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Romney blames Obama for high gas prices. Fact Check UPDATE

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Mitt Romney is now talking about high gas prices--a subject Newt Gingrich was able to inject into the 2012 presidential campaign even as his own candidacy floundered. Last week, Obama delivered a speech on gas prices noting that the U.S. is drilling at record rates. On Sunday, Romney blamed Obama for high gas prices and called for him to fire Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Lisa Jackson, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator.

UPDATE: Romney is wrong to suggest that Obama wants high gas prices, which he did Sunday. Obama in his recent gas price speech--and his press conference earlier this month--talked about wanting pump prices to go down. Obama also noted that prices have climbed under prior administrations. The Washington Post has a long, detailed Fact Check on the assertion Romney and other Republicans are making that Obama wants high gas prices and concludes it is not true. Read it HERE.

below, from Romney campaign....


MITT ROMNEY: PRESIDENT OBAMA'S GAS HIKE TRIO SHOULD RESIGN

"[President Obama] said that energy prices would skyrocket under his views 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. And 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 because the President has apparently suffered an election-year conversion. He's now decided that gasoline prices should come down. Well, the 'gas hike trio' has been going in the other direction." - Gov. Mitt Romney

"FOX News Sunday"
FOX
March 18, 2012

Click Here To Watch Mitt Romney Discuss Rising Gas Prices

BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS: "Governor, obviously volatility in the Middle East affects oil prices. Do you believe President Obama is to blame for high gas prices?"

MITT ROMNEY: "Well, there's no question that 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 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. And 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 because the President has apparently suffered an election-year conversion. He's now decided that gasoline prices should come down. Well, the 'gas hike trio' has been going in the other direction. Time for them to go, probably hand in their resignations, if he's really serious about that, and start drilling for energy here. Whether that's, of course, our oil, our natural gas, take advantage of our coal resources for power generation. It is a very different policy that he's now talking about and I hope it is a real conversion. Time will tell."

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