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Obama Comes Out Swinging

Rising gas prices were the focus of his Nashua speech.

President Barack Obama highlighted the need to disregard political rhetoric when it comes to gas prices, a hot campaign topic among his GOP rivals, in his speech at Nashua Community College on Thursday afternoon.

Several students in the crowd began chanting "Four more years, four more years," as Obama exited the building around 2 p.m., shaking hands and waving to people deep in the crowd.

During his speech, Obama talked about the need for the U.S. to lead the way in finding new avenues of energy efficiency and alternative fuels.

"Now, I know this is hard to believe, but some politicians are seeing higher gas prices as a political opportunity. You’re shocked, aren’t you? And right in the middle of an election year. Who would’ve thought? Recently, the lead of one news story said, 'Gasoline prices are on the rise, and Republicans are licking their chops,'" Obama said.

"I’ll tell you – only in politics do people respond to bad news with such enthusiasm. And you can bet we’ll be hearing more about those magic, three-point plans for $2 gas. Just like we heard about in the last election. Just like we’ve heard about for 30 years. You know the plans I’m talking about: Step one is drill, step two is drill, and step three is keep drilling," he said.

Obama made use of a graph, copies of which were distributed to all in the crowd, showing the steady decline of foreign oil consumption over the past six years.

"Under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years," he said. "That’s a fact. Under my administration, we have a near-record number of oil rigs operating right now – more working oil and gas rigs than the rest of the world combined.

"That’s a fact. It’s a fact that we’ve opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration, and approved more than 400 drilling permits since we put in place new safety standards in the wake of the Gulf oil spill," Obama added "It’s a fact that we’ve approved dozens of new pipelines, including from Canada. Just this week, we announced that we’ll do whatever we can to help speed the construction of a pipeline in Oklahoma that will relieve in a bottleneck of oil that needs to get to the Gulf – something that will help create jobs and encourage more production."

Mark March 04, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Debate? I can't stand Romney, I saw what he did in Massachusetts, and I think he will be almost as bad as a second Obama term, however at least he can speak in public without a teleprompter feeding him his lines.
LJoel Hackbart March 05, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Oh! So insurance paying for contraceptives won't bankrupt the system then? I love how republicans talk out of both sides of thier mouths.
LJoel Hackbart March 05, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Of course, if you had clicked on 'According to politico' [on your own link] and read that, it would be plainly obvious that your fellow right wing nuts took Chu's statement out of context. Then again, taking things out of context is nothing new for the far right's spin machine.
Hilltopper March 05, 2012 at 04:29 PM
DV, "Meg was running for POLITICAL office, was she not? Sandra was simply a private citizen testifying before Congress" I didn't realize running for Political Office is free license to use derogatory terms to decribe women-- both are women first and such derogatory terms should never be used if one repsects women--
Kate Messner March 05, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Fortunately, the game is just starting. But judging from some of the comments here we're going to need more than batting helmets when we're up. Glad some of you (at least) have protected what the helmet is meant to protect.

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