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McCain campaign manager Rick Davis: Obama "tire pressure gauge" to $25+ donors


A rule of small dollar fund-raising is to translate news into donations. McCain campaign manager Rick Davis sent out a fund-raising appeal on Monday pegged to Obama's suggestion that people keep their tires inflated to save gas.

"Senator Obama's solution to high gas prices is telling Americans to make sure their tires are inflated. Today, I'm asking for your help in putting Senator Obama's "tire gauge" energy policy to the test. With an immediate donation of $25 or more, we will send you an "Obama Energy Plan" tire pressure gauge"

Obama has many solutions; it's not right to say tire inflation is it. That's just one very small element of a very broad Obama energy plan.

McCain Team -

Americans across the country are feeling the effects of high gas prices and our need to expand domestic oil production.

John McCain says we need offshore oil drilling and we need it now. Senator Barack Obama has consistently opposed offshore drilling - calling it a "gimmick." Senator Obama's solution to high gas prices is telling Americans to make sure their tires are inflated.

Today, I'm asking for your help in putting Senator Obama's "tire gauge" energy policy to the test. With an immediate donation of $25 or more, we will send you an "Obama Ene rgy Plan" tire pressure gauge. Will simply inflating your tires reduce the financial burden of high gas prices on your wallet?

It's clear Senator Obama has no plan to address the energy challenges we face as a nation. He has said no to offshore drilling, no to expanding domestic drilling and no to nuclear energy. He has no plan to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

John McCain is prepared to lead our country as president to break our dependence on foreign oil with real solutions. John McCain believes we should lift the federal ban on offshore drilling, enabling you to decide where we drill for oil.

But John McCain won't be able to enact these policies without your help in electing him as our next president.

Please help us put Senator Obama's energy plan to the test - donate $25 or more for your very own "Obama Energy Plan" tire pressure gauge.

Thank s, as always, for your support.

Rick Davis
Campaign Manager

P.S. Our next president's energy policy will need to reduce our dependency on foreign oil. John McCain believes we need offshore drilling now. Senator Obama's plan is calling on Americans to check their tire pressure. We're asking for your help in testing out Senator Obama's energy plan. With your donation of $25 or more right now, we'll send you a tire gauge to test for yourself, Senator Obama's "tire gauge" energy policy.

Paid for by John McCain 2008


Get a load of this. I think I am going to have to donate to get one of those!!

Maintaining correct tire pressure will have an immediate savings while driving of 3 to 6%. Now 6% may not seem like much to your kind, however, it is actual and immediate, as opposed to your assinine spin of drilling in ANWR or off the coast (do I hear a flip-flop from McOld or is that a fish flopping on the floor?)and having an immediate effect on gas. Surely McOld isn't stupid enough to believe drilling for the miniscule amount of oil available would get here anytime before he dies of old age. It would have zero impact on oil prices today. Too bad you won't print this because your readers could gain some knowledge instead of spin.

Finally, the McCain Campaign gives you something useful instead of just more hot air!

Obama also called for opening up the oil stockpiles today to lower gas prices, and has a full energy plan including supporting alternative energy research, which you can find here:

BTW, the McCain campaign has also received $2 million from big oil, including $285,000 after reversing himself on offshore drilling.

Try including some facts with your McCain campaign porn, please!

Inflating your tires properly WORKS! Under-inflated tires make you lose about 1 mile per gallon to road friction. This translates to about 1 gallon of wasted gas per tankful. McCain may scoff. But this simple, immediate, FREE action Obama and many others have suggested will save consumers about half of what his gas tax holiday would without any other changes and without choking off funds for roads and bridges. Go ahead! Check those tires! But, save yourself around $23 (that's around 6 gallons of gas.) Just go to the auto parts store and BUY a gauge for around $2.

You liberals are as funny as you are clueless. BTW: Obama, has also taken $400,000 from the oil companies. So what? Who the heck cares? What concerns me more is that you liberals would rather see hundreds of billions of dollars, of this country's money, go to Saudi Arabia for oil.

What we need to do is throw everything possible at this problem. That includes drilling - but not for the long term. We wouldn't have to drill alot to get the price of gas down. But the whole time, we need to be working on other sources of energy so maybe someday we won't have to drill. But that's the problem. We are so preoccupied fighting about this problem that we cannot achieve anything. This is America and this is not an impossible problem. Personally, I think our whole Government has failed us misserably and they all need to go. They are neither capable or willing to solve todays problems.

Questions that may help in assessing the tire inflation proposal.

1) Of the 20 million barrels consumed by the US each day, how much is for transportation?

2) Of those used by transport industry, how much is for land transport?

3) Of those used by land transport, how much is for vehicles with wheels (exclude trains)?

4) Of those used with wheels, how much were used by those with under-inflated tires?

5) Of those used by vehicle with under-inflated tires, how much can be gained by proper inflation?

Proper tire inflation won't solve the energy crisis by itself. NO ONE has suggested that it would. (No one who isn't more interested in childish stunts than problem solving, anyway.) But, it is something practical that Joe PickUp can do right now to cut his energy costs. (That's who we're pandering to. Right?) It's a little thing. But, it saves real people real money right now. It's not a scheme that only benefits Big Oil. It doesn't require a vote of congress or a decade of environmental damage before we see any pay off.


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