June 4th, 2010
11:27 AM ET
10 years ago

McAuliffe says Obama needs to 'amp it up'

(CNN) - Urging President Obama to "amp it up," former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe said the president should invite the world's oil experts down to the Gulf to brainstorm a solution to the BP oil disaster.

"If I were President Obama I would call everybody in from all over the world. I have got no pride in this. We have got to shut this down," McAuliffe told CNN.

McAuliffe declined to join the chorus of critics who say the president hasn't shown enough emotion during the crisis. Still the one-time party chairman said former President Bill Clinton "probably would have moved the White House down there."

After his unsuccessful run to become governor of Virginia, the 53-year old McAuliffe started a clean energy company, GreenTech Automotive. Last month, he purchased the China based "My Car" electric vehicle company with plans to move manufacturing operations to the U.S. McAuliffe bought the company after test-driving one of the vehicles in London. The small two-seat electric vehicles can be plugged into a standard garage outlet and go 70 miles on one charge, at a cost between 13 and 15 thousand dollars, McAuliffe said.

"We have got to get off of oil… We need people buying electric vehicles," McAuliffe said. "China, the Middle East are eating our lunch in moving ahead on wind, solar, biomass, waste to energy. We should be the world leader," he added.

McAuliffe also dismissed the controversy over White House meddling in at least two Democratic Senate primaries. But the former DNC head said the White House should tell all it knows.

"I think they should put out what it is because I don't think anybody would be shocked at the end of the day, this is politics," McAuliffe said. "When I was head of the party, I would call people and tell people 'I don't want you to run.' That's your job."

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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. ken

    Being on TV everyday doesn't mean you are solving the problem...

    June 4, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. black gold

    guess who is "SITTING" on them jobs.... ? some of them jobs are being held back to make this president look bad. just ask the ceo of union pac railroad. he admitted on a sunday talk show. if them good fellows who hold the purse can sit on the jobs till after the november mid terms. it would be their icing on the cake thus driving a stake in the control for the house and the senate in NOV. its just outright UNDERMINING....... HELL ronnie milsap and stevie wonder can see through this crap.

    June 4, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Bifster

    The White House has been on this since Day One and still nothing to show for it other than to let BP keep sumbling along. At what point will the President put his foot down and tell us what the solution is. He did say that he was getting input from worldwide experts. Perhaps he can take a dip in the Gulf and absorb some of the oil like he is absorbing all that data.

    June 4, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. TCM

    ".....The President is one of the smartest men who have held this office in quite a long time. He looks at every option, gets opionions from everyone in his cabinet and then makes his decision...."

    this post is a hoot! Obviously, your "opionion," shows that you're another kool-aid laden obamkin...Smart...hahahaha...

    Obama's degrees are permanently sealed, his origins uknown, he cannot speak to 6th graders without a teleprompter...and you think this guy is smart?

    June 4, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Bruce

    Hey Mr. President remember this one: "Cleaning the environment and produciing reusable energy is the way to the new economy for America". Or words to that effect!

    Those were the promises you made. Isn't about time to start living up to them!

    or, how about this: We start drilling for oil off Michaigan Ave. in Chicago! How about that Mr. President?

    June 4, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. jeff jackson, alabama

    Now come on, leave the Prez alone and quit
    giving him a hassle about the spill. He is busy
    still campaigning. At least he has his priorities
    in some kind of order. He's a brilliant Harvard
    graduate. Apparently you've all forgotten that.

    June 4, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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