill and Racism

    This is so funny. Who cares if he's a racist or not. We can't look into his heart, but we can go by his actions.

    He chose to compare Barack with Jesse Jackson, now why? There were other Dems who had won South Carolina, including him, and won the Democratic nomination. Why Jesse Jackson? Because Jesse is black, he won South Carolina but lost the Democratic nomination. Pure and simple. Bill was trying to say, don't get too happy because the last black man who won South Carolina lost the Democratic nomination.

    Was it racist, who knows, but it sure smelled that way.

    August 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. T Guy


    OBAMA .......08

    August 4, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Griff

    Does this mean, the American Dollar, would be worth 50c under Obam's Inflation spending...

    August 4, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. ?

    For being as ancient as McCain is, his campaign certainly is childish.

    August 4, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Tom

    It just shows that he is an elitist.

    August 4, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Texas Trail Dog!

    Inflating tires is OBAMA's answer to the energy problem. Get prepared folks when small minded people put their brains to work on plans for our Government then you got to expect SMALL THINGS TO HAPPEN. Only in this case if this man with no ideals of his own gets into office we can watch an explosion of things to happen. ALL BAD.

    August 4, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Don't Mess with Bill

    Bill Clinton I am Not a Racist .........Bill– I love you and Hiilary always have and always will ...I know deep down in my Heart that you are not A Racist ...You know Bill during a Campaign things that you say or do are blown out of portion verse a normal day ......I don't believe Senator Obama most recent statement ...he does not look like the faces on a dollar etc was Racist ..if it had been said during a non Campaign period would have been consider as a JOKE and it depends on how the Media jumps on it ......I personally think the Cleb Ad had a racial overtone .....the Media did not see it that way it has been 4 days and the Media is still talking about the race card and Senator Obama , this morning it was discussed on Morning Joe ......make no Mistake the Majority of Us Love BILL

    August 4, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. steve from NY

    does he think this will inspire the american people to put their trust in him

    August 4, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Sharon, Minnesota

    How fun to attack Obama's energy policy while not having one. Way to go John McCain, another reason why we shouldn't vote for you.

    August 4, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  16. v.a.

    this is what the mcsleezy campaign is wasting their money on... so childish. enough with the gimmicks, talk issues already.

    August 4, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. David in Illinois

    At least Obama knows what a tire gauge is and how to operate one. And he knows how to turn on a computer, and what the Internet is. And Obama has the only energy policy that isn't yet another windfall for the oil companies.
    McCain is old-school negative.... Old-school ignorant...and just plain too old for the job. He's lost his bearings.

    August 4, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Rick

    More good natured humor, while Americans are suffering. This is McCain in a nutshell. He and his followers will laugh all the way to the White House. And when he get's there, we're the ones that will be crying. Or as Phil Gramm can say, whining.


    August 4, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    Hee haw!!!

    Got to give him credit.

    McCain may be old, he may be a stick in the mud–but he's sure got a great sense of humor!!!

    August 4, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  20. EBC

    Ha! HA! What an idiot coming from a OLD man who has NO connection with the American voter except to come out with petty and silly TV Ads depicting Paris Hilton, Brittney Spear and using RELIGIOUS format and calls it all humorous. The only humorous thing about it is that is proves John McCain is nothing but a foolish CLOWN!!!

    August 4, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  21. Mac '08

    Gotta love a guy who has a sense of humor.
    Pretty sure The Obamessiah will call the race card on this one too.

    Johnny Mac '08

    August 4, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. Aaron from Battleground Ohio

    Besides offering more drilling area for big oil which has contributed 2 million dollars to his campaign, what exactly does John McCain's energy policy entail?

    August 4, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  23. 08

    This is ridiculous. It would save each of us money and use less energy if we did keep our vehicles in better shape and kept our tires inflated properly. The idea is to use less energy so we don't need foreign oil (another total lie McCain blew out–that Obama wants foreign oil) and we won't need to bust open our own protected coastline for drilling. Please don't listen to this hype, undecided voters. I hope intelligence prevails in this election. McCain looks like a moron playing the big bully who mocks the intelligent kid's well thought out ideas and plans because he is too simple minded to understand that the ideas are logical.

    August 4, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. blake

    This will blow up in their faces. There are numbers out there that state drilling off shore will produce an extra 200,000 barrels of oil a day, while inflating your tires and tuning your engine nation wide would save 800,000 barrels a day. Which energy plan is immediate? and which will take 5 years?

    August 4, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Herman in LA

    The Obama camp should give McCain economics adviser a diaper for saying the American people are whiners

    August 4, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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