May 4th, 2008
12:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Clinton: I'm not listening to economists on gas tax holiday

 Clinton  continues to push for a gas tax holiday.

Clinton continues to push for a gas tax holiday.

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (CNN) - In the face of criticism from a slate of economists who say her gas tax holiday plan would be ineffective or even harmful, Hillary Clinton said she wasn’t taking stock of their opinions and emphasized that this was a short-term fix that would primarily benefit long-distance drivers.

“I’m not going to put my lot in with economists,” Clinton told George Stephanopolous on ABC’s ‘This Week’ after he asked her to name a single economist supporting her plan. “If we actually did it right, if we had a president who used all the tools of the presidency, we would design it in such a way that it would be implemented effectively.”

Clinton said she didn’t understand the resistance her plan is getting since its intention is to provide relief.

“On so many of these issues where costs have gone up, where people are really feeling squeezed, there just doesn’t seem to be an understanding about what people go through,” Clinton told Stephanopolous.

The debate over Clinton and McCain’s different pieces of legislation to remove the gas tax this summer reached a fever pitch this week with Barack Obama leading the charge to reject it, saying Saturday, “This is what passes for leadership in Washington – phony ideas, calculated to win elections instead of actually solving problems.”

“It’s a misnomer to say this is all that I’m doing,” Clinton defended herself, “I have a comprehensive long-term energy plan that would go right at dependence on foreign oil.”

Clinton has been arguing that it’s not only about the money saved but the message it sends. “I really believe we’ve got to start right now, demonstrating a willingness to take on these oil companies,” she argued to Stephanopolous.

– CNN Political Producer Alexander Marquardt

soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Todd

    Let me get this straight: Hillary Clinton says she is not going to listen to the economic experts. Sounds like another example of her stellar judgment–wrong on the Iraq war, wrong on the bankruptcy bill, wrong on the gas tax, running a deficit campaign . . . someone explain to me why people think she has good judgment! The facts don't bear this out.

    May 4, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. Chris from San Antonio

    Just like Bush doesn't put a lot of stock into what his Generals say.
    Or how Bush doesn't put a lot of stock into what global climatologists say.

    I don't care for the pattern of denying reality to suit an agenda.

    May 4, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Mike

    The only reason Hillary has gained on Obama in this race is because of the cleverly orchestrated Rev. Wright controversy. If the media had any journalistic integrity they would expose this truth. I have heard the Controversial speech in it's entirety. I was amazed at how close Rev. wright is to the Clintons. in this same speech, Rev. wright sings the praises of the Clintons. The nama Obama is never mentioned. Rev. wright was a close confidant and advisor of the Clintons when Bill was President and he loves them. Now, Rev. wright is publicly playing the fool, fully knowing that it is helping Hillary to destroy Obama. Our media could expose this despicable truth but they are playing by hillary's marching tune. If truth were known. Rev. Wright would be Hillary's downfall instead of her tool.

    May 4, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Eugene

    Why ask economists, when you can make up your own fairy tale economics? Why ask a mathematician, when you can make up your own math?

    May 4, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Chad Cunningham

    To be honest, I think Sen. McCain & Sen. Clinton don't know how the economy works. If she does not know the basic supply & demand in economics, I cannot imagine how she would be able to deal with other cricis in our country. She accuses Sen. McCain that he does not understand economics, but to be frank, I think she is the one that does not understand economics. Moreover, it was not even her idea, it was McCain's idea, which proves he does not understand economics either. It's a shame that media supports the Clintons & the McCains, even after knowing that they both will do further damage to this country. Only President Obama can fix our problems. We cannot fix our issues divided, we need to unite the democrats, independents and Republicans for a common cause. Sen. Obama in Illinois did that, and has a good track record of getting things done. It's a shame on CNN & other media that you don't cover some of the great things Sen. Obama has done while he was in the state senate. If media was fair, and really care about the American people and the American economy rather than the profits of the Media thru negative coverage, definetely Obama will be our next President.

    May 4, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Big D

    How can she be so dismissive of experts? She touts experts all the time when they agree with her. But somehow experts don't matter when they disagree with her. Sort of like how states don't matter when they don't go her way. Is this the attitude that we want in a president? I don't.
    Go Obama, O '08

    May 4, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. eddie p. rochester ny

    maybe Obama should be a truck driver for a couple of months. Then and only then would he understand the positive economic impact of Hillary,s plan.

    May 4, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. John Kay

    Hahahahahahahahaah. A good president does not listen to the economist. Hillary is a fighter and can fight anybody including the economists.

    May 4, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. lini

    Hilary Clinton must think that the American people don't know better. She will say and do anything to get elected. This is what typical politicians do. If this gas tax thing is not going to get the price of gas under $2 then scrap it. What a waste of my time. McCain who knows nothing about the economy is also proposing this. We need to do what is best for the country overall. Americans, please pay attention and do not fall for this political trick.

    May 4, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Yeswecan

    Lunacy has a name. It is Hiliary.

    May 4, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Mk

    Does everyone realize that to say this "gas tax holiday" would save people money would mean they would have to by 15 to 18 tanks of gas per month? If you actually bought that many tanks of gas with an average vehicle (13 gallons or so) You would "save" 30 to 40 bucks. What average american is buying 15-18 tanks of gas per month? WAKE UP PEOPLE, you are being snookered by the Queen of SNOOKER. If you were to buy a couple of tanks of gas a week you would save about 18 bucks IF you trust the oil companies enough to not raise the price by 5 or 6 cents. And then what happens in Sept? You take the vast amount of money you saved in June, July and August and do what? This is like the "buy now pay later" financing scam.

    May 4, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. kelley James

    I feel sorry for all the blue collar votes who do not know better and going to think her plan is going to benefit them. She fools them all the time and gets away with it. This lady will do any thing to win even if she has to step all over the blue colar workers to do so.

    May 4, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  13. Chris

    Aren't we trying to get rid of a president who won't listen to the opinions of experts and uses rhetoric like "You're either with us or against us"? I have a great deal of respect for Senator Clinton, and would happily vote for her in the general election, but some of the tactics she has used/is using during the primaries are quite troubling.

    May 4, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Tim

    OMG, that sounds like somebody who has just been in the white house.

    May 4, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. NotThisTimeinNY

    Don't listen to common sense Hillary - lose over 300,000 jobs and raise gas prices even higher!!! Removing the tax does not mean the oil companies have to reduce prices - then add the tax back with the even higher prices!!! Duuuuhhhhh ... All that to try to win the election!! You don't have the delegates - hang it up!! Math 1-0-1!!!

    OK, but let’s say you got the DNC members really, really drunk (not an outrageous scenario) and convinced them that the popular vote ought to count. Could you then convince them that counting Michigan and Florida makes sense?

    No way. For starters, the DNC is the group that declared Michigan and Florida rogue states in the first place. Do you really think the DNC is now likely to accept the popular vote count from those states?

    Second, to make Clinton’s popular vote fantasy work, you have to throw out the votes in legitimate caucus states such as Iowa. The DNC turns its back on Iowa? As if.

    Lastly, there is the big picture: Will the DNC really overturn the choice of the pledged delegates and substitute Clinton as the nominee over Obama?

    I doubt it. First and foremost, DNC members care about the party and its future. So ask yourself: Is the DNC going to shatter the party by telling black voters and young voters that their votes in legitimate primaries and caucuses do not count?

    Clinton can try to make up her own set of rules, but that doesn’t mean they are going to rule the DNC or the day.


    May 4, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. Dave Richards

    Why does the media not cover the negatives of Sen. Clinton & McCain ? I wonder, if CNN got any bribe from Clinton campaign & McCain campaign??? CNN can you please explain ? should IRS do an investigation on you folks for illegal bribery ?

    May 4, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. After further review,Texas

    Her half baked plan is nothing but the usual pandering we expect from Hillary.Check out SHADOWSTATS online to see the TRUTH about this economy.

    May 4, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. SUE, Michigan

    I have to agree with her. Ask an economist if he is having trouble paying for a gallon of milk, let alone gas! Like Bush, these people do not drive, do not shop, and earn enough money that they don't have to make the choice between a loaf of bread or paying the mortgage. Go Hillary; we're listening!

    May 4, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. TF

    Kind of like the intellgence report she didn't read. This lady will distroy this country. If she wins I'm going to move to Canada.

    May 4, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  20. Les

    Hilliary is a Joke. If I lose my job as a construction worker will she give me one...NO...she will say tough break blame GW but her idea will leave me in the cold

    May 4, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  21. OK

    Will you listen to economist when you become president ?

    May 4, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  22. The Reality Check

    Could it senility setting in?- Or maybe you're just out of touch? Huh?

    May 4, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Cindy

    She doesn't listen. That's nothing new...

    May 4, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. poyoray

    Go Hillary, I think Obama is the worst critic since he voted FOR it in the Illinois Senate. It is obviously a political ploy on his part to be against it.

    May 4, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. bebe

    If she can't listen to Economists, will she listen to US?
    If she can't listen to the DNC on Florida and Michigan, will she listen to us?
    Well she has her own agenda; I wonder why her supporters do not see this.
    First Female US president is all she wants to be, power greed!!

    Go O8ama

    May 4, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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