August 4th, 2008
06:08 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama ad attacks McCain, helps launch 'Energy Week'


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama has a new ad pushing for a windfall profits tax on big oil."]

(CNN) - The Obama campaign is out with a new television commercial this morning which outlines some of candidate’s energy proposals, including what it says is a “windfall profits tax on big oil to give families a thousand dollar rebate.”

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The ad also accuses major oil companies of donating $2 million in contributions to rival John McCain’s campaign and says that “after one president in the pocket of big oil, we can’t afford another.”

The Obama campaign says the ad will run across the country but didn’t provide specifics.

The ad comes as Obama kicks off "Energy Week," with trips planned to Ohio and Indiana to discuss gas prices and rising heating bills.

Obama travels to battleground Michigan on Monday to unveil details on his energy policy.

Obama speaks at 11am ET in the Lansing, where the campaign said he will announce his “New Energy for America” plan. He will discuss an energy rebate to help with gas prices, creating five million “green” jobs and trying to eliminate the need for Middle Eastern oil in 10 years.

McCain, who will discuss small business issues Monday in Pennsylvania, also plans an energy event in Michigan this week. On Tuesday, he will visit the Fermi 2 nuclear power plant outside Detroit, for an event promoting his call for an increase in similar plants.

The energy week emphasis comes days after Obama shifted towards a compromise on offshore drilling. He talked in Florida about a willingness to accept offshore drilling as part of the bipartisan energy bill. He told reporters while he remains “skeptical of some of the drilling provisions”, he said he believes the deal includes enough alternatives to “move us in the direction of genuine energy independence” On whether it’s another example of him softening positions, Obama said, “what I'm interested ultimately is going to be governing…we've got a plan on the table that I think meets the goals that America has to set and there are some things in there that I don't like, then obviously that's something that you know I would consider because that's the nature of how we govern in a democracy.”

soundoff (343 Responses)
  1. C from Texas

    When will people learn? Windfalls Taxes=higher gas prices. Ask yourself what you would do if it was your company that he wanted to tax more because you made too much money. Now he's trying to buy the people votes with the $1000 rebate, does this apply only too the people that own a car? This guy doesn't have a clue when it comes to his policies, course he'll flip-flop on this one within a month. Only in America, don't make too much money or the poor will be envy and want your money for doing nothing, so much for working hard and getting ahead.

    Democrats=people who wants things for free.

    McCain '08

    August 4, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. From Texas

    You people better wake up before it's too late!!!!!!!!!!!!! You all know that McBush is just the same as Bush's failed policy. He's just gonna continue on what's happening right now. So. if you people love where our country been heading, then McBush is your man. But, if you don't like what's happening to our country, then Obama is your man. I myself eager for a change. If Senatore Obama is elected as president, it is good and important for our country. Do not let your brain washed by others when they are just trying to manipulating it when you all know that they are excercising the same politics and ideas where we all been for decades. All they usually do is fear and trying to smear the other person. That's not the best a politician can do. if they are for real and to change what has been going on in washington, then they must focus on the main issues, like Senatore Obama was saying. But intsead, all they can do is smear and fear monkering. Same as Hillary. All she knows is attack, attack, attack, attack and attack............... Obama for a change we can all believe in.

    August 4, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |


    August 4, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. PUMA 4 HILL

    Change we can believe in??? Only the ill-informed buy into this fraud. And to be fair, he's only a fraud because the DNC and the Clinton haters manufactured him.

    What a joke... has no place in the White House.

    PUMA – we'll make it happen in 2012.

    August 4, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Clinton crybabies think Obama was a real 'MEANIE' to their Hillary.
    (He called her Annie Oakley YIKES!)

    Just think what McCain, Rove, Bush and his boys would have said about Hillary had she been the nomiinee.

    Think about that ladies. McBush would have tore into Hillary with a vengeance.

    Interesting how Clinton backers thinks McCain would have been a "nice guy" to their Hillary.

    August 4, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Clinton/McCain

    Obama ALSO gets money from oil companies. Spouces of oil companies, oil company CEOs and workers of oil companies have donated a lot of money to Obama's campaign. I'm not very fond of McCain, but boy, Obama is such a hypocrite.

    August 4, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Casual observer

    CNN, where's the ticker story on the Gallup poll over the weekend? Don't really want to advertise that huh? Hmmm.....

    August 4, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. alvino

    It is so refreshing to get the true information on O'Bama's campaign from the McCain camp. Senator McCain knows so much about everything.
    I am also waiting for the outrage from the McCain camp that O'Bama is having a birthday during the campaign. It's just not fair! Maybe O'Bama's poll numbers will go down more as a result.

    August 4, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Amy

    Why isn't CNN reporting on what happened in the House Friday? Why aren't you all extremely unhappy with Nancy Pelosi because of what she did?

    Obama is giving John Kerry a run for his money for the title of FLIP FLOP KING!!!

    August 4, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. DAVE

    OBAMA is a joke!!!!!!! Can anybody say anti-christ?

    August 4, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Amy

    S. Boatman, you need to read before you speak. McCain's plan is a comprehensive alternative energy plan that uses profits from domestic drilling to fund it. Do a little research and you might know what you're talking about.

    August 4, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. Phoenix

    No Osama 08, it seems that voters such as yourself are more concerned about mocking Osama than actually capturing him. Sounds familiar. (BUSH, MCCAIN)... Lets see if CNN publishes this comment.

    August 4, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. Amy

    Anthony MO, haven't seen the latest polls have you? Obama isn't in the lead anymore. Sorry. With all his globe hopping, 92% of the black vote and all the cum-bi-ya folk, he's tied today with McCain. That should tell you something.

    August 4, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. bernadette

    Obama should continue hitting McCain hard on the real issues in this campaign and eventually voters will see that besides having nothing substantive to base his candidacy on, McCain is willing to 'lose his reputation in order to win an election' by engaging in despicable campaign tactics. Americans have only one clear choice to get us out of our turmoil: Obama, the only candidate with substance.

    August 4, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Allen Friedman

    It is time to bring back the old commercial by the little lady that asked the question, " Where' sThe Beef, John." John McCain has done everything that he can to not answer questions on the economy, healthcare, poverty in America, homeless of Americans, fixing Katrina, the home morguage situation. All he knows is war and Obama did it or said it, it is now time for Democrats and the public to ask Mr. McCain " Where's The Beef " If McCain is not another Bush then let him show this country what he stands for and not hide behind his war record and accusing Obama of whatever he can. If the senator wants to be president then it is time for him to give answers.

    August 4, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Amy

    Brenden –

    as apposed to Barack's 143 days in the Senate? Does that make him ready to lead? Or is it his community organizer status? Does that make him ready?

    You all are so brain-washed it's scary!!

    August 4, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Time to get aggressive on POLICY Sen. Obama. WAY TO GO. That is something that the Republicans are weak on..................they only know how to attack peoples character. McCain with ALL of his WASHINGTON Experience and Know How...not mention Knowing how to win wars(which by the way we have never won a war during his career accept for the 1st Pursian Gulf...the rest were cease fire with demilitarized Zones) should show us HIS postions. We really do not need see cheap shots using innocent women and Moses!!!! For gosh sakes !!! Here people are lossing their jobs and homes and McCain is spending money on these types of ads with no substance. I am insulted as an American and a Regan Democrat !!!

    August 4, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. Susan

    I guess all the Obamamaniacs seem to forget that he voted to give the oil and gas companies billions of dollars in subsidies. Now he wants them to give them back, what a laugh!

    August 4, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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