May 5th, 2008
06:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama camp out with new gas tax ad, Clinton camp fires back

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Obama campaign is out with a new TV ad on Clinton's gas tax proposal."](CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign released a new television ad in North Carolina and Indiana Sunday that calls rival Hillary Clinton's proposal for a suspension of the gas tax a "bogus gimmick."

The ad is a response to a recent Clinton commercial that criticizes Obama for not supporting the proposal.

"More “low road” attacks from Hillary Clinton," the ad's announcer states. "Now she’s pushing a “bogus” gas tax gimmick…Experts say it’ll just “boost oil industry profits.”

The Clinton campaign quickly fired back in a conference call with reporters, saying Obama is "siding with the oil companies" and his stance on the issue is a key reason why he has difficulties winning over working class voters.

"That’s a critical distinction in this race between, in Senator Clinton, someone who understands the pain that middle class and working class families are feeling...and Senator Obama, somebody who just doesn’t seem to understand that middle class families are hurting, working class families are hurting and that they need relief," Clinton Communications Director Howard Wolfson said.

The campaign is also taking issue with one of the ad's quotes from the New York Times saying Obama's proposal would "boost oil industry profits." Clinton spokesman Phil Singer says that quote pertained to John McCain's proposal for the suspension of the gas tax, not Hillary Clinton's.

Obama supporter and Missouri Senator Clair McCaskill also held a conference call on the gas tax plan Sunday afternoon, during which she characterized Clinton's plan as a "political trick."

Sunday's back-and-forth is the latest on the issue that has come to dominate the Democratic presidential race over the last week as gas prices continue to set record highs.

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

(Full script after jump)

Announcer: More “low road” attacks from Hillary Clinton…Now she’s pushing a “bogus” gas tax gimmick…Experts say it’ll just “boost oil industry profits” ….they’ll “simply raise prices and pocket… the difference.” Clinton aides admit it won’t do much for you – but would help her politically. So here’s the choice…Clinton gimmicks that help big oil…Or Barack Obama… a real energy plan and a $1000 middle class tax cut to help families truly pay the bills.

soundoff (718 Responses)
  1. blueken

    I would just like to add, I filled my tank this morning. It cost me $47.80. It will last me 1 week. That hurt, but I'm not going to ask my grandchilderen to pay for it. We have two wars going and our roads and bridges need work. Gas tax relief is ir-responsible. See through the pandering, and ask yourself, who will you hurt, to relieve your pain.

    May 5, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. Chris

    If you ask me, someone who says they have tried this plan and it didn't work goes a long way then someone looking for votes.
    It's interesting how the HRC supporters will jump for anything. She is using you guys just like Bush and Rove used the Right wing conservatives of the GOP.
    She is pandering to the blue collar workers yet everyone knows she can't relate to them no more than the Royal family can relate to the common folks of England and that's what I just don't understand. LOL
    Obama was straight up poor and if anyone can relate to your problems he surely can!!!

    May 5, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. D.C. Talk

    PLEASE PEOPLE... use your intelligence!!

    And PLEASE LISTEN... to what Hillary is saying to the American People!!! She's saying ABSOLUTELY, POSSITIVELY...NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She's just making EMPTY PROMISES so that she might have a chance to win the Democratic nomination!!!

    She'll say ANYTHING TO BE ELECTED & by the way, I do agree with another poster, Rev. Wright LOVES THE CLINTONS and he has USED THE MEDIA in an attempt to SABOTAGE the OBAMA CAMPAIGN!

    And also... there's JEALOUSY & SOME ENVY involved with Rev. Wright's behavior as well. He's actually JEALOUS of Sen. Obama and his popularity and political success!!!

    DON'T BELIEVE THE POLLS... Use your own wisdom & intelligence to make the right choice for our country!! Chose someone WHO WILL TELL YOU THE TRUTH... WHETHER YOU WANT TO HEAR IT OR NOT!!! That's the type of person WE CAN TRUST!!

    Let it be known, Rev. Wright was an instrument; a tool of the CLINTON MACHINE!!

    May 5, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. zona

    OBAMA all the way to the White House please!!!!!

    How long before so many people realize HRC will say or do whatever it takes to win? She can lie, she can backtrack, she can rationalize–but it all comes down to the fact that she is in this for herself.

    Let's be honest, MOST women are a lot better talkers than men, and in light of that, this woman never STOPS–but just because she is beginning to sound like a Chatty Kathy....please listen to her words...and vote OBAMA 08.

    Give peace a chance.

    May 5, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. Rob99

    30 cent per day, what a joke. Thousands of jobs will be lost for 30 cent a day. The oil companies will just raise the price of gas to compensate for the "gas tax holiday"

    Don't be duped!!!

    May 5, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. aliou salam Florida

    If she can't know where to put the gas, how can she know how much it cost?

    Just see how she did with the coffee machine and you know about her day one experience.

    May 5, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. NC voter

    There you go Obama. It was a good idea when you thought of it, but a bad one when somebody else thought of it. This sort of leadership (or lack thereof) would drive this country into the ground.
    ABO (Anybody But Obama)

    May 5, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. Janet from Ohio

    Wake up America! Hillary will lie herself into the White House and if you vote for her, you will get what you deserve. You have the ability today to check the facts and do your own research. Don't hand over the presidency to another selfish, power hungry jerk. This is the most important job interview you will ever be involved in.

    May 5, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. Louis, Canada

    18 cents a gallon tax relief for 92 days may seems good for the consumer but the fact is that no presidential hopefull can implement that tax relief for this summer, so, where is the deal if not pandering.
    Senator Obama is dead on on that issue. I wish I could vote for him.

    May 5, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. Mike

    For all of you people saying that Obama is for the oil companies because he does not support this temporary tax cut, pay attention.

    This is a cut in the TAX it has nothing to do with the profits the oil companies will see on that gallon of gas!

    As for this Temporary Tax Cut, if you save 18 cents a gallon over ten weeks you may save about $30 unless you are a truck driver or someone who drives for a living. Based on the average daily gasoline use for the U.S. (roughly 380 million gallons in 2005-2006 from the numbers I can find) for ten weeks, the government is losing $4,788,000,000 that is needed to fix the potholes and other road defects that will in turn damage your car costing you more than the original $30 you would have saved if we went for the "Gas Tax Holiday" and that's not taking into account the other 6 cents a gallon that diesel is taxed.

    So with that being said, this is not even a "Short Term Fix" it is the start to a long term problem.

    May 5, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. Jason - KY

    justj joey,

    Where are you planning on getting the 5 bucks from, the oil company?

    May 5, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. Carol

    EXPERTS are called experts for a reason. Where does Hillary Clinton's expertise on gas come from?

    WAIT, maybe she been having an affair with an oil man for so many years (just like she claims being married to a politician) as her experience.

    May 5, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  13. not her please

    So it turns out Hillary is only concerned about helping those who drive long distances...kind of goes with that whole, i don't care about small states only big states theme. Wow, how many people can this lady offend yet they still vote for her. Says a lot about the mentality of the voters and why these ludicrous schemes help her get votes. Anyone that votes for her because of this latest gimmick deserves what they get. Hopefully the senate and congress will not go along with this tax holiday gimmick (which would show how ineffective she would be at working with congress) and more importantly hopefully the superdelegates will be smart enough to see beyond the gimmick. Hopefully they will take the advice of economics which she seems not to need. She will screw up the country on her own without their help.

    Also seems like she just can't wait for a 3 AM call where she could obliterate Iran and then in the morning say, oh I was exhausted...i didn't know what i was doing. She does seem to use a lot of her husband's experience as her own...maybe she learned how to start a war to divert attention from an affair.

    May 5, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  14. Let the best person win!

    To Griff and many others who are good at spinning the truth, Obama is the best candidate and wants the best for America and Americans. If liked what Bush did in his eight years in office, then vote for Hillary! Those who are smart to understand who has the best potentials as the President of USA will vote for Obama!

    May 5, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  15. Andrew Kenneth

    This horse race, ends in May when one of the candidates will get the pledged delegate majority.
    Super delegates can vote their conscience, but never in the history of this process have they overridden the candidate with the pledged delegate majority
    Lets just hope that whoever finishes second doesn't have to be politically euthanized by his or her party.

    May 5, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  16. Leodis Strong

    It's too bad Hillary can't accuse her critics of sexism when she is attacked. It's too bad she can't take it for granted that 90% of all voters who are like her will vote for her just because they are like her ( even if she offered no specific proposals to address their issues). It's too bad that any female analyst who dares to question her and hold her accountable are not fired from their positions (like Tom Joyner fired Tavis Smiley daring to question and hold Barack accountable). It's too bad that Hillary can't use "just words" with no history of actions to corroborate those words, but instead she has to actually be judged and even misjudged on her past performances. It's too bad she can't promise to change Washington, even though she has demonstrated that she can make Washington work better (I'd settle for Washington working better for me; I don't believe that Barack can change Washington when he didn't change Chicago or Trinity). It's too bad that Hillary can't just promise to "bring us all together" (whatever that means), while Barack can promise to "bring us all together", but , if you're black (like me) you're attacked by other blacks because you don't support Barack. It's too bad that Hillary can't just promise to be a different kind of candidate and practice a different kind of politics and then, after saying "just words", go out and "say what a politician says and do what a politician does." Jeremiah Wright said that he would eome back on Nov. 5, if Obama is elected, and apply the same standard to Obama that Wright has applied to other Presidents and their policies. Wright said that he would come back on Jan. 21, if Obama is elected, and apply the same standards of accountability to Obama that Wright would apply to any other policy-making, elected official. And those of us who have known Jeremiah Wright over the years know how transparently consistent and persistent he has been .

    May 5, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  17. jack texas

    go hillary. obama getting desperate.

    May 5, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Is CNN Serious

    This is garbage and has nothing to do with the so called gas tax summer suspension. CNN should be ashamed to let something like the following post get through onto their website.
    Clinton or McCain, but NEVER obama May 4th, 2008 4:23 pm ET

    White people, you have no idea how cut-throat and low down black people can be until you have lived with them in the south and have to deal with them every day. Only a black person makes treats if obama isn't nominated.These people have made me truly hate them.

    May 5, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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