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Presidential candidate Gingrich visits Coeur d'Alene, touts $2.50 a gallon gas if elected

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Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich wants everybody to share one idea with their friends and family.

That "I represent $2.50 a gallon gasoline," the former U.S. Speaker of the House said at a rally Thursday night at the Coeur d'Alene Best Western Inn.

The price of gas now is a major part of Gingrich's game plan as he seeks to become president.

He said President Barack Obama was responsible for "the most expensive gas in history" in 2011.

Gingrich made two appearances in Coeur d'Alene Thursday night. The other was at a fundraiser at a home on Neachen Bay, where tickets to the event were $1,000 each.

At the fundraiser Gingrich told backers he believes he can pull off four or five victories in contests on Super Tuesday, which would make him the clear conservative alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

"I think the last 'not-Romney' standing will be Newt Gingrich," he said.

He said he'll be fighting hard in Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Ohio, North Dakota and Idaho. He also thinks he's got a good chance to win Texas, with the help of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Gingrich said Romney has to outspend him by a five-to-one margin to win.

In an interview with The Press between the fundraiser and rally, Gingrich said his views match well with Idaho voters.

"I'm a life member of the National Rifle Association, and was honored by them for lifetime legislative achievement," he said.

He's for lower taxes, he said, adding, "I think most Idahoans would find my proposal for a 15 percent flat tax something they'd really like and they could identify with."

He said he favored "a common sense, local management approach" for Idaho forests, which he believes would be better for the ecosystem and the economy.

Gingrich said he first visited Coeur d'Alene in 1987 for either a speaking engagement or fundraiser.

"Dick Cheney used to tell me that there was no place better in America to go for fishing than Idaho," Gingrich recalled.

At the rally, Gingrich said, "All I'm trying to do is get back to a pre-Obama America."

If elected, he would immediately permit the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf, open up new oil drilling sites, abolish every White House czar, "repeal every single anti-religious act" of the Obama administration, among other actions.

He said he would repeal 40 percent of the Obama administration's work on his first day in office.

"I believe the economy starts to turn around late on election night," he told the packed crowd at the hotel.

He promised the audience he would replace the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with an "Environmental Solutions Agency."

He told the crowd he has posted a 30-minute video on his website in which he describes how he'll greatly reduce the price of gas, which has been rising lately.

Gingrich also criticized Obama's record as commander in chief, saying Obama is "the most dangerous president in our lifetime."

He said the Obama administration has "failed completely to convince the Iranians to stop building nuclear weapons," adding that Obama is risking the security of Israel.

Gingrich didn't just attack Obama, he took a couple shots at Romney, too, which the audience found amusing.

"Governor Romney at times is severely distanced from the facts," he said. "He's not a severe conservative."

Romney described himself as "severely conservative" at a conservative political meeting earlier this month.

Gene Stone, a Kootenai County resident who attended the rally Thursday with his wife, Sheri, said they're supporting Gingrich in the upcoming Idaho Republican presidential caucus on March 6.

"Gingrich is the smartest guy running," Stone said. "He has a lot of experience. He did a terrific job as Speaker of the House."

He likes that Gingrich is articulate, has good ideas, and would do well debating Obama.

Multiple people after the rally said they liked Gingrich because he's not afraid to "tell it like it is."

Lynn Plaggemeier, of Spokane Valley, said after the rally that he likes Gingrich's credentials. He's supporting Gingrich in the Washington caucus next month.

"I think he has such a strong background," he said. "I hope he does pick up in the polls though."

Gingrich has been polling behind both Romney and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, of Pennsylvania.

Another Gingrich supporter, Clayton Boehrig, of Spokane Valley, said, "I just like his solutions. I like the fact that he's done something" as a former House Speaker.

"Bottom line, he got stuff done" as speaker and "pissed people off on both sides of the isle."

He thinks Gingrich has the best and boldest ideas, compared with Santorum, Romney and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas.

"We need big solutions," Boehrig said.

Supporter Wendell Beard, of Post Falls, likes Gingrich's experience and his pledge to reduce gas prices to $2.50 a gallon.

Grinning, Beard said, "And I like the way he handles the press," referring to Gingrich's at times prickly exchanges with members of the national TV media.

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  • riversharkes posted at 10:13 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

    riversharkes Posts: 99

    hmmm...I wonder if there is a right wing media complex that uses propoganda to influence people to not think in terms of their own best interest?
    no...no news outlets like that or is there?
    Fox? sean hannity, rush limbaugh, mark levine, laura ingram, mike savage, mike reagan, rusty humphries, bill o'riely, glenn beck, mike medved, jimbo hanin, and the 1000's of other a m radio heads that preach their poison on the airwaves....

  • jmowreader posted at 11:21 pm on Sat, Feb 25, 2012.

    jmowreader Posts: 1248

    Keven, I just went through the Constitution looking for something to back up your statement that money is required by the Constitution to be either gold or silver. It's not actually in there, but you may be referring to the first paragraph of Article I, Section 10 (Powers Prohibited of States), which says:

    No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

    The reason the line about gold and silver coin is in there is to keep Virginia and North Carolina from accepting tax payments in tobacco, which they would have done were it not prohibited.

    All it says about money at the federal level is, the Congress shall have the power to coin money. It doesn't say what they have to make it out of, or what they have to back it up with.

    The biggest money-related problem we have right now isn't "fiat money," it's the privately-issued currency called credit derivatives. Because of the way these derivatives work (you can make a derivative out of other derivatives--it's called a collateralized debt obligation, or CDO--or buy a derivative "insurance policy" called a credit default swap, or CDS, on a derivative you don't own then package that CDS into another derivative called a synthetic CDO and sell it to someone who will package it into another CDO--and then buy a CDS to insure it!) the value of all outstanding derivatives is higher than the value of all the money in the world by a factor of between five and eight, depending on who you ask. Very few parts of The World Press are talking about these things because, to be blunt, there are maybe fifty people in the United States who actually understand the subject and none of those fifty people work in the derivatives business.

  • max power posted at 8:02 pm on Sat, Feb 25, 2012.

    max power Posts: 559

    *** Houston We Have A Problem ***

    The liberal lame stream "knee-pad" media complex is on record as mentioning soaring gasoline prices "97 TIMES IN ONE MONTH" in 2008 during Bush's presidency. Under Bush those gasoline prices were reported as "SOARING GAS PRICES!" "RECORD HIGH GASOLINE PRICES!" "GAS PRICES HURTING THE POOR!" By contrast under Comrade Obama's presidency the gasoline prices are being reported as "creeping up" or "inching up".

    The last time gas prices were soaring this high the liberal lame stream "knee-pad' media complex was covering demonstrations outside the White House demanding that Bush resign. Where are those people now?

    So who is the liberal lame stream "knee-pad" media complex that likes to slobber and fawn over anything that Obama does? Why it's the networks all the libtards watch!

    ABC - Another Barack Channel
    NBC - National Barack Channel
    CBS - Couric's Barack Station
    CNN - Communist News Network
    BBC - British Barack Channel
    PBS - Public Barack Station
    MSNBC - More Same National Barack Channel
    HLN - Homogenized Liberal News

    "If you like liberal propaganda then you'll love the liberal lame stream "knee-pad" media complex" -- Bob Wire

  • riversharkes posted at 12:33 pm on Sat, Feb 25, 2012.

    riversharkes Posts: 99

    gas is not at its most exspensive in history...that happened in the summer of 2008 when bush was in office...the price here in cd'a was $4.29/gal. barrel of oil was $150...in 2009 congress asked the big oil boys what drove the price so high, and the ceo of exxon said that if the speculators were not in the market then oil would be selling at $65-70/brl....
    NOBODY is answering this charge....it goes to show you who the republicans and democrats represent....
    WALL STREET bankers...
    there will be a bubble and then the price will collapse like it did in 2009..oil $33/brl gas at $1.35gal...lets just hope it does not take the up tick in the economy with it...

  • JonnyQPubic posted at 12:26 pm on Sat, Feb 25, 2012.

    JonnyQPubic Posts: 325

    I always laugh when someone throws out "lamestream media". I love how they themselves have been brainwashed by the Blamestream media. Just like almost everything about the GOP and religious agenda, their top priority is to accuse anyone not in line with them and their biggest failure is to not look in the mirror. Must be hard being a good Republican nowadays, there isn't one GOP candidate worth his weight in political contributions.

  • Keven Johnson posted at 7:16 am on Sat, Feb 25, 2012.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1301

    The REAL underlying cause for the rise in crude oil prices and therefore gasoline prices, is the declining value of the U.S. dollar, which is no longer backed by anything except the "full faith and credit of the United States". Before 1971 it was backed by gold; even after that the the 'full faith and credit' of the United States was a pretty strong guarantee but that has changed. Oil producing countries are wanting something of value for their oil. Oil has been traded in US dollars throughout the world, but that is changing. Iran is now selling some of its oil to China and accepting gold as payment. (as an aside, that is the REAL reason we're trying to provoke a war with Iran).

    All the other inflation we're seeing (that the government says doesn't exist) are the result of excess money printing by the federal reserve, which is only possible because our money has no backing by anything tangible (such as gold or silver as the constitution mandates). In fact that is the definition of inflation - - inflating the money supply. Prices going up is the symptom that follows later and we all finally notice. We will not see a real reduction in gasoline prices , except for seasonal fluctuations, until we have Honest Money in this country. Most people don't yet understand the role of the Fed and fiat money in our economic woes, but more are waking up. But the worst part about Gingrich's pandering to low gas prices is that he's anything but stupid. He knows exactly what the problem is but he supports the federal reserve system which has brought us to where we are - - on the brink of total financial collapse.

    All the candidates for president know what the problem is. Only ONE has the guts to tell us the truth and will push for an audit of the federal reserve with the ultimate goal of ending the fed, and restore the US dollar to a sound currency. You all know who that is, and it sure ain't Newt!

    Ron Paul 2012!

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    jane_slot Posts: 81

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  • jmowreader posted at 8:07 pm on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    jmowreader Posts: 1248

    Keystone XL is a fraud, folks. It extends from the Canadian tar sands to the Gulf Coast for one simple reason: if you're going to export Canadian tar sands crude unrefined to Europe, the best place to do it is from the deepwater ports in Texas and Louisiana.

    America needs more oil refineries, but I don't think they'll ever build another one--not because of some nefarious liberal plot to make everyone ride bicycles everywhere they go, but because every time someone tries to permit an industrial facility of any kind all the McMansion owners for 20 miles around start screaming about how they don't want the noise or the dust or the smell or the truck traffic or to have to look at it.

  • Joseph Jr posted at 2:29 pm on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    Buzzkill..................................Obama spent more in the first 2 years of his presidency than Bush II spent in 8 years, which included 911!

    Unemployment has RISEN under OBAMA.

    There are several legitimate sites which allow anyone to input a date (such as: When a president took office and left office) and compare debt.

    Since we can prove unemployment has risen and our nations debt has skyrocketed since Obama took office, please state what it is exactly that Obama has done which has benefitted our nation and its people. Yes, I know...those on welfare and unemployment (99 weeks of it!) are very HAPPY with the present system.

    Only problem is, we owe CHINA more than we can repay in 2 generations if we stopped spending now.

  • CClavin posted at 2:26 pm on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    CClavin Posts: 221

    Come on people what is the real reason? Somebody's fat hand is getting greased.

  • Not4sale posted at 12:32 pm on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    Not4sale Posts: 145

    On the topic of oil and cheaper gasoline: You can't have it all folks. Try telling the fishing and tourism industries of the Gulf Coast that we need more off-shore drilling. How about telling the folks in ND, TX and PA with tainted ground water that we need more fracking. The political process is a difficult balancing act and someone eventually gets hurt. The Alberta oil sands pipeline travels over the largest aquifer in the US and while it will create thousands of temporary construction jobs and only a few hundred permanent ones, what guarantee is there that it will not rupture, driving crops and beef prices through the roof. Remember BNSF's refueling station had a major undetected leak within the first year, after repeated guarantees. For a candidate(s) to suggest they have all the answers is disingenuous. A multi-faceted, balanced energy policy that addresses all the issues is what is needed. Merely suggesting more drilling and an arbitrary $2.50/gal is ludicrous.

  • Cody Wiench posted at 11:07 am on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    Cody Wiench Posts: 352

    Someone who actually is falling for this $2.50/gal gasoline tactic, can you please explain why/how?

  • max power posted at 10:56 am on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    max power Posts: 559

    *** Obama Has Increased Drilling Four Times Over Since Bush ***

    The Liberal Lame Stream "knee-pad " media is trying to give cover to Obama's anti-fossil fuels agenda. Those permits to drill that Comrade Obama is trying to take credit for were issued under the Bush Administration. Obama has done everything he can to reduce and cut off the supply of oil. It's all part and parcel of pandering to the environmental whacko's that make up the Democrap Libtard Party. Nice try though...

    "Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters" -- Albert Einstein

  • Buzzkill posted at 10:54 am on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    Buzzkill Posts: 41

    Fun to watch all the hardcore Republicans get sooo mad. I can't wait until November when the country re-elects President Obama. People here are blinded by their own political passions.

  • uncle fester posted at 10:16 am on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    uncle fester Posts: 831

    Pres Obama has increased drilling four times over since Bush. Oil speculators drive the prices up and they are for the most part the big banks and the Koch brothers making more money off the citizens. A President alone can not change oil prices. He would have to have the Congress working with him to put back control of the banks and wall street. What are the odds of that happening?

  • lone wolf posted at 10:03 am on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    lone wolf Posts: 243

    FACT CHECK: Gingrich's $2.50-Per-Gallon Gas Claim Iffy
    Study shows even unlimited offshore oil drilling wouldn't have much impact on price.
    by Naureen Khan

    Updated: February 22, 2012 | 9:05 p.m.
    February 22, 2012 | 8:37 p.m.
    Presidential contender Newt Gingrich opened the CNN debate by making the bold promise that he could bring the price of gasoline to $2.50 a gallon.

    “I've developed a program for American energy so no future president will ever bow to a Saudi king again and so every American can have $2.50-a-gallon gasoline,” he said.

    It’s a claim that he has made repeatedly on the campaign trail as Americans have been hit by prices inching up at the pump. Gingrich has said he would accomplish the feat by dramatically increasing domestic oil production, but whether the United States could ever produce enough oil to make that much of an impact is very much in doubt.

    A 2009 study by the Energy Information Administration found that even unlimited offshore drilling would have a limited effect on prices for American drivers, bringing down the cost by only about 3 cents a gallon, according to The New York Times.

    Moreover, at a May House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on gas prices, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., quoted Kenneth Green, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, saying, “The world price is the world price; even if we were producing 100 percent of our oil, we probably couldn't produce enough to affect the world price of oil."

    Gingrich’s answer to the criticism has been to say that increasing domestic production would certainly be better than the restrictive policies of the Obama administration.

  • babydriver posted at 9:55 am on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    I agree with Max but would add that a few additional refineries are in order as well.

  • kimknerl posted at 9:02 am on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    kimknerl Posts: 286

    Mike Patrick, you are slipping as editor. The headline was supposed to read, “Pimp promises”

  • max power posted at 8:12 am on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    max power Posts: 559

    *** The Concepts You Are About To Read Are Based in Reality / Reader Discretion Is Advised ***

    While Gingrich wants $2.50 a gallon gasoline Comrade Obama wants gasoline prices to soar to appease the environmental loons in the Democrap Party. The Eco-Marxists aren't happy with the prices at near record highs for this time of year. They want them HIGHER! To the Green Mafia, the price of gasoline should be so high that people can't drive to work and have to rely on public transportation. If the market doesn't keep the price high then it's up to the government. Comrade Obama's doing his part by "NOT" allowing the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

    The Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Libtard Obama ball-washer said, "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels found in Europe". He believes that $7-$9 dollar a gallon gasoline will force people to buy alternative energy cars and sub compacts...

    "If people won't buy the Chevy Volt them we'll force them" -- Nancy Pelosi

  • JonnyQPubic posted at 7:54 am on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    JonnyQPubic Posts: 325

    Almost gagged on my Cherrios when I flipped the paper open and was faced with Mrs. Plastic Fantastic Stepford Wife. Newt promises $2.50/gal gas, what a crock, like he or any Prez can dictate to the oil industry. The oil industry, and all big biz for that matter, dictate to the politicians (on the take, please fill my pocket). Newt is a perfect politician, he'll say anything if he thinks it'll get him a vote. If it wasn't so scary thinking he might end up in the White House this would be one of the best jokes of the 21st Century.

  • immortal posted at 4:03 am on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    immortal Posts: 258

    My opinion of Gingrich, just like Obama, is that their goal is really to be "former President" blahdy-blah. All they really want to do is prance around taking bows. Neither is in it to lead the country for the good of its people, or to make the hard decisions for the majority.

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