Gas Price Politics

Friday, March 2, 2012 - 12:07pm

As gas prices rise, so do Republicans' attacks on President Obama.

Gas prices are dominating the presidential campaign in the run-up to Super Tuesday.

Republicans say they'll bring gas back down to two dollars a gallon with more drilling. President Obama made his argument in New Hampshire - a state he easily won four years ago.

Gas -- averaging almost $3.75 a gallon as President Obama tells supporters that Cleaner cars will bring down the price. "That will save the typical family $8,000 at the pump and reduce our dependence on foreign oil," said President Barack Obama.

Earlier, he urged Congress to get rid of the four billion a year Washington gives oil companies, and gave his most detailed rebuttal yet - showing the U.S. is making more oil now than when he took office.

Republicans say the President can't claim credit for that: "Those decisions were made by his predecessor. He's cut in half the number of leases on federal lands," said Mitt Romney, (R) Presidential Candidate.

"This again is the, I think, deliberate dishonesty of President Obama," proclaimed Newt Gingrich, (R) Presidential Candidate.

Newt Gingrich is calling 150,000 voters in Super Tuesday states, claiming Rick Santorum is no conservative because he cozied up to labor unions.

Santorum's blasting Romney for saying he doesn't support employers opting out of health coverage based on religious objections. Romney quickly changed that.

Turns out, Romney and Santorum will not split Michigan's delegates evenly. Republicans there decided after the election to give Romney more. "Anything to win, after the fact, break the rules, rewrite the rules. That's not the way Republicans and conservatives do it," said Rick Santorum, (R) Presidential Candidate.

Michigan Republicans say that's how they intended to split the delegates all along, but Santorum’s camp calls it a "backroom deal."

Tracie Potts, NBC News, Washington.

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