May 1st, 2008
06:30 PM ET
10 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. Susan-VA

    Hillary is nothing but a big fraud! Saying and doing anything just to get elected and then all the voters will be kicked to the curb! Of course she will be behind closed doors supporting trade deals taking all of YOUR jobs away! Do you really think she will give up all those millions Bill gets for promoting it?? WAKE UP!! How can anyone believe a word that comes out of her mouth! Need you all be reminded of all the scandals that is in the Clinton DNA?? One that SHOULD

    May 1, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  2. Hill408

    Don't forget Obamas past! His home with Riso, all his lobbyist money,
    Nuke plant vote and his best freind Wright. He worked on his book with him. 20 year freind!! Read his book and you find out what a liar he is!!! If not Hillary than Mccain!!!!

    May 1, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. Garry

    $30 in my pocket is better than in the government's pocket. Why is this so hard to understand?

    short term fixes does not preclude long term fixes. It's not one or the other its both. That's what clinton is asking for . Obama is asking for only long term. Do you people actually like paying more? This is lubricious.

    Anon – obamanacs is right. You are maniacs. You are a pack of lemmings that follow they hype without being critical. You are not electing the next American idol kids. 🙂

    May 1, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. Tim

    better way to fight against this oil price crisis is to raise the average MPG by at least 50% within the next few years. Yes, the next few years. Honda Civic is not a hybrid and has 40MPG on highway in their 2006 model. If the automotive industry cannot figure out how to achieve that kind of fuel efficiency for their new sedans, they shall not be allow to sell their vehicles.

    Shame on ALL politicians, for ALLOWING the US automotive industry to not investing on fuel efficiencies.

    OPEC is thanking us for our bigger and more oil-consuming vehicles

    May 1, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  5. Phil Douglas

    Won't happen, the Clinton's have the media in their pocket, either because they were always in their pocket or because they got suckered in about the whining and picking on lil ol me.

    May 1, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  6. Shirley, Silicon Valley, CA

    This dragging down and dragging on POINTLESS race by Clinton got to end soon! Hillary tears up the Dems and makes Republicans SMILE EAR-TO-EAR!

    Both Clintons are NEGATIVE and UNFAVORABLE! The Clintons's LIES are huge liabilities that make Hillary UNELECTABLE!

    May 1, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  7. Roger

    At least she isn't divisive!

    May 1, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
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