Obama Camp: Energy Dept. Also Made Tire Suggestion

As Barack Obama takes heat for suggesting that Americans keep their tires inflated to save fuel, the Illinois Democrat's campaign has been working hard to point out similar suggestions from the GOP--the latest nugget coming from the Department of Energy (DOE) in 2006.

This morning the campaign circulated a press release stating that Republican Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Calif.) and Charlie Crist (Fla.) made similar suggestions--a factoid that soon made its way into the liberal blogosphere.

And, this afternoon, this link came down the pipes, taking readers to a 2006 DOE .pdf packet on tips for saving energy. Among other things, it recommends that Americans "Keep tires properly inflated and aligned to improve your gasoline mileage by around 3.3%."


Republican National Committee (RNC) staffers and supporters of John McCain distributed tire gauges today to mock Obama for the suggestion.


"There are things that you can do individually, though, to save energy," Obama said last week. "Making sure your tires are inflated