April 30th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
7 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. seanwhit

    Is the American public ready to treated like adults? The media does not think so.

    April 30, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. HH

    It comes down to saving us a BIG $10.00 A MONTH.

    I think a majority of America needs much more than $10.00 a month.

    More Solutions less pandering for votes.

    April 30, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Wake Up!!!

    Is there a reason we can't do both... Oh I forgot as a polotician you can only be for or against. Thats the only way these ego maniacs feel better about them selves.

    April 30, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. joyce

    mr obama is right it would be a bad thing in the long run

    April 30, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Jim, Indiana

    Hillary also calls for alternative fuels, but she came out it before you! Just like the debates you listen to what Hillary says and then you sort of jump in and muddle through! Another reason you are down in the polls nationwide.

    April 30, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. bill clinton

    gas tax plan=brige collapse (Minneapolis)

    mClintons=mcWar=G. Bush The Third

    these people have no idea how to run a country .

    Obama 2008

    April 30, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. Lonnie H.

    The gas tax pays for our highways and bridges, which are in desperate need of repair; so why would McCain and/or Clinton want to take away from that money? And what if they just raise the price of gas to cover the loss on the tax, then what? I agree this is a quick fix solution that will bring about more problems than resolutions. Gas may become more affordable for a while, but would you feel safe driving on the highways knowing the funding is not there to properly repair and/or rebuild them?

    Lonnie H.- Toledo, OH.

    April 30, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Jon

    It's not the oil companies gouging us; it's OPEC! We need to form a coalition to counter the effects of OPEC's limiting of supplies.

    On the long term side, we need to invest in next generation biofuels – fuel made from cellulose and algae, along with cutting corn and soybean subsidies.

    April 30, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. K

    Obama, your solutions are only long-term and are the same as Clinton's long term ones. We need both. A short term and long term solution. So, tell me what is your short term solution? Silence. That's what I thought.

    April 30, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. Liz in SD

    The McCain-Clinton gas tax holiday is an insult to the intelligence of voters. On June 3 I'll let Senator Clinton know I'm not as stupid as she obviously thinks. I am!!! Folks, this is a glimpse of what we'll get if we elect either McCain or Clinton, the two "experienced" candidates.

    April 30, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. Jane, NC

    We need some temporary, immediate relief from gas prices, and unlike Sen. McCain, Sen. Clinton has proposed a way to pay for that by imposing a tax on oil company profits. She's also proposed more permanent relief measures, such as finding alternative energy. Sen. Obama has no immediate plan at all.

    April 30, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  12. DJ in TX

    Good Job – Even though prices are skyrocketing, a quick fox does nothing but harm in the long run.

    April 30, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  13. Jay

    poor Obama....always late to the dance.....

    It might not help you, but it would help me and my family.

    April 30, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. James

    Tell them Obama.

    April 30, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  15. Jay

    So Obama..WHAT DO WE DO NOW!!! NOW!! What is going to help ME NOW!!!

    April 30, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. Nicole in NE

    And that;s the truth! The gas tax is for road & bridge repairs, period!
    Under McCain's plan, we suspend it completely and possibly take away jobs because, guess what? That is construction season!

    Hillary's plan, you put it back on the oil companies – lol. Do you really think they won't put that back on Americans, even if they wait until after the break? I bet it'd be even more expensive then!

    April 30, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. R.I.F.

    Wow! A ticker about Obama that actually talks about real issues CNN? You're losing your touch.

    April 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  18. Zelda of Pittsburgh

    Fantastic! Real solutions from a real leader!

    April 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. Economist

    . . . . He is 100% correct, but a lot of voters are too stupid to accept
    a plan that will work because the man who brings it happens to be
    black and white. Get smart America. We've had 20 years of goof ups in office already

    Yes We Can.
    Obama 08.

    April 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  20. LLOYD from BanksVille

    hahaha, I LOVE IT!!!! Nice indirect slap against HRC with her "truth" problems. Hit her back, Barack!!!

    Don't let HRC get away with saying anything she wants, cause lord knows, after saying it enough time, some people (unfortunately) are prone to believe it.

    Obama tells it how it is – HRC tells it how it can help her political position. And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is the difference between BO and HRC!!!

    April 30, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    It is a dumb plan.

    We need to GET OFF the oil, not find more.

    By the way, are you people aware that the US refineries are only being used at 85%. Do you know why that is? Thinka about it, here's a clue supply/demand.

    April 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. Mary

    Economists said that since refineries cannot increase their supply of gasoline in the space of a few summer months, lower prices will just boost demand and the benefits will flow to oil companies, not consumers.

    "You are just going to push up the price of gas by almost the size of the tax cut," said Eric Toder, a senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center in Washington.”

    ************************************
    The best way to spend less on gas is to move away from our dependency to gas!
    *************************************

    VOTE Obama '08

    April 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. Sharon Minnesota

    Maybe he doesn't need the relief but there are plenty of people who could use an extra $30.00 for groceries.

    Hillary also rightly said that this plan could help out farmers, truckers and people with long commutes. Also, the traveling public would benefit on their summer vacations. The soothsayers who like to predict upcoming economic events should stick to fortune telling in a tent.

    Don't let the nay sayers have the last say. Barack, If you can't offer a solution then don't criticize the people who do. You only offer mumbo jumbo political jargon.

    April 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. TF, CO

    Jay,
    You should of thought of that before you voted for Bush the Oil Man!

    April 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  25. Bob

    Obama is Right On. The Hillary/McLame gas tax gimmick is nothing but the typical political grandstanding that we are constantly insulted with.

    April 30, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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