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How much will rising gas prices affect your vote for president?
March 12th, 2012
05:00 PM ET

How much will rising gas prices affect your vote for president?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Americans' pain at the pump could translate to pain at the polls for President Obama come November.

The national average for gas now tops $3.80 a gallon.

According to AAA, gas prices are almost at - or above - $4 a gallon in nine states - plus the District of Columbia.

Hawaii has the nation's most expensive gasoline at $4.44 a gallon.

Wyoming has the cheapest gas prices at about $3.30 a gallon.

As history has shown time and again, rising gas prices usually wind up hurting the guy in the White House.

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows President Obama's ratings falling as gasoline prices rise.

The poll shows almost 2/3 of Americans say they disapprove of how the president is handling gas prices. That's the lowest rating he gets on any issue in this poll.

Also, most Americans say higher gas prices are already affecting their family finances.

And almost half say they think gas prices will keep going higher.

When it comes to the economy, 59% of Americans give the president negative ratings.

If gasoline prices continue their upward march they could impact the outcome of the election.

Exit polls from Super Tuesday showed almost 8 in 10 voters said rising gas prices were an important factor in their vote. And that's before summer driving season gets under way.

According to a recent Gallup Poll, Americans on average say gas prices of $5.30 to $5.35 per gallon would force major life changes.

Most Americans say they want the president and Congress to take action on rising gas prices.

Here’s my question to you: How much will rising gas prices affect your vote for president?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Tina in Wisconsin:
Of course not. If the president had control over gas prices, then they would never be over $2 a gallon in any election year!

Carol in Massachusetts:
I saw my first gas "line" this weekend. No, not like the 70's, but a long wait for cheapest gas in the 'hood. If this gets worse, it may make me annoyed enough to affect my vote

Don in St. Louis:
Not much. If a candidate is currently in office, I'm voting for someone else.

Steve:
Jack, It’s never one thing but gas prices will be the last item on a long list of failures by this administration.

Robert:
If I thought the president had any real control over gas prices, it might influence my vote. The politicians who claim they will bring back gasoline at 1980 prices are liars and fools.

Greg in Noonday, Texas:
Jack, If you do not have a job or a car, the high price of gasoline is a moot point. High gas prices will keep more poor people from voting than voter I.D. laws. What irony!

Ike in Georgia:
None. If this was the only issue a president faced during the next term, it would be very important. Jobs, wars, U.S. debt, education, immigration, the global economy, and my retirement benefits all precede gas prices.

Dan:
Jack, Did you forget to mention that our dear leader, President Obama, and members of Congress threaten Iran on a daily basis?

Ron:
Hawaii-Wyoming conspiracy. Is it no coincidence that Obama's home state has the highest price while Dick Cheney's has the lowest?

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  1. Alex in Bayonet Point, FL

    I'm sure "pump pressure" will be felt in the election but it won't be affecting my vote. The President has as much control over oil prices as my great grandmother had over her bowels.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  2. H.....Illinois

    Not at all. The President is not at fault for the rising gas prices. I will vote for President Obama, he is a much better choice than the Clowns running from the other party.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  3. TomInRochNY

    It will have no impact at all on my vote. I realize that gas prices are set on the global market. Right now the primary driver (pun intended) of gas prices are American driving habits and the increasing demand of gas in India and China. One of them each of us can do something about. The other we (and the president) don't have any control over. I'm more interested in what we as a nation are going to do about getting off our gas addiction. Whoever comes up with the best idea come election day gets my vote.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    March 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  4. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Not at all. Position limit regulations in the oil markets are currently in court and once they pass this stage, prices will not only go down, they will go down fast. If the oil futures market were free, this would already be priced in. The fact that it has not been shows that the market is rigged and that the Koch brothers are rigging it. If Obama is smart, he will pop this bubble sooner rather than later, using Dodd-Frank procedures to deal with the impending liquidity crisis.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  5. Olli, PA

    Gas prices will have absolutely no effect on my vote. After all, the president – any president – has very little or no control over world oil markets. What will affect my vote are sanctimonius windbags like Newt Gingrich claiming to be able to reduce the price of gas to $2.50, without providing any evidence or proof how he would do it, or on what planet, for that matter. Such claims are either the result of complete ignorance of economics or pandering for votes. Either way, my vote will go to the candidate that, among other things, shows at least a college freshman level of understanding of the economy, as well as honesty towards the voters. So far, none of the Republican candidates come even close.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  6. Pete in Georgia

    How much ??
    Plenty, but it would only be No. 8 on a list of 987 reasons to run the current impostor out of town on a rail.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  7. Ike of Stone Mountain GA

    None. If this was the only issue a President would face during the next term it would be very important. Jobs, Wars, US debt, Education, Immigration, the global economy, and my retirement benefits all preceed gas prices.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  8. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    Big Oil with its corporate welfare and the Republicans who protect it will find plenty of voters fed up with coddling the obscenely rich. The president is not only going to have an easy time, Democratic Senators and Congressmen will too.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  9. JD in NH

    Not at all. Intelligent people know that gas prices are set on the world market and prices aren't going up because of supply and demand. They're rising because of the gambling casino called Wall Street. If Obama haters would take a few seconds to do research, they would also know we've been producing more oil than ever before while using less.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  10. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    It will not affect how I vote at all. I realize that no president Republican or Democrat can control the price of gas. That is controlled by speculators, oil companies and rumors of war in the Middle East. Ever since Jimmy Carter we have been hearing talk of an energy program that seems to never get off the ground. I think that is because of the oil company lobbyist we have in Washington. We always hear drill baby drill. This is something we cannot drill ourselves out of. What it will take is an energy program that helps us to wean ourselves off of our addiction to oil. The oil companies have too much influence in Washington to allow that to happen.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
  11. Tom (Atlanta)

    Jack, Obama is not a bad guy. he is a good man and a bright man. But, he is in the wrong job. It is not only the price of gas; rather it is his entire approach to the economy. As Steven Job recognized, to each economic opportunity Obama has several reasons why it cannot be done. I truly believe that he doesn't understand it, and his approach s to govern it, i.e.,
    write rules around it (what ever it is). As an example, the Senate majority leader said on Sunday, that he wanted the KL pipeline to only provide oil to the US and not for export, By this statement, he demonstrates his lack of understanding of commerce and added value to raw materials that converts to profit, jobs and security. The gas price is driven by insecurity, and this president has been the source of this county's we/they, good-guy/bad guy, class warfare, leadership from behind situation we find ourselves. He's a good guy, but perhaps a better community organizer than president of the world's leading economy.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  12. Larry in Houston

    How much will rising gas prices affect your vote for president?
    Answer : NONE
    It doesn't matter who's in office as president. Gas prices have always fluctuated ever since President Carter was in office. Before that – there were "gas wars" where the filling stations were in so much competition with the other stations, it was pitiful. They were lowering their prices as much as 3 to 5 cents, just to get your business, hoping if you purchased Their Gas, you would buy something else from them, like an oil change, or a can of oil, or whatever. That was when Gas was 29 cents a gallon, and up.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  13. Brian, San Diego

    Not at all. The president does not have any real control over gas prices, and it will not be a factor to those of us who understand that simple fact.

    March 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  14. jk in MN

    Not as much as the the focus on social issues such as Contraception by the GOP, Jack. That bothers me far more. The president can't wave his magic wand and change them. George W Bush couldn't back in 2008 and some news organizations stuck to that story in defending him from criticism – the same one that now seems to think that Obama can do something about them. Oh the Hypocrisy!

    March 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  15. Phyllis G. Williams

    How much will rising gas prices affect your vote for president?

    No gas-price or any other wicked act can change those people who have
    already made up their minds for better or for worse.
    If anyone raises the gas price to hurt a whole nation for a president
    Numbers 32: 23 says "be sure your sin will find you out".

    March 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  16. pat in michigan

    A lot. I believe it is big oil that is funding the Republican Candidates . So yes .I wil vote according to the price of gas . The higher it is the less I will vote Republican.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  17. Ed from California

    None!! Clinton, Bush Jr and Obama does not have the power to control the world oil market.....we have a military to attack that country and steal that oil for. But, seriously......the F.C.T.C has the power to stop selling all oil products on the American Stock Market. But, we have the "emerging" countries in need of oil to power their economic engines, such as India and communist China. They drive the price up because of their demand, so that they can answer our customer service needs and to build our newest iPad. Way to look after our economy Mr. Boehner.....but, I guess contraceptives are more important.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  18. Douglas Potash

    I was paying $4.13 during the Bush years so the current $3.99 doesn't worry me, as long as they don't get much higher

    March 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  19. Robert Robillard

    If I thought the President had any real control over gas prices, it might influence my vote. The politicians that claim they will bring back gasoline at 1980 prices are liars and fools.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  20. Richard Texas

    It won't. It does not mater who you elect as president. It will not change the price of oil in the short term. Even if you were to open up every possible drill site in America and start drilling as soon as possible in each location it would be over 10 years before the price of gasoline might drop just a few cents. The only real benefit would be adding jobs in America and putting more dollars into our own economy instead of foreign countries economies..

    March 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  21. Pete in Florida

    Not at all. As the Republicans constantly stated when prices went up during the Bush terms, Presidents have no control over gas prices. Plus, the USA has been producing more oil during Obama's term than it did any year while Bush held the reins. Drilling more won't change a thing, other than causing the USA to use up our oil resources faster, eventually putting us at the mercy of oil-producing enemies. Personally, I'd like to see gas taxed at least $5 a gallon – that would reduce our deficit and wasteful driving hablts, and help conserve our oil and gas supplies.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  22. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Not at all. You failed economics if you think the more oil we need, the cheaper it will get. More Republican backward logic. Oh yes, lets build a pipeline and let American businesses control oil prices even more than they do. That will bring the prices down... Yea, because American businesses aren't concerned with profit margins and just want to give the average person a break.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  23. James - Alexandria, VA

    It will not affect my vote and I am voting for President Obama. He has no say in what the gas prices are just the speculators.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  24. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    not at all, Jack. in a free market economy and under current exchange rules, the President or any other politician has little control over commodity prices including oil & gas. the congress could change those rules to limit speculation, which is estimated to be as much as 50% of the cost of oil, BUT then how would they get their "campaign contributions" from the Oil & Gas and Financial industries?

    March 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  25. ken from connecticut

    If gas dropped to $1.50 a gallon I would vote for Mickey Mouse over President Barack O'bama

    March 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  26. Ken in Seattle

    Not at all. I am one of the millions of Americans who realize that higher gas prices are as much a function of speculators on Wall Street and price gouging by oil companies as they are on greatly increased world demand. None of it Obama's fault. Why is it that oil companies always blame someone else for higher prices when history has shown they greatly increase their profits during major increases. That would not be the case if they weren't using some excuse or other is stick it to us. Both the speculators and the oil companies continue to make obscene and unwarranted profits at the expense of average Americans. They are aided and abetted by Republicans who refuse to put regulations and oversight into place that would result in a petroleum market place that is fair to everyone, Consumers as well as producers and investors. Our higher gas prices are as much a function function of the Republican Party yet again ramming it to those of us in the 99% as they are on China buying up all the gas they can get their hands on.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  27. ken from connecticut

    It does't matter what the price of gasoline is, It's a matter of who is best for America and the best person for the job as president. If you really want socialism and beyond vote for O'bama. If you want to allow our country to at least continue a little while longer vote for the other guy

    March 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  28. Terry Stewart

    I won`t be voting for any of the GOP clowns, with this I can make gas $2.50 a gallon, if you can do that dp it now, how come we have to elect you first, where have I heard something like this before,oh yeah John McCain " I can get Bin Laden,I can do it, I know how" PROMISES PROMISES.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  29. Kenneth in California

    We have a system of Cronyism free enterprise. It it permeates our Government in Washington, including the President. No matter who one votes for, the system is in place, and the President is powerless to change it.. Taxpayer bailouts for instance, tells us so.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  30. Mycroft Lake Travis Texas

    You know Jack, This is one of the great disappointments of the Obama Presidency. His first week in office he should have been investigating BIg Oil , for their eight years of ripping off the USA citizens during the horrendous Bush Presidency. Big Oil is the real reason we invaded Iraq. Bush was their boy, and gas went from a dollar a gallon to five. At five dollars a gallon, that is 400% increase in twelve years. Many of us that voted for Obama, just don't understand why he hasn't followed through on his campaign promise to end Scooter Libby Justice. I believe if President Obama would have got the ball rolling on investigating Big OIL then, we would be looking at two dollar a gallon gas today. Now as far a effecting my vote now, I would say no, because the Republican's are the ones that brought us Bush,they are beholden to Big OIl and that is crystal clear. I do write and say my piece here to urge President Obama to get the ball rolling on investigating BIg Oil and their crimes, the biggest of which is the torture, murder, and maiming of millions of innocent Iraqi People, as well as the Americans that were sacrificed on 9/11, and the military personnel that gave their lives, to achieve Big Oil's agenda to end Saddam's $20 dollar a barrel deal with Russia for ten years. When all the facts are add up, unfortunately this is what went down. The people that perpetrated this crime are still free to do more crime and part of them are currently raising the gas prices to make it an election year issue for the voter. It is very odd we never heard another work about ending Scooter Libby Justice, from President Obama after he was sworn in. What might Big Oil have on him.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  31. Ed Crocheron- Venice, FL

    Not at all. I've seen the Fox News videos from 2008 when gas was peaking at $4.39 per gallon and understand that there is almost nothing the President can do about the price of gas in America.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  32. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: That question is a "moot" point. Regardless of who is elected as President, Americans are still going to "get hosed" at the gas pumps.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  33. Don in Saint Louis

    Not much. If a candidate is currently in office, i'm voting for someone else.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  34. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: We are going to get "hosed" at the gas pumps-–regardless who is President.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  35. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    None, the only way I'd vote for someone in the GOP field is if the democrats change and have Al Capone as their nominee and even then I'd have to think real hard.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  36. Susan NJ

    Gas prices raise and lower within the Federal guide lines no matter the party-we had this fun with George W Bush-we have it with Dem Obama and we will have it some more if the GOP gets in office. The only differance between the two parties these days is who likes to abort babies and make us pay for people's birth control pills.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
  37. Metalworker

    Not at all. Not this pres. fault. People here have short and selective memorys.
    It was said that gas pump prices would have to excede $5.00 per galby the last Pres and vice pres. They both are oil men.
    No one is questioning Ptres Bush, it seems that He has gone into deep hiding. He is not to be seen or heard of or from and the country is suffering because of his hiding
    Tell us yourself that what you did was the right thing. METALWORKER in IL

    March 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  38. texastee10

    Not at all, unless I see Newt opening gas stations around the country with $2.50 a gallon as the top price. Anyone, including Newt, who believes any president can change the cost of gas has no idea how supply and demand works. Higher price will certainly occur if a war with Iran is started, as some call for.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  39. calaurore9

    I saw my first gas "line" this weekend. No, not like the 70's, but a long wait for cheapest gas in the 'hood. If this gets worse, it may make me annoyed enough to affect my vote.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    March 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  40. Sylvia in San Diego

    Not at all. I made up my mind months ago that this president is way over his head and we need new leadership.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  41. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    I'm smart enough to know that the President has little or nothing to do with the price of gas, so it will not affect my voting. However, I would be happier if the President enacted a strong tax reform that would exact some meaningfull and substantial taxes from Big Oil to help pay down the debt.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  42. Bill of New Mexico

    The price of gasoline is not going to effect my vote.

    The cheap and easy fossil fuels have all been recovered.

    From here on out–the fossil fuels will only become increasingly more difficult to recover and exponentially more expensive.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  43. Mack from Michigan

    the industries that most effect gas prices are the oil companies,refineries,and commodities dealers all of whom are whores to the republican party. Gas prices may very well be manipulated upward as the election nears to influence the election result favorably for these industries. If republicans control the white house,the congress, and the senate the the oil industry will be in a position to gouge us even worse than they did during the bush/cheney regime. Gas prices will not affect my vote.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  44. Gary in San Jose, California

    The price of gas will have no affect on my vote for president. The president has little to no impact on the price of gas. Our addiction to oil drives high demand against a limited supply. You could also argue that taxes and speculation add to the price but it's not like our president can do anything about the short term price. He could accelerate the price increase by starting another war in the Middle East but he has no magic bullet to reduce the price. Long term we need alternatives to gas.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  45. Karl in Flint, MI

    The rising price of gas will affect my vote about as much as the price of milk, Big Macs and my cell phone, you know all those things the POTUS has direct control over... NOT!

    March 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  46. Doug Ericson

    If gas goes to 50 dollars a gallon this summer my vote will be the same, and that is to keep the seat I am sitting on company, while the Squirells go out and cast their nuts. If, in this new era, fueled by the free flow of information through the internet, you think it makes a difference between a Democratic, Republican, or Independent Candidate in the USA, you have already been brainwashed past the point of concious free will. The Military owns you. Wall Street owns you. Big Corporations own you. The bigger and more powerfull the special interest group, the more you are owned by them. Congress and the Courts and the Government Agencies are just facillatators for the biggest bullies on the block. The President is just window dressing, a puppet mainly for The Joint Chiefs of their Staffs, whoever they may be this week. You don't choose a President, they are chosen for you. What if McCain had won last term? Do you think we would be in any different circumstances than we are now? Yeah right.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  47. Greg Turman

    Jack;
    If you do not have a job or a car, the high price of gasoline is a moot point. High gas prices will keep more poor people from voting than voter I.D. laws. What irony!
    Continued high gas prices will also raise food prices.
    Apparently, poor people must hold on until the president invents pond scum gas, sometime in 2013.
    Gregory Turman
    Noonday,Texas

    March 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  48. Kevin, Chester Springs, PA

    Not at all. President Obama can't do much about gas prices. No president can. It's a demand and supply commodity. And any republican who suggests otherwise is talking out of their big ol' GOP elephant butt. All we can do is reduce our dependence on foreign and domestic oil, and look for alternative energy sources. And quite frankly, from waiting on gas lines back in the 70s to where we are today, I find it outrageous that more has not been done over the past 40 years!

    March 12, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  49. Annie, Atlanta

    Last I checked the President of the US had no control over gas prices. Even a die hard Democrat like me couldn't find a way to blame Bush when gas reached over $4 during his reign of "terra." But it makes for good political propaganda, don't you think?

    March 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  50. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    It means that if the CEO's of BP, Sunoco, or Exxon Mobil run for office, they will not get my vote.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
  51. Jim

    Jack,

    Not a bit. The President doesn't dictate oil or gas prices, any more than he dictates economic policy in Middle Eastern nations. Those who use high gas prices as yet another excuse to criticize President Obama conveniently forget that they also spiked under Bush. Speaking of which, how much has Bush and Cheney's net worth increased lately due to the higher gas prices?

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    March 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  52. Gary H. Boyd

    To be right up front I'm a Republican so my view is slanted despite the circus taking place among GOP candidates.
    But, if gasoline gets to $5 bucks a gallon I'd bet most folks will seriously consider Obama responsible based upon his rejection of the Keystone Pipeline project. Clearly America's energy situation has deteriorated under the Obama administration.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    March 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
  53. Leslie from New Jersey

    Yes it will. It will increase my support for Obama because the cost of crude oil is set by the big oil companies based on their interpretation of supply and demand. They set the price, they make the profit, they get rich. Yet Republicans still want to keep big corporate tax cuts in place. Like it or not Obama took on Healthcare, took out a terrorist and saved the auto industry. Next stop, big oil companies.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  54. Steve

    I suppose that will depend if I can afford to drive to my polling place!

    IL

    March 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  55. Quinton Stechschulte

    Hey Jack, Im from rural Paulding,Ohio a small town in northwest Ohio. The price of gas will not be an issue for me because No acting President can do anything to immediately affect the gas prices. The Republican candidates who "claim" that they will get gas back to 2.00-2.50 a gallon are ridiculous promises they cannot keep. My vote stays with Obama!

    March 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  56. Julia, Fayetteville, NC

    None. What does he have to do with it – really.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  57. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    Not at all unless someone can prove to me that the president can do anything about gas prices.

    And drill, baby, drill is not the answer. More drilling will just result in more product being shipped overseas.

    Consider this. Norway is an oil producing nation. They pump 2.5 million barrels of oil a day from their North Sea wells. They have a population of 5 million people. 2.5 million barrels of oil can produce 19 gallons of gasoline. That means Norway can produce almost 10 gallons of gasoline a day for every Norweigan man, woman, and child. You would think a glut like that would make gasoline cheap for Norwegians. But they pay $9.23 a gallon.

    The United States has the cheapest gasonline prices in the world. Almost half of what any European nation pays at the pump.

    The only thing we seem to have more of than anybody else is selfishness, greed, and whining.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  58. David of Alexandria VA

    If Obama, after three and a half years still does not have a comprehensive, long-term and unicorn-free energy policy proposal for this country to consider then my vote goes elsewhere. His denial of having responisbioity for the here and now does not relieve him of the responsibility to make sure it does not happen again. Having your own fre-election trump all else is not an acceptable reason for failure here.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  59. chris

    if gas came back to earth the price that is it would not make a difference i would not vote to re elect teh current president he has done way to much damage in money from the taxpayers he wasted over the last 3 and ahalf years

    March 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  60. Russ in PA

    I won't vote for anyone but Ron Paul, regardless of the price of gas. After all, he is the only one that actually has an understanding of the economy. Obama and the rest of the Republican field are clueless when it comes to the economy. Just look at each of their records.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    March 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  61. Jeff In Minnesota

    Not much. Like any President can do something about the price of gas. Newt Gingrich is blowing smoke up people's skirts by saying he can get gas to $2,50 a gallon. Really? If you're that good Newt, then why aren't you the Republican front runner or, better yet, the nominee? Could it be because you're full of it?

    March 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  62. hamsta

    Just reconfirms that i will vote for anyone other than obama.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  63. Ted

    When he was running for president.. Obama said it was Bushs' fault ...Now that gas is almost 4 dollars a gallon I am glad the president is telling the truth,and admitted he lied 4 years ago just to get votes .

    March 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  64. bud rupert

    Zero. The President nor anybody else can effect oil prices.. It's a political footbal and that's about it. OH! wait a minute Jack – almost forgot. I bet Michelle Bachman could get us to 2 bucks a glallon. We want Michelle! we want Michelle!

    March 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  65. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It only makes me more eager to vote for President Obama again. He's giving us the facts about what he's able to do to control the price of oil, and the Republican candidates are, of course, lying about how "it's all Obama's fault." Not only are they claiming they will lower gas prices, they all want to bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran which will send gas prices way higher. Let's keep the guy who knows what he's doing in office.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  66. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,
    Not one bit! That is because I'm a college educated person who knows the President has no power to control the price of oil and thus gasoline. So that gives you an idea of who I'm voting for, and it isn't a Republican.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  67. Mike in Minneapolis

    The price of gas will affect my vote about as much as President Obama's handling of the weather will.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  68. barbara in nc

    How are some Americans so clueless? Oil prices aren't increasing because of Obama's policies. They are increasing because of the world futures market for oil, the current Middle East turmoil, and the increasing usage of oil by developing countries.

    The whole reason oil went down during the recession is that oil demand plummeted. How about little awareness of this issue instead of a grossly inaccurate simplification of the issue?

    March 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  69. Jim Matheis

    The definition of insanity, “doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result”, can again be proven by the Obama administration’s energy policy. They keep returning to the same plan of pushing subsidized alternative energies, even though each attempt has been a dismal failure. It makes you wonder who is really making the decisions in the asylum.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  70. Jim Matheis

    The definition of insanity, “doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result”, can again be proven by the Obama administration’s energy policy. They keep returning to the same plan of pushing subsidized alternative energies, even though each attempt has been a dismal failure. It makes you wonder who is really making the decisions in the asylum. Springfield, IL

    March 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  71. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    Does anyone else realize there is free energy falling from the sky every day? I have an idea. Scrap the pipeline idea and instead lets put a 100 ft wide solar panel all the way across the nation.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  72. Steve

    It already effected my vote. Obama has stupid logic. If you pump more oil , it doesn't decrease the price of gas. If that's true than we should pump less oil than the price of gas will go down?
    Apparently Harward needs to add some courses in Logical Economics or is it a trait of the Liberal mind set.
    Rumor has it that Obama wants to inrease the gas prices so that everybody will buy a $40,000 Volt. This way he can pay back GM and the Unions for their support. I'm sure the liberals will have a good logical explanation on this blog, which will not agree with my logic. I wonder what Maher the comedian has to say about this. Jack all you need is to balance the comments.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  73. Paul - North Carolina

    Not at all. I'm sure the tea party, and other common sense challenged people, will be up in arms. But rational individuals know that, other then implementing a price freeze (a horrific idea), there isn't much the president or Congress can due to influence gas prices. Maybe all those "real Americans" should have thought about that before they bought a two and a half ton SUV to drive their 7 year old to soccer practice. And if anyone out there believes that Newt Gingrich can bring the price down to to $2.50, well, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that might interest you.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  74. Ron WPAFB

    When will people get educated, Jack? The President CAN NOT change Oil Prices! How many times must it be said? I know,the Republicans like to repeat wrong, (Disinformation), like propaganda, well, it is propaganda! Wall Street Speculators are the fault of high gas prices! Demand isn't changing as rapidly as the prices! IT's Speculation, like a fortune teller, only these fortune sellers at Goldman Sachs get paid a lot to keep oil prices high and bragged about doing so.
    Jack, the Congress could do something but, the Republican Controlled House is all about De-Regulation, not reigning in the Wall Street thieves! Not the presidents fault, he is bringing down the demand by policies in the Science of Green Energy and has opened up more oil drilling than anyone before him!. Why don't you report on the real thieves, Jack? Speculators who are robbing us blind! Trust me, change is coming this November after the election. America has seen the Republicans at their very worst, and we're done with them!

    March 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  75. Dr. Michael D. Knox, Tampa

    Not at all. The biggest user of petroleum products in the world is the U.S. government. Killing people in other countries requires fuel. If we end our wars, the price of gas will fall. We need an antiwar candidate. Dr. Michael D. Knox, Tampa

    March 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  76. Josh from New Orleans

    Obama is trying to wean us Americans off of fossil fuels while the oil industry-backed GOP is trying to prevent this.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  77. Paul Weller

    It will not effect my vote as gas prices are going to continue to rise no matter who is in the oval office. This is just more inane gibberish by the rebublicans to attempt to regain power in order to misuse it once again as they did when they where in total control the last time.
    Paul. Edgefield Cnty, SC

    March 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  78. david doherty

    It won't change my vote at all, the price of gas will continue to go up no matter who is sitting in the white house. It really sucks paying high pricess for gas, but it's a simple case of suppy and demand. There's a much larger demand then there's is supply, and this gap will grow larger and larger as time goes on. When a candidate promise to lower the price of gas to the levels we saw in the 80's, that say's to me that this guy is out of touch with reallity or just panndering for the naive vote.
    Dave from NH.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  79. Kelly Ontario, Canada

    If President Obama had any control over gas prices do you really think he would be raising them in an election year. I guess when a huge block of the population doesn't take the time to educate themselves on such things one shouldn't be surprised that the lies repeated enough eventually become their truth.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  80. Mark in Houston

    Jack
    This president is about as responsible for high gas prices as the the Republican candidates are truthful in their promises to reduce gas to $2.00 a gallon.
    Between commodities traders and our increased use of gasoline from an average of 15 million barrels per day 20 years ago to roughly 20.7 million bpd today... gas prices are going to increase. Drill baby Drill....is not going to work. The only way we as a country can help reduce the cost of gas is to develop efficient alternative fuels...and use them.
    Obama gets my vote.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  81. Susan

    Gas prices will have nothing to do with my vote for president since the president has NO control over them. Oil companies and the oil speculators on Wall Street control these prices. Along with the increasing demand from countries like China and India. The president has done everything possible. Don't the Koch Brothers own an oil company?

    March 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  82. Patrick

    Not at all, Jack.
    I am an American living in The Netherlands for several years now.
    We pay about $8.40 per gallon of regular gasoline.

    Maybe higher prices will get a majority of Americans to... STOP denying everything that inconveniences them... THINK about how they can do things more efficiently... and REALIZE that the world also exists outside US borders. Live and learn, my countrymen.

    Many forces are at work here that NO president has control of. And our ignorance and greed ain't a-helpin.'

    March 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  83. andy Lynn, MA

    If the Executive, Legislative or Judicial branches had any control over oil prices then this would be a factor. I believe that allowing speculation in oil futures needs to be halted. We'll see if prices stabilize there after. the speculation stops. Then again, the more the oil companies make profits the stronger the argument for nationalizing the entire oil industry.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  84. Ann from Charleston SC

    Not one bit. There are so many factors affecting oil prices, most of which the US president has no control. The American people who blame rising gas prices on the president need to become better informed.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  85. Dave, Orlando, FL

    It is not the gas prices that will affect my vote, but rather the perfect record of broken promises.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  86. curtis in philadelphia

    In 2008 Fox News told us the rise in gas prices wasn't President Bush's fault, and now in 2012 Fox News is telling us that rising gas prices are President Obama's fault, is it me or is Fox News a bunch of liars?

    March 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  87. Bob, St. Thomas PA

    I don't think the president does (or should have) any control over gas prices. The question re-affirms my support of Ron Paul, as he is the only candidate who sees the unintended consequences of continuing to stir up the Middle East hornets nest.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  88. RickFromDetroit

    Rising gas prices won't have any effect on my vote in November. This country thrives on disasters and high gas prices are becoming our number 1 economic misfortune. After 35 five years of passing energy bills trying to cut our over consumption of crude oil, we still have new cars on the dealer lots racing from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 4 seconds with top speeds of nearly 200 mph. Fuel economy for these vehicles is 10 to 15 MPG and when the price of gas goes up, we blame everything except the real problem.

    Also, the gamblers [speculators] on wall street are in a position to profit from the high gas prices, but this is the normal procedure for all of our financial markets. Why work for a living when it is more profitable to steal?

    March 12, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  89. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    Not al all. The President has no input on the price of oil. However, the Republicans will try to use it against him as they have done with everything else. The President could end world hunger, put a permanent end to all wars and find a cure for cancer and the Republicans, lead by "the mouth", Rrush Limbaugh,would find some way to try to turn it into a negative. My vote goes to the only person running qualified for the position of President and that is Barack Obama.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  90. Ed from Colorado

    Not one bit–Even FOX Entertainment said during the Bush administration,the President has little control of gas prices. This morning's USA Today has some very encouraging prospects for alternate energy. As we ramp up Solar energy, utulizing all the vacant space on residential and Business roofs, and improve electrical storage battery systems, biofuels, etc, we are well on our way to gas price irrelevance.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  91. Bill in PA

    Jack,,
    Of course, gas prices will affect my vote. I will not vote for those at the public troth who do the bidding of the speculators and oil corporations who are making fortunes and demanding subsides too.
    Time for all of them to go away. But they are paid to stay and some of us are too stupid to see the fraud. So they will stay. Propaganda works, well.
    Today we are exporting gasoline as we have glut. No chance to sell it at home as the exporters are willing to take it all.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  92. Ed in California

    We want to see Obama out of office anyway so gas and energy prices in this Country is really just a side show. Am worried quite a bit more that after four more years of Obama we won't have a Bill or Rights much less cars to drive to the poor house in.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  93. Ray in Knoxville

    Not at all, Jack, I have a brain and I use it.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  94. AJ in Austin TX

    Jack,

    It's interesting to see the responses for today's question about rising gas prices. Liberals are suddenly talking about global commodity demands when in 2008, they all blamed President Bush/Cheney/Halliburton/Rove for the high gas prices. CNN had almost daily polls of what percentage of the people surveyed blamed Bush for everyone's misery and the number kept steadily climbing everyday. My what a difference it makes to have a democrat in the White House.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  95. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    Not at all, I will not vote for Obama, the socialist ,in any case.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  96. Brian Samuels (Chicago)

    None! If the price of gas at the time you vote is how you vote, you're an idiot. I would like to think the American electorate is smarter than that. It would be irresponsible to put a President in office because he promises lower gas prices. Something he has no control over. I think it's ridiculous and dangerous to be so simple minded.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  97. Terry in Virginia

    If President Obama is to blame for higher gas prices, then so is Congress. After Mr. Obama was sworn in, Senator McConnell said the ONLY goal for the GOP was to get Obama out of office; therefore, we have proof that the GOP has done nothing to better the economy which includes lowering gas prices.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  98. Deb in MT

    I'm a little confused: rising gas prices reflect the confluence of unchecked global oil & gas speculation, increased demand in rising markets like India & China, and the seasonal replacement of cheaper additives (with lower boiling points) by more expensive additives (with higher boiling points for summer driving).

    What's the President supposed to do about this again?

    Obama/Biden 2012

    March 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  99. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    We all know the pump prices will go up, and up and especially during the summer. The media would like to keep asking "will it change your vote if the prices continue to climb?" The majority of people believe its not the president that makes oil go up and down, but the wonderful speculators. My vote wont change as long as one of the three clowns in the car emerge as the candidate. If prices go beyond $5, I just change my spending habits and my driving habits as well

    March 12, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  100. mark

    We know a POTUS really can't influence this issue. He could impose Wage & Price Controls...NO. He could empty the National Strategic Reserves...NO. But he could have DOJ, FTC & CFTC investigate the excess speculation which is running 3-4 times the norm. That along with releasing SOME of the Strategic Reserve might send a message to Wall St. Hedge fund speculators to STOP IT.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  101. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    In this instance it would affect my vote not one iota. In fact Obama is probably the reason they haven't tripled by now as he maintains a cool head in regards to the mid-east, unlike the bull crap the Republican nominees are spewing.

    If we want someone to blame, let's go back to Ronald Regan who rolled back the CAFE standards Jimmy Carter set during the embargo at the request of the Michigan delegation of lawmakers. It is a fact, that if those standards were allowed to remain that today we would not be required to import one drop of foreign oil. (Per Thomas L. Friedman in the book Hot, Flat, and Crowded)

    March 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  102. Greg in Skaneateles, NY

    Wait a sec Jack. Obama has made it possible to get $25 worth of gas in half the time it used to take before he took office. Give the man SOME credit.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  103. Danni Z

    Probably not that much Jack....due to the fact that gas prices will still be high come election time and beyond. I wonder if we will ever go back to $1/gallon gas....those were the good old days.

    Danni Z
    Upland CA

    March 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  104. Gigi Oregon

    All this worry about gas prices just remind me when we had gas up near $4 under Bush and I believe also high gas during Regan. But I can't wait to "Vote for Obama". Some one who seems sane compared to the cast of Republican candidates. We still at $4 gal. have better gas prices than most of the world and cars are being built more efficient now.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  105. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    No and anyone with half of a brain know that it is not the Presidents fault that the gas prices have gone up, big business and the old fat republicans are the ones that have the greatest interest in gas prices going up

    March 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  106. Chip

    GREATLY. In this era where cost of living raises are unseen on the government level I now find myself making less money per pay period due to rising gas prices and subsequent risiing costs of food and other products. These rising costs curtail budgeting for a more fuel efficient automobile which is equally as nerve racking. Gas prices are directly linked to nearly every aspect of the American life....if the consumer suffers then national and local economies will continue to decline.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  107. Terri from Blountville TN

    It will not make a difference to me. I find the constant war drum pounding to be a bigger issue than the gas price. We have a Republican party who wants to "balance the budget" and "reduce the deficit" yet are willing to go to war and never worry about funding those wars. They will not improve things for the nation no matter how many times they say they have the answers for lower gas prices. Pinocchio is alive and well with a growing nose.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  108. Remo from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Well Jack, I won't vote for him again. Not because of the gas prices but for his errosion of our liberties. He has been quietly making policy changes, he has not handles the "Fast and Furious" issue with Holder. He has double the debt with little if anything to show for it. If you really look at how well GM is doing, ask the question, of how soon would be get our money back for our 30% share in it. How many "green businesses" did he finanace that folded along with ouor money. Why do I have to pay $180.000.00 per hour for his use of Air Force One? My question is when will he walk the walk to match his talk?????

    March 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  109. Proud Republican

    It only reinforces my republican vote and the fact that liberals destroy everything they touch with their anti-American, God hating ways.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  110. Jay

    I'm sorry if this sounds mean, but anyone who casts a vote for the President of the United Sates based on the price of gasoline should be legally prohibited from voting on the grounds of stupidity. No President, Democrat or Republican, can do anything to lower the price of oil, Disingenous folks like Gingrich promising $2.50 a gallon gas if elected are pandering to idiots.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  111. Allen

    None. I bought a Volt.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  112. John from Alabama

    Jack: Who runs for president or who is president does not effect the price of gas at the pump. Oil is traded internationally, and the laws of supply and demand determine the price at the pump for gas. Now, personally, one could buy a hybrid automobile an reduce their dependency on gas, or buy a chevy Volt for $41,000.00. The problem in America is the consumer, if the price of gas goes to $5 or $6 a gallon then they will buy smaller more fuel efficient cars. We could use natural gas in our large fleet of vehicles to lessen the effects of high oil prices. We must change our habits, and this is not easy for Americans.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  113. thom richer

    The president is not the reason for gas prices and he only shares a small part of the irresponsibility in this phony energy crisis, usage, dependency, fraudulent theft of the working class. The blame, if you want to blame, is on Corporate America, Wall Street, OPEC and most of all CONGRESS. This gasoline energy fiasco is a concoction to legalize theft. No different from credit card companies and Congress. The controlling class, yes we have one, knows it is an easy way to fleece the people and do it with the help of governments. It is done to ensure incredibly high profits for little production and is a major scheme for controlling the masses publicly, politically and economically. It has never been because of who sits in the White House and never will be.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    March 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  114. Jenna Roseville CA

    How much will rising gas prices affect your vote for president?

    NONE. The President has NO CONTROL over gas prices.

    Just ask Bill O'Reilly of FOX NOISE – April 23, 2008..

    Jenna
    Rosville CA

    March 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  115. UPALPHA

    You guys (and gals) on the left are a total joke. Poor poor excuse for journalism. When President Bush was in office he was the villan of gas prices. It was all his fault. He was for the oil companies, his family was in oil.

    Funny thing tho, the days following his lifting of the drilling restrictions off our coasts, the prices dropped. Yes they dropped. Look it up

    Now President Obama has stated he wants higher gas prices and you all are telling us ... it might not be too bad after all.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  116. heather thomson

    I am from Canada and we apparently have so much oil that we are trying to sell it off. You would think that our gas prices would be low but we pay more than you. Alot of the border towns cross into the U.S. to get their gas. So you see it has nothing to do with the President, It is global prices. If anybody should be mad it should be us.

    March 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  117. MARK, OKLAHOMA CITY

    Jack, if gasoline is a NICKEL a gallon on election day, Obama is NOT getting my vote!!

    March 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  118. jeff wehmeyer

    rising gas prices along with obama just not knowing how to run the country will affect mt vote. NO I WILL NOT VOTE FOR OBAMA

    March 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  119. gg

    oil prices are set by republican oil companies and wall street if you want the president to have a say nationalise the oil companys

    March 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  120. Evelyn

    Since the Republicans are running no one worth voting for ,if I vote it will be for Obama.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  121. Layne Alleman

    Jack, NONE. What's next, Wall Street excess, housing crisis, climate change? the President is the President, not the Wizard of Oz(though some candidates seem to believe they are). We have to start being realistic about Government verses business in this country. Altho it appears as though they are the same, they are not(though one does own the other). What we need right now, more than ever, is a person with enough character, wisdom, and vision to get us past acting like 300 million fools, and start pulling for the common good of all. It's going to mean everyone giving up a lot of ME FIRST, AND FOREMOST. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  122. Dale N.M.

    The United States does not have cheaper oil
    Lot of you people out there totally clueless.
    If the United States is completely independent every drop of oil we use from the United States.
    We would be still paying world OIL market price for American oil, High gasoline and diesel prices.
    OIL is a world commodity if the oil COMES FROM the United States , South America , Africa , Middle East , Asia, it is the same world market price. """The United States does not have cheaper oil """.
    So we will be paying the very same price we are today, even though it is American oil "" and if we were completely independent "". We will be still paying these ridiculous high fuel prices.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  123. Tina from WI

    Of course not. If the President had control over gas prices then gas prices would never be over 2.00 a gallon in any election year!

    March 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  124. Paul Murray

    No impact on my vote. The Whitehouse does not control gas prices. Period

    March 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  125. Curtis

    It won't effect my vote at all. If people did even the smallest amount of research, they would know the President has no effect or control on gas prices.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  126. Bob, Arlington, VA.

    Gas prices and my vote in November? ABSOLUTELY ZERO Jack...and to Wolf's comment about it being "fundamental" to the way Americans seem to think...the only fundamental aspect of it is fundamental ignorance.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  127. cristy in sc

    But Jack, there are so many more important issues like...gays getting married. Or, women getting birth control. But I guess the transportation costs to get to the new moon colony formed by Gingrich will not be astronomical at $2.50 per gallon.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  128. James

    I don't know where those gas prices are from but yesterday (SUNDAY 03/11/2012) here in California fuel prices were US$4.50/gal. As for the question, it wouldn't effect my vote president unless he owns oil stock.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  129. Nancy - Pella Iowa

    Jack, Thank you for stating the obvious that our President is not responsible for gas prices, but unfortunately our public is pretty ignorant of economic cause and effect in most areas. This ignorance is one reason our country has been on decline for many long years - its a matter of people wanting what they want Now - Instant gratification plus ignorance equals an awful mess in politics.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  130. Bill

    Jack, it's more than just the gas prices. We need to have the name of Washington DC changed to Disney Land East. It would better fit our special Senators Goofy, Daffy, and Dumbo. What happened to the USA jack?

    March 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  131. Bill Wimmer, Delaware

    Jack, people have to realize that the President has no control over gas prices, no matter what party he is from. By the way, Obama is being blamed for the recent increases, but last year, when prices dropped dramatically, did he get any credit?

    March 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  132. Diane

    NOT AT ALL! It's just another Republican stradegy that is untrue to try and blast Pres. Obama. I would like to hear how Ginrich thinks he can have $2.50/gal gas. Does he have the oil industry in his back pocket along with all the other repulbicans???

    March 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  133. Bob Bullington

    Not at all. the president can't control the price of gas so to hold him accountable is ignorance in action

    March 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  134. Name*Vanessa S

    JACK This won't effect my vote for President Obama, I think with the job he was given and the Congress he was wrking with, he GOT MY VOTE IN 2012!

    March 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  135. Leena Rekola

    The President does not set the gas prices . Leena

    March 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  136. Pam

    People should remember how gas prices jumped 50 cents more a gallon the minute that the Republicans took office. Gee, I wonder where the problem really lies. Think about it.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  137. Greg

    Yet another "poll" that contributes to and depends on the stupidity of the electorate. The president can do little about gas prices.

    Frankly we pay much less for gas than we should.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  138. Jonathan Peterson

    Oil supply and demand is not driving the price gasoline. The weak dollar is the problem and only one candidate, Ron Paul, consistently point to this issue as the primary culprit. Only when we return to a sound monetary policy will this change.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  139. Jim Charlotte NC

    In 2007 gas prices exceeded $4 a gallon and we called for more drilling. When this was approved gas prices dropped rapidly. Since that time there has been no stoppage in this new drilling and prices are once again reaching $4. Do if we are pumping so much oil in this country we have to sell it to foreign nations tell me why the price is rising. The answer is people are getting rich at other peoples expense.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  140. Randal

    yes, it is just another "brick in the wall" reason to vote against Obama and his "destroy America" economic policies, everything he has done has been to destroy this great country economically in order to bring about the New World Order

    March 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  141. Steve,

    Jack,

    Its never one thing but gas prices will be the last item on a long list of failures by this administrations.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  142. Stephanie in Seattle

    Yes it will. obama states there's more drilling than before he came into office but as with anything else with this guy...he does nothing and has no plan except to keep shoving money at "certain" companies. We have resources and we need to use them. Though some day it could take a long time before we see a direct effect, we have to quit passing this on from one administration to another. Just the fact that we choose to move forward with more production, refining, etc will cause our cost to go down. It's called capitalism, which this administration doesn't understand. We need the oil and we need the jobs. I fear another obama term will sink us even deeper into this mess. Gas prices effect everything we do and consume It' s not just about driving. obama and his minions would love to see everyone in a golf cart and he's clearly too inexperienced in life to realize that farmers and ranchers need real vehicles and so do those trucks that carry products throughout the nation. I have become so disenchanted with obamba that I don't think there's anyway he'd get my vote this time.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  143. Dan

    Jack, Did you forget to mention that our dear leader president obama and members of congress threaten Iran on a daily basis?

    March 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  144. Denny from Tacoma

    Because I know that it is the Republican party who is having their cronies (big business) to raise gas prices just to steal the Presidential election, I still plan to vote Democrat. If you want to save our economy start outsourcing the Repulicans who care about no one but themselves.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  145. Adam

    None- remember that the administration is trying to get the oil corps. to pay their share, this is their payback.
    People need to realize whats important- who got us in this recession and who creates more jobs.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  146. truth teller

    Jack in a word, NO!

    March 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  147. Dick M.

    President of what? CEO of a gas company? Then, yes, I would vote to kick the bum out.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  148. Carol

    It will not effect my vote, I had the horrible experience of seeing the gulf after the spill, I think we need more regulations, less drilling and an alternative fuel! President Obama needs to be tougher on oil but I will still vote for him.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  149. Name*Doug in Anaheim

    Rising fuel will sway my vote 100%

    March 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  150. Loren

    Hard to blame President Obama on this one, but plenty of people will. Ah, what the hell, since he bailed out Wall Street, they don't have much else to do with their money than speculate on gas prices, so let's blame the President for this as well.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  151. David Carter

    Not at all!!!! Any person who would vote for slick Mitt, is an idiot!

    March 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  152. John Almond

    The presidents policies and actions have had a direct affect on gas prices. He killed the pipeline from Canada, he put a moratorium on drilling in the gulf. His energy policies caused coal companies to stop a proposed $100 million dollar coal gasification plant in Wyoming. He wants to develop green energy sources and by making gasoline and other energy sources extremely expenisive he hopes that electric cars like the Ford Volt will catch on.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  153. mike

    The worse it gets the more we need President Obama. The GOP cares for itself, not the average American. And I'm tired of Santorum 'bearing false witness against his neighbor ", Gingrich outright lying and Romney pretending he knows anything about the working class.'

    March 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  154. Dave

    When the Oil Companies take refineries offline for so-called "maintenance" during the peak consumption months, all they're doing is creating the same profits with less product and lower expenses. The Presidency has no control over over this, and never has.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  155. Susan

    I realize that the president has no control over gas prices, therefore gasoline prices will not have any influence on my vote, as much as the talking heads would love for it to do so.
    Boca Raton, FL

    March 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  156. Joel Greenwald, Cherry Hill, NJ

    ...Not as much as a candidate's belief that global warming is a hoax.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  157. Sandstone.

    "But can't you see Jack? IF 1 in 3 of the military wastage in Afghanistan, was concentrated in Lebenon and the Mediteranian; there would be no reason for oil prices to be so high. Iran is the problem, and 70% of the problems could be covered from an invasion on Syria. Namely 'All the Red-Sea and the Indian Ocean' Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, and North Africa. Iran will just fold!"

    March 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  158. Drew

    Gas prices will not alter my vote at all. At least not for president. Votes for members of congress may come into play.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  159. Paul from Dallas Texas

    Gas prices elsewhere in the world are 5, 6, 7, and 8 dollars a gallon for Switzerland, France and Germany, Great Britain, and the Norway. Get over it America... and get rid of those SUVs.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  160. Ron Stradt

    Hawaii-Wyoming conspiracy . Is it no coincidence that Obama's home state has the highest price while Dick Cheney's has the lowest?

    March 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  161. Rasel

    No, because I am not an illiterate and I know president has no powerr over the gas price. If developed country like us and their citizens think us president set the gas price then Obama is right, every one should have the great American dream"go to college and get educated".

    March 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  162. Yuri from florida

    In the grand scheme of things, Jack a president has no control over gas prices. For shallow minded people, however, current situation just does not make sense. We spent 10 years in middle east because they have oil and nothing really came out of it. Such group of people cant wrap their mind around the obvious. We are running out of cheap oil and are running out of oil period. Current environmental regulations, ability to obtain permits to procure oil and hostility of environment in which oil is still available just add to the overall problem. President nor presidential contenders could not do anything about hard and cold truth.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  163. Troy Sharp

    Payroll tax cut extension: so I can afford the rising fuel prices. Here, we're gonna give ya more in your paycheck while we the administration give enormous amounts of lip service in exchange. Actions speak louder than words mister president.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  164. Mary

    No, rising gas prices will NOT affect my vote for Obama. The president does not control that even though the Republican contenders would have you believe they can. President Obama has so many important issues to deal with and he is doing a credible job in so many areas. He will get my vote in November.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  165. Gary

    The answer to high gas prices is to stop using gas. If ten million people bought electric or hybrids this year, the price would drop to something comparable to "normal" cars. If ten million people bought them every year, we'd have no need for gasoline in ten years.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  166. Rick Albany,New York

    Hey Dont worry Obama has A plan alternative energy!!!! $50,000 Electric cars That we,ll all have by 2025 IDIOT We Need Help Now Not 13 yrs from Now.Why is it when George Bush was President Gas prices made it to $4.00 a gallon but the price of oil was at $140.00 a barrel.Now Obama,s In office Oil Hovers Around $100.00 A barrel and He cant do Anything about It Get Real.. Is this country Really this Naive. Maybe Obama Should Give George a call And ask for Help :) Just Saying..........

    March 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  167. ronart

    Rhyme and reason. He gets the blame when his energy secretary publicly espouses increasing gas prices (prior to appointment). When the president voted agaisnt the gas tax holiday last time, when his first new tax once elected was on gas and when he can't point to one policy initiative that addresses it in any way.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  168. Dale N.M.

    The United States does not have cheaper oil
    Lot of you people out there totally clueless.
    If the United States is completely independent every drop of oil we use from the United States.
    We would be still paying world OIL market price for American oil, High gasoline and diesel prices.
    OIL is a world commodity if the oil COMES FROM the United States , South America , Africa , Middle East , Asia, it is the same world market price. """The United States does not have cheaper oil "" even though it is American oil "" and if we were completely OIL independent "". We will be still paying these ridiculous high fuel prices.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  169. Joseph, Sunshine State

    Will it affect my vote? No, because Congress and the President can't COMPLETELY change the price of gasoline for any extended period of time. Yes, using our ‘strategic oil reserves’ may help decrease the price momentarily which MANY Americans would love- after all most Americans have A.D.D. and only care about the here and now, not the ‘then.’ If gas were to ever plummet down to 2.50 or even 1.99 again, all this ‘nonsense’ talk of ‘renewable energies’ would become mute. Why? Because Americans wouldn’t care if they can always get the cheaper alternative.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  170. Chris

    Government doesn’t have direct influence on prices (price controls). However, they do create red tape that makes it more difficult and therefore more expensive to drill for oil. One of these instances would be the Drilling moratorium in the gulf. However, the Current surge in gas prices is due to Supply and demand. That is the devaluation of the dollar which is used to purchase oil and gas on world markets. The definition of inflation is “to much money, chasing too few goods”. The stimulus bills passed by Bush 43 and Obama have pushed Billions of Dollars into the economy, therefore, allowing billions of dollars to chase the same amount of goods and services as before, thus, creating inflation and rising gas prices. Why do prices of some goods rise, but other don’t? That is due to Elastic and inelastic goods. I won’t go into that, however, it may be interesting to look up.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  171. Dana

    The rising price of gas has little to do with President Obama. The closing of three refineries by 'Big Oil', rampant uncontrolled speculation,and the fact that the oil companies are exporting gas to other countries has more to do with high gas prices at this point. Obama is not a magician.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  172. Bob Luljak

    I know gas prices will have a bearing on Obama's run but even if the price of a gallon of gas were to dip to a penny, I would never vote for him.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  173. AB

    Rising gas prices will not impact my decision to vote for President Obama's re-election. He is not a fault for the rising gas prices. However, I believe that the President can play a role in stabilizing gas prices by tapping the strategic petroleum reserve and cracking down on greedy speculators who are fleecing the public. I do not think that gas prices will rise to $5 or more a gallon. That would kill any economic recovery and the President and Congress will not allow it. I believe that Obama will do something to sustain the economic recovery by stabilizing gas prices. I have great confidence in his character and judgement.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  174. Dawson

    Gas prices will not affect my vote. I have enough sense to know the president doesn't have control over the price of gas/oil. People are fooling themselves to believe a change in president will somehow lower gas prices. It worries me how misinformed some Americans are, especially the individuals sitting at Gingrich rallies believing that if he's elected we'll have $2.50 gas(sigh), we should know better.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  175. LOU S....OHIO

    Not at all, Jack! Our collective insistence that we have the right to drive two blocks to buy junk food and beer so we can sit on our over sized arses and complain that everything costs too much is just insane. Due to their financial ties to the Saudis, Bush I and Bush II were likely the only modern Presidents capable of influencing oil prices directly.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  176. Ben (Cape Elizabeth, ME)

    Anyone casting a vote for lower gas prices is wasting their vote. Republicans can't lower gas prices, and neither can Obama in the short term. But if Obama does win he better smarten up and realize American's care more about low gas prices that he seems to.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  177. JEFF - SCOTTSDALE, AZ

    The President, no matter which party, is not in control of oil/gas prices period. He should not be held accountable for rising prices nor given any credit for a decline in prices. Look Jack, most rational people are aware that the Republicans are in such dire straits right now, that they will grasp at any straw they can reach to disparage this administration and the President. So it's no wonder that these people are saying rising gas prices will affect their vote in November. As for me, it will not sway my vote one way or another.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  178. Googlybear

    i voted for obama and i still support him. fact of the matter is, under his administration more oil is being extracted here than there was under the bush administration.

    obama is president of the united states, not the world. try as he may, outside forces in the market are out of his reach and control.

    i will vote for him again.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  179. Cee.Louisiana

    Gas prices will have no effect on my Vote......the president does not control gas prices.....we have such ignorance in this country, its pathetic.........shameful...... and these people running for the GOP nomination are fueling the fire.....Newt Gingrich and his $2.50 a gallon gas......indeed.......we pay less for gas than almost every other country in the world......and whine the most.......

    March 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  180. Ken, Greensboro, NC

    Absolutely they should be drug tested. If i have to have a random drug test to stay employed at my company (which many companies require) why shouldn't someone getting free money have to drug test to receive the benefit. However, I think that you should only be drug tested if you have been on unemployment for 10 to 12 weeks.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  181. Jerry

    It will have no impact on my vote for President. The price charged per gallon of fuel is based upon speculators and what goes on in the Middle East. What do the Republicans want him to do? I know, let's make Saudi Arabia the next state. I mean, come on

    March 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  182. Jake in Omaha

    When Obama start setting the price of gas. I thought the price was set in the market place. You know that supply and demand thing.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  183. John

    This will not change a vote for me. Promises from candidates don't change oil company's bottom line which I'm sure will be another record year for them. Who ever is president wears the bulls eye for the complaints of people who don't understand he is one man who has to have cooperation from many to get things done.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  184. Julie, San Francisco Bay Area

    ouch, these gas prices in the San Francisco Bay Area have hurt of course. But that solely will not be the reason I don't vote for President Obama this time around. Not having a Job has hurt more. If gas prices were to go up to $5/gal, I could live with that – but what I can't do without is a Job. A full-time one preferably. I hate this 'on-call' temporary type work that I seem to be getting. If in November, President Obama doesn't get my vote – it will be b/c of the job deficiency here in California. I've been looking to move, but I can't even seem to get a job outside the Bay Area. Have interviewed up to 4 hours away. Shameful how bad things have gotten. :(

    March 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  185. Luey

    No. the price of gas won't affect my vote. Why. Because I don't believe the president is sitting in the white house signing into law all these price hikes. The only thing that would have a chance of affecting my vote would be if Gingrich became the republican nominee and his 2.50 gas proposal had a chance. But I still wouldn't vote for him. if he wins and gets gas to 2.50. I would regret my vote and call him the best president ever. then the next election we want gas for 1.50.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  186. Edwin Ennor

    How much will rising gas prices affect your vote for president?

    A lot! Part of what got us into this problem of escalating gas prices are the unfunded wars which accumulated massive debt under the Bush administration and the animosity of much of the world community towards our aggressiveness and gluttony. Had we embarked on a path of sustainability during the Carter administration out current situation would be much different. Raising prices at the pump will only serve to remind me that the Republicans have caused many problems which we will have a hard time solving. Voting for any Republican for President is nearly a guarantee for more unfunded wars, more tremendous debt and lower taxes for the wealthy while ending funding for health care, schools and infrastructure. Yes, rising prices should remind us of what got us into this mess...Republican policies.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  187. DarTell

    Jack, Rising Gas prices are just another additive to the President's list of accomplishments. Director Chu with the direction of the President, wants gas to reach $7.00 levels to provide the American People a clear choice to atlernative fuels. The benifits for the President is short term, he will release more or all of the Emergency oil reserves around election time.. Yes to your question.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  188. Mark

    Look to see where oil execs & oil companies make their campaign contributions & this can be correlated with gas price. Quite amazing at how they affect our voting

    March 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  189. Jean Sartre, Milwauke, WI

    Unfortunately, I am an informed and rational person; I know there is absolutely NOTHING the President can do that will help with the rising cost of gasoline...

    So, no matter what happens with the price of gasoline, it will not affect my choice for President.

    Having said that, I am really hoping that the price of gasoline goes up to $12.00 a gallon, as it is in the EU; Americans are such a spoiled and pampered lot... cry babies...

    March 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  190. marybeth, massachusetts

    Not one bit. What world do you live in where the President controls the price of gas? Certainly not in mine. The price of gas is controlled by unregulated speculators, who play with the market and drive the prices of commodities such as gas and food up and down, depending on their whims. Get the speculators out of the market, and gas prices will stabilize. I don't believe that the threat of war in the Middle East has anything to do with rising gas prices either. For as long as I can remember, there have always been wars or threats of war and political instability in the Middle East–what matters is how speculators react to those wars or threats of war.

    I remember that gas cost more than $4.00 per gallon during the Bush years, 2008 in particular, and that all of the Republicans and their mouthpieces Rush Limbaugh and Faux News/Fox Noise stated that the President doesn't control the price of gas so the rising prices are not President Bush's fault. Now they're singing a different tune, laying all of the blame on President Obama.

    You can't have it both ways Jack–you can't absolve President Bush and blame President Obama for the rising gas prices. If it wasn't Bush's fault, then it can't be Obama's fault either.

    Gas prices are a concern, but I'm more concerned with the war on women's health, with the economy, with the lack of jobs. I can't worry about or blame the President for the price of gas. I won't be voting Republican–they haven't put a single candidate forward who has a serious plan for fixing the problems we face–all I hear from them is more of the same policies that got us into this mess (tax cuts for the wealthy! tax cuts for corporations! tax subsidies for the wealthy and corporations! Ban Female birth control! Ban all abortions in all cases, even for rape, incest, health/life of the mother! repeal DADT! Ban gay marriage! Force women to stay home! Eliminate Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Don't expand education or training opportunities for the young unless they're rich enough to pay for it!)

    March 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  191. Louise in Canada

    I am an American living in Canada. I am tired to residents of the US complaining about gas prices. We have been paying over $5.00 a gal. for years. It makes you think twice before driving. Those who blame the president need to educate themselves about the cause of high gas prices.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  192. Susan from Idaho

    A bunch, any bozo that says he can make them go down if he is elected is surly not going to get my vote. He and the tooth fairy need to take up residence in la la land.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  193. Reno

    yes if you are not pushing for alternate sources such as hydrogen fuel cell, and electric autos, you are not helping the problem.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  194. pat sigety

    0% chance jack, president not at fault. bias voters hold obama responsible those same voters would hold him responsible if the sun exploded......just saying.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  195. Marcella

    NO it will not affect my vote. The spectators on wall street threatened to do this so it affects the election. The republicans are desperate and will stoop to ANYTHING. People seem to forget who started America on this mess why the good ole republicans under the bush administration. American people have short memories if they listen and believe what the republicans say. All these wars under bush are hurting America and the republicans want more wars.Wake up America

    March 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  196. Robert Illes

    Uh $10 a gal won't get me to vote republican. Gas prices are manipulated by Koch bros. et al. Repub candidates will not lower prices and will do all their other damage. Bad way to vote.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  197. Dave in Phoenix

    Who is kidding who. Gas will go up till just about election time. Then it will drop fast,(you can not tell me he his not been making deals) and will make Obama look like a hero and guess what, all the American dummies that put him in office will shout, that he is the savor and will praise him. They will not look at the high cost of living, high unemployment, the banking industry in Bad trouble, out debt increasing so high that we will never be able to pay it down. How about how the world is looks at the United States. With awe and respect? I think not. We are a troubled country and it starts from the Top and goes down to the greedy politions that only concern them selveswith lining their own pockets. This use to be a country to be proud of, WHAT Happened?

    March 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  198. Edward Chambers

    Rising gas prices won't affect my decision at all. Rather, the higher the price goes, the more effort I make in using less gasoline, which is to say wasting less gasoline. People who seem intent on blaming the President for how much they pay at the pump might be wise to do whatever they can to waste less fuel by slowing down on lengthy highway trips, by keeping their vehicles properly tuned, by consolidating trips, by car-pooling whenever possible, by not idling for minutes-on-end in the drive through lane of fast food restaurants. There is way too much going on in the world for the President to make all the difference in the world as many would like. But all of us, as individuals, can certainly do any number of things to ease our own pain; no matter how real-or-imagined that pain might be.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  199. Joel

    It won't affect my vote. I will be enjoying my $2.50 gas price while driving around Newt's moon base.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  200. Mark in BC NV

    Funny how the Democratic Congress members blamed Bush and his "oil buddies" the last time gas was over $4.00/gallon. Now the same Socialist-Plantation party is blaming Wall Street while Obama is in office. Joseph Goebbels would be very proud of America's Democratic Party of today. You own the press, the people will follow.
    Mark in BC NV

    March 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  201. RICK-Roanoke,VA

    None at all voting for OBAMA 2012 regardless of gas prices, un-employment, Iran, Syria simply because their is no way Romney, Santorum or that Gingrich guy can do any better! All the hate for Obama is just a campaign to boost there popularity not this country. We have seen and heard these canidates for months they will say anything to get elected.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  202. Paul Dee Las Vegas

    This will affect my vote absoultely. Residing here in Las Vegas and with all our employments subject to tourist economy, higher gas prices will once again have a depression efffect on our slowly rebounding economy. I beleve this will especially affect the majority of tourist trade that drives up from California.
    We all know that the Presidency has "Executive Decision" on drastic situations. How much more drastic a situation must commence until he freezes the economy, such a President Reagan did so long ago. I believe he halted a nation from faultering, by doing such as he did. No pay raises, no commodity raises. Give it a try Mr. President. Drastic times need drastic measures in the favor of the people, not government or private interests.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  203. Kathy M

    It won't change my vote one bit.I am so tired of all the lies that come out of the media and the GOP. Oil prices are up because of greed. We don't need to dig or drill more, we need to invest in real alternative energy sources and a viable infrastructure so that this planet will be here for our children. Drive smaller vehicles. Ride share. Use public transportation. Walk. Use a bicycle. It is ridiculous to think that the President alone is responsible for spiraling oil prices, or can magically make them go back to $1/gallon. Why aren't you asking why Congress won't do anything to help??

    March 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  204. Steven in MO

    Do I have to remind you that gasoline is more in Europe than here in U.S. The fuel costs are subsidized by govt and fluxuate acording to conditions outside of govt control. There is little Prez can do short of opening strategic reserves, which is only a short term fix. What we need to do is go on a diet and find an alternative to oil.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  205. Tom LAUREL, MS

    Presidents have little available to them to deal with gas prices. The only way Newt's plan for $2.50 a gallon of gas works is that he contributes a couple of bucks a gallon when I fill my tank. I like that idea but it is about as believable as the story I told my wife about why I got home at 3 a.m. and stumbled over couch. Since we export more than we import I assume we have plenty so until the speculators quick jacking the prices and the refineries stop the practice of logging local 70 dollar a barrel oil in at North Sea 120 dollar oil prices we will continue to pay through the nose regardless of who runs the country.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  206. Jeff in NC

    The President has no control over gas and oil pricess. If he did step in and try to do something about it he would be villified for being a socialist and an enemy of capitalism. The Keystone Pipeline also has nothing to do with gas prices. Greed however has everything to do with it. The American Oil Companies are exporting 3 times the oil that they did last year. Look it up. The only thing the pipeline would do id allow them to export maybe 5 times what they did last year. So oil companies...are you going to reduce the exports, keep it here and lower your prices in the name of patriotism, national security and aid in the ecomomic recovery??? I didn't think so.

    March 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm |