Romney focused on Obama and gas prices, not competitors
March 13th, 2012
02:24 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney focused on Obama and gas prices, not competitors

Kirkwood, Missouri (CNN) – Mitt Romney did not mention either of his GOP rivals on the day of a hard-fought pair of Republican contests, but instead kept his focus on President Obama and rising fuel prices at a Missouri rally.

Polls show the GOP candidate riding a wave of momentum in Alabama and Mississippi, where voters weigh in Tuesday night and where his competitors feverishly campaigned hours before the votes.

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After adding extra events in each state over the weekend, Romney moved onto Missouri – and a general election focus – on Tuesday.

The GOP candidate offered sympathy to small business owners struggling with the cost of fuel, and blamed the president for failing to take advantage of America's oil resources in the Gulf of Mexico and off Alaska's coast.

Romney also pushed back against a criticism from Obama over the Republican candidates' rhetoric on Iran. At a recent speech to a pro-Israel lobby, President Obama faulted the Republican candidates for making "loose talk" on Iran and suggested their rhetoric could help Iran's leaders by pushing up oil prices.

"Frankly, it's disappointing to have the president of the United States take a serious foreign policy issue, which is Iran, the state sponsor of terror in the world becoming nuclear, and trying to turn that into saying we're somehow responsible for high gasoline prices in this country," Romney said. "It's a real stretch, even for a guy who's gotten pretty good at making excuses."

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    And precisely when does the MSM stop doing the GOP/Teatrolls the favor of pretending the POTUS can control gas prices? Seriously. Is that on your "journalistic integrity calendar" yet or what?

    And no...I didn't blame Dubya. It's a favorite during every presidential election for both sides to yammer about gas prices and blame it on the sitting POTUS and it's freekin nonsense that should've been thoroughly debunked by now so the discussion can move on from fairy tale theater type crap like "the POTUS can effect gas prices lickity split."

    March 13, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. Dave

    Ok Mr Tabby Nackle, What exactly is your plan on Iran, PUT UP OR SHUT UP!!!!

    March 13, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. stewart

    either he is a free market guy or he is not he cannot have it both ways

    March 13, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. Jimm

    Still wondering how invading Iran will help gas prices?

    March 13, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "It's a real stretch, even for a guy who's gotten pretty good at making excuses."

    Really? It's a "stretch" to think that blathering irreponsibly about initiating more military-industrial-complex wargames in the Middle East could encourage speculators to bet on the price going up as a result of supply being attenuated by such military action? Huh. I guess we'll all have to throw out our Econ 101 textbooks and get the one Mittens is using.

    What IS a stretch is to believe that any sitting POTUS has direct and quick-acting control over the price of gas outside of taking actions like encouraging speculators or engaging in military games. Any and every economist with expertise in the oil market will tell you that. It's pur foolishness that the MSM encourages because it makes for great "news"...i.e., trumped up controversy that draws viewers who they can then blast with advertising/commercials.

    March 13, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Wake up people

    Since when? This morning? All this out of touch idiot does is focus on "getting Obama out of the White House." Now that he thinks he has the nom, it's time to lie about gas prices. Mittens probably has no idea how much it costs to fill up those Caddies he loves bragging about. Lies, lies and more lies.

    OBAMA 2012!

    March 13, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Jake

    do you really think the Romney family comprehends the difference between $2 and $5 gas?

    March 13, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Dave

    Ok, here is what I know, the inside scoop is that The Prez is actually going to allow the Keystone pipeline with 1 MAJOR condition, that is that ALL the flow from it has to go to this Countrys supply, yes the American People, Good job MR Prez!

    March 13, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. ST

    If they do not give any alternative of solving the problem, there is no any need to listen to them. Blaming is so easy, BUT telling people what you will do instead, is something they can't even dare to say.

    March 13, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. joe

    Too bad we can't run our cars on hot air. Romney would have solved the energy problems months ago.

    March 13, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. GI Joe.

    His prissy little walk in his mom jeans and his stuttering stumbling about being friends with this nation's wealthiest makes me feel uncomfortable. If we could collect all the gas from his lying face, prices would fall immediately.

    March 13, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. king

    Obama has set up this country to produce more oil than any other country by 2015, I wonder what these repubs talking points is going to be now. OPEC have more oil than the world needs, and the price is still going up, we need alternative green energy. America you need to support green energy before its too late. Stop supporting the repubs disasterous drill baby drill mantra, the earth might have long left.

    March 13, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. The REAL Truth

    Of course, it could be coincidental timing of the increase – completely unjustified (based on my research) – with the election season. Have we not already tried to inflame the Afghan war by burning Quran's and now having some soldier kill a bunch of civilians? Who would benefit from escalated military action in that part of the world, the ensuing impact to Wall St. and gas prices. Not I said the GOP [indignantly] !

    March 13, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Doreen Johnson

    OMG – do Americans ever look outside their borders? The whole world is paying higher gas prices. Is that Obama's fault too?

    March 13, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. GI Joe.

    Cut taxes for the wealthy and attack Iran - that will lower gas prices, give everyone a job, and bring wealth and happiness to the 99%.

    March 13, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. mctampa

    Visions of the future, a lying pandering fiend whos friends own everything!

    March 13, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Just Say No to Flipper

    Rmoney really has his mouth full of lies here. First of all, gas prices have dropped in many places over the last week or so. More importantly however, is that Rmoney's statements disprove the LSD groupies' talking points manure about how Rmoney is "smart" and a "good man." Proof? If he's "smart" he knows that Gulf of Mexico drilling will do little to nothing to reduce gas prices. Just look at how prices have risen even as US output has already gone up, thanks the warmongering neocons like Rmoney and the speculators Rmoney has not called to regulate. So, by making such a false statement, Rmoney is either (a) far more stupid than his supporters will admit or (b) he is a a weaselly snake oil salesman who will say whatever he thinks will get him votes, even though he knows what he says is a lie. There you have it, folks, Rmoney can't be "intelligent" and "good." Which is it? I suspect it's neither.

    March 13, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. diridi

    What does this idiot do on Gas prices. Make you eat Beans? Is that gas this idiot thinks of. nonsense. He wants to go to Iran War. Does he send his five children whom he already gave 1 million each that was stashed in Cayman Island, Bermuda, and Swiss Accounts. Nonsense idiot. When he was a governor, Massachusetts was 49th out 50 in job creation. Didn't he comment on "I am not concerned about very poor...dt jan31,2012. nonsense idiot. Not fit for any public office.

    March 13, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Rickster

    "What could be worse than being a member of the House or Senate at a time when only one in 10 give Congress a good-to-excellent rating? How about being the congressional leader voters like the least.

    Getting that crown, with a 61 percent unfavorable rating, is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, followed closely by her Senate Democratic colleague, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has a 55 percent unfavorable rating in a new poll."
    Democrats are loons.

    March 13, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. CoJo

    got to love the way people say, drill baby drill. If they did the research or even read the reports they should know how long it would take to find, retrieve and refine the oil such that it can be used for consumers. Anyone who thinks new oil can be found and gotten ready for consumers within a short period of time is spouting off and doesn't know what they are talking about.

    March 13, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Satberry

    Willard will say anything just give him enough rope.When the prices recede Willard will flip flop and say it had nothing to do with president Obama.One thing you can count on is wishy washy Willard.

    March 13, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "do you really think the Romney family comprehends the difference between $2 and $5 gas?"

    Of course they's right there in the polling data!

    How's that song go? "You're out of touch...I'm out of time..." Clock's ticking Mittens...14:59 and counting.....

    March 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "OMG – do Americans ever look outside their borders? The whole world is paying higher gas prices. Is that Obama's fault too?"

    I'm very sorry, but habitual tinfoil hat use has been found to cause myopia, so for a large portion of the 'Murikan populace, they can't even see past their own noses, let alone the forest for the trees.

    March 13, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    If Mitt Romney knows how to lower gas prices, then why doesn't he be a patriot and let us in on the little secret?

    March 13, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |

    Obama 2012!!!!

    March 13, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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