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. Kim

    Hmmm, With us or against us. I will Nuke Iran.... Hillary sounds more like McBush every time she opens her lying mouth.

    May 1, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  2. Michael

    Give it up Hillary, this is a HORRIBLE idea. Bottom line all this will equate to a whole savings of $25 – $30? are you kidding me? Wow that's fabulous Hillary, maybe now I can take in Narnia, course I'll only be able to take one guest with me. Is this what you call "Solutions"; I thought you were in the "solution business". I'll have to side with Barack on this one, this is not a solution to truly help people, this is a solution to get votes.

    May 1, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  3. Sandra MO

    And Clinton STILL has not released her taxes ... WHERE IS THE MONEY COMING FROM?!

    She still won't release her earmarks.

    The Clintons are currently being investigated for the LARGEST election fraud in the history of this country where they undermined the American election laws, the process and the American people (not to mention ruined the live of Peter Paul) and we're even thinking about what an elderly black pastor is saying from his pulpit?

    People wake up! We are not electing Wright, it's HILLARY that you need to be worried about.

    Obama 2008 and 2012
    Yes We Can ... just watch us.

    May 1, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  4. Joe Schmo

    OH YES, IF OBAMA CANNOT WIN ON HIS OWN MERITS LETS MAKE UP LIES!!!!

    YOU OBAMA SUPPORTERS ARE PATHETIC JUST LIKE YOUR CANDIDATE!!!!!!!

    OBAMA IS DONE OUT GOOD-BYE!

    DON'T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE REAR!!!!

    HILLARY CLINTON 2008!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. HillarySkank on myspace

    Let's see,
    First Robert Kennedy JR (hanging on papa's coat tails) says
    "You may know that there’s some members of my family who’ve decided to do the wrong thing and support Barack Obama"

    then he explains why the party is divided by saying it is
    "because we have two extraordinary candidates both running for president both who will make unbelievable presidents"

    If there are, in your small divided mind, 2 extraordinary candidates who would BOTH make unbelievable presidents, then why are those in your familiy that are supporting Barack doing the wrong thing?

    Apparently, kid, you are divided in your own mind and don't know what to say. Too bad papa's smarts didn't fall to you!

    May 1, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  6. SNP

    Eliminating a gas tax will wont hurt the oil companies profits one bit, it's a tax, money that goes to the government not the oil companies. By supporting this, people are actually taking on contributing to the already crumbling infrastructure.

    You cant have unending tax cuts, and then complain about lack of government services, bad roads, no health care, etc etc

    May 1, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. T. Churchill, Indiana

    . . . Bill Clinton was impeached by the house of representatives as a sitting President. There should be a rule that bans impeached Presidents or their immediate family members from ever occupying the White House again.

    May 1, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  8. S

    I don't understand. Kennedy says "...we have two extraordinary candidates both running for president both who will make unbelievable presidents.” Then why does he say "some members of my family [have] decided to do the wrong thing and support Barack Obama."

    May 1, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. Joseph

    Is this a joke? So she is turning the American (at least uninformed) people aganist the Democratic party! Please superdelegates get this lady out of here.

    May 1, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  10. Lee Canon

    Anon, you are right., I don't know how Clintons' scandals are not public. Suppose we all make mistakes, who else will make the white House a polygamist place? Does Bill C remember that the world disrespected US because of his love to that third wife? How can we give them the presidency. Unless Hillary promises us to divorce him. In that case, I will vote for her

    May 1, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  11. Alan in Fla., don't count my vote

    the reason you don't hear about Paul v Clinton is because it is irrelevant, doesn't matter, no one cares. Peter Paul should have known if you run with dogs you get fleas.

    May 1, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. Dayahka

    The suspension of the gas tax idea is a stupid one; and it would do absolutely no good. This is just a continuation of the consistently bad ideas that Clinton seems to advance, one a day. A bad campaign, a bunch of bad ideas, bad all around, why is she still around? Like the Democratic Ralph Nader or Norman Thomas.

    May 1, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  13. Airborne

    Hillary is so full of it

    May 1, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  14. anon yourself

    anon you need to get a life .you posted as nisha in another post . why are you so hate filled.

    May 1, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  15. Connie

    Hillary Clinton, you are a messenger from hell !!!! You have no respect for life. Hillary, Israel does not need you to "OBLITERATE" Iran in its behalf. Do you know the meaning of the word "OBLITERATE"? It is to erase a nation without a trace. You can not be my president. I will pray and plead before God to prevent you from winning...and let the same word "OBLITERATE" judge you for you have no mercy for the life of little children. You are among those like Bush, McCain who are destroying the reputation of America around the world. I am not an African American and I am not a supporter of Barack Obama. Yes, it is because of people like Hillary that America is now curse. Our dollar is lower than the Canadian dollar and she is everywhere collecting votes by giving false promises to voters. I predict that you will not return back to the white house because God in heaven will prevent.

    McHuckabee 08

    May 1, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. FutureMD

    “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?" Christ, how did we ever sink so low? Is America really this stupid? I can't believe our national discourse has sunk this low.

    May 1, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. chris isner

    I, too, would like to know why the media refuse to touch this. The GOP must be salivating at the prospect of impeaching another Clinton!

    May 1, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  18. David

    It's interesting to hear Robert F. Kennedy Jr. say he believes both Obama and Clinton would make "unbelievable presidents."

    Meanwhile, the candidate whom he supports and her campaign team are doing all they can to discredit Obama and jeopardize his chances in November. I'm really ashamed of the choices she and her team have made throughout the campaign.

    If this is an example of her leadership and her ability to bridge gaps and differences, then I'm not so sure "unbelievable" is the adjective I'd choose to describe her potential. She has proven, though her tactics, to be more divisive than anything else.

    By the way, didn't Hillary already have her shot at fixing healthcare? I believe her antagonistic style at that time doomed the effort. Sorry, but I don't see Hillary as "unbelievable"... not one bit.

    May 1, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  19. Susan MO

    Go Hillary!

    Hillary 08

    May 1, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. Paula from Canada

    Robert Kennedy Jr. is NO Robert Francis SR, what a disappointment he is . His Dad would be Obama's biggest supporter.
    Yes Hillary supporters take your blinders off.. this woman is a crook and liar! Read the evidence!! Paul vs Clinton!!!

    May 1, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. CT Chriss

    Whoooooaaa! Now she is attacking ALL Dems in congress.

    Stop the Hillary wreck!

    SDs need to come out now for Barack and halt the destruction of Hurricane Hillary!

    May 1, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. maria Mtl, Can.

    I agree . CNN is not fair. .'The most trusted name in news'... Well CNN right now you didn't proove,it For some of us who wants to know more about Peter Paul vs Clinton from you as well as you put on air the reverend Wright speech over and over and over ... Where is the trust. Peter Paul vs Clinton. If Hillary is the nominee that will be the same thing as Bush too late...And you will look like fool...

    May 1, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  23. Peter Paul, California

    . . . When is the media finally going to report that Hillary is due in court
    here to answer for her and Bill's fraud charges?

    May 1, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  24. WHATTHEPEOPLEWANT

    Stop using Obama's lines, Hillary. Can anyone say Peter Paul, Peter Paul, Peter Paul?????

    May 1, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  25. Brian Seattle

    Anon, Get Over it. No One cares. You are wasting your time.

    Hillary 08 or Sitting out and watching McCain Win.

    May 1, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
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