August 5th, 2008
05:13 PM ET
15 years ago

Obama teases McCain on drilling

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (CNN) –- Barack Obama continued to slam John McCain’s energy policy Tuesday, attacking his opponent’s focus on oil drilling and mocking his Monday comments that “we need to drill here, and we need to drill now.”

Watch: Obama teases McCain

“Instead of offering a real plan to lower gas prices, the only energy plan that he's really promoting is more drilling,” Obama told supporters at a town hall meeting in Ohio, on the second day of a week of energy-themed events. “That's what he talked about yesterday. I want to drill here. I want to drill now. I don't know where he was standing. I think he was in a building somewhere.”

CNN Election Center: Where do the candidates stand on energy policy?

“This plan will not lower prices today, it won't lower prices during the next administration,” Obama continued. “The truth is we wouldn't see a drop of oil from John McCain's plan for at least seven years.”

Though Obama supported last week’s proposed “Gang of Ten” bi-partisan energy plan that includes an element of off-shore drilling, the Illinois senator has continued to rail against it and McCain and his campaign have been sure to remind voters. A recent CNN/Opinon research poll showed 69 percent of Americans support off-shore drilling.

Listen: The McCain campaign slams Obama's energy policy on a Tuesday conference call

The McCain campaign quickly fired back. “While Americans are hurting, Barack Obama is opposed to off-shore drilling, and is also opposed to admitting that he voted for the same corporate giveaways for Big Oil that he’s campaigning against today,” wrote McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. “It underscores that Barack Obama isn’t being straightforward with voters and has the bad judgment Americans can’t afford right now.”

Obama outlined the energy proposals he put forward in a major speech Monday, including the ambitious goal of eliminating imports of oil from the Middle East and Venezuela within ten years.

“I know that there's going to be all kinds of discussion,” said Obama. “John McCain wants to talk about Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. That's his idea of a really relevant campaign. But I don't have time to deal with that mess.”

“We can watch helplessly as the price of gas rises and falls because of some foreign crisis we've got no control over," he added, "and uncover every single barrel of oil buried beneath John McCain's feet only to realize we don't have enough for a few years much less for a century.”

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  1. ps

    Senator Obama is deliberately misstating Senator McCain's energy policy – Senator McCain's policy includes wind, solar and NUCLEAR (which Senator Obama opposes). – So as I see it, Senator McCain's package includes MORE options than that of Senator Obama.....

    August 5, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Independent in NC

    Frankly, I haven't seen either party come up with a viable energy plan. It's true, properly inflating tires, getting regular tune-ups, and good driving habits will decrease fuel consumption, but that puts the responsibility in the hands of the people. Let's be realistic – is a great enough percentage of the population going to do this to make a difference? We have known for years the effects of idling vehicles stuck in traffic on fuel costs and the environment, but we still prefer our cars over public transportation (yes, it's a generalization).

    McCain has been in Washington for 26 years, but so have a lot of other people, and yet, no results. No results with the Republican majority in Congress, and none with the Democratic majority of the last 2 years. How many people have contacted their congressmen about issues, saying how they want that person to vote? Telling them what issues are important to their constituents? We only seem to get up in arms at election time – not all that different from the candidates before us.

    And since someone brought up troop withdrawal, could we possibly pull our troops out of Germany, Japan, and South Korea? It's been well over 50 years. Anyone? McCain? Obama? *crickets*

    August 5, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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