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. David in Illinois

    Yeah, McCain's call to "drill here, drill now" shows how clueless he is about drilling for oil. In fact, it shows how clueless he is about energy policy period!
    Obama is totally correct in pointing out that doing very simple, entirely PAINLESS things like inflating your tires properly, changing your furnance filter, lowering your thermostat by a degree or two, adding weatherstripping make a HUGE difference in the aggregate and lower demand for all forms of energy. But all he does is scoff, mock and belittle. Everyone knows that CONSERVATION is the ONE thing we all can do, right HERE (wherever you are) and right NOW. You can't do that with drilling for oil. You can drill in your office or your bathroom or your garage, but I doubt if you'll find any oil.
    McCain has no real answers. He's lost his bearings.

    August 5, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Is there any neutrality out there?

    McCain attacks or mocks and Obama teases? Oh isn't that sooo cute. Obama teases McCain -makes me think of a nice soft teddy bear, or a fussy uncle in a cardigan. CNN you're almost neck and neck with MSNB in obviously promoting Obaman and professionalism, they hold a slight lead but with a few more plugs you may be able to pull ahead. Maybe Anderson can whip some sensational journalism up for you. Cambell busy?

    I'm not even going to hold my breath this makes it on.....

    August 5, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Chuck, Montgomery, AL

    Pelosi – you're wrong – they are Exxon employees. BIG difference.

    August 5, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Mike from Westchester

    Oh, and by the way, McCain has not voted on any energy legislation since August 2006 – that's 13 straight "no votes". Just call him Senator AWOL.

    Obama voted for 6 of the first 8 of those votes up until the primary campaign really got heated in April of this year.

    August 5, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Sean

    And interestingly, McCain's camp is slamming Obama over his comments about keeping tires filled and cars tuned up, which only shows McCain's ignorance on the subject. Studies have shown that the difference that simple efforts like keeping tires filled and cars tuned up will make to most people's wallets will be far more effective than McCain's "gas tax holiday" plan that's been derided by virtually every economist in the country.

    So not only does McCain have no good ideas of his own for short term help regarding gas prices, he's actually criticizing good advice that's been given for one way to deal with it!

    McCain = clueless.

    August 5, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    All of these positive comments about Osama Obama. CRAZY! Obama sucks! They both suck! I'll take McCain, the lesser of two evils!

    August 5, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. proud army and navy mom

    The person whose posting under my name is 100% wrong.

    He posts facts that have nothing to do with truth, just like mcliar.

    No wonder he's a mccain supporter. my question is how can people believe anything that comes out of a repugs mouth?

    Sen Obama is absolutely right. please continue to show how mcsenile policies makes no sense unless you are big oil and a big idiot

    August 5, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. randy

    Obama keep it coming you have let the republicans keep the White house and quit wearing purple lip stick. Its wierd

    August 5, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Ron democrat turned independent

    will sen. obama define windfall profit. will he guaranty his party will vote for it does he guaranty the courts will approve this when challenged in court. will this be only for oil comp. or anyone else that make huge profits. Mr. pickens said that he approves of using all the oil natural gas clean coal nuclear power, to bridge the span to alternate fuels sen obama does not (at this time) agree with that. McCain wants to put a bounty on battery power that will viably power automobiles ect. sen. obama seems to have forgotten that. as he mention battery power as an alternative also.alternate fuels as a nice ring to it but there could be many repercussions we have to explore before committing to some of it our dependency on known technology like oil will be around for a long time yet. pretending otherwise if pure politics

    August 5, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Ken

    The level of "discussion" on the energy issue coming from the [R]s is pathetic. For just one example, the McCain's campaign says: “While Americans are hurting, Barack Obama is opposed to off-shore drilling..." What utter crap. I have not heard Obama's campaign oppose the existing offshore platforms. In fact he supports the [D] proposal that the oil companies actually use the offshore leases they already hold in dormancy. That is hardly "opposed to offshore drilling".

    This is typical [R] mumbo-jumbo: to paint their political opponent as something he is not in order to suit their weak ability to steer the discussion in their favor. It is intellectually dishonest, and the people who fail to analyse the discussion properly are intellectually barren. These are the barren people who gave us 8 years of George Bush, Cheney, Rove, Gonsolez. The abject failure of that [R] lot is there for all sentient beings to see: there is no need at all for mumbo-jumbo opponent painting. The facts are there, and in our faces every day.

    August 5, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Mikal from FL

    The thing I STILL don't understand is why the oil companies are so hot about drilling OFF shore, when they still haven't drilled ON shore in the millions of acres they already have available. If Big Oil and the Repubs think domestic production is the magic bullet, then fine. Drill where you already can, before you open up for more. That's like asking for seconds when you haven't even touched what's on your plate already. This really is a common sense issue, that's being hopelessly politicized.

    August 5, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Debra

    There is as much oil in the US as there is anywhere in the world. We are such hypocrites that we want to pay for other countries oil instead of accessing our own with all the headaches that come with it. Oil companies are perfectly happy to let us pay more for oil so that it pushes up the prices by limiting the amt available. Until we have alternative energies, we must expand the oil reserves in this country. This is the problem we had 10 years ago. We decided not to drill for more oil and said we needed to create alternative energy but we still do not have sufficient alternative energy 10 years later and if we would have drilled back then, more oil would have been available today. And we might not be having as serious a problem with it as we are now. . Besides, Oil platforms do not ruin the coastline. Lots of places have them and are still vacation spots. I know a lot of people like Obama, but he is wrong on this. In addition, the Democrats are fighting development of alternative energy such as nuclear, etc. If they really mean what they say- why are they blocking development of the alternate energies? They're energy plan is non existant. I already checked the air in my tires. Have been for years. is that the only thing Barack has to offer???? What a joke!

    August 5, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. ES NYC

    95% of Alaska is currently open for drilling .They do not drill ! Why?
    68 Million acres are currently leased to Oil companies open for drilling.They do not drill ! Why?

    I can't stand the lies we hear everywhere on TV by Mc Cain and his friends: "Since the executive moratorium on drilling has been lifted we've seen oil price dropping already" , and nobody corrects them or call them on it.
    They talking about how the prospective of new supplies are having psychological effects...Ridiculous!

    Just in June the demand dropped in the US almost 5% , while in Europe the demand dropped 10%
    Properly inflated tires save 7% more gas and good driving habits can save as much as 20%.
    This will further reduce the demand and further drop the price of oil, while we can work on developing alternative and renewable energy.

    Mc Cain mocking that is beyond imaginable.
    So personal responsibility does not mean anything anymore?
    All this people here on the blogs and on Fox news all complaining about 'Socialist Obama' , but mocking personal responsibility.Pathetic

    If America elects Mc Cain, the whole world will laugh at us.We will be perceived as weak, and the economic failure will lead to our demise as once Rome.

    August 5, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. That's Reality

    Anybody notice the gas price fell when Bush gave the go ahead for more drilling? or are the "Obamites/save the planet before the people" folks just not willing to accept the truth. Even if drilling doesn't help for another 30 years it will help eventually. The dems just walk away from their jobs and go on vacation-they've got plenty of fuel for goofing off.

    McCain 2008!

    August 5, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Michael

    If tomorrow McCain stated that we should drill for oil on Fifth Avenue in New York, we would hear the tinny aarf of The One, The Lap Dog, Obama saying that he has been saying that for years, as he has been about private ownership of guns, timetables in Iraq, energy policy, etc. This guy's such a lightweight I fear he may be blown from the podium at his next tedious, didactic pronouncement.

    August 5, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Danny

    The Republican Party is Dead. YAY!

    August 5, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Really

    Drill Now... How is Obama's plan going to work. Most of our transportation is reliant on oil. Delivery trucks and personal transportation. So in 10 years new technology is developed. Hydrogen cars or something else. Every company that uses trucks will replace their whole fleet with these new vehicles. My 64 year old mother or the new college or high school graduate will be able to afford the new energy friendly car. Give me a break. We need oil for 30 -40 more years during the transition to new energy.

    August 5, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. Ex-Republican for Obama

    No need to give them access to more land to drill on, when they can't do a thing with what they already have.

    They CAN drill NOW, they could drill THEN, but they DIDN'T! Answer the question moron: Why is it you want more, when you can't handle what you already have? Could it be an election year and you like to pander?

    Shut your pie hole McCain, your hot air is becoming gaseous rhetoric. Head back to your retirement home and let the smart people solve the problems.

    McCain: The problem to all of our Solutions!

    August 5, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. That's Reality

    Phil Newton Murphy – Obama will change us alright – into a socialist, muslim, 3rd world nation.

    August 5, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. NoMcSame(Mr.Grumpy Burns)

    No plan, just the same as McBush but he will win because he is white.
    The good ship America is going down and Obama has the life vest but the racist will not take it because they would rather go down with Mcsame then to have a blackman save the day. That is the America that I know. We are one sick family. The hate runs strong and deep in this house and hate will cause it to fall down. Poor white folks think that they are the rich that the republicans fight for. They can't fill up their cars but they don't really get it. They don't want to be lumped in with black folks no matter what. McSame will cut off their heads to help the rich but they think that he is for them. What fools they are. Obama has hope only but no chance of winning this election.
    Obama The Dream

    August 5, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. ProudToBeDemocrat

    Mccain energy plans is abusrd on can save 7% in gas with properly inflated tires and tune up, with Mccain plan we wound not see a drop of oil for at least 10 year, then when we do the gas price would be over $10.00/gal take 3% out of it with MCCain plan we will end up paying $9.70/gal. Where is the saving. America get the hint Mccain him self admitted Economics is not his subject, he does not have a clue also he does not know how to use computer in 21st centurey this guy is for 19th century we can not afford to let him run our country.

    August 5, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. dan

    For everyone who thinks drilling is a bad idea because it will take 7 to 10 years to see the benefit, I have one question. How long will the "alternative sources" take to come on line? Its not like flipping a light switch, it will take years. So instead of mocking the need to drill if you think just a little you would realize we need a multi faceted approach to the problem. We need the alternative sources and more domestic oil to reduce our dependency on foreign oil. Domestic oil is not a bad thing dependence on froeign oil is the problem. Oh by the way if we would have drilled 10 to15 years ago we would have the oil now.

    August 5, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Marc PDX

    Senator Obama, could you propose some legislation to issue us all tire gauges? Just raise taxes a little more to pay for them all, Comrade Senator!

    August 5, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Turnabout is Fair Play

    You idiots who are hating on Obama for some small change of heart on something to help you same stoopids, how's your economic life doing right now under Republican leadership? Hmmm? This horrible mess started with the Repugnicans years ago, the Dems just took over in 2006 when even you tards felt the bite of what the Rethugnicans were doing to us, now you hate on someone who wants to give you $1000 rebate checks to help get you started on a recovery from this recession? Americans can be so THICK sometimes, it makes me gag.

    August 5, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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