August 6th, 2008
08:00 AM ET
13 years ago

McCain: 'I don't disagree' with Obama on inflating tires

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The McCain and Obama camps have sparred in recent days over Sen. Obama's suggestion that vehicles could get better gas mileage with properly inflated tires."]
HUNTINGTON, West Virginia (CNN) - John McCain appeared to make a serious U-turn Tuesday on the practice of keeping one’s tires inflated to save fuel.

McCain and his campaign have ruthlessly mocked Obama for telling cash-pinched gas consumers in Springfield, Missouri last week to keep their tires inflated to conserve gas.

The presumptive GOP nominee got a big laugh at a massive biker rally on Monday when he mockingly told the crowd, “My opponent doesn’t want to drill, he doesn’t want nuclear power, he wants you to inflate your tires.”

But on a conference call with Philadelphia voters Tuesday night, McCain offered support for the fuel-saving tip.

“And could I mention that Sen. Obama a couple of days ago said that we ought to all inflate our tires, and I don’t disagree with that,” he said on the call. “The American Automobile Association strongly recommends it. But I also don't think that that's a way to become energy independent."

McCain’s campaign said the comment is in line with his past statements on the matter, and accused Obama of championing good tire maintenance instead of well-rounded energy reform.

“As John McCain has said multiple times and said again yesterday: keeping your tires inflated is great, but Barack Obama’s claim that this is a substitute for drilling as a part of a comprehensive energy strategy demonstrates his inexperience on the energy issue,” McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. Crush Rush

    Dittoheads growup to become mindless pinheads,always believing what one man or one party says instead of ever checking facts or figures or evaluating anything for themselves.

    August 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Mike in Severna Park, MD

    Obama has never offered inflating tires as an alternative to anything. He was asked by a voter at a town hall meeting what we as Americans can do right now and Obama offered an easy idea that can save everyone money immediately.

    Inflate tires = 3-4% savings or .12 per gallon -RIGHT NOW!
    What's Involved- Personal responsibility

    Drilling offshore =1.5-2% savings or .06 per gallon -IN 10 YEARS!
    Half as much as the "joke" solution 10 years from now!
    What's Involved- Taxpayer $$$$$$ and a decade of time
    Amount of oil in Alaska= Enough for a little less than 1 year. If that oil is sold to Americans by the oil companies and not put on the world market

    August 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Ross Updike

    This is not a flip flop as the first paragraph of this article suggests. Do you really think McCain was against fully inflating tires, and now has changed his position to be for it? I'm sure he fully inflates his own tires. That said, by definition, this is not a flip flop. Nobody , including McCain is against fully inflating car tires. McCain is simply making the point that it is ludicrous to oppose drilling and nuclear power while at the same time suggesting that inflating your tires is legitimate alternative.

    It truly scares me that the future of our democracy is resting in the hands of voters who are incapable understanding what is being implied by the tire gauge.

    Suggesting McCain's support of inflating tires is a flip flop is completely out of line with reality. I hope it is partisan bias that is causing people to suggest that this is a flip flop and not lack of IQ.

    August 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Canadian black & white man for Obama.

    Okay, this is really rediculous. Where his McCain getting is support from when he can't fill up a hall? CNN stop helping the old man feel better by saying he is closer to Obama.


    August 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. proud army and navy mom

    TO Calvin:

    A quote directly from george w, "Immediately doesn't mean right away!"

    Now we see why mccain in Mcsame.

    August 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    If I were as ignorant as McBush, I wouldn't either! McCain has definitely shown his ignorance, yet again! Ah! Those Republican Rednecks! McCain's theme should be "Hopelessness that We Can Believe In".

    August 6, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Ed, Fl

    As Obama said it seems these morons are taking pride of being ignorant. Obama was asked about what can an individual do to save money on gas. He responded that inflating your tire properly can help. This is a fact. But my grand uncle John Mccain who is so out of touch thinks that was a joke. May God save America if this guy ever occupy the white house.
    Obama 08

    August 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. women for obama

    Hey Clinton/McCain

    If you think this combination will happen you are stupid......Need I say more?

    August 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Marcus, Great Lakes


    I do believe I joined the wrong party. I'm switching to the Republican party for one reason... Buffalo Chip Topless (sometimes bottomless) beauty shows. (And to think I thought those Republicans were wound tighter than a over wound clock). How little did I know! Yeah baby it looks like it is the Democrat party who are the stiff shirts with family values and all.

    August 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Independent NYC

    Obama called the statement that he has not put forth any energy plan "a lie". McCain did not, will not and cannot challenge him for saying his campaign lied. They will mock him on everything he says but are silent on being called out on lying.

    Obama was asked by a supporter if there was anything she could do to conserve in the meantime on her gas expense.

    Senator Obama recommended a couple of scientific facts that could conserve on gas. Those facts were also previously stated by Cali's Gov. and Florida's former Gov.

    McCain showed how stupid, ignorant and out of touch he is not to have known proper tire inflation, keeping windows close (aero dynamics) and reduced weight saves on gas. Yet he's ready for the job..........PLEASE

    August 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. Pat

    The correct tire inflation will save you a few dollars when you fill up at the pump right now. The offshore drilling will save you a few dollars at the pump in several years, MAYBE. As a practical matter, keep your tires inflated properly and cut down on what you're spending at the pump TODAY!!! McCain is laughing at the American public with these attack ads and untruths because he's counting on us not to do our research and get the real story. Don't be fooled AGAIN!!!

    OBAMA 08

    August 6, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. Obama Supporter 2

    BB your message was the best one I read!!!!

    August 6, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. John Hussein Karsten

    Drilling is not the anweser nor is Nuke power due to its waste.
    I hope I am alive to see the Ice cap melt and most cities on the east coast are underwater. The rising water does not care if your are a repug or Dem, rich or poor. It is comming folks and I have just bought land in CO. I am ready b/c no one in washington is listening. Drilling will just get us complaince again. Now, we must act now as a people, AMERICANS, not repug or dem. I am ready, are you?

    August 6, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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