(CNN) - Rising gas prices, on the minds of many Americans, were the focus of Saturday's weekly addresses from President Barack Obama and Republican Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
In his address, Obama built on an energy speech delivered earlier this week, saying America needed an "all-of-the-above" energy policy that incorporates more than just drilling for oil.
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"There are no quick fixes to this problem, and you know we can't just drill our way to lower gas prices," Obama said. "If we're going to take control of our energy future and avoid these gas price spikes down the line, then we need a sustained, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy – oil, gas, wind, solar, nuclear, biofuels and more."
Obama took harsh aim at Republicans who promise lower gas prices, saying "some politicians always see this as a political opportunity. And since it's an election year, they're already dusting off their three-point plans for $2 gas. I'll save you the suspense: Step one is drill, step two is drill, and step three is keep drilling. We hear the same thing every year."
Republican presidential candidates often blame Obama for high gas prices on the campaign trail. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich frequently promotes his plan for $2.50 per gallon gas on the campaign trail.
Obama also campaigned on high gas prices in 2008, using ads to slam then-rival Sen. John McCain for promoting policies that increased the price at the pump.
On Saturday, Obama said voters won't be fooled by campaign rhetoric.
"The American people aren't stupid," the president said. "You know that's not a plan – especially since we're already drilling. It's a bumper sticker. It's not a strategy to solve our energy challenge. It's a strategy to get politicians through an election."
Obama laid out a plan to cut subsidies to oil companies and use the money to build a green energy infrastructure, including developing wind and solar power.
Speaking for Republicans, Hutchison said Obama's policies were to blame for higher gas prices.
"President Obama's policy has resulted in an unprecedented slowdown in new exploration and production of oil and gas," Hutchison said. "Offshore drilling permits are being issued at less than half the rate of the previous administration. The average number of leases issued on public lands is less than half that during President Clinton's term."
Hutchison said approving the Keystone oil pipeline, proposed to carry crude oil from Canada's oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast, would increase oil supply and create jobs.
"That pipeline would assure the U.S. of 830,000 barrels of oil daily - not from halfway around the world, but from our friend to the north, Canada," Hutchison said. "After four years of environmental reviews and regulatory approvals, the Obama administration is still stalling. If we wait, the Canadians have indicated they can ship their oil to China, and a huge opportunity will have been lost."
Opponents fear the pipeline may leak, damaging American natural resources. They also argue the pipeline would only increase Americans' dependence on non-renewable forms of energy like oil.