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. WhereIsPalin

    Hey, has anyone heard that when Obama came to office gas prices were 1.78? and now they're approaching 4? OK. Let's look at it another way. Has anyone heard that when Obama came to office we were fighting the biggest recession some had ever experienced? Some even called it a depression. Maybe the "free market" is anticipating a recovery? Maybe the "free market" speculators are pushing the price up? Would drilling in the Gulf or in Alaska really solve this? Do you want the govt involved or not?

    And how do you stop the "the state sponsor of terror in the world" from becoming nuclear? How long have we known that they were going nuclear? When were you first talking about it, Mitt?

    March 13, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. Wake up people

    @Real Truth, thank you, I was just telling my best friend this yesterday. It looks like someone is trying to force us into war.... Rethugs strike again. Gas prices spike and now an American soldier goes on a rampage killing women and children, if this doesn't reek of rethuglicans I don't know what does.

    OBAMA 2012!
    Unless you all want to be out of jobs again but this time without unemployment.

    March 13, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. John

    The President of the US has NO CONTROL over the Price of Gasoline. The Price of Gasoline Is Control by the Stock Market. So get all these Millionaire and Billionaire to quit buy It and just holding on to It and the Price will go down.

    March 13, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Mitt Romney Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Mannequin Mitt, is just jumping on the Newt's $2.50 gas bandwagon!

    This idiot is looking at the polls to spew his "canned speeches" written by Karl Rove and the Koch brothers...thiis coming from a guy whose only experience with the economy is being a "Vulture Capitalist"!!!


    March 13, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I still say Mitt Romney has not released more tax returns is because they would show that his "capital gains" is actually "earned income", which would be a major filing error. I though capital gains was income from your invested money, not from someone else's invested money.

    March 13, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    Can you imagine having this evader as president for four years? I can't. I don't want a president who feels in order to "connect" with me he has to talk down to me. While in California – he loves surfing, in Florida – he loves the beaches, in Mississippi – he loves cheesy grits, in New York – he loves those pizzas. No thanks. Why can't this jerk concentrate on the issues for once in his life and QUIT trying to appease us?

    As far as using the gas issue for votes – no surprise there. The man will use anyone and anything at his disposal to get to the White House and it looks as though the American people like being used.

    March 13, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Mitt is focusing on 2 things he has no control over: the President and gas/oil prices. He should be focusing on things he can control, like his rampant foot-in-mouth disease.

    March 13, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. chris

    John, i hate to tell you this, but gasoline is not traded on the stock exchanges... and Mannequin, A day working in the private sector makes anyone more qualified than obama as president, the community organizer in chief.

    March 13, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "I still say Mitt Romney has not released more tax returns is because they would show that his "capital gains" is actually "earned income", which would be a major filing error. I though capital gains was income from your invested money, not from someone else's invested money."

    It's a major league loophole that allows them to treat that earned income as capital gains. You can bet it was bought and paid for by the exact same people who receievd million dollar bonuses with rtaxpayer money after they tanked the economy. In other words, more of Mittens' rich friends.

    March 13, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. Patriot

    Wait...according to the right wing nuts, Bush wasn't responsible for gas prices...but now they think Obama is. lolz

    March 13, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Hawk in Texas

    It seems that the republicans have all forgotten about the biggiest spike in gasoline prices came under the republican controlled house and senate under bush. for the last 12 years gasoline has climbed steadily it rises then drops back then it will climb back up a little higher. it is the oil companys that have rabid greed. they are making billions at the taxpayers expense. as far as more drilling the new wells would not come on line for several years. the republicans scream drill baby drill. yet the oil companys hold thousands of acres of leases that they are just holding not drilling on.wake up people there is no shortage of oil in america.

    March 13, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    chris, people do speculate on oil and they trade stocks on the oil compaines, so, for all intents and purposes, it is traded. By the way, Romney is not running to be an events coordinator, like the Olympics: if his rallies in MI were any indication, the GOP is crewed with him as the nominee.

    March 13, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. mctampa

    Chris, you are both right and wrong; it is not traded per se but the speculation is done on the stock market and that is in part what is driving up prices. Now that you have been educated, say hello the rest of the your clan, mother and father (brother and sister) and the your inbred sliblings!

    March 13, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    so they want to blame high gas prices on Obama, despite when they reached 4 dollars a gallon in 2008 when Bush was president somehow that wasn't his fault. And they can't lie because there is tape to PROVE what the Republicans were saying then. Well let me ask you this, just WHICH party profits from the gas prices being so high? Well it's not the Democrats that's for sure and the party that is in the back pocket of Big Oil I am sure in private is hoping the prices stay high bcause once they start to fall they have lost their sticking point of attack.

    March 13, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. Hawk in Texas

    If the goverment would start charging speculators with market manulaption the price of gasoline would drop way down.

    March 13, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Natalie

    @Chris, your comments are bogus. Obama has got more experience now than Mittens does in his little finger. Obama has faced the toughest Presidency in modern times, so let go of the "no experience" BS; it does not hold water except for Fox Noise junkies. Gas is controlled by speculators largely; not the POTUS. Another empty rhetoric piece drummed up by the desparate GOP. MIttens is a pandering phoney. Between the wealthy who want to avoid paying their fair share of taxes and the ignorant who vote against their best interestes, the GOP continues to hold their die-hards. Get out an vote, Dems!

    March 13, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. Malory Archer

    chris, then it's a good thing the 2008 also-ran didn't win! Thay guy was BORN on the government dime and has spent his entire life there. If there were a dictionary or encyclopedia entry for "NO private sector experience" it would be grumpy old man's photo & bio!

    March 13, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. NT

    The real reason for rising gas prices over time is not the supply of oil. It actually has to do with the weakeness of the US dollar since oil is traded in US currency. This is a result of decades of devaluation of the currency by Federal Reserve printing money out of thin air and wasteful govt. overspending. Both democratic and republican administrations are to blame for this. It is time to stop the madness.

    RON PAUL 2012..... The only man with SENSIBLE SOLUTIONS to all these issues

    March 13, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Txjack

    @ Wake up People..

    That’s right blame everything that is wrong on Bush and the Republicans.

    We see what y9ou have to say when your great obama leads you to the poor house.
    And you waiting in line for your food stamps and unemployment check.

    You probably find a way to make that the Republicans fault too.

    March 13, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. diridi

    this guy is a nasty idiot. Tax evader. stashes money in Cayman Island, now comes for your Votes....If you care for America, drive this devil out. o.k, biggest thug of the nation. o.k,

    March 13, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Wake up people

    I don't know about anyone else but when President Obama was elected wasn't gas somewhere around $4 per gallon? Why are they telling these blatant lies and who in their right mind believes this garbage?? Anyone with a brain that went to elementary school should know about supply and demand. And to the tea baggers and rethugs, most black muslims in America don't even like or support President Obama. Idiots.

    March 13, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Rick in Az


    According to John McCain, Sarah Palin is more qualified than Mitt Romney.

    March 13, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Ivan

    What needs to happen is an end needs to be put to this Market Speculation BS.

    When Gas jumps .25-35 cents a day in the USA, in Europe and other countries it only goes up .1-.2 cents a day.

    The other countries regulate it like a utility, no crazy jumps in prices.

    Just like with the pharmaceutical companies, a prescription in the US costs $125.00 and in other countries $28.00

    We are the only country in the world that pay the most for everything.

    It’s is all because of GREED and corrupt politicians that are bought and paid for by these companies.

    March 13, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. David in FL

    @ everyone .. relax, nobody is all good and nobody is all bad we are all a composite of our goods and bads. What the majority of you are doing is spreading Bias, not Truth. I admit I am Romney Biased and tend to overlook some of his faults. The typical posters on this board slant towards Obama, and in some ways the guy can do NO WRONG, which is what a lot of us "GOP'ers" can't really stomach. Both sides Spin, Both sides overemphasize good qualities, the reality is it takes more than just 1 man to fix anything and the more we bicker and fight each other the less gets done. Am I wrong?

    March 13, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Does anyone out there actually know what Mitt Romney would actually cut to balance the annual budget if he were elected POTUS? Consider that his proposed tax cut would amount to over $500 billion annually in reduced revenue. Consider that the recent annual defiicits have run close to to $1.5 trillion.

    Mitt Romney would need to find a way to cut $2 trillion dollars out of government spending every year to meet his promise of balancing the budget. He needs to explain to the people exactly how he would do that.

    March 13, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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