From NBC/NJ's Mike Memoli
GREENVILLE, NC -- Clinton, facing a mountain of criticism over her gas-tax plan, offered a new twist to the argument she's been making to voters in past weeks, saying that Washington has been ignoring their calls for relief.
"I don't think folks in Washington listen enough, because if we listened we would hear this incredible cry, 'Please, just pay attention to what's going on in our lives,'" she said this morning. "You know, I don't think they do."
She again outlined the benefits of her gas-tax plan, ignoring critics who have challenged whether it will have any impact.
"What I want to do is provide some immediate relief. I want the oil companies to pay the gas tax this summer out of their record profits, because they need to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem," she said. "Sen. Obama doesn't want to do anything."
Clinton also repeated her call for revising the tax code so that it "starts working for hard-working Americans," a point she often makes. But this time she made included to her own family's wealth in the process.
"We're gonna get rid of all the benefits that go to all the wealthiest of our fellow citizens," she told the audience of a few hundred at Pitt Community College. "You know, bless'em, they've been successful. My husband has been more successful than any of us could have dreamed. But we like to pay our fair share to support the federal government."
Clinton began the stretch run of the primary campaign in the Tarheel State, where the campaign feels it's made up significant ground in recent weeks. On a conference call held shortly after the event, pollster Geoff Garin cited internal polls that had her behind nearly 20 points, but said since then they are "moving in the right direction."