March 31st, 2010
12:27 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain to Obama: 'Drill baby, drill'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="John McCain tweeted 'Drill baby drill!' on Wednesday."](CNN) - The "drill baby, drill" rally cry is back.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, on Wednesday hailed President Obama's decision to open U.S. coastal waters to oil and natural gas drilling.

Arizona's senior senator, who faces a tough Republican primary fight this year, tweeted: "Drill baby drill! Good move – where are Reid and Pelosi on this?"

During the 2008 presidential campaign, McCain - as well as his running mate Sarah Palin - wholeheartedly favored offshore drilling as gas prices rose throughout the country.

Filed under: Energy • John McCain
soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. cspurgeon

    The bad loser is saying it was his idea. Wonder if he will vote no...Just am sad,old beaten,angry man....and a bad loser to boot.

    March 31, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  2. Mark, Phoenix

    Sad, old man. Unfortunately, he is also my sad, old senator. But hopefully not for long. He'll either get eliminated by cuckoo JD Hayworth in the primary...and either one will lose to savvy Arizona attorney general Terry Goddard in the general.

    March 31, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. dave from pa

    Lets see if the repubs will vote against THAT since they have a habit of voting against things that were originally THEIR idea (like insurance mandates) and then vote against it if a Dem or the President promotes the idea.

    March 31, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. stkyrce

    Smart move by Obama. He just increased his poll ratings. I'm looking forward to more building of US infrastructure and the return of our troops.

    March 31, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. HypocriCNNation

    I Find Senator McCain's Glee Very Questionable. As For HypocriCNN's Continued Sarah Palin Lust. With That Fact That Poll After Poll After Poll Says This Woman Is Not Qualified (Or Fit) To Be President, HypocriCNN Blatently Continues To Distribute The Nonsence That Comes From This Woman.

    March 31, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. David

    People need to remember the 'drill baby drill" thing won't affect gas prices at all. This was popular with the GOP in the 2008 election because it was a simple (one sentence or less) talking point as the solution to our problems. That's typical for GOP. They're good at using overly simplistic talking points to win elections but they're not real solutions. Gas prices have fallen from 4.50 a gallon to 3.00 a gallon and we haven't done any more drilling. We simply stopped abusing the energy futures market. People should also remember the right wing noise machine saying gas would be $10 a gallon if Obama was elected. It's another dooms day prediction by the right which turned out to be nothing but noise.

    Drilling off our coasts will keep a tiny sliver of our energy dollars from going to other countries. That's good but it's a tiny percentage of the total.

    All this really does is to give Obama a talking point. He's putting Republican ideas in the energy package so they can vote against their own ideas. I suppose there may be one or two GOP members who will vote for it, but I'm not holding my breath on any real support from the party of NO.

    March 31, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Indy

    John McCain has to man up and stop Sarah Palin who is on her US "Tour of Terrorism" and spreading more fear with her comments on Iran. People have got to start standing up for their country and denounce Sarah Palin and right now. She is now portraying that she is a foreign policy expert and screaming out houlacast. She is nothing but a terrorist, in fact a Facebook Terrorist. Facebook should cut off her account for terrorism. This is not one bit funny or cute anymore and she needs to cease and didist her terrorism and McCain should be the first person to take responsibilty as a Senator and denounce her terrorism.Any other citizen would be in jail for the acts she is constantly pulling on he "Tour of Hate and Terrorism"

    March 31, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Mesa Mick

    You "talk the talk" there Grampa McCain, we'll see if you can "walk the walk" when it comes time to vote for Pres. Obama's bill to start the off shore exploration.

    But I can here your excuse for not voting "YES" already – "This bill doesn't do enough so I'm going to obstruct just because I can"...

    March 31, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Jeff in Virginia

    Ahh yes, the new Republican mantra:

    Take credit for Obama's accomplishments, claim they are your own, and vote against them every single step of the way.

    March 31, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Wow, pretty sad, Sir.

    John, I always appreciated your leadership. I even understood when you took Palin in as a running mate, desperate times called for desperate measures sure. You brought reality TV to the poilitical arena and gave desperate housewives everywhere......a chance to dream.

    But hooking your reigns back to the monster you created? in hopes of garnering a few extra votes with her fan base?

    Are times still.....that desperate?

    You are a better leader than this Sir.

    Just because the President has taken the time to review offshore drilling, and is approaching it with a plan and a vision.....doesnt mean you were right when you just wanted to open the floodgates in the name of a populist idea called "Drill baby drill".

    March 31, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Irma in North Carolina

    Gee whiz John what is this you are saying something good about the president. But most likely you will be bashing him tomorrow.

    March 31, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. rice, bryan

    does he have to step in the manure everytime he speaks?

    March 31, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. SC-Pub "no" more

    Now John, You lie! You said that you would not cooperate with Obama any more. So shut up!

    March 31, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Republicans are Americas Taliban

    Probably find more oil between McLosers ears than anywhere else.

    March 31, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. G

    With regard to drilling for oil, iraq and afghanistan, President Obama has been right on target. If we could convince him not to raise taxes and to cut spending, I think that I would even consider voting for him.

    March 31, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Jim

    while i see few-ish short term problems with drilling for oil,(other than the usual concerns for maintaining a clean habitat), i do have long term problems with it ... we can NOT drill ourselves into a long term energy solution.

    March 31, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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