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.”

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soundoff (402 Responses)
  1. Johnny Canuck

    Wow, I just came on here to check out what you guys were saying about your election.

    Why the nastiness? Democracy requires a certain level of mutual respect, and an open exchange of IDEAS. No wonder the free world is in so much trouble these days.

    Best of luck with your election, I hope you consider your choice thoughtfully as it will impact the entire world in a profound way.

    – A Canuck.

    August 5, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  2. Danh

    Oh, common John McCain, you are running out of ideas. You only want to send more billions of dollars to the oil rich nation. Join me to support Al Gore calling for clean energy economy.
    Only Obama could change our country. He is young, energetic and has new ideas all the time. VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRAT IF YOU WANT TO BE RICH.

    August 5, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. Slider

    "its not a biased news source….to simply put it, obama just has better policies and he knows what hes doing."


    Would you care to list Obama's policies? I ask because his website is the closest thing to shifting sand in a desert as you will ever get to without actually being there.

    Go ahead, peter, be specific.

    You'll have to, Obama isn't.

    August 5, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  4. David in San Diego

    McCain has been in Congress how long? 26 years. What has he done in 26 years to shape our energy policy (i.e. OIL) that is different?
    Nothing. McCain is pathetic.

    August 5, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. R Lewis - Memphis TN

    How soon do we forget America? From stolen elections to lying about the Iraq war and all the corruption in this current administration, on to high gas prices and lost of jobs. You see Republicans the Bush wagon has not only hurt Democrats it has hurt America and I truly fear for us if we elect John McCain to finish off this corruption, we may never recover from it.

    August 5, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. Brad

    Gas prices are where they should be. What neither candidate will tell you is that even WITH off-shore drilling, the world's demand for oil will not go down. Hell, if Americans don't want to pay four bucks a gallon for the gas that we get from offshore drilling, Big Oil will just sell it to the Chinese.

    The whole thing is a sham. You have to hand it to the repugs in congress who suddenly want to pretend to do something about this. Their gall far outweighs their respect for the intelligence of the average American.

    August 5, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. Na

    To me it is a little scary that most americans vote for drilling now.
    A few people in this blog say that Americans can't be fooled by McCain and that drilling will not help with the price of oil, but realistically, we (those that know that drilling is not the answer) are at a minority... most people are so short sighted and want relief now and do not want to curb their oil addicted ways ... we have to be more socially and environmentally conscious ... save our environment, because when all the effects of global warming are taking place from burn every last bit of oil we will have food shortages, and we will have water shortages and we may not be fighting against the middle eastern nations for oil anymore but we will be fighting for basic needs for our own survival...
    Sacrifice a little bit now, for the hope of having a tomorrow...
    you may think i am extreme... but honestly I think we are close to the worst case scenario than most people want to believe...

    August 5, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. victorhill

    Remember when Sen. McCain Said This;

    "McCain said in April, “I’m sorry to tell you that the price of oil — as far as I can tell — is not gonna go down anytime soon until we eliminate our dependency on it. We can do that as a nation — we can turn out the lights five minutes earlier, we don’t have to drive the extra block.”

    What’s wrong with this? Nothing in particular. In fact, it’s probably about as sensible as what Obama said about inflating our tires and getting regular tune-ups.

    The difference is, Dems didn’t spend a week getting “giddy” about using lightbulbs as a political prop and insisting that McCain’s entire energy policy is composed of turning off the lights.

    Obama 08

    August 5, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. donovan

    This is Obama's Election to lose, and he is doing just that.
    The more he characterize's McCain as Bush, The more he
    politicizes our economic woes, the more scrutiny befalls

    McCain stands up under the Political Microscope, Obama by far
    does not. Now, we see what HC was talking about. Obama is
    an empty shirt.


    August 5, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Independent-Latina-for-OBAMA

    Yes, I heard Sen. Obama! I had to giggle.......poor McCain he is so out-of-touch!

    McCain is so wise, so experienced that he believed Bush's lies about war with Iraq!

    He is so experienced and wise that he wants to drill.......drill........regardless of what damage it may do to our fragile oceans!

    McCain is SO wise and experienced that his foreign policy statement is: "BOMB.........BOMB..........BOMB IRAN!"


    August 5, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. Mauri

    One time, the University of Texas football coach genius Darrell Royal was asked before a crucial game about which players would be in the starting lineup. Decades later, Royal's reply still resonates: "We're gonna' dance with who brung us."

    That quote stands as the only question the American people should ask themself regarding McCain's stand on immediate and extended drilling for oil to get us toward energy sufficience. So now, would you rather line up behind John McCain and "dance with who brung us," or go with the naive Barack Obama who hasn't a clue or even put a name to what he believes will solve our independent energy needs.

    August 5, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. hank hall

    I keep hearing that Bush and his VP lied to congress, misled congress, fooled congress, bamboozled congress about Iraq.

    It is about time that somebody realizes that 525 congressmen/women have a responsibility to find facts before they act and they are just as guilty as anyone in the administration for not protecting the general public from those actions, if in fact those actions were unwarranted.

    If Bush is as dumb as the Democratic demonizers make it seem, how in hell did he manage to bamboozle our entire legislature?

    Methinks all of this is BS coming from the most incompetent legislature ever foisted off on the public.

    August 5, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Ryan

    McBush panders to two groups of people...fat cats who make over $250K and are afraid of getting their taxes increased and midwest hillbillies who are swayed by Paris Hilton campaign ads. God help us if our next President is elected by either. Those two demographics are pretty much responsible for Dubya the Dummy.

    August 5, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. Babs

    Please all of you Obama supporters, check "The Obama Nation" out of the library or buy it at your favorite bookstore – really read it and then come back and tell us you want us to vote for this fraud. And please don't come back and say it's all full of lies, because the facts in the book are footnoted with a total of over 700 footnotes, and there is nothing untrue in the book. Or if you think you find an untruth, tell us what it is. Obama is a scary, unprincipled fraud, and that so many Americans and the American media can't see it is the most frightening thing of all.

    August 5, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. James Jenkins

    I guess when I speak of John McCain's failed military service, I can't get a word in. The country should know that John McCain crashed five (5) military jets before has last crash caused his capture and documented collaboration with the enemy in exchange for medical attention. John McCain has made no greater decision and has no executive experience just as Obama doesn't. His vote as senator is no bigger than any other senators. This notion that McCain has executive experience is dumb. His buddy Bush ran every company he had something to do with in the ground before he stole the office of the president, now he has done the same thing to this country. I say if the people want more of what their are getting now, give them McCain!! This lame idea that people are confused why McCain is polling so close Obama is no mystery, Obama's black!! McCain will fail as president just as he failed in the military which held him up because his father and grandfather were admirals during his service.

    August 5, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  16. Cathy in MD

    Good for Obama. If the McCain camp can have a couple of laughs (as unjustified as they are) at Obama’s expense, why can’t Obama have some laughs about the truly ridiculous behavior coming from the McCain camp? Obama ’08.

    August 5, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  17. tim

    It's very interesting that McCain, ex Mr. Straight Talk, continues to promote the inane propositions that he was once against – but lo and behold has received big oil industry donations since his recent flip. Never mind that we won't see a drop of oil for 7 years and by 2030 we might have 200,000 barrels which would alleviate the demand by 1 %. The mocking of proper tire pressure and tune-ups would improve the problem by 2-3 % starting now. Ah the judgement we'll be missing – the same character that was admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee for exercising " poor judgement " in the palsy-walsy Keating 5 debacle – the same character that ditched a US aircraft into Corpus Christi Bay – the same character that flew his US aircraft so low over Spain that he cut powew lines and left part of the country without electricity – a man of judgement and intellect that finished 894th out of 899th at the Naval Academy . I believe the right honorable Senator is waiting at the airport for his ship to come in.

    August 5, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  18. WOW

    is this guy serious????? Are you liberals that clueless????

    So what is Obama's fix to the problem???? It didn't say???? He didn't say??? o besides making sure your tires are inflated properly...They are... Thanks...I guess I’m screwed…

    So we should just conserve and hope for a good outcome.... So don't put up any new factories... don't buy a car....don't heat your home... can't build more homes either.... thats not conserving...

    While we are at it... Lets increase the already disproportionate tax's wagged on the wealthy... even thought he top 10% make up more then 30% of the economy.... You tax them, it has a trickle down affect on you and me.....

    FOR EVERY ACTION........ THERE IS A REACTION...............

    August 5, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. RapidRay

    So McCain's solution for my grandchildren is to make sure we keep sucking a finite substance out of the ground and leave them to the whims of chance?

    I'm sorry, but I've been through this once before. No less than back in the late 70's and early 80's, our political leaders continue to blind us to the facts.
    Oil is NOT a renewable resource. Once it's gone it's gone, but the cost of it will only continue to rise as demand outstrips the resource.
    Sure, we can drill offshore, but we sure can't refine it here. We've been short on refinery resources for years. What good is it to drag the stuff up and not be able to process it into something usable? Maybe shedding some light on THAT issue would be better than shining spotlights on Paris, Brittney and Charlton Heston as Moses.

    Face the truth, Washington. You have never and will never have full control on our energy needs while we continue to rely on other countries for it. Plan all you want but don't sell us another empty package full of promises you don't have the ability to deliver.
    One shot over Israel, one Hunta uprising in South America, one more hurricane like Katrina....that's all it takes to watch the plan fall apart....AGAIN!

    August 5, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. TOM


    August 5, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. chadm

    Am I silly to wonder why CNN isn't reporting on whose energy plan would actually result in lower costs at the pump? Aren't there actual facts out there instead of just mouthpieces stumping for their candidate? You keep reporting on soundbites and commercials, but there must be some real news here somewhere that we voters can use to decide which candidate is proposing the better solution. The questions are simple: would drilling offshore now lead to noticeably lower prices at the gas pump any time in the near future? If we increase our domestic drilling, will OPEC simply drop their production to keep gas prices artificially high? Will nuclear power, natural gas, solar, wind or hydroelectric energy development reduce our consumption of oil? How much of our oil do we use to produce electricity? How much for transportation? Shouldn't be too difficult to get real answers to these questions and make an informed decision...

    August 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. Ryan , Indianapolis

    Obama that is a downright lie to say gas prices will not go down for 7yrs. Oil is a future if people know there will be more supply the price will fall. Its easy economics Obama...STOP LYING TO THE PUBLIC.

    August 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. Allen in Hartwell GA

    McCain is either on drugs or just plain stupid, and like the last unqualified candidate the GOP ahd for the president, the sheep who follow the GOP will vote for him.
    McCain says we need a commander-in-chief, but he is wrong. We are trying to get rid of the CINC-US (sink us) that has made us a mockery in the rest of the world.
    I don't know about the rest of the country, but I vote for a president, NOT a commander-in-chief. We have generals and admirals a-plenty – more than enough to advise even a black man who never wore a uniform.

    August 5, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. John

    The drilling debate is retarded. And it is helped along by a media that is as complacent (complicit?) as they were in the build up to the Iraq War.

    Again, the few people that have the time and dedication to pay attention, know that drilling will never reduce the cost of oil or lead to significant improvements in our energy independence. Yet, as per usual, and at no fault of the general public, those that follow the issue are in the vast minority. The media has a job to do here. Not play favorites, but simply to report the facts. Unless we are going to legitimize debates about the color of the sky, or the rotation of the earth around the sun, this argument needs to be appropriately refereed.

    August 5, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. Peter

    Take that McShame

    August 5, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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