Pro-Santorum super PAC pushes energy message
March 13th, 2012
12:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Pro-Santorum super PAC pushes energy message

Atlanta (CNN) - With the nation's attention turning to rising gas prices, the super PAC supporting Rick Santorum is now trying to tap into that concern.

The Red, White and Blue Fund bought $260,000 of television time to air an ad in Louisiana beginning Wednesday that focuses on the country's dependence on oil from overseas and how Santorum can help lead on the issue.

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"Under Barack Obama America is spending $314 billion a year on foreign oil, funding radicals with bad intentions, causing pump prices to rise drastically. Rick Santorum is the principled leader with an energy plan: develop domestic resources, utilize natural gas and power generation," states the ad. It also touts more drilling and building oil pipelines.

Santorum's campaign and the candidate's allies see an opportunity in Louisiana, which holds its primary on March 24, because of its conservative roots. Santorum will hold his election night party next Tuesday in Lafayette, Louisiana.

A new poll from WWL television showed Santorum leading the race among likely Republican voters in Louisiana. The survey indicated he received just over 25% support, while Mitt Romney came in second with just under 21%. Newt Gingrich followed with almost 20% and Ron Paul had less than 6%. The poll showed more than a quarter of GOP voters are still undecided.

"We are confident tonight will be a good night, and we are now looking at other states to add to our momentum," Stuart Roy, an adviser to the super PAC, said in a statement. "President Obama's energy policies have been a disaster, but Rick Santorum has an energy plan to not only bring down the price at the pump but also to create the jobs we need at home."

Until now the only entity with television ads in Louisiana was Restore Our Future, the super PAC promoting Romney. It has purchased about $450,000 worth of commercial time in the state so far.

Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator, has said he would remove bans on onshore and offshore drilling, promote private sector drilling for natural gas and eliminate energy subsidies and tax credits, steps he says will promote more energy production. He would also immediately approve the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, which the Obama administration has opposed.

Gingrich has recently focused much of his campaign on the energy issue, vowing to bring gas prices down to $2.50 a gallon if he is elected. The former House speaker has modest ad buys in Alabama and Mississippi pushing the theme.

Romney has said the president should open more domestic sites for drilling as one way to alleviate dependence on foreign oil, and to do more to promote natural gas reserves in the country.

Recent polls show many Americans are worried about gas prices. In an ABC News/Washington Post survey taken between March 7 and March 10, 89% of registered voters said they were either very or somewhat concerned about the recent spike. In the same poll 63% said the increase has caused financial hardship for the family.

Asked if there's anything the Obama administration could do to reduce gas prices, 50% said yes while 45% said it was beyond its control. A recent CBS/New York Times poll, conducted between March 7 and March 11, showed 54% of Americans think a president can do a lot to control the prices, while 36% said it was beyond a president's control. The president's overall approval numbers, as well as his numbers on the handling of the economy, have decreased in the past month as the country has seen the rise at the pump.


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Dependence on foreign oil is down under President Obama. That's a FACT! The republican energy plan is drill baby drill. That's not a plan despite what factually challenged people like Newt try and make you believe. As far as Rick and the Keystone Pipeline goes, that project is dead on arrival with voters. Prove to us that you can drill safely and not cause an environmental catastrophe and maybe we'll reconsider.

    March 13, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. steve

    pander pander pander

    March 13, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. John/kc

    I hear that building that keystone pipeline will result in gasoline prices in the mid west going up 40 cents a gallon. This is due to the fact that oil produced in the mid west is retained in that area causing a somewhat glut. If the pipeline is built, that mid west oil will be pipped to the gulf along with the Canadian oil, and all would be shipped overseas to the highest bidder. This is why the oil companies, including the Koch brothers want this pipeline built. Mid west gasoline would be $4.50 a gallon just like it is on the east and west coast.

    March 13, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    "Under Barack Obama America is spending $314 billion a year on foreign oil, funding radicals with bad intentions, causing pump prices to rise drastically. Rick Santorum is the principled leader with an energy plan: develop domestic resources, utilize natural gas and power generation," states the ad. It also touts more drilling and building oil pipelines.
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    Here are the facts, people. Let's assume that we could wake up one day, and have all of the infrastructure in place to use our own resources, not importing a single drop of fossil fuels. Le's suppose we can. Did you know that we would run out of our resources in less than 10 years? Then we would be more dependent than ever on imported fossil fuels.

    This is the future that Santorum is describing. "We don't need to import, if we simply drilled for more of our own."

    March 13, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. out of step

    Yes Ricky, there is no global warming, there is absolutly no adverse effects to our planet from the emissions around the world. Throwing trash into oceans and rivers actually helps our planet. Even though more oil is being pumped in the US then ever before... you want to ignore it. Does being dishonest and pandering to those who want to destroy our planet really make you feel good about yourself. Why did you bring so many kids into this world and decide not to protect them?

    March 13, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    John/kc wrote:

    I hear that building that keystone pipeline will result in gasoline prices in the mid west going up 40 cents a gallon.
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    Haven't heard that, but it does not surprise me that a study would show that result. I have been posting for weeks that the pipeline would result in higher prices for oil and gas as the debate over it heats up and gets hotter. Prices would go up even faster if construction on the thing actually began as oil companies would use the same excuses that power companies used back when they were still building nuclear power plants. "We need this now to pay for construction, but will reduce the price later."

    Some folks think that I am out of my mind for restating history. They don't believe that is what occurred during the debate and construction of the Alaska pipeline. A barrel of oil nearly quadrupled during the construction of the Alaska Pipeline. Hopefully the Keystone Pipeline would cause prices to quadruple, but you can expect to see it at least nearly double.

    March 13, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Asked if there's anything the Obama administration could do to reduce gas prices, 50% said yes while 45% said it was beyond its control. A recent CBS/New York Times poll, conducted between March 7 and March 11, showed 54% of Americans think a president can do a lot to control the prices, while 36% said it was beyond a president's control. "

    So only about 40% actually have some understanding of hwo it works? Sounds about right. We're definitely a majority stupid country.

    March 13, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. Mikey

    Drill, baby, drill part 2. Increasing demand from China and India makes drilling our way out of our energy problems impossible. If we increase production, it will add a small amount to the overall global supply. OPEC will be able to easily adjust their production to keep prices high. We will spend our oil reserves satisfying China's and India's demand. 20 years from now, we will be in a worse position. Without development of alternatives, especially renewable sources, and increasing efficiency and conservation, drilling is a really bad idea. The Obama Administration is using the right approach.

    March 13, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. EatRunDive

    I'm very concerned about funding radicals with bad intentions. Who knows what those Canadians will do next?

    March 13, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Malory Archer

    With the exception of nationalizing American oil companies, there is nothing the President can do about the price of gasoline. We could open up the entire nation to drilling and it won't do a thing to lower the price because the market and speculators dictate price. Additionally, who is to say the oil companies won't front-load the costs of drilling new wells and building new refineries onto the current price of gasoline. Progress Energy may or may not build a new nuke plant here in Florida, but thanks to the the state public service commission (all R's btw) who are supposed to work for the people, the CUSTOMERS and NOT THE INVESTORS are on the hook for the $1.1B pricetag up front, whether the plant gets built or not! The R's would allow exactly the same thing pertaining to oil.

    March 13, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Paul1st

    Santorum reveals his energy plan – Pray for Oil.

    March 13, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Rangerras

    I hope as we move forward, that we start hearing less and less from ayatollah religious, social reformist Santorum until he finally fades away!!!! GO TEAM ROMNEY!

    March 13, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Richard Miller

    Here is my first act as president-nationalize the oil industry in this country, fire all of the people connected with the oil companies making over $150,000.00 per year as most are non productive people anyway, built six new mega refineries in the middle of the country away from hurricanes, tornadoes and stupid people, make it illegal to speculate in commodities such as oil, and drug and alcohol test all members of Congress and each state legislator.

    March 13, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Dependence on foreign oil is down under President Obama. That's a FACT! "

    It's also why that ad doesn't mention the starting point at the beginning of Obama's term compared to now...the change in spending on foreign oil or the change in foreign oil imports under Obama...and instead just throws a big number at you with no context whatsoever in hopes you'll just take it on face value that $314B is somehow, without any explanation hatsoever, a horrifying number, somehow shows no improvement over Obama's term and is smoehow, quite magically and directly linked to the current price of gas at the pump. It's smoke and mirrors. They don't want you to know that spending on and imports of foreign oil have dropped. They simply want you to MISPERCEIVE that right now they are awful an tha cause of our gas prices. Neither is the truth.

    March 13, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    in the meantime Ricky why not play some of those FoxNews snips from 2008 where they are defending then President Bush over high gas prices. That should go over pretty well with the far right wing bunch don't you think?

    March 13, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Lolo

    This is the only solution they have is drill. What about finding new sources of energy? These people are a joke. Just love to keep aiding big oil and stepping on the little people. Please vote Democrat or you will be very sorry. The republicans have no plans for Americas future, they just want to keep doing the same old thing hoping for different results and lining their pockets.

    March 13, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Here is my first act as president-nationalize the oil industry in this country, fire all of the people connected with the oil companies making over $150,000.00 per year as most are non productive people anyway, built six new mega refineries in the middle of the country away from hurricanes, tornadoes and stupid people, make it illegal to speculate in commodities such as oil, and drug and alcohol test all members of Congress and each state legislator."

    Pretty impressive. So your second act as POTUS would be attending your impeachment hearing?

    March 13, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. Now we know what Rick's "values" are ...

    ...and as usual it's all about the Benjamins, selling out to Big Oil. These right-wingers' "values" crap is a way to lure in the stupid so those voters will support the big business oligarchy taking over the U.S. Gotta hand it to the richies, they're pretty smart at sneaking their thievery in on the backs of politicians' beating their chests about how "moral" they are.

    March 13, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Donnie

    The muscles in her cheekbones must ache big time. Ann Romney always looks like she really does want to strangle somebody, no matter who, and Callista looks like she is mentally thinking of which bauble at Tiffany she wants to buy. Politicians' wives don't have it that easy.

    March 13, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. Al-NY,NY

    out of step

    Yes Ricky, there is no global warming, there is absolutly no adverse effects to our planet from the emissions around the world. Throwing trash into oceans and rivers actually helps our planet. Even though more oil is being pumped in the US then ever before... you want to ignore it. Does being dishonest and pandering to those who want to destroy our planet really make you feel good about yourself. Why did you bring so many kids into this world and decide not to protect them?
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    It doesn't matter what Sanctimonious says. All these sheep hear is (Charlie Brown teacher-speak) "waa waa waa. Obama evil. waa waa waa. Obama muslim" etc.

    March 13, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. diridi

    Just an idiot and Thug of this nation....hogwash. 3rd century ideology....nonsense, disgrace to the USA.

    March 13, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. cali girl

    A Galllon of gas where I live is in the neighborhood of 4.35 a gallon. Who gets a cut? OPEC, the country it came from, the wall street speculators, the oil drilling company, the oil tanker who takes it for processing, the oil processor, the truck driver who delivers it to the gas station, and the gas station, AND Federal taxes, State Taxes, County Taxes, City Taxes. Also an additive is put into our gas in the spring, taken out later in the year, and a law voters made to add 2 cents of every gallon to go to road improvement. So for all of you who think the President can get the cost lower, tell me which of these areas he has control over. Only the Federal Taxes which would change my cost of 4.35 to 4.27. Wake up people.

    March 13, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |