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. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Pathetic................these McCain ads are Talking DOWN to the adverage American Voter. McCain is comming across as an ELITISTS. How insulting to the average american voter !!! Lets hear about real to solve economic issues, prevent foreclosures, long term health and energy issues. REAL THINGS OF IMPORTANCE. SHAME ON YOU MR. EXPERIENCED !!!!

    August 4, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Justin (ny)

    Leave it to the McCain camp to mock something they don't understand.

    August 4, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. McCain supporter, now undecided

    Thats it, I'm sick of Mccain wasting his contributor's money that way. Unfortunately, I was one of those stupid enough to give money to McCain. But Obama is sure starting to look better. Much more professional and presidential than McCain. Its like McCain wants to lose this election.

    August 4, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. LS West Chester, PA

    the Republicans are so smug. Obama is just giving an easy tip to help people conserve on their day to day life.... it saves us money and conserves oil. I don't get why McCain wants to make a joke out of it...... other than they have nothing else to attack him about.

    August 4, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. America

    While Barack is working to bring positive change to America, the Republicans are acting like children- the kind of bitter children who like to whine all time.

    The GOP needs to grow up, and they'll have plenty of time pretty soon, because they are losing.

    August 4, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Xango

    oh McBush, oh McBillary

    all they know is to mock, kitchen sink politics, nothing of substance
    dont know how to use the internet
    they are just so out of touch... what do they think they are running for??

    american idol
    america can dance
    or some other silly thing???

    WE have issues in this country and those need to be talked about, and resolved,
    we have serious wolrd wide crisis,
    we have a recession
    and what does McBush says: upity upity, paris, and britney
    and what does McBillary says: i am not racist ,look at what i can do, i am in africa, with black peop[le

    i am sorry they are morons... they all care about money and that is it.. ask McBush where does his millions come from?
    ask McBillary where their millions come from??
    wonder wonder

    they will not show us the clinton foudnation or library funds
    nor will mcbush show his tax returns and investments, deals with the oil companies

    mcbush and mcclinton one and the same

    August 4, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Bradley

    McCain's attacks on Obama:
    1. He's too popular
    2. He made an oblique reference to his race.
    3. He gives good advice to consumers.

    August 4, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. William77

    I'm an Obama supporter and I really want one of these! I actually think they are an excellent way of talking to people about real ways they can improve their energy efficency and how Obama stands for a real, practical and sustained energy policy while McCain wants heal the proverbial heroin addict by shooting them up with more heroin. The Obama campaign should buy these in bulk for the McCain campian and give them away on the street. So, where can I get mine again?

    August 4, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Justin Slayer

    John ...

    This is a real, tangible, immediate step that people can and should take that will have an impact on fuel economy.

    By making fun of it, it show your sophomoric approach to LEADERSHP.

    True the impact is small but combined with clean air filters driving 60 mph instead of 65, 70, 75, or 80 mph, drivers can have a real impact on how many gallons of gas we need. This is more relevant than your "psychological" , mind game solutions.

    It is the fact that miles driven, and therefore gallons used, were reduced in June of 2008 as compared to June of 2007 that has reduced prices at the pump.

    But these are simply the facts ... you GOP'ers only want to wave your hands and deal in fluff, like one night in Paris.

    August 4, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. ssm

    One way to decrease demand and hence lower the price of the oil by finding new sources... but this has to wait almost 10 years ...

    another way is to conserve.. this can be implement soon... one step is to maintain our car properly... why dont we ban all the drive throughs in our country.. I think it makes people lazy and burn more gas..

    anyway conservation may not sound good to MCSHAME...

    August 4, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. paul oregon

    i hope the voters are able to think beyound there noses when its time to vote. by the end of mcbush 1st term we will be equal to all third world countries . the only thing we will have to worry about is where
    our next meal will come from.

    August 4, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Aaron Carter

    The McCain camp is so childish... He and his campaign have done nothing but childish and ignorant attempts to mock Obama for focusing on the real issues that we face in this country. I mean with this type of approach could we take this man serious. Could we depend on him to re-vitalize international relations torn apart by Bush with other countries? McCain really needs to get real and I hope and pray the people take a real good look at where we are at now and who is the right person to lead this country...

    Obama 08...

    August 4, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Florida John

    I have laughed more at the Dems trying to justify his comments. You have got to admit it was silly.

    The Dems are like the School Yard Bully. They can dish it out, but cannot take it.

    LOL, LMAO, ROTFLAMO..............

    This was great and even my Dem friends are laughing......

    August 4, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Mark G

    Why can't McCain talk about his policies and stop this childish making fun of Obama. It is completely immature and helps absolutely no one...not even himself. If you want to show America that you are not just some old geezer past his prime...then you need to stop acting like a brat, grow a pair and start campaigning on what really matters. As this is unlikely to happen in our lifetime...I'm still voting for Obama.

    August 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Marie

    Obama is the smartest candidate I've seen in my lifetime. McCain can continue his desperate tactics. People are hurting in this country and he wants to make fun? It is sad to see the republicans resorting to making fun of the people that they are stealing the money from to fund this war.

    August 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Will in Richmond, VA


    Not every problem is all super complicated and requires acts of Divinity to implement. Sometime we can do simple things to help ourselves.

    Besides, no one said this was Obamas whole solution anyway.

    Quit with the distortions.

    August 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Beverly, NYC

    OK enough, it's time to take the gloves off and come at this geezer. Where is your plan McSame? That's right you're waiting to copy Barack's plan because you don't have one, other than giving your big oil buddies more tax breaks, like they need it. Keep that sense of humor John because you'll need it in November. Just when I think you can't stoop any lower you and your campaign find a way to be lower than a snakes belly.

    August 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Belle

    You posters are ridiculous...

    Senator Obama mocks Senator McCain all of the time. So it is quite a bit hypocritical to say anyone that mocks someone else is stupid, don't ya think?

    Truth is, last week Sen. Obama said he would NEVER open up the leases to drill for oil, but at the END of the week, he said he was for drilling for oil all along.....what a joke.

    Obama–change you can't believe in.

    August 4, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. caywen

    I see many drivers with improperly inflated tires. Not only is it bad for fuel economy (even a 5% boost is a good thing), it is better for safety.

    This just goes to show that Obama doesn't just understand what's wrong on the macro scale, he understands (literally!) the situation on the ground.

    August 4, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Puck

    To: Texas Trail Dog.

    I've read some pretty stupid things you've written
    on these boards, but this one takes the cake.

    Right, this is Obama's ONLY idea for his energy plan.
    Why don't you get yourself educated before you spew
    worthless dribble every day? If you want to be McCain's
    buddy, that's cool and all, but the junk you vomit into
    your comments are ignorant, childish, and moronic.

    I wish CNN would do a better job of weeding out the
    truly worthless comments around here.

    August 4, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. jamaal Die Hard Obama Supporter

    The Republicans are scared there is no othere reason for all these Gimmicks they keep coming up with his Campaign is terriably ran and his campaign spends most of there time talking about Obama and not there canidate this is getting pathetic Mcshame= Bush's third term

    August 4, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. VON BISMARK, Vienna

    This senile will soon run crackers.LOW ROAD IN DEED!

    August 4, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. james

    It's good, those pressure guages will help out a little. Keep spending those campaign dollars and give out more pressure guages please.

    August 4, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Renee

    Mccan's camp is becoming so 1st grade. Lets be real here I have gotten my car mantainance and I was told to make sure my tires had the proper air pressure to them because if not I would burn alot of gas and that is one way to save on gas until this high gas situation get solved, So way to go Obama

    August 4, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Tom

    With all the real issues at stake in this election, how is this newsworthy?

    August 4, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
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