Independence Day weekend might be over but the presidential candidates are still debating energy independence. The Republicans have gone on the offensive and launched an attack ad aimed at Obama’s energy plan. However, their candidate McCain seems to have trouble pronouncing the name of his own energy plan. Meanwhile, the idea of offshore drilling is becoming more popular with the public but still divides the candidates.
Republicans Launch Energy Attack Ad: The Republican National Committee put into circulation their first attack ad on Sunday; they’re running it in the projected battlegrounds of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. This will likely be the first of many such ads, energy being a defining issue between the two candidates.
McCain Repeatedly Flubs “Lexington Project”: In naming his energy plan the “Lexington Project,” McCain hopes to evoke the idea that we must assert our energy independence in the same manner we fought for our national independence. Problem is, the presumptive Republican nominee has difficultly saying “Lexington Project.” McCain has repeatedly tripped over the name of his own energy plan (check the NYTimes’s strangely Daily Show-esque video), raising doubts about his ability to hold his own against Obama’s famed oratory.
More Americans Make Energy Exploration Top Priority, Poll Says: A new poll from the Pew Research Center says that 47 percent of respondents think energy exploration, drilling and the building of new power plants should be the country’s top priority. This is up from 35 percent just five months ago, when energy prices were much lower. McCain has come out in favor of lifting the federal moratorium on offshore drilling while Obama has called such a tactic a “gimmick” and argued that it won’t provide long-term relief.