ABC News’ Gregory Wallace and Bret Hovell Report: Speaking Monday on a McCain campaign conference call on energy policy, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, alleged that the Democratic rival fails to respond to the "great challenge" of energy independence and "just says no to everything."
"There is always a reason [for Obama] to say no, and the reason is roots," Graham said. "He never tells the left anything they don’t want to hear."
McCain campaign advisor Doug Holtz-Eakin was first to describe the Illinois senator’s position as dismissing ingenuity, discussing McCain’s $300 million dollar prize for the development of commercially available electric car batteries.
"The important thing to know about the prize is that Senator McCain is interested in results," Holtz-Eakin said. "In contrast, Senator Obama has no plan. Or maybe his plan is to say, ‘No.’… Senator McCain believes that you can’t say no to anything."
The McCain campaign has been critical of Obama’s opposition to off-shore oil drilling and nuclear power. McCain now supports lifting the federal ban on off-shore drilling, allowing states to pump oil off their coasts if they choose.