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. Puck

    So, McCain's campaign wants to make fun of FACTS now?

    Meanwhile, McCain is planting his magic beans and waiting
    for his free nuclear power plants to sprout up all over the USA.

    August 4, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. not an obamabot, thank GOD

    if you people would turn your AC off when you are driving you will get more horsepower and more gas mileage, who needs affordable gas, when you can just inflate your tires. Cmon we cant get off oil anytime soon, we need to continue to work to a point were we can lesson our dependancy overtime, but just maitining your car isnt going to solve anything.

    August 4, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Saad from NJ

    Out of desperation, at times arises stupidity.

    August 4, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Upon Further Review,Texas

    Yes Im going to believe everything thing Phil Gramm says,NOTTTTTT

    August 4, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  5. Rob

    Obama's tire pressure guage comment reminds me of Jimmy Carter urging us to wear sweaters and turn down the heat. What next? Eat a good breakfast? Since when do we need Presidents (and aspiring Presidents) to tell us the obvious?

    August 4, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Disgusted American

    Obama is correct and McWar is an idiot. So, what's new?

    While keeping your tires properly inflated does conserve gasoline it is by no means the extent of Obama's energy plan. What kind of leader makes fun of proven energy saving techniques during an energy crisis: McCain.

    August 4, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Sam

    McCain is going to literally laugh his way into the whitehouse... What a gift he's been given with Obama as an opponent...

    August 4, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. charlie z

    obama is right about properly inflating your tires.. it will improve your gas mileage, and it'll probably save your more than any off-shore drilling plan, which won't realistically produce any oil until around 2030 and will only save the american consumer a few cents per gallon. seems that anyone who follows the news with a critical eye (like, perhaps a reporter??) should be aware of this already. how come this isn't mentioned in the above article?

    August 4, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Matt

    Evidently, McCain's campaign thinks tire gauges is a good way to spend their supporters' money. They also feel that common sense coming from a presidential candidate should be mocked. Good to know.

    August 4, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. Erin in Edmonds WA

    McKeating 5 is at it again......more nonsense from an old windbag who can't put a decent campaign together. With all the money the RNC has–more than Obama, and they spend it all on gimmicks which will land them no where.

    I can't wait for the debates, where Obama will tear McKeating 5 a new one. Also, don't try to fool us by wearing a wire like Bush did, I think they should be checked for earpieces and wires BEFORE they are allowed on the stage. John McCain is looking pretty ugly these days–not the kind of person I want to have represent me–I work to hard to see this country's name drug through the dirt again by the rest of the world for another 4 years.

    Republicans OUT – Democrates IN.

    August 4, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. We're NOT "your friends"!!!

    So, can anyone tell me what McCain is running on? Is he running to be the Jester-in-Chief? He really need to cut this crap out because his campaign hasn't done a single thing in the past 3 weeks that focus on issues that americans really care about. The only thing he has been doing is mocking and trying to bring Obama down because he has a vision of where he wants to lead us.

    PS. It's great idea to make sure your tires are properly inflated to the proper P.S.I, should improve gas mileage, save gas and money.

    OBAMA 2008 + 2012

    August 4, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. rexx

    Obama is such an elitist. I doubt he would know how to check air pressure.

    August 4, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Franky

    Well.......they better be prepare for their Convention and we'll see if they have enough tires gauges to give to the people that are gonna be waiting for them outside...

    August 4, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. MD for BaOb

    Obama heard McCain's criticism of him on international policy, and so went to Europe and the Middle East.
    He should now follow McCain's lead again – and give out gauges of his own. Obama has said repeatedly that this campaign is not just about him, but about all Americans getting involved. He can further that message while mocking McCain's mockery by doing this.

    As for those who say Obama uses other's policies and claims them as his own – of COURSE! Every politicians, every policy maker has policies made up of the ideas and opinions of those around them. They become their own. Clinton and Obama could both say "this is my policy on X" even if its the same thing – because that is their policy on X, or whatever the issue is. It doesnt matter how many or in what order those polcies came out. Obama has never said "I invented this policy" just that it is part of his platform.

    August 4, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Mad

    Atleast McCain has his own plans for the off shore drilling
    sure people are arguing that its not auto relief
    but in 7 years the youth will be yelling at this youth for being brain dead for not doing so.

    McCain is actually encourging people to help others save gas.

    Obama's message: Change- change the gas prices so they get higher and higher while I make a speech about something and get voters!

    August 4, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Terri in Fl

    It sounds to me like John McCain has hired a bunch of kids to run his compaign. I wonder how funny those "kids" would think this election was if they were shipping off to Iraq or Afgahnistan next month.

    I ask again – and again, and again – what is McCain's position on Bush's doctrine of preemption?

    August 4, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. beverly

    mccain is a loser, mocking senator obama , and having fun with his tacky ads, i'm sure the ameican people don't find this amusing. mccain has no stategy so he's having fun at the american people expense. shame on mccain

    August 4, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. Oh! The Irony

    Is McCain 71 years old or 7?

    August 4, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. Joe Kiloz

    Mr. Obama, I remember those Jimmy Carter days......NEXT: Cut down those sick trees for firewood this winter. Wear multiple pieces of clothing. Trade your autos for bicycles.Eat high caloric content foods. Sit by the beach and admire those oil rigs.....

    August 4, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. NELSON Colorado Springs, Co

    This is another sad day, I wonder how much money is spent for these ad Mark Salter, a top adviser to John McCain, gleefully distributed tire pressure gauges to McCain. I hope Salter know that Sen Obama was right making sure your tires are properly inflated” could help conserve gasoline this true. GO OBAMA

    August 4, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. COL.{retd]A.M.Khajawall

    That is their staple ammo. I am sure that won't work.

    August 4, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |

    As usual, Obama is correct. Regarding the pressure in our tires, it does make a difference in gas mileage. So, where does McSame come off critizing Obama???

    McSame has really hit the bottom of the barrel. Shame on McSame. Desperation is really setting in big time. I really feel sorry for him because I think he's going overboard with the negativity and it'll come back to haunt him. So much for the 'Maverick'! Maverick NO MORE!!! I hope he falls flat on his face.

    August 4, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Crush Rush

    Some people must start drinking early in the morning,like the McKoolaid gang.

    August 4, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Obama '08 in Little Rock

    This is silly. All McCain can do is come up with silly, sarcastic attacks. He has no ideas of his own - we can't afford to elect McBush.

    August 4, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Alice in Florida

    ROFLMAO!!!!!!! I LOVE IT! Keep 'em coming, McCain!

    August 4, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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