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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  1. Dusacre

    Is Clinton doing us a favor? Let see:
    Yes you may save $25.00 or $30.00 on gas, but as a result and at the same time the entire country will be short $12 Billions dollars, this is the money needed to repair highways, roads, and bridges. This cause an additional 351,000 lost jobs at least. These new lost jobs will affect the people whose works depend directly or indirectly on fixing our roads, highways, and bridges.. Now the government will take money from somewhere (loan from China maybe) to pay for jobless compensations to the new 351,000 families; the federal deficit will increase. Yes most of these Americans are Hillary’s voters because they believe they Hillary offers “solutions” and care for them. No big deal?
    God forbid your car breaks on the road because of bad roads or bad highways or a collapsed bridge. How much will you pay to fix your car? I bet more than $25.00 or $30.00. At the end how much have you as individual saved? How much have the 351,000 people who will lose their jobs saved? How much will society as a whole save when we eventually pay back the loan to china or to whomever the government ends up borrowing money from?
    Money will come from the tax of the oil companies? No, the oil companies will raise the gas price and we will end up paying the oil companies the money they need to pay tax. So at the end we are the very people who will pay for that so call $25.00 or $30.00 we thought we save at the pump thanks to gas tax holiday.

    For most consumers, the other effect of the so called gas tax holiday advocated by Hillary will give the false impression at the beginning of the gas tax holiday that gas is relatively cheaper during the holiday, so the natural reaction is that a lot of people will buy more gas, as they buy more the demand increases, but the supply of gas will stay the same because the OPEC countries and other producers of oil will not increase oil production. As a result the oil price and the gas price will increase. We will pay more for gas.
    At the end we are worse off than we started; not only you don’t save, but we have bad roads, bad high ways, bad bridges, 351,000 jobs lost, and some will have additional cost to repair their cars, we buy more gas at a higher price.
    This is the reason I don’t like the Clintons: they are smart, slick and highly educated, but they use their intelligence to trick people and appear good to the very people they are taking advantage of. This how most people end up smoking Clinton cigar with him.

    You want a short term solution? Drive less, lower your speed as much as the possible, car pool and if you can drive the car with better efficiency.

    May 1, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. fed up

    Hey, anon, you're a psycho posting all this BS everywhere. Do you think the website is a reliable source? hmm???

    I'd say you should blog about something a little bit more worthwhile. For starters, why don't you tell us why Obama is the best person to be president?

    May 1, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  3. Delta Dave

    So, what's new with the Clinton's? Go right back through their political history and you'll find matters that bear intense scrutiny. These things find their way into the general information stream via blogs like these and via the internet search engines.
    I think the true test is that 60% of people think she's dishonest!

    May 1, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  4. Phyllis-Detroit

    I read that article online. Showing Hillary and Bill begging the judge to change the trial date from March 2008 to September 2008. It is very funny why this information hasnt been on the news at all. They know they tricked him out of his money and think he is suppose to go away. I am glad others beside myself have found this out. I have put this information on several responses of articles. They have been swindling people all their lives and it is time for the truth to come out. How do you call out all the media stations to bring this information to the spotlight>

    May 1, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. Pam

    NOTHING is off limits with this psycho.

    May 1, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  6. Davison

    Paul vs Clinton fraud case - not even mentioned by the mainstream media because the media wants Hillary to stay in this race until the convention. They want to disillusion voters and keep this political soap opera going. That's why they refuse to focus on Clinton's unending lists of negatives. Contrary to what some say, she has not been fully vetted. At this point I know Barack Obama 10 times more than I know Hillary. The MSM is pathetic.

    Can't wait til Jan. '09 when Pres. Obama settles into the White House. It'll be a brand new day.

    May 1, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  7. BP


    May 1, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. Joel

    Suspending the gas tax HELPS the oil companies and HURTS Americans in the long run! If gas is cheaper we will buy more. Oil companies do not see any gas tax revenue, otherwise it wouldn't be a tax. It will, however, deprive the government of revenue which will cause us to borrow even MORE money from foreign governments. Are we THAT shortsighted??? This is such obvious pandering...

    May 1, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. Buffalo

    Anon. Yes we can.

    May 1, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  10. Aaron

    Why no coverage of Paul vs. Clinton? Do I also need to turn to blogs to find significant news?

    May 1, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  11. Beacon

    The Democratic Party leadership has bottomed out. They know full well who is better able to win against John McCain, yet, you've put your faith in the golden Senator from Illinois. Senator Clinton will beat John McCain and you know it. Because of your dislike for her, you chosen to abandon her after all she has done for you. If you think Hillary Clinton supporters are going to rally around Mr. Obama, you're mistaken.

    We will not support him in November, but will support John McCain 100 percent. As a life-long democrat, i'll put aside my party loyalty, cross over and vote republican.

    DNC leadership. What a waste. HRC supporters, remember future elections. Make the right choice. It's time for a change. We have the power to do it.

    May 1, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  12. steve

    Fellow Americans, we welcome another bush-like,
    You are "either with us or against us "foreign policy stance.
    Were have that left this country now?

    May 1, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  13. Just Sayin...

    Dear Anon,

    If you're so interested in these civil cases, why not also mention the current CRIMINAL case currently going on with OBAMA's dear pal Retzko? I hear Obama's name has been brought up, oh quite a few times thus far... I wonder why???


    May 1, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  14. Ernest

    Shut up Mrs. Bachanan. I thought that you have all the experience to deal with congress---What a lady!

    May 1, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  15. Tim Rivers

    This woman has slipped a cog or something. EVERY pundit, economist and energy expert has come down on the side of this gas tax holiday being a dumb, bad idea but Hillary knows better than all those "experts". Where have I heard that line before – oh yeah, GWB about Iraq!

    Stop the madness – Vote Obama!

    May 1, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  16. Incoming Sniper Fire

    She lies too much for the media to inform all of her supporters that she is lieing in time to impact the primaries. Besides, all they seem to be able to talk about is Reverend Wright! It's almost like they have it out for him and want her to win or something.

    May 1, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  17. Kathleen

    You Obama people are the ones who are "full of it". I would welcome some relief at the gas pump this summer. Obama has lost his sheen and should just go away.

    May 1, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  18. Maureen, NC

    It is time for a new voice in Washington... the voice of President Barack Obama! Enough of the school yard gossip and distractions and let Obama speak on the issues. Our children's future depends on us getting past the drama and sticking to the issues. The world is watching. Let stop making our country the butt of there jokes.

    May 1, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  19. Jmm

    Obama is arrogant,condescending,elitist,anger against whites etc..............................
    Why do young people and 99.999999999999% of blak americans vote for him?
    young people were just babies when Clinton was president and they don't know how good the econmy was in those years. Older people do remember, so that's why older peopl vote for her.
    Young people vote for him because it represents going against the system and they are also full of ideologies, among other things.

    Black people vote for him simply because he'a black and black americans hate white people....

    May 1, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. Dan

    Being an educated voting Democrat ever since I graduated from Frostburg State University (back in 97) I have to say......are we killing each other in the party because we really think our two candidates are that different?? I think not.

    Democrats have been (although I'm ashamed to admit it) wrong on many issues in the past but I feel we are totally right on most of the issues today. Why can't we get behind the best chance to change the system for the better (i.e the reason we all are Democrats in the first place, right?) over political in-fighting that does nothing to help average Americans which is what the whole purpose of the Democratic party is for???

    E-mail me your thoughts on this.....(or post political bashes-either way I'll get a feel for where we are as a party)

    May 1, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  21. Gail

    She is such a grandstander. First of all, neither she or McCain will be President this summer, so she can not get her proposal through congress. Every expert says this is stupid...just like her

    May 1, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  22. Mendemoi


    In this day of rising of gas prices who wouldn't want to save even 1 cent per gallon? Isn't $10.00 worth no dollars? Does Obama know what it means if I can save 18 cents per gallon in one fill-up?



    May 1, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  23. Frank F

    In a barrel of apples you always get a few rotten ones and so it is in politics with the likes of Richardson and Joe Andrew.

    Throughout history, there have always been people like those idiots. Hillary will survive and go on to bring on new ideas and solutions that may or may not work but at least she has intelligence, experience and drive to try to come up with solutions. When you compare her to the other song and dance man, you know, the "YES WE CAN" man, there is absolutely no comparison.

    Obama just loves to listen to himself talk in all those famous platitudes and he has many convinced just like the Pyed Piper with all of those folks blindly following behind.

    Where is the substance to what he has been preaching? I have heard so many of his speeches and they all sound the same.

    God, please help us all, because I sense through years of experience, in knowing men like Obama, that if he succeeds, America is in for a great defining challenge in the next 4 years. This nation is at a very vulnerable juncture and America needs leaders who have ideas and solutions, not platitudes.

    Another accident like George W just waiting to happen and it will all happen because it seems that people just do not ever learn through history.

    May 1, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  24. James

    yeah she is and her supporters are just miserable =/

    May 1, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  25. Bob

    Smart to force the hand of the superdelegates NOW to either stand on your side that EVERY economic expert has said is just stupid pandering or to stand with Obama against that type of stupid politics.

    Hmm...will superdelegates want to be seen as shameless panderers pedaling an amazingly discredited do nothing fix or not?

    I want to start a different Obama movement. I cannot vote for McCain, obviously, but I can't and won't vote for her either. No matter what, a write in if I have to, I am voting for Obama in November. Join me and let the superdelegates know that Obama already has our votes.

    May 1, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
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