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

    Thank you for the post Anon. It was very informative to learn about the negative history of the Clintons. I'm sure there are alots more bad things they have done.


    May 1, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  2. KnorKnor

    Clintons again in a fraud case.
    Wake up people are the Clintons the people you trust?
    3.00 AM : deposit some money for my campaign.
    Clintons don't care for your welbeing they want power.
    Obama is honest and you are not used to that kind of people.
    With his charisma he is able to reunite all parties.

    May 1, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. Grant

    I think she will get her answer very fast tomorrow and she is going not to like she setting up to run as an Independent?

    Nancy Pelosi made it very clear today, they are AGAINST!

    Sen Clinton has turned into a renegade, she is now calling out her own party, this is not going to sit well....She knows that winning is near impossible. The DNC is going to put an end to this in a hurry, it is pure scorched earth now for the Clintons..This is pandering at a level we have not seen..the policy makes no sense, just a gimmick everybody knows that, the gas tax goes directly to infrastructure, there is no savings, steal from Peter to pay Paul, and we all know that you have to pay a fine when you steal from Peter, higher taxes! Now she is the Anti establishment candidate? PPPPPPlease

    I bet she goes as an Independent, she is hell bent on power

    Kudos CNN, FINALLY we are getting to issues, bravo

    May 1, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  4. jeff

    Geeeez....Now she's stealing George W's lines! (and Obamas!).

    May 1, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  5. Matt

    Sounds like something Bush would say. She's quite the bully.

    May 1, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. Madtown

    Yes Hillary call 'em out!! You are digging your own grave! Even Harry Reid, Majority Leader (D), came out against it today! Everyone knows it's a total farse. By all means, keep diggin'!

    May 1, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  7. Amy OFlaherty Reno, NV

    Hillbilly's at it again.....bully, bully, bully,bully.

    Look up Paul vs Clinton. Do it, do it, do it, do it. The Clintons are crooks!!!!

    May 1, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  8. Workman3344

    Better than that we need to make it known that Clinton is not vetted and we are tired of holding our words! What about the volunteer in her campaign that was stolen from by the campaign??? They charged her credit card over the maximum allowed for a donor to give!

    We raised over $20,000 in less than 24 hours to support the Super Delegate who got flack from siding with Obama, just think what all of us can do if the nomination is stolen. United we are a force. We are black, white, brown and yellow. We are young, old and middle-aged. We are woman and men who are supporting the candidate who is changing how we feel and showing us hope is not lost if we work together!

    Super Delegates must act now. Hillary's destructive vindetta against Obama and the party must end. Obama has done more for the party with this campaign than anyone in history. Will you, SD, just toss out all the new members who are giving so generously to the campaign? Will you just cast aside the people who have recognized this could be our time to change the pitiful state the US is in? Would you cast aside the black voters who have stood beside you through the years?

    Do the math and tell me who the majority want.

    Obama '08

    May 1, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  9. king from toronto

    i gree with anon.time enough tha"media" start talking about hillar's's bin a bit one sided.obama 09

    May 1, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  10. Sara

    The Clintons can't be trusted. Hillary is dishonest. What a disaster for our country if Obama doesn't win the Democratic nomination. I believe the Clintons will pull every trick in the book to get the nomination. If so, we will definitely have another 4 years of the Bush Administration. The Republicans definitely want her as their opponent because they know she cannot beat John McCain, who I think is dumber than Bush if that's possible.

    May 1, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  11. frank

    Hillary's campaign sounds more like Bush/Chaney/Rove with everything she says and does.

    May 1, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  12. Nick / Minneapolis

    Only the Sith deal in absolutes.

    May 1, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  13. Karena

    With all due respect , refrain from spreading untruthful rhetoric aimed at Hillary Clinton. You must be hard pressed to come up with this drivel.
    Obama supporters are mean spirited and say and do anything to insult Hillary Clinton.
    Let the candidates focus on issues and may the better one win,

    May 1, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  14. Dgordon

    So, Clinton and McCain are offering me about $25.00 over three months as a "tax holiday"? How about you use it to buy me what ever it is you've been smoking. I am now spending $25.00 more in gas in 4 days so your 18 cents a gallon is not going to help me out much. Can you stop talking and start thinking please?

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

    I thought Hillary was claiming to be the real uniter. Well, all I see is the old us or them verbage.

    May 1, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  16. Obitme

    Anon– You really need to get a life. What are you and all the OBAMANACS going to do when Obama loses. Maybe ya'll can start a dating club. Nah, you people shouldn't procreate. It's funny how ya'll whin about Clinton ruining the party. It seems you "OBAMANACS" are doing your fair share.

    May 1, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  17. Adam, Los Angeles

    Ummm, call me crazy, but i think that giving another tax break to oil companies is siding with them and not the "hard-pressed Americans"

    And this "with us or against us" mentality is what us "hard-pressed Americans" are sick and tired of! ENOUGH WITH THE POLITICAL GAMES; SOLVE SOME REAL PROBLEMS!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  18. pedro juarez

    you know it's funny how when Obama loses a primary his campaign and his supporters go negative.It's easy to bash Sen. Clinton's record, because she has a record while Obama doesn't.You want to report onthis fraud case, how about the RESKO case,or within a months span Sen. Obama stops wearing a us flag lapel pin,than his wife makes the "For the first time in my life I'm proud to be an american" comment, than the whole Rev. Wright stuff.Sen. Obama has a lot of skeletons in his closet that know one knows about.The Republicans will tear him up with when they find those skeletons,and the poor Obama stuff wont matter because the will just report what they want on FOX NEWS.Sen. Clinton is the best candidate for this because what else do you have on her that anyone else hasn't reported.Sen Obama can't knock her what makes you think the Republicans HILLARY SUPPORTER "YES SHE CAN"

    May 1, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  19. Beverly

    We are with Obama and so are the superdelegates; he raised the most money since he has the most supporters. He is the front runner who may be in a slump now; but there will be no more arugula, Rev Wright, big states controversy, Bill Ayer, Muslims, false holiday tax et al.

    If you google the Hillary Project (lastest updatets) and you tube com / watch? V=e-MzByUHIzw & feature =email; then even the dumbest person on the globe should be with Obama.

    Like Hillary said screw them; just words.

    May 1, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  20. Fran Martin

    Clinton's glittery, fraudulent populist proposal will will explode in her face. Removing the tax will only open the way for the oil companies to raise the price of gas. Presumably, she intends to restore the tax after the summer, but with big oil roll back its increase? They are already behind this proposal, and laughing all the way to the bank. It is Clinton who favors oil company profit above true relief for cash strapped Americans.

    May 1, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. Mike J

    Everyone with any degree of economic sense is saying that this is a bad idea but she's still peddling it just to get votes, it's just sad.

    No she's doing all this grandstanding, you're either with us or against or she'll obliterate Iran, she's just getting desperate.

    May 1, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. Cody S. - Montgomery, AL

    How would opposing a suspension of the gas tax be "standing with big oil"?

    If anything it will drive demand and put even more money in the pockets of these corporations. Suspending the gas tax will do jack squat to help average Americans.

    Hillary Clinton is preying on those too ignorant to know the basics of economics by fooling them into thinking they will be saving big bucks.

    Why not tell people to carpool, use public transportation, or just take a walk? Those are real long-term solutions: reduction in demand.

    May 1, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. Ed

    As a US Senator, HRC has the ability to sponsor a bill to build more gasoline refineries and additional oil drilling here is USA today. She could do this today! If she wanted to.... But no......

    May 1, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  24. The truth

    I don't know why people can sit and listen to Hillary tell anything about her past and not think she is lying. The Clinton's made over 10 million a year, how can she relate to any common american.

    Go OBAMA!

    May 1, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  25. Truth to Power


    why aren't you reporting this CNN?????
    where is the media on this???

    May 1, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
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