May 1st, 2008
07:31 AM ET
14 years ago

Clinton: I won’t sit idly by as gas prices rise

KOKOMO, Indiana (CNN) – Hillary Clinton is defending her proposal to eliminate the gas tax this summer, as rival Barack Obama and some economists continued to criticize it as a gimmick to appeal to voters that won’t actually impact their wallets.

“You’re going to hear from my opponent, and you’re going to hear from columnists and you’re going to hear from talking heads about how there’s nothing we can do about these gas prices except to have a long-term plan,” Clinton told supporters at an Indiana rally Wednesday night.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clinton and McCain are calling for a summer gas tax holiday."] “Well of course we need a long-term plan,” said the New York senator. “But I’m not going to sit idly by and see people go out of business who are independent truckers not able to continue to choose between food and gas because they can’t afford either. I’m not going to sit idly by.”

To illustrate her point, Clinton rode to work with a steelworker from South Bend, Indiana, Wednesday morning in a pickup truck. In a staged photo-op, they stopped for gas and paid over $60 for just under three-quarters of a tank.

Clinton has said hers is a short-term solution that would mostly benefit truckers and drivers with long commutes. She plans to introduce legislation in the Senate in the near future.

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soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Geesh..

    Sorry but I am not going to vote for her just so she can risk construction jobs and save me only $30 for gas in a few months time. Its going to take time to press for windfall tax so that isnt going to help roads anytime soon but cost many many jobs and end up paying $200 for a rim and tire for a pothole that couldnt be afforded to be fixed... or peoples lives that a bridge didnt get repaired and caused damage like what happened before.

    Get real Hillary.. your playing the Republican ticket not the Democrat! Maybe you should switch parties!

    May 1, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Linda from PA

    She SHOULD sit idly by – like OUTSIDE of the campaign! Voters should be be surprised by her sudden interest in cutting the price of gas....she needs every vote she can get. However, even Hillary admits that this "short term solution" (i.e. as long as the campaign lasts) won't help the average driver – it is intended more for long commute drivers and truckers.

    May 1, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. For the love of this independent

    How about thinking before acting. Just a thought.

    Promise Universal Healthcare didn't deliver.
    Promise New York 200,000 jobs lost 30,000

    Voted for shock and awe now over 4000 dead and 500 billion spent
    "Begrudgingly" campaigned for NAFTA and now closed factories and lost jobs
    Wants a gas tax holiday long term affect lost construction jobs or higher gas prices or both.
    And let's not forget bring troops home without considerating advise from generals and Obliterating Iran.

    These all sound good but everything has a long term consequences. Doing things without knowing the ramifications in not action it's irresponsible.

    McCain proposed it. Obama said it was not good because the taxes go towards construction Jobs. Then Clinton said it is good but we will make oil companies pay. What do you think the Oil companies will do. Be nice and take a cut in profit and what happens when the holiday is over.

    May 1, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Jen B.

    Her vote getting gimmicks are laughable and desperate.

    May 1, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. RealityKing

    What projects has Hillary ever supported that INCREASED our supply of oil?

    Meanwhile, Senator Hillary Clinton has requested nearly $2.3 billion in federal earmarks for the next year alone. That's three times the largest amount by any single senator during this year. Obama and McCain have not asked for any pet project funds this year. In fact, McCain has never request any pet project funds, while Obama has released all of his earmark requests since being elected to the Senate in 2004.

    When will Senator Hillary Clinton discloss her earmark history and reasonings??

    May 1, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. rj

    i don't think Clinton understands basic economics. a gas tax holiday will do nothing but drive up the price of gasoline even more since it will not do anything to lower the demand. if the demand goes up, the price will go up. If you drive 2000 miles/month and get 10 mpg then yeah, it might give some small temporary relief but if you drive the avg miles per month and get 20 mpg then you'll save about $9/month. I'm sure that will keep many people from starving or going out of business.

    May 1, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Jim

    Over the past month, while McCain and Hillary tout the politically expedient but economically idiotic idea of taking away 18.4 cent gas tax....

    the AVERAGE PRICE PER GALLON has already increased by 20 cents over the past month.

    Does this show you how idiotic and pandering and useless Hillary McCain's idea is????

    May 1, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. if Clinton goes after oil companies

    She needs to go after all US farmers and milk producers as well.

    When companies that are agricultural in nature have quarter profits of 5,000% and oil has one of 15%, and we get mad at the 15%... you have a big problem.

    Clinton and Obama know the bigger problem is not oil, but the government's lack of response. Focus all the attention on only part of the problem, and nothing gets solved.

    May 1, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  9. Barry

    Just out of many SUVs were in the Clinton caravan (while she rode in the pickup truck)? Does anybody know?

    May 1, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. Gary

    Get a clue lady. There is absolutely nothing you can do to stop the rising cost of gas, your husband said there is nothing that can be done as well. Give us a break from your pipe dream spinning. Jobs with higher wages or alternative fuel may hold the key. By the way, the gas station media opt was soooooooooooooooooo tacky.

    May 1, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Indiana voter

    Please pick up a copy of GLOBE on your next stop to the grocery or convience store......
    There is very IMPORTANT message on the front page that you should read and make your voting decision on.............
    the entire front page features hilary and just another scandal she is involved in.....
    i dont know why the cnn news is not picking up on this.
    this is a true story

    May 1, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Obama Supporter in NC

    Yeah, and on her ride to the gas station with the guy in the truck she talked on her cell phone the whole time giving some radio interview.

    Way to respect your supporters there Hillary!!!!!!!!!

    This woman is so pathetic!

    May 1, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Independent-woman-voter-for-Obama

    Sadly, people will be FOOLED by her! Can a president REALLY affect the price of gas?! NO!

    What affects the price of fuel is: SUPPLY AND DEMAND! If we, Americans, would just CUT back our use of fuel we would see the price drop!

    However, we need to face the FACT, that oil IS in short supply and we desperately need a president who has that courage to do the hard work it will take to get us off oil and into alternative fuels!

    Please go to Sen. Obama's web site and read, inform yourselves about his plans for our future!

    May 1, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Tracy---Indianapolis, IN

    This so called short term solution will not help, they can go ahead and take the taxes off the gas.......But who's to say they won't raise the prices up even more........Besides why take money from the highways that some peolpe drive on everyday............Thanks McClinton and McCain but No Thanks............

    Obama "08

    May 1, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Brendose, Oceanside CA

    Hillary, why don't you ask an economist to look at your plan! You know why she won't? Because they would tell her that taking away a tax would increase a demand in gas, therefore RISING the price of oil and gas. Then, gas prices would be EVEN HIGHER, and she would have to put the gas tax back on top of the price after the summer is over, leaving Americans at $5/gallon.

    In addition, creating a "windfall" tax would not work. This would again drive prices higher, for now oil companies would have to make an even HIGHER profit to be at the same level they are now. What does that mean? HIGHER PRICES!!


    May 1, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
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