YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Speaking now in the Austintown Fitch High School, Barack Obama talked about how John McCain had demanded just a day before to start off shore drilling.
“‘I want to drill here, I want to drill now,’” said Obama, channeling his opponent.
“I don’t know where he was standing. I mean think he was in a building somewhere.” He paused to chuckle with the crowd. “This plan,” he continued, “will not lower prices today — it won’t lower prices in the next administration.”
“It’s not a real solution,” he added. “It’s a political answer.”
Then he extended his new anti-McCain offensive.
“And while Senator McCain’s plan won’t save you at the pump anytime soon, I have to say this, 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, just last month, most of which came after he announced his plan for offshore drilling to a room full of oil executives.”
This received a series of boos from the crowd. Instead, they cheered when Obama told them he would, as president, give them $1000 each to help alleviate the burden of expensive gas. The money, he said, would come from the oil companies’ windfall profits.