March 2nd, 2011
03:47 PM ET
CNN reported earlier today that Mississippi Governor and potential GOP presidential candidate Haley Barbour accused the Obama Administration of actively pushing for higher energy prices.
“In 2008, four dollar gasoline brought my state to its knees, before Wall Street melted down, and we have blown through three dollars a gallon on our way to four," Barbour said in a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
"We don't need that where I am. But this administration's policies have been designed to drive up the cost of energy in the name of reducing pollution, in the name of making very expensive alternative fuels more economically competitive," he continued.
When Barack Obama was running for president in 2008 and the nation was facing $4/gallon gas prices, the issue was front and center on the campaign trail. Sen. John McCain supported a “gas tax holiday” while Obama referred to it as a “gimmick.” Instead, Candidate Obama suggested that voters check their tire pressure to ensure better gas mileage.
During the height of the gas price battle, Obama was asked if high gas prices might actually “help us” in a June 2008 interview with CNBC’s John Harwood.
"I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that this is such a shock to American pocketbooks is not a good thing. But if we take some steps right now to help people make the adjustment, first of all by putting more money into their pockets, but also by encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances more quickly, particularly US automakers, then I think ultimately, we can come out o f this stronger and have a more efficient energy policy than we do right now,” he responded.
Not surprisingly, the McCain campaign pounced.
"Barack Obama's assertion that the only problem with higher gas prices is that they've gone up too fast - saying he'd prefer a 'gradual' increase instead - shows how clearly out of touch he is with Americans struggling with record gas prices. At a time when Americans need relief at the pump, Barack Obama's support for higher gas prices and higher energy taxes is just another example of his weak economic judgment,” a McCain spokesman blasted in a statement.
According to his opposition, Candidate Obama supported higher gas prices and President Obama is purposefully driving up the costs of energy.
Debatable, but one thing is for certain: President Obama hasn't been able to make his campaign rhetoric on energy a reality. When asked by a New Hampshire voter if he could accomplish just one thing during his presidency, he replied: