April 30th, 2008
04:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama ad criticizes gas tax plan

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(CNN) - Less than a day after Hillary Clinton’s campaign debuted an ad that attacked Barack Obama for opposing a gas tax holiday, the Illinois senator’s campaign unveiled a new 60-second spot that dubs the idea an ineffective quick fix.

The ad, titled “Truth” will run in both Indiana and North Carolina, where voters head to the polls May 6. Both Democratic presidential hopefuls have spent the week sparring over the proposal – Obama calls the idea a gimmick; Clinton says it is necessary to give consumers immediate relief from soaring fuel costs.

In the spot, Obama calls for an investigation of the nation’s oil companies for price gouging – a position shared by Clinton - and says Congress should adopt a long-term energy strategy that includes higher fuel efficiency standards and a greater investment in alternative fuels.

“We could suspend the gas tax for 6 months, but that’s not going to bring down gas prices long-term. You’re gonna save about 25, 30 dollars…or half a tank of gas,” he says. “That’s typical of how Washington works. There’s a problem, everybody’s upset about gas prices – let’s find some short-term, quick-fix, that we can say we did something even though, even though we’re not really doing anything.”

(Full script after the jump)

“Truth,” 60 seconds


Barack Obama: “I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message.

“I’m here to tell you the truth.

“We could suspend the gas tax for 6 months, but that’s not going to bring down gas prices long-term. You’re gonna save about 25, 30 dollars…or half a tank of gas.

“That’s typical of how Washington works. There’s a problem, everybody’s upset about gas prices – let’s find some short-term, quick-fix, that we can say we did something even though, even though we’re not really doing anything.

“We cannot deliver on a better energy policy unless we change how business is done in Washington.

“We’ve got to go out to the oil companies and look at their price-gouging.”

“We’ve got to start using less oil and that means raising fuel efficiency standards on cars and developing alternative fuels.

“That’s the real honest answer to how we’re going to solve this problem. That’s what you need from a President someone who’s going to tell you the truth.”

soundoff (217 Responses)
  1. Willy

    Libral's hate tax refunds

    April 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. Nunya

    It isn't going to save you $25 in the first place. Supply and demand rule. A lower price will mean that consumption will be higher than it was, and the actual price you pay won't go down by the full $.18. So you would gain in immediate terms less than the $25. And in the long term, you would pay far more because gas taxes fund road repairs, and less repairs to the roads means more repairs to your car. So in the long run, you very likely end up *worse* off if the tax is suspended.

    April 30, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. A.K.

    Your "temporary, immediate relief" is your tax rebate. Is ten dollars a month a great relief to you, K?

    April 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. BL

    But... Obama has no plan at all.

    I cant wait to NOT vote for him.

    April 30, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. JOHN


    April 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. FRED, Atlanta GA

    To Sharon in Minnesota: I don't know how much extra groceries you are going to buy for $30.00 LMAO!!!!! $30.00 is not going to get you much extra AT ALL!!! I wonder what will you have to say then when gas just sky rockets and when you get to the pump your going to have to decide either on GAS or FOOD it's to the point where we have to make life decisions at the gas pump im not down with short term solution for a easy 3mos then come fall I can't afford any gas at all and neither will you. So sad how BLIND and I do mean BLIND these BILLARY supporters are....

    OBAMA 08/12 YES WE CAN and YES WE WILL!!!

    April 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. A.K.

    Sharon Minnesota, nice to see you on here every day making pro-Hilary comments, despite the real issues. Is an extra 30.00 for groceries over the course of the summer that much relief to you? I find it hard to believe you can manage to be on the internet every day if you need 30.00 that badly for food. Shouldn't you be working? Or is it false sympathy for the people you're conjuring that would be helped by this tax plan? I would be part of the "traveling public", but I couldn't afford to go anywhere with or without the cut. You should become informed on the issues before spouting your "mumbo jumbo".

    April 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. Tjaye

    Thank you. I am amazed at how so many Clinton supporters are open to anything she offers them without question. I will give her credit; she knows her supporters and how to string them along.

    April 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. Michael, Ms

    Bush got elected by saying that going to Iraq our gas prices would drop cause Iraq had so much oil, he pandered to the people and by electing him we fell for it. Hillary and McCain are doing the same thing pandering to the people with a quick fix, they will say anything to get elected. Obama might not get elected but his alternative fuels in the long haul is the way to go, we have to get away from this dependency of oil its like a noose around out necks. People that want an overnight fix are living in a dream world, prices on gas did not get where they are over night. Everything takes time and Barack has the right idea even though it might not get him elected, I have to respect him for at least telling us how it is and not playing the pandering game.

    April 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. Sharon Minnesota

    If you want the truth about the blame game for the 35W bridge collapse in Minnesota, Google (35W bridge collapse blame) . I didn't find any mention of Bill Clinton or the gas tax so I think the nut job who has been trying to equate the two has been a little off his track today,

    April 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. D.Kimbro OHIO

    To all of the Obama haters, he is the only one to oppose this bad ideal as well. Right on the war, right on this pandering. Hillary is looking more and more like a republican every day. Of course she will say whatever it takes to try and steal this nomination.

    April 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. TwoCentsWorth

    I'm with Clinton to the bitter end, but I have to say that a gas tax holiday is a very bad idea. The so-called relief for the individual consumer is so small as to be down-right insulting. The whole debate is a diversion from more serious issues. Moreover, the actual loss of revenue in the aggregate will have a really significant effect on funding for infrastructure repair. The stop/start costs for a tax hiatus will only be handed back to the consumer in the future. Higher gas prices could be seen as beneficial, as reducing fuel consumption and therefore carbon emissions. Also, now that Bush has started smirking over high gas prices making the public more amenable to ANWAR drilling, I'm very willing to pay the high prices until he rolls up and goes away.

    April 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. Different Mike

    The only thing gouging us Barack is the Democratic Congress who has now filibustered two seperate votes for oil exploration here on our own soil. If we harvest our own we can control the price, If we buy from someone else they control the price. It's amazing some of those "smart" people in congress can't figure this out. By the way, Shell Oil Co sold 114 billion in oil last year and pocketed 7.4 billion dollars. As a business owner myself I would not call a 7.2% profit margin a "windfall" to use your term.

    April 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |


    April 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  15. Jamaal Kansas

    Refreshing to see a politican that care about the American people and can actually tell the truth so refreshing Keep going Barack we are with you all the way we see through there false promises

    April 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  16. Patsy L Paschke

    Why all of a sudden is everyone concerned about Gas prices? Oh I know why, its election year. Where were the politians when the gas prices starting going up when Bush took office. The price of gasoline at that time was $1.29 a gallon. Has anyboby bother to look into Bush buying gas stock since he became the Boss. All three candidates are nothing but lairs.

    April 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  17. jay

    THESE WORKING PEOPLE NEED RELIEF NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Lisa Salt Lake City, Utah

    The $25 savings in gas will not pay for the alignments needed when you are driving over the pot holes. Also with all the workers getting laid off who would be doing the road work – will now have their homes get foreclosed on too - just so you can save a $1 or $2 when you fill up – and probably spend it on coffee or soda at the gas station.

    April 30, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  19. candi

    Okay you dumb Hillary and McCain gas tax freaks. Can you take that $10 or so saving of gas and feed your family for a week. No. This is not like a tax break holiday that you go to the stores and buy anything you want without paying taxes for three days. Things that you buy during this time can be seen as useful many months away. The prices of these items for tax holiday will go back to the orignal price or even higher. No for gas tax holiday. We need for them to bring the tax down instead of raising it later.

    April 30, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  20. HRC won't be able to do anything!

    HRC won't be able to accomplish any of her pandering, she will owe to many big corporations favors for financing her campaign. And we will be left to hang and dry....I truely believe that is why she was unable to accomplish anything when she was first lady. People! How soon everyone has forgotten the scandles that came with the Clintons when they were in White House. Nothing has been said about the fraud case that has been filed against them, How come? She says that she has been fully vetted, more then likely not, there is always something shady going on with the Clintons. How come China donated to have his library built? A lot seems strange with them, I for one do not trust them. If the pastor, flag pin, and being an elitest is the worst about Obama, then he sould be elected tomorrow. I want my president to be better then I am, so IF he is an elitest, that's great as far as I'am concerned.

    April 30, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  21. Precious

    And iif I save only 10.00, it would be a little bit of something I would never have had. I could use it to buy bread, eggs and sugar, or I could use it to add to my grocery bill. I was always told that "every little bit counts". I could also give it to someone who is hungry.

    April 30, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  22. Jamaal Kansas

    There is no immediate plan anything the tell you would be a lie because if it was something immediatly that they could do it would have been done last year and the year before that there is no short term solution this is a global problem people is like Cancer you just can't give it antibotics to cure it because it will not work and Senator Obama is merely telling the truth

    April 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  23. Stephen

    Her plan is to do everything Obama is proposing and more with the tax breaks. And that is the "truth"

    April 30, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. Betty SC

    Hey everyone what did Bush say to Hillary and McCain about a tax holiday? I don't think they even have the rights to suggest this with Bush's approval and the vote of congress. People Hillary and McCain wants your votes not a solution to our problems. Wake up people and smell the coffee. Obama is trying to help but you are criticizing him for telling you the truth. Then if you don't believe him shame on you and then when it don't happen go figure.

    April 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  25. Truth

    This is true...
    What will be the benifit of 18 cents. If you shop well you may find a gas station chaeper by this amount
    McSame and Hillary are jokes. Each have more than 100 million $$ in the bank and they don't care about us..
    What? 18 cents?

    April 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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