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. Isaac

    Airborne, is it? Is that really all you could come up with? This is why I really am starting to dislike Obama's supporters. And we Hillary supporters are supposed to be the uneducated ones!

    May 1, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  2. David, Kentucky

    I am going to be interested in seeing how Hillary's fellow congressmen react to her putting them out there on front street with her challenge, quote "“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.

    She is trying to draw them in on her and McCain's lame brain political gimmick that all the economic experts have said is impractical and goes against the simplist rule of economics. Somehow I don't think the other members of Congress will appreciate her for it. Watch the superdelegates start shifting now to get her out before she starts costing them votes in their own reelection campaigns.

    May 1, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |

    HILLARY is desperate and wants to driva all americans blind. I'm with OBAMA 100%, he speaks the thruthAMERICA, wake up

    May 1, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  4. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Hilllary and John's attempt to help Americans is a big joke!

    What we will save over three months is about one-half of a tankfull of gas. Is this not pandering?

    Come on, people, think about it!

    May 1, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  5. shoreh

    Another fact to dump the clintons. They are viciously corrupted and they are the worst thing for America. They are selfish, power hungry, cheap, new money and very very harmful. I wish people wake up and see that all Hillary does is to get dressed up everyday with a new expensive ( Ok I know they are tacki – she has no taste ) but expensive and then she says she knows how people feel>>> CRAP CRAP CRAP. She has no clue!!!

    She is insulting America's intelligence.

    May 1, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  6. NO Obambi

    nothing has been proven and it will be no good to any politician running to chat about campaign financing....

    or where people get their money to buy their homes, what planes they are flying, or what they gave to their millionaire reverend....

    May 1, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    This is SO Over...

    Hillary can Win every Primary left.. All 8 or 9 of them and still not have enough delegates..
    But.. she Cannot win them by 40% anywhere.. So?

    Obama should just go Golfing with Tiger Woods and check back in come November.

    Hillary-Huckabee- same fate at a different rate.

    May 1, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  8. Robb, New York

    Another president attacking Congress rather than working with it. This strategy hasn't worked for 16 years, and it won't work for the next 16 years. All Bush and Clinton offer is war, war, war, lies, lies, lies, attack, attack, attack, bully, bully, bully and bad ideas, worse ideas and more than worse ideas. Democrats, can't you see this? I thought the object was to win the White House and change America, rather than just win the White House. Nothing will change if Hillary gets to the White House. Everything will be the same, if not get worse because she'll alienate everybody the way Bush has alienated everybody. And all the damage inflicted by Bush that will be unresolved will just fester and get bad enough that it'll cripple us. There needs to be a change, a big change, that will truly alter our course as a nation. We're on the road to ruin in a runaway car, and Hillary would just be a different driver, not one who can get this vehicle back on the right path. Wake up, Democrats. We want to move forward, don't we?

    May 1, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  9. Patricia

    Won't happen this summer. Just a political ploy.

    I just read the article on Blumenthal and how he is the person who has been feeding information to newspapers, cable tv and the web against Obama. He gives them information against him that is based most of the time of flimsy or false information. He is the one who tries to keep the Wright and Ayers names alive in the news.

    This is pathetic. This will get out there and hurt the Cllinton campaign. You can't intentionally diss someone over and over and not have it come back to slap you in the face.

    May 1, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. Jody

    To the high party officials of the Democratic party I would like to say that I beg you to nominate Senator Obama as the party candidate. As a conservative, I just can't see myself voting for Sen. Clinton...mainly because of the baggage she brings and the fact that I WOULD LIKE A FRESH FACE to vote for. OBAMA is a trendsetter and a new voice for people like me-the independent mind. I want the chance to vote for Senator Obama!

    May 1, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  11. military man

    Let 's tell the would about the clinton court case put it on your blogs

    May 1, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  12. KMKY

    Diction, in this instance, is not analogous, Mr. Marquardt.

    And, please, anon., and "OBAMA SUPPORTERS," recognize that Paul vs. Clinton is nonsense (1. it's Paul vs. Bill Clinton, not Hillary; 2. Paul is persona non grata in Cuba, Brazil, and Canada; 3. Paul is awaiting sentencing from the US federal government; 4. it's tiresome to repeat these facts–please just use simple search features to find out about the case–even, as much as I don't want to admit it, in this case, Wikipedia is an acceptable source.)

    May 1, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  13. 71Lucas

    You know? McCain and Hillary are so generous in their thinkiing! Wow, 18 to 24 cents off the price of a gallon of gas. At the most that would equate to approximately $40 if you buy gas once a week at $75 a tank for three months. Now "ain't that special?" That won't even buy a tank of a gas in a V6 SUV. I know because I have one. I hope the voters don't fall for this bull because it is "just politics as usual". Senator Obama is showing more and more that he is not the wimp Hillary and McCain try to make the voters think he is. He is taking a hard stance that may be unpopular because America's drivers are tired of this rape by the gas companies.But giving a reprieve for three months is nothing more thatn a band aid on a festering sore. The people on the hill (White House and lobbiest gift receivers) know the gas companies are gouging our pockets, but so what? They can buy their gas with the money they get from the gas companies. If you want a chance to turn this around, you'd better start by puting Senator Obama in the White House.

    May 1, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  14. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    Bo.. Just Bush off yah shoulders.

    May 1, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  15. mariam gul

    i feel very very sorry for obama. he was a shinning star which the clintos and the cnn people took a big campain to let him fall from top to bottom. but he will win at the end . hillary will loose and never come back.

    May 1, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  16. Sherri

    This incredibly short sighted gas tax holiday idea is "feel good" politics at its worst. It will only save about $28 per family over the entire summer, and put road construction/repair workers out of jobs. 7,000 jobs could be lost in North Carolina alone. This does not solve the problem. It puts a tiny band aid on the issue and simply creates more problems. Both Clinton and McCain support it. It is election year pandering and they should be ashamed of themselves. Americans need real solutions. This is very poor policy and extremely poor judgment.

    May 1, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  17. Gabriel

    CNN – the best political team?
    how about dictatorship

    its ok!
    i know this wont get posted rather the puppet monitor has to read it!!!

    Stupid people and you wonder why your company is not successful!!!

    May 1, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  18. Jason Means

    Well... I haven't had a good laugh all day – until now. Reaching across party lines...? Give me a break. Just more of the same b.s. and political maneuvering one would come to expect from a Clinton.

    May 1, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  19. Dallas

    Oh you Obama people be nice. Hillary is GREAT. Glad to hear that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is with her.

    May 1, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  20. Elizabeth, NC

    Watch out Hillary. I wouldn't be too trusting and fickle minded. Robert Kennedy Jr will probably be endorsing Obama next, right after introducing you your not so trusting supporters. Isn't that what Joe Andrew did. Oouch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  21. Lizz

    If Barack Obama were white, Hilliary Clinton would not be in this race. The fact that she is still in says that she is like many others who will not support a black man for the presidency. She is motivated now as she always has been by the desire for power. She and her husband are willing to do or say anything that will show to all their true feelings about black people and the desire for her to win. Since she so quickly quoted Ronald Reagan, she would like to imitate him in showing that one can win the presidency and write off the black vote. I will not vote for Hilliary or John.

    May 1, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  22. fran

    At least she' fighting for some kind of relief from the high gas prices. Someone said it will only put a few dollars your pocket, well for some people a few dollars can put much needed food on the table for their family. That is Obama's problem, he has lost touch with the working people. I guess his supporters feel a few dollars can only buy one cup of espresso, so why bother.

    May 1, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  23. hillary 08:

    yeah, and peter paul is the word of truth?????? please!

    i gave a ton to hillary's campaign and i'm not expecting Bill to come work for me.......

    whahhh whahhh whahhh.....

    stop the drama-obamanites.

    May 1, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  24. Walt, Belton,TX

    I would ask a different question. Are you freedom loving Americans willing to put your boots on with both hands, get your hands dirty if necessary and do a little bit of hard work? Well, if you are, then I would join hands with John McCain for a return to American values and tell Hillary and her socialistic friends to back off and find some place like Mexico to reside in. We're still the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    May 1, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  25. Jay

    ...that's fine Hillary, but Barrack isn't a supporter of big oil.
    Once again, she'll say and do anything to get elected.

    Bill Clinton was such a major supporter of globalization and outsourcing, and he did nothing to stop big oil. It's because of him that many blue collar workers lost their jobs. I love how Hillary tries to protray herself as the opposite, when they obviously have similar politics and will be consulting eachother. Some may say that isn't fair to Hillary, but it's the truth... and it's more relevant to the issues than the dirty personal attacks and lies that she's been aiming at Obama.

    May 1, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
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