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. D Montoya, El Paso, TX

    Now she sounds just as uneducated as her base....

    May 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Sue

    If she is not listening to the economists, then do you really think she will listen to you?

    OBAMA '08

    May 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Mike G

    "I'm not listening" should be her campaign slogan! These words actually describe her as a candidate! Too bad they found the right slogan now that the campaign is over.

    May 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. John

    spin spin sugar.

    May 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. Ken

    She doesn't listen to anybody...

    Obama '08

    May 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Ed

    Originally, this was McCain's idea. Clinton is a cheap and petty fraud.
    Pandering to the voters with someone elses gotta laugh
    when you see this woman. She is truly nuts!

    May 4, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Rob BC Canada

    There is a surprise,Hillary Clinton not listening to common sense.Why listen to economist about the economy.That would be like listening to military people about the war.Hillary knows all.

    May 4, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. JJ Sacramento

    I don't care! If people are stupid enough to vote for me, I will defend this stupid idea until i win.

    she doesn't know the American people are smart enough to see thru her crap.

    May 4, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Bobby

    I wonder if superdelegate Shuler will be called Judas when he backs
    Senator Obama?

    May 4, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  10. David

    She doesn't listen to economists?!!!!!
    Then what is the difference between her and Bush? This lady will be a disaster to our country much worse than the current situation. At least Bush belives in God.

    May 4, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. SG

    A means to an end. Very calculating. Senator Clinton is good at her job, playing politics. The fact is, we need short-term and long- term resolutions. America needs to hear a variety of ideas from economists, politicians and industrialists. When this long interview process is over, maybe they will listen to each other.

    May 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Ray from Gainesville VA

    Everyday she sounds more and more like our current President. I don't care what others think, it's my or the highway. Are we serious America? We want another person in the white house who thinks this way?

    May 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Shame....

    Hillary Clinton = Another 4 Years of George W. Bush

    May 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. Dee

    She really does sound like Bush and Cheney. She doesn't care what anyone else says, she's going to whatever she the detriment of the country. Shame on you, Hillary Clinton!

    May 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. Lynn in NM

    Gee, she won't listen to the economists. She won't listen to the generals. Must be all that military and economic experience she has. After all, she did make $109 million. All she has to know is how to spend it, and avoid questions.

    May 4, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Jesse Farbowitz

    She might be the worst person in this race. I hate to say it but she is stupid. If it comes down to her and McCain i will vote for her but Obama truley understands that this is a phony excuse to get votes. What and idiot

    May 4, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Ki-Jana Carter

    Of course she's not taking stock of their opinions. They are trained professionals, and facts really don't matter to her......she IS hillary clinton, after all.

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

    What a clear way to say "I am clueless, and if i become a president, I'll do whatever I please, no matter how little sense it makes!".

    May 4, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  19. Clinton/Bush?

    She is not listening to Economists? Sounds a tad familiar doesn't it?
    It sounds a lot like how the great and venerable President George W. Bush always responds when asked pertinent questions.

    May 4, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. ChristiB

    GREAT! George Bush #2.

    May 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. GThomas

    Readers, think about this for a minute. Although highly educated, she is not an economist. Apparently she is not smart, despite her education, because smart people understand their limits and respect the perspectives of experts when they reach those limits.

    Smart voters will realize the foolishness of her gas price plan. It has no support in Congress. Bush is likely to oppose it. And most importantly, it's not really going to save anybody any reasonable money.

    So what's the point?

    Guess she's hoping for a big turnout of not so smart voters.

    May 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Chris

    Well, this is what you get for doing the circuit of too many right wing talk shows. You come back with the same kind of pig-headed anti-intellectual attitude that has characterized the current administration over the past several years: First, they decide on the position most suitable to their platform and their corporate cronies. Then, they go scavenging for any wisp of favorable "facts" to parade in support, lacking which they malign any and all science that demonstrably proves them wrong. It sounds like the political equivalent of suffering from the "bends".

    May 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. De-de-do

    It really makes me ask how she'd handle the #1 issue if she even doesn't want to listen to economists.

    May 4, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Boston for OBAMA

    She's wrong, She's wrong..........Did I say she's wrong (Phrase used bu JudgeDavid Young) This is not going to help us with the gas prices.

    May 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Mike in Denver

    Of course she isn't listening to economists. They can't get her elected.
    Be wary of someone that doesn't at least consult an expert. I bet when Bill had his extra marital fun, she wouldn't dare ask Dr. Laura.

    OBAMA 08

    May 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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