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Tire gauge support, it turns out, is bipartisan

August 6, 2008 | 10:10 am

Barack Obama has gotten some help in his willingness to engage Republicans in the presidential campaign's latest sideshow: the folderol over tire gauges.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain and former President George H.W. Bush recently shared a ride in a golf cart in Maine As our colleague Mark Silva at the Swamp has noted, the liberal activist group Americans United for Change found that the administration of George H.W. Bush -- the fellow with whom John McCain recently shared a short ride in a golf cart -- was touting the conservation benefits of properly pressurized tires 18 years ago.

Public service announcements that were part of a "Do Your Part, Drive Smart'' campaign said that, as Silva writes, "Americans could save 50,000 barrels of oil a day with a little more air in their tires."

The Swamp's Frank James also recalls that McCain is on record offering low-bore tips to the public on the conservation front (practices that Dick Cheney once memorably said "may be a sign of personal virtue" but are "not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy").

James writes that back in April, McCain had this to say on the campaign trail:

"And I'm sorry to tell you that the price of oil -- as far as I can tell -- is not gonna go down anytime soon until we eliminate our dependency on it.

"We can do that as a nation -- we can turn out the lights five minutes earlier, we don't have to drive the extra block."

-- Don Frederick

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