Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has accused his rival, Mitt Romney, of not comprehending how important it is to reduce gasoline prices, because he’s “rich enough,” Politico
reports. The heated exchange is the latest between the two Republicans during the campaign.
Gingrich was firing back at Romney on Monday for his recent remark that Gingrich’s pledge of a $2.50-per-gallon price for gas under a Gingrich presidency amounts to a “pander,” Politico reports.
“If you’re Mitt Romney, and you’re rich enough, maybe you don’t get it — $2.50-per-gallon of gasoline is more than responsible,” Gingrich said on the “Fox & Friends” program. “It was $1.13 when I was speaker, it was $1.89 when Barack Obama was sworn in as president.”
The average gas price now stands at $3.77. “If Romney wants to run as the candidate of high-price gasoline, that’s fine with me,” Gingrich said. “We’ll lump him in with Barack Obama, which is the same thing as Romneycare and Obamacare, so maybe it’s also Romney high-price gasoline and Obama high-price gasoline.”
Gingrich expressed confidence that his energy program would indeed slash gas prices. “I stand for everyday working Americans,” he said. “I believe that if we open up federal land, if we open up offshore, the president signs Keystone pipeline, that’s 700,000 barrels a day of Canadian oil.”
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