A 2006 article from AutoBlog is making the rounds on social media. It reported on then-Senator Clinton’s push for a 55 MPH national speed limit:
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, ex-First Lady and likely future presidential candidate threw out an odd legal suggestion to the National Press Club this week: a nationwide return to the double-nickel. According to Clinton, “The 55-mile speed limit really does lower gas usage. And wherever it can be required, and the people will accept it, we ought to do it…”
The announcement comes as a surprise, despite rising gas prices and increased pressure from environmentalists, as it is unlikely to prove popular with voters. Naturally, that’s not the only automotive issue on her mind… among other four-wheeled initiatives, Clinton reported that she is pushing for 50 percent of America’s gas stations to offer ethanol by 2015, with 100 percent by 2025.
Over a decade earlier, in 1995, President Bill Clinton signed a transportation bill that included a repeal of the national 55 MPH speed limit-but Clinton opposed that provision:
But Mr. Clinton said he had serious misgivings about the measure, fearing that its provisions will lead to more accidents, highway deaths and injuries.
I am deeply disturbed by the repeal of both the national maximum speed limit law and the law encouraging states to enact motorcycle helmet use laws,” he said in a written statement.
Interestingly, Hillary Clinton hasn’t driven since 1996:
Hillary Clinton says “one of the few regrets I have about my public life” is a simple one: not driving a car.
“The last time I actually drove a car myself was 1996, and I remember it very well,” she told the National Automobile Dealers Association’s convention in New Orleans. “Unfortunately, so does the Secret Service, which is why I haven’t driven since then.”
With old issues being at the forefront of this presidential campaign, it is worth asking whether Hillary Clinton stands by her past position.