Obama Rides a Bike, McCain Calls for 'Gas Tax Holiday'
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., goes for a bike ride in Chicago, Sunday, June 8, 2008.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Presidential candidate Barack Obama took a relaxing Sunday bicycle ride with his family to a friend's house and then on a beachside ride. It's sexy that he's sporting a helmet, too (even if some say it was an unflattering choice).
Republican blogger, The Cycling Dude, plans to vote for McCain, but always is on the hunt for a presidential candidate's views on cycling. He found a document about transportation infrastructure on Obama's website states that he "will build upon his efforts in the Senate to ensure that more Metropolitan Planning Organizations create policies to incentivize greater bicycle and pedestrian usage of roads and sidewalks. As president, Obama will work to provide states and local governments with the resources they need to address sprawl and create more livable communities."
As for McCain, nothing mentions bicycles. But the Arizona senator wants to have a gas tax holiday. Most call it a joke. "By touting a gas tax holiday as part of his proposal for economic recovery in Virginia today, Senator McCain proved he was right when he said he doesn't understand the economy as well as he needs to," an Obama spokesperson said (at least both candidates agree on the Olympics going to Chicago). McCain says he knows it won't solve any energy problems, but would help low-income families save some extra cash.
The current average cost of a regular gallon of gas is $4.44 in Los Angeles.