High gas prices: what presidential candidates say they'll do about it

Gas prices jumped 30 cents a gallon in February, and Republicans are blaming President Obama for not having a policy fix. Here's what Mr. Obama and the GOP presidential aspirants are saying on the campaign trail lately about their remedy for high gas prices.

2. Newt Gingrich

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks in Duluth, Ga., on March 6.

Like other RepubĀ­licans, the former House speaker pins his plans on more domestic energy production. But he has attached a specific target, saying his approach can bring pump prices down to $2.50 per gallon or lower.

He, too, touts an "all of the above" strategy, arguing that Obama has failed to really do this. Mr. Gingrich would remove barriers to oil and oil shale development. He says Americans like big cars and shouldn't be told by the government to buy smaller ones. More domestic production would also aid job creation, Gingrich says (as do other GOP candidates).

"If you want $10-a-gallon gasoline, an anti-energy secretary, and in weakness requiring us to depend on foreigners for our energy, Barack Obama should be your candidate," Gingrich told California Republicans recently.

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