Newt Gingrich Calls on Obama to Fire Steven Chu
Hitting the campaign trail in Cherokee County, Ga., on Thursday, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich called on President Barack Obama to fire U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
“Just this week, Obama’s own energy secretary, Steven Chu, admitted what we all know is true -- that the Obama Energy Department really isn’t trying to lower gasoline prices,” Gingrich said. “President Obama must announce today in his Nashua address that he is firing Secretary Chu and replacing him with a pro-American-energy appointment. If he doesn’t, then the American people will know the president is still committed to his radical ideology, which wants to artificially raise the cost of energy.
“America has more energy production potential than any country on the planet,” Gingrich added. “My plan will lower gasoline prices to $2.50 per gallon and create millions of new jobs. The president’s anti-American-energy policies are raising the cost of gasoline, killing jobs, and wasting taxpayer money on boondoggles like Solyndra.”
Trying to catch up to Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in the race, Gingrich has been playing up energy in recent days, insisting that, if elected, he will be able to lower gas prices. Gingrich, who represented parts of Georgia for two decades in Congress, leads in the Peach State, according to polls.