As the 2012 presidential election continues to heat up, President Obama is quick to take credit for providing jobs in the energy market. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney however is quick to claim the president’s claims are outrageous. In fact, he said the president taking credit for the energy production is America is like him (Romney) taking credit for the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series while he was governor of Massachusetts.
“The president tries to take credit for the fact that oil production is up,” Romney said. “I’d like to take credit for the fact that when I was governor, the Red Sox won the World Series, but neither one of those would be the case.”
Statistics are quick point out oil production is at the highest it has been in eight years and is up 3.6 percent from last year. Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for the Obama campaign was quick to respond on behalf of the president.
“Mitt Romney continues to be dishonest about both President Obama’s record on energy and his own,” she said.
The President himself also chimed in on the conversation.
“There are politicians who say that if we just drilled more, then gas prices would come down right away,” he said. “What they don’t say is that we have been drilling more.”
Romney still blames Obama for the high unemployment rate and accuses to the president of preventing thousands of more jobs by blocking Keystone XL oil pipeline as well as curtailing offshore drilling. He vowed not to follow this act.
“I’m going to get drilling in the gulf going again,” Romney said. “I’m going to make sure we drill for oil in the outer continental shelf.”
The topic isn’t going away anytime soon. In fact as the race heats up, energy will be a hot button, and to many people, a way of deciding who will get their vote.