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. Sue

    "I'm not listening".......remember her words....

    OBAMA '08

    May 4, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  2. American Girl

    See –
    This is a problem. George Bush is a president who does not listen to the experts in the specific areas that he needs to be advised.
    What this shows is that Hillary wants to be a Dictator which is not different from what George and Dick have started.

    A true Leader and President is willing and able to surround themselves with people of wisdom. They use those people to make sure that he/she does not make gross errors in judgement. If you establish your advisor board with only 'YES" people, you end up making very bad decisions for the country.

    Barack is presidential and demonstrates characterisitcs of a leader.
    He is not going to just say anything to make you feel good. He is going to tell the truth when it comes to policies. He is willing to recieve input from the experts and work with a team to come up with sound and real solutions to solve problems.

    May 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. HUH??

    If we had a president in the white house that knew how to implement it effectivly it would work?

    But during the next few months she wont be the president in the white house so it definately wont work regardless!! Give it up Hillary!!

    You cannot even do the winfall tax quick enough after the gas tax holiday to support all the jobs and roads and bridges that is going to be effected. Its a dumb idea period at this time.

    All we need is another bridge collapse that kills a bunch of people, or you all will vote her and she will win the nominations and the gas tax holiday wont work and we Obama supporters will be saying we told you so!!!!

    Obama 08

    May 4, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. No to Obama

    What do you suggest we do in the short-term, Mr. Obama? At least Clinton is offering some solutions. Rather than spending time criticizing her solutions, why don't you offer some of your own and we'll judge how good those are. Again, all "bogus" talk and no ideas, solutions, and help to the American people who are suffering.

    Clinton '08

    May 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. KC Atlanta

    offcourse she is absolutely right,why should she listen to the expert on her gas proposal issue if the underline intention in the first place was to get the vote.

    May 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. mr. reality

    Does anybody really need .30 cents a day break? its not real relief, why cant she understand that.

    May 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. Ron

    Mccain had a plan for gas tax relief Clinton had a plan for gas tax relief Obama did not have a tax plan for gas tax relief so he cried.

    did Sen, Obama ever come out with a plan for anything in this run for nomination of the party. All i see is him taking someone else's plan be it Mccain's or Clinton's and try to make it his own.when pressed for details like he was on the ABC debate he flounders because there is no substance to his plans. evidently everything is written for him so he personally as little knowledge of the policies he plans to implement if he is president as time goes by it becoming clearer that someone is doing his thinking that's why he always as to take a few days to respond to any detail inquiries into his policies or his character the question remains who is Obama

    May 4, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Edith Arkansas

    Hillary Clinton is not listening to economics, no she know that she is wrong that her idea on gas tax vacation is just a gimmick. She had the audacity to say it will help long distance drivers, what about the average working person who have to count pennies, borrow money, or pick up scrap just to go to work week after week. Those few pennies the gas tax vacation offer is so small they won't even notice that it changed or gave them any relief. Go to website, learn what a fraudulent phony Hillary Clinton is READ ESPECIALLY PAUL'S DECLARATION ON THE WEB in the lawsuit case #BC304174.

    North Carolina, Indiana Please Do Vote,Vote For Barack Obama May 6. 2008 Tuesday Polls open at 7am.

    May 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. drogers from boston

    You're being blasted for the idea because it's one that panders to voters and really won't do a thing to help Americans. Then to blame Obama for not supporting the idea or coming up with an idea of his own, is equally troubling.

    May 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. Dara - Iowa

    I think Senator Clinton believes that many of the American people are stupid. Simply go with the long-term plan, I know people will understand and will see that it is a better solution than a short-term and a long-term plan. Especially seeing how the short-term plan could actually have even more negative effects on the economy than it is worth.

    May 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. teriwebb

    Yeah she isnt going to listen to the economists because she is ohhhhhhhh so smart and doesn't need anyone else's advice aside from bill.
    To be honest everybody she really does not care about you and all of the american citizens and she is only in this for herself and just hopes that we are stupid enough to fall for her gimmicks. That is her true opinion of us otherwise she would never advise such a gimmick. She just thinks we are stupid.
    I for one do not accept being thought of in that way and I am sickened by her manipulating and selfish ways. I hope the rest of you will think seriously about what she is really about before making a vote on Tuesday.
    Sure Obama isn't perfect, who is?, but I believe he is honest and a real decent human being who also can learn from his mistakes and is able to admit making mistakes and then move forward. This is a sign of a mature and wise person.
    That is what we need in the white house. Not a spoiled brat who just wants to be president for its sake.

    May 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  12. Jatovi, NC

    This is the problem I have with Hillary, she doesn't listen to the info she is given. Bush never read the info he was given. Reason neither of them did or do this is because they are "smarter" than everyone. Smooth Hillary, just as smooth as the 'oblitirate' comment.

    May 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. Kaci

    So exactly when do you tink you might listen to the expert economists? More smoke and mirrors a la HRC. She says she wants to lead this country but dismisses the experts on this subject. sounds like George Bush to me – cowgirl politics. I've read of no economist who supports HRC's hair brained, political tactic. I pray when Obama wins, she will go away quietly. this is ordained, HRC. NO WEAPON formed against him shall prosper. Period.

    May 4, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. vinny

    i hate hillary clinton b/cos she so greedy why did she want to rule a whole united state,after bill clinton has ruled.i mean what did she want there?atleat she have to consider her self as a lucky woman been the former first lady.insted of blocking the road for others.

    May 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  15. Chipster

    Sen. Clinton "gets it." It's being reported that vacationers are canceling their vacations. What will happen when college students, who rely of summer jobs in tourist areas, find their jobs have been eliminated because of canceled vacations? Many of them may not be able to return to college. When businesses in those areas are forced to close, the entire area suffers economically.

    Truckers, taxi drivers, and low wage workers can barely afford to get to work. In our area, people were calling a local radio station and actually crying because they couldn't afford gas to drive to work. They've cut back on food, medicines, and other items that they can but they must either pay their mortgage/rent or find themselves homeless. If they can't get to work, they won't be able to pay for the roof over their heads.

    Sen. Clinton has experience and a history of researching an issue thoroughly. I'm not confident that Sen. Obama sees the ripple effect of losing a summer vacation season completely in many areas of our country.

    May 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. chuck

    Selfish Pandering. HRC will do anything for votes. Lied about NAFTA to Ohio and numerous other things. Shje is playing the American people and unfortunately people are lapping it up, and not thinking straight. WAKE up America. HRC definitely has no connection to the regular blue collar worker's need for jobs.

    According to economists and the Obama camp, a gas tax holiday equals : small individual benefits(30 dollars), loss of collective jobs, a possible hike in gas overall, and more votes (supposedly) for HRC due to her pandering.

    So in sum People LOSE, JOBS lose, Prices SOAR, and HRC gets VOTES.

    I have no idea how she connects waiving a federal gas tax that brings jobs and helps to build roads and bridges with "willingness to take on gas companies." THEY ARE NOT CONNECTED. She's not cutting one penny from gas company profits. This is plain smoke and mirrors. Promise now, and never deliver. Ridiculous.

    Obama has done this before, and his EXPERIENCE in the State Senate shows it doesn't work. Go Barack.

    What is her experience? What has she done for New York? She thumbs at the economists. Wow. Just when I thought she re-wriote the meaning of DIPLOMACY with her nuclear threat to a foreign country.

    May 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Greg

    Surprise, Surprise. Sounds a lot like Bush not listening to the experts during his time in the white house. Smart move Hil.

    May 4, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. dlr

    Amazing....if she doesn't listen to them now, what makes people think that she'll listen to them as a President.....Istn't this the same attitude or the Bush/Chaney Presidency?

    May 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. charles

    This is a clear case of disrespect of the American electorate. You would think upon her so called experience in Washington, she would have a better plan. Is this phony idea of a gas tax relief all she has got to offer?

    Well, those years of political gimmicks, scams and pandering for the sake of votes is over. Mrs. Clinton really gives credence to what people have been saying that 'she will say and do anything to get elected'.

    Some experience indeed!!! Americans, let's beware of the Clintons.

    May 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. reader

    I can't decide if Hillary just thinks that voters are stupid or if she really doesn't understand the economics of this issue.

    May 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Mike

    It's obvious that Senator Clinton won't listen to rational thought and reason - on this or any other issue. Those concepts don't help her get elected. Phony Washington tricks and her irrational take on the reality of the math involved in the campaign thus far are the only hope she has of winning the nomination. And even if she does win the nomination, will the majority of Americans want four more years on Clinton drama and intrigue in the White House?

    May 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. enoch needles

    Pander Bear 2 – Revenge of the She-Bear.

    Now playing.

    May 4, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. blinky

    “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.”

    presumably this is a knock at GWB – does this mean she is not going to design it in a way that it would be implemented effectively?

    and who boasts that she doesn't listen to experts??

    May 4, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. Jeanine G

    We need a president who isn't interested in Cowboy politics. Hillary seems to be playing by the same game plan as Bush in hopes of being seen as strong by Republicans by not listening to anyone on any subject.

    So if she can't be bothered listening to economy experts before doing something, Do you think she'll listen to us?

    May 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Dave

    So she's not going to listen to the experts who tell her that it's a bad idea, she doesn't understand why they think it's a bad idea and she's going to do it anyway. Maybe because she's "the decider"?

    This all sounds disturbingly familiar.

    May 4, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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