Obama criticizes McCain on offshore drilling

June 20, 2008 1:33:36 PM PDT
Barack Obama says that presidential rival John McCain's proposal to allow offshore drilling will not lower gas prices for families "this year, next year, five years from now." Obama said Friday opening up the U.S. coastline to oil exploration would not give Americans any appreciable savings until 2030, and that he would keep in place the federal government's 27-year moratorium on offshore drilling.

The Democrat also criticized McCain on changing his position on drilling offshore. In McCain's 2000 campaign, the Republican said he favored the moratorium. This week, he said he supports lifting it to give states the option to drill.

Obama said, "We can't drill our way out of the problems we're facing."