May 1st, 2008
06:30 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton to Congress: You’re either with us or against us

JEFFERSONVILLE, Indiana (CNN) – After several days of back and forth between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama over whether a summer-long elimination of the gas tax would help or hurt, Clinton took a hard line, asking her colleagues in Congress to take sides.

“I believe it would be important to get every member of Congress on record,” Clinton told supporters at a rally in southern Indiana. “Do they stand with the hard-pressed Americans who are trying to pay their gas bills at the gas station or do they once again stand with the oil companies?

“I want to know where people stand and I want them to tell us, are they with us or against us when it comes to taking on the oil companies?” she added.

The “with us or against us” line wasn’t the only George W. Bush reference Thursday evening. Telling a story about Republicans crossing party lines and whispering their support to her, Clinton said, “It’s kind of like a little bit of a confessional when somebody comes and says, ‘You know I voted for George Bush, and I’m really sorry.’”

Obama used to tell a similar story that drew laughs about people whispering to him that they’re Republicans but are in his camp. Also whispering, he would respond, “Thank you, but why are we whispering?”

Commending Clinton in Jeffersonville for her ability to reach across the aisle to Republicans, renowned environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. introduced Clinton who holds what used to be his father’s New York seat in the Senate.

“This is a leader who is going to be one of the most extraordinary presidents in our history,” Kennedy told the crowd after mentioning that this election has split his politically famous family.

“You may know that there’s some members of my family who’ve decided to do the wrong thing and support Barack Obama,” said Kennedy. “Our family is divided, and our party is divided and the reason we’re divided is because we have two extraordinary candidates both running for president both who will make unbelievable presidents.”


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soundoff (357 Responses)
  1. linda from South Dakota

    ahhh come on,, Hillary,, you voted for bush and you arent really sorry,, it just sounds good because you want the votes,,,,,, Hillary?? if you were real,, you would stick to the issues,, not knock your opponent... and as for lies?? we, americans, had enough lies in the last 8 years to last a life time,, its time to tell the truth,, think you can do that ??hillary??,, i think not,,,, its not the CLINTON style,,,,, GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  2. Kate

    Wow...sounding like Bush already... if this woman gets elected, I'm honestly moving to Canada...I'm done with this government..

    May 1, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  3. Rebecca Camdine

    WHAT ABOUT PETER PAUL VS THE CLINTONS AND NOW THEIR PASTOR WILLIAM PROCANICK.

    WHAT SAY YOU-ALL ABOUT THIS? ARE U GOING 2 HOUND THE CLINTONS ABOUT THIS LIKE YOU'VE HOUNDED SENATOR OBAMA?

    WHAT ABOUT WATERGATE, TRAVELGATE, BOSNIA, MONICA, THE CLINTON LIBRARY AND THE CORRUPT CONTRIBUTIONS THEY'VE RECEIVED?

    May 1, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  4. DA

    OMG BUSH!!!

    May 1, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. Vanessa

    Shame on you Robert Kennedy Jr. How can you support someone who is dividing this country by race to win–undoing the work of your father and uncle? To be different? Shame on you. No more of my African American money will go to the NRDC.

    May 1, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. anon

    TO ALL THE OBAMA SUPPORTERS:
    Since the media is refusing to reveal/report the Paul vs Clinton fraud case in court right now, we need to create our own movement and flood every blog on CNN and every blogging website on the World Wide Web with information from the case regardless of what the topic is. For those that don't know – Google Paul vs Clinton and hold on to your shirt with what you read!!
    For those of you who think this case has been thrown out or is irrelevant:

    "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, 2008 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!." (paulvclinton.com)

    Here is the kicker – the judge is a Bill Clinton appointee!

    OBAMANACS UNITE!!! LET'S DO THIS!!

    May 1, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  7. Brian, RI

    “Our family is divided, and our party is divided and the reason we’re divided is because we have two extraordinary candidates both running for president both who will make unbelievable presidents.”

    That is one of the most sensible things regarding this race I've heard in a long time.

    May 1, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. carlo

    More political posturing. Who is she now, Ghandi? She thinks the people in Congress, who actually LISTEN to the experts, would go along with her farce so she can gain more blind favor from the electorate?

    This, combined with the revelation that Blumenthal, her senior advisor, had been feeding information from the right wing of all people, helps me to change my mind. I was going to vote for her if Obama lost the nomination, but I just can't. I just can't.

    May 1, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. MCD

    She has lost her mind. This sounds like some "The South will rise again" type nonsense.

    May 1, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. BGIV in NC

    Yeah – lets push through some meaningless legislation and crow about what a good deed she did for the American people. A gas tax holiday is like putting a band aid on an open artery. Helps for a second, then you realize you needed a real fix, not a cover up.

    May 1, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  11. Toot

    Thank you Hillary for asking the right questions. Thank you Robert F. Kennedy for supporting the right candidate.
    Hillary we know you will make the right decisions for America!!
    Hillary for President!!

    May 1, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  12. Greg

    Wow. Talk about a way to show how little power you have over your party? Pelosi and Hoyer are already out saying they're against it before she even said anything.

    May 1, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. Michael

    With you or against you Hillary?

    Against you, and everything you stand for.

    Gas tax holiday aside, her plan and McCain's plan for Gas relief is majorly flawed. Her plan will have us all paying more at the pump in no less than three months.

    May 1, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  14. MaTerry

    She kills me always trying to accuse others of taking money or being for the special interest. Hillary, Bill is probably somewhere making a back room deal with the Oil companies as we speak. Stop it!

    May 1, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. R2

    Yup, the congress' top priority right now is to debate whether to save average Americans $28 throughout the summer or not. Well done, Hillary! We can see how you will shine as the President, if you ever get that far.

    May 1, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  16. gary

    THAT AWAY ROBERT. YOUR RIGHT ON THE ISSUES. YOU KNOW HRC IS OUR BEST CANIDATE AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY ARE DOING THE WRONG THING SUPPORTING OBAMA. I SEE YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WITH REALITY . O.B. IS GETTING A FREE RIDE FROM THE MEDIA WELL HRC GETS BIAS AND HATE FROM HIS SUPPORTERS AND MEDIA. THIS RACE HASN'T BEEN FAIR FROM THE BEGINING. I HOPE AMERICA WAKES UP BEFORE ITS TO LATE.

    May 1, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  17. Graeme

    You're either with us or against us? On a gasoline rebate? Is she serious? I love how by speaking out against a scotch-tape solution to a complex fuel crisis translates into being against hardworking American people. Maybe she'll go on Bill O'Riley again and bash some more democrats?

    May 1, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  18. leave now hillary your desperate

    How obvious does it have to be to that Hillary is saying anything, promising everything, and doing nothing – so she can try to win over anyone who would listen to her inflated ambiguous lying.

    this women has no shame . Her poltical philosophy is no worse than saddam when he was indefeat "scorched earth" policy.

    She is burning the democratic party by staying in the race- when we as a nation should be unifying under Barack Obama.

    May 1, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  19. Walter mcnally

    Great, now she even sounds like George Bush. Who needs this old style political junk

    May 1, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  20. leave now hillary your desperate

    How obvious does it have to be to that Hillary is saying anything, promising everything, and doing nothing – so she can try to win over anyone who would listen to her inflated ambiguous lying.

    this women has no shame . Her poltical philosophy is no worse than Saddam when he was in defeat and used a "scorched earth" policy.

    She is burning the democratic party by staying in the race- when we as a nation should be unifying under Barack Obama.

    May 1, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  21. Jake

    This campaign has morphed from the most exciting campaign in recent memory to the most frustrating. There are a couple of things wrong with this situation. First off, Clinton is oversimplifying the gas price situation. According to her comments here, her thinking must be, "Gas prices are high, that hurts the American people, and the only way to fix it is to lower prices right now." It is easy to think that, but as Sen. Obama has tried to explain, some situations need a longer-term solution, one that won't necessarily be popular now but will ultimately make for a better situation for the country. It's these kinds of statements we need from a leader, where the President is willing to take political risks for the benefit of the nation. Second, the line about Republicans crossing party lines is clearly ripping off Obama. That's probably one of the most well-known lines of his stump speech, and Clinton is blatantly lifting it from his speech.

    I am incredibly frustrated by this campaign. We're watching one of the most exciting candidates in the past 40 years, Barack Obama, in a time when it is apparently not okay to be excited about politics.

    May 1, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  22. tigerakabj

    She's reaching across the aisle alright. For another straw, or better yet, another nail to put in her coffin. So she says, "you're either with us or against us." She is sounding like Bush everyday. At least Bush waited until he was president to say these things.

    This woman is scary.

    For Clinton supporters, I urge you to turn your attention to Los Angeles for the Peter Paul v. Clinton case going on right now. Her, Bill, and Rendell failed to show up on April 25, which is a contempt-of-court problem. And that doesn't even begin to tip the iceberg. Hillary won't even be able to get a word in if she is the nominee when the neocons through this at her. This case is the biggest U.S. election fraud in U.S. history. You better believe the super D's know this.

    May 1, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  23. Brian

    hahahahahahah

    So the gas tax helps the Oil companies???? Thats funny... Did all of her economists quit?

    May 1, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  24. Kevin in DC

    With us or against us?

    Hillary! I thought this wasn't an Either/Or situation! Did you say that? Yes you did!

    Sounding more and more like Bush every day; deepening the divide amongst Democrats more and more, every day.

    May 1, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  25. grant

    "Your either with us or against us"? Isn't that the tact that helped Bush achieve so many bipartisan solutions? If the superdelegates were wondering who was most constructive within the party, there is no longer any doubt. this is so over....

    May 1, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
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