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Obama campaign: Consumers ‘don’t blame’ the president for gas prices
The Hill ^ | 3/02/12 | Ben Geman

Posted on 03/02/2012 2:36:36 PM PST by Libloather

Obama campaign: Consumers ‘don’t blame’ the president for gas prices
By Ben Geman - 03/02/12 10:26 AM ET

A top official with President Obama’s reelection campaign expressed confidence Friday that consumers won’t punish Obama politically for rising gas prices and touted “significant accomplishments” on energy, including tougher auto mileage rules.

“They don’t blame the president. They understand what’s going on with the global marketplace,” said Stephanie Cutter, the president’s deputy campaign manager, on MSNBC. “But they also acknowledge that we have to do everything we can to make sure that America is independent and not tied to foreign oil and they appreciate what the president has done.”

Republicans on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail have increasingly attacked the White House over gasoline prices amid the recent run-up. Obama’s energy record was already under fire over the bankruptcy of the Energy Department-backed solar company Solyndra.

The White House has moved to rebut attacks on both fronts, an effort that includes a pair of energy-themed speeches over the last week. The Obama campaign used its first advertisement in January to tout the president's overall energy record and to parry attacks over Solyndra from the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

“We chose to respond because we are not going to sit back and let these untruths be said about the president,” Cutter said Friday. “The president is proud, we are proud of the president’s record on clean energy and on ensuring all options are on the table, an all-of-the-above approach is being taken to ensure that Americans are not dependent on foreign oil.

“We are seeing right now the volatility that comes with being dependent on foreign oil, and we have got some significant accomplishments under our belt, doubling fuel efficiency standards, having the lowest dependency on foreign oil in 16 years, the highest production in eight years — these are real facts,” she added.

Republicans in Congress and on the stump say the White House is keeping too many areas off-limits to drilling, including the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and want faster permitting for drillers on public lands and in Gulf of Mexico areas where development is already authorized.

They have also taken aim at Obama’s rejection of a cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring Canadian oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.

Gasoline has increasingly become the stuff of election-year battles even though policymakers have few options, especially in the near term, to substantially affect prices at the pump, which are tethered to crude oil prices set on global markets.

A new Pew Research Center-Washington Post poll shows that 18 percent of adults surveyed say President Obama is most to blame for rising gasoline costs. The poll generally showed that the public spreads blame among a number of parties and causes.

Regular gasoline prices are now averaging $3.74 per gallon nationwide and have surged above $4 in some areas, according to AAA.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blame; bs; campaign; gas; noproblemthen; prices
The 'global marketplace' created tougher auto mileage rules? That seems odd.

I'm picking up a theme here - NOTHING is Hussein's fault nor can ANYTHING be Hussein's fault. Am I close?

1 posted on 03/02/2012 2:36:43 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

I do.


2 posted on 03/02/2012 2:38:31 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Libloather

Put an “R” next to Obama’s name and I bet the Dems would have demanded he resign for these gas prices..but hey it’s Obama..he can get away with anything


3 posted on 03/02/2012 2:39:28 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Libloather

I support President Obama’s 999 plan. /s
Gas at $9.99 a gallon.
Such a deal.


4 posted on 03/02/2012 2:40:44 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Libloather

You mean those 49.5% that don’t pay income tax also don’t pay for gas?


5 posted on 03/02/2012 2:41:09 PM PST by Cyman
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To: Libloather

Ha ha ha ha ha. When Bush was in office the MSM and Dems (is there really a difference) blamed him for high has prices, but BHO who has done everything to restrict access to oil is not at fault at all.


6 posted on 03/02/2012 2:42:42 PM PST by matt04
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To: Libloather

Wrong! We blame him every chance we get. It is his fault entirely!


7 posted on 03/02/2012 2:43:26 PM PST by Pat4ever
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To: Pat4ever

People dont blame him but the same people also enjoyed dinner with Elvis last night


8 posted on 03/02/2012 2:46:26 PM PST by italianquaker ( Mr Obama inherited an AAA rating and made it AA, thnx Resident Zero)
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To: Libloather

Oh, I so hope Obambi and his idiot groupies believe this, and stay the status quo...


9 posted on 03/02/2012 2:48:17 PM PST by Fedupwithit ("Live free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils" - Gen. John Stark)
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To: Libloather

You’ve got it. Dear Leader can do no wrong. It’s not in his nature to make a mistake.

Gas could be $10.00/gallon and bread $20 a loaf, and the media will salivate over this guy. Tingles up and down the leg. Greatest president ever.

/s


10 posted on 03/02/2012 2:48:49 PM PST by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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To: Libloather

“touted “significant accomplishments” on energy”

i.e. Solyndra.


11 posted on 03/02/2012 2:49:22 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
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To: Libloather
"A top official with President Obama’s reelection campaign expressed confidence Friday that consumers won’t punish Obama politically for rising gas prices"

Does she have any basis for this assertion, or is this just a combination of delusion and denial?

(Noting that Zero's energy secretary said this week that rising gas prices were a good thing, perhaps she means that she thinks voters will credit the Obama administration for high gas prices?)

12 posted on 03/02/2012 2:49:46 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Libloather

I’m getting really annoyed with this administration constantly telling me what I think and how I feel.


13 posted on 03/02/2012 2:50:52 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface)
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To: Libloather

14 posted on 03/02/2012 2:51:46 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Libloather

“A new Pew Research Center-Washington Post poll shows that 18 percent of adults surveyed say President Obama is most to blame for rising gasoline costs.”

Pew is a vile propaganda machine for leftists and the rat party. It always has been. Believe nothing these Nazis say. Here’s the story -

http://www.infowars.com/articles/us/campaign_finance_reform_conspiracy.htm


15 posted on 03/02/2012 2:52:49 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: Libloather

I’m a consumer and I blame Obama.


16 posted on 03/02/2012 2:53:42 PM PST by Texas56
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To: matt04
Ha ha ha ha ha. When Bush was in office the MSM and Dems (is there really a difference) blamed him for high has prices, but BHO who has done everything to restrict access to oil is not at fault at all.

When Bush was in office, rising gas prices meant that "Bush and Cheney are helping their friends in the oil business."

Falling gas prices meant "Big Oil is keeping prices low to help Bush and Cheney get re-elected."

17 posted on 03/02/2012 2:55:58 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Libloather

Next time when one fills up, we should all stick a picture of a grinning Obama to the pump. Pass it on!


18 posted on 03/02/2012 2:59:46 PM PST by jacob allen
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To: Deo volente

Of course, just look at Chavez in Venezuala. Obama and the press are exactly the same.

Whenever some bass-ackwards policy goes disastrously wrong, it isn’t their G-d made flesh that failed, it was the vile business sabatours that caused the glorious workers to miss their 5-year production quotas.

Power to the People, baby! Viva la revalucion! (end sarc)


19 posted on 03/02/2012 3:09:12 PM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: Libloather

Yes we do.


20 posted on 03/02/2012 3:09:12 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: jacob allen

I like that idea.


21 posted on 03/02/2012 3:24:38 PM PST by matt04
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To: Libloather

Those who worship him will not blame him for anything. He can do no wrong. Republicans could run ads 24/7 that simply show gas prices when obama took office compared to gas prices today. Wouldn’t change one worshipper’s mind.

This is why dems can say anything they want when a republican is president then say the opposite when a democrat is president. They can get away with it because those who worship him also worship everyone with a “d” behind their name. Even the dumb ones.


22 posted on 03/02/2012 3:41:36 PM PST by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." - Peter Griffin)
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To: Libloather

The media is working so hard to deflect the blame from Obama. The hypocrisy is amazing. There are youtube clips of Obama blaming Bush for high gas prices. And yet they act like his campaign (rhetoric, i.e. low gas prices, cutting deficit in half) never happened.

In fact they act like he hasn’t been president the past 3 years. And is just warming up.


23 posted on 03/02/2012 4:32:53 PM PST by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else (Maybe Tim Thomas))
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To: Libloather

I’m a consumer.

it is Obama’s fault.


24 posted on 03/02/2012 7:46:11 PM PST by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: Libloather

I’m a consumer.

it is Obama’s fault.


25 posted on 03/02/2012 7:48:21 PM PST by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: Libloather

Everytime I fill up I write,”How’s that hope and change working for you?” on the pump in ball point.


26 posted on 03/02/2012 7:49:21 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: Libloather

Many conservatives are saying that gas prices need to keep going up prior to the election to get Obama out of office.

Many believe that Obama will do something such as take gas from our Strategic Reserve to bring the gas price down so he can be reelected.

I agree.

Obama’s Answer For High Gas Prices Is Class Warfare

Posted 03/02/2012 07:03 PM ET

Energy: President Obama’s election-year prescription to accelerate steeply higher energy prices is to add billions of dollars to the oil companies’ tax bills. Expensive gasoline fits the Obama political template.

‘Every time you fill up the gas tank, they’re making money.” That applause line, delivered Thursday by the president from Nashua, N.H., speaks volumes about the thinking that lies at the root of this presidency.

Resentment against the successful is what Barack Obama wants to cultivate among Americans, dividing the dependents of the government, who pay no income taxes to fund it, against the nation’s private-sector producers, who finance the state’s dependency machine by paying the vast bulk of the income taxes.

Fed up with prices at your local gas station going up, up and away, past the $4 level toward $5 and even higher? The president says you should take out your frustration by telling Congress to end the perfectly reasonable oil-and-gas industry tax deductions on drilling costs and other technical aspects of production.

http://news.investors.com/articleprint/603122/201203021903/obama-oil-company-taxes-economically-irrational.aspx


27 posted on 03/03/2012 6:38:55 AM PST by KeyLargo
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