May 4th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton: I'm not listening to economists on gas tax holiday

 Clinton  continues to push for a gas tax holiday.
Clinton continues to push for a gas tax holiday.

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (CNN) - In the face of criticism from a slate of economists who say her gas tax holiday plan would be ineffective or even harmful, Hillary Clinton said she wasn’t taking stock of their opinions and emphasized that this was a short-term fix that would primarily benefit long-distance drivers.

“I’m not going to put my lot in with economists,” Clinton told George Stephanopolous on ABC’s ‘This Week’ after he asked her to name a single economist supporting her plan. “If we actually did it right, if we had a president who used all the tools of the presidency, we would design it in such a way that it would be implemented effectively.”

Clinton said she didn’t understand the resistance her plan is getting since its intention is to provide relief.

“On so many of these issues where costs have gone up, where people are really feeling squeezed, there just doesn’t seem to be an understanding about what people go through,” Clinton told Stephanopolous.

The debate over Clinton and McCain’s different pieces of legislation to remove the gas tax this summer reached a fever pitch this week with Barack Obama leading the charge to reject it, saying Saturday, “This is what passes for leadership in Washington – phony ideas, calculated to win elections instead of actually solving problems.”

“It’s a misnomer to say this is all that I’m doing,” Clinton defended herself, “I have a comprehensive long-term energy plan that would go right at dependence on foreign oil.”

Clinton has been arguing that it’s not only about the money saved but the message it sends. “I really believe we’ve got to start right now, demonstrating a willingness to take on these oil companies,” she argued to Stephanopolous.

- CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt

soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. KIM

    The economists all have stock in the oil companies themselves..no, they dont want to see gas tax holiday. I wish somebody would pay one of my bills, even for a month!!!

    May 4, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. flex

    That shows the kind of president she is going to be, that will never listen to the general voice of america, that was wy she voted for war blindly. God bless Obama!

    May 4, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. ME, Santa Ana, CA

    And Bush did not put his lot in with experts either. How did that work out?

    Clinton has just disqualified herself again by proving that she will enact harmful policies for her own political needs. Sound familiar?

    May 4, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Kevin in DC

    Great, just what we need, another politician who doesn't read newspapers or listen to experts.

    Hillary would make a great Republican.

    May 4, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Mr. E

    This lady does'nt even listion to people that actually know more about runnng the economy then she does.

    May 4, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Gary, Indianapolis

    . . .And this is who some people are voting for?

    May 4, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. baker

    oh my god, she doesn't listen to economists, and wanna heal the economy. I guess that works only in Bosnia

    May 4, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Patricia

    I am with Hilary. She is the only one that get us out of this mess. I am praying for her and her campaign.

    May 4, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. SJ Thornton

    Why doesn't CNN publish the whole story? I guess they don't want to offend Hillary!

    May 4, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  10. SO

    It's amazing that Obama is criticising Hillary's gas tax short relief plan when he supported exactly the same thing three times when he was a state senator. Give me a break.

    May 4, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. LT for Obama

    So.... She does not have an actual plan nor does she listen to the experts who say this plan does not work.

    She is only doing this for those drivers with long distance drivers. What about the rest of us? What at about the long term affects on prices?

    She needs to come up with a plan that benefits EVERYONE.

    May 4, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. darren

    of course shes not listening, shes a know it all!

    May 4, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. James, OH

    She's not listening to economists?

    Ahahah...who are you listening to then? Liz Taylor. What a crook.

    May 4, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. HRC

    Ego Ego Ego Ego Ego

    May 4, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. jeff

    a president who doesn't listen. great

    May 4, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. gas

    At least Hillary is trying to help people. It will help those of us who have to drive a long distance to work, and truckers too.

    May 4, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Jake

    I don't trust a President who was impeached, and I won't trust his wife.

    May 4, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  18. ddddd

    Shame on You, big LIAR.
    That is how you will do at the White house? Doing what comes in your head!
    So your are OUT OF TOUCH, as Mcshame.
    STOP THE DRAMA, VOTE OBAMA...
    Your 35 years of experience to distract the americans...
    HAHAHHHHHA
    Let's go with Barack,

    May 4, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. LINDA,FL

    Hmmmmmm Mrs.Clinton sounds like patient's Delirium , not just phony ideas.

    Do we really consider this human being as a Candidate for Presidency?

    Do we also fall into delirium?

    May 4, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Drew, FL

    No surprise there. It's not enough that she is willing to say and do anything to win the nomination. Now she doesn't want to listen to the experts. Definitely lacks judgment. I wouldn't call this ready on day one.

    I'm actually surprised the Clinton News Network posted this. Sorry Billary, but $.30 day doesn't do anything for families. This is not relief. Get a clue. In fact, this just shows how out of touch you really are. You are the elitist. Try pumping your own gas instead of doing the rounds with false photo ops.

    May 4, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. Kay

    Look at her followers and you will understand why? Just say anything, Hillary, even if it does not make sense, so long as you can sway the blue collar voters. Is this what you want, America?

    May 4, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  22. Voter in Indiana

    Wow,you are not listening? Will you listen to Americans if you are not even listening to experts now?

    May 4, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Peter P.

    If we couldn't trust Bill Clinton, what makes you think we can trust Hillary.
    Her trustworthy rating is 38%. Hello?

    May 4, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  24. mama4obama

    She's not listening...there is no surprise there.

    Get used to it people...she is not listening now...nor will she if she succeeds in stealing this nomination.

    May 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  25. Me

    Of course she won't. She didn't read the intelligence report prior to the Iraq war either

    May 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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