Monday, May 5

Udall blasts Clinton's gas-tax holiday

With Hillary and Obama running between Indiana and North Carolina before tomorrow's Democratic primaries, other states are focusing on the decisions of their superdelegates and who they will support come convention time.

Colorado has fourteen of them, with four each pledged for Clinton and Obama and six undecided. But one of the unpledged, Senate hopeful Mark Udall, came out strongly against Clinton's plan for a gas-tax holiday the end of last week.

As quoted in the Rocky Mountain News:
"Sen. Clinton claimed that I either stand with her on this proposal or stand with the oil companies," Udall said.

"To that, I say I stand with the families of Colorado, who aren't looking for bumper-sticker fixes that don't fix anything, but for meaningful change that brings real relief and a new direction for our energy policy."

Republican presidential nominee John McCain has also voiced support to suspend the 18-cent federal gas tax for the summer as a relief measure for Americans. The fact that the move would do little to address our actual oil addiction problem, as compared to its symptoms, has brought criticism, like Udall's. Obama has called the idea a "political gimmick."

The announcement could be a sign that Udall is leaning towards Obama with his support, but his campaign said pundits shouldn't look too deeply into it. Like many elected officials serving as superdelegates, particularly those in a November race, Udall seems intent on veering away from an outright endorsement for either Dem candidate before the DNC comes to Denver.

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