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. AOA Seattle

    "Joe Kiloz"
    You really are bent on being ignorant and actually do seem to take pride in it. Newsflash for you: Mr. Obama "inflation gauge" will actually give you 3% more fuel efficiency beging the moment you use it. McCains drilling will give you some gas in 7 years. Wonder how much you will be paying for it by then. Well, for McCain, that's way beyond his time so he really doesn't care long as there are a few idiots willing to go with his chants.

    August 5, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. john il

    i say barack should hold mc caines feet to the fire .he should hold a town meeting with mc cain, and oil ,and energy companies in florida .let the people speak there mind on oil drilling off shore.or anywhere they want to drill .or where they want to build a nuke power plant.let the peoples voice be herd.

    August 5, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Steve

    The Bush administration estimates that expanded offshore drilling could increase oil production by 200,000 barrels per day by 2030. We use about 20 million barrels per day, so that would meet about 1% of our demand in about a couple of decades from now. Even if Bush could wave the magic wand he likes to talk about, and the oil started flowing tomorrow from the offshore fields, we'd get maybe 2% of our current demand met. About 3/4 of each barrel of oil is turned into fuel of some kind. Let's see, 2% of $4.00 is 8 cents. Three quarters of 8 cents is 6 cents. By drilling offshore, we'd save 6 cents a gallon. What's the rush, McCain?

    Meanwhile, efficiency experts say that keeping tires inflated can improve gas mileage by 3%, and regular maintenance can add another 4%. Many drivers already follow their advice, but if everyone else did, we could reduce demand several percentage points immediately. In other words: Obama is right.

    This whole offshore drilling thing is just a way for the Republicans, as always to take American's attention away from real issues. In other words, McCain is full of it, and "it" is not oil.

    August 5, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Brian

    It is so sad to see our presidential candidates being so low as to attack each other on how they are going to try to solve the problems that our country is facing. I respect a candidate that doesn't resort to attacking each others policies, and let the American people vote for what they are proposing.

    August 5, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Oregon here

    Obama should have George Clooney as his VP, keep the seats that we have in both houses.

    Obama / Clooney 08

    August 5, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Matt

    Obama is mocking himself.

    He is basically giving America the finger and saying, 'Get used to it!'

    August 5, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Independent Voter

    I have gotten to the point when Obama talks, all I hear is Charlie Brown's teacher. He makes about as much sense.

    August 5, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. matt

    i dont understand why mccsame hasn't come out for digging for gold to sovle our economic woes. it makes as much sense digging for gold in the middle of yellowstone as it does opening up more areas to drill. the have millions of acres to drill and dont.

    August 5, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. Mike -Westchester- LIAR

    To Mike for Westchester:

    You just did what you accused someone else of doing – not stating the facts. Obviously the point was not McCain's total, but that Barry received a lot of money when he said he didn't. Typical hypocrite, lololol. Whole dem party must be on the same moral page – bankrupt.

    August 5, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Pete

    Talk about "blatant arrogance".

    Bush/McCain are either the most arrogant or stupid to think after all they've put us through we're still willing to follow/believe them like sheep.

    Then again. Maybe Bush/McCain ARE geniuses and we ARE ALL sheep.

    August 5, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Hess

    Isn't everyone tired of Obama's taunting and ridicule and mockery like one of the late night comedians. He's not funny and if all he has to offer as president is the promise to mock everyone he wants to, our country will be ridiculed more than it is now and don't we need another comedian as president??

    August 5, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. ALECO1 -----NOKOMIS,FL


    August 5, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Les-Wa

    Obama solution for energy.....CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE, CAR TUNE UP!

    STUPID!!!! STUPID!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Jonathan

    I could care less about the energy policy or taxes or whatever. Which candidate will pledge to defend Israel at all costs? That is the candidate that I will vote for. We cannot afford to have Iran attack her. A high price of oil is a small price to pay to ensure the continued existence of Israel.

    August 5, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Robert

    Since McCain is NOT a repeat of Bush, he is definitely more the politican that can be trusted on what he is saying. Obama has flip-flopped on this issue two or three times now....depending on the crowd. I want someone that says what they mean and has the guts to stick with what they have said – not some wishy washy who can only say something to pander for votes.

    McCain certainly has a better handle on what is going on with the economy and what Americans needs are. Obama makes you think so until he talks to the next set of people. Bad judgment now to do that and he would continue to have bad judgment. McCain 2008

    August 5, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  16. gary


    August 5, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Les-Wa

    I bet nobama having a GRAND TIME flying with his jet with his LOGO stolen from a TV station in Chicago. I bet you all koolaid drinkers are happy how your money is being spent. Have you paid your credit card bills lately? LOL

    August 5, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Angel

    Tim wrote:

    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????

    I was just discussing this with a friend at Starbucks–no anwswer necessary. You and I understand clearly!!!

    August 5, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. karen-phoenix

    Obama is just the better policy builder and willing to work with everyone. McCain has had 26 years to fix this mess his republicans got us into!!! Step down McCain and lets try something new, young, educated, smart and different AND NO MORE WARS!!! No draft and you are NOT getting my grandchildren in a draft. Vietnam and loosing my friends was bad enough!! Go Obama!!

    August 5, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Michael

    Barack is a hack! He has no plan. Oh, wait. He does. His plan is YOUR plan. Yep, he'll say whatever you like folks, and then he'll tell you it was a "policy adjustment." What a pathetic excuse for a leader. Maybe some of you, his supporters, should call him and ask for your tax dollars back...the dollars that he voted to give to oil companies.

    August 5, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. NutJob

    Barack Hollywood Obama = Pretender = Charlatan = Quack. Translates to a DUNCE and a DUFFER!! He is a BIG FLIP FLOPPER like John Kerry.

    August 5, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. obama is the most dangerous man alive

    obama won't talk about his vote FOR CHANEY'S energy plan (full of pork) You remember Bam-Bam the one McCain and Clinton voted against. Come on CNN, why don't you report about that cowards.

    August 5, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |

    No matter what, CNN always ends the Obama articles with a McCain statement.

    But, almost never the other way WHY CNN??

    August 5, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. obama is the most dangerous man alive

    obama is lying like a dog and all stupid people believe him. You people deserve what you're going to get.

    August 5, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Missy M

    What happened to Obama's pledge to be a "different kind of politician?" He's become very mean-spirited and down-right wrong in many of his attacks. By the way, when Obama says something against McCain, he's "teasing," like in this CNN headline, but when McCain says something against Obama, he's "attacking?"

    August 5, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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