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  Gingrich launches 30-minute ad in Super Tuesday states
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Last EditedJason  Feb 22, 2012 02:20pm
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News DateWednesday, February 22, 2012 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionRepublican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who has recently shifted his focus from the economy to gas prices and energy policy, is set to air a 30-minute speech on those issues in several states that vote on Super Tuesday on March 6.

As prices at the pump continue to inch upward, the former House speaker has seized on the issue and blamed President Obama's energy policies as part of the problem. He routinely calls for a new "American energy program" that will allow energy development on federal property and in federally controlled waters.

"I think our goal should be simple," Gingrich said Tuesday in a speech to Oklahoma state legislators. "We want to be so independent in energy production that no future president ever again bows to a Saudi king." The line is a reference to Obama's deep bend at the waste when greeting King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in 2009, which the White House has insisted was not a bow. But the reference usually draws enthusiastic applause from Gingrich's crowds on the campaign trail.

The focus on rising gas prices has the Obama administration on the defensive, with White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday dismissing the idea that the president is to blame for the increases.
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