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. NoMcSame(MrBurns)

    Obama is working while McGrumpy plays games. Soon it will be checkers with the rest of the old folks.
    Mitt my friend Obama doesn't think that he is the Messiah but your leader Joseph Smith did. He was a true racist and you live by his every word. Jesus is the way the truth and the life. You my friend are a follower of the dark side. Joseph Smith was the dishonest one if you ask me and those that follow him and his teachings are going to be cast into the FIRE. That is what the Holy Bible says. The only way to God is through the Son and Joseph Smith is not him and has never seen him or met him.
    So be careful when you call another the Messiah.

    August 4, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. jfs Memhis, Tn year is this .............and.............where are John ????

    August 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Jeff D, South Bend, IN

    Says the senile Senator from Arizona, who in 29 years of government, hasn't done a thing to help US energy policy. And now he suddenly cares about Energy because he's running for President and voters are too stupid to notice that the old timer is lying through his teeth.

    August 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. TKL SC

    Republicans had control of the Senate and the House for 7.5 YEARS and nothing was done about ENERGY? Why? get over it IT's TIME for a change. OBAMA08 get ready for it

    August 4, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Joe

    McCain is dead wrong on drilling.
    This would be a waste of resources that need to be put towards developing alternative renewable energy sources.
    Global warming is real and we need to act now to stop it not let the big oil companies control our energy policies.

    August 4, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Xango

    this little old man is a joke

    he needs to go take a nap

    August 4, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. California Gold

    "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." McCain doesn't understand you don't drag everyone back to work because you were absent. What a megalomaniac. No Johnny the world doesn't revolve around you. You should have been present and accounted for with your colleagues.

    August 4, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Lorna, NY

    McCain is an idiot. Why was this not an issue in his 25 years of service?

    August 4, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Peter (CA)

    Wow, I used to have some respect for Sen. McCain. He seemed like one of the few guys on the right willing to reach across the aisle and keep things civil.

    This campaign has removed all of that. He has become the typical pandering hypocrite the Republicans seem to trot out on a regular basis.

    Just worry about the short term right Senator? That (and the ridiculous pro-big oil, anti-consumer policies of your party since Reagan) are what got us into this mess.

    I keep seeing the right-wingers say "country above party"......and when has your side EVER practiced that? I thought that was what would make McCain different but he knew he had to pander to Rush, Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Anne Coulter, Ralph Reed, and the others in order to have a chance.

    August 4, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. kim hussein taylor portland, oregon

    "can one of you McCain supporters please tell me why the repubs are so hell bent on off shore drilling?"

    dont even bother asking, they NEVER have an intelligent, FACTUAL answer if you get an answer (which you never do).

    it's so funny how they accuse us dems of being the ones who vote on our emotions when THEY are the ones who do it-you sure cant vote for bush or mccain based on their policies BECAUSE THEY ARENT BASED ON REALITY OR FACTS! you guys give your foolish selves away every time you mention offshore drilling or obama will raise your taxes, etc.. the sad thing is you dont even know you're being duped every single day. and your heros bush, hannity, rush are laughing at you all the way to the bank!

    anyone who thinks the repugs CARE ABOUT AVERAGE AMERICANS is not living on this planet. dick cheney is more likely to give up a few million bucks, than a repug-like mccain-doing something to HELP the average american citizen! PLEASE READ A BOOK AND LARN YA-SEFF SUMPIN', ZEKE...

    August 4, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Lesley

    McCain is too busy working on his negative campaign to vote even for his own bill on the gas tax holiday. Proof positive that he's all talk and no action! Missing several votes on energy measures means that McCain didn't think the energy problem was a crisis until he read it in the polls. Somebody in his campaign needs to let him in on the really important stuff going on in the country.

    August 4, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Mike in MN

    McCain missing a vote does not compare to all the Democrates taking a holiday while we continue to pay through the nose for gas. Maybe McCain could be falted if the bill failed by 1 vote, but one more vote would not have prevented it from being defeated by the Democrates who do not want us to pay less for gas. They want more Americans to struggle to make ends meet. That way more Americans will vote for Democrates, the party that promises hand outs to the poor, not a way out. The Democrates need to keep the majority of Amerians poor to maintain their voter base.
    But the Republicans and McCain are wasting their time demanding that the Demorcates come back and get something done. The Democrates weren't getting anyting done anyway. Nothing will happen until 08 when McCain and the Republicans take back Washington.

    August 4, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Brian

    Drill Drill Drill..... That will solve............. a potential depression in oil company profits! Save the oil companies! Imagine a dolphin not covered in oil. Or a child able to breathe clean air in the middle of city..... Do we want a world like this???? NOOOOOOO. Vote McCain, we cannot live without oil companies!

    August 4, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. Adele

    Mccain is walking around in his depends and like a chicken without a head. He should just spend his time at funeral homes picking out his casket. At least he"ll get that right.

    August 4, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. Calro from the BX

    I think that the American people need to teach congress a lesson and show that we will not tolerate their lack of concern for the American public. they get a month paid vacation after they've done nothing at all I think we should vote in all new politicians regardless of their party in order to show congress we mean buisness and change.

    August 4, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. Claudia, Tucson, AZ

    The Repubs are just playing politics. This only shows how out of touch they are – we need to have the parties work together not grandstand. I am so very tired of the games.

    August 4, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  17. Brenda Eppler

    The Repulicans only want to do something now in their final hour because they know they have done nothing for the past eight years and they know the Democrats are going to be in control soon.

    August 4, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  18. Independent

    Last week, John McCain just had a town hall meeting in NV and in CO.

    It was absolutely pathetic. All this guy says is "my friends I know how to fix that" but then he gives not even the slightiest solutions to the problem he was asked about.

    Wake up America! Not again, not again!


    August 4, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  19. GoMcCain08

    The Waffling ONE:

    He waffles here,
    He waffles there,
    Our dear Obama waffles everywhere.

    If you don't like what he said with all his waffling might,
    Wait until tonight,
    He will switch his words to the right.

    But if you feel he lurched too far,
    He'll copy the left,
    And make you his star.

    After all "yes we can" was Hillary's call,
    until Obama designed her fall,
    and stole her delegates vote and all.

    Now we watch his waffling light,
    and wait to see his plight,
    as he copies left and right.

    Maybe Ludacris can put that to music?

    August 4, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. Griff

    Why is it John? Borack Obama has no "L" Plate stuck to his rear...

    August 4, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. Tia of SD

    And who will pay for this special session? Or will both sides be willing to donate their time? Hey I have an idea – why doesn't McCain pay for it with the monies he has been earning since April when he was getting paid and wasn't attending and voting?

    August 4, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  22. Obama 08 - rocking it baby

    Boy what does McSame plan on doing for Congress in four weeks? Could it be something more then he did in 29 years.... can anyone see how out of touch this man and administration really is???? Do they think this will seriously work??? and that the American people are dumb enough to go with this madness? yeah the lights are on and Americans are wiser now... we know that you want to be elected and just jocking for votes .... what have you done for us in the last 29 years?

    August 4, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. edw

    I could have sworn that was Paris Hilton standing by his side.

    August 4, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  24. C from Texas

    You people are stupid if you think McCain has never done anything for this country.

    Where was your savior Obama at? No where to be found that's where. How many times has he voted besides voting PRESENT?

    Get your facts straight about McCain before you show how stupid you are. You (Dems) are the ones that put this Congress in office so you have no one to blame but your self. Look how worse we are now from 2 years ago. Blame it on Bush, like the President has that much power. He doesn't even have the power to declare War but the Dems blame the Iraq war on him while they voted for it and they keep voting to fund it.
    You Dems need to stop pointed the finger and take the blame for the way things are going.


    August 4, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. Obama supporter: Bipartisan Intelligence in Gov't

    First, T. Boone Pickens supports Barak Obama's plan.

    Second: the GOP asked the White House to reconvene Congress and they REFUSED????

    August 4, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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