Romney Gas Claim Gets Fact, Mitt Romney doubled down on his critique of President Barack Obama’s energy policy at a campaign stop in western Illinois on Sunday, accusing the president of keeping a campaign promise to raise gas prices if elected.
“There’s one promise he’s kept. One promise he’s kept. When he campaigned he said he wanted to raise the price of gasoline. He said that under him, energy costs would skyrocket. And then he brought in a trio of people to help him implement those policies,” Romney said at a pancake breakfast here.
An independent fact check by the Washington Post awarded three Pinocchios – the newspaper’s measure, on a scale of one to five, that measures accuracy – to a similar claim by a Louisiana congressman that the president “got his wish” with $4-per-gallon-gasoline. The Romney campaign did not respond to a request to clarify when Obama made such a claim.In a January 2008 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board, then-candidate Obama said his cap-and-trade plan would cause electricity costs to rise, but he did not reference gas prices.
“Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket,” Obama said. “Coal-powered plants, you know, natural gas, you name it, whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.”
This morning on Face the Nation, the Obama campaign’s chief strategist David Axelrod dismissed allegations that the president wanted higher gas prices as “nonsense” and accused Romney of pandering with his recent focus on gas prices as a stump-speech topic.
In recent days, Romney has taken aim not only at President Obama, but has also started to call for the resignation or dismissal of the so-called “gas hike trio” – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson – for their roles in holding back domestic energy production.