Clinton Comes to Indiana in a Populist Package

Sen. Clinton has distanced herself from trade deals her husband signed into law and she worked to pass.

Even the gas tax holiday she pushes stands in stark contrast to her husband's record. He raised gas taxes in 1993, and seemed to oppose a gas holiday in 2000, when he said he wasn't sure the savings would be passed to consumers, but Sen. Clinton insists she wants to give consumers a summer without them.

In South Bend, Ind., on Sunday, the candidate said, "I am unabashed. I am unapologetic. I am going to fight for the middle class and take on the oil companies.

"Sen. Obama wants you to pay the gas tax this summer," she told North Carolina voters today, insisting oil companies should "pay it out of their record profits."

And as the price of oil surged above $120 per barrel, the Clinton campaign released a new ad that declared starkly: "Barack Obama wants you to keep paying; $8 billion in all. Hillary is the one who gets it."

Policymakers and economists of all stripes think Clinton's gas tax proposal is a lousy idea that may not even save consumers money, but she remains undaunted.

"Elite opinion is always on the side of doing things that really disadvantage the vast majority of Americans," she said on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," sounding not at all like someone who has summered in Martha's Vineyard.

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