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. Jody Reno, Nevada

    nObama, wait till the really bad stuff comes out...he's dust man...dust!

    Clinton or McCain 2008!

    May 1, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Obama '08 & '12



    May 1, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Krystyna from Chicago

    Obamomaniaks are loosing ground !!!!
    Lavel of your's comments is out of lavel !!!! POOR !!!! Education or is just the personality problem !!!! Try to act like a grown people !!!! Please !!! Make a substance comment, smart not nusty one !!!!!
    I am tired of Obama's support comments !!!!
    We are Americans, ALL !!!!;;of US, !!!! please !!! Hate !!!! comments !!! are for children !!!!! NOT for ADULT !!!! GROWN !!!!People!!!!!
    Sport possible teached YOU how to accept, if YOU are loosing, not winning !!!! TRY !!!!!

    May 1, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Lonnie H.

    Is the media ignoring this? CNN, what's the problem? At least post this one...

    Los Angeles Judge Saves Hillary's Presidential Bid

    In the landmark civil fraud case against Bill Clinton in Los Angeles, where the former President is charged with defrauding a Hollywood dot com millionaire to help Hillary Clinton obtain more than $1.2 million from him for her 2000 Senate campaign, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz ruled on Friday, April 25 that Hillary Clinton would not be required to testify in a sworn deposition as a material witness in the case until AFTER the November election!

    Lonnie H.- Toledo, OH

    May 1, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Ms. Brown


    Finally, I want to say a word about the basic decency I have seen in Mr. Obama. Mrs. Clinton continues to throw the Rev. Wright up in his face as part of her mission to keep stoking the fears of White America. Every time she does this I shout at the TV, "Say it, Obama! Say that when she and her husband were having marital difficulties regarding Monica Lewinsky, who did she and Bill bring to the White House for 'spiritual counseling?' THE REVEREND JEREMIAH WRIGHT!"

    May 1, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Neutral

    Hillary you're one tough lady, you have more balls than your opponent, you have the support and vote of middle America especially the REAGAN DEMOCRATS!

    May 1, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Montana is Obama Country

    DITTO: to first blog....
    She is much more like PINOCCHIO than Goldilocks!!

    OR ..........more like.................PANDER Bear...!!!!

    May 1, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    I think she meant 'Gridlock'.....she must have misspoken..

    May 1, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Goldilocks? How about the big bear!!!! Hillary?

    May 1, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. John

    Mr. Moore,just shut up and go away.In 2004 you supported the Democrat, contender,who did not win.To use words like freightening voters,and "disgusting" is in itself way out of your personality.Now I guess you can apply for superdelegate status and support Obama !!!

    May 1, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Jen B.

    We know how much she likes fairy tales:-
    Once upon a time in the land of Bosnia.............
    Goldilocks, I think not, Pinnochio definitely.

    May 1, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. bdc

    gas tax is about 5% (18 cents)- figure out what that would save you and decide if its worth losing money to maintain roads/bridges etc.

    for me, it was about $40 all summer... doesn't seem worth it for that $40 spread over 3 months

    May 1, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Maybe that's why Hillary's big money supporters defected to Obama after recognizing Hillary playing the role of Goldilocks.

    May 1, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Jackie

    Go Hillary!

    May 1, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. Beth Anne

    Like Pooka said, Goldilocks broke into their home, violated their things and then complained the whole time how something she felt entitled to (other things food) wasn't made exactly to her specifications.

    Bravo Hillary. Thanks for making me ashamed of women in this country yet again.

    May 1, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. BushMustGo

    Goldilocks is a fairytale...America needs REAL CHANGE

    Go Obama 08

    May 1, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Real Change

    Really, I was thinking Pinocchio

    Maybe the boy who cried wolf.

    May 1, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. Ivan F.

    Hillary is right. We need a short term goal until we come up with the real solution to our long term goal.

    Obama's pastor is right about Barrack Obama he would say anything just to get elected. Wright knows him very well for 2 decades.

    People don't get fooled by his flowery words. If something is too good to be true, it must be untrue!!! He's selling himself just to get elected.
    Lawyers lie to win a case and I believe Obama and his wife are both lawyers, right? Got the point or do I have to say more?

    Hillary for President! 2008

    May 1, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Grant

    Is the reaction to this policy, serious issue, from people such as the Mayor of New York, or the Speaker of the House not news worthy?

    May 1, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Joel

    idiots...garin is a Clinton strategist. You call this news?

    May 1, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. John

    Finally,North Carolina voter,who are leaning in support to Hillary,is not a gimmick.The once a double digit lead in favor of Obama,has now plumeted to a single digit!Thanks to Gov.Easley.The indiana poll is a toss up.BothClinton and Obama are statistically tied.That is something to think about!! Don't blame Hillary!

    May 1, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. Ross in MD

    So Hillary Clinton is a dumb blonde girl who wants to break into houses and steal food?

    May 1, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. scott

    Obama’s Islamic Terrorist Fundraiser
    Fri, 04/25/2008 – 15:25 — Judicial Watch Blog
    The chairman of an Islamic “charity” shut down by the U.S. government for funding Middle Eastern terrorists has dedicated himself to raising money for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

    With his Ohio-based terrorist funding operation closed, Hatem El-Hady has committed to raising substantial funds for the Illinois senator, according to an in-depth article in an investigative news publication that regularly breaks important stories ignored by the mainstream media.

    May 1, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    Was Goldilocks involved in scam artist tactics? And did she have
    a husband that was the second scammer of the team?

    May 1, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. IT"S OVER YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hey HILLARY SUPPORTERS AND Barrack SUPPORTERS, IT"S OVER. Iran is pissed at her because of her idiotic comment about obliterating them. THe supers aren't going to stand for it. She already supported one war, now she's starting another. They (Iran) that is filed a formal complaint with the UN. Brilliant Hillary! YOu just ended the race. ALL us Obama supporters thank you from the bottome of our hearts. Hey, you always have a career in acting................

    May 1, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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