May 1st, 2008
03:04 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton: I feel like the Goldilocks of this campaign

Clinton campaigned in Indiana Tuesday.
Clinton campaigned in Indiana Tuesday.

BROWNSBURG, Indiana (CNN) - As Hillary Clinton and John McCain’s separate proposals for a summertime elimination of the gas tax continue to be a focus for all three candidates, Clinton said Thursday insisted her plan isn’t a cure-all, but a temporary break for those feeling the pinch of high gas prices.

“Invariably someone will say something along the lines of, "Well, you know, we shouldn’t be doing these short-term fixes, we shouldn’t try to relieve people’s pain at the pump. We should only have long-term plans.’” Clinton told a small gathering outside Indianapolis. “We need both! It is not either/or.”

“Sen. Obama says we shouldn’t do it and it’s a gimmick, and Sen. McCain says we should do it but we shouldn’t pay for it.” She added. “I sometimes feel like the Goldilocks of this campaign. You know, not too much, not too little. Just right.”

“This isn't a real solution. This is a gimmick,” Obama countered. “This is what Washington does whenever there's a big problem. They pretend that they're solving it to try to get though political season but they don't really solve it.

Meanwhile, Clinton strategist Geoff Garin said their polling has shown "working people appreciate the fact that Senator Clinton understands the incredible economic strain they are facing."

soundoff (277 Responses)
  1. Sophia

    She is much more like PINOCCHIO than Goldilocks!!

    May 1, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Dal

    HRC's Fuzzy math works with the middle America. People start to think and use the real math. You will see that the total saving on the 12 weeks is going to be around 30 to 40 dollars. Just a burger a week.

    May 1, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Veterans For Obama

    More delusional Gibbirish from this blowhard....someone turn of her mic.

    May 1, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Try taking the Miss Clariol out of your hair and see if you will still feel the same bet your locks won't golden. This is nothing more than same old politics trying to fool the american people..

    May 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Stacy Clarks

    DEMOCRATS IN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Terry

    You made an error in the last paragraph. Geoff Garin is a strategist for Hillary Clinton not Barack Obama.

    May 1, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Theresa in Minneapolis

    What about the infrastructure, Senator Clinton? Where is the money going to come from for all the pot holes and road construction?

    Did you happen to see what happened to the 35-W bridge here in Minneapolis? $30 will give me half a tank of gas. I'd rather not have huge pot holes mess up my tires and cause costly alignment repairs to be done to my car. Thank you very much.

    YOU may want to learn how to use a gas station coffee machine and a gas pump before you profess to be one of us! YOU, my dear, are the elitist!

    May 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. Obama for President

    Obama is right....The gas tax holiday will raise the price of gas by increasing demand...is she really that stupid.

    Gas Tax holiday=Falling bridges

    May 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Jerry from Oregon

    sure Hillary, you're Goldilocks. You clearly live in a fantasy world. a world where imaginary Bosnian snipers fire at you and your daughter, a world where you singlehandedly brought peace to Northern Ireland. A fantasy dreamworld where Democrats around the country will wake up and realize that they've been mistaken and should be following you to their doom.

    a Dreamworld where your unimaginably high negatives won't be brought up by the republicans in a general election.

    and a fantasy world where it is OK to change the rules in the middle of the game to your benefit. Who are you going to be tomorrow? Little red riding hood?

    May 1, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. NickNas

    GOOD LORD CNN!! Are you going to publish EVERYTHING this woman does???? WHo CARES?? We want ANSWERS from our news sources and you give us FLUFF. How about getting her to talk about lets see.......just ONE of the many scandals she has been in since super tuesday. I guess it IS time for change. I USED to respect the Clintons AND CNN. I guess it is time to move on.

    May 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Betty SC

    If you stupid people wants to believe that Hillary and McCain can lower you gas taxes then yes she is a Goldilock and swimming down stream. Why do you want gas tax lower in the summer so you can run your air conditioners in your cars. People get real. You will burn more money on gas just to go to the store than work. Remember it takes gas to run an air conditioner during the summer.

    May 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. JA Cook

    Goldilocks, indeed,!

    Goldilocks was the one who helped herself to whatever she decided she wanted. It didn't matter if it belonged to someone else. She set her own rules.

    May 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. rj PA

    Hey goldylocks, the wolf called Paul and your jailed Paster are comming to get you. How do you manage to keep this kind of company and get away with it?
    Sorry I should ask Wolf

    May 1, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. John

    Goldilocks??? Wake up Hillary, you aren't in a fairytale! You are in a presidential race, and you're losing it!!!

    May 1, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. I'm a fighter

    Quote from the American President

    "People want leadership, Mr. President, and in the absence of genuine leadership, they'll listen to anyone who steps up to the microphone. They want leadership. They're so thirsty for it they'll crawl through the desert toward a mirage, and when they discover there's no water, they'll drink the sand."

    A gas tax holiday ain't leadership

    May 1, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Eric-PA

    Since Obama complains about the people in Washington, I guess if he's elected president he's not going to live in the Washington, right?

    May 1, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. charles

    hello hello Geof Garin doesnt work for obama . wake wake!.

    May 1, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Joe

    Obama supported and vote for a gas-tax holiday three (3) times in the Illinois legislature.

    Hypocricy meet Obama.

    May 1, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Tony B B.C.Mich

    wE NEED TO FORM A CONGRESSIONAL GAS TANK, I MEAN A CONGRESSIONAL THINK TANK................................., AND BEGIN TO FILL IT WITH SOME IRAQ CRUDE IN EXCHANGE FOR 4,000 X 100 OIL TANKERS FULL TIMES 5 YEARS WITH INTEREST?

    May 1, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. b-liberal

    When you look at actual plans, Hillary ends up being the real leader to bring people together. McCain is extreme in his approach and Obama is extreme coming from an arrogant combination of being a know-it-all and being a victim.

    We don't need extremes, and we don't need whining – we need real solutions from a working liberal.
    Go Hillary.

    May 1, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. Susan MO

    Hillary is so intelligent.

    We need a president who is experienced, for the people and a fighter........and that is

    Hillary Clinton :)

    Clinton 08

    May 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Straight Talk

    Speaking to reporters at City Hall, Mayor Bloomberg said of the gas tax holiday,
    "It's about the dumbest thing I've heard in an awful long time, from an economic point of view. We're trying to discourage people from driving and we're trying to end our energy dependence ... and we're trying to have more money to build infrastructure."

    America dont be fooled by McCain and Clinton
    Obama/Bllomberg 2008

    May 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. Alex

    I agree with Clinton. We need both short term & long term solutions.

    Don't give up Hillary !!!

    May 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. john

    with her plan i'll save $2.25 every time i fill up..Wow, an extra 1/2 gallon of gas.. fine , but i can't afford her socialist heath care and tax plans..Not with $2.25.

    May 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. Fred up north

    Hillary for VP ? If Peter was President!!

    May 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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