Bill Clinton Says Underdog Hillary Stayed Positive in Pennsylvania Primary

Apr 29, 2008 9:42pm

ABC News’ Sarah Amos reports: Former President Bill Clinton hit the trail in North Carolina today, continuing to use his wife Hillary Clinton’s win in the Pennsylvania primary as momentum for her campaign.

"Most of what people have said in this campaign is wrong, including who’s been more positive and who’s been more negative," the former president told a crowd of more than 2,500 in Boone, N.C. "She’s talked relentlessly about the solutions. She won in Pennsylvania after being hit with negative ad after negative ad after negative ad, and negative letters. And all she did was respond. She won being outspent three to one because the people knew she was in it for them."

While Clinton’s account of the campaign in Pennsylvania put the blame for all of the negative campaigning on Sen. Barack Obama’s camp, the voters of Pennsylvania largely disagreed. Many polls found that voters thought both candidates turned increasingly negative in the final weeks of campaigning.

Clinton also made a point to talk about the gas tax today, a topic he often mentions, but rarely dives into.

"In the short run, she would release some oil from our strategic petroleum reserve. It’s full. The oil companies pay into it every month. You can release it, send it directly to the refineries, create more oil in the long run, more gasoline, and bring the price down through the summer months. Second, she would put an excess profits fee on the oil companies who are making record profits and give relief to the taxpayers from the gax tax in the summer months. If you did that you could lower the price of gas between 30 to 40 cents a gallon. It would make a huge difference, particularly to people who have to drive a long way to work," he said.

Clinton spoke on the campus of Appalachian State University, whose underdog football team rose to fame by beat perennial powerhouse University of Michigan last year. Clinton used that bit of history to remind the crowd that his wife is still the underdog in this race.

"Folks, I’m a sports nut, and I’m glad to be here at the home (cheering) of the greatest football upset in modern history, so I think it will have special meaning here if I begin with a line I always say today. Whenever somebody tells you you can’t win, it’s because they’re afraid you will," Clinton told the cheering crowd.

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