August 5th, 2008
05:13 PM ET
14 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.”

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (402 Responses)
  1. Richard in Arkansas

    As an Obama supporter, I'm willing to forgive past sins and embrace the T. Boone Pickens Plan. What Pickens is talking about, renewable energy, is somethings Democrats have talked about for years. But alas, it fell on the deaf ears of the republicans. Now a big republican booster has said that it is the way to go, fellow republicans don't know what to think. Last night on Larry King, Pickens, famous for his sponsorship of the swiftboat ads against John Kerry, plainly stated that he would not be supporting John McCain. He also said he was intrigued by Obama's energy proposal and seemed interested. He even called for a meeting between him and the two campaigns. McCain doesn't support the Pickens plan. This could get interesting. Stay tuned!!!

    August 5, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. Denise

    Obama mocks, Obama teases, Obama is a divider.

    August 5, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. Ralph V. AZ

    Is McCain starting to look a little tired? Because he sure sounds like it!

    Same old tired policies that don't work!

    McCain criticizes Obama and it sounds like he's talking about himself.

    No more Crip Keeper!

    Obama 08!

    August 5, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Denise Groves

    Keep it, Obama!!!! You have him on offense!

    August 5, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Obamalism

    McCain's plan is increase supply of ALL energy resources, not just oil.

    Obama's plan is to help Al Gore's "green" energy investments.

    August 5, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. mayahh

    the table does turn..Obama for president

    August 5, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Eric-PA

    Tim said, "Why is it when McCain says something about Obama the headlines read McCain slams Obama, but when it's reversed, your headlines read Obama teases McCain????"

    It's because CNN is pro-Obama and they know that most people don't like negative attacks. If you can make it look like McCain is attacking Obama while Obama isn't then people will perceive Obama in a different light.

    Luckly we're smart enough to know what they are trying to do.

    August 5, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. Staci, LA

    Made me laugh...very funny Senator OBAMA. McCain has no clue on energy or anything else for that matter.

    August 5, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. Obamalism

    Sherry from Atlanta –

    Drilling will not solve the 'Energy Problem'. McCain has 'No Vision' for the 21st Century (we can't blame him for that-age is a factor).

    * SOLAR
    * WIND
    * OBAMA '08

    Do you have any clue HOW we get natural gas? Didn't think so. Here's a hint, it involves water and rigs.

    August 5, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. CTP

    Obama, tell that old CREEP like it is!

    Obama '08!

    August 5, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. bobby

    why dont people just realize that offshore drilling is not exactly the smartest way to reduce gas is so unfortunate that we americans a re so gullible and the republicans have gotten into our heads.unfortunately

    August 5, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. lizfor hillary clinton

    again i am so tired of his bla bla bla....i cannot believe hillary is going to help him in the election after what all he did, said, win the nomination...whatever

    August 5, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Don

    Yes Ike,
    Replublicans do think your stupid!

    August 5, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Jason

    Yep Obama, keep talking about McCain and Big Oil. The informed voters know that YOU voted for the Cheny Eergy Bill in 2005 to give Big Oil more tax breaks. McCain and Clinton voted against it.

    Way to go Democrats. Way to pick another know-nothing candidate for President. If the Democrats cannot win the Presidency this cycle, they should fracture the party into two and just give it up.

    August 5, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. Michele from Chicago

    Obama's comments about John McCain are simply not true. McCain has a plan that includes much more than off-shore drilling. As part of his plan, McCain supports the development of nuclear energy, as well as fully renewable sources of energy.

    It looks like it is politics as usual for Obama.

    August 5, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Pat in Cali

    What did McCain do during the first energy crisis? Nothing.

    McCain has 23 years to think about solutions yet he has none. Or maybe he just can't remember. Whatever... so what is McCain going to do about this energy crisis. Nothing ... but joke about a tire gauge. Paris Hilton could come up with a better solution than "drill here and drill now".

    McCain does not understand the gravity of the situation. He wears $600 shoes, $5.00 a gallon gas is nothing to him.

    August 5, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. James

    Enough of Obama!!!! His sarcasim is getting on my nerves. The smurk on his face renders him usless. He has no idea what he is talking about but he makes it sound credable. Jeeeze!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. Chut Pata

    Obama is quite straight forward on off-shore drilling but McDrill can't see it. Obama is not against off-shore drilling as long as it does not destroy the echo system. There are plenty of land leased for drilling. McDrill can drill all he want over there.

    What Obama is saying is that this drilling is no solution. We can save more oil by simply adjusting our tire pressures. This drilling is just a diversion to keep focus away from alternate sources so that oil prices continue to grow and oil companies continue to profit ... at our cost.

    August 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. LT for Obama

    McCain supporters:

    McCain was even less funny when he put out his Celebrity and The One ads. They were childish and stupid and had nothing to do with policy, At least when Obama was going after them when "teasing" them he was actually addressing real policy issues. On the other hand, McCain distorts Obama's words and says that he wants to inject humor in this race so where is your humor? He thought that saying that inflating our tires was a joke, yet his buddies Christ and Lieberman wholly support this individual initiative that will save our country millions and millions of barrels of foreign oil as per the experts including Bush's.

    You cannot have it both ways, support McCain's insidious jokes but complain when Obama does it? Talk about hypocrisy. Grow up.

    August 5, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Ratgurl

    In response to ArtNYC August 5th, 2008 2:47 pm ET who said:

    "Interesting… I guess Obama's idea of selling oil from the reserve is a better one. Consider this, there's only about 3 and half days of supply in the reserve. Once he depletes that, what does Obama intend to do?"

    I must correct you. There is an approximate 11 YEAR supply in our reserves. Look it up on Wikipedia 🙂

    August 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Marcus

    Does John McCain and the Republican party think we are all stupid??

    Yes they do.
    Otherwise why would they be running stupid negative ads and we keep on eating it up. The polls reflects that.
    Yes we are stupid.

    August 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Desmond Sequeira


    August 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. Tammy

    Why won't anyone give us real information, real numbers. USA uses 76 billion barrels of oil a year. We produce 18 billion & import the rest. Everything offshore is at most 150 billion barrels and oil companies already have access to 70%. That leaves at most 45 billion barrels which is a lot of money but will not solve our energy crisis. If my numbers are wrong, someone please correct me.

    August 5, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Obamalism

    Lisa M.

    You're wrong on points 2&3 –

    It's not the supply of gasoline that's high in demand, it's oil. While true our refineries are maxed (because dem's refuse to allow us to expand) lowering oil prices will directly lower the price of gasoline.

    Speculators ...well they speculate based on current supply and demand and what they think the future will hold. Hence, expanding drilling will provide more future supplies and therefore reduce present day speculations. drilling = immediate help

    No one is asking the government to pay for the expanded oil drilling. I'd be more than willing to see the govt spend its money on researching and developing alternative fuels. If the oil companies happen to want to invest in the alternatives, then they have just as much right to funding as anyone.

    August 5, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Steve

    These candidates are so lame. Obama criticizes McCain for an energy plan that will actually produce energy. McCain criticizes Obama because he is popular. Neither one makes much sense, and everything they do is so calculated and manipulative that only the truly ignorant believe anything coming from them.
    And for you shouting about failed policies, do you or do you not have electricity on in your home, and are you or are you not able to fill up your gas tank in several locations within 5 minutes of your home? The policy completed its primary objectives, and at a much lower price then most other parts of the world. Some of the side effects suck, but that doesn't make it a failed policy, and taking every cent that is going to oil producers over seas and investing it here will not produce realistic alternatives to oil any sooner then what we are doing now. Throwing money at a problem is Washington's traditional answer (so much for Obama being different from Washington), and it is always the wrong answer.

    August 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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