Obama Continues Week-Long Energy Focus

From CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic:

(ELKHART, IND.) Barack Obama will continue to tout his energy plan today, as he trades jabs with John McCain on their plans to lower the high cost of oil and gas.

Last night, the Republican National Committee campaign turned their criticism into humor, when they arranged for gifts to be sent to Obama's traveling press corps. Tire gauges with the words "Obama's Energy Plan" were given to the press, as well as a card titled "Happy Birthday, Barack Obama."

"We hope you'll enjoy the complimentary tool related to Barack Obama's energy plan - your very own tire gauge," the RNC note read. "Because, instead of actually increasing America's domestic oil supply, this is how Obama thinks you should try to alleviate your pain at the pump."

The Obama campaign would not comment on the "gift".

The Republicans have had a field day with Obama's suggestion last week that Americans should properly inflate their tires in order to save on fuel costs. However, at a tele-town hall meeting in West Virginia last night, McCain said that inflating your tires may be a good idea.

"Sen. Obama said a couple of days ago that we ought to all inflate our tires. I don't disagree with that," McCain said adding, "But I also don't think that's a way to become energy independent."

There has been a lot of hype surrounding Obama's visit to Indiana today, according to local media reports. Dozens of Hoosiers have been waiting in line since 3am to attend this morning's town hall meeting with the Illinois Senator, while more than 1,000 people waited in line for tickets on Monday. Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., who's a possible Obama running mate, will introduce Obama at the event.
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