Romney to Obama: Fire 'Gas- Hike Trio'

Mitt blames president for high gas prices
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2012 1:04 PM CDT
Mitt Romney talks to members of the audience during a campaign stop Saturday, March 17, 2012, in Collinsville, Ill.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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(Newser) – President Obama is not only responsible for high gas prices, he actually wants them, and he needs to can the three Cabinet secretaries who share the blame, Mitt Romney charged today. "When he ran for office he said he wanted to see gasoline prices go up, he said that energy prices would skyrocket under his views," Romney said. "And he has selected three people to help him implement that program: the secretary of Energy, the secretary of the Interior, and the EPA administrator." Further, “This gas-hike trio has been doing the job over the last three and a half years and gas prices are up. The right course is they ought to be fired." More from the Sunday talk show dial, as per Politico:

  • George Clooney on Obama's re-election chances: "I think he's always looked good to be re-elected. If Obama was a Republican, I would be able to sell his presidency as a very successful one. Democrats are bad at that, we like to pick each other apart." But "the worst thing you could do is feel in any way safe or cocky about it."
  • John McCain on contraception: "I think there is a perception out there because of the way this whole contraception issue played out—we need to get off of that issue. I think we ought to respect the right of women to make choices in their lives and make that clear—and get back onto what the American people really care about: jobs and the economy."
  • Former RNC chair Ed Gillespie on a drawn-out primary: “I think having a competitive primary is going to result in a nominee who is stronger at the end of the process. I think that this challenge and the vigorous contests is making (Romney) a better candidate.”
  • Romney on Santorum's "shoestring" campaign: "We have to have a nominee who has the capacity and the organization necessary to raise money to be competitive. This is not about a shoestring operation, this is about an operation that can be competitive with the president of the United States and beat him."
  • Santorum on a brokered convention: “Obviously we’re in this to win. We’re in this because we think we’re the best candidate to take on President Obama and we believe that Governor Romney is not.”

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