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. Chuck, Oregonians for Obama

    If this was going to save me any money I would be all over it. But when I can count on saving $9.29 every two weeks, you have to be kidding me. This is nothing when compared to what I am paying.

    May 1, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. KT

    As you see Hillary is another Bush in office with are you with me or against me foolissness. That's why we would get nowhere with her in office. All the super"D"s should see this.

    May 1, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  3. alice2

    why does Hillary Clinton get by with this!!!??? Paul v Clinton. I am so sick of Clinton's getting by with their DISHONESTY, LIES, CORRUPTNESS, & it goes Unnoticed & unmentioned by the press. The way they go after Obama on Rev Wright & EVERYTHING, EVERY WORD just hoping & praying for him to make a mistake or even just use some defferent phraseology he has to explain over & over again & again, while this (Paul v Clinton) goes virtually unmentioned. Makes you wonder what exactly is going on in our country. I wish someone in the press would have to cover this & make it known public.

    May 1, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. Cathy

    you obama supporters are idiots.

    May 1, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  5. former democrat

    I think that someone needs to address the idiocy of many of the Clinton supportors on some of the other stories who say that they can't support Obama because he can't win in November, so then turn around and say that is why they are going to vote for McCain. The complete lack of logic seems achingly similar to Hillary Clinton's lack of logic that puts her ahead in the pop vote and explains how she came up with this ridiculous pandering to the people gas tax suspension plan. The unfortunate thing is that her supports are also strangers to logic and common sense, if they really go along with this, if not. I'd like to know where their prejudice really comes from.

    May 1, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. Tom

    This is why:
    The coverage of this whole election by all media has been a total disgrace to this country. We should all stop at look at this. Let’s help the media analyze how to bring someone down, then after they try to set the record straight, let’s analyze how he did not do enough. Most of you don't know that large corporations own the media yes the ones that are shipping jobs overseas, and yes the ones that Clinton and McCain has ties with even deeper than Obama could ever have with his pastor . Just watch after every Rev Wright loop what you watch you get a Drug commercial. The person that does not owe them anything is Obama. So they are paying for this kind of news coverage. Reallyy take a look at this because it is as plain as day. Because now you’re talking money, do you think for one minute the corporations as well as our government which is a branch of corporate American (since they no longer work for us), wants somebody to change anything in Washington. What makes you think that the talking points don't come to these media talking heads on a little sheet of paper from guess who. Wake up people your barking up the wrong tree. Most of you should know this by now. I bet most off you don't even know what the issues facing this country are anymore. You’re too tied up in the media spin. And to prove my point when was the last time you listen to Sean Hannity or watch Fox news, they do not discuss real issues CNN is a little better but the are really close to becoming a second FOX network . Why, to keep you from knowing what is really happing so you vote on an emotion rather than what is good for this country. Let me put another way. Over the last thirty years what good really has come out of Washington for the average worker, NAFTA, Bankruptcy, Energy Policy, healthcare, deficit, you would have to dig really deep to find something. Point being, all those media types and analyst up there peddling their books and offering clear debate on issues rarely talk about what this country needs. Where did most of them come from you guessed it Washington. The mother of the corporate world.

    May 1, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  7. phillykat

    Several experts have already weighed in on this issue and agree with Barack in that it's a quick fix and amounts to pandering. That's why she has so many folks defecting from her to the Obama camp. There are times when even some 'players' tire of the games. We need real change.


    May 1, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. Timothy B. Robinson

    Clutch at those straws, 'anon', CLUTCH CLUTCH CLUTCH!

    May 1, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  9. Dave Spicer, Asheville NC

    More pandering by someone who is addicted to power and wants back into the White House in the worst way. A sound-bite, talk-radio nonsolution that sounds reasonable on the surface but falls flat on its face when examined.

    You want to save money on gas, and send less money to, for example, the home of most of the 9/11 hijackers (Saudi Arabia)? Drive slower. Set your cruise control at 60. You'll still get there.

    May 1, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. Kitchen Sink politics

    PAUL VS CLINTON- CNN why are you not reporting on this story...what Rezko story was news but not this?

    ALEXANDER MARQUARDT- Here is your shot at the anchor desk....well maybe mornings...start a story on this....please! Obama supporters are networking on this website we are spreading the word on something people in Indiana and North Carolina should know before they vote. Fair is fair!

    May 1, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  11. Cathy

    HILLARY cut obama,s lead in NC down to 7 points.GO HILLARY DOWN obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  12. T. Riley

    This is also the same thing that she would hock to the American people,
    just like Bush.

    May 1, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  13. Mani


    May 1, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  14. Char

    Sorry Hillary, we are against you.

    May 1, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  15. Pennsylvania Voter

    "with us or against us...."

    not only does she take the Republican's tactics, but she takes their OWN WORDS! Wow.


    She certainly does have testicular fortitude, just not in the way she claims to.

    May 1, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. Joe

    The gas tax will save me only 30 bucks, wow, thanks US gov!!! This will go a long way!!!! Way to be a go-getter Hillary, this will dramatically help our economy and the gas prices for years to come!!

    May 1, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  17. Yes we can!

    Are you serious? "you're either with us or against us"!!!!!!

    NC and IN it's your can finally shut this whole circus down, so we can unite and prepare for the general election. I'm an Obama supporter and hope Tuesday will be the day that he declares total victory. This country doesn't need someone tough and fighting in the white house. That's the problem now, all these egos declaring they will fight for you. We dont need anyone to fight for us. We need uniting because we have been through so much these past 15 months. This country need some serious healing.

    May 1, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. kathy




    May 1, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  19. bernj

    The Cackle Queen certainly does appeal to those who are a bit less bright. Anyone who falls for this gas tax scam will probably support her anyway. She is playing the same game on the same folks (us) that she and politicians like her have been playing for decades.

    May 1, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  20. Army Wife

    hillary=G. Bush The Third

    May 1, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  21. Bronx Latina

    People are starting to see who Obama really is...and they don't like the opportunistic person he is.

    Even his pastor/friend/mentor knows that he is lying.

    Obama, needed a church and a power base to do his job in Chicago...he got his power in Chicago, but now he doesn't need his spiritual guide...he has political advisors.

    Just like he threw his grandmother under the bus calling her a racist (she's just white...they are bred that way) and now he is disavowing 'those statements'
    Which ones?

    Political expediency. You portrayed yourself as a new brand of politician...but you aren't. The only thing that you were was 'new' not bluestate/redstate and all that jazz, but, in reality, you are dark blue state. Solid politician, chicago-style, with all of the Rezko Wright Kenya bias and corruption.

    Without the 'fresh face' you are just a politician, and as a politician, you are the most liberal senator in DC, you have no experience and your wife hates America.

    next...why Obama needs to drop out so that Hillary can heal the DNC...

    May 1, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. Julie

    Major LA newspaper headline, Obama involved with money laundering? Obamas camp has hired lawyers for lawsuit involving drugs and sex in Sinclair scandal. Rezko trial may be only the tip of the iceberg re; unlawful corrupt chicago politicians, the list keeps growing.

    May 1, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  23. Paula

    Sen. Clinton, we're all looking forward to getting rid of George Bush. We're not really interested in putting a Bush wannabe back in the WH. You lie like Bush, are going to give orders to the military without their input (remember that PA debate), going to obliterate Iran, and now you're either with us or against us. That garbage did work out so well for Bush-he pretty much destroyed the country. Do you really think we're stupid enough to do a Bush 2 with the likes of you?

    May 1, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  24. Yes we can!


    May 1, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  25. Houston

    Oh're in idiot. Going after the oil companies is not the answer. Pathetic.

    May 1, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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