Santorum and Gingrich target Obama
February 20th, 2012
03:06 PM ET
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Santorum and Gingrich target Obama

(CNN) - Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich ratcheted up their attacks against President Barack Obama on Monday as they competed for conservative votes ahead of primaries and caucuses in the Republican presidential race.

Campaigning in the perennial swing state of Ohio, Santorum said the president's "radical environmentalist policies" are helping push gas prices to near record highs and are threatening to derail the economic recovery.

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  1. A Texan

    Slug it out boys, just keep on slugging. Remember all the power and riches "public service" holds for the winner.

    February 20, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    Boy, Mr. Frothy needs some new tricks beyond the old tired and failed tactics of his GOBP deathcult. Blaming the president for gas prices is particularly stupid, given that prices are the result of the warmongering against Iran and Syria (which the GOBP loves to do) and the unregulated oil speculation on Wall St. (that the GOBP also loves). Nice try, Ricky Boy.

    February 20, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. diridi

    Only solution to have gas prices low, is just Push Energy-Efficiency Cars at cheaper prices. It affects all OPEC. America is #1 car driven nation. If it consumes less, they realize, and produce more for that recuperate. By then, America does not need gas any longer, because of Energy-Efficiency Cars, and Hybrid Vehicles, and Fuel-Cell-Vehicles, etc, This is the only solution. Pres. Obama has no magic wand, so is no one in Republican party. Gas went up since Bush. What did that idiot do? nothing.

    February 20, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    If Santorum is railing against Romney for being negative, why is he engaging in such juvenile attacks on the president. Not one solution for immdediate relief on rising gas prices is being offered by Ricky because he knows there is little ( if anything)the executive branch can do. Even Santorum knows this, yet he purposefully avoids offering a solution because he knows it would open up a line of attack from his primary opponants. None of these mooks can win the general because they are still fighting over the base.

    February 20, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Rising gas prices? We saw a barrel of oil hit a record $147, and gasoline at $4.43 per gallon, in 2008 before the financial collapse. When the sudden drop in demand outpaced cutback in production, the price of a barrel of oil dropped by more than 50%. The fact that a whole lot of oil speculators were put out of business and being closely scrutinized helped, too. The return to the oil/gas prices of the past signal a recovering global economy as demand increases.

    But, what can a US president do to influence those prices? Ask George W. Bush. Remember that embarassing trip Bush made to Saudi Arabia to "ask" the Saudis to increase their oil production to lower the price of a barrel of oil? He was decisively declined.

    February 20, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Domestic oil production is at an all-time high, and has been so since 2010. Now what, conservatives?

    February 20, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    Rising gas prices?...But, what can a US president do to influence those prices?
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    How about making decisions to support his nation's energy industry instead of putting off decisions based on the election cycle? Obama's decision to waffle on the Keystone pipeline for all of 2012 will absolutely cost Americans at the pump. It's not the largest factor of course, but he had that opportunity to step up and what did he do? What he always does. Stepped aside.

    February 20, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Larry in Houston

    as far as gas prices goes – it won't make much difference here in Texas – when gas was over 4.50 per gal – the ppl here in Tx. Just gets bigger cars & SUV's – everytime the gas goes higher – they drive bigger cars & SUV's – they make so much money here – it's pitiful. Jobs here are everywhere – that's why they don't worry about the gas prices here .

    February 20, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. Dennis

    Thank you team romney for inviting trump to sink willard the same way palin sunk mc cain. trump is going to double willard s perception of being damaged goods and no one can blame the democrats on that score as for rick: who takes him seriously

    February 20, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. Ms.Joi

    Well, well, well,
    Now Santorum says Obama is responsible for the high gas prices. But wait...I thought the oil company was 1 of the GOP's favorite company. Obama wants to raise taxes on folks like the oil company because the obvious they make trillions of dollars because American people need gas. But Santorum is trying to find some way to add Obama in the mix of that nonsense too. Very sad for GOP.

    February 20, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Isn't it hilarious when the conservatives who decry any type of government interference in business criticize the President for trying to install any industry regulations/discipline on anything and then turn around and blame him for the oil companies gauging us at the pump? Hilarious! The Oil Co's excuse this time is instability in Iran which is only slightly better than their excuse a few months ago, namely that we had TOO MUCH oil and had to export it.

    February 20, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:

    Obama's decision to waffle on the Keystone pipeline for all of 2012 will absolutely cost Americans at the pump.
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    Oil companies want that pipeline for one major reason. Profit.

    They have to sell those resources on the world market at a discount because additional tranportation expenses associated with tankers. Meanwhile, we in the US purchase those resources at the discounted prices. Construction of that pipeline, which goes straight to the Gulf, would enable oil companies to cease the practice of having to sell their product at a discount on the world market. Seeing how we import most of our oil and gas from north of our northern border, removing that discount would send our energy prices through the roof, equaling those seen in Europe.

    February 20, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. w l jones

    What the president can do about price of :OIL" became world king and roll back a barrel of oil to $1.50 at well head. Sad sad what can you say.

    February 20, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. Pete Clarke

    So very sad thats all the GOP could come up with. You gotta love those oil company subsidies, they pay for these guys to get elected.

    February 20, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. DENNA

    Four and the Door wrote:
    How about making decisions to support his nation's energy industry instead of putting off decisions based on the election cycle? Obama's decision to waffle on the Keystone pipeline for all of 2012 will absolutely cost Americans at the pump. It's not the largest factor of course, but he had that opportunity to step up and what did he do? What he always does. Stepped aside
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    Well if this is such a good move, why didn't George Bush do it. Those of you who defend the mess he left seem to ignore the fact that he didn't do much to help in the end either.

    February 20, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    oodle Nose Johnson
    Isn't it hilarious when the conservatives who decry any type of government interference in business criticize the President for trying to install any industry regulations/discipline on anything and then turn around and blame him for the oil companies gauging us at the pump?
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    Government interference and over-regulation of companies raise costs of doing business. This makes prices go up. Is that supposed to be funny? It seems like it makes pretty much perfect sense.

    February 20, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    "Obama's decision to waffle on the Keystone pipeline for all of 2012 will absolutely cost Americans at the pump."

    That's not even close to being in the neighborhood of the truth.

    February 20, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |