May 3rd, 2008
09:37 PM ET
13 years ago

Spurred by gas tax debate, Clinton goes on offensive

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Hillary Clinton stumps in a pickup truck in North Carolina, Saturday."]
GASTONIA, North Carolina (CNN) - Three days before the North Carolina and Indiana primaries, Hillary Clinton laid out the differences between herself and Barack Obama, attacking his voting record and his rejection of her proposed "gas tax holiday."

"I understand my opponent disagrees with me, he doesn't want to give you a gas holiday, he doesn't want to go after the oil companies. He wouldn't vote against them with the 2005 Dick Cheney energy bill and I did," Clinton told supporters.

"Sen. Clinton's been using this issue to make the argument that I'm somehow out of touch," Obama said earlier Saturday at a rally in Indianapolis. "Only in Washington can you get away with calling someone out of touch when you're the one who thinks that thirty cents a day is enough to help people who are struggling in this economy."

Obama has seized on the issue, pointing to analysts who say the legislation to tax oil companies' record profits is flawed. They argue that it would either have little impact or it would have a negative effect by either causing drivers to drive more or oil companies to
simply raise their prices.

Obama also made fun of the questions surrounding Clinton's plan, saying she could only find an oil lobbyist to go out and support it.

"The Obama campaign must be bitter about sliding in the polls and is clinging to these gas tax attacks out of frustration," Clinton spokesman Doug Hattaway responded.

Clinton said that her biggest difference with Obama is over health care, arguing that his plan isn't universal and leaves 15 million people uncovered. She also took him to task for not supporting her efforts to place a moratorium on home foreclosures.

"We've seen this from him before," Clinton said in Moorseville, North Carolina, about the candidates' division over the gas tax legislation, "instead of attacking the problem, he attacks my solutions."

soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. JFH IN NC

    If you'll listen and read Sen. Clinton's positions, the gas tax moritorium is only a small part that includes a comprehensive Energy policy.

    That's not anything CNN would want to point out. Just they don't want to point out the lack of understanding of the Electoral College system
    the Obama supporters seem to have.

    May 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Mae

    James, she has no support for this in Congress and she is not the President. She can't do anything.
    This is totally stupid.
    And now she can't back out because she would have to admit it was stupid.

    May 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. More gas consumption???

    Some of Obama supporters said lower tax would lead to higher demand and higher price. They are out of touch! With inflation and the sluggish economy, people are struggling financially. Our family and I guess million of other people are desperate to make end's meet this summer. What in the hell do you think we will use more gas this summer if we get a little bit tax relief?

    Obama = out of touch + no solutions + a lot of speeches and oppositions.

    May 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Mr. Los Angeles

    Finally, a debate on real issues!

    May 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. AudacitytoBelievethis____

    Senator Clinton's plan IS 'calculated'.

    The thing that I can NOT GRASP is how clear and obvious this is but people are still eating it up! I used to think the American people were smarter than this. It does not take a college degree to figure this whole thing out so even the so-called 'Reagan Democrats' or Blue Collar voters should see this. ARE YOU PEOPLE BRAINWASHED OR WHAT?!?!?

    I am going for the candidate with integrity and the ability to give it to us straight - OBAMA 08

    GA Voter

    May 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Ohh No!!

    Fine we get a gas tax holiday for a WHILE. The price will steadily go up for three months to over $4.00 with out the tax, THEN BAMMM. The tax gets put back just when our kids have to go back to school. We could be paying $5.00 a gallon by that time.

    Is our current president in hiding or something?


    Then what will she say "indeed I did have....", "WMD's cause it" or "Sorry that was Bill idea".

    May 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. zona

    Ken from Michigan-I, too, wonder about the Paul scandal and WHY it hasn't been more publicized. IF people would look THAT one up on google, they would see what America is headed for if Clinton wins.

    I DO NOT understand how people can be behind a woman who has such a difficult time telling the truth. Is it that many Americans would rather have the security of something they THINK they know, rather than take a chance on someone new and alive with brilliant ideas? Are people afraid of change? Set outside the box, people. Vote Obama.

    Give peace a Obama, 08

    May 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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