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. Mikey

    aware August 5th, 2008 2:52 pm ET
    Give it up Obama!
    Just talking about drilling…lowered oil prices. You are such a jerk! _________________________________________________
    Perhaps you are not "aware" that domestic consumption is down – down enough that there is concern about the revenues from gasoline taxes being adequate to maintain our highways. It would be reasonable to suspect that a "real" decline in consumption would be much more responsible for the drop in prices than a discussion about drilling that would add a small fraction to the worlds supply in 2015. Also, all the discussions about natural gas, nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, hybrid and electric cars, increased CAFE standards, etc certainly had a greater overall effect than the discussion about drilling alone. What about the Saudis discussing production increases?

    But you KNOW that the decline in oil prices was due to McCain and/or Bush talking about drilling. How about being a jerk AND an id!0t?

    August 5, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. wake up

    "i fear no man when i have truth on my side" Barack H. Obama....
    that's right, John McCain thinks the pain of Americans is a joke....well i am going to be laughing my butt off in the voting booth. i am going to be laughing my butt off at the DNC convention. I am going to be laughing my butt off as i donate more to the candidate who can and has offered this country solutions instead of the same FAILED policies that got us where we are now. America is the weakest it has been since the Great Depression. i want a President who is NOT accountable to the Oil Companies that line their pockets while American citizens are standing on bread lines, unemployment lines, homeless shelter lines, burial lines of soldiers killed in illegal wars. this is the United States of America....AND WE WANT OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!

    August 5, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. NELSON Colorado Springs, Co

    Have anyone ask Sen McCain how soon will the off shore drilling will hit today market . Sen Obama and Sen McCain are member of the senate they should be telling the big oil company to start drilling on the lease land now. Open up some of the cap well in Oklahoma,Texas and Kansas for Independence oil company to drill but still want help now. The stock market is driving the oil prices and profit .Go Obama

    August 5, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Andy

    Bambi will have to explain to us how putting air in our tires and taxing us more will lower gas prices. This dude is a trainwreck. And we nominated him over Hillary?

    August 5, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. wake up

    McCain, thank you for all of your ATTACK ADS last week, this speech is just what America needed to hear... "this is not a joke"-BHO, "i fear no man when i have truth on my side"-BHO

    August 5, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Ken

    Debra says: "There is as much oil in the US as there is anywhere in the world." Well now, here's another well-informed [R] giving us the benefit of their careful researching of the facts. The intellectual bankrupcy apparent on the [R]ight is just stunning. Maybe another [R] goon would like to chime in here on how we Americans have even MORE oil that the rest of the world. I mean that would make your argument for expanding offshore drilling even more forceful, wouldn't it? Afterall, I haven't seen many [R]s in the past 20 years in command of the facts....why start now?

    August 5, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Canadian black & white man for Obama.

    Jack, of course is Jonhning man. There is a chemical from the oil that will grow his hair Jack. Jonh McCain will of course jack, he was shurt of cash and the oil company helped raise him money and you think when or if Johning man becomse president he will forget them?

    Thanks for being very honest.

    Peter Prince in Canada

    August 5, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. Eric-PA

    Bad joke Obama. I want more offshore drilling! Maybe you can afford $4 a gallon, but I can't.

    August 5, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. Paris

    Your best idea was to open our national petroleum reserve, what a stupid idea.
    Specially that just last week you said we shouldn’t. You only changed your tune because Pelosi was saying that.
    You can’t even standup to Pelosi how are you going to stand up to Iran?
    You flip-flopper. You are so arrogant that can’t even admit your mistakes.

    Obama , you have no substance and you run just like the rest of your kind in the democratic party.
    You are all talk and no substance.

    Obama you are dangerous for this country.

    You have yet to show us that you truly care for this country.

    August 5, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. Mikey

    dan August 5th, 2008 3:43 pm ET

    For all of you who are in favor of the windfall profit tax on oil companies, the profit percentage that ExxonMobil had for the 2nd Qtr was about 8.5%. If the government decides that any company making more than 8% profit deserves to be subject to a special tax there will be a tremendous number of companies that will be subject to that tax. Taking shots at the oil companies is just more politically palatable than other industries since the democrats have convinced many people in this country that the oil companies are the root of all evil in the world. Many of you I'm sure work for companies making an 8% profit so if we start taxing them all make sure you bring in a big enough box to pack up your desk because it will ruin companies.
    Are you aware that gasoline is a COMMODITY? Name a company in the business of selling a commodity that turns an 8% profit. Perhaps a grocery chain or a company producing rice, sugar, or coffee (not Starbucks, but bulk coffee). In a commdity business, you have a low profit margin, but very high volume. Did you not know that, or were you purposly trying to mislead?

    August 5, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. Lyle

    Mr. Obama is simply confused. He and the O-DNC have been spewing falsities for so many months that they have completely lost touch with reality.

    August 5, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. ArtNYC

    Fact 1: Drilling all over the US will indeed lower prices in the future
    Fact 2: Off-shore drilling will endanger tourist industry in tourist hot spots like FL and CA. States have the right to now allow to drill if they feel it's dangerous. That's what McCain has said. But dems refuse to listen.
    Fact 3: We give to the Saudis and others who don't like us much $800 million a day for oil. True
    Fact 4: America can use this money here, invested in renewable energy, more R&D and more jobs in small towns across the country. McCain agrees with you there. However, you can't fund development of new sources with the current oil money. Afterall you still need to use it till you develop those resources. Not a flip of a switch. Typical Dem hot air rhetoric.
    Fact 5: Over the last decade we became even more dependent on oil. No arguing there.
    Fact 6: Time to be a little stronger and more self-reliant — good old American virtues. Nor arguing there. Lets not pay for foreign oil, lets drill for our own.

    August 5, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. James From Chicago

    Obama is an idiot.

    August 5, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA


    August 5, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. Scott


    OBAMA 08

    August 5, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Proud American

    McCain is nothing more than G. W. Bush lap dog.

    August 5, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Mike in MN

    I think Obama is running on last comic standing.

    Quiz. Which of the candidates is for the following.

    1. Increase spending on developing alternative energy resources like wind, solar, clean coal and nuke. That would be both McCain and Obama, except Obama is opposed to nuke, guess he differs with the French on that one too.

    2. Suspend the Federal gas tax to help lower the cost of a gasoline. McCain is for Obama against, says it would really just increase the price of gasoline.

    3. Impvove the gas milleage of automobiles and increase production of electric autos. Both McCain and Obama.

    4. Offer a $300 million reward for the first person to produce an electric battery that significantly impoves the amount of miles that can be driven on electricity before having to cut over to gas. This is McCain's idea, Obama says it is a bad one.

    5. Drill more domestic oil from offshore which could lower gas prices in the short term and will in the long term. And will also result in less American dollars going to foreign oil producers. McCain is for Obama against.

    6. Opposes more drilling offshore to because it won't help and to save the planet but supports more drilling on already leased land to, because it will help and I guess kill the planet? This is both Obama and Pelosi.

    McCain has more ideas on how to solve our energy problem then Obama does. Maybe Obama should shut up and listen, he could learn something from McCain.

    McCain in 08!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Travis

    WOLF are so PRO McWar that you make me sick

    You wouldn't even let Sen. Daschle even finish any sentence before

    you interrupted are so lame Blitzer,,,,YOU ARE TO BE



    August 5, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. sherry for Obama

    Proud Navy mom....
    You definetly sound angry and dilousinal
    My son did 10 years in the marine corp and is now an air force reservist.
    He is voting for Obama and so are many of his comrades.
    I also find it rather tacky of you to tell people you are proud to pay over 4.00 a gallon for gas.
    It's self rightous smug think your better than everybody else right winger who make me want to puke

    Obama 08.............

    August 5, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. redneckjohn - texas

    mccain is a moron.....war war war....surge surge surge.....drill drill drill.........too old too old too old

    August 5, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. Cheri

    John McCain is way to busy at the Sturgis bike rally pimping his wife for the topless beauty pagent contest to care about the sufferng american people.

    August 5, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Elly

    I cant believe how the Bush administration and Cheney and MCSame keep bamboozling the American people with their juvenile
    attack adds
    The same old Rovian gutter style attacks and still a lot of americans believe them and follow them down the low road like a pack of mindless robots
    For the sake of your wonderful country WAKE UP!!!
    *Take a Leap of Faith* for the first time in 8 years on a candidate of change who has taken the high road *Obama.*
    Dont let yourself be *republicinized* by their juvenile immature tactics
    Quit burying your head in the sand or you will find yourself rowing in the same old boat with them to more war and misery for your country!!
    *Take a leap of Faith*

    August 5, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Mikey

    Proud Army and Navy mom (the fake one) 2:39 pm
    The CRP puts Obama's total from oil and gas donors at $394,465.
    Is there a reson why you did not put McCain's real total there? Perhaps because it's over 3 times more than Obama's, at $1.33 million (according to

    So who's lying now? What about the McCain oil lobbysts on his staff:

    Chevron – Wayne Berman
    BP – Eric Burgeson
    Exxon – Frank Donatelli
    Sunoco – Rebecca Anderson
    Occidental Petrolium – CHARLIE BLACK
    Kock Industries – Nancy Pfotenhauer
    AMCO – Randy Scheunemann

    So McCain has 1.33 million reasons to put the interests of big oil ahead of the American public, and many in his staff have even more reason. Sounds like the past eight years, huh?

    August 5, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. FRANK





    August 5, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  25. NoObama

    Obama is dumb and lost his memory.
    He voted for this Oil Energy bill back then, and now he is flatly lies.
    How can he be a President ?

    August 5, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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