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. Paul

    Hillary wants to sacrifice our roads and highways and lay off highway workers for what, a half a tank of gas? Give me a break!

    May 1, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  2. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Sounds too much like Bush's "for us or for the terrorists" spiel that got us in the mess that is Iraq. I have been saying for months on this blog that Hillary is just like Bush but of a different color.

    Imagine Bush in drag, Hillary's soulmate... : )

    May 1, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  3. canuck

    is she calling people who don't openly support her "gasp" TERRORIST?

    oh, and making the oil companies pay for lost revenue over the GAS TAX HOLIDAY is like selling the highways and bridges to them. i can see toll booths going up at every intersection!

    Shameful !!!

    May 1, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  4. John

    Save 18cents a gallon for three months = maybe $100 if you are a heavy commuter meanwhile:

    1) Increase our use of oil and thus dependence on the middle east
    2) Increase our use of oil and thus pollute our already globally warmed world
    3) Increase our budget debt – already climbing at a record clip
    4) Increase big business profits since they will obviously save much more on gas than individual commuters.
    5) And ignore the real problems we must solve by pacifying voters with a feel good bandaid.

    This one is only slightyl more rediculous than her proposal to free interest rate for 5 years. No wonder she failed the bar exam – she can not even understand basic economic policy. Will she ever give up or is another romp by her and Bill in the white hosue more important than good policy, good people and good america?

    May 1, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. Shirley

    How does Hillary Clinton look at herself in the mirror. She's become a Republican just so she can tear Obama down.

    May 1, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. Rebecca

    Hillary should be ashamed for this irresponsible attempt to manipulate the people. This isn't a solution, it's irresponsible. And this is the lady with solutions? I don't think so.

    May 1, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. Fabrizio

    So divisive... She's the most polarizing human being on the planet!

    Please, NC and IN, do not vote to extend this specacle any longer... We need to start preparing for the republicans!

    Obama now & forever !!!

    May 1, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  8. Ohio Voter For Hillary!

    You Obama IDIOTS!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  9. prakash chand

    you are full of it ,whoever you are mr AIRBORNE,airborne is full of it.

    May 1, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. Elizabeth, Mississippi

    I would like for all the Clintons supporters to ask themslves this question, Hillary was supposed to be the Dem. party nominee by super Tuesday in Feb. but she couldn't beat Obama why? Because people are starting to see her for what she really is a liar. The media asked why can't Obama closed the deal, well he has closed the gap that the Clintons never thought he could, by being in the lead. As for Florida and Michigan all of the canidates signed a form stating that they knew the votes in those two states would never be counted because of the date changing,so Hillary knew this and signed and stated that those delegates and votes were not needed, because at the time she was ahead in states won, delegates, and super delegates, but now that she is losing she wants those people voices heard why? To help her out. The voters in those two states are mad at Obama stating he's the reason their votes don't count not true, they should be made at their state Dems and governors who agreed to the punishment rules of the DNC not Obama, he only follwed the ruls set forth by hte DNC, something Hillary should be doing since she agreed to them as well.

    May 1, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  11. Rebecca

    Hillary needs to quit sniffing the fumes. Does she even know how to drive? She sure can't work a simple coffee machine. Now who's the elitist?

    May 1, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  12. GG

    I am wondering, where she stand on gas issues NOW??? with John McCain or Barack Obama or both, because she can't come up with her own ideas. I think the American people don't want see that kind of president, and that's exactly what happened when she voted for the war by pursue George Bush Ideas.

    May 1, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  13. Jayson

    Too bad that McCain beat Hillary to suggest this idea. Pretty obvious considering the fact that a Democrat hardly ever suggest any break from any tax since that means less money to throw into some black hole government program.

    May 1, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  14. JRC

    I wonder why the news programs haven't reported Paul vs. Clinton? Could it be they are afraid a black man might actually become President of the USA?

    I am saddened by the continuing racial bias in this country, especially among the "non-biased" press. LOL. 🙁

    May 1, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  15. jt

    Hillary take action!!!

    Obama just present!!

    Hillary 08!!!

    May 1, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  16. Vig

    Obama has to be one of the most superficial candidates that has ever run for the Presidency and that's saying something given we are finally finishing up 8 years of Bush.

    May 1, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  17. cheaah right

    wow... since when does hillary reach across party lines. No enemy unites and mobilizes the republicans like Hillary.

    "ability to reach across the aisle" my foot..

    May 1, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  18. shoreh

    "In the landmark civil fraud case against Bill Clinton in Los Angeles, where the former President is charged with defrauding a Hollywood dot com millionaire to help Hillary Clinton obtain more than $1.2 million from him for her 2000 Senate campaign, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz ruled on Friday, April 25, 2008 that Hillary Clinton would not be required to testify in a sworn deposition as a material witness in the case until AFTER the November election!." (

    Here is the kicker – the judge is a Bill Clinton appointee!
    OBAMA Go 08 ....

    May 1, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  19. Eric in Lincolnton, NC

    Hillary is the BEST!!

    May 1, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. Morton Grant

    If Hillary wins this nomination, then America will find out who the 'elitists' really are. Beware America, there is no chance M'Cain can win without a Ron Paul on his ticket . Obama is the only candidate who can put this country back as the respected leader of the free world.

    May 1, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  21. Please.

    Oh yes, Hillary, PLEASE save me $25 across the next three months! PLEASE O' PLEASE take a hard-line with the evil Congress!

    Pandering politian and her idiot flock. If she were to somehow win my new goal would be go leave this pathetic, ignorant, unintelligent country.

    So, Hillary, what does this stupid gimmick of a bill have to do with the oil companies? The only people you're hurting is the poor road workers paid via government contracts for those endless road improvements you see everywhere. Yea, really standing up to those big bad oil companies that you and the Bushes love so much!

    She is beyond typical. PLEASE don't buy this women's venom. She plays everyone for idiots.

    May 1, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  22. Katherine

    Can someone explain to me how not cutting the gas tax benefits the oil companies? Doesn't the gas tax go to the government? Aren't economists saying that cutting the gas tax only allows gas companies the opportunity to charge more and thus increase their revenues? Are people really falling for this transparent attempt to win votes. I hope that the American people are smart enough to see through this!

    May 1, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  23. Hillary McCain

    I bet everybody in Congress is so sick of her antics.

    What a fake!

    They'll all hoping that she loses next Tuesday.

    May 1, 2008 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  24. EKC

    Is there no end to her pandering?

    She found her voice in New Hampshire...but that is obviously not true. She cannot figure out where she is from..Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, etc... or whether she wants to sound like Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush.

    She will morph into anything she thinks might win.

    I do not want a chameleon in the White House.

    May 1, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  25. Elizabeth, NC

    Good. Its about time you realize who is not with you. - Majority of congress, and all able bodied, level headed Democrates. Not those goons you have at your net work. Ouch. It must hurt to see your loyal supporters abandon you. And pls stop demanding their proof of residencies only after they decide you are not worth following.

    May 1, 2008 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
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