Gingrich Rally in Meridian

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

It was a packed house at the MSU Riley Center for a Newt Gingrich campaign rally Friday.

The former Speaker of the House began by light-heartedly telling the crowd they did not need to stand up for his entire speech.

Gingrich touched on his foreign policy, and told the crowd gathered he feels he is the only republican candidate who can effectively debate President Barack Obama in a general election.

The majority of Gingrich's speech centered on his energy proposals.

Gingrich says he has a plan to get gas prices down to a more manageable level, by drilling in state like California, Alaska, and parts of the Gulf of Mexico, and approving the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would take oil from Canada to Texas.

"Does any serious student of economics believe that if you increase supply by 800 million barrels that you are not going to have some downward pricing pressure," said Gingrich Friday, "and we have the absolute proof of natural gas that we are living through at this very moment."

Republican candidate Rick Santorum is scheduled to visit Meridian on Sunday.

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  • by Sam Location: Meridian on Mar 9, 2012 at 08:31 PM
    Short term changes in the price of gasoline are typically caused by fluctuations in the price of crude on the futures market. The recent problems in the Mid-East have had ZERO effect on supply and demand, but they have significantly affected the futures market for crude. By the same notion, if we immediately instituted a policy of drilling and refinery construction, the futures market for crude would react by dropping the price. In short order, the price of gasoline would drop at the pump.
  • by Sh on Mar 9, 2012 at 07:31 PM
    Heard he refused to shake many hands. What a terrible politican
  • by sonof Location: meridian on Mar 9, 2012 at 10:48 AM
    He also mentioned South Dakota and the need for a new refinery. would it really lower prices? depends- cause the oil companies would have to build the refinery and would they? by controlling the supply/demand they could make the prices whatever they like. aside from that we need more of our own oil and to use the improved technology to get us off of our enemies oil. I don't see the current administration making efforts to give us relief. High fuel costs are more than me filling up my gas tank. it drives up the costs of all goods that have to move across the country, that is why it is one of the more important issues to address. Drilling in US would also provide American jobs that pay a good salary too.
  • by Gregory Location: Collinsville on Mar 9, 2012 at 10:34 AM
    I have to laugh when I hear Newt say mention his "800 million barrels." It's not as if the oil will instantly enter our supply -- it will take time to construct infrastructure. Furthermore, how many Americans know how much oil we use on a daily basis? I'll tell you: 19.1 million barrels per day. You can find this number at Our net import of oil is 9.4 million barrels per day. Even if this influx of domestic oil could reduce the price of gas (and it's extremely unlikely that the new production would benefit anyone but oil companies), how long would that 800 million barrels last us, should we use only domestic oil? Do the math: 85 days. Newt Gingrich is counting on you not to know anything about oil.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:12 PM in reply to Gregory
      Some of the infrastructure is already in place, others have to be re-established while others will need to be built. But in the meantime, jobs will be created & from the hub, economics will upturn. Nothing happens in a snap, but it would be worth the wait instead of being "weaned off" what oil we use, to purchase a $46K car to be run on electricity (which will still cost our home budgets) & is a Green Money Pit. It's just transferring cost from one source to another; ie: gas to electricity. Most Green Energy projects have failed so far & are extremely expensive to the consumer. You & I are picking up the tab while the companies are getting the bailouts!!! I'd put my money on Newt any day over the current administration & his failed policies & failed green energy projects & all the WH scandals & administration lies & distortions. Only one word you need to remember during the presidential election... "Operation Fast and Furious" & Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
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        by Gregory on Mar 10, 2012 at 09:09 AM in reply to
        Only one word? I count eight. Eight! Eight irrelevant words! Ah, ah, ah.
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