McCain takes air out of tire pressure debate

August 6, 2008

HUNTINGTON, W. Va – Republican John McCain appeared to back down on Tuesday in his dispute with his opponent Barack Obama over tire pressure.
    
Last week in St. Louis, Obama told an audience that steps such as inflating tires to the correct levels could make a difference when it comes to conserving fuel.
    
Cue gleeful mockery from McCain. Obama was naive, inexperienced and not talking straight to the American people about energy, he said.
    
His campaign went further, distributing to reporters tire gauges engraved with the words “Obama’s energy plan.”
    
Predictably, Obama hit back calling McCain’s mockery “ignorant,” arguing his plans were being misrepresented and saying that experts backed his call over tire pressure. Equally predictably, McCain’s camp hit back.
    
The surprise came during a telephone town hall meeting McCain held on Tuesday with voters in Pennsylvania.
    
“Obama said a couple of days ago says we all should inflate our tires. I don’t disagree with that. The American Automobile Association strongly recommends it,” McCain said.
    
But he kept up his broad criticism of Obama on energy: “I … don’t think that that (inflating tires) is a way to become energy independent.”
    
The United States’ energy challenges will be a central factor in the months leading up to the election. But when it comes to how far to inflate your tires, the air seems to have gone out of the dispute.

Photo credit Reuters/Mike Blake (Gas station near San Diego)

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If John McCain can’t handle his handlers..Well, he can’t handle the Presidency.

http://remmet.com/2008/08/05/the-honorab le-if-doddering-john-mccain-is-being-foo led-by-that-nasty-internet/#comment-434

Posted by HandleThis | Report as abusive

I don’t think that anyone is arguing that inflating your tires doesn’t help save energy. Going 55 also helps save energy, so do regular tune ups. But enough of the 70′s slogans – they didn’t fix things 30 years ago and won’t now.

We need some real answers that will help fix this problem, not some abstract ideas that sound good during a campaign speech (i.e. – I’ll think about offshore oil drilling, I’ll think about nuclear power, etc etc.) My favorite is the new one, release the oil reserve – this is a short term fix at best – I say Mr. Obama should roll out the “I drive 55″ bumper stickers…

Posted by Ernie | Report as abusive

I think that McCain is having trouble with reality. He is trying to belittle Obama. It won’t work. He needs to get a grip and get serious about the issues. You can’t keep talking out of both sides of your mouth in full view of the press and expect to sound like you are “straight talking”. In fact, he is talking in circles and thinks everyone else has an even shorter attention span than he does. It won’t fly…

Posted by Paul Stewart | Report as abusive

The problem is John McCain’s campaign lacks substance. Today it was all about visiting bikers and then offering his wife up for some raunchy topless biker chick contest, yesterday it was tire pressure gauges, last week it was Paris and Britney. Obama has already pointed out that big oil companies are sitting on millions of acres of leased land they could already be prospecting and drilling on NOW! Republicans crying “drill here drill now!” is just a big farce.

Posted by GOP08_DOA | Report as abusive

How does Obama or McCain know our tires are not inflated
properly. I haven’t seen them checking my car. Proper inflation isn’t some new concept to the vast majority of us. Maybe these Senators just found out about this.

Posted by Jim H | Report as abusive

Quite frankly, I am so nervous about this campaign. For the sake of America and the world, Americans must not make the same mistake they did 8 years ago. McCain isn’t the right one for America and the rest of the world. McCain frightens me. He is going to give the terrorists a really good reason to terrorize people even their own people.

Posted by raul | Report as abusive

Wow, so McCain finally realized that keeping your tires properly inflated is actually a good way to conserve fuel?

I saw on some Republican forum how certain people remarked “Hey man, all new cars have automatic tire pressure monitors now.” Another said something akin to “Everybody knows it already and Obama shouldn’t lecture us.” LOL.

Well I have two vehicles, one a 2000 model and the other 2007 and neither have built-in tire pressure monitors. I also never check my pressure nor do I know anyone that does and had it not been for this dustup and my subsequent look into the issue, I probably wouldn’t have even bothered.

Now, however, I will be sure to keep it in mind. And if everyone else followed the tip from Obama instead of the GOP’s ignorant attempt to score political points, we’d all be a hell of a lot better off than we are today. Every little bit helps in times like these.

Posted by Mike H. | Report as abusive

What the Plain Talk Express will never admit is that under-inflated tires are responsible for nearly 3.3 million gallons of wasted gasoline each and every day.
While the “drill here, drill now” strategy would boost oil production—decades from now—by enough to meet just 1 percent of demand…less than the savings through tire pressure maintenance.

Posted by Christopher | Report as abusive

Inflating your tires is common sense – for fuel savings and safety purposes. No one ever said that it would make us “energy independent”. It’s called conservation – eliminating the needless consumption of energy. That sure as heck is a big part of the solution.

The tire inflation statement sent me over the top, and put McCain at a new low.

He’s currently touring nuclear power stations, which will also do nothing to make us “energy independent” unless he also recognizes electricity as a transportation fuel. It seems to me, with such massive support for drilling and such, that they are still on the internal combustion bandwagon. The cost to build a nuclear unit has risen to nearly $4000+/kW from what I have heard. I don’t have a whole lot against nuclear from the technical standpoint, but it appears that the far superior renewables are coming out on top ECONOMICALLY!

It’s Clear that McCain won this one. That was a silly statement on Barack’s part

Posted by kelly Carr | Report as abusive

John McCain is picky, petty, and prone to pouting — none of which are
good characteristics for a President of the United States!!

Posted by Elaine Westman | Report as abusive

Poor old John’s feckless attempt at ridiculing Obama and uninflated tires says volumes about his true unconcern regarding the difficulty facing Americans who don’t have zillionaire wives. His technique is about as funny as the jerk who tells dirty jokes at a funeral. Maybe he should read the recommendations of the Automobile Club of America, and get a ration of reality.

Posted by Henry Landis | Report as abusive

“Last week in St. Louis, Obama told an audience that steps such as inflating tires to the correct levels could make a difference when it comes to conserving fuel.”

Nice spin, but that’s not what he said. He said that inflating tires would save the same amount as domestic drilling would produce. I know you wouldn’t understand accuracy if it hit you in the face, so I thought I’d help you out.

Posted by Benson | Report as abusive

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That’s not what Obama said and you know it. He said it would replace all the oil that we aren’t drilling domestically. Is he going to use his personal domestic civilian force to check the air in my tires while they’re putting up images of dear leader?

Posted by yarrrrr | Report as abusive

All McCain seems to talk about is Obama. Does McCain stand for anything anymore? Does he have any original thoughts or plans for this country? I hear a lot of people criticizing Obama for his lack of substance but from what I’ve seen McCain has none whatsoever, he just spews party lines and mocks his opponent. I guess since Bush used the same strategy to beat him in the 2000 and 2004 republican primaries he decided to try it for himself. .

Posted by Brian | Report as abusive

McCain won that one? What the hell are you smoking Kelly? He just retracted himself….Duh!!!!!!!!

Posted by Joe | Report as abusive

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The funny part is that inflating our tires cuts our fuel costs by 3%.

Where as drilling for oil the way McCain is proposing would cut our fuel costs 1%.

If McCain thinks the tire pressure thing is too small to be meaningful, then he might want to look at how even more pathetic and superficial his own energy plan is.

Posted by David Ahlport | Report as abusive

[...] Reuters: McCain inadvertently stumbles on truth, and in process drives Rovian aides crazy. Money quote: “Obama said a couple of days ago says [sic] we all should inflate our tires. I don’t disagree with that. The American Automobile Association strongly recommends it.” [...]

As a Viet-Nam veteran, I used to think that John Mccain was a war hero from a bygone era.

Now I understand that he is just a cranky old curmudgeon who is often confused by the facts on virtually every subject.

This man is dangerous and should never be turned loose with the nuclear attack option. He says, ” I know how to win wars.” Which one, and when?

He makes George Bush look like the Dalai Lama.

Not this time.

Posted by Luke Gilmore | Report as abusive

My grandfather taught us in the 1970′s carter oil crisis to properly inflate tires.

Obama might as well tell us all to stop smoking as cigarretes are bad for you (did he finally quit?)

If you are totally clueless, and you by chance did NOT already KNOW to inflate your tires properly- go do that. Great..

But that won’t get us out of the oil crisis. We need domestic production, increased refinery capacity, and alternative energy technologies.

McCain has won this battle. Obama, once again, has demonstrated his poor judgement, and his ability to only fool the sheep who would follow him right off a cliff.

Posted by dave | Report as abusive

Wow! Inflate tires properly! Get tune ups! ‘Cause that message needs more publicity than the AAA and an overwhelming number of techs have been touting for, well…since pneumatic tires were employed on vehicles! As useful as Wip Inflation Now as a motivational effort back when. Anyone remember that wisdom? (That fella was a sitting president). Anybody…Anybody? B.H.O: a shooting star about to enter our atmosphere.

Posted by Jack Ian Mayer | Report as abusive

OBAMA RESPONDED TO A QUESTION FROM THE AUDIENCE – ‘WHAT CAN I DO TO SAVE FUEL..” OR WORDS TO THAT EFFECT. HE GAVE A QUICK TIP – INFLATING TIRES TO THE RIGHT PRESSURE AND POINTED OUT THE SAVINGS IF EVERYONE WERE TO DO SO.

WHY WOULD HE WANT TO CHECK TO SEE IF YOU ARE SAVING GASOLENE FOR YOURSELF? IF YOU WANT TO BE AN IDIOT AND WASTE GAS THAT YOU PAY FOR, GO AHEAD AND don’t INFLATE TIRES. NO SKIN OFF HIS BACK.

FOR THAT MATTER, MCCAIN COULD JOKE ABOUT IT BECAUSE LIKE BARACK, HE DOES NOT NOT NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THE PRICE OF GAS – UNTIL LAST MONTH HE WAS UNSURE AS TO THE PRICE AT THE PUMP.

UNLIKE BARACK, HOWEVER, HE DOES NOT CARE THAT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT GAS. SO IT IS A BIG HA HA HA TO HIM.

Posted by FAITH | Report as abusive

No doubt, regular tune-ups and inflating one’s tires can impact energy conservation but if we are going to rely on everyone to change their behavior and consistently
comply with this then we’re in trouble. Exercise, eating healthy and not smoking would a long ways in regards to health care costs and yet no one has come up with the magic bullet to ensure everyone has made those changes. So I wouldn’t put too much stock in counting all those savings nor make it the crux of my energy policy.

Posted by alpaig | Report as abusive

remember, mccain does not speak for the mccain campaign…

Posted by johno | Report as abusive

The oil pimps don’t want to invest in producing oil. They just want the right to produce where it’s likely to be found, so they can speculate in futures transactions. They all want to be Enron. How’s that been working out for us?

Posted by forty long years | Report as abusive

hey lets try this again why don’t you watch what he said and try it again. I just watched it he said qu Putting air in our tires would save about as much oil as McCain is standing on right now, now i don’t know where he was standing, in a building or something but we can drill here and there and everywhere.he was making a joke!!!!! you need to get your facts straight before you try it again.

Posted by Patricia | Report as abusive

To all the morons who are incorrectly quoting what Obama said in regards to personal energy conservation, go to you tube – yes on the internets, or try ‘the google’ see the VIDEO of exactly what he said and you will then have actual fact. I don’t need to type lies to make an ignorant point valid. Obviously you McLame fans like most of the Repugnantcans who refuse to open your brains to anything not fear or hate based can’t deal with reality for what it is. Exactly why GW Bush is our president now…idiots like you.

Posted by RBofLA | Report as abusive

OMG McCain just stop proving Obama right, that you take pride in being ignorant.

Posted by Jay | Report as abusive

The oil crises can be fixed in we can look at the oil reserves in Gull Island, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. No one seems to be mentioning this but reports have it that there is as much oil there as in Saudi Arabia and enough to last America 200 years so what is the problem?

Posted by TX-Dem | Report as abusive

Great point Barak – people don’t keep an eye on their vehicles nor do they keep to the speed limits – both can help save gas.
Too bad McC never did Drivers education – but then, has he always had a chauffeur or is he too old to drive?
So out of touch with our reality.

Posted by Rosie | Report as abusive

People….get all the fact’s before you comment on a subject, please! Obama was responding to a question posed from the audience. The question was “What can we do as individuals on our own to conserve fuel?” Jeez…instead of buying into all the hype try slowing it down and doing some research before you jump to conclusions.

Posted by Chuck R | Report as abusive

McCain has now officially proven that he is absolutely, completely, 100% unfit to be President of the United States. Kind of sad actually that he has become such a pathetic little old man.

He needs to retire to Sun City AZ. Pronto.

Posted by joy | Report as abusive

The Fact is McSame IS pathetic. Latching on to every single moronic attack his handlers feed to him and like the non-leader he is he does NOT make his own decisions about whether to follow through on those attacks or just tell his campaign to grow the heck up …

It’s like he is just being used as a mouthpiece for his campaign that Carl Rove is obviously running and this should automatically disable his qualification to even run a state let alone a Country …

McCain picks out a trivium and criticizes Obama for it, even ridiculing his opponent. This does nothing but enhance Obama’s appeal. If McCain had a competent position on the energy or any other issue, why doesn’t he present that? Having no sensible position, he gets down in the gutter and ridicules his opponent. McCain might as well just confess that McCain’s policies are worthless. Obama may or may not be a great leader, but McCain demonstrates he will never come close. McCain offends me.

Posted by Daniel Brockman | Report as abusive

McCain did not pay close attention. Obama mentioned the tire gage as something basic that people can do on their own. That was after talking about hs entire plan. I think the reason McCain jumped on the gage issue, is because that is the only part of Baracks Plan that he was smart enough to understand. McCain making a big deal of of the tire gage is like Barack saying McCain only solution to health care is to stay out of the sun so you don’t get skin cancer

McCain has become a joke QUICK. LOL! That’s what happens when you mock before you think.

Posted by Mark Thompson | Report as abusive

Yarrr, Did Obama really say that checking your tire pressure would replace all the oil that we’re not drilling domestically? Sorry, but I can’t find that in any of his comments. I think what he was saying was that we should make the best use of the gas we have, and offered tire pressure as an example. Anyhow, the current oil price problem has little to do with the actual supply and demand of oil, and everything to do with market speculation and raw price-gouging. There is no need to trash our country and our coastlines to fend off a bunch of twit-headed speculators and super-rich oil investors.

Posted by John in Tokyo | Report as abusive

What keeps getting lost is the context of Obama’s remark about inflating tires – it was in response to a question about what individuals could do.

With regard to McCain, when he undermined the talking points on taxes a few weeks ago his campaign told us that he doesn’t speak for the campaign. So there you go, I guess if his manages to fool people and actually get elected we’ve been forewarned – we should take everything he says with a grain of salt.

Now McCain’s nuclear power proposal:

Nuclear power has a lot of issues starting with cost. Cjohnson heard right but the $ have gone even higher:

Moody’s Investors Services said in October that a more realistic price would be $5,000 to $6,000. That puts the cost of a 1,500-megawatt nuclear plant at about $9 billion, according to reports. And the price is going up rapidly due to the high inflation in the cost of building materials.

Critics note that the Comanche Peak plant, the last nuclear facility built in the United States, took two decades to construct and cost about $11 billion, 12 times more than anticipated

Who’s gonna pay for 40 of these? Do people understand that the cost is passed on to them in their rates?

Where are you going to put them? There’ll be major pushback – NIMBY

Who’s going to staff them? We have very few nuclear engineers left in this country. Oh, that’s right. We can just import skilled workers. In the past the Nuclear Navy was a source of plant workers. Not so much today.

What about the radioactive waste. McCain has been vocal about it not moving through Arizona but I guess it’s ok for the rest of us. It isn’t just spent fuel but tools and protective gear. We don’t have a solution.

Why would we want to invest hundreds of billions in nuclear power instead of other sources like wind, solar, or something not even discovered yet.

It isn’t that I’m adamantly opposed to nuclear. I worked at Three Mile Island for 12 years after the accident. But there are still too many issues and we should make our investment in a safe alternative.

Posted by Sandy | Report as abusive

It seems that McCain can’t get anything right, sunni/shia, Iraq Pakistan border, inflating tires… NASCAR, Energy Dept, Crist, Ahnold…. offering up his wife in a topless ms buffalo chips contest… is this really what we want to lead us?

Posted by anne | Report as abusive

The whole point that so many of you are missing is that McCain has continued to drag this campaign into the ditch by claiming that Obama’s energy plan consists entirely of encouraging people to check their tires. Are people really that stupid as to believe such nonsense?

Just so there is any misunderstanding on this forum, Obama’s plan is to cut taxes by $1000 for middle class families to help them deal w/ soaring prices, crack down on speculation in oil markets so that consumers aren’t being ripped off, fast track development of hybrid-electric plug-ins and alternative fuels, and possibly open up national reserves if the problem worsens. Checking your tires to increase efficiency is one tiny part of the solution that he recently suggested, and now the Republicans are trying to make it look like that’s the centerpiece of his energy policy. What a bunch of hooey.

Posted by William | Report as abusive

I can’t believe people still donate to mcsame’s campaign. They waste tons of money on trivial crap like the paris & britney ad and now the engraved tire gauges, it’s just ridiculous. Mcbush needs to either talk about the issues and not just Sen. Obama or he should retire, fly away on jetcindy and spend the rest of her money. The man is dangerous.

Posted by sandy | Report as abusive

The oil companies only want the oil land leases on their books to boost stock prices. They have no intention of actually drilling on any of them; for proof, look at all the leases they already are sitting on.

Posted by Chris | Report as abusive

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The whole point that so many of you are missing is that McCain has continued to drag this campaign into the ditch by suggesting that Obama’s energy plan consists entirely of encouraging people to check their tires. Are people really so gullible as to believe such nonsense?

Just so there is no misunderstanding (on this forum at least), Obama’s plan is to cut taxes by $1,000 for middle class families to help them deal w/ soaring prices; crack down on speculation in oil markets so that consumers aren’t being ripped off; fast track development of hybrid-electric plug-ins and alternative fuels; and possibly open up national reserves if the problem worsens. Checking your tires to increase efficiency is one tiny part of the solution that he recently suggested, and now the Republicans are trying to make it look like that’s the centerpiece of his energy policy. What a bunch of hooey.

Posted by William | Report as abusive

I read an explanation about this from a non partisan source today that said keeping tires properly inflated could save me 12 cents a gallon on gas. I haven’t checked my tires in a year or even two. I’m gonna get on that. Maybe we all should. Twelve cents a gallon sounds mighty good right now!

Posted by karela | Report as abusive

I find your non apology apology so two faced. Why not have the guts to just say you were wrong. this is just another episode that shows your really nasty guy. We already got stuck with that the last 8 years and do not want any further misery. Your snide, hateful, mocking rhetoric is killing your Brand, Mr. McCain. That along with your disgusting treatment of your wife with your offer up of her for that vulgar contest in Sturgis and your C*** word. So tell me, what woman would ever want you in the White House. Obviously you have no idea of etiquette and you would embarrass our nation constantly. We have been there and done that for the last 8 years. No Thanks!!!!!

Posted by Mari | Report as abusive

Ok, let’s start with what Obama actually said, shall we? He said, to paraphrase: Inflating your tires and getting regular tune-ups will save us more oil than new drilling will gain us. To get the proper context, this was not part of his speech. This was an answer to an audience question on what ordinary people could do try and conserve some energy.

The math is correct. And just to prove a point, I’ll even throw in the statistics of our current offshore production.

Via ABC News Blog (http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch  /2008/07/from-the-fact-1.html), everyone inflating their tires would save roughly 800,000 barrels per day (BPD), based on an estimate of the number of cars with under-inflated tires and an estimated 3% more fuel economy, both figures directly from the U.S. government.

Obama also said to get regular tune ups, which brings an estimated 4% more fuel economy. Extrapolating from the 3% numbers, that’s 900,000 BPD if everyone gets tune-ups.

So. If everyone inflated their tires and got a tune-up once a month, we’d save 1.7M BPD of oil based on those estimates, which seem pretty fair to me.

From the Jake Tapper piece: “Current crude oil and condensate production in the OCS is about 1.25 million barrels per day.”

From Time (http://www.time.com/time/politics/artic le/0,8599,1829354,00.html?cnn=yes): “The Bush Administration estimates that expanded offshore drilling could increase oil production by 200,000 bbl. per day by 2030″

So let’s run the totals:
1.25M BPD (current offshore production) + .2M BPD (future offshore production) – 1.7M BPD (savings of inflated tires and tune ups) = -250,000 BPD

In fact, if only 85% of those people went and got inflated tires and tune ups, it would even out.

And those are just static numbers, that’s not even accounting for how long it’ll take just to ramp up to the 200,000 BPD of new drilling.

In conclusion, some of you are taking him far too literally anyway. He offered but one example of one of the simple, everyday things Americans can do to reduce our energy consumption which makes it that much easier for comprehensive energy reforms to work.

Posted by Zelbinian | Report as abusive

McCain is still lying by saying that the air in the tires was Obama’s only energy plan.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “every pound per square inch of tire underinflation wastes 4 million gallons of gas daily in the U.S.”

Survey information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 27% of the cars on the road have a significantly under-inflated tire.

For all the people saying that Obama does not have a detailed energy plan:

http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/factsheet _energy_speech_080308.pdf

Obama’s excellent energy and climate plan

http://climateprogress.org/2007/10/09/ob amas-excellent-energy-and-climate-plan/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joseph-rom m/obama-delivers-a-real-ene_b_116751.htm l

McCain calls for 700+ new nuclear plants (and seven Yucca mountains) costing $4 trillion

http://climateprogress.org/2008/05/04/mc cain-calls-for-700-new-nuclear-plants-an d-7-yucca-mountains-costing-4-trillion

Posted by Stan | Report as abusive

From Time magazine:

“But who’s really out of touch? The Bush Administration estimates that expanded offshore drilling could increase oil production by 200,000 bbl. per day by 2030. We use about 20 million bbl. per day, so that would meet about 1% of our demand two decades from now. Meanwhile, efficiency experts say that keeping tires inflated can improve gas mileage 3%, and regular maintenance can add another 4%. Many drivers already follow their advice, but if everyone did, we could immediately reduce demand several percentage points. In other words: Obama is right.”

And this is only one tiny piece of his energy policy. It’s not too late to switch sides, my Republican friends!

Posted by William | Report as abusive

“He said that inflating tires would save the same amount as domestic drilling would produce.”

And that is absolutely true — check the Politifact site at http://politifact.org/truth-o-meter/stat ements/608/

They reported that if everyone inflated their tires, it could save 2.8 billion gallons of gas annually – this is based on agency estimates that about 1/4 of motorists are driving around on under-inflated tires. At best, offshore drilling would produce 1.4 billion gallons annually, only half as much as is saved by the tire inflation.

And count me as one of those people who knows about tire inflation but rarely remembers to check. This is one suggestion that can yield immediate results to consumers.

Is the McCain camp not helping Obama’s message by handing out tire pressure gauges? I mean, you couldn’t ask for a better response from your political opponent! LOL LOL LOL! Great going McCain! Nobody has told him yet that Carl Rove tactics will not work this time.

Posted by mike | Report as abusive

I am a Republican and Barak Obama is amazing in my book.. makes me want to be a Democrat… and I know I am voting for him this time.. I probably will switch parties after the election.. Barak Obama for Now and our future..

Posted by Tim from Brandon FL | Report as abusive

Jim H, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1/4th of Americans are driving in cars with underinflated tires. And also note that Obama didn’t just talk of tire pressure, he also talked of regular tune-ups.

BTW, politifact.com has judged the claim that proper tire pressure and tune ups will save more fuel than what would be extracted from increased off-shore drilling to be true, and here are the details to back it up:
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/ statements/608/

Jake Tapper, no Obama fan he, is even taking McCain and the Republicans to task for mocking the idea of proper tire pressure, calling the mocking “bizarre”:
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/ 2008/08/politifact-find.html

Every NASCAR fan knows that proper tire pressure saves fuel. To mock this was stupid in the extreme (no surprise for McCain’s campaign), which is why McCain has now backed off the mocking.

Ideally, we could do both the tire-pressure/tune-ups and the off-shore drilling, but the former can be done immediately (which would lower gas prices because fuel consumption, and therefore demand, would decrease), while the latter won’t produce more fuel for 10 years (and therefore will not lower gas prices until then).

McCain (or, at least his campaign (he seems to not be in control of that)) is on the wrong side on this issue once people stop to think about it, and his mocking only makes him look like a proud fool.

Posted by Pepe | Report as abusive

McBush is a sad excuse for a presidential candidate. This latest flip flop on tire pressure just shows he is obsessed with being negative and does not worry about our real problems. I just checked my tire pressure last week and I noticed I got 2 extra miles a gallon on the last tank of gas I bought because I drive quite a bit. Thank you Senator Obama for people like me this will save me much more money than McBush gas tax holiday gimmick.

Posted by KQuark | Report as abusive

Barack Obama was asked by someone in the crowd “What can I, individually, do?”

Obama responded saying that “you can inflate your tires and keep the car tuned up”. In other words, all highly reccomended measures that actually waste tons of barrels of gas.

McCain campaign attacks with “That’s his entire energy plan”.

This is what they do. Dishonest, childish, and the media loves it.

I we had real reporters instead of hacks this wouldn’t even be possible, they’d laugh such nonsense off the air.

Posted by Timezoned | Report as abusive

According to the Hubbert Peak Oil thoery, which righly predicted US oil production peaking in the ’70s…we passed worldwide peak oil production of 86bbl in 2004. We are now post-peak, and implications are beginning to bear fruit. Learn more at http://lifeaftertheoilcrash.net/

A message to John McCain: Stupid is as stupid does.

Go, Barack!!

Posted by Connie | Report as abusive

Let’s hope Joe in the morning and his side kick Mika will step up to the plate and say McCain was wrong. Joe needs to go over and Fox News and take Mika with him. Let Rachel take over his show. It will be a better show and more rounded. P.S. Pat Buchanan should also walk with them. McCain’s ads have not substance offer any solutions to the issues that we face in America and abroad. Step up to the plate McCain or can’t you remember that you are batting.

Posted by kathleen greer | Report as abusive

domestic drilling will not reduce fuel costs unless global crude oil prices go down because oil companies will charge based on the current crude oil prices + refining costs and overheads. do you think american oil companies will be fools to charge you less if the global levels are less ? Mccain doesn’t understand these economics. t.boone pickens swiftboated kerry last time. this time he is planning to swiftboat the whole country.

Posted by vivek | Report as abusive

Gee, maybe McCain was arguing that inflating his tires in Czechoslovakia or on the Iraq/Pakistan border don’t work! Probably because they don’t exist. Bet McCain is planning on putting a nuclear plant in those two places since inflating tires won’t work there.

I have to drive my son back to college today and, guess what? I’m certainly going to check my tires pressure. Wont hurt, and could help.

Posted by Tim - North Carolina | Report as abusive

Switch to synthetic oil from petroleum-based oil for your car. If enough people used synthetic oil, the price of per-gallon gas could go down — making up at least some of the cost of more expensive synthetic oil.
Also, drive slower. Oh, yeah — keep your tires properly inflated. Like our politicians.

Posted by mm2young | Report as abusive

Please. This is the oldest trick in the book. You frame the statement and then argue against it. Just state that inflating tires is the extent of Obama’s energy plan then argue against that statement.

The truth. Obama was not stating his plan when he talked about inflating tires. He was stating how little we would get from McCain’s drilling plan. That’s why he compared it to tire inflation.

But in good political fashion, McCain spins, distorts, and panders. I don’t care how much he uses the phrase, “straight talk.” He is going where the polls tell him to go.

Posted by Michael Holmes | Report as abusive

McCain’s campaign is a joke, an insult to the intelligence of every American. Here’s an editorial from the Spring Hope Enterprise (NC), which asserts that McCain’s campaign appeals to “prejudice and emotion,” revealing McCain’s “poverty of ideas and early desperation.”

“It is sad but telling that the presidential campaign of Republican Sen. John McCain has already slipped into the gutter before the nominating convention has even been held. It would be even sadder, considering the nation’s desperate desire and need for a change in political leadership and policy, if American voters fall for the inane, irrelevant, mean-spirited, and flatly false commercials now attacking Democratic candidate Sen. Barack Obama.

“McCain promised a positive campaign on issues, but when the elderly and somewhat stodgy senator found himself behind in the polls, he quietly added to his staff Republican operatives who practice the negative tactics developed by former Bush advisor Karl Rove. Their impact was obvious in McCain’s response to a successful overseas fact-finding trip by Obama to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Europe where his proposed policies were warmly received by the world leaders he visited. McCain’s initial reaction attacking press coverage was an open display of petty jealousy over Obama’s success and political skill.

“But the commercials have been worse. One, criticizing Obama for not talking to troops, was flat-out false. Another commercial, complaining of Obama’s ‘celebrity’ and comparing him to Paris Hilton, was simply stupid and inane in suggesting that a candidate can be too popular to lead a country. A third commercial, mocking Obama for claiming to be ‘The One’ destined to save the country, is similar nonsense that is neither fair, accurate, or relevant. These commercials, appealing to prejudice and emotion, attack Obama’s character without a shred of sense. They really say more about McCain’s poverty of ideas and early desperation.

“The last eight years of President Bush, aided the first six years by a Republican Congress, have done severe damage to this country in almost every area through breathtaking incompetence, record-breaking fiscal irresponsibility, a lust for power, poisonous partisanship, and a total lack of heart for average Americans struggling to get by. McCain, a distinguished veteran and previously an honorable man, has chosen to embrace most of Bush’s policies that created the mess, so he needs to spend his time trying to convince voters who know better that the Republican Party responsible for our recent problems is the right choice in November to solve them, not running attack ads to change the subject.”

Posted by James | Report as abusive

I watch in dismay as my neighbors to the South go through this presidential election season. Are you people serious that another GW BUSH might actually have a shot at becoming president? Even being kind, John McCain is like a puppet on a string, spouting whatever the puppet masters tell him to say, then mixing himself up and having to recant! He looks lost and I sometimes feel sad to see how he is being manipulated, by his evidently stupid handlers!! Give him and the world a break, let him retire from the scene with whatever dignity he may have left.

Posted by Mado in Canada | Report as abusive

Don’t you guys realize that it always takes time to McCain understand what any ordinary American knows?

Remember home foreclosure? It took McCain months to realize it is a serious issue. Now that simple fact him a whole week. For some reason he crashes some many planes, and he graduated from the bottom list.

Here is the slogan: “Only a fool will vote Republicans”.

Obama is doing what most politicians will not: giving Americans the REAL straight talk about the fix we are in and the steps WE can collectively take to reverse it. McCain like his predecessor in the White House will not ask Americans to do anything, to sacrifice anything. The Republicans only talk the talk while stealing everything from under our noses.

Obama did a good thing, reminding Americans about the small things we can do that add up to big things. I wasn’t checking my tire pressure before, but I will now. Multiply that times thousands of people and he did more to address the energy crisis in 10 seconds than McCain has done in his whole campaign.

Posted by Eileen | Report as abusive

It is so sad. It seems that the American public is just mentally challanged and common sense challanged. They cling onto these stupid pranks that the Republicans throw out there like they’re true, no questions asked, no deeper thinking gone into it. Obama is NOT saying that having correct tire pressure will solve the energy crisis. He was making a point that doing something proactive and taking some personal responsibility and doing something that simple, would actually make MORE of a difference than drilling. It was pointing out the absurdity of McCains assurtion that drilling is the answer. Yet nobody catches it. I swear the undoing of Democrats is that they actually have intelligent, substance-based arguments. We as a country can’t grasp it. Much better to have a tire gauge gag thrown at us…. God help us all.

Posted by Nian | Report as abusive

Being in the vehicle service industry , I can tell you the research that we see from the tire companies is that more the 60% of vehicles on the road have tire that are not properly inflated. Even with TPMS (Tire Pressure Management sensors) tire pressure can be off by a few pounds.
If everyone checked there tires once per month, we can save 4 times more than new off-shore drilling.

Posted by Matt | Report as abusive

Thanks for mentioning tire guages Senator Obama. I had not been watching my tire pressure. Thanks for reminding me it makes a difference in fuel consumption – a pretty big one as I recall from reading about this back B.C. (before Cheney) when gas was cheap.

Posted by Jack | Report as abusive

““Last week in St. Louis, Obama told an audience that steps such as inflating tires to the correct levels could make a difference when it comes to conserving fuel.”

Nice spin, but that’s not what he said. He said that inflating tires would save the same amount as domestic drilling would produce. I know you wouldn’t understand accuracy if it hit you in the face, so I thought I’d help you out.”

VERY GOOD POINT! The gop makes a campaign out of misquoting and fake confusion on issues. It does not help if you start out stating the facts and you get them wrong. This is how Hannity and Rush think things through. Defective logic wins over the ignorant.

Posted by Maddog | Report as abusive

Dave, Obama never said that inflating tires will solve our energy problem. It’s McCain who is saying that offshore drilling will solve the $4/gallon problem. Obama simply pointed out that inflating tires properly will be of more benefit to us than McCain’s “drill here, drill now” policy. Inflating tires properly will save 12 to 16 cents per gallon at current prices while offshore drilling will save us 4 to 6 cents per gallon 30 years at current prices 30 years from now. So, who do you think won? Please, think.

Posted by RFBorjal | Report as abusive

Dave, Obama never said that inflating tires will solve our energy problem. It’s McCain who is saying that offshore drilling will solve the $4/gallon problem. Obama simply pointed out that inflating tires properly will be of more benefit to us than McCain’s “drill here, drill now” policy. Inflating tires properly will save 12 to 16 cents per gallon at current prices while offshore drilling will save us 4 to 6 cents per gallon at current prices 30 years from now. So, who do you think won? Please, think.

Posted by RFBorjal | Report as abusive

Live near where you work; work near your home. Get a bike. Walk. And when you can’t, electric cars work! I got to drove a GM EV-1 and it was the fastest sports car off a light I *ever* drove, got a 100 miles before it needed to be plugged in, BUT everytime I parked at a store it came with a free plug in, so it was always FULL!

We almost bought an electric Toyota RAV-4, but they killed those the week we were going to the dealer.

The solutions have been there since the 1990′s, but did we really expect a couple of Oil Men to start a War ON Oil or a what we got, a War FOR Oil?

Posted by GoneGreen | Report as abusive

’08 is not the year for jokes and gimmicks. I’m mad and po’d by what is going on…my 1200 sq ft house has a combined $525 dollar electric bill the last two months. I am not in the mood for Paris Hilton and gimmicks like handing out tire guages.
Treat the voters like the adults we are. Rove politics has ruined the Republican brand for a generation, and what does McCain do…he hires a Rove protege.

Posted by dave | Report as abusive

I suggest if anyone hasn’t seen int yet, check out the youtube clip of Obama and his famous line.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akjXqfvLu 28

GOP = Pride in Ignorance too funny.

Posted by Mike from Arlington | Report as abusive

For those who are actually furthering the idea that proper tire inflation is at the center of Obama’s engery plan, they should all know that is completely FALSE.

An audience member in a town hall meeting specifically asked Obama “What can I do right now to help?” and Obama answered with a very easy, logical step that every citizen can take to conserve energy. I know there isn’t one person out there who can say that offering this as a solution for AVERAGE INDIVIDUALS TO DO is a bad idea. McCain looks like a complete ass now trying to act as if he had supported this idea all along. Not to mention, his Off-shore drilling solution would have about equal effect on foreign oil dependence as all Americans keeping there tires inflated. McCain is completely clueless and he is the who one is dangerous for America.

Posted by Elliot | Report as abusive

Wow, so McCain finally realized that keeping your tires properly inflated is actually a good way to conserve fuel?

I saw on some Republican forum how certain people remarked “Hey man, all new cars have automatic tire pressure monitors now.” Another said something akin to “Everybody knows it already and Obama shouldn’t lecture us.” LOL.

Well I have two vehicles, one a 2000 model and the other 2007 and neither have built-in tire pressure monitors. I also never check my pressure nor do I know anyone that does and had it not been for this dustup and my subsequent look into the issue, I probably wouldn’t have even bothered.

Now, however, I will be sure to keep it in mind. And if everyone else followed the tip from Obama instead of the GOP’s ignorant attempt to score political points, we’d all be a hell of a lot better off than we are today. Every little bit helps in times like these.

- Posted by Mike H.

I’m roaring with laughter at this post. You really weren’t aware of the need to check your tire pressure before this “dustup”? FYI, you also need to change your oil and filter every 3,000-5,000 miles and turn your wipers on when it rains.

Obama’s “tip” isn’t news to 99% of drivers. I’d save the “ignorant” remark for those who don’t know the most basic auto maintenance requirements.

Posted by Matt | Report as abusive

It’s clear that McCain lost this one. Obama is right. No harm in mentioning that proper vehicle maintenance (tire pressure, tune up, etc.) is one way to use less gas. Every little bit helps. McCain is a loser.

mccain proved his inability to comprehend issues-again. a sure sign of senility.

Obama doesn’t think that inflating tires are the way to energy independence either. McCain is arguing with himself about crap he has made up. Sounds senile to me.

Posted by Kit | Report as abusive

Every time McCain opens his mouth he puts his foot in it. I guess he’s not aware of the harm he’d do as president.

Posted by patrick james | Report as abusive

The Tire-Gauge Solution: No Joke
Time.com

http://www.time.com/time/politics/articl e/0,8599,1829354,00.html

“The Bush Administration estimates that expanded offshore drilling could increase oil production by 200,000 bbl. per day by 2030. We use about 20 million bbl. per day, so that would meet about 1% of our demand two decades from now. Meanwhile, efficiency experts say that keeping tires inflated can improve gas mileage 3%, and regular maintenance can add another 4%. Many drivers already follow their advice, but if everyone did, we could immediately reduce demand several percentage points. In other words: Obama is right.”

Posted by Sid | Report as abusive

RFBorjal — you’re so right! If the McCain campaign actually CAMPAIGNED on the issues important to America and the world instead of be reactionary to every single thing Barack Obama does, then they may actually find that many undecided voters respect their IDEAS rather than deplore them for this stupid game of “gotcha” that they seem to enjoy playing. Until I can see anything remotely relevant about John McCain or his campaign, it’s OBAMA ALL THE WAY!!

Posted by Louis | Report as abusive

McCain is an airhead with a slow leak.

McCain wants to build 45 new nuclear power plants. There are numerous problems here – licensing and permits take years to get approved, not to mention the NIMBY aspect and how about the nuclear waste – just to name a few concerns.

The energy problem/solution is multi faceted, and will not please everyone. As a person who lives on a coast in Florida I don’t want off-shore drilling, but recognize the need for compromise to move forward so I have to swallow the medicine as long as giant steps are made to move far away from energy dependence. I believe solar and wind are the answer, plus we, the people, need to take personal responsibility.

McCain scares me too. Can you imagine what the world would think of the U.S. if McCain was elected? We would lose so much more credibility.

Posted by Tinkerbee | Report as abusive

John McCain = $540 shoes

Posted by Old John McCan't | Report as abusive

What McCain can’t seem to grasp (drill, Drill, DRill, DRIll, DRILl, DRILLLLLLL! – read as Arlo Guthrie in Alices Restaurant(kill)) is that there won’t be one simple solution to this problem. He can’t seem to understand that while what he wants will be years from – if at all – helping, and then would only be short term. With this as a ‘plan’ , we’ll have to do it (find solutions) all over again. AND since we all know who benefits most from oil as a main energy source, does anyone really think

But then, there are many, many things that McCain can’t seem to grasp. Witness his most recent ad campaign that essentially suggests (in hurt schoolboy fashion) that he is more qualified to be president simply because he ISN’T as popular as Obama.

Posted by Jeff | Report as abusive

@ernie

You must just have a problem with general logic. Calling these 70′s slogans is just a stupid statement, and shows that you just want some sweeping change to take care of all of our environmental problems. Perhaps these have been proposed in the past, but if people actually committed to them we wouldnt be int he situation we’re in now.

Posted by Craig | Report as abusive

Where can I get one of those cool Obama tire pressure gauges? Sounds like a pretty good thing to have since it does conserve on fuel. I heard a bunch of Repubs and even Nascar agreed with Obama on this one. Perhaps WcCain didn’t get the memo….

Anyways, wasn’t WcCain against drilling offshore about a month or two ago? Oh that’s right….he made over a million dollars lately from the Hess oil folks after flippity flopping once again on that issue.

Posted by dan | Report as abusive

[...] by 3 to 4 percent. It’s like these guys take pride in being ignorant.” UpdateSen. McCain said tonight, “Obama a couple of days ago said that we ought to all inflate our tires, and I don’t [...]

Claiming that Obama’s suggestion of tire inflation is his entire energy policy is the latest example of the use of a common strategy: Distortion of an opponent’s position to make it sound ridiculous. Of course, Obama’s point was that tire inflation would actually contribute more to meeting our needs for oil than off-shore drilling.

Perhaps the real problem with Obama’s suggestion is that oil companies don’t make any money from it.

Quote: “I’m roaring with laughter at this post. You really weren’t aware of the need to check your tire pressure before this “dustup”? FYI, you also need to change your oil and filter every 3,000-5,000 miles and turn your wipers on when it rains.

Obama’s “tip” isn’t news to 99% of drivers. I’d save the “ignorant” remark for those who don’t know the most basic auto maintenance requirements.”

Do you not read the statistics out there? Sure, tire inflation SHOULD be a no-brainer for 99% of drivers. The fact remains that nearly 60% of automobiles have at least one underinflated tire. Obviously, folks either don’t know, or more likely, don’t care about tire inflation and auto maintenance. If you’re too lazy to actually take steps such as these you deserve the wrath of high gasoline and energy prices. Personally, I’m not too inclined to help those that don’t want to help themselves. The sad fact, however, is that these folks are taking the rest of us down with them…

Posted by Adam | Report as abusive

[...] Obama responded by giving the same suggestion everyone from GM and Ford to NASCAR and the Governator to (again) Bush’s Energy Dept. gives: inflate your tires properly and keep your engine tuned up. Despite the fact several of their own leaders and supporters have made the same suggestion, Republicans gleefully pounced on Obama’s simple suggestion (though yesterday Sen. McCain did straight up admit that Sen. Obama was right to give the advice). [...]

[...] I don’t disagree with that. The American Automobile Association strongly recommends it,” McCain said. Some meat thinks. Some doesn’t. This is what one chunk of meat has on its [...]

Perhaps Mr. McCain ought to kick butt where his “handlers” are concerned and go with the following, Mr. & Mrs. Reader:

http://www.nfl.com/videos;jsessionid=AB1 132BACACF4033411541B08F73761A?videoId=09 000d5d80924c91

I won’t even consider voting for Mr. McCain until he gets off his sarcastic and disgusting high horse.

I am sick and damn tired of 1) republican race-baiting (e.g., G.H.W. Bush v. Michael Dukakis 1988; G.W. Bush v. John McCain 2000; McCain v. Barack Obama 2008) 2) republican religious preference-baiting (e.g., McCain v. Obama 2008) 3) republican sexual preference-baiting (e.g., G.W. Bush v. Ann Richards 1994) 4) republican hero-baiting (e.g., G.W. Bush v. John Kerry 2004 & McCain v. Obama 2008).

All of the preceding “baiting” and “card playing” are targeted at the “stupid vote”.

Even when it works (and it does work mind you), it is pathetic and disgusting. These are the practices of desperate republican candidates who know they are going to be defeated…and therefore have nothing to lose by using ads whose content came from the toilet and whose content should have been flushed, rather than fished out and handled by bare republican hands.

Unfortunately, even when they win, these desperate republican candidates can’t get the smell off, no matter how long they remain in office.

OK Jack

I’m embarrassed that I thought McCain’s immature jackassery was endearing in 2000. We were both a lot younger then, I guess I’ve gotten less childish and he hasn’t.

Posted by Aleks | Report as abusive

This blog is a complete lie.

Christopher Wilson claims that Obama “told an audience that steps such as inflating tires to the correct levels could make a difference when it comes to conserving fuel.

But that is NOT what Obama said. Here is his verbatim comment “There are things that you can do individually, though, to save energy. Making sure your tires are properly inflated. Simple thing. But we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling if everyone was just inflating their tires. And getting regular tune-ups. You could actually save just as much”

Got it? Wilson makes it seem as though all Obama said was that proper tire inflation helps conserve fue. But what Obama actually said is that it would save an amount of fuel equivalent to all the proposed drilling.

Just a teeny weeny difference there, wouldn’t you think?

Then, when McCain acknowledges that it’s good to keep tires properly inflated, Wilson concludes he now has the same position as Obama does, he switched to Obama’s way of thinking.

Simply stated, that is a lie, built from a lie.

What a shameful, dishonest, unprofessional example of poor journalism.

Posted by Ken Berwitz | Report as abusive

To sid:

The Bush administration did NOT estimate 200,000 barrels of oil by 2030 from offshore drilling.

That was an estimate from the EIA, a federal agency. It was done almost two years ago, and was based on oil at $60 a barrel, which is what it was then….and the EIA estimated that oil would drop to $50 a barrel.

With oil well over $100 a barrel, which is where it is, that estimate has no relevance whatsoever to current conditions. Far more oil could profitably be extracted at these prices than the $50-60 range.

You are either ignorant of this or lying. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and accept the premise that you are ignorant.

Posted by Ken Berwitz | Report as abusive

[...] to the chagrin of the ‘gleeful’ Salter, McCain himself has come out advocating Obama’s suggestion: Obama said a couple of days ago says we all should inflate our tires. I don’t [...]

Obama lied about how much tire pressure will help us

The drive-by reporter of this story must be in the tank for Obama, because no where in the story does he reveal the truth of what Obama actually said. Instead, he tries to cover for Obama. What Obama actually said was that we could save as much by inflating tires and getting tuneups as we would gain by drilling for American oil offshore.

That statement is false. No one would argue with the fact that tire pressure, avoiding jackrabbit starts and so on saves gas. Obama has a firm grasp of the obvious here. Obama’s problem is that he lied about the extent that tire pressure could help save gas, and he lied that we would save enough as we would gain by drilling offshore.

So Obama lied when he said simply inflating tires and getting regular tuneups would save just as much oil as the offshore drilling McCain is proposing. The Obama campaign could not provide figures to back up his claim that inflating tires and getting tuneups would save just as much oil as could be produced by offshore drilling. The reason Obama had to lie to avoid supporting drilling is that he is beholden to the radical environmentalist leftists who want America to fail.

John McCain wants to lift the ban on drilling and that would help Americans by reducing high gas prices. Obama wants to keep the ban in place and keep us buying oil from over seas, which will keep the price high. Obama doesn’t care about the little guy and his gas bills.

Also, Obama assumes we as Americans are too stupid to know that we should keep our tires properly inflated. Even if 90% of Americans were riding around with half-flat or overinflated tires, we STILL could not save much oil just by fixing that. And the reality is most people inflate their tires correctly, so any impact from a few more doing things right is MINIMAL!

I like John McCains “all of the above” approach. Of course McCain is like all of us, he understands that maintaining proper tire pressure is a good thing that provides minimal benefits. But even if Obama’s lie WERE correct, if we actually COULD save enough by changing tire pressure to offset drilling offshore, wouldn’t it be even better to do both? Because just think of how many gallons of gasoline we could have, how it would drive down the price of gasoline and a barrel of oil. Why not combine both: the drilling of new oil here in the United States, the continental shelf; plus the proper inflation of tires, to double the effect of the oil that we are drilling? Obama is for the weak “tire pressure” strategy while McCain is attacking the problem head on to lower our price at the pump, while agreeing that conservation and new sources are also important.

Besides, you cannot grow an economy like America’s with just conservation.

Posted by Tom Paine | Report as abusive

Unfortunately, the McCain camp wants everyone to believe that some government policy (namely, allowing off shore- drilling and tax concessions to big oil companies) will bring down the cost of gas at the pump without voters, as individuals, having to do anything or make some at least little sacrifices. Typical of the right, supply is the only answer they see on their radar. They never say the dreaded “C” word: conservation. Properly inflated tires–or using public transportation, more careful planning of trips, etc. (i.e., driving less), may not be an entire answer, but it is something virtually everyone can do at basically no cost. But off-shore drilling and tax concessions to big oil are not the entire answer either–not nearly as much as the Republicans claim–and will ultimatly cost a whole lot more. In the long run we have face the fact that the way we live will, to some degree have to change, if we really want to control the effect of energy on our lives.

Posted by Matthew Jordan | Report as abusive

The last leftist poster tried to say Americans don’t use the “C” word, Conservation, when I just got finished posting that McCain agrees we have to conserve, but you can’t grow an economy with just conservation. The leftist just doesn’t understand that yes, we all conserve but we also have to increase the supply. There are TWO factors, supply and demand. We can increase supply, by drilling for more American oil with American workers, and we can conserve to reduce demand. But the demand for oil is growing quickly in China and India for more oil, and that is driving the price up. But still, the radical environmentalist leftists would rather see us pay high gas prices than to just let us drill in an environmentally safe way, and incresae the supply, thus lowering the price. As you can tell by the condescending attitude of the last poster, they are the elites and think they are smarter than the rest of us, and know how to spend our money better than we do ourselves.

Sorry, we are not buying. We are voting in McCain, not the elitist radical environmentalist leftist, Obama.

Posted by Tom Paine | Report as abusive

[...] McCain wants to make it clear: he totally thinks we should all drive around on inflated tires! Because grinding down your rims on the pavement … that’s not change we can believe [...]

His campaign’s unbelievably ignorant and belligerent response exposed something deeper about the Republican party and the tactics Rove has left behind. They are the party of belligerent ignorance.

belligerentignorance.com

[...] Thankfully we now know Obama is Irish, that seals the Catholic vote. McCain flip flops on tire pressure and Obama has some [...]

Those of you adults to whom it is news that one should check their tire pressure and properly inflate their tires are clueless, helpless, ignorant people. Oh wait, I guess that means that Obama hit his demographic. That is McCain’s point. It’s a joke that Obama would bring this point up. He sounds like a teenager activist. Furthermore, we all know that in reality Obama would never step off his pedestal and stoop so low to ever check his own tires anyhow.

Posted by Hey | Report as abusive

[...] Reuters: The surprise came during a telephone town hall meeting McCain held on Tuesday with voters in Pennsylvania. ”” ‘Obama said a couple of days ago says we all should inflate our tires. I don’t disagree with that. The American Automobile Association strongly recommends it,’ McCain said. [...]

[...] Reuters: The surprise came during a telephone town hall meeting McCain held on Tuesday with voters in Pennsylvania. ”” ‘Obama said a couple of days ago says we all should inflate our tires. I don’t disagree with that. The American Automobile Association strongly recommends it,’ McCain said. [...]

[...] relentlessly mocking Obama about his idea to inflate tire gauges to save some gasoline, McCain just admitted that he supports it as well! His childish approach to this election is getting very old, very fast, and the press is beginning [...]

McCain is an arrogant ass- much like his republican predacessor. I heard about his tippey toed rocking, mocking Obama at the Sturgis Ralley- I wonder if they’d asked all the motor-cycle ralliers how much they had to spend this year on their trip cross country ( compared to other trips they’ve made? You can thank the Rupublican Party once more for that. And with the election coming up soon , it reminds of a song I heard last night, the old ‘Who’ song-Meet the new boss-Same as the old boss… I hope we all”Don’t Get Fooled Again!”

Posted by Michelle78416 | Report as abusive

[...] disagree with that. The American Automobile Association strongly recommends it,

[...] Anybody who’s been following the US election news recently will have heard about McCain’s mocking of an answer Obama gave to a question in one of his campaign stops about saving fuel. Then he half-retracted it. [...]

Are the tire guages American made or are they those cheap inacurate Chinese ones?

Posted by rick fry | Report as abusive

I’m trying to turn the tables on the McCain folks and their stupid tire gauge stunt. I’m having gauges made and selling them on eBay in hopes of raising $2300 for Obama (the max contribution). If you are down, can you please forward this on to other like minded folks. Thanks!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayIS API.dll?ViewItem&item=110277515563

[...] tire pressure of their vehicles produced ridicule from John McCain, that is until he was forced to admit Obama’s proposal made sense, “Obama said a couple of days ago says we all should [...]

As I recall a young lady was nominated for CNN Heroe for distributing tire gauges to help people cut down on fuel consumption. Obviously CNN did not SHE was that stupid.

Posted by Tori Garza | Report as abusive

The posters above are angry that McCain pointed out the mistake Obama made, and the lie he told. But, the posters STILL have not answered the basic question:

Of course McCain is like all of us, he understands that maintaining proper tire pressure is a good thing that provides minimal benefits. But even if Obama’s lie WERE correct, if we actually COULD save enough by changing tire pressure to offset drilling offshore, wouldn’t it be even better to do both? Because just think of how many gallons of gasoline we could have, how it would drive down the price of gasoline and a barrel of oil. Why not combine both: the drilling of new oil here in the United States, the continental shelf; plus the proper inflation of tires, to double the effect of the oil that we are drilling? Obama is for the weak “tire pressure” strategy while McCain is attacking the problem head on to lower our price at the pump, while agreeing that conservation and new sources are also important.

Besides, you cannot grow an economy like America’s with just conservation.

Posted by Tom Paine | Report as abusive

Everyone keeps doing these calculations but according to the experts, if you properly inflate your tires you will save about .4mpg or 3 or 4%. How can you compare that to a barrel of crude oil we would drill for off the coasts. You would first have to calculate the amount of gallons of gasoline you are able to refine from a barrel of oil. I am sure that you get more than 1 gallon of gasoline from a barrel of oil. In addition you get other items from this oil: you get oil products from this barrel, diesel fuel, heating fuel, airplane fuel, etc. So comparing the 3 or 4% savings by inflating your tires is an inaccurate comparison. You gain much more by drilling that by just inflating your tires.

Posted by Kelly | Report as abusive

McCain wants to do everything it takes to secure our energy future. That includes conservation, drilling, bio fuels, increasing clean coal production, building new nuclear plants, wind farms etc. We have to be serious about this problem or we will all pay for this. Not only would this increase our energy security but new jobs would be created. A story was on the news 2 days ago about a new drill site in North Dakota and the starting pay for the workers was $70,000. These are good paying jobs and with our crisis these jobs will be around for a long time. But if we do what Obama wants and windfall profit tax the oil companies just forget any new drilling and new jobs.

Posted by Kelly | Report as abusive

I found a great website at http://www.myfacespace.org/roguepressnew s.html It says what people are thinking.

Posted by Ana Conda | Report as abusive

Is there spin on Senator McCain military record? Who gave him the nickname Songbird McCain?

And is there any truth that Senator McCain crashed 5 jets, plus was responsible for the Forrestal fire?

An article found on the Internet states that surviving crewmen and those who investigated the Forrestal fire case reported that McCain deliberately ‘wet-started’ his A-4E Skyhawk to shake up the guy in the F-4 Phantom behind his A-4.

‘Wet-starts’, done either deliberately (the starter motor switch allowed kerosene to pool in the engine and give a wet start) or accidentally, shoot a large flame from the tail of the aircraft.
In McCain’s case, the ‘wet-start’ ‘cooked off’ and launched the M34 Zuni rocket from the rear F-4 that punctured the Skyhawk’s fueltank, knocked the M-65 1000 lb bomb off it’s 500 lb rated mount, and touched off the explosions and massive fire.
The F-4 pilot was reportedly killed in the conflagration, along with 167 of his fellow Forrestal shipmates (including those who died later from wounds suffered). ‘Wet starting’ was a common practice among young ‘hot-dog’ pilots. McCain was quickly (they were still counting the Forrestal dead) transferred to the USS Oriskany (the only Forrestal crewman to be immediately transferred

George – US Vet

America imports 60% of its gasoline. “Smart Driving” needs to be part of a comprehensive energy program. It’s not hard to reduce gas consumption right now with smart driving practices like keeping tires inflated properly (+2%), reducing speeds from 75 to 65 mph (+15%), reducing aggressive driving by accelerating and decelerating smoothly (aggressive driving reduces gas mileage 33% on highways and 5% around town), keeping luggage in the car,not on top (+20%), emptying out excess weight in the trunk and car (+2% of every 100 lbs. removed), replacing a clogged air filter (+10%) and there’s lots more. These tips are on many Web sites – Consumer Federation of America, Sierra Club, even California’s governor is on board with a campaign. Why not take advantage of this “low hanging fruit” – for many Americans it can reduce fuel consumption tremendously – and it’s so easy! I’d rather drive smart then drill in Alaska or off the coast or – worse yet – continue to make military decisions based our national thirst for too much gasoline!

Posted by Terry Lee | Report as abusive

Ironic the republicans are trash talking the idea of keeping tires inflated correctly. In 2000, the 106th congress, which had an R majority in both chambers, passed the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation Act (TREAD). One of the requirements of this law is that all cars must have a Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) to monitor air pressure in all tires.

Posted by Bill | Report as abusive

Have you seen the new book I’ll Be Sober in the Morning:
Great Political Comebacks, Putdowns and Ripostes?

It’s a lot more fun that watching the debates.

Here’s the one I liked best –

John Wilkes, a British reformer, was engaged in a nasty debate with his rival, who screamed at Wilkes – “You, sir, will either die on the gallows or venereal disease!” Wilkes then responds, “That depends, sir, on whether I embrace your principles or your mistress.”

Posted by will moredock | Report as abusive

It was said to be a debate because of the two opponents but the main thing here is how we can conserve energy.I guess it’s better to work on together in making the conservation possible in time.