Romney to Obama: I’d fire that “gas hike trio” of yours ASAP if I were you

posted at 3:00 pm on March 18, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In his interview on “Fox News Sunday” this morning, Mitt Romney again ratcheted up his rhetoric on gas prices, calling for the president to fire what he dubbed the “gas hike trio” of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson. Here’s The Washington Post with the recap:

“When [President Obama] ran for office, he said he wanted to see gasoline prices go up,” Romney said. “He said that energy prices would skyrocket under his views, and he selected three people to help him implement that program. The secretary of energy, the secretary of interior and EPA administrator. And this gas hike trio has been doing the job over the last three-and-a-half years, and gas prices are up. The right course is they ought to be fired because the president has apparently suffered election-year conversion. He’s now decided that gasoline prices should come down.” …

Romney, who first called for their firing at a town hall meeting Saturday night in Collinsville, Ill., is talking more and more about gas prices and their impact on families across the country. He said the gas prices are pinching middle class families, who now struggle to fill up their tanks. …

Romney recalled meeting a woman on a recent campaign trip to Missouri. “I spoke with a teacher in St. Louis who was out of work and she’s staying on unemployment because she said, in part, the cost of getting to and from work at a temporary teaching assignment was just so expensive, given gasoline,” Romney said. “She couldn’t afford to go back to work.”

Earlier this week, in an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, Romney also said he “absolutely” blames the president’s policies for high gas prices. When Hemmer pointed out that a Fox News poll shows the majority of Americans don’t think Obama is to blame, Romney didn’t back down. He stressed instead that the president’s decisions have sent an unacceptable signal to the world that the country is not committed to developing its own resources. That’s exactly the message the GOP candidates need to send: The policies pursued by the president and his gas hike trio — from sinking subsidies into failed solar firms to slowing the pace of permitting in the Gulf to rejecting the Keystone pipeline — will ultimately exacerbate the nation’s dependence on foreign oil. Remember: The effects of these policies will take some time to be felt. Production might be up right now and imports of foreign oil might be down — but common sense tells us that a slower pace of permitting and the rejection of the pipeline won’t help to reduce dependence. The oil and natural gas market will likely always be a global market, but the United States could wield more influence in it if the president would unleash American energy companies. Regardless of whether voters blame the president’s policies for prices or whether those policies are actually to blame for high prices, the administration has demonstrated repeatedly — by its actions, not necessarily by the president’s words — that its ultimate interest when it comes to energy is to reward preferred energy producers and punish others — and, if gas prices go up as a result, so be it.



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Salazar, Jackson, and Chu could ring as well as Martin, Barton, and Fish.

levi from queens on March 18, 2012 at 5:40 PM

yeah, it’s all about the ‘catchiness’ of phrases and terminology used…the actual issues are just a side note..

jimver on March 18, 2012 at 4:24 PM

The usual ‘bot reliance on logical fallacy, in this case the ol’ false dichotomy. It’s either got to be “catchy” or “substantial”. It can be both.

ddrintn on March 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Whuh oh. Romney saving this show of spine for when it counts? And what’s this pledge he’s made to work for O-care repeal? Hadn’t heard that. May not have to hold nose after all.

curved space on March 18, 2012 at 5:49 PM

And what’s this pledge he’s made to work for O-care repeal? Hadn’t heard that.

curved space on March 18, 2012 at 5:49 PM

He’s been making that ever since ObamaCare passed. Caveat emptor.

ddrintn on March 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Romney’s ability to do press has rapidly improved, a testament to the fact the long primary season is helping the GOP rather that hurting it.

Mutnodjmet on March 18, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Puerto Rico

Race Status Candidate Votes Vote % Del* Est. % In

Romney 3,295 86% 0 4% reporting

Santorum 297 8% 0

Gingrich 51 1% 0

Paul 25 1% 0

Can we call this race for Romney now and add the 20 Delegates to his column?

Also, as in Florida, I guess the meme Romney has an issue with Hispanic voters is wrong again.

g2825m on March 18, 2012 at 5:54 PM

O/T,

Re: Puerto Rico GOP Primary Caucus
***********************************

@caribnews tweeted:
*******************

PRELIMINARY:
************

Mitt Romney 1,232

Santorum 114

in Puerto Rico Republican primary
Submitted 27 mins ago from twitter.com/caribnews
http://www.breakingnews.com/
============================

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Also, as in Florida, I guess the meme Romney has an issue with Hispanic voters is wrong again.

g2825m on March 18, 2012 at 5:54 PM

They’ll go at least 55% for Obama in November. Betcha.

ddrintn on March 18, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Sure, Romney meant it to be taken as a criticism of obama, but using advice as a method of criticism rarely works.

To me it’s just more evidence that he’s either not thinking himself and blindly taking advice of some pretty lame advisers, or he’s not thinking and just running his mouth thinking he sounds good.

Either way it’s not very impressive.

Wolfmoon on March 18, 2012 at 5:59 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKzJtG3ecnc&feature=youtu.be

This explains and documents the differences between so-called Romneycare and Obamacare. Find out why Santorum is either dishonest or does not know how to read. Must viewing for anyone who plans to vote.

Bambi on March 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Leave Obama alone. He’s worried by the nice weather.

John the Libertarian on March 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Also, as in Florida, I guess the meme Romney has an issue with Hispanic voters is wrong again.

g2825m on March 18, 2012 at 5:54 PM

They’ll go at least 55% for Obama in November. Betcha.

ddrintn on March 18, 2012 at 5:58 PM

ddrintn
I am not so sure…depends upon if Romney (assuming he is the nominee) picks a Rubio or Allen West as VP…either way it is a strong choice and also one that can counter Obama with either Hispanic voters or blacks.

I will ADD that I HATE “identity politics” because I think that your message should resonate across the board. However, with the MSM NOT on our side we see how they frame EVERY political situation you can think of at times Republicans have to play the game to get accomplished what we need/want.

g2825m on March 18, 2012 at 6:04 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKzJtG3ecnc&feature=youtu.be

This explains and documents the differences between so-called Romneycare and Obamacare. Find out why Santorum is either dishonest or does not know how to read. Must viewing for anyone who plans to vote.

Bambi on March 18, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Bambi,
I cannot see YouTube over here in AFG where I am located but in addition what you posted also see below as what is ultimately MA Healthcare TODAY is NOT what Romney signed and admitted to by the Dems of MA.

MA Healthcare differed from what Romney wanted/signed
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/68606_Page2.html#ixzz1e23x9FNH

“We knew the next governor was likely going to be a Democrat,” said John McDonough, who at the time was the executive director of Health Care For All, a consumer advocate group. “So Democrats in the state decided to put off key decisions around implementation until a new administration came in.”

And in his book “No Apologies,” Romney concedes: “Even the best written legislation is subject to rulemaking and interpretation by political appointees and it can be adjusted by subsequent administrations.”

Another key difference is that the final bill included a “play-or-pay” provision for small businesses, something Romney had been opposed to from the beginning.

The House added the employer mandate provision — fines for small businesses that did not offer health insurance — and Romney subsequently vetoed the measure. The Legislature overrode his veto, and as a presidential candidate, Romney has been able to defend himself on this point.

Additionally, Romney notes in “No Apologies” that expensive insurance mandates like in vitro fertilization and dental care in “low-cost” insurance plans were also added to the final package despite his vetoes.

McDonough said that every stakeholder in the state, including Romney, ended up agreeing on the pillars of the law that are still in place today, but concedes that the law doesn’t reflect exactly what Romney had in mind for the state.

“The key components from Romney’s original proposal to what was in the final law are all there: insurance market reforms, the individual mandate, subsidies, the exchange,” McDonough said. “But yes, the Legislature filled in the blanks, and it’s markedly different than what he had in mind.”

g2825m on March 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Puerto Rico Update with 7% reporting.

Romney 6,552 86%

Santorum 568 7%

Gingrich 107 1%

Paul 59 1%

g2825m on March 18, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Doesn’t matter to me. I refuse to vote for Mitt Romney under any circumstances.

If that means America dies, then so be it. At least I’ll have my conscience and my faith in being true to myself.

UODuckMan on March 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Doesn’t matter to me. I refuse to vote for Mitt Romney under any circumstances.

If that means America dies, then so be it. At least I’ll have my conscience and my faith in being true to myself.

UODuckMan on March 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

I cannot believe you would vote for Obama because that would basically be what you were doing…in an Obama v Romney matchup if you did not vote for Romney.

I am saying this as a Romney supporter, I WILL VOTE FOR ANY of our candidates to get Obama out.

g2825m on March 18, 2012 at 6:19 PM

If that means America dies, then so be it. At least I’ll have my conscience and my faith in being true to myself.

UODuckMan on March 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

You do realize how profoundly self-righteous and selfish you are being? The rest of us are desperate to get out from under these socialists, and you’re too busy preening your precious principles in the mirror to help us out with your vote?

More than selfish. It’s narcissism. I never thought I’d see the day when narcissism erupted on the right.

John the Libertarian on March 18, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Once again Mitt took the moderate rino path, this time making excuses for Obama’s high oil prices. Then after a few days of polling he figures out that helping Obama and ignoring the pain of energy prices isn’t good for his campaign.

I will vote for a Conservative Republican that understands those things at the moment, not having to have it explained to him after a few days of polling.

RJL on March 18, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I cannot believe you would vote for Obama because that would basically be what you were doing…in an Obama v Romney matchup if you did not vote for Romney.

I am saying this as a Romney supporter, I WILL VOTE FOR ANY of our candidates to get Obama out.

g2825m on March 18, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I think that he’s saying that he can’t vote for a Mormon. Apparently, being true to himself means not voting for a Mormon, even though the Constitution tells us that the religion of the officeholder is irrelevant.

ghostwriter on March 18, 2012 at 6:58 PM

O/T,

Mitt Romney has won

the GOP primary in Puerto Rico, per @cnn, @nbcnews,

Submitted 4 mins ago by editor
http://www.breakingnews.com/
=============================

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 6:55 PM

canopfor on March 18, 2012 at 6:59 PM

We might be done if we elect Romney…

Orson Pratt one of the fathers of the Mormon Church said this…

Orson Pratt – Roman Catholic church never had authority, it was founded by the Devil. Protestant reformers did not restore the church, their authority came from the Catholics who only had authority from the Devil. The Seer, p. 205 (1854)

This is a very extreme position…

Someone needs to at least ask Romney about this and see if this his belief or else someone will in the general, then we are done…

MGardner on March 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Obama wants to lower the standard of living for all Americans…There is no other explanation for his war on energy production. He started by cancelling funding for the Yucca Valley nuclear storage facility and continued virtually without pause with his war on energy. He suspended gulf oil drilling permits, blocked permitting for oil exploration anywhere he could. His EPA policies have recently forced the closure of several coal fired power-plants. And most recently of all, he and democrats cancelled the Keystone pipeline project. The man even helped fund Brazilian oil exploration and boasted that we would be there best customers. So, it seems he’s not totally against energy exploration, just domestic energy…Since we need, gas, heating oil, electricity and since nearly everything that we consume including food is tied to the price of energy, the only conclusion that we can draw from Obama’s policies is that he wants to lower the standard of living for all Americans. He is the most destructive President in our history. Why on earth does he want Americans to be poor???

Nozzle on March 18, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Does Mittbot really need updated poll numbers in order to output a political response that will get him the most support? I understand that current A.I. cannot hold beliefs, but this is a little ridiculous.

I also wonder how Mittbot reconciles this pro-drilling rhetoric with his belie–er, prior programming on global warming?

mintycrys on March 18, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Romney better focus his attacks on the real issues here, such as liberty versus statism, and from his GOP competitors to Øbama, or I’ll be supporting a brokered convention and even people like Jeb Bush.

Yes, I said it. Jeb Bush. (Ughhhh!)

But what’s worse than another Bush is we lose to an Øbama.

petefrt on March 18, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Fake. Mitt never attacks Obama /

Ronnie on March 18, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Well at least Romney has one thing to argue against Obama on…about the only thing.

right2bright on March 18, 2012 at 7:33 PM

So in other words Romney doesn’t have the ummph to get noticed.

ddrintn on March 18, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Sorry, I was out for a while & didn’t see your reply to my post, but no, actually, it isn’t that Romney can’t get noticed, it is that the MSM would rather concentrate on sex & porn & how “weak” Romney is to deflect from how weak Obama actually is. To that end, they sure as heck aren’t going to report on Romney hammering away on Obama’s failed policies because that is the OPPOSITE of how to get Obama re-elected. And make no mistake, getting Obama re-elected is the MSM’s number 1 priority.

Dark Star on March 18, 2012 at 7:52 PM

If that means America dies, then so be it. At least I’ll have my conscience and my faith in being true to myself.

UODuckMan on March 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

You must not have children or grandchildren.

jazzuscounty on March 18, 2012 at 8:21 PM

If that means America dies, then so be it. At least I’ll have my conscience and my faith in being true to myself.

UODuckMan on March 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Next you’re going to tell us you’re taking your toys and going home.

Dark Star on March 18, 2012 at 8:30 PM

If that means America dies, then so be it. At least I’ll have my conscience and my faith in being true to myself.

UODuckMan on March 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Killing the baby is preferable to injuring the baby. Ooooo K.

Ronnie on March 18, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Doesn’t matter to me. I refuse to vote for Mitt Romney under any circumstances.

If that means America dies, then so be it. At least I’ll have my conscience and my faith in being true to myself.

UODuckMan on March 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Ditto.

I prefer a quick death to a slow one. I’m registered as Independent and Romney is not getting my vote. You liberal republicans will never get my support again.

Talon on March 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM

The anybody but Romney crowd remind me of the Perot voters in 1992. HW Bush wasn’t good enough for them…So, 20% of the electorate went for the real conservative Perot, and managed to install Clinton. The rest is history…

Nozzle on March 18, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Tina you are becoming a rather dull partisan parrot. So building a pipeline from Canada will reduce America’s dependence on energy imports? Right on.

lexhamfox on March 18, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Where did you read that she was claiming that exclusively would reduce our dependancy on foreign oil?

hawkdriver on March 18, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Read her own words.

The policies pursued by the president and his gas hike trio — from sinking subsidies into failed solar firms to slowing the pace of permitting in the Gulf to rejecting the Keystone pipeline — will ultimately exacerbate the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

It’s an idiotic statement.

lexhamfox on March 18, 2012 at 10:48 PM

The policies pursued by the president and his gas hike trio —

1. from sinking subsidies into failed solar firms

2. to slowing the pace of permitting in the Gulf

3. to rejecting the Keystone pipeline — will ultimately exacerbate the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

It’s an idiotic statement.

lexhamfox on March 18, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I still don’t understand how you think she’s exclusively talking about Keystone. You’re the official Korbe critic though., I’m not going to tell you your business.

hawkdriver on March 18, 2012 at 11:41 PM

I still don’t understand how you think she’s exclusively talking about Keystone. You’re the official Korbe critic though., I’m not going to tell you your business.

hawkdriver on March 18, 2012 at 11:41 PM

well, lexhamfox is right, saying that rejecting Keystone project ‘will ultimately exacerbate the nation’s dependence on foreign oil’ is a pretty dumb thing to say…Keystone project or not, we would still import oil, last time I checked Canada wasn’t incorporated in the US and was still a foreign country, so how exactly do we fix our ‘foreign oil dependence’ problem with keystone???

jimver on March 19, 2012 at 2:39 AM

Well at least Romney has one thing to argue against Obama on…about the only thing.

right2bright on March 18, 2012 at 7:33 PM

the energy policy of a country is a fundamental aspect of its economy, definitely more important that banning porn or making sure that Puerto Ricans speak English :-)…

jimver on March 19, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Romney is going to be a great president. I am excited for our future with him.

scotash on March 19, 2012 at 2:49 AM

well, lexhamfox is right, saying that rejecting Keystone project ‘will ultimately exacerbate the nation’s dependence on foreign oil’ is a pretty dumb thing to say…Keystone project or not, we would still import oil, last time I checked Canada wasn’t incorporated in the US and was still a foreign country, so how exactly do we fix our ‘foreign oil dependence’ problem with keystone???

jimver on March 19, 2012 at 2:39 AM

It seems to me that lexhamfox is being pedantic, and he misses the point. First, sinking subsidies into wind and solar power, and slowing the pace of permitting in the Gulf almost certainly will increase our dependence on foreign oil, because these policies crowd out and outright prevent private investment in viable energy production. Second, while Canada is indeed a foreign country, it is a stable country and a longtime friend to the United States, unlike the many of the other oil-producing countries. Moreover, the rejection of the Keystone Pipeline is a symbol of the Obama Administration’s antipathy towards energy, revealing Obama’s objections to energy as being ideological rather than pragmatic.

ghostwriter on March 19, 2012 at 6:07 AM

Sorry, I was out for a while & didn’t see your reply to my post, but no, actually, it isn’t that Romney can’t get noticed, it is that the MSM would rather concentrate on sex & porn & how “weak” Romney is to deflect from how weak Obama actually is.

Dark Star on March 18, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Uh, yeah I think it actually IS a little hard for Romney to get noticed unless he’s blasting Gingrich or Santorum. And it’s the Romneybots who were eager to concentrate on “sex and porn” as long as they thought it was hurting Santorum. It didn’t hurt him as much as the ‘bots would like, and now they want us to believe that Romney is out there just giving it to Obama with both barrels. Nobody cares, nobody notices, nobody wants to watch or hear, it doesn’t get coverage.

ddrintn on March 19, 2012 at 7:29 AM

the energy policy of a country is a fundamental aspect of its economy, definitely more important that banning porn or making sure that Puerto Ricans speak English :-)…

jimver on March 19, 2012 at 2:43 AM

And I’m sure Santorum has never ever mentioned energy policy, has he? Riiiiiiiight.

Scratch a Mittbot, find a lib. Same tactics, same fundamental dishonesty.

ddrintn on March 19, 2012 at 7:34 AM

The country needs to CANCEL the “Dancing with the Czars” show!!!

landlines on March 19, 2012 at 12:24 PM

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