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. fedup with obama /fl

    At least Sen. Clinton is willing to try something now to help the average working person. Obambozo does understand the saving a little is far better than doing nothing. Obambozo is not old enough to understand what it is like to live own minimum wage. Finally we are finding out who he is, and what he has done to deserve our vote,the answer is nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. This young man will never win in Nov. I guess his followers would like to continue with the same Mccainbush rich people running this country in the ground.

    May 4, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  2. maria

    Hilliary is an idiot. go away. with hillary's silliness, america it is clear.
    Mccain will be the next president and when he is, the democrats will only have themselved to blame. does she even know what an economist is? Hillary, she just does not get it.

    May 4, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Melanie, MD

    She decides to play with the economy of our country and yet will not listen to the people who actually have specialized experience in this field. SHE IS INSANE. Since when does a lawyer have above and beyond knowledge of economics? Sounds like another Bush. You Hillary supporters who actually have to worry about the price of gas need to wake up!!!!!!!!!

    By the way – haven't heard much about her"long term" solution.

    May 4, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. reality check

    she is right obama received more money from oil companies last month. if you feel up twice a week and drive 30 plus miles to wk one way you can save 200 a month. I know that might not mean much to Obama but here in Texas that would be great for us. We have to drive 30 miles to work and 30 miles home. So this summer gas tax break would do us some good. Obama talks about being a change but he offers the same old politics.

    May 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Linda

    "All the tools of the presidency." Like...economists?

    May 4, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Jessica

    I find it a little unnerving that she would ignore the people who have dedicated their lives to studying the economy (and who are saying this would be potentially harmful in the long run). Is this really the wisdom she claims she'll show in the White House?

    May 4, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. John

    Obama has the righ idea on the question of a three-month gas tax holiday, which he opposes and Clinton and McCain support.

    "John McCain started –he made the proposal. Then Hillary Clinton said, ‘Me too,'" Obama said just now in Winston-Salem, NC.

    "It would last for three months and it would save you, on average, half a tank of gas," he said. "That’s what Senator Clinton and Senator McCain are proposing to deal with the gas crisis. $25 to $30. Half a tank of gas."

    "This is the problem with Washington. We are facing a situation where oil prices could hit $200 a barrel. Oil companies like Shell and BP just reported record profits for the quarter. And we're arguing over a gimmick to save you half a tank of gas over the course of the entire summer so that everyone in Washington can pat themselves on the back and say that they did something," he said.

    "This isn't an idea designed to get you through the summer, it's an idea designed to get them through an election," he said, probably a true statement.

    May 4, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Lyndon

    Well it's good to see that Clinton isn't putting her lot in with economists. What do those guys know about the economy anyway?


    May 4, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Odj4real

    This demonstrates once again the desperation of Mrs Cliton to win election by all means. Read in between the lines in her responses, you will see the clear message of "let us use this gimmick to win election thereafter, we can revert to the status quo".
    If mrs Clinton can say her policy on the gas cut has no known economic backing, then it is most unfortunate that America may be going back to the dark ages when people lead by wishful thinking without a clear vision of what they want to achieve and how they want to achieve such things. I think the American public deserve a better deal; a leader who will tell them the truth at all times is what they need.

    May 4, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. Karen from Va

    I strongly support Senator Clinton's proposal requiring the oil companies to cover the gas tax for the summer. This would provide all of us with some economic relief, if only for a short period. Senator Clinton has recently received opposition by Obama , while on the campaign trail ,over her proposal. Meanwhile, the Obamas have reported a yearly income of over 4 million dollars and I'm sure that the 18 cents per gallon doesn't sound much like help to them, but Americans can use all the help they can get. My husband commutes 150 miles per day to his job and a few cents a gallon in savings can add up quickly when you are forced to drive long distances to work. Senator Obama is quick to criticize the opposing candidates proposals, but doesn't seem to have any of his own.......

    May 4, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Bill

    I hope voters can look at the long term solutions. The NAFTA trade deal that the Clinton's pushed through has taken decent paying jobs from workers. Hillary likes to sway uninformed voters with her " I've got a deal for you" schemes that she calls solutions. I don't respect anyone who will ship my job overseas, and then offer me handouts that will a get her votes, but make the situation worse. She wants votes NOW. She doesn't care about 3 months from now when this trick doesn't work. Hillary fished in a lot of people with her lies about what Obama meant when speaking of small towns,bitter, guns, religion, etc.Hillary got you to react...stick your pride in your back pocket, she got you to get angry, and say "nobodys telling me that i'm bitter, etc", and you voted for someone who really is an elitist, and never worried about a job, money, in her life. Wake up... Obama tells the truth, and knows more about how the everyday person lives. Do you really believe that Hillary knows anything about the lives us working people? Don't let someone disrespect you this way. Obama is the friend of working stiffs. Has Hillary made your life better during her 35 years, of getting up, and going out to help someone?

    May 4, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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