Speaking at his victory party Tuesday night after winning his home state of Georgia, Newt Gingrich falsely claimed President Obama was “worried about higher gas prices because it will make it harder for [him] to get re-elected.”
Here’s Newt’s full comment:
The president was right the other day. He’s so nervous about gasoline prices and energy, that he’s done two major speeches. I thought today, in one of the most shallow and self-serving comments by a president I’ve heard in a long time, he was candid in his press conference. He said, you know, I’m really worried about higher gas prices because it will make it harder for me to get re-elected. I did not make this up. It was just nice to know that the president once again has managed to take the pain of the american people and turn it into his own personal problem.
But President Obama didn’t say that.
Here’s what he really said at today’s White House press briefing, directed at Fox News reporter Ed Henry, who asked the president if he actually wants gas prices to go even higher so he can “wean” the American people off fossil fuels.
Ed, just from a political perspective, do you think the President of the United States, going into reelection, wants gas prices to go up even higher? … Is there anybody here who thinks that makes a lot of sense?
Watch Newt below:
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