Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Obama Hits McCain HARD Today In Ohio

Mark Halperin at Time’s The Page reports that Barack Obama will be hitting John McCain on his ties to oil companies in Youngstown, Ohio, today:

Unfortunately, in this election, Senator McCain has proposed an energy plan that’s nothing but four years more of the same.

“He’s offering a plan with no significant investments in alternative energy. He’s offering a gas tax holiday that will pad oil company profits and save you – at best – half a tank of gas over the course of an entire summer. And he’s offering $4 billion more in tax breaks to the biggest oil companies in America – including $1.2 billion to Exxon-Mobil, a company that just recorded the largest profit in the history of the United States. A company that, last quarter, made the same amount of money in 30 seconds that a typical Ohio worker makes in a year. All while here in Ohio, you’re paying nearly $3.70 a gallon for gas – two and a half times what it cost when President Bush took office. Senator McCain not only wants oil companies to keep every dime of that money, he wants to give them more. Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that’s the change we need…”

And this is great, coming on the heels of the new investigative story by Greg Sargent at TalkingPointsMemo about the employees at Hess, the oil company, donating to McCain on the same day after McCain reversed his stand on offshore drilling. There’s more in the speech today below:

And while Senator McCain’s plan won’t save you at the pump anytime soon, it sure has done a lot to raise campaign dollars.  Senator McCain raised more than one million dollars from the oil industry just last month, most of which came after he announced his plan for offshore drilling to a room full of cheering oil executives.

“So to sum up, under Senator McCain’s plan, the oil companies get billions more, we don’t pay any less at the pump, and we stay in the same cycle of dependence on oil that got us into this crisis.  The oil companies have placed their bet on Senator McCain, and if he wins, they will continue to cash in while our families and our economy suffer and our future is put in jeopardy.

“That’s the choice we face in this election.  We can choose four years more of the same failed policies that have gotten us where we are.  Four years more of oil companies calling the shots while hard working families are struggling. That’s what Senator McCain is offering.

“Or we can choose a new, clean energy future that gets us where we need to be.  We can make a different bet – a bet on the ingenuity, industry and determination of the American people.  That’s what I’m offering.

“Because after one president in the pocket of the oil companies – we can’t afford another.  For the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, we must end the age of oil in our time…”

“We all know that this is the great challenge of our time.  If we fail to act, there the implications will be grave for our economy, for our security, for our planet.

“But if we seize this moment, and meet the challenge, we can open to door to a new economy for the 21st century that will bring new energy, new jobs and new hope to Youngstown and communities across Ohio and this nation…”

“The payoff from these investments in renewable energy sources will be renewable energy jobs across Ohio and across America.  Now, I know that over the past eight years, you’ve lost 236,000 manufacturing jobs in this state.  But I also know that Ohio has the second highest potential of all fifty states to create new wind energy manufacturing jobs – and investing in wind power could increase workers’ wages in Ohio by more than $3.5 billion through the year 2020.  I also know that with the right investments, this state could save $24 billion a year that you spend importing energy, and instead, power two million homes using wind power.

“Finally, I will call on businesses, government, and the American people to meet the goal of reducing our demand for electricity 15% by the end of the next decade.  This is by far the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to reduce our energy consumption – and it will save us $130 billion on our energy bills.  One report found that right here in Ohio, improvements in energy efficiency can help save homes and businesses $1.5 billion in energy costs by 2020…”


August 5, 2008 - Posted by | Media Strategy


  1. Slink, it’s not hard enough and it’s too cerebral (although four more years of the same is good).

    There still is missing some plain straight talk in it that makes it clear that Obama identifies with the average person and McCain doesn’t. He needs to mock him for being out of touch the way Bush used to mock Kerry.

    Comment by dansac | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  2. I think it’s a good speech. You’re right about the need for some plain straight talk. “McCain’s bought and paid for by the oil companies. He has their interests at heart, not yours. That’s not change we can afford to have in this country.”

    Comment by slinkerwink | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  3. “The day after McCain flip-flopped on offshore drilling, guess what happened? He got millions of dollars in contributions from oil companies. He has their interests at heart, not yours. He’s not going to change our addiction to foreign oil, which sponsors terrorism in the Middle East against our American soldiers.

    It’s time to change. It’s time to take the initiative, and break off our desperate addiction on foreign oil. Let’s work to create a new car that gets a 100 mile per gallon, invest in renewable energies, and a thousand-dollar tax cut to help American families maintain their budgets at a time when grocery prices are going higher.”

    Comment by slinkerwink | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  4. Another good line is, “John McCain’s just another Republican in the pocket of big oil companies that make billions of dollars off the pain that Americans feel at the gas pump.”

    “He’s more of the same, just like George W. Bush, who he’s supported 95% of the time.”

    Comment by slinkerwink | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  5. dan- He’s never going to attack McCain in the same way that McCain attacked him. It’s not his style. He’s made it clear throughout his entire run that he’s not going to engage in gutter politics.

    But he will hit hard on the issues, which is what he is doing.

    Comment by smashartist | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  6. Smash, I hear your point, and I think this is a worthy debate. I don’t want him to hit McCain the same way, because McCain is lying about Obama, calling him treasonous, and linking him to Britney & Paris.

    What Obama can do is continue to say over and over, “What John McCain is offering is nothing more than a third Bush term on every issue” and “John McCain himself says he knows little about the economy” and “John McCain’s so out of touch on the economy his top economic adviser says we’re all just suffering a ‘mental recession'”

    All of which are not gutter politics, but hitting on the issues and issues alone. That’s my proposal. But I think this is a good debate to have.

    Comment by dansac | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  7. Perfect. From now until November he needs to drive this into the ground. I wish also that he would remind people that he isn’t there to make people feel good and tell them what they want to hear. He’s there to challenge them to do the right thing.

    Comment by Mr. Steve | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  8. The 100 MPG plug in electric car exists in the form of a Hymotion converted, 2008 Toyota Prius. This car, charged by solar electricity as demonstrated in California by makes solar electricity roughly = $3/gallon.

    Trains use 1/25 the energy of 18 wheelers to move goods long distance. But who gets the government money?

    MIT has a cost effective way to make Hydrogen from Solar. Every major car manufacturer on earth has a Hydrogen car.
    Again, with the exception of Obama, most of our current politicians and news people are owned by fuel interests.

    Comment by Richard Poor | August 5, 2008 | Reply

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