April 30th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama ad criticizes gas tax plan

 Obama is up with a new ad in Indiana and North Carolina.
Obama is up with a new ad in Indiana and North Carolina.

(CNN) - Less than a day after Hillary Clinton’s campaign debuted an ad that attacked Barack Obama for opposing a gas tax holiday, the Illinois senator’s campaign unveiled a new 60-second spot that dubs the idea an ineffective quick fix.

The ad, titled “Truth” will run in both Indiana and North Carolina, where voters head to the polls May 6. Both Democratic presidential hopefuls have spent the week sparring over the proposal – Obama calls the idea a gimmick; Clinton says it is necessary to give consumers immediate relief from soaring fuel costs.

In the spot, Obama calls for an investigation of the nation’s oil companies for price gouging – a position shared by Clinton - and says Congress should adopt a long-term energy strategy that includes higher fuel efficiency standards and a greater investment in alternative fuels.

“We could suspend the gas tax for 6 months, but that’s not going to bring down gas prices long-term. You’re gonna save about 25, 30 dollars…or half a tank of gas,” he says. “That’s typical of how Washington works. There’s a problem, everybody’s upset about gas prices – let’s find some short-term, quick-fix, that we can say we did something even though, even though we’re not really doing anything.”

(Full script after the jump)

“Truth,” 60 seconds

Script:

Barack Obama: “I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message.

“I’m here to tell you the truth.

“We could suspend the gas tax for 6 months, but that’s not going to bring down gas prices long-term. You’re gonna save about 25, 30 dollars…or half a tank of gas.

“That’s typical of how Washington works. There’s a problem, everybody’s upset about gas prices – let’s find some short-term, quick-fix, that we can say we did something even though, even though we’re not really doing anything.

“We cannot deliver on a better energy policy unless we change how business is done in Washington.

“We’ve got to go out to the oil companies and look at their price-gouging.”

“We’ve got to start using less oil and that means raising fuel efficiency standards on cars and developing alternative fuels.

“That’s the real honest answer to how we’re going to solve this problem. That’s what you need from a President someone who’s going to tell you the truth.”

soundoff (217 Responses)
  1. axt113

    People who think this will help them no it won't it'll result in higher prices, you'll lose more than you gain

    April 30, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  2. axt113

    Donovan you ignorant fool, the reason he no longer supports it is because he saw the 2000 one failed

    April 30, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  3. King

    This is why corporate owned media wants to talk about Wright rather than issues becuase Obama unlike his opponents has researched and hired researchers to understand America's gas problem. Clinton and Mccain can barely pay their campaign staffs. Wright = Corprate America's Smoke screen. Bait and switch for you gun owning religious folk

    April 30, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  4. steveda Poconos pennsylvania

    You guys make me laugh with the "we NEED a short term solution". Three months??? What is that going to do for you? Do you not use energy to heat your homes in winter? There simply is no real short term fix for an issue that developed due to long term government inaction. This issue started with the oil embargo of the 1970s. it was then that we should have moved as a nation to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and seek alternative fuels. Nearly 40 years later we now act like we are surprised that it has come to this. Wake up ... refuse the short term slapdash fixes our govenrment has become famous for and demand a realistic plan!!!! obama is the only candidate to get it right.

    April 30, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  5. McShame

    I call it the Clinton-McCain plan to prop up oil companies during these difficult times.

    It's absolute DC-think, and they're both in love with it.

    They both think Greenspan can save the US economy, too. Despite overwhelming evidence.

    The problem isn't that Obama hasn't been in DC long enough, it's that these two have been there too long.

    Obama 2008

    April 30, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. Jen

    Obama is really out of touch with the regular people. He does not need this 30.0 $. If he needs more money he can get them from Tony Rezko.

    April 30, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. Kat

    WHO IS OUT OF TOUCH?
    Just now, listening to McCain on CNN, He says that the ~$30 in savings from the gas tax being lifted is a big deal to us little folk out here and is sure to give a lift to my morale!

    I do not think so!

    To lift my morale it will take the election of Obama to the Presidency.

    April 30, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  8. Roger

    It is no gimmick Obama. I run an EMS company I can tell you that the dramatic jump in fuel costs is harming our company and will hurt employees chances of receiving the raises they deserve. I know that there are many other companies struggling as well. I guess you just don't get it or understand what the small business community has to deal with. Go Hillary!

    April 30, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. sigh

    1) could you Obama supporters, please just for once, stop acting like you are so much smarter than everyone else
    2) if Clinton's and McCain's proposal is typical old school washington politics, then what is their opponent denouncing it without proposing an alternative (with all the money you guys are donating you would expect he could afford a 1-minute ad to at least mention his proposal...and I mean some hard facts, not just biofuels and better fuel efficiency...anyone can come up with that)? Is that change?
    3) how long do you think it would take him to set up any body to scrutinize the oil companies income, etc...can you afford to pay more and more for gas and groceries for the next 12-18 months
    4) it's the OPEC countries who set the price they want. Everybody needs oil and only a few actually "own" the reserves...
    what Americans need more than ever is a tough lesson in personal responsibility! Government can't pay for everything and can't intervene in everything...

    April 30, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. L MIAMI FLORIDA

    COUNT OUR FLORIDA VOTES ASAP !

    NO HILLARY = NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO VOTES !

    ENOUGH OF BACRACK OBAMA !

    April 30, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. Roger

    Small business provides most of the jobs in this country and many are struggling because of the dramtic rise in fuel. Obama must not get that. We aren't talking about saving someone $5 a week, we are talking about thousands to some companies. Obama is out of touch with average american..............pie in the sky speeches just don't cut guy.

    April 30, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Sure

    But Americans always needs everything NOW!!

    April 30, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  13. JAX, Florida

    ALL THAT BELIEVE THAT ANY OF THE CANDIDATES CAN PROVIDE A SHORT TERM WORKING SOLUTION TO THIS GAS PROBLEM KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT THE ECONOMICS OF THE GAS ISSUE. IF ANY OF THEM GIVE YOU THERE PLAN. THAT IS ALL IT IS, DESIGNED TO EVOKE SOME IMOTION FROM YOU TO VOTE FOR THEM. THERE IS NO IMMIDIATE SOLUTION TO THE SPECULATORS OF OIL, YOU CAN'T REMOVE THEM. ALL SOLUTIONS WILL TAKE TIME. SEN OBAMA KNOWS THAT, AND HE IS NOT JUST GOING TO TELL YOU WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR.

    THINK ABOUT IT, OR DO SOME RESEARCH FOR YOU.

    April 30, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. a4

    Why is the ad not posted, you posted the one for Hilary.

    Wolf with this I know that you are a Clinton supporter, please do not be so apparent.

    And for your information and basic understanding, economists who know what they are talking about, even the ones the Clintons has sort out before, believe that this tax holiday over the summer is truly a bad mistake.

    April 30, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. spyturtle

    How in touch is the elite Hillary.? Her comment that I never buy gas, that it's taken care of by the Secret Service. Why didn't she just say let them eat cake? Go Obama.

    April 30, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  16. Just telling the truth

    It's way past time for the people of this nation to wise up and grow up! Obama is dealing with people as adults and not as if we were a bunch of snot nosed kids too sensitive to deal with the truth! "Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die." For the sakes of our children america we need to make the difficult choices being expressed by Obama. You'd think a people who are supposed to be so bright, wouldn't demonstrate such a lack of common sense. May God have mercy on this nation.

    April 30, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  17. J

    To Naners:

    That's exactly the truth, there is NO short term solution here. NONE.

    Lowering the gas tax ($0.184/gal) isn't going to help anyone who needs it, but it will have the effect of taking badly needed money out of transportation projects.

    Besides, if you artificially reduce the price of fuel (by an amount that matters, such as if someone decided to remove your state gas tax too) demand will subsequently rise, which in an era of tight supply leads to........................HIGHER PRICES!!!!!

    So now you've got higher prices based on increased demand and in 3 months you have to reinstate a gas tax on top of that so we can pay to keep another bridge from collapsing. Looks like she didn't really think this one over and her advisors are morons.

    Or they think WE are.............hmmmmmmmmm.

    People need to get over it and understand that our lifestyle is expensive and unsustainable. Lower consumption is the only solution, and if you want an immediate solution, raise the gas tax to $3/gal and invest in alternative solutions (more efficient hybrids, better solar concentrators, tax credits for homes with geothermal heat pumps, etc.). You'd dump the Escalade pretty quick.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^(Note: Heavy Sarcasm)^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    This is just blatant political pandering by HRC. I want someone who will tell the truth, and that certainly isn't anyone named Clinton.

    Obama '08!

    April 30, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
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