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. Jane, NC

    Sen. Clinton's proposal to give Americans a temporary break from the federal gas tax is a good idea, as is her proposal for paying for it with a tax on oil company profits. She, of course, proposes long-term sollutions as well, such as promoting alternative energy. Meanwhile, Sen. Obama prefers to sit idly by do nothing, referring to her solution as identical to McCain's and as "pandering." Sen. McCain's proposal for temporary relief differs from Sen. Clinton's in that he suggests no means of paying for it. (Not to mention the fact that he smiles condescendingly as he asks, "Why not give 'em a chance to eat a good meal out with their kids, take a little vacation."

    May 1, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. Nick - Arlington, VA

    YAWN......pander pander pander pander............YAWN

    May 1, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. shawn

    With all do respect Hillary, I don't think that the GOP is turning into Democrats. I think in your effort to say or do anything to get elected your starting to sound and act like the GOP. Good, if thats what you want then do us all a favor and make the switch and take slick willy with you. Maybe, you and your new friends like Rush, Bill and the whole right wing nut jobs and sit down and talk about the good ole days.

    May 1, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. sacto joe

    Clinton is pandering to the public. The truth is, there are no simple answers to this problem. 18 cents on the gallon (the total fed tax) is peanuts!

    I'm tired of watching people drive Hummers at 70 mph!

    We need a national gas card that prices gas on the basis of your income and rations it on the basis of your need!

    May 1, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. Lonnie just telling the truth

    Never mind, she's not worth it.

    May 1, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  6. mario

    she must tell superdelegates the same , becausse they are calculating and this is not good , now everyone see that Hillary is onlly candidate which can beat mccain, go hillary , croatia is with you

    May 1, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. greenfun

    She will be an extraordinary President who will be effective in Washington.
    Someone with the experience, work ethic and intellect to get things accomplished.

    May 1, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  8. Kevin in DC

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for division!

    Come on, get real. Just because people don't agree with your stupid tax plan doesn't mean people are "against hard working Americans." What a ridiculous statement.

    People are against your tax plan because it doesn't make any economic sense!

    May 1, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  9. Rich

    Guess the story that most of the superdel's in congress aren't going her way is true. Otherwise why would she go after them like that.

    I guess it only shows that she leads by being a bully, no wonder she thinks republicans like her so much. She fits in with them perfectly. Guess it is her old upbringing as a Republican coming back to her.

    May 1, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  10. Jack in ND

    I love it.

    Congress...give her your answer to her stupid proposal, superdelegate style!

    May 1, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Shaz

    Wow, she has gone to a new low – using W's "you're with us or against us" crap. If that isn't divisive, I don't know what is. She's such a pandering hypocrite. She will never get my vote.

    May 1, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  12. RP

    Hillary is completely losing it. Does she not understand that the primaries are over and the only option for her is to get the superdelegates to override the pledged delegate count? Grandstanding and posturing to members of Congress is hurting her chances with superdelegates. This is political suicide over an issue that she should just let go, since neither the experts nor the people think this gas tax holiday is a smart idea (Bloomberg calls it the dumbest thing he's heard in a long time).

    May 1, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. DAN

    With all the profits the oil companies are making I think Hillary's right. It took 100 years to get to 25 dollars a barrel and it took 2 terms under Bush to go up to 120 dollars a barrel, they've made plenty and to think that they receive subsidies is mind bogling. Let them pay a tax on their humongus profits and lower the price of gas at the pump.

    May 1, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  14. FK Hitlery

    Hitlerly is going to win. It is now inevitable. She is the chosen one by GOD himself. If is GOD's word and will that she will fulfill her destiny as the next President of the USA. Her entitlement is bestowed to her by GOD himself. Obama will lose and nobody including him and McCain can do anything about it.

    May 1, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. Pat, Indiana

    Hillary supports (those that are Democrats),
    You must be really proud of your candidate!

    Read the article on huffingtonpost: Hillary Aid uses former right-wing foes to attack Obama.

    As a past, fierce supporter of Pres Clinton, it saddens me to see how low Hillary is willing to stoop for her own personal gain (and our country's loss).

    Our country needs a leader right now and that leader is Barack!

    Obama '08

    May 1, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. Jack in ND

    “"some members of my family who’ve decided to do the wrong thing.”"

    Not from where I'm standing...

    May 1, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  17. LaLa in KCMO

    It's amazing when you read the comments on some of these articles. Some Americans are really stupid. Yes, I said it. Some Americans are really stupid.

    Read some of the stupid remarks from people in the previous article. Obama is reading the Top 10 List on Letterman. LETTERMAN – it's suppose to be funny and people are taking his top ten reading as indication of his presidency.

    Americans, wake up. IT'S A JOKE.

    Not only that – Americans need to wake up that Hillary Clinton is the single most dangerous person in modern political history. She will destroy this country, she has no regard for the Constitution and if she had it her way, the US would be a total and complete social democracy.

    American need to learn about the history of their country. That's a tall order, most don't remember 9/11.

    (C'mon, hit me with your best shot, all those who are shocked and outraged by my comments. Just don't be "bitter" because that would be, well, unpatriotic.)

    Obama 2008 and 2012
    Yes We Can. Just watch us. 🙂

    May 1, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. Franky

    "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."

    No offense but even a 5 year old will cross aisle after what has happen in the last 7+ years. All I wanna say if Hillary wants to call out Congress, then she should also show up for the ceremony because quite frankly, she also has been around. So, to say that your either against us or with us is really a question of proportions and variables. No offense but if we have to blame Congress, then is also fair to blame Hillary and Senator McCain.......all I'm saying is if they made the right decisions, then they shouldn't worry about the past because everyone knows that in order to make an ending, you also need a beginning......I mean, that's how life is, right? Is always easy to look into the future even though our past is what makes it.....

    May 1, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. Snipers don't miss

    more and more like Bush, everyday.

    May 1, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  20. Deborah

    Stop the Sniper Fire!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  21. Sounds like Bush!

    So if you don't agree with me you are against me! Is that what she is saying? Economists do not agree with her that this is a solution(short term or long term) but then what do these experts know. HRCs' expert opinion about all issues and her solutions are the only way that anything should be done. Haven't we had enough of that same attitude in the White House. She lies like Bush and is closed minded like Bush, and she chuckles like Bush, She is disgusting...this is the future of America and it is not funny!

    May 1, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  22. Lana, California

    First, it's hawkish support for Bush's Blunder in Iraq and being equally unrepentant for that vote.

    After that, voting for Kyl-Lieberman.

    Then, it's "obliterate" Iran.

    Now, it's "you're either with us or against us".

    What exactly is this crazy woman trying to do....out McCain, McCain?

    Say hello to the real Bush protege: Hillary Clinton

    Obama 08/12

    May 1, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. mario

    stop drama no to obama 🙂

    May 1, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. Jim T

    people with sense and knowledge are are turning on you and goin up against you clinton

    May 1, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. Susie

    Well, if you're giving me an ultimatum, Hillary ... then I'M AGAINST YOU.

    Obama 2008
    Yes We Can! Whoo hoo!

    He's gonna get the nomination! And sorry to say to everyone who doubted it, the world is going to be a better place because of it!

    You can do it Obama – we love you!

    May 1, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
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