Former President Clinton Defends Wife Stance On Gas Tax

Former President Bill Clinton was in Marion Sunday, taking on critics of his wife's support of a federal gas tax holiday this summer.

Clinton says Barack Obama and other critics of Hillary Rodham Clinton's energy policy don't have to choose every day between buying health care and buying gas.

He says no one can convince him that the relief wouldn't help a lot of people.

Both Hillary Rodham Clinton and Republican Sen. John McCain have both proposed suspending the levy from Memorial Day to Labor Day as a way of providing relief from record gasoline prices for consumers.

Obama opposes the plan, saying it would save a mere 30 cents a day and cost thousands of construction jobs.

Bill Clinton also planned stops today in Morganton, Lenoir, Newton, Kernersville and Reidsville.

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  • by paycheck to paycheck Location: Washington County on May 5, 2008 at 03:57 AM
    I could sure use the relief! I barely travel 5 miles to work everyday but I can hardly afford to fill my vehicle with the apparent liquid gold the are dispensing these days. Maybe if the country stood behind Hillary we might have a chance. As it stands now we are headed towards becoming a 3rd world country. Especially if Obama is elected.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2008 at 04:54 PM
    The gas tax holiday idea is nothing but a give away to big oil. The consumer will see little or nothing and it may drive fuel prices even higher. It could cost 10s of thousands of jobs across the country. Clinton and McCain have not even introduced this measure in congress and there is no way it could ever be passed by congress before the end of the summer. Nobody even supports it in congress. It is simply a promise with no intent to follow through designed to get you to vote for who ever is suggesting it. My vote is for Senator Obama.

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