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. Steph

    Yes, more proof that the republicans aren't interested in bipartisanship. The president just announced something that McCain should be happy about, and he uses the moment for a partisan jab. Nice move grampy. Show the American people what you're focused isn't the well being of the country.

    March 31, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. CommonSense09

    McCain go somewhere and retired gracefully rather than getting beat in yet another campaign!

    March 31, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. D.

    "Baby"??? he is the president of the USA now! He is the smartest man on earth! Everything he does is the best for us! (At least according to himself!)

    March 31, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Mike, Albany

    Yeah, how about we leave the stupid "Drill, baby, drill" rally cry out of this and approach this question like individuals who have completed a high-school education? The question is far more subtle than this, and let's not forget that it was the Republicans under Reagen who shut down the active alternate energy program we had going in the 70s in response to the oil embargo. So, Republicans, show us your plan for developing renewable, clean energy technologies first, then you can talk about how you favor off-shore drilling as an interim solution.

    March 31, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. America The Beautiful

    Glad to see we should expect ZERO nonsense from the McCain and other Republican politicians on this.

    Drill baby drill was rooted in the belief that simply announcing plans to drill off-shore, which would produce oil 5 years from now, would have reduced gasoline prices immediately. This never made much sense.

    The President's plan is rooted in the belief that as long as we are a fossil fuel based economy (cars, home heating oil, etc.) we will have a National Security vulnerability because we import oil from people that don't necessarily like us.

    As a part of comprehensive transition to clean energy and all the benefits associated with it, the President will build a coalition of Democrats, Independents and some Republicans. That's leadership.

    March 31, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. Asa C. Reid Sr.

    You can dill baby dill all you want, it won't bring the cost of heating your home dwon or puting gas in your car. It cost money to drill, and who will pay the bill.

    March 31, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. lolo

    McCain is a really confused politician. He really needs to retire. One minute he is against, the next he is with you to save his own behind. Please retire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 31, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Asa C. Reid Sr.

    If it was said it was by me.

    March 31, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Tom from Tx

    I still disagree with Obama on this one although I understand the political relevance. We need to push alternatives to fossil fuels as much as we need to quit relying on Middle Eastern oil. McCain, for the fact that you voted against a child getting insurance where they couldn't before the bill passed, you've lost all credibility and respect.
    Please, sir, retire, you're not relevant anymore.

    March 31, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. frodo

    Ah...the hypocrisy of the left. So against off-shore drilling, and now quietly moving forward on it.

    March 31, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. "Tea Party Texan"

    If McCain and Palin form a team in 2012 it better be Palin & McCain. PALIN 2012

    March 31, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Haze

    Its nice to know our President is trainable. He might be ready to run the country by the time he leaves.

    March 31, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. RobK

    Seems like Obama is taking his ideas from McCain's playbook.

    March 31, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Michael K

    Anybody who thinks this oil and gas will go entirely to American consumers does not understand how this particular free market works. All the output from this effort will go on sale worldwide and the highest price will get it.
    The only 'windfall' will be for the producers selling it and the brokers working the deal.

    Just so you know.

    March 31, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Rubber Meeting the Road

    Oil ... it costs more in American Blood than it does in American dollars.

    March 31, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Name two things John McCain has done for Arizona....

    March 31, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. SocialismBad

    FINALLY something the American people can get behind!!! Should have been done on day one.

    I can hardly wait to hear the screams from the liberal tree huggers on this move! Will Pelosi and Reid and their far left supporters vote for this though???

    March 31, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. Fed Up

    Why are we not drilling in Alaska? Is it because there is a lot of oil up there, and the government does not want us to be too independent of the Middle East?

    March 31, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. independent

    This is not Drill Baby Drill. This is what do we need to do to strengthen the US and not also destroy the environment.

    March 31, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Dano

    I'm sure Mr. McCain and his constituents would feel differently if Arizona had a coastline to be spoiled in the event of an oil spill. I live in Florida and it has been estimated that tapping the oil reserves off our coast would provide enough to power our country (at current rate of usage) for ONE WEEK. One week's worth of oil is not enough to chance ruining our beaches and our #1 industry, tourism. I'd bet a lot of folks in Virginia are thinking the same thing right about now.

    March 31, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. johnrj08

    This is coming from the senator of a state with no coastline to protect who believes that global warming is a left-wing conspiracy.

    John McCain has become irrelevant.

    March 31, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. Enough

    This ought to upset the Left wing greenies.

    March 31, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. Deb n Texas

    McCain would be a fool to think he could EVER outsmart Barack Obama.

    March 31, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. dave g, minneapolis

    Drill and apply it towards US revenue. Reduce our taxes. We're paying too much...almost 1/3 of our work goes to taxes and now we have more with the health care bill?

    You owe the IRS 99 days of hard work
    Posted: March 30th, 2010 06:57 PM ET

    From's Blake Ellis

    New York ( – This year, it's going to take the average American 99 days to earn enough money to pay the IRS. That's one day longer than last year.

    "Tax Freedom Day" marks the date that most Americans have earned enough money to pay their federal, state and local taxes, and this year that day arrives on April 9, according to the Tax Foundation's annual calculation, which is based on government tax and income data.

    Arriving one day after it did last year, Tax Freedom Day means that Americans will have to work that much harder – for more than three months – just to pay their 2010 taxes.

    March 31, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. John Hennessy Black

    Retire, John... you are just too old to be ANYTHING!

    March 31, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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