Everyone’s reporting on John McCain’s lack of knowledge of current gas prices. I’ll let Joe Gandelman over at TMV take that one.
Yet, McCain’s interview with OC Register Martin Wisckol included more than a revelation of a possible disconnect with the American public. I have my own issues with one of his other responses:
Wiskol: Under your presidency, can you offer any ideas on what we’ll be paying for gas in two years?
McCain: It’ll be less because we will have been moving forward with measures to become oil independent – independent of foreign oil. I’m very confident that the American people can do it. We didn’t get into this situation we’re in yesterday. So we’re not going to get out of it tomorrow. But Americans want a little relief. That’s why I support a gas-tax holiday. And if you don’t think it’s important to some people, ask someone who owns a couple of trucks and is paying 24½ cents tax on every gallon of gas.
The point is that we need to have clear plan of action and we will have a clear plan of action. We will become energy independent.
Now, I understand McCain is doing this interview quite literally as he’s walking through an airport, but he needs to think before he speaks. The question is asking if gas prices will be lower in two years, and though McCain initially seems to agree, later he says it won’t happen “tomorrow.” I think he really means that no, gas prices won’t be lower in two years.