August 4th, 2008
10:01 PM ET
14 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. RealityKing

    Someone cares about poor suffering Americans..., and it obviously ain't progressive democrats!!

    August 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. California Gold

    Pander Man McCain. The guy is all hat and no cattle. Did not vote yes for the new GI bill & the largest increase in veterans' health care, did not support raising the Fed. minimum wage increase, did not vote to support the Bush 10% cut in Medicare, did not support the first increase in auto efficiency standards in 32 years, or much else brick-and-mortar issues. So now he wants Congress back in session? The above actions were approved despite McCain.

    August 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Chicago Red

    McAttack you are not the President ........when was the last time you Attended?
    big wil .....why is mcclains wife always there?....
    Certainly not to make him look Younger Because she look old as McAttack ...OLD HOG JAW!!!!

    August 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Fed up with the lies

    Another political move by a desparate man. He knows Congress isn't going to bow to Rep. pressure, so he's safe calling for the special session. What a waste of a reporter's time.

    August 4, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Matt

    McCain is right.

    The only party that cares about the average working American is the Republican Party.

    The democrats go on vacation while the Republicans are still trying to do something to ease the load on the average joe.

    I really do not know how someone could be dumb enough to vote for a democrat.

    August 4, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |

    John McCain is a fake!

    August 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. susannahjones

    first off, I bet you won't post this....but I will go ahead anyway
    Why are you reporting about the oil profits and not pointing out the offset....americans collect more in taxes from oil companies than they collect from the lower 25% of wages in this country.
    That is a lot of money.
    Also, big oil does not run off with all that money, their shareholders, a large proportion of whom are your viewers, get dividends
    and finally, oil re-invests in new exploration and technology for the future alternative energy

    August 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. MsSapphire, Little Rock

    To big wil

    McCains wife is always there because she is filthy rich and doesn't have anthing else to do. With all of her botox, contacts, beleached hair and make up, she wants to be seen!

    August 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. bill for barack

    I hope he returns to the Senate for the vote.
    I hope he stays there for the next 8 years.
    Then I hope he retires.

    August 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. James

    I wouldn't follow McCain into a 7-11 let alone believe anything he has to say.

    McCain is a disgrace to his family, his country and the world.

    August 4, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Tony

    John McCain is a bitter, angry, old man withi old ideas.

    Such a clown.

    I see where Romeny today called Obama Dishonet!

    Now if that isn't the pot calling the kettle black.

    Mitt Romney! What a clown.

    August 4, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    mccain is old and slow, if I was the Democrats, I wouldn't go back. The republicans had their chance and blew it.


    August 4, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Happy 47th Birthday Obama!!!

    Mc Cain when is the last time you voted on something???? .. seriously??? ... Gi Bill . . Absent ... If I go to name more I'll finish come Nov 4th LOL ... but when It's comes to Big Oil & adding money to your pocket you're the 1st to talk ....... such hypocrisy

    August 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Darryl Miller

    Do Senator John McCain remember how to vote? His vote is for sale to the Highesgt donor...

    $ 2,000,000.00 + and going next?

    August 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. !

    What will Barry vote if the legislation comes to the floor?

    "Present" like he did over 160 times as a State Senator. This man couldn't make a decison if his life depended on it. Last week he was adamantly against any off shore drilling this week as he drops in the polls he suddenly flip flops and wants a compromise with off shore drilling. Last week he stated it would take 10 years to get one drop of oil from our own supplies today he states it would be 7 years. Drop a few more points in the polls and it will become 3 years or 5 years.

    No Hillary as VP NO VOTE!

    Do you comprehend that Barry?

    The woman of this nation have had enough. Our familes are suffering under this energy crisis and you suggesdt we go out and buy Tire Pressure Gauges and get the car tuned?

    We can't afford Tire Pressure Gauges and engine tune ups the KIDS HAVE TO EAT!

    OK Barry you made your big Tiore Pressure Gauge Energy Speech which was followed by comments from the oiul companiy executive who advised and I quote "If this Congress does not allow domestic oil production five dollar gasoline will seem like a bargain price in a few short years."

    Personally I for one would like to use a Tire Presssure Gauge on you because you suddenly appear to be full of hot air and flip flopping all over the map. Suddenly this campaign is all about you and not us.

    The woman of this nation need to stay home or vote for McCain and run Hillary in 2012!

    No "O" in 08' Hillary in 2012!

    August 4, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. edw



    August 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Johnnie Callam

    Electing McCain is a guaranteed war with Iran (a war we will be fighting for Israel). Not one Israeli citizen would be put at risk – just our young Americans. Cantor as his running mate would be a guarantee for losing more Americans than we already have as his allegiance is to the Israeli flag. I just wish we could think of our countrymen for a change. Let Israel do their own fighting.

    August 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Vig

    JOhn McCain has gumption. Obama has Obamaspeak – says one thing one day and something else the next. The only way Obama has a prayer is if Hillary is right behind him and you know what – he knows it.

    August 4, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. God's warrior

    This is coming from McCain, who has missed over 60% of Senate votes.

    McCain has unfortunately adopted a dishonorable campaign style. After using sacrilegious mockery in a recent ad, I have lost respect for John McCain. These actions are undignified and unpresidential in a country with freedom of religion! May God have mercy.

    August 4, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Anthony, Dallas, Tx

    lol............... John McCain at his best, saying anything to make the uneducated vote for him.

    August 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. wake up

    can one of you McCain supporters please tell me why the repubs are so hell bent on off shore drilling? i mean dont we lease 68 MILLION acres to the oil Comp. that they are not drilling on now? if off shore drilling will not provide relief in 7 years where tapping the reserve will provide that relief in days why should Dems concede? it seems to me that the repubs are posturing at the expense of the American people...through the filibusters and vetoes...i understand both have set record highs. can one of you McCain supporters tell me truthfully why should WE support off shore drilling? really i want to know, i know McCain has an army of lobbyist running his campaign for him and has taken MILLIONS from big oil so i understand why he wants it....but for the American people to be so gullible...i thought we learned our lesson with Bush/Chaney...

    August 4, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. McCain = Oil Profits

    If Republicans want to convene, they can just as easy get Bush to call congress back into session. This is all a scam and a snake-oil show. Americans show congress with your vote that you don't want to pay them anymore to treat you like idiots.

    August 4, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. ran

    There is no energy bill. It is only a drill bill that the republicans want. People open your eyes and think for your-selves. Please for the good of this country don't fall for the republicans lies.

    August 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Kongtooth

    Stick to what's important...

    "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though,"
    Barak Obama 1995

    August 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Marvinj

    What a joke he hasn't been in Washington in months. When was his last vote and now he's concerned about a energy bill, we've learned a little something about being rushed into things.

    This must be something his secretive organization of oil types and lobbiest have instructed him to do.(International Republican Institute) We see who will continue to run this country if McCain get into office the same types that ran Bushand his non-policies.

    So lame.....

    August 4, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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