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. donovansbrain

    So, is Grandpa Munster saying we should all run on flat tires now? If Obama suggests regular tuneups, will he come out against that as well? Seriously, is McCain nuts or do his supporters need to get out more?

    August 4, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  2. Dan

    Wait, wait, wait...Obama is right about this! What is there to mock???? McCain's campaign keeps "making jokes" to hide McCain's furious outrage about everything

    August 4, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Cyrus - NY

    Mockery is what you do best Sen. McCain. I have been following your campaign very closely, and the things that come out of your mouth about energy, social security, health plan, national security, and other social issues, are simply terrifying. Don't you read? think for yourself? Critically analyze socio-economic policies and their implications? Oh..right...why would you need to read? You have the republican propaganda machine.

    I tell you, the Republican propaganda machines are worse than those fundamentalist Mullahs in Iran, Iraq, and other conservative countries. They would do and say anything to keep their status quo. I personally don't find much difference between those mullahs and the republican leadership. They are psychological terrorists!

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

    So, obviously McCain excels at making snide remarks about others' plans, and his camp even spends hard-earned money on tire pressure gauges to mock Obama. And, to show the depths of your ignorance, you are mocking something (properly-inflated tires) which is a known mileage saver.

    Where, I ask you John, is YOUR plan? Not just drill, drill, drill. How about a comprehensive plan that doesn't pander to the oil companies?

    Each time I think you can't go any lower, you do. I am not a big Obama fan, but I can tell you, whoever winds up running against you, John, will get my vote. You can keep your air pressure gauge, John. Based upon what you've said and done so far, I'm sure it is innacurate.

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



    August 4, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Timothy

    To Texas Trail Dog, Listen to another Texas what Obama had said you know it is truth in that air pressure to tires to save on gas. Obama got it right again.

    August 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. MIA in Miami

    McCain has no plan, only plan he has is to attack Obamas every move and word. How about that?

    August 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. Barack the Tele-promp-ter Messiah

    Folks, Obama has no plan. His "inflate your tires" campaign, is just one more step in a much bigger plan to control everything you do, say and buy. As always with liberals, it's about central government control over what YOU do.

    "What's that? You like McDonald's fries? Oh, no, we can't have that... we'll have to tax that for you."
    "What's that? You like riding in a vehicle in which your knees AREN'T folded up to your ears, like a spider in a Matchbox car? Nope, no can do. That's not 'environmentally friendly.' We'll have to tax them out of the market."
    "What's that? You like to drive where ever, when ever and however you choose? Nope, can't do that either... more taxes coming your way soon."
    "What's that? You don't like swatting flies and sweating profusely in a mud hut? You can't simply just set your AC to a comfortable setting, you glutonous, greedy American!. We have to set it for you. How does "off" sound?"

    GET USED TO IT FOLKS! Elect Obama and a huge Dem-Socialist majority and THIS is what you'll get.... not solutions to problems, just controls over your life.

    August 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Susan

    I believe Lieberman once said something to the same effect. Another misspeak from the Rethugs. Come on CNN, do some unbiased reporting.

    August 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |

    The rethugs have nothing to do but criticize Obama. get a life a holes!

    August 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. Bill

    It's really getting more and more difficult these days NOT to mock Obama. He just sways in the breeze and changes directions as often as the wind does. He wants to play in the big leagues but doesn't want competition or criticism. Well, good luck on that, BO.

    August 4, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Adam

    I don't know what McCain's problem is. I don't know why he thinks this is "funny" or "humorous" at all. It just makes us look stupid. He is bad for our image around the world and he is apparently so far out of touch with reality that he doesn't know that proper inflation can give you an extra 5 mpg which is a HUGE savings when you multiply it by every single car on the road and every gallon of gas used by them. So McCain should just quit his pathetic attempt at humor now and leave the campaign to someone who is serious about helping America.

    The ONLY way to help this country is for US as citizens to be willing to DO something to change. We can't wait for it to happen to us, because it won't. The only way change will come is if we make it happen. And it's time to make it happen.

    Obama 08

    August 4, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. bernj

    Well...I mean...Obama is right. At least he offered a concrete idea that does in fact save energy. Not much granted but more than not doing nothing. And McCain...well...he me


    August 4, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Mike

    That is good... points out a huge problem in our country

    Americans could save money if they were willing to maintain their cars properly...

    When was the last time any of you checked your air pressure or rotated your tires with out the service guy telling you???

    The post above was partially right... Obama is going to have a hard time telling people that they have to do things differently... he obviously has not gotten the memo that most of us are not going to change our behavior or habits!!!

    It only takes a mortgage crisis, inflated gas prices, rising food costs, etc... for any of us to notice that there might be a problem... most of us just continue to pay as usual and keep on going!!!

    My generation seems to believe that if you ignore the problem long enough it will just go away... instead of trying to fix it or take some sort of action!!

    August 4, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. John B. From New Hampshire

    it has actually been proven, that properly inflated tires CAN conserve gas, unfortunately not many people know this. also not driving with your windows down will help by allowing the car to run with the maximum in aero-dynamics. A/C does not burn gas as people had thought, that is an urban legend! Why must mccain's camp mock obama's ideas. i'm sure more people would listen to him if he had osme of his own!! oh, that's right... he has the gas tax holiday... what a bunch of malarky

    OBAMA '08... ideas, innovation, innitiative

    August 4, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Wiseman

    Is McCain's false and childish adds going to work?

    Yes it is already working.


    In a country where 11% still believes Obama is a muslim, 26% believes he attended a muslim school, some do not the difference between Sweden and Switzerland, Austria and Australia what do you expect?

    American electorates are DUMB!
    Cannot separte facts from fiction!!!!!!!!!

    August 4, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. angie - dallas -28

    chuck LOL-

    yeah he's GREAT at getting captured and letting his then wife fight his battles only to get free . AND when he does return home he marries another woman while going through his divorce, YEAH HE'S GOT LOYALTY AND ABILITY written all over him

    August 4, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Max

    I don't get the joke. It IS a way to increase gas mileage. I agree that it's a great idea to point out the little things that EVERYONE can do to help the cause, and if everyone in the country participated, it could make a difference in overall consumption. These sniveling little attacks reek of arrogance on McCain's part (which is ironic because that's the label that Obama's somehow stuck with). I really hope that the American people will be smart enough this time around to see through this nonsense. The negative stragedy didn't end up working out for Clinton, so maybe there is some hope.

    August 4, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Bob

    McCain is getting under my skin. Once again Obama says something truthful, factual and right on the money, and McCain makes fun of it. It's the Rove way, I hope it doesn't become the American way.

    August 4, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Mr. Aiken

    Why is the news always talking about McCain's distractions from the real issues. In 2001 Sen. McCain went on David Letterman and said that the Anthrax form America came from Iraq. Is no one concerned that our maybe future president used a serious threat to promote a war. A threat that has nothing to do with Iraq.

    August 4, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. Chut Pata

    That was funny.

    McCain for Comedian of the Year 2008
    Obama for President of the USA 20008

    August 4, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. R.I.F.

    I keep hearing McCain and some pundits say that Obama needs to "lighten" up and that McCain is just bringing "humor" to the campaign. Last time I checked this country was facing some of the toughest times in decades. Everyone likes a little humor but we need someone who is serious about trying to get this country headed back in the right direction and not a jokester. Bush had a sense of humor and was the "frat boy" that everyone would like to have a beer with and look where that's gotten us. This tire pressue "joke" just shows just how out of touch McCain is. Of course he doesn't want us to conservere more energy because it would drive down the record profits of his oil buddies.

    August 4, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. mary

    It is time for Mr.Mccain to stop TRYING TO BE FUNNY , CRACK JOKES. OR POKE FUN AT EVERY THING. It is time for him to get to the real issues that we facing today.We want to see real change in the direction the country is going in for a better future for all us.Mr. McCain put it out there , we are waiting to hear it.

    August 4, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Beverly, NYC

    My friend how about acting your AGE not your shoe size. I expect small minded juvenile behavior from the younger candidate not the older stateman's war hero. Is this what the American public can expect if you're elected, no plans, lots of puns, and a let them eat cake attitude? Thank for showing your true colors McCain. Bush dances in the rose garden while you laugh at your opponent. You really should work on the weekends, I would hate to see what you do on Monday's in the white house.

    August 4, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Lacy

    Does McCain even want the job anymore? Or is he deliberately sabotaging his own campaign?

    This guy (McCain) spends so much time talking about experience making him so much better, while wanting to inject humor into the process. McCain, the direction of this country is an extremely serious matter, not to be taken lightly!

    It is certainly not a place for elementary school name calling and practical jokes. All you McCain supporters can keep on laughing if he gets elected, keep on laughing all the way to the un-employment office.

    August 4, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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