August 4th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
11 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. Rodney Smith

    Wow John... still no plan of your own?

    August 4, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. Justin Cider

    Oh, and one more comment as a motorsport engineer I speak from experience. Obama is correct, it tire pressure does have a marked impact on fuel mileage. Ask yourself this, when was the last time you acutally checked your pressures? Many people don't realize that their tires can easily be 5, 10 or even 20 psi under inflated without looking like it. So, for fuel mileage and safety check your pressures.

    August 4, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. TESAP; SAVANNAH, GA

    YES, JUST LIKE MCCAINS TOP ECONOMIC ADVISOR SAYING THAT WE ARE IN A MENTAL RECESSION..................... EVERY AMERICAN IS HAVING THE SAME MENTAL EPISODE AT THE SAME TIME.

    BARACK THE VOTE PEOPLE........... 🙂

    August 4, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. FactCheck

    Cue to picture of McCain energy plan.. the one that shows a bunch of blind workers digging empty pot holes all over with a gas pump on the background showing $12 a gallon gas.

    August 4, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. sherry for Obama

    IT TS TRUE THAT WHEN YOUR TIRES ARE INFLATED CORRECTLY YOU WILL GET BETTER GAS MILEAGE

    MCCAIN NEEDS TO TALK THE REAL ISSUES AND STOP ALL THIS ATTACKING.

    I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THE OLD FOOL

    August 4, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Moose

    Victoria, Did you really just just do a "not" Joke?

    August 4, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. FL4Obama

    Unfortunately, mockery seems to be the bulk of McCain's campaign. He disrespectfully used the Hiltons' daughter even after they donated the maximum amount to McCain. Mrs. Hilton recently noted how inappropriate and unpresidential that type of advertising is, yet McCain continues to use Paris Hilton as his campaign folly.

    McCain has disrepectfully used blasphemy for political purposes. The new ad continues to illustrate how McCain has accepted the negativity used against him in 2000 by bringing the Bush/Rove team on board his campaign. This does not seem to be what most Americans would consider respectful campaigning, as McCain had promised.

    I am voting for positive leadership in this election. Obama '08

    August 4, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. chicago chris

    having properly inflated tires is one solution in the overall scheme of energy conservation and it can bring immediate effects. Why is McCain against conserving energy and for more drilling again?

    August 4, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Will from Gaithersburg, MD

    More gimmicks from McCain. His policies are laughable.

    August 4, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. C!

    I HEART OBAMA!!!!

    OBAMA `08!!

    August 4, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. BR

    Man, could you guys drink anymore of the Obama Kool-Aid. Now the Messiah would support drilling?? Wake up, The Annointed One is not who you thought he was.

    August 4, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. jrzshor

    where can i get one of the energy plans?

    August 4, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Dem

    McCains leadership is as good as Bush's. Never offers ideas or suggestions of how people can help themselves... instead "drill, drill, drill" is the only solution.

    August 4, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. indy

    The McCain camp is starting to out campaign Obama's team.

    August 4, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Mike

    This is very poor comments on part of Sen. Obama.
    It shows how shallow he think about issues that impact middle and lower income people.

    August 4, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Emi

    Childish, McCain, as usual. And your energy plan is...? Oh, that's right: it is paid for by big oil – the ones that got us into this mess in the first place.

    August 4, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Laura

    It's a proven fact that properly inflated tires saves wear and tear on your tires and also improves gas milage. What part of this doesn't the McCain campaign not get?

    August 4, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. bridgette

    What does McCain stand for. All he is doing is putting down everything. He has no plans for anything. We get it he does not think Obama is not qualified we get it. That's how you feel. Now what do you stand for and what are you going to do for this country.

    August 4, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. mjc

    all mccain can do is make lame jokes and attacks, while obama is offering solutions to our problems. all they can do is poke fun at his ideas? lame mccain, give up now.

    August 4, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. Steph

    Chuck – good thing you dems aren't racists, but you're perfectly fine with hating on people's religion.

    August 4, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. Bethany

    This is fantastically stupid. I'm so sick of McCain's camp, acting like a bunch of little children. I'm not really a fan of Obama, but thanks McCain, you're making my vote swing his way with your immature behavior. For a freaking old dude, he acts like a such a baby; but what can you expect from a spoiled rich brat?

    August 4, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. James in Ohio

    Yes having properly inflated tires will conserve gasoline, however McCain's commentary isn't making fun of this fact. McCain is making fun of how Obama isn't offering any other solutions to the energy crisis.

    August 4, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. John for Obama

    Hurrrr...

    August 4, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. ThinkSmart

    There goes McCain again waisting donations on dumb ideas. If i wouldve donated to his campaign I would be furious at the way hes spending money. He dosent have a whole lot of it and this is how he spends it. At least we know how he will spend Tax payers money.

    August 4, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Terry

    Let's not forget that Joe Lieberman, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Florida Governor Charlie Crist have also encouraged drivers to keep tires inflated.

    August 4, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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