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Obama Responds to RNC Energy Ad with Own Spot

Updated 4:31 p.m.
By Ed O'Keefe
The Obama campaign will air an ad promoting his energy plans and criticizing his GOP rival's in the same four states where the Republican National Committee has aired an ad critical of his proposals.

"On gas prices, John McCain's part of the problem," the ad's announcer says. "McCain and Bush support a drilling plan that won't produce a drop of oil for seven years. McCain will give more tax breaks to big oil. He's voted with Bush 95 percent of the time." It also states that Obama will raise mileage standards, promote alternative fuels, and offer tax cuts for families. The 30-second ad, "New Energy," will air in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

In response to news of the ads, the RNC sent out a memo pointing out that Obama voted for the energy plan he criticizes in the new ad. The GOP also notes that Obama has released what it considers the first negative ad of the general election, though Obama told a crowd in North Carolina in late April that, "We're not going to go around doing negative ads. We're going to keep it positive."

The McCain campaign's assertion that Obama's is the first negative ad of the cycle is disputed by Democrats, who cite a few examples, including a Spanish-language radio ad released last week that suggests Obama is not doing enough to attract Latino voters.

The Obama campaign, for its part, has a dispute with a different recent McCain advertisement. It has circulated a report that contests the facts and figures in McCain's recent Florida radio ad about the Colombian Free Trade Deal.

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Some people sound so stupid when they talk about oil drilling being the answer to our problems. How many times do they have to tell you that U.S. oil companies have had permits for drilling on thousands of acres of land for years and continue to do nothing. The only reason their crying about ANWR and off the coast of the U.S. is because they want to lock in every permit they can before their But Buddy Bush leaves office. Even if they drilled it wouldn't do a dam thing for the price of oil. The United States is finished when it comes to oil. We can never produce enough oil to meet our needs 100%, so we will be forced to buy it from the Middle East and continue to put our country in debt. Don't you people see whats going on in the world. Between the storms, floods, and earth quakes this planet is telling us enough is enough. Look up China on You Tube and take a look at what that cesspool looks like. It's time for next generation bio-fuels and electric cars. John McCain will drag clean energy along as slow as he can so the oil companies can stay in control. Their not financing his campaign for nothing. After 20 years of voting in favor of big oil, do you expect me to believe that John McCain all of a sudden woke up with a green thumb. I don't tink so.

Posted by: HemiHead | July 9, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

1 Billion dollars a day goes overseas for oil. It doesn't matter if Pelosi wants it to or not, gas will be $10/gal. If we had started a slowly increasing gas tax 20 years ago and used the money to develop alternative energies we wouldn't be in this mess. Instead we sent the 'tax' money to the Saudis who built radical Islamist schools all over the world to train the terrorist who attack us. Maybe someone should have listened to Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 9, 2008 2:10 AM | Report abuse

If you like $4 or $5 a gallon gas you'll love Obama--maybe he'll try to outlaw drilling worldwide!

BTW, I stumbled on this great new anti-Obama website, You have to check it out! It's one of the most clever sayings I have heard recently, I hope we here a lot more of that expression this fall.

Posted by: Gypsy Man | July 9, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Energy policy - mor eof what we need now = more drilling.
Continue private sector development of alternatives.
Tell Gore to turn off the lights at his mansion and hang up the keys to his jet (same for John Travolta).
Short term and long term problems solved.

PS. don't elect Obama unless you want $10/gal gas.

Posted by: MakeUsProud | July 8, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

ALERT.... Obama lies. It was Obama who voted for the Bush/Cheney energy bill aka the Bush Energy Policy.

McCain (and Hillary) voted AGAINST the Bush/Cheney energy bill. Therefore, it is clear that it is Obama who is Bush-like within the context of energy.

Posted by: Nickyle | July 8, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh, who cares who runs the first negative ad because it is going to happen anyway so it does not matter who starts the process.

But this ad only criticizes John McCain but does not offer any details on Barack Obama's plan if there is one.

Listen to Obama speak and note the lack of specificity on any issue including energy. This is beginning to sound like a repeat of John Kerry who based his whole campaign on criticism of Bush.

Posted by: danielhancock | July 8, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

my God, what is that to the right of McGoo, a man or a beast. Whatever it is, it is twice as big as McGoo and Bush. I got to get out more... the obese thing has moved in to gargantuousism. I really think it is the human growth hormones in beef. But I'm a veg eater, what do I know.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 8, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Democrat's will also not concede Pet owners to the Republicans. Yes Seriously!

All Cat lovers (Google Video)

Talking Dogs and thier fans (Youtube Video)

All these Cats and Dogs are supporting Barack Obama in '08!
Join Us!

Posted by: Eagle Ch’áak’ | July 8, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, drilling in Iran will be the ultimate goal as there are no impact statements, unless bombs constitute impact statements.

Posted by: pubichaironmycokecan | July 8, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

The McBush team has to resort to overtly negative ads because their own guy is a clone of the slow coach in the White House. McBush is old and slow.

Go get 'em Obama!

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | July 8, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Rich that we need more nuclear power plants and we need to reprocess the "spent" fuel and then figure out a safe way to store the plutonium from the breeder reactors. We also need to get solar power operating all over the southwest and wind energy in the windy places. Hydrothermal too. These alternatives deserve to be subsidized by the government because they reduce pollution and give jobs to Americans rather than shipping our money to the Saudis.

Posted by: renu1 | July 8, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Cry baby McCain can;t take criticism. Isn't this guy running on strength he whines about every thing. He accused Clark of attacking his service even though he didn't. When people point out his confusion of basic facts about Iraq(Sunni Shi'ite) he throws some temper tantrum and calls it an attack on his age. When you bring up his 100 yeas comments he gets all hysterical about some made up context.

I have never seen such a weak cry baby candidate.

Posted by: Julian | July 8, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

yes, why should we open up for drilling if it won't produce any oil for 7 years? democrats don't want gas to be $5 a gallon, no one does. but we need to invest in other power methods. and we need to use nuclear power and reprocess the spent fuel rods, because they still have over 90% of their power left!

Posted by: Rich Johnson | July 8, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Why Obama does not point out to Who Allowed the Enron loophole(Phil gram) and the GOP majority in 2001 at the request of his wife Wendy Gram who was the head of CFTC, and after that she got a job sitting member with ENRON.

Posted by: Tony | July 8, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama and the rest of the Democratic Leadership including Pelisi, Kennedy, Gore and Harry Reid, have publicaly stated that they want gas prices to rise to $5.00 per gallon. Obama recently stated that while he believes in the need to raise prices, perhaps the rise occurred too quickly. He and the rest of the Democrats have blocked efforts to build new oil refineries, they have blocked efforts to increase drilling, and Kennedy even blocked an effort to erect wind turbines simply because he would be able to see them from his summer home near Martha's Vineyard. Obama does not support increased use of nuclear power plants, nor does he support increasing our use of the abundant coal reserves we have in this country. Al Gore made millions from his latest movie and Obama has bought into that strategy lock stock and barrel.

Posted by: Gerald | July 8, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

He needs to respond everytime he is attacked. If we learned one thing from 04 it is that.

Posted by: Keith | July 8, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Every time that Bush and McCain show up hugging in an ad is a good thing for Obama. Images are powerful, and McCain embracing Bush is not a good wooing message.

Posted by: carl29 | July 8, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure why the Obama Campaign is even wasting its time responding to McCain's energy ads. They're so ineffective and convoluted, they probably do McCain more harm than good anyway.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | July 8, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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