Politics and the Pipeline

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 12:01pm

President Obama approves part of the Keystone Oil Pipeline, as the GOP says it's just a stunt.

President Obama’s jumping into the middle of the debate over high gas prices and oil. Today, on day two of his tour promoting his energy plan, he's expected to announce support for part of that controversial oil pipeline running from Texas to Canada.

Republicans call this a stunt, saying the President is only dealing with the part of the Keystone Oil Pipeline that didn't need his approval anyway.

In Oklahoma today President Obama will direct the Federal Government to fast-track approval of the Southern part of the Keystone Oil Pipeline.

The announcement comes as President Obama tours the country promoting his energy plan. Republicans say he's not drilling for oil at home. "They either don't know what they're talking about or they're not telling you the truth. We're drilling all over the place," said President Barack Obama.

Republicans criticized the President for making a big deal of the southern permit when he opposed rushing the more controversial northern part of that pipeline.

Meantime on the campaign trail, Mitt Romney is also on defense. After an aide said "everything changes this fall, like an Etch a Sketch. "Imagine had Mitt Romney been around at the time we were drafting our constitution. He'd just shake it -- just shook it up after approved to rewrite it," said Rick Santorum, (R) Presidential Candidate.

"If we're dumb enough to nominate him we should expect that by the acceptance speech he'll move back to the left," said Newt Gingrich, (R) Presidential Candidate.

Romney insisted his positions won't change. "The issues that I'm running on will be exactly the same. I'm running as a conservative Republican." proclaimed Mitt Romney, (R) Presidential Candidate.

Romney is slowly picking up support from the party faithful. Wednesday he got a paper endorsement from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

On Capitol Hill, less than one in three Republican lawmakers have endorsed Romney.

Tracie Potts, NBC News, Washington.

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