August 4th, 2008
10:01 PM ET
15 years ago

McCain: Congress should reconvene, vote on energy bill


"Drill here, drill now," McCain said Monday.

(CNN) - Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain called Monday for immediate congressional action on the nation’s energy crisis, joining a call by his Republican colleagues for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to call legislators back from their August recess for a special session.

The Arizona senator said he would return to vote on any proposal. McCain has missed Senate votes since April, including several involving major energy measures – one of which, a summer gas tax holiday, was a standard element of his spring stump speech.

Watch: McCain calls on Democratic leaders to call Congress back into session

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soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. justin in CO

    i'm thinking of a sounds exactly like, and has the exact same meaning as "staged"

    any guesses?

    August 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Rocky

    Of course they should return and hammer out some kind of energy plan, but they won't. It's obvious the Dem's think voters are going to blame the whole problem on Bush so they don't have to face the prospect of standing up to the far left of the party on this issue.

    August 4, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    What a poor excuse for leadership this Congress has turned out to be. The people got what they voted for – an approval rating LESS then GWB. You can't even allow a VOTE? It will probably go down party lines anyway, except for those up for re-election this cycle. Theu will be "Not-present" for that one! The people are speaking, why does Nancy refuse to listen?? Because she wants your misery ot be as depp as possible to try and get yoi to vote for Obama. She should resign immediately!

    August 4, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Kongtooth

    They can't... the dem congress went on vacation... even though America thinks this is a hot issue and wants a vote.

    I guess "For the People" only means when it suits your adgenda!

    August 4, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Richard

    Funny that he is asking everyone to come back and vote when he is one of the biggest offenders of missing votes.

    August 4, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. a Republican No MORE!!!

    Happy B-Day BO!!!
    Next one will be at the White House!


    This quote says it best:

    "On the one hand we have Obama offering a $1000 citizen energy rebate, a windfall profits tax on rich oil companies, 5 million green jobs, independence from Middle East oil dependency in 10 years, and looking out for our injured troops. On the other hand, we have McCain offering tire gauges, peeks at Britney and Paris, a cameo by John's old buddy, Moses and fighting hard for his oil buddies. This is going to be a very difficult decision"

    August 4, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. California dem (ex)

    The suffication of free speech and ideas is a cornerstone of democrat politics. This is no surprise. Pelosi is a joke and failure.

    August 4, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. McCain:SmallWeakCowardlyManOffersMoreOfTheSame TearsOthersDownToBuildHimselfUp

    Where has Grampy been for the last 30 years? In the pockets of BIG OIL. End of story, McPanderer.

    August 4, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. v.a.

    of course he'll run back to congress to vote on an energy bill. that's how he lines his pockets.

    August 4, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Paris

    Good for John McCain.

    He is not afraid to stand for something.

    I wish democrats would stop protecting the party and for once think of the people.

    Country first political party second.

    Thank you John McCain.

    August 4, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. big wil

    why is mcclains wife always there?

    August 4, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Agnes

    Good do it. Our legislators have a responsibility, to the people and the country, but will Pelosi and Reid put the needs of this country first? Find a way to fix this problem but do it responsibly with fore thought to the sustainability of the environment.

    August 4, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Yasriel

    McLair...go ahead say all you want...but you cannot drill you way out of the mess you're in.

    Calling congress to reconvene when you have been absent for so long and when you're finally present you vote 95% of the time for McBUSH.

    August 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. Sane John

    "I can never bother to show up for a vote, but you guys better come back to vote on these pet issues of mine!"

    What a jerk.

    August 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Brennan - Seattle, WA

    Jus because Republicans didn't get their way they shouldn't be able to bully their way into it. This is exactly the problem with the republican party. Our current President saw things the same way "Oh the constitution doesn't allow me to do that? Well do it anyway."

    August 4, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. Mike - Texas

    18 Republicans and 0 democrats stayed behind to work on an energy policy after Pelosi and fellow democrats hurried through the adjournment procedings so that they could go on vacation.

    The democRATs obviosly don't care that Americans are sufferring, bu Republicans do !!

    Drill here, Drill now. And create American jobs and security !!

    August 4, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. Christopher

    Finally, we have an example of the strong leadership John McCain will weild as a president, at home and with foreign decision makers. Tough talk in front of a sea of reports and chastising those who refuse to bend to his will.

    August 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. jen

    Thats easy to say for a guy that never shows up to vote.

    August 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. Goodson

    When last was Senator McCain on the Senate floor, or does he think he can turn everything into politics like his latest insult on Jews and Christians by portraying Moses as being arrogant in spliting the Red Sea and comparing him to Obama.
    He better take a couple of Haldol(antipsychotic) and get some sleep.

    August 4, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. Al, NY NY

    another question is "why is she always staring at him?" Is she so enraptured by his presence? It reminds me of the walking Pez dispenser Nancy Reagan staring at her little Ronnie with those doe-eyes. How repulsive!

    August 4, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. Sherry, Atlanta


    I call on Voters to sign a petition, that will limit 'House & Senate to SERVE ONLY A TERM OF 12 YEARS, WITH NO RETIREMENT BENEFITS.



    August 4, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  22. norml

    he had 26 years to work on this ,and has done nothing.he needs to go!

    August 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. oil rules

    Pelosi, Reid, Obama, the do nothing pander society of big government. Tax the rich, give to the poor, free healthcare and a chicken in every pot. When do I get my 40 acres? I understand people would like a change for the better, but they only will lead to more frustration, economic failure, and more lust for their own power. Wake up folks!

    August 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Brad Morse

    Good call lets get congress back and have the media show which why everyone votes including Obama. I bet Obama would ether be a no show or vote to drill.

    August 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. Sacto Joe

    Senator McCaine, why should we listen to someone like you who doesn't even believe that pumping up your tires to the maximum can improve your fuel economy?

    When it comes to energy, you, sir, are a dolt!

    Unlike Senator Obama, who knows that tuning up your car and slowing down will get you better gas mileage, which in turn will reduce demand for gas, which will result in lower prices.

    It's called the Law of Supply and Demand, McCaine. Ever hear of it?

    August 4, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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