Romney Blames Obama for High Gas Prices

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Seeking to tap into the public's concern over rising gas costs, Mitt Romney on Thursday said President Barack Obama was "in part" to blame for higher prices at the pump.
Romney, the front-runner in the Republican presidential field, said Obama has tried to shirk his responsibility for increases in the price of gas, which could threaten to upend some recent improvements in the nation's economy.
"He says `it's not my fault'," Romney said during a campaign stop on Mississippi's Gulf Coast. "This is in part his fault. This is a guy who has slowed down....the licensing and permitting of offshore rigs, of onshore drilling."
Despite Romney's assertions, economists say there's not much a president of either party could do about gasoline prices. The current increases at the pump have been driven by fears of a war with oil-rich Iran and by higher demand in the U.S. as well as in China, India and other quickly growing nations.
While the price of gas has stabilized somewhat in recent days, a gallon of regular unleaded is still nearly 50 cents higher than it was at the beginning of the year.
Speaking against the backdrop of massive oil rigs in the Port of Pascagoula, Romney renewed his calls for accelerating drilling permits and pledged to approve the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from the U.S. to Canada. Approving the project, Romney said, should be a "no-brainer."
Obama rejected the pipeline earlier this year, saying there wasn't enough time to properly study the project ahead of the deadline forced upon him by Republican congressional lawmakers.
The president says he supports an "all-of-the-above" energy strategy that includes oil, gas, wind and solar power.
Following a solid, if uninspiring performance, on Super Tuesday, Romney has a comfortable lead in the Republican delegate race as the GOP contest moves to the Deep South. Romney was spending two days campaigning in Alabama and Mississippi, both states holding primaries on Tuesday.
Seeking to boost his standing with southern voters, the former Massachusetts governor said he was turning into an "unofficial Southerner" with the help of a campaign staffer who hails from Mississippi.
"I'm learning to say y'all and I like grits. Strange things are happening to me," Romney said jokingly.
Romney picked up the endorsement Thursday of Mississippi's Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who appeared with Romney at the Port of Pascagoula and pledged to campaign for him every day in the lead-up to the state's primary. Bryant said he was hopeful for a strong Romney finish in Mississippi.
"I think he's going to do well. People are going to embrace him," Bryant said.

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  • by Non_Anon Location: Michigan on Mar 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM
    Republicans say it is President Obama's fault that gas prices are so high. What would they do to lower prices? How convenient that they forget that the oil companies are privately owned businesses. Would they have the President dictate to the Oil companies the prices that they can sell their products to consumers? What happened to the Republicans' belief in free markets? Didn't Republicans also block any effort to remove the subsidies that oil companies receive? The sad truth is that the President has little control over Oil prices, in a free country.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 05:03 AM
    What a load of bull, bet you a dollar that Romney has more friends who are rich oil executives than Obama does. Any takers? Thats as good as Newt saying the new TV show is slinging slime on the christian religion. If you watch the show you know people just like the ones portrayed on the show. Neither of these two guys can talk out of one side of their mouthes. Or in other words don't buy anything they say.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 07:54 AM
    Oil in the past month has gone up 4.5%. But gas prices in Lansing have gone up 20% and nationally 7%. And the oil companies say it's because of the oil prices being handed down to us. Well then why didn't gas go up 4.5% in Lansing? Instead of 20%. Big business ripping us off again!
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      by David on Mar 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM in reply to
      To Anon you say that its big Biz ripping off pepol in this nation ,well the first thing i have to ask is what are doing to save gas? Do you drive the speed limit or do you fly down the highway 10 ,15 mph over the limit ,do you race from one light to the next what kind of car do you drive, when was the last time you had a tune up on your ride? Or checked the air in your wheels ? Now lets look at the facts 1.84 per gal when Obama took office now 4.00 per gal and for a kicker Obama just vetoed the keystone pipe line and not only that called Sen Dems and lobbyed them to vote no on it. That pipe line would have brought a mill. barrels a day to the refinerys in the south we not only import oil but now gas as well plus a weak U.S. $ and obama has done everything he can to stop drilling in this nation ,so its not just the oil companys.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 02:13 PM in reply to David
        Your right it's not just the oil companies. The demand is down in the US. So it's not because of an added demand here. Yes I have given my car a tune up. But if there is less demand in the US and the pipeline wouldn't go online for a few years. What causes oil to go up 4.5% but gas 7% to 20% in less than one month?
  • by anne Location: lansing on Mar 8, 2012 at 10:02 PM
    Enough is ENOUGH, almost $4 a gallon. I'm done giving up food and most of all my medications. There is 'NO' reason for the gas prices to even be over $2.50 give or take a dime or to. ENOUGH.
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