Romney: Obama in part to blame for high gas prices

posted at 4:35 pm on March 10, 2012 by Tina Korbe

When Mitt Romney noted in a CNBC interview last week that “people recognize that the president can’t precisely set the price at the pump,” I was pretty hard on him. The comment played into the president’s, “It’s not my fault” theme, and I wanted to see Romney call the president out for exerting unwarranted control over the energy sector of the economy by increasing drilling regulations and by favoring alternative energy companies with subsidies that repeatedly proved to be poor investments for taxpayers.

Apparently, Romney recently did just that. The AP reports:

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.” …

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.”

This was Romney’s best showing on the subject so far. The substance of his speech was much the same as it was in other remarks (in fact, he might have been more detailed in his disdain for the president’s policies in the CNBC interview), but he didn’t give the president a single sentence to work with to be able to excuse himself. (My fear after the CNBC interview was an Obama ad that said, “Even Mitt Romney says the president can’t precisely set the price at the pump.”)

The president continues to excuse himself, though — and even to claim that he’s doing something to bring prices down. (What? Calling for increased subsidies?)

Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to underscore his administration’s work to develop alternative energy sources and increase fuel efficiency.

“I’m going to keep doing everything I can to help you save money on gas, both right now and in the future,” Obama said. “I hope politicians from both sides of the aisle join me.” …

“We can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices — not when we consume 20 percent of the world’s oil,” Obama said in the address, recorded during a visit Friday to a Virginia jet engine component plant.

Well, no, we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices now — but what if we had opened ANWR 10 years ago? What if we had put the Gulf back to work more promptly after the BP oil spill? What if we opened our eyes to the wonders of horizontal drilling, instead of drumming up every last little possible objection to the new technique? The president is very short-sighted if he is unwilling to take a single step to ensure we won’t be so at the mercy of Middle Eastern oil in the future.

The point is, at every point, the president has pursued energy policies that reward his favored energy producers and punish his least favorite — and all of those policies plainly are driven more by the desire to reward and punish than by the desire to ensure Americans have access to affordable energy. His energy secretary has admitted as much. The president has to explain himself — and, if he won’t, then the GOP candidates must.


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No, I respectfully disagree.

Please look at this as most of us do; those of us with children, no matter their age.

America is being forced to decide between socialism or communism. Obama’s doctrine is a choice; one of the two.

We are fighting for freedom, capitalism, for America herself. This is what this election is about.

K?

Key West Reader on March 10, 2012 at 6:52 PM

So, I get that Romney is the socialism and Obama is the communism. Which politician exactly is included in the “we” fighting for freedom, capitalism and America?

And I respectfully disagree with your disagreement. And to your “K?” question: the answer has to be “No.” I’m not making common cause with a condescending hack, who can’t make an argument without insult or strawman. Sorry.

besser tot als rot on March 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Do you naysayers and grumblers know what the word “precisely” means? This may be the most asinine argument I’ve ever seen at Hot Air…

Buy Danish on March 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Can’t possibly be any worse than Romney’s understanding of the meaning of the word, “conservative.”

besser tot als rot on March 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM

BuyDanish does nothing here but shill for Romney.
ddrintn on March 10, 2012 at 6:49 PM

This is absolutely NOT true.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Better? Mitt said this same thing last time in the video you posted and you should have made note of it in the last post.

kmalkows on March 11, 2012 at 1:15 AM

BuyDanish does nothing here but shill for Romney.
ddrintn on March 10, 2012 at 6:49 PM

This is absolutely NOT true.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Yeah, thanks for your usual input. It’s funny, the ones you’re always sticking up for: BuyDanish, csdeven…but then Palin supporters can be called just about anything under the sun and you’re hall-monitor act goes silent. Pfffffft.

ddrintn on March 11, 2012 at 7:49 AM

* Your, not you’re. Had a BuyDanish brain fart there. But at least it wasn’t in the process of trying to insult someone’s intelligence.

ddrintn on March 11, 2012 at 7:51 AM

And I respectfully disagree with your disagreement. And to your “K?” question: the answer has to be “No.” I’m not making common cause with a condescending hack, who can’t make an argument without insult or strawman. Sorry.

besser tot als rot on March 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Hear, hear.

ddrintn on March 11, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Better? Mitt said this same thing last time in the video you posted and you should have made note of it in the last post.

kmalkows on March 11, 2012 at 1:15 AM

Spot on. That post the other day was fairly ridiculous harping on Romney’s conciliatory remarks that the president can’t precisely set prices at the pump, and giving the short shrift to Romney’s fairly comprehensive critique of Obama’s domestic energy policy. It was much ado about nothing, much like the flap over Romney not wanting to say anything “outrageous” about the the president.

ghostwriter on March 11, 2012 at 10:34 AM

This is absolutely NOT true.
Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Yeah, thanks for your usual input. It’s funny, the ones you’re always sticking up for: BuyDanish, csdeven…but then Palin supporters can be called just about anything under the sun and you’re hall-monitor act goes silent. Pfffffft.

ddrintn on March 11, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Gosh, if you wonder why I “insult your intelligence” that response is a perfect example of your serial stupidity. Schadenfreude’s comment was in response to your blatantly false allegation about my commentary here. It had nothing whatsoever to do with your butthurt over how Palin has been treated or “hall monitors” or whatever paranoid fantasies you are obsessing over. And oh so ironically, I gave you an opportunity to cite an example of who was “trashing” Palin early at this thread but you refused…(but I digress).

Here’s the bottom line: Facts are facts – sorry you find them so inconvenient and are so incapable of addressing them on their merits. When commenters correct Tina on the facts you whine sophomorically that we are “shilling” for Romney; When commenters correct you on the facts you respond with a whiny retort about how unfair it is that a commenter would “stick up for” the target of your uninformed jackasserie. Reality is not your friend.

Buy Danish on March 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

This is in part his fault.

Finally the economic “genius” get’s it…after being hammered with the most obvious commentary.
The administration has held up permits, increased gov. oversight, has done most everything possible to slow down our energy economy, and finally, after several months, several gaffs, Mitt the economic genius comes out and states, “part his fault”…good grief, can he be any more wishy washy?

right2bright on March 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Finally the economic “genius” get’s it…after being hammered with the most obvious commentary.
The administration has held up permits, increased gov. oversight, has done most everything possible to slow down our energy economy, and finally, after several months, several gaffs, Mitt the economic genius comes out and states, “part his fault”…good grief, can he be any more wishy washy?

right2bright on March 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM

What gaffes has Romney made on this subject? Can you supply any links?

ghostwriter on March 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Gosh, if you wonder why I “insult your intelligence”
Buy Danish on March 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

How does one insult that which does not exist?

CW on March 11, 2012 at 11:21 AM

that we are “shilling” for Romney;
Buy Danish on March 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

The games that ddrintintin and the ardent extremist nistas play.

CW on March 11, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Rasmussen March 11th

Today’s numbers show Romney at 48%, Obama at 42%. That matches the largest lead Romney has ever enjoyed over the president.

Conservative4ev on March 11, 2012 at 11:41 AM

How does one insult that which does not exist?
CW on March 11, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I was trying to be kind. She’s grumpy enough already…

Buy Danish on March 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM

If the Republicans aren’t complete idiots they will trot out Odouchbag’s statement about wanting to make energy prices skyrocket. They should also play Chu’s recent idiocy at the energy hearings.

kozmo on March 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM

What gaffes has Romney made on this subject? Can you supply any links?

ghostwriter on March 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM

The obvious doesn’t need to be “linked”…the gaff of saying “Obama doesn’t ‘preciously” set prices”, uhhhhh, duhhh, not exactly a news flash that the President doesn’t climb up on a ladder and change prices…but he does preciously set the direction of the prices, and everyone knows that was a gaff…which is why he came out with his second gaff—now the president is “part of the problem”.
These statements have so many “outs” are so wishy washy…of course the president is “part” so is everyone in congress “a part”, so is everyone who used to much gas “a part”, so are you “part” of the problem.
Leaders don’t run around measuring polls results, and measuring their statements…they lead, boldly lead.
And it’s a gaff not to lead on energy…
The “gaff” of him saying he won’t diss the president, now has him measuring his statements as to not offend…his gaff is being a wimp.

And good try on the “show me the link” card, it’s a new one with the new crop of posters who can’t think for themselves…

right2bright on March 11, 2012 at 12:58 PM

The obvious doesn’t need to be “linked”…the gaff of saying “Obama doesn’t ‘preciously” set prices”, uhhhhh, duhhh, not exactly a news flash that the President doesn’t climb up on a ladder and change prices…but he does preciously set the direction of the prices, and everyone knows that was a gaff…which is why he came out with his second gaff—now the president is “part of the problem”.
These statements have so many “outs” are so wishy washy…of course the president is “part” so is everyone in congress “a part”, so is everyone who used to much gas “a part”, so are you “part” of the problem.
Leaders don’t run around measuring polls results, and measuring their statements…they lead, boldly lead.
And it’s a gaff not to lead on energy…
The “gaff” of him saying he won’t diss the president, now has him measuring his statements as to not offend…his gaff is being a wimp.

And good try on the “show me the link” card, it’s a new one with the new crop of posters who can’t think for themselves…

right2bright on March 11, 2012 at 12:58 PM

So, in other words, you’ve got nothing. Check. Got it.

At the risk of letting actual facts intrude on your little rant, here is the link on Romney saying that the president doesn’t set prices. Watch the video, and tell me what he said wrong.

ghostwriter on March 11, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Gosh, if you wonder why I “insult your intelligence” that response is a perfect example of your serial stupidity.

Oh, I don’t “wonder”. It’s because it makes someone who knows she’s dumber ‘n’ a box o’ hammers feel oh so superior.

Schadenfreude’s comment was in response to your blatantly false allegation about my commentary here.

Your “commentary” consists of rationalizing anything Romney has to say, and sniping at anyone who takes exception.

Here’s the bottom line: Facts are facts – sorry you find them so inconvenient and are so incapable of addressing them on their merits. When commenters correct Tina on the facts you whine sophomorically…

Buy Danish on March 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Ooooooh. “Sophomorically”. Big word. Your idol would be proud as all heck, I’ll bet.

Gosh, if you wonder why I “insult your intelligence”
Buy Danish on March 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM

How does one insult that which does not exist?

CW on March 11, 2012 at 11:21 AM

At least the troll got that one out without a 5th-grade spelling error. Good going, bunny-boiler!

Now let’s let Schadenfreude come to YOUR defense too. “CW is definitely NOT a troll!!! It’s been polluting the site since 2006!!!! Indignation is indignant!!!” or something like that.

I was trying to be kind. She’s grumpy enough already…

Buy Danish on March 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM

I’m a he, dude.

ddrintn on March 11, 2012 at 1:47 PM

ddrintn on March 11, 2012 at 7:49 AM

I’m not a “monitor” of anything. I stand up for anti-Palin ‘bigger’ fish, like I just ripped Nicole Wallace. Be more discerning.

Schadenfreude on March 11, 2012 at 2:06 PM

I’m not a “monitor” of anything. I stand up for anti-Palin ‘bigger’ fish, like I just ripped Nicole Wallace. Be more discerning.

Schadenfreude on March 11, 2012 at 2:06 PM

What? No rap on the knuckles for my blatant mistreatment of that fine upstanding commenter CW? I’m…disappointed.

ddrintn on March 11, 2012 at 2:12 PM

ddrintn on March 11, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I thought more of you than to focus on this chickensh*tty stuff.

Schadenfreude on March 11, 2012 at 2:14 PM

No one’s speech is parsed as much as Mitt Romney’s from the left and the right, it is amazing he can say anything at all.

Fleuries on March 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Welcome to Obviousland, Mitt. What took you so long?

Citizen-003528 on March 11, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Welcome to Obviousland, Mitt. What took you so long?

Citizen-003528 on March 11, 2012 at 2:49 PM

I think that the real question is why did it take some of you so long to realize that he had been there all along…

ghostwriter on March 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

No one’s speech is parsed as much as Mitt Romney’s from the left and the right, it is amazing he can say anything at all.

Fleuries on March 11, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Sarah Palin would disagree, as would I. Romney is forced to come out from under the desk for the first time in 3 years, takes some flack, and his followers whine.

ddrintn on March 11, 2012 at 5:45 PM

So, in other words, you’ve got nothing. Check. Got it.

ghostwriter on March 11, 2012 at 1:14 PM

No, the obvious doesn’t need links…except for the blind I guess.
He is wishy washy, wimpy, beta, whatever word, and that doesn’t take a “link”, it takes an essay to list all of his waffling.
You think he is “bold”, most think he isn’t…

right2bright on March 11, 2012 at 8:24 PM

No, the obvious doesn’t need links…except for the blind I guess.
He is wishy washy, wimpy, beta, whatever word, and that doesn’t take a “link”, it takes an essay to list all of his waffling.
You think he is “bold”, most think he isn’t…

right2bright on March 11, 2012 at 8:24 PM

It’s pretty clear that your ducking the question because you don’t have anything to offer aside from name-calling and vapid generalizations. Whatever.

ghostwriter on March 11, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Tina, just fess up to your mistake. Romney said Obama has made prices higher in the last video. Many people corrected you, but you ignored them.

scotash on March 12, 2012 at 4:33 AM

So this small jab at the chin of Il Duce makes up for the roundhouse right he could have thrown earlier?

OkieDoc on March 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

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