Obama: McCain’s Race Charges ‘Troublesome’

Aug 1, 2008 1:06pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis and Sunlen Miller Report: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told NPR’s "All Things Considered" on Friday that he finds Sen. John McCain’s, R-Ariz., eagerness to level charges of racism "troublesome".

"[T]he way that they’ve amplified this, you know, has been troublesome," said Obama, referring to the McCain campaign’s charge this week that Obama has been playing the "race card" "And the eagerness with which they’ve done it indicates they think they can exploit this politically."

Obama said McCain’s charge that he played the "race card" is "ridiculous."

He also said that in "no ways" does he believe the McCain campaign has "targeted race issues."

During his interview with NPR’s Michele Norris, Obama also defended his new proposal to force oil companies to share their record-breaking windfall profits for five years.

Earlier Friday, the Republican National Committee issued a missive to reporters arguing that a windfall profits tax is bad policy.

"It reduces domestic oil production, increases U.S. dependence on foreign oil, and harms consumers with increased energy costs" read the RNC’s anti-Obama document.

When asked to defend his proposal on NPR, Obama acknowledged that most economists buy into the theory that you "don’t meddle in the markets." The presumptive Democratic nominee added that he thinks the long-term solution to rising gas prices is to raise fuel efficiency standards and to spur the development of plug-in hybrids.

But in the short-run, Obama said that it is not "too much to ask" for oil companies to "give a little back" to make sure that "not just drivers but senior citizens on fixed income are going to have the ability to pay for heating this winter."

Starting at 7:00 pm ET on Friday, audio of the interview can be found here.

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