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Thu Feb 23, 2012, 03:28 PM

Obama: Opponents Are ‘Rooting For Bad News’ On Gas Prices [View all]

By David Nakamura,

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — President Obama defended his energy policies Thursday in the face of rising gas prices, saying there are no “quick fixes” to protect consumers and lashing out at political rivals who blame him for the spike.

Gas prices have risen 29 cents per gallon since December, with the price for regular octane gas now averaging $3.64 a gallon in the Washington region at a time of year when consumers usually enjoy a respite from such spikes.

Republicans are blaming Obama for the increase and even some Democrats are pressing him to take stronger action to protect consumers. It’s a potential election-year mess for a president who has recently enjoyed a surge in approval ratings.

But in an appearance at the University of Miami, where he toured an engineering program for energy efficiency, Obama told a crowd of about 1,500 that his GOP rivals who are pledging to slash prices are “rooting for bad news” to win political points.

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