August 15th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
14 years ago

McCain meets with T. Boone Pickens

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham met with T. Boone Pickens Friday."]
ASPEN, Colorado (CNN) - John McCain met with billionaire oil man T. Boone Pickens in Aspen Friday morning to discuss Pickens' plan for energy independence. The Texan has been running a national television ad campaign to publicize his ideas for weaning the country off of foreign oil.

Though the meeting itself was closed to reporters, the press chatted with Pickens briefly before McCain arrived for breakfast the Aspen Institute.

“We're going to have a good visit," Pickens said, adding that the last time he met the senator was two years ago at the Reagan Library.

McCain arrived to the meeting with his senior adviser Steve Schidmt, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and Walter Isaacson, who had hosted a discussion with McCain at the Aspen Institute on Thursday.

"How are you, Boone?," McCain asked, exchanging pleasantries. Pickens told McCain he was "looking trim," before the two entered a private room to eat.

After he emerged from the meeting, a reporter asked McCain his reaction to the new Jerome Corsi book, "Obama Nation."

"Gotta keep your sense of humor," McCain responded, before his aides shuttled reporters away.

The presumptive GOP nominee plans to spend the rest of the day meeting with his campaign leadership team, who gathered in Aspen this weekend for a series of strategy meetings and fundraising events.

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soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. Gerald Mosley

    Personally, I like what T. Boone Pickens has to say on the energy issue, however I don't trust him because of some of his past politics. I don't see McBush adopting any such plan as it has not mention of kickbacks or funding for lobbyist. I would like to see Obama jump on the T. Boone Pickens plan…however after what he did to John Kerry it’s unlikely he can trust the guy. Obama will be the next US President so this meeting was a total waste of time…unless John got a check out of the old rich guy.

    August 15, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  2. Tony

    I sure hope Mr. Pickens is a lot smarter than to fall for any of McCain's lies.

    August 15, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Caryn, Washington DC

    McCain needs all of the help he can get.

    August 15, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Proud Army and Navy Mom

    There is Nazi Pelosi in the back ground buying more stock from T Boone Pickes and his wind power company.......gee I wonder why she is against drilling with millions at stake in stocks from alternative energy

    August 15, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Marc PDX

    Russia is waging war in Georgia ("they're baaaaack!"), including bombing oil pipelines (all the oil comes from hostile places), the economy needs help, and we need new (and realistic) energy sources that we control and protect ourselves. McCain has been working all of these issues – as in this article.

    Meahwhile, the vigil continues in Hawaii...

    August 15, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Jonze

    "Gotta keep your sense of humor" about getting smeared with crazy lies in a book pushed a top the best seller list with bulk buys from right wing groups? A book published by long-time GOP operative Mary Matalin, who defended it as "scholarly".

    Why didn't McCain laugh it off when he was accused of having an affair with lobbyist Vicki Iseman? Why didn't he laugh it off when Wes Clark rightly challenged his credentials to lead? Why didn't he laugh off the South Carolina smears that attacked his wife and daughter and questioned his sanity because of his stay as a POW? McCain found that so odorous that he almost left the Republican party because of it.

    McCain condemned the swift-boating book in 2004 when it was used against Kerry? What has changed? Is McCain willing to sell out his honor and morals for any political gain?

    August 15, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Typical neocon reaction, get the government to do everything for you.

    August 15, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Paul

    Drill here, drill now, even ANWR!

    Pick Gov Palin of Alaska – she is the best person on energy issues.

    McCain/Palin 08! Join us!

    August 15, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Bill, Covington

    "Billionaire" oil man T. Boone Pickens made his billions in the oil industry. Is he now planing on shuting down all his oil operations and start another venture? I think not.

    There was just a stiff gust of wind outside my window. Someone please explain how Pickens, Al Gore, The Obama or anyone else is going to renew that energy.

    Expended energy (used) is NOT renewable.


    August 15, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. Texas Trail Dog


    August 15, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Kathie

    Lindsey Graham??? This guy is like one of those bad summer cold virus's that you just can't get rid of!

    August 15, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. Sean

    It seem to me these two guys are like oil and water..... One guy says drill now and the other guy said we can't drill out of this mess we're in.
    It will be interesting to see how they spin this.................

    August 15, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. kayla

    mcsame will need an enterpreter, he won't understand what mr. pickens will be telling him.afterall, he's a little slow. lol

    August 15, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Fred

    I just heard about some supposed health hazards caused by living too close to wind farms. Not necessarily proven but, having worked in the wireless site development field for years and attended many zoning hearings for wireless sites where the possible health issues were brought up, I can tell you that T Boones plan is going to be a difficult sell when these so called health issues become known to the general public.
    So McCain should not totally buy into T Boone plan as it is going to be difficult to sell to the folks who will live near the wind farms.

    August 15, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Internet Argument Winner

    He looks like Dr. Evil in this pick

    August 15, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. TC, Fl

    Forget off-shore drilling, go with alternatives (and not the disastrous ethanol route).

    But first, tap the Bakken Formation. USGS survey: 3 – 4.3 BILLION barrels of recoverable oil. Check it out!

    August 15, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Patrick McIntire

    What is that little lite in his loafers Lindsey Graham doing there? I thought McCain sent him to Georgia to stick his nose into that mess and pretend that he is solving the problems of the world.

    August 15, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    Our government has been asleep at the switch.
    The military services and other agencies who use large amounts of energy–have been focused on conservation and alternative plans for decades–despite the fact they have received little guidance from the executive branch since Al left as VP, and both the DEM and GOP controlled congresses have been absolutely incapable of creating compromise.

    At least now–enough Americans are angry enough to make our elected leadership–all of them–aware that action must be taken from all branches of government.

    Thanks T. Boone, and Al Gore–for holding their feet to the fire.

    August 15, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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