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. Brian

    Disgusting. John McCain and his crew stoop to lower and lower levels by the day. Still waiting for them to give the Americans they portend to love and care about so much something other than criticism of their opponent and cheap distractions from their own failing campaign

    Seriously. What a joke and shame on anybody who votes for this shameful candidate.

    August 4, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. ERICA, Ohio

    HA HA GET HIM MCCAIN CAMP. OBAMA AND THE DEMS HAVE KNOW REAL PLAN TO DEAL WITH OUR OIL PROBLEM. THEY WANT US TO INFLATE OUR TIRES, GET OIL CHANGES AND OH YEH THEY THINK TAXING THE OIL COMPANIES IS GONNA WORK TOO. NEWS FLASH JIMMY CARTER TRIED THIS DURING HIS FAILED PRESIDENCY AND IT DIDNT WORK! IF THEY REALLY HAD ANY PLAN OR INTENTION OF DEALING WITH THIS CRISIS NANCY PELOSI WOULD CALL CONGRESS, EXCUSE ME I MEAN DEMS BACK TO CONGRESS AND GET THIS HANDLED INSTEAD OF TAKING A VACATION. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE HOUSE LAST WEEK. ALL REPUBS SHOWED UP TO VOTE ON AN ENERGY BILL FOR OF SHORE DRILLING IN CALI AND NONE OF THE DEMS SHOWED UP. WHY? B/C THEY KNOW THAT 87% OF AMERICANS WANT TO DRILL HERE AND NOW! OH GOD I FORGOT POLAR BEARS AND CARIBOUS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN HUMANS. WHAT A CROCK! MCCAIN 08! HILLARY 2012!

    August 4, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Jatovi, NC

    this is cute. This is the best idea McCain has come up with. It' sad that his best ideas are only to mock someone. His Idea on getting off of oil, foreign and/or domestic, is to drill for more oil. Why not focus more on trying to utilize and improve renewable energy instead of you main stay being more drilling, which is something McCain was against until he got backing from oil companies.

    August 4, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Jack

    This one bears repeating.......

    comment by Willow, from Iowa
    "For McCain to make fun of that comment, just shows more of his negativity. His negative campaign is going to hurt him in the long run"

    Apperently McSame only recourse is to mock Obama in hopes of fooling the American People to vote McSame.

    No more negative campaining!!!!!! Focus on the issures McSame.

    Obama '08

    August 4, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Jason

    I applaud the McCain campaign for giving away tire pressure gauges. If you don't have a pressure gauge in your glove compartment, buy one. It will pay for itself very quickly.

    August 4, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Donna

    I know you RNC contributors HAVE GOT to be pleased at how McCain is spending YOUR MONEY!!!

    August 4, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. Monroe

    Hey great, I can get a free pressure gauge. At least McCain is good for something– wasting money on handouts!

    August 4, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Sherry, Atlanta

    Also, Proper Maintence (Oil Change, Tune-up, etc.) will Improve Gas Mileage.

    August 4, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Nikki, Florida

    The reason John McCain continues to attack Obama is because he knows his own ideas are WEAK

    August 4, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. Sarah L., Fayetteville, AR

    Properly inflated tires do help to improve gas mileage. There are lots of small things that drivers can do themselves to help conserve gas and save money. I don't really see why this is a point for criticism.

    August 4, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Brian Seattle

    CNN when will you call Mcain's campaign out on all the twisting of words, shifting positions and outright lying attacks? If someone actually reads the entire comment they will see this is yet another cheap unimaginative stunt on the part of the GOP.
    Honestly if Obama did or said half the gaffs McCain has he would have been driven out of town a long tie ago. I realize creating the illusion of a tight race is in your best business interest at some point you need to start hammering the McCain campaign equally.

    August 4, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. randy

    You cant make this stuff up, Obama is like a child with his flip flopping and when he comes up with an idea on his own this is it. To funny

    August 4, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. Matt, Minneapolis, MN

    Lets sum it up....McCain has had an energy plan for the past year. Obama has finally come up with a crappy piecemeal plan.

    Brian- Asking people to change isn't the issue, it's forcing them to change. And as for Chuck- Given the bigoted sentiment you just showed I'd be willing to bet that Obama and McCain have pretty much the same odds of making it to their 2nd inagural. There are just too many bigots who know how to shoot, and McCain is old. So pick which guy with a good chance of not making it you would like.

    Dem's need a sense of humor, They cry and cry and cry when McCain uses humor to question Barack's credentials, but when Obama criticizes McCain with outright lies there's no cry for justice from the conservates.. Guess why, we have the ability to dicern truth from fiction, and Obama's vision is a dream world. Yes we can hope for change, but it will all be in Baracks head.

    August 4, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Tracey

    Rick Warren is inviting Barack Obama to the obviously Republican Civil Forum because he knows no one would care if he had just invited McCain. So in order to get publicity, he invited Barack, knowing he wants to push Republican ideas.

    August 4, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Dee Tee Gee Arlington, TX

    Is this what the McCain camp has reduced itself to? Rather than offer legitimate solutions to the major problems in our society, they sit back & criticize everything Barack Obama says. And this is actually what some people are going to vote for? Are there really people in our society that can be that easily swayed? If you're an Obama backer & see the "Obama is a rock star" ad, you suddenly become a McCain backer? Are you kidding me? Is that all it takes to change your mind? I hope Obama just sticks to the issues & doesn't stoop down to this sorry method of campaigning. I just can't believe that people would rather hear negative campaigning than listen to possible solutions to the energy problems or a resolution to the war. First McCain whines like a baby about all the attention Obama is getting, & then tries to convince us that something's wrong with it. I don't buy it for a second but obviously some people are & that's a sad reflection on them. But I'm sure it's not about race, though. Not a chance.

    August 4, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  16. RC

    More childish games from the McCain camp.
    A Made in China tire guage. Just another cheap trick.

    August 4, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Oh Really?

    Making sure your tires are properly inflated DOES get you better gas mileage. It sats so right there in the owner's manual.

    What DOESN'T save me any money, however, is senator McCain's Jillion Dollar Battery plan. What a joke.

    So mock away, John. I hope your dozens of supporters are actually smart enough to figure out how to use those tire guages; they can help us save 800,000 barrels of oil daily.

    August 4, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. Nikki

    When will McCain stop talking about Obama and start talking about himself (and by that I don't mean his POW biography)? If Obama is out of the picture, what in the hell will McCain do as president? What are McCains policies to get our economy on the right track, lower the inflation of the dollar, reverse the mortgage crisis, restore America to its good name around the globe, put American on the track to become the world's leader in comprehensive energy reform, fix our infrastructure, lower gas prices and the resolve the illegal immigration problems. Vague and unsubstantiated remarks do not suffice. Also, it is inane for McCain to make this allegation about Obama's energy policy. As if Obama's entire energy policy hinges upon the resolution to properly inflate tires. How does McCain expect me to vote for him when he has yet to convey what he will do (in comprehensive terms) as president? When will someone call McCain's ads for what they are; blatent lies. This is silly season for McCain's campaign. Imagine what his presidency will be like.

    August 4, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. jamaal Die Hard Obama Supporter

    They are running a juvenile Campaign Obama was giving tips that will save gas and that was one of the tips another of the Tips is to keep you windows rolled up on the Highway. Mcshame you are a disappointment to this County and will never get elected to office the person that claims he has the most experience is the one that is acting chlidish go figure!

    August 4, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Esther

    Seems McSame loves the statue of liberty – here is what the stupid bribed MSM has refused to dig up or report to the american people since McSame accused Obama of injecting race into the campaign by predicting that Republicans would try to scare people by reminding them that he "doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills." As Ben Smith reported in Politico on Aug. 1, a McCain ad back in June showed Obama's face replacing Ben Franklin's on a hundred dollar bill and the statue of liberty!

    August 4, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. mccan't's juvenile antics

    these are the same people that mocked carter's ideas in the 70's. think how much progress toward energy independence would have been made in the last 30 years if we'd listend to Jimmy Carter all those years ago. But stupid bellitling jokes are a much better course of action, don't you agree? he may be in his seventies but older and wiser never applies to him. he acts like a seven year old playground bully.

    August 4, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. SidearmS

    You know, if the Republican party spent 1/10 of their energy on ACTUAL IDEAS rather than smart alec gimmicks and excuses, they might be taken somewhat seriously.

    As it is, they are making fun of something car mechanics would tell you is TRUE. And with that, you can pretty see why the Republican party is completely, utterly, absolutely clueless in this day and age.

    At least you do not see Obama handing out miniature oil derricks and gas pumps to his supporters now do you...

    August 4, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. Jack

    Ha, ha, ha, McSame answer to our problems is to laugh our way out of them.

    Ha, ha, ha,ha, ha,ha, -somehow it's not working, our problems are still here. Did McSame just lie to me about laughing our problems away.....stupid me for believing him.

    No to McSame!!!!!

    Gobama '08

    August 4, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Khan

    I have had it with McCain's negative campaign. The sad thing is that its working. He has risen in the polls since starting this bullcrap...

    If McCain is president we will see darker days.

    August 4, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. George

    This was the best.

    If you say it, be prepared to have it mocked when it is that stupid!!!

    I want one so I can save more ........

    August 4, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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