May 3rd, 2008
09:37 PM ET
14 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)

    Obama may be telling the truth, but he has not, is not and will never do anything to solve problems. He is too busy hoping for a miraculous change.

    May 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. AS

    Obama has been very negatvie lately. He is showing is true color. He did not talk about the merit of the gas tax holiday but personlly attacted Hillary.

    Never vote for Obama

    May 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. angelina st paul mn

    He is right , he is not saying "oh a break for three months," like someone we know is saying.............. just to get our vote that is the big \dfference betyween them

    Obama= honesty no matter what
    clinton= aLIAR no matter what

    cnn her royal media news: clinton news network

    CNN please report on Pau Peter vs. Clinton
    the largest fraoud in our history

    May 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Joyce

    I would think that Obama would be intelligent enough to know that any kind of relief is better than no relief even if it's a small amount. It actually shows that our government does care. I would like to see nothing better than the oil companies to take on some of the burden. Obama is out of touch with the working folks.

    May 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. Obama 08

    Superdelgates today: 4 to 1 for Obama....Still waiting for a headline :"Obama gaining on Clinton in Superdelegate Support"...a gain of over 90 supers since Super Tuesday!!!!

    May 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. zona

    Although it sounds good, it's an idea that won't work. Get real.

    Out with the old; in with the new. Hillary and Bill, please go home and enjoy your life together.

    "Give peace a chance"....Vote Obama, 08

    May 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. nancy

    I would hardly call it "ripped". He commented on it, but ripped into it? Hardly.

    May 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. Jane

    When Barack Obama is sworn in as President of the United States in January, Hillary will still be out campaigning claiming she has 'more of the popular vote." Give me a break.

    May 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Time to move on

    OBAMA thank u for telling the hard truth which will benefit everybody in the long run not the shortsighted ideas to scare up votes
    GO OBAMA 08

    May 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Unfair politics and media

    CNN is treating Obama's campaign unfairly.

    Just look at the headlines they have up. They are trying to drag out rev. wright when everyone is over it. Every headline they have for Obama is always worded negatively, while they are always giving Hillary a pillow.
    As a matter of fact, earlier this year, CNN accomodated HRC quickly when her camp was complaining about being too nice to Obama. It's obvious that they've avoided vetting Clinton this entire primary season.

    Who's paying you off, CNN? or are you just too afraid of Clinton's camp to vet her like you have done Obama?

    May 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |





    May 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. GoHillary

    At least Hillary has a solid idea to start cutting into the price of gas. All BO can do is criticise and be negative.

    Obama is like a sulking schoolboy who didn't get his own way!!!

    May 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. SHEILA


    May 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Yolanda Diaz

    Every little bit helps

    May 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Neutral

    Obama VOTED THREE TIMES for Holiday Gas Tax in Chicago in 2000, now he is AGAINST IT!!! This man is a FLIPFLOPPER!

    May 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  16. Lewis

    Hey Billy, the bus just left without you. If you run, you can still catch it. It's the short one.

    May 3, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. karin

    to me its all smoke and mirrors ; the oil company's run the show the banks who are gov't regulated run the show .how else do you think these theives get away w/ the same old scams or when the establishments money gets low .and then; ka-boom conflict in the world gas prices go up . housing market starts failing etc...... but a bail-out is on the way. the federal saving and loan was a backroom scheme; the scam that was pulled off in the nixon admin. this gov't is worse than the mafia run underworld , this is all a big joke its all maddess. we are doomed to fail . vanity of vanity all is fair; there is nothing new under the sun.

    May 3, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. silence do-good

    Ozombie comment: "shame the devil!" (above)
    Farrakhan: "Hilter was a great man"

    Be afraid of Obama and his friends.

    May 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Neutral

    Obama will SAY ANYTHING when its POLITICALLY EXPEDIENT for him to do so. He VOTED THREE TIMES for Holiday Gas Tax in Chicago in 2000, that is a PUBLIC RECORD!

    This man is a FLIPFLOPPER!!!

    May 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. old Daddy

    This guy only understands Rev Wright' style.

    C'mon Senator, whatz the problem if we can save some pennies ??

    May 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. James

    She is only trying to give people a little relief. People who have to drive more and truckers will feel much more relief.
    She has NEVER said this was the fix but only temporary relief.
    She has ALWAYS said long term plans are needed and has proposed such.

    May 3, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. Nelson Masha

    I personally think that all this McCain and Hillary clinton's summer gas thing is all but gimmicks_full of hotair. Voters pretty know that Hillary is trying to get a way to win the left primaries and not anything substance to solve the gas hike problem; American people know that, there are not such stupid to be wiped the nose by the baby nappies. And the truth is no matter what she bluff this time, it wont work; this time we have a choice; a choice that is honest with the voters, a choice that talks what he can do, and do what he talks, and that choice is BARACK OBAMA.

    I hope all the prospective voters, who are getting this very slow can now get the reality based on the challenges that America is facing today.

    May 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. TXbyrd

    Forget that this ends up being a few dollars. Forget that economists have roundly derided this suggestion.

    Let's stick to the basics.

    Exactly how are McCain and Clinton going to give you a tax-break this summer? Last I looked, the election is in, ummmm, November. And last I heard, this is not something that can be done by the President with some kind of royal decree.

    If this works, voters are dumb

    This insulting idea on the part of Clinton/McCain is the best thing to happen for Obama in weeks. Thankfully, he is using it.
    May the voters of Indiana and NC prove that, as Obama said today, that McCain/Clinton have truly insulted your intelligence

    May 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. IN Voter

    Hillary's latest tactic is to just bribe people from the Treasury now. She also promised the people of Guam reparations from the US government for what the Japanese did there during World War II. Good to see the people of Guam aren't buying it, and we in Indiana won't be bribed with $20 for the summer!


    May 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. joaquin

    I love hearing Hillary say she wanted the oil companies to pay our gas taxes this summer. Great. Can she get someone to pay our sales taxes too? Will the tobacco companies pay the cigarette taxes? She's pandering to the uneducated white North Carolinians. Why no "pie in the sky" promises for the tobacco consumers?
    I pray the voters will see through her hype. Obama is our only chance out of this mess. He may not be perfect but he's honorable and will only get better. Please North Carolina and Indiana. End this nightmare and send the former first lady back to New York where she can still be a fine senator.

    May 3, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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