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. aware

    Give it up Obama! 🙁

    Just talking about drilling...lowered oil prices. You are such a jerk! 🙁

    August 5, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. CNN = OBAMA

    So it's OK for Obama to do anything he likes, but McCain is running a childish campaign? You hypocrites know no bounds. His plan is the un-plan. Now he can support drilling? Has he gained an IQ point or just following polls as usual?

    August 5, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Janice

    "In stumping Tuesday in this key battleground state, Obama sought to link the troubled economy with Republican policies and offer his own energy plan in contrast. He has tried to cast McCain as more concerned about oil company profits and drilling than an overall energy strategy.

    However, Obama himself voted for a 2005 energy bill backed by Bush that included billions in subsidies for oil and natural gas production, a measure Cheney played a major role in developing. McCain opposed the bill on grounds it included billions in unnecessary tax breaks for the oil industry."

    Sorry Obamabots – he is the same ole same ole

    August 5, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Dj

    You go Sen. Obama... Tell it like it T... I.... is!

    August 5, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. RDS

    The McCain camp should stop with this Drill Here Drill Now crap simply b/c they are flat out lying to the American people. THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION (yes the Bush White House) has said that drilling now would only probably produce 1% of our oil needs in 2017. And yes Obama voted for the 2005 energy bill, that's what happens in Congress if you want something (credits for alternative energy) you'll have to settle for some things (tax breaks for oil companies). But McCain is suggesting that we give them even more tax breaks now...NOW when they're making record profits. If McCain was so serious about helping people with his brilliant plans...then why didn't he even vote on the GAS TAX HOLIDAY bill that he has been screaming would help Americans struggling.

    August 5, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Chipster

    There are no more dinosaurs. Drilling for oil is nothing but a band-aid on a gaping wound, bleeding the blood of our natural resources and precious wilderness. Geologists believe we have neared or reached the peak in oil supplies – not just in this country – but in the world. Demand is rapidly increasing. It is terribly short-sighted and unfair to future generations to deny what must be done. We must find and develop alternative, renewable sources of energy. To do otherwise is irresponsible.

    Nuclear power is also a non-renewable source and radioactive waste is unacceptable. Coal – also non-renewable. These are temporary, dangerous, and destructive alternatives. We can do better. We must do better because we are the stewards of this Earth.

    August 5, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. Open Your 3rd Eye

    The only bad judgement would be the judgement to vote for McCain. Especially on future generation's part.

    August 5, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. Enough ALready!!!!!

    You know all of this back and forth .....Obama or McCain said is PATHETIC!!!

    August 5, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  9. boomer babe for Obama

    Considering the mega-profits of the oil industry on the Republicans' watch, numerous Republican ties with oil companies, and McCain's votes along Republican lines 95% of the time, it's safe to say that McCain and the GOP will continue to protect Big Oil from competition and ensure its domination of energy policy. By the way, when is Dick Cheney going to announce his secret partners in establishing U.S. energy policy???

    August 5, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. grandma

    McCain stop copycat Obama and talk about him say something about your plan. I love your add to comparing Obama to biggest leader of Jewish history yes we can change and now is the time

    August 5, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. Dems Unite and Vote Big

    McCains energy plan is to promote US oil companies like a commercial day after day while they continue to rob America's economy blind. McCain is not just a politician, he is a very well paid actor.

    August 5, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. California Gold

    McCain has selective deafness. Obama has discussed proposals for short term relief and long term energy policies that include fossil fuel. I honestly believe McCain is impaired.

    August 5, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Rapha TEXAS

    The joke is on Obama, He switches his policies on a daily basis.
    How can anyone trust this man????????

    "Change we can believe in"??????
    Yeah right, its more like "Change your mind on issues on a daily basis, is what we can believe in"...

    What a joke.

    Go McCain

    August 5, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. Austine I

    McCain and the Supporters, Please, Don't drill the White House. The Surge is over, now is about drilling all over American.

    August 5, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. McSame is scripted

    Has anybody notice that Msame is reading everythings he says from cards. It is so funny. He is not very good at it. You can notice when he gets to unfamilar words or words that make him uncomfortable. This is why he hasn't gaffed lately. All you see is his eyelids looking down at the notes Bush prepared for him.

    August 5, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. a southern bell for OBAMA







    August 5, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    McSame is in the pocket of Big Oil. They own him body and soul...

    August 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. GL, Bend, OR

    I like the fact that Obama is open to ideas, to change, and is willing to call on us (the citizens) by pointing out how we can beging to effect a change.

    While the Republicans have been posturing, blaming, and making jokes ... Obama is making sense.

    For those who have not yet read yesterday's TIME in partnership with CNN article "The Tire'Gauge Solution: No Joke" I would recommend it.

    The first step begins with "me."

    August 5, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    All I want to know is this. WHY.

    Why is it the oil companies do not half to explain to the public why they do not want to drill on the off-shore rights they already have? They have over 68 million acres. Most of which is already off-shore.

    Why is Bush in such a huff to drill in Alaska's animal preserve? They are allowed to drill in 95% right now. Bush wants to open up the last 5%. For what I ask? Doesn't he have any sense of value for wildlife? I'm glad both candidates are against the idea of drilling in the last untouched area of the refuge. For now, they are. I wonder which one will blink first.

    August 5, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. B.Hawkins

    John Mccain has shown himself to be nothing more than a disciple of the Rovian tactics of Smear, Fear, Gloom and Doom. So much for the straight talk express. McCain ,Busch and Chaney Same, Same.

    August 5, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    I remember when McCain was steadfastly against off-shore drilling – until the extreme right made him see the light!

    August 5, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. CitizenAJ

    I really do not believe anything the McCain campaign says now a days. I know all politicians stretch the truth to fit their agenda, even the one I support, Senator Obama, but I have heard some blatant lies from the McCain camp in the last two weeks. Considering I was ready to vote for him in 2000 before he got "Bush/Cheney-wacked", I know he has changed his position on every MAJOR issue facing America today except Iraq. John McCain was always supportive of invading Iraq, a "strategic blunder". Not a strategic blunder for the reasons Senator Obama sights, though those are true also, but because even if Saddam Hussein had WMDs, how was he, Iraq, going to deploy them. SCUD missile launchers? Iraq had a no-fly zone on its southern border and YOU know the U.S. was keeping a watchful, intelligence eye on Baghdad. Bottom-line, Iraq was no threat to the U.S. or its interest in that region of the world, at least not to the point that Iraq should have been invaded.

    August 5, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Vicki

    I am completely opposed to off shore drilling and Alaskan drilling. I believe if they start taxing the oil companies like they should and quit giving them all the tax cuts we would not be in this mess. I think McCain will just make it worse and I am still undecided about Obama as he does tend to "flip-flop" on issues. He tells you what you want to hear at that moment.

    I would like to see an "honest" politician in the White House, but I don't think there is such a thing.

    August 5, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  24. Harley Rider

    I ain't voting for a elite racist with a Muslim name and an angry Black wife

    August 5, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. Luis

    OMG what a moron.............

    Welcome to the Third World America. This is the promise of the media created false Messiah .

    This imposter is clueless, can't hold a position more than 24 hours, is completely unqualified to lead even a McDonald franchise and hangs out with scum like Wright, Farrakahn, Ayers, Ludacris and Rezko.
    He has stated he wished he could rid himself of his "white blood" (read his writings if you dare) and will be eaten alive by the enemies of America. His child-like views on foriegn policy and the economy ensure our descent into also-ran status.

    Great job DNC of "selecting" your candidate over the objection of Michigan, Florida and the will of 18 million Billary voters. Another brilliant strategic plan by Howard (Yeehaww) Dean and the DNC.

    It was great to be on top for so long. Liberals, get ready for a wake up call if this Manchurian candidate gets in.....

    Vote McCain or join the insane.............

    August 5, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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