An improving US economy undermined Republicans' election-year argument that Obama's policies are a drag on the recovery. But with gas prices 10 percent higher than a year ago, the GOP has a new weapon in its arsenal.
Iran is the third-largest exporter of crude oil in the world, behind Saudi Arabia and Russia. Its economy relies heavily on oil exports. According to tallies from June 2011, here is a list of the top 5 importers of Iranian oil.
Obama's State of the Union endorsement of an 'all of the above' strategy for energy production rankled Republicans, who see it as disingenuous given his Keystone XL pipeline rejection and fracking probes.