Mitt Romney: It’s not like the president can “precisely set the price at the pump”

posted at 12:10 pm on March 7, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Yesterday, Mitt Romney said he’s “not going to say outrageous things about the president.” Trouble with that statement is that “outrageous” is a pretty subjective adjective. Outrageous to whom? Apparently, Romney meant to say he’s not going to say anything about the president that would outrage the left — because he doesn’t seem to be afraid to say something about the president that would outrage the right. In fact, he did just that earlier today, when he essentially said the president shouldn’t be held responsible for the high price of gas.

“I think people recognize that the president can’t precisely set the price at the pump,” Romney said in an interview on CNBC.

Oh, Romney, you’re right technically — but don’t you realize that precisely setting the price at the pump is also precisely what Obama longs to do? He wants to set the price of gas not so as to alleviate the burden on American consumers but so as to make his favored forms of energy more economically appealing to them.

In an excellent article in National Review magazine this month, Kevin D. Williamson illuminates this clearly. Williamson writes:

As it happens, the Obama administration has been busily undermining domestic energy production in the United States, because its central-planning manifesto says that the U.S. economy should cease to run on petroleum and begin to run on other forms of energy: wind, hydro, geothermal — air, water, and earth being the favored elements, fire being in the political doghouse. (Like I said: occultism.) In his latest budget proposal, President Obama proposes to continue offering tax benefits to U.S. manufacturers in the hope of increasing exports, but he intends to exclude from that benefit energy firms — which just happen to be positioned to export a great deal of natural gas to a world market hungry for the stuff …

So we are to double our exports, which were going to double anyway, but we’re to do so by favoring goods that nobody wants and that are not made here … over goods that are made here that everybody wants and that just happen to fall into the category of goods that represent the majority of our trade deficit.

That’s the trouble with Romney’s pledge: If he’s unwilling to unmask the president for who and what he is, he doesn’t stand a chance in November. Nobody is asking him to take cheap shots: We’re just asking him to not give the president the benefit of the doubt when the president’s purposes are pretty clear.

In the CNBC interview, Romney went on to point out many of the facts of Obama’s energy policies and noted their detrimental effects. Why the disclaimer that Obama shouldn’t be held responsible for gas prices then? What does that disclaimer accomplish? It’s one thing to refrain from insulting those with differing views in polite conversation and to avoid ad hominem attacksthose are just the rules of debate and also happen to help the debater who abides by them. It’s another to affect to be blind to reality for the sake of scoring points with those who want to obscure reality for the sake of Obama’s reelection — that just makes it that much easier for Obama to convince the electorate that he and his cadre of experts do know what’s best for them and that he should be given the chance to do it.


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Protip: Let the democrats make their own case, Mitt.

lorien1973 on March 7, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Good God, McCain 2.0…

ChuckTX on March 7, 2012 at 12:09 PM

if I have to I will but this guy turns my stomach

screwauger on March 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Great. In 2012 we get to choose between two versions of President Pantywaist.

Joe Mama on March 7, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Cripe

Dear leader had NO PROBLEM laying the blame at W feet in 08

cmsinaz on March 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Only Mitt can sink Mitt. He just drilled a hole below the waterline.

faraway on March 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

I don’t blame him…..

Romney never felt the pain at the pump in his life

liberal4life on March 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I don’t blame him…..

Romney never felt the pain at the pump in his life

liberal4life on March 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Neither did Obama.

On the other hand, Romney didn’t inflict economic pain at the pump on anyone.

But Obama is.

Good Lt on March 7, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Romney does NOT deserve to be the nominee.

Core beliefs, spines and cojones are indignant.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Out-of-touch with the base.

Moderate.

Jackass.

Tim_CA on March 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Oh Sh!t. We are doomed. Who wants to bet me that Romney ends up voting for Obama?

WordsMatter on March 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Will you fight with me?Ooops, wrong electoral cycle.

a capella on March 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

He just lit his campaign on fire.

faraway on March 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Folks – he is going to be softer than McCain. He has to go.

CycloneCDB on March 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

They should use the campaign slogan:

“Romney 2012–if you want to vote for the other guy that’s cool too”

Jeez, does he even WANT to be president?

PetecminMd on March 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

We’re so screwed.

This is Romney “Tacking to the right for the primary.” The general is going to be a bloodbath.

29Victor on March 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Mr. Romney, how do you vote? Present!

Dr. Demento on March 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I don’t think Romney understands what is really at stake in this election. Sounds like he would be ok if obama was to beat him and have another 4 years to play president.

Spectreman on March 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM

GO AFTER dear leader for Cripe sakes

cmsinaz on March 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

His own adviser wants $2.00 price rises…deleted his own blog, the scumbag.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

This is the most stupid piece of crap I have ever read. Romney just critized Obama all through the interview, but you morons write a whole article just to attack him for one sentence out of that.

You people are really sick. Your Romney derangement is now bordering on pathologic. Even the MSM are not this biased. What the hell has happened to Hotair.

Chudi on March 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Only Mitt can sink Mitt. He just drilled a hole below the waterline.

faraway on March 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

He’s a smart guy. Why in hell does he do stuff like this?

a capella on March 7, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I suspect Mitt will change his tune a bit if/when he becomes the nominee and the Obama side starts going after him. He is just not going to be able to stand there and take it or he’ll look like a total fool.

DaydreamBeliever on March 7, 2012 at 12:16 PM

AAAGGGGHHHH!!!!!!

dmn1972 on March 7, 2012 at 12:16 PM

No mention of how Santorum’s foreign policy will raise gas prices dramatically?

RINO on March 7, 2012 at 12:16 PM

So our choices will be a heaping pile of steaming dog crap vs. a heaping pile of tepid dog crap.

The Rogue Tomato on March 7, 2012 at 12:16 PM

He and Newt are a perfect pair: every time I start to warm up to any of them, he finds a new, creative way to screw up. Between these two and the cross-waving union stooge, Ron Paul doesn’t seem as crazy as he used to be.

Archivarix on March 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Why does no one see that Romney’s strategy is clearly the Rocky Balboa strategy? Nice guy plays rope-a-dope.

Romney is courting blue-dogs, Reagan democrats and independents. He can’t siphon them off by taking a hatchet to Obama.

Save the snark and heated rhetoric for now and later in the general, sting like a bee.

nitzsche on March 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

The Stupid Party simply doesn’t understand the other side is fighting with long knives.

lol

The entire GOP should be jamming high gas prices up the presidents arse non stop till November…..like they did with Bush @ $2.50 per gallon.

Can anyone in this party play this game?

rickyricardo on March 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Pitiful!!! Just a McCain,Bob Dole,retread. And he does not understand why a majority of republicans do not support him.

555chevy on March 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

“Are you happy with gas prices because this president hasnt been willing to take in energy from other places”.

So he already had said what you wanted. Not “precisely” setting the price does not mean “has not effect at all”.

Zaggs on March 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Meet the new McCain, same as the old McCain.

http://www.mehromney.com

carbon_footprint on March 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

What is this moron doing?

NotCoach on March 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Chudi on March 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I believe that is the first post you have made here which doesn’t include the word racist. Congrats!

a capella on March 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Here is the correct answer Mitt:

“The president can dramatically reduce the price of fuel immediately by announcing his intention to aggressively tap all domestic energy resources including drilling in ANWR, pursuing our vast oil shale reserves and greenlighting the Keystone pipeline. On that news, the speculators who bid on the price of oil will respond accordingly and the price will immediately fall. This president is directly responsible for the high fuel prices by prostrating himself in front of the radical environmental lobby and doing their bidding so that he can once again get their millions in his reelection coffers. By placing a moratorium on gulf drilling and bkocking Keystone, he not only has cause fuel prices to spike, he has cost us precious jobs.”

Kataklysmic on March 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Paging Jailbreak

Paging Bluegill

Paging Joana

Come out, come out, wherever you are.

JPeterman on March 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Good Lord,

This guy has a gun permanently aimed at his own foot. Statements like this not only make him look feckless, they also provide cover for Obama and his statist policies.

Charlemagne on March 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Why does no one see that Romney’s strategy is clearly the Rocky Balboa strategy? Nice guy plays rope-a-dope.

Romney is courting blue-dogs, Reagan democrats and independents. He can’t siphon them off by taking a hatchet to Obama.

Save the snark and heated rhetoric for now and later in the general, sting like a bee.

nitzsche on March 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Sorry disagree.

Gas prices are a hanging curve ball; a pinata ripe for beating.

You play rope a dope with social issues, not gigantic hanging fruit like gas prices.

Jesus, is this party stupid.

rickyricardo on March 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

McCain 2008
Romney 2012

Second verse, same as the first.

jeffn21 on March 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Romney sometimes makes it really hard to be his supporter, but I’m out of options. I feel like I’m arguing why my pocket 2′s are a much stronger play than your offsuited 2-7′s.

The Count on March 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

The scary part is that this is the furthest Right Romney will go. We haven’t even seen him tack to the middle during the general! Can you imagine it then?!

inthemiddle on March 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Thanks to Open Enrollment and the Timestamp Fail we now have crappy comments improperly ordered. Oh joy.

29Victor on March 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

And the full court press by Hot Gas continues. Ah well, at least this time this is actually something genuine (if a little craven, given that he did take the time to note just how the President’s policies are hurting the prices at the pump) and not the spew of spin and bs that Jazz and Allah were pushing up yesterday.

WealthofNations on March 7, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Who said that? Joe Biden?
Geeeeez! Idiot!

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Chudi on March 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Well, Allah always was one to throw everything including the kitchen sink to try to get those sweet, sweet hits.

Now it looks like all of Hot Air is bending over to try to get that sweet, sweet True Con traffic.

WealthofNations on March 7, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Chudi on March 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Romney was supposed to be the reality-based candidate. Well, cherry picking quotes is MSM reality. Those are the headlines that get written. If Romney continues to assist Obama with statements like this, he will lose to Obama.

Missy on March 7, 2012 at 12:21 PM

This guy advises Romney – he wants to hike gasoline prices, by about $2.00, for starters.

Obama/Romney, for perfect ticket

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Tina – do you bother even listening to these interviews, or just run with the little clip that supports your narrative?

gatorboy on March 7, 2012 at 12:21 PM

ACTUALLY, the President CAN affect the price at the pump. 1) Mandate 1 (ONE) grade of gasoline – that would ensure refineries don’t have to shut down to make modifications required to create different grades of gasoline, which causes mini-gas shortages. 2) Lower the federal gas tax. 3) Stop prohibiting our nation from drilling for our own oil. Liberals keep saying, “Even if we started drilling today we would see no benefit for another 10 years.” They have been saying that for MORE THAT 10 years. If we would have begun drilling more 10 years ago we would be reaping the benefits of it TODAY. 4) STOP putting big $$ donors ahead of the nation’s best interests. Obama rejected the Canadian pipeline deal that cost Americans an estimated 100,000 jobs and the chance to minimize Iran’s influence on our National Security (with their threat to close the Strait and restrict the amount of oil we import). The main person who benefitted from Obama rejecting this deal was Warren Buffet (the guy who says millionaires wshould pay more in taxes while HE still owes nearly $1 BILLION in back taxes) & his train company.

So Romney was WRONG – this President COULD affect the cost of gasoline at the pump!!!

easyt65 on March 7, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Thanks to Open Enrollment and the Timestamp Fail we now have crappy comments improperly ordered. Oh joy.

29Victor on March 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Back to the Future!

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Well, hes right.

Realclearblue on March 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

That’s the trouble with Romney’s pledge: If he’s unwilling to unmask the president for who and what he is, he doesn’t stand a chance in November. Nobody is asking him to take cheap shots: We’re just asking him to not give the president the benefit of the doubt when the president’s purposes are pretty clear.

So the following doesn’t count as acceptably “unmasking Obama for who he is?”

Unfortunately, the first three years of the Obama administration have witnessed energy and environmental policies that have stifled the domestic energy sector. In thrall to the environmentalist lobby and its dogmas, the President and the regulatory bodies under his control have taken measures to limit energy exploration and restrict development in ways that sap economic performance, curtail growth, and kill jobs.

The Obama administration’s energy policy has been simply incoherent. For instance, it has blocked off-shore drilling in U.S. waters while applauding increased drilling off the coast of Brazil. Similarly, it has blocked construction of a pipeline that would bring Canadian oil to the United States, knowing full well that the result would be Canadian oil flowing to China instead. And it has pursued numerous regulations that would drive up energy prices while destroying millions of jobs.

As the Obama administration wages war against oil and coal, it has been spending billions of dollars on alternative energy forms and touting its creation of “green” jobs. But it seems to be operating more on faith than on fact-based economic calculation. The “green” technologies are typically far too expensive to compete in the marketplace, and studies have shown that for every “green” job created there are actually more jobs destroyed. Unsurprisingly, this costly government investment has failed to create an economic boom.

EastofEden on March 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Meanwhile, drudge has a link $6 gas in California

cmsinaz on March 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

WordsMatter on March 7, 2012 at 12:13 PM

+1000

Almost fell out of my chair reading that!

GeorgiaBuckeye on March 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

mitchellvii on March 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Given the way many ‘conservatives’ on Hot Air are conducting themselves, I think the preference is clear.

WealthofNations on March 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Mitt Romney the republicans Al Gore.

meci on March 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

So Romney was WRONG – this President COULD affect the cost of gasoline at the pump!!!

easyt65

Except he didn’t say the president does not affect the gsa price, he said the president cannot precisely set it.

Zaggs on March 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

The President has power over the price of oil but it is indirect.

The price of oil is set by speculators. Our lack of domestic supply emboldens those speculators when there is unease in the Middle East. In that way yes, Obama is driving up gas prices with his policies.

However, from a factual standpoint, Romney’s statement is completely true – unless of course you prefer being lied to.

mitchellvii on March 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

The advantage of not fixating on the price at the pump is that this number can be gamed, the way the unemployment rate can be gamed. Right now the unemployment rate is 8.3% and the administration hangs its hat on that. You can’t beat them up with the unemployment rate as much as you can the fact that the economy is in terrible shape, with no sign of relief. Plus, the real unemployment rate is much higher, but that hardly ever gets reported.

The argument against Obama shouldn’t merely be a statistical one. Life is so much more difficult under Obama without papering over it with lame stats that can be manipulated.

On the other hand, you can say that higher gas prices fit in with the administration’s philosophical goals. And this is true regardless of the price at the pump.

Imagine a man-on-street feature where the reporter walks up to someone filling up their tank and asking, “Did you know that the President is happy that the price of gas is high?”

EMD on March 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

GREAT! So instead of hitting Obama on the economy and gas prices; Romney is making excuses for him. Wonderful!

melle1228 on March 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

My intention was to vote for whoever the GOP nominee is this November. Romney just changed that. If he is the nominee I’m staying home. This is sickening.

Aplombed on March 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

However, from a factual standpoint, Romney’s statement is completely true – unless of course you prefer being lied to.

mitchellvii on March 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Point is, he didn’t need to say it. Not that way. He seems unable to leave any thought unspoken.

a capella on March 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM

John McCain’s a ventriloquist??? Since when?

AubieJon on March 7, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Romney is helping the Obama campaign on a daily basis….

idesign on March 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Oh, come on. Pro-tip: admissions of the obvious establish credibility. Do you think Obama can precisely set the price of gasoline?

ParisParamus on March 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

EastofEden on March 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

SHHHHH! Don’t spoil their narrative! Don’t you know that Mitt Romney will never be tough with Obama and will just let him win the general election! That’s a fact because people on Hot Gas who don’t bother to read any of his statements or listen to the full clip say so!

WealthofNations on March 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Algae 2.0

Out with the old Slime…
In with the new Slime.

Electrongod on March 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Dole failed. McCain failed. Romney will fail. If the GOP tackles any more left, they’ll have to recruit an actual Democrat in 2016.

Archivarix on March 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Tina, did you bother to actually watch the interview? He attacked Obama throughout, including on higher energy prices. He’s asked what he’d do, and he says that while he can’t set the price at the pump he’ll do this and that to lower prices. In what universe is that giving Obama a pass on anything?

This is just looking for something to be outrageously outraged about.

changer1701 on March 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I sure hope HotAir is happy about assisting in taking Newt out back before the Florida primary. It must make them proud that they helped ensure that such an awesome businessman who is completely above reproach on anything he has ever done.

By the way, this is not a political failure on the part of Romney, but a business on. He should understand exactly how supply and demand drive prices, how future expectations of both drive current prices. He does not. He never was a businessman in the sense that anyone really understands businessmen, he was always a used car dealership owner/manager that used legal but extremely questionable business practices to ensure he bought extremely below market, made exceptionally shoddy repairs to make the product look more valuable than it really was and used every legal trick in the book to be able to walk away from any and all responsibility once the money hit his pocket.

Romney is not a businessman. He is not a political leader. He is progressive and he will lead progressively to the end of this nation and then turn it over to the professional progressives ensuring a new Obama to finish the work of this Obama.

astonerii on March 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

here’s the full quote that is remarkably not as sensational as distorted here by Tina.

“I think people recognize that the president can’t precisely set the price at the pump, but he can decide how much of the money that is being paid for oil and gas is going to other nations and to get that money staying here and to create jobs here and to stabilize prices here he aught to be taking advantage of all of our offshore and ANWAR and North Dakota and OK and TX oil and gas resources instead of trying to hold them off…”

gatorboy on March 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

All three of them have been doing this crap. It’s like the democratics have slipped them a drug that disconnects their brain from their mouth.

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

ParisParamus on March 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Apparently a lot of people on Hot Gas think so.

verbaluce on March 7, 2012 at 12:28 PM

And to you, good sir, might I add: “Swag~!”

WealthofNations on March 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Romney 2012 All the sweet things Obama will give you , but he’s white!

the_nile on March 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM

changer1701 on March 7, 2012 at 12:26 PM

How is that different from any other post on any other day on Hot Gas?

WealthofNations on March 7, 2012 at 12:28 PM

“I think people recognize that the president can’t precisely set the price at the pump,” Romney said in an interview on CNBC.

Man, that’s crazy talk.
Why would he say something so absolutely insane – is he on drugs?
That is just nuts….’the president can’t precisely set the price at the pump’…wow.
If only someone could just promise they could magically make it, say…$2.50 a gallon.
Heck, why not $1.00?
That’s how they do it in Iran.
Romney won’t ever be president of Iran if he keeps saying crazy stuff like this.

verbaluce on March 7, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Yesterday, Mitt Romney said he’s “not going to say outrageous things about the president.”

Well, there you go…

Fallon on March 7, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I didn’t think ANYONE could be worse than Juan McCain.

I was wrong.

This guy does not stand a chance against our silver-tongued Prez.

stenwin77 on March 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

That’s a fact because people on Hot Gas who don’t bother to read any of his statements or listen to the full clip say so!

WealthofNations on March 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

As Obama’s oppo research team hones their knives, which part of that do you think they will put in their clip?

a capella on March 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Romney is right to take this approach.

I have no doubt that he will take The One to task for creating and maintaining an environment that is conducive to higher gas prices. Alleging that the President set a particular price at a certain time would be a very dumb move for a candidate.

My personal take is that the President wishes it had taken about 7 months longer for prices to increase to the point they are now. If he has his druthers, prices will fall back to the low $3s, high $2s by November 6th. After that, he’d be happy to see the prices skyrocket, especially if he manages to retain the White House.

EconomicNeocon on March 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Man, that’s crazy talk.
Why would he say something so absolutely insane – is he on drugs?
That is just nuts….’the president can’t precisely set the price at the pump’…wow.
If only someone could just promise they could magically make it, say…$2.50 a gallon.
Heck, why not $1.00?
That’s how they do it in Iran.
Romney won’t ever be president of Iran if he keeps saying crazy stuff like this.

verbaluce on March 7, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Your outrageously outrageous outrage noted. You would vote for Romney in the primary if he promised to stop campaigning once picked. We got it. You are so deep up his rectal cavity that you cannot see what is going on.

The president has enough control with the EPA and other agencies that are totally under his control that he can control precisely which direction the price of fuel is headed with a few international variables that can either enhance or dull his actions.

astonerii on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

$6/gal at some fillup station in Mexifornia…..

think of all the rubbers that would buy…..*for shame/*

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

And then we have the other stupid candidate talking non-stop about contraception….

Geeeeze.

stenwin77 on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Okay, where the eff are the Romney supporters? Get the h3ll out here and (try) to defend this guy.

WordsMatter on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Thanks to Open Enrollment and the Timestamp Fail we now have crappy comments improperly ordered. Oh joy.

29Victor on March 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

It’s really fun, isn’t it? I love reading backwards//

JPeterman on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Lets look at Mitts entire answer as compared to Tina’s “highlight”. “People recognize that the president cannot precisely set the price at the pump. But he can decide how much of the money thats being paid for oil and gas is going to other nations. And to get that money staying here and to create jobs here and stabilize prices here he should be taking advantage of all of our offshore, and ANWR, and North dakota, and oklahoma and texas oil resources instead of trying to hold them off. natural gas is a huge win for us and through the EPA he’s been trying to hold that off. Coal is of course a major source of our electric power. he’s made it more difficult to get the coal, to use the coal and of course the keystone pipeline, bringing energy in from Canada, was a no brainer and he failed that test. Look if you want o get America energy secure you have to take advantage of the energy resources we have.”

So Romney said EXACTLY what you wanted, but you’re going to lie to make it otherwise. Shameful.

Zaggs on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Right now Obama’s wondering what he’s going to do with all the extra campaing cash he’s gonna save from not having to run ads against Romney in the general.

29Victor on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

This is sickening.

Aplombed on March 7, 2012 at 12:23 PM

You are right. Only it is the people who are attacking Romney for everything he says that is sickening. Guess what? The President CAN’T set the price at the pump. Now people are mad because he told the truth.

tbrickert on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

OH Bluegill, yoohoo, Bluegill…

Anybody seen Bluey????
Calling all Bluegill’s buds, then.
OH Blugill’s buddies, yoohoo…

OkieDoc on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Too much Romney derangement syndrome on this thread. Brietbart would rightfully judge most of you to be traitors to the conservative cause. No GOP candidate will be acceptable to you, as long as you continue to savage him for a single sentence that is demonstrably true.

NuclearPhysicist on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

It’s really fun, isn’t it? I love reading backwards//

JPeterman on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

it’s a good way to preempt what the trolls say if you can be johnny on the spot with your snark.

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 12:31 PM

This man has no clue. He is so far removed from the real world. Stuffed suit poseur.

red131 on March 7, 2012 at 12:31 PM

As Obama’s oppo research team hones their knives, which part of that do you think they will put in their clip?

a capella on March 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Exactly! Isn’t that Romney supporters argument against people like Santorum–wait until Obama plays “clips” of Santorum.. Romney just gave Obama a clip that gives him a pass, and that part of the quote will be the ONLY part the masses hear.

melle1228 on March 7, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Paging Jailbreak

Paging Bluegill

Paging Joana

Come out, come out, wherever you are.

JPeterman on March 7, 2012 at 12:18 PM

what is your problem?

Did you find something that Romney said that is incorrect? I havent heard anything incorrect.

Jailbreak on March 7, 2012 at 12:32 PM

what is your problem?

Did you find something that Romney said that is incorrect? I havent heard anything incorrect.

Jailbreak on March 7, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Oh there you are. Our favorite Obama plant. Where’s your buddy Bluegill?

JPeterman on March 7, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Zaggs on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Hot Gas in a nutshell.

WealthofNations on March 7, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Oh, Romney, you’re right technically — but don’t you realize that precisely setting the price at the pump is also precisely what Obama longs to do?

That’s not what Obama wants. A hardcore Socialist would want to set gas prices to a tenth of a penny in the insane belief that his micromanagement skills are better than those of everyone else on earth put together.

But Barack Hussein Obama has shown no interest in that. Everything he’s ever done is fully compliant with the Black Liberation Theology he’s been inculcated with, literally, since birth.

His only goal is to destroy what he thinks of as Colonialist America. He is doing everything in his power to make energy, for all practical purposes, unobtainable. The “precise” pump price of gasoline isn’t really relevant to that.

logis on March 7, 2012 at 12:32 PM

This is the most stupid piece of crap I have ever read. Romney just critized Obama all through the interview, but you morons write a whole article just to attack him for one sentence out of that.

You people are really sick. Your Romney derangement is now bordering on pathologic. Even the MSM are not this biased. What the hell has happened to Hotair.

Chudi on March 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Yep.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJTtembmN5A

By the way, a piece, but just a piece of Romney’s energy policy from Mittromney.com:

http://www.mittromney.com/issues/energy

Unfortunately, the first three years of the Obama administration have witnessed energy and environmental policies that have stifled the domestic energy sector. In thrall to the environmentalist lobby and its dogmas, the President and the regulatory bodies under his control have taken measures to limit energy exploration and restrict development in ways that sap economic performance, curtail growth, and kill jobs.

The Obama administration’s energy policy has been simply incoherent. For instance, it has blocked off-shore drilling in U.S. waters while applauding increased drilling off the coast of Brazil. Similarly, it has blocked construction of a pipeline that would bring Canadian oil to the United States, knowing full well that the result would be Canadian oil flowing to China instead. And it has pursued numerous regulations that would drive up energy prices while destroying millions of jobs.

As the Obama administration wages war against oil and coal, it has been spending billions of dollars on alternative energy forms and touting its creation of “green” jobs. But it seems to be operating more on faith than on fact-based economic calculation. The “green” technologies are typically far too expensive to compete in the marketplace, and studies have shown that for every “green” job created there are actually more jobs destroyed. Unsurprisingly, this costly government investment has failed to create an economic boom.

joncoltonis on March 7, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Jailbreak on March 7, 2012 at 12:32 PM

You’re shittin us, right?

OkieDoc on March 7, 2012 at 12:32 PM

You are right. Only it is the people who are attacking Romney for everything he says that is sickening. Guess what? The President CAN’T set the price at the pump. Now people are mad because he told the truth.

tbrickert on March 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Funny how outrageous it is when it is your candidate that is under the microscope… Pot meet kettle.

astonerii on March 7, 2012 at 12:33 PM

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