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December 12th, 2007
01:59 PM ET

Corporations influencing energy policy?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

How long have we been listening to the politicians talk about our need to reduce our dependence on Middle East oil?

Well, the House actually passed an energy bill last week that would mandate the first major increase in fuel economy standards in more than 30 years. It would require automakers to raise their "corporate average fuel economy" or CAFE standard by 40 percent to 35 miles per gallon by 2020. That bill is now pending in the Senate.

Supporters say it would save the U.S. 1.1 million barrels of oil a day... that's about half the oil that we import from the Persian Gulf region.

Enter the lobbyists for big oil and car companies. They are working overtime to kill the bill. The White House is threatening to veto it. The New York Times says President Bush is echoing a position taken by the auto manufacturers and a coalition of industry groups including the oil companies. They say they're concerned about who would regulate the new 35 mile per gallon standard.

How hollow does that sound? The government can create massive, ineffective bureaucracies at the drop of a hat…ever heard of the Department of Homeland Security? But they're threatening to veto the first meaningful energy bill in 30 years because they don't know who will enforce the standards?

Our dependence on Middle East oil is at the heart of so many of our current problems. But, like everything else, the big corporations have a stranglehold on the federal government

Here’s my question to you:How much influence should corporations have over energy legislation?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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December 12th, 2007
01:58 PM ET

Advice for Hillary Clinton?

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FROM Jack Cafferty:
In the beginning it was a juggernaut. The caucuses and primaries were seen as little more than an inconvenience on the road to Hillary Clinton becoming the first woman president of the United States. But something bad is happening on the yellow brick road.

At one time Clinton had a 6 point lead over Barack Obama in Iowa. Today, Obama is ahead by 3 points.

In New Hampshire, Clinton had a 19 point lead earlier this fall. As of today, that's gone. In fact, Barack Obama is statistically tied with her according to a new "CNN/WMUR New Hampshire Presidential Primary Poll Conducted by The University of New Hampshire."

It's hard to tell exactly when things began to unravel. But it seemed from the beginning that Hillary was more focused on being elected President than on doing the things necessary to secure her party's nomination.

And when somebody asked a mundane question about driver's licenses for illegal aliens, reality slammed into her like an oncoming truck. In fact, she got run over that night. And if the poll numbers in Iowa and New Hampshire aren't enough to keep her and Bubba awake at night, consider this: in virtually every hypothetical match-up against the leading Republican candidates, it's not Hillary finishing first among the Democrats, it's John Edwards.

Here’s my question to you: If you were running Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, what would you advise?

To see the Cafferty File video click here

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Filed under: Elections • Hillary Clinton
December 12th, 2007
01:57 PM ET

Huckabee taking fire for Mormon comments?

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FROM Jack Cafferty:
Mike Huckabee declined to answer when asked if Mormonism is a cult earlier this month. Maybe he was better off not responding to the question.

In an upcoming New York Times Magazine article, the former Arkansas governor is quoted as asking: "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?" unquote. This after telling the reporter he thought Mormonism was a religion, but admitting he doesn't know much about it.

Rival Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who is a Mormon, says he thinks quote "Attacking someone's religion is really going too far. It's not the American way."

Huckabee's campaign insists his comments were taken out of context, that he wasn't bashing the religion but instead was "illustrating his unwillingness to answer questions about Mormonism and to avoid addressing theological questions during this campaign." Sure Mike. Nice try.

Huckabee has been making big gains recently, taking the lead in Iowa and getting closer to Rudy Giuliani in national polls. He and Romney are also duking it out for support from evangelicals.

Here’s my question to you:What’s your reaction to Mike Huckabee’s saying, quote: "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?"

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Elections • Mike Huckabee