May 1st, 2008
03:04 PM ET
10 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. Capricornthree

    Oh you people are never satisfied. If you listen carefully, you'll see Hillary has a short term and long term plan, but perhaps most of you can't read or listen.

    Go Hillary!!!!

    May 1, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. CNN Error in this article

    Geoff Garin works for Clinton, not Obama.

    May 1, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Ardnuas

    Everyday YOU are somebody different.......EVERYDAY!!!!
    SMART Voters understand you and Bill are major liars, and you are trying to destroy the Democratic Party.

    May 1, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. alex hogan

    I agree. Please report on Peter Paul V. Clinton before she loses without us knowing what the Republicans would have throw at her. That was an Obama strategist that was quoted. Thats a lil eerie that you haven't corrected that yet.

    Democrats 08'

    May 1, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Terry

    With obama's Rev. and his wife speaking against him how in the world could anyone really believe anything he says. And Obama voting for the gas-tax holiday three different times ; Who's doing the lying now. I will NOT vote for OBAMA in NOV. if he wins..I just don't trust him at all. GO HILLARY! you got my families vote. (ALL OF THEM)

    May 1, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Sara from Arizona


    May 1, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. The big Bad Wolf in Chicago

    JA Cook,
    I couldn't agree with you more!
    Goldilocks should have been charged with breaking and entering,
    then with theft, then with destruction of property! hahahaha!
    if that's who Hillary wants to compare herself too, then go right ahead.

    May 1, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  8. Edgar

    She is a sure winner of this race! Barack should drop out while there is still dignity left, wait til Wright fights back & Bill Ayers speaks up! Obama is done, no hope for him, only empty rhetorics!

    I'm glad that NC & Indiana voters are seeing how Obama as an elitist and detached from reality!

    GO HILL!

    May 1, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  9. John

    Hillary,you are dooing just fine.Forget the doubting Thomases!Your resilience and hard work since you started the campaign is showing the great success you have bagged in your work to win this elections,and finally lead America the right direction.The media is biased,but they don't vote to decide the winner at the end.Keep on the good fight Hillary-You are awinner not a quiter,and they thought you were joking!!

    May 1, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. bill in pa

    So far she's been Rocky, Goldilocks, a combat veteran under sniper fire and a host of other nonsense. When are we going to hear about the Peter F Paul lawsuit? After the election when we are stuck with a candidate that is indicted? Hey CNN keep worrying about some preacher. A former president, current senator and governor accused of illegal activity isn't news.

    May 1, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Mack

    We need a gas tax holiday and we need a long term solution to higher gas prices and Sen. Clinton will work hard to bring about a change in what we pay at the pump. But for now a gas tax holiday is just fine. Give Sen. Clinton your support to get things moving.

    May 1, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Alan Boyer

    who are the three bears: Hannity, O'reilly and Newt????

    May 1, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. David, Kentucky

    I would rather she be Little Red Riding Hood and get eaten by the Wolf so we don't have to listen to her cackle anymore.

    May 1, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. Ryan P.

    Stupid!!!!!! Geoff Garin is Clinton strategist. Idiot CNN.

    May 1, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. karen from va

    I had my first laugh of the day! Hillary Clinton is NO Goldilocks, but she IS a big bad wolf in an ugly pantsuit. Where's that flag pin, hiLIARy?

    May 1, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Hans

    Hillary is trying to eat all of Senator Obama's Porrage.

    May 1, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Terry

    my comment was only sent once! How can you say it was a repeat? What you don't want to accept the truth. READ THIS


    May 1, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Nando, Florida

    PAUL VS CLINTON GOGGLE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    May 1, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Mitsy

    . . . More like the wolf in Peter and the Wolf.

    May 1, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Jim, Indiana

    Obama is a loser. Keep losing Obama! Next Tuesday your pain will almost be over and Hillary will be able to lead us to victory against McCain!!!!

    Hillary President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. greenfun

    It is nice to see that Clinton started her campaign with the issues of Americans first and foremost as her focus. She actually had plans and proposals in place, unlike Mr. Hope-no one hears about Rezco, Blackwell and Jones. Mr Change--from Wight is like my Uncle to let me kick him to the curb. He even has poor Michelle and sleazy Andrews selling their souls trying to salvage his campaign.

    May 1, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Venus

    She is so stupid!

    Even party leaders and the mayor of New York said her stupid ideal of the holiday gas tax is stupid!

    Can't wait to see her get dragged off the stage!

    Go Obama!

    May 1, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Obama Kool-Aid Drinker

    LOL @ All of these comments...

    May 1, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Someone please remind me – is she a Movie character (rocky), fairytale character (goldilocks), or what? Who is this woman? Never the truth. That concerns me.

    May 1, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. MJM

    Cutting taxes is the smart thing to do. There is $.38-48 tax per gallon in most states. That's the real price gouging. I know most Dems like to blame American oil companies, but that's not what's behind the cost increase. It's our own falt for not drilling for oil here in the states.

    You want cheaper gas... drill, cut taxes, vote Republican.

    May 1, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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