Clinton Asks For Justice Dept. Probe In High Gas Prices

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

For the second time in a week Hillary Clinton brought her presidential campaign to Eastern Carolina.

The senator was introduced this morning in Kinston by Governor Mike Easley, who earlier this week endorsed her in next week's North Carolina primary.

Clinton told several hundred people gathered outside a John Deere dealership in Kinston that there needs to be a federal investigation into the record high gasoline prices.

The New York senator says speculators are manipulating the price of gas and the Justice Department should investigate.

Clinton also says the oil companies should pay the gas tax this summer as they again post record profits.

After Kinston, the New York senator will attend events in Hendersonville and Greensboro before addressing the North Carolina Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson dinner and attending a "Get Out the Vote" event in Raleigh.

Clinton still trails Barack Obama in polls for Tuesday's primary. But one recent statewide poll showed her gaining on the Illinois senator.

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