Gingrich energy ad to air in post-Super Tuesday states
March 3rd, 2012
09:36 PM ET
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Gingrich energy ad to air in post-Super Tuesday states

Bowling Green, Ohio (CNN) – Newt Gingrich is bracing for a nomination fight beyond Super Tuesday, beginning with television advertising to promote his $2.50-per-gallon gasoline plan.

The ad was posted on the campaign's website on Friday and, according to Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond, will begin airing next week in Alabama and Mississippi, states that hold primary contests on March 13.

The 30-second ad blames President Barack Obama for the recent rise in gas prices.

"Since Barack Obama's inauguration, gas prices have doubled. They didn't go down when Obama bowed to Saudi oil princes," the narrator says. "But they can go down under the Newt Gingrich $2.50 per gallon plan."

His campaign also released a 60-second web video Friday touting his plan to reduce gas prices. That video was promoted on social media and through an email fundraising campaign that began Friday. Hammond said the first round of fundraising brought in $100,000, which will be put toward the television ad buy in Alabama and Mississippi.

The former House speaker has spent much of his recent time on the campaign trail proposing solutions to bring down the price of gas and has called on the president to fire Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

The 30-second spot follows Gingrich's 30-minute energy address posted on his website and aired once in cities in Super Tuesday states including Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Washington.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Energy • Mississippi • Newt Gingrich • Tennessee
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Dan Herdegen

    So this is what it has come down to? Some $2.50 gas gimmick? So long, Newt.

    March 3, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. s

    Newt Bachmann at it again, does he think we are that stupid, on the repubs are

    March 3, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. Squigman

    Maybe the people should look to the Bill, introduced by your fellow republican, Phil Grahm, that opened the oil markets up to market prices. That's right, controls were lifted, and oil was set at market value, because of a republican. And I'm almost positive this occured during your (shortened tenure), as Speaker Of The House? Splain this Newt. There are liars, damned liars, and statistics. Spain it Newtie.

    March 3, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  4. Martha in CF

    Wake up Newt. You are having a nightmare......Another conservative saying NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 3, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. JRH

    "Gingrich looks beyond Tuesday" – into a gaping chasm. Into which we can only hope and pray he will forever more disappear, never to rear his troll-like head and hate-spewing persona ever again.

    March 3, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  6. Peter

    Eye on Newt...

    Gingrich, or any other running or sitting president, cannot magically reduce gas prices by $2 per gallon. This is just more campaign rhetoric. I'm not singling Newt out here – Romney, Santorum, Paul and Obama do the same thing. My Utopia? An election without blatant, unabashed vote pandering, and of course, some solid candidates. I don't love Barack, but at least I like him.

    March 3, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. Everybody

    Dear Mr. Gingrich,
    Nobody likes you, please go away.

    March 3, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  8. patrick

    these republican dont seems to get it. they had a president & a republican congress that had a balance budget, a surplus economy, a tax system that was fair. given to them by a tax & spend liberal democratic president. president clinton & the democrat work so hard to get this country fiscal house in order and they successed so much so that we started seeing our defict comming down. what is their campain message?

    March 3, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  9. Thomas

    What's Newt smoking ?

    250 gas , who do we need to invade this time ?

    March 3, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  10. Matthew

    I can't trust Newt..trying to take credit for Reagan's way. He compromises my freedoms way too much. Santorum is my fighting Conservative

    March 3, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  11. Name USMC jarhead

    The Grinch is irrelevent

    March 3, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. Core republican Values

    I want half a pound of whatever Newton is smoking.

    March 3, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  13. LouAz

    Marryin' Newt couldn't get elected on the Moon ! He is trying to convince Repub/TPers that his hot air is some kind of gasoline equivalent that will bring down the price to $2.50/gal !

    March 3, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  14. arale norimaki

    Oil companies are in the business for profit. Drilling for or refining more crude domestically won't do anything on the cost of gasoline.The fishy issue is why did TransCanada purchase, order and stockpile $1.9 billion in pipe on the hope that the pipeline would be built.NO company invest $1.9 billion in inventory without a firm deal in hand.

    is john Boehner being investigated for owning shares of Trans Canada?

    insider trading has been one of the perks that our Congressmen and women have gotten away with for years. When they vote on something that they have heavily invested in, it fraud at the highest level. He should be investigated

    March 3, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  15. Jim

    March 3, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  16. Jim

    This is so embarrassing...

    March 3, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  17. Anony

    great plan. will definitely be able to lower gas prices. if only obama weren't so cruel!!!

    March 4, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  18. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, B.A., J.D., S.P.J.

    Oil refineries take years to build. The price of oil would have to drop from around $100 a barrel to $30 a barrel to have $2.50 gas.The cost of refining and distributing gasoline is a huge factor in its cost, not just the price of crude. Perhaps Newt will be able to reach his goal by asking oil refineries to refine and distribute gasoline for free. Perhaps he can get the price of a five pound block of Velveeta down to $0.99 if he exploits the Moon's reserves of Green Cheese. Perhaps newt can reach his goal if we drill for oil on the moon! Perhaps he can get the price of a loaf of bread down to $0.25. all you have to do is let the government subsidize it. Newt has more in common with Hugo Chavez and Huey Long than Ronald Reagan!

    March 4, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  19. Ramesh Shrestha

    Does Ginrich own oil wells to promise that he will get us gas at $2.50 a gallon? C'mmon, be realistic! don't try to fool Americans with such cheap shots. They know better and they know that you are not being honest about things, especially given the fact that you have had history of being dishonest.

    March 4, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  20. M.K.

    He better look some where quick, he hasn't found it yet.

    March 4, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  21. talbet

    He's allowing Romney to win the nomination. Ironic?

    March 4, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  22. otermbachmann

    $2.50 gas, pumped by 12 year olds on the moon. Only in newts world.

    March 4, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  23. ThinkAgain

    The POTUS doesn't control gas prices; speculators, who never have to take possession of the oil they are "buying," do, along with OPEC, do.

    Gingrich, once again, is purposefully lying to the American public.

    March 4, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  24. Anonymous

    I wonder if Newt knows gas prices aren't controlled by congress

    March 4, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  25. drew2505

    Although education and economics aren't fully understood by most of the Alabama and Mississippi voters , surely to God none of them are stupid enough to beleive that "Obama caused world gas prices to increase" and "Gingrich can make them $2.50 a gallon". These ads dont just insult the intelligence of Americans, they demonstrate that Gingric and his campaign team actually belive they are that stupid.

    As a candidate who endorses this type of political crap, he should be ashamed of himself.

    March 4, 2012 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
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