In the 2008 campaign, when gas prices were at $1.86 a gallon, Newt Gingrich launched “Drill Here, Drill Now” to increase energey exploration. In 2012, with gas $3.62 a gallon and said to be going as far as $5.00, he decided a cute catchphrase wasn’t enough and has released a 28-minute web video, that he’s going to be airing in “key cities” between now and Super Tuesday…
The 28 minute speech, which Gingrich delivered without a teleprompter or text, is called “$2.50 per Gallon Gasoline, Energy Independence and Jobs – An Address by Newt Gingrich.” It can be viewed here:
In the address, Gingrich outlines the facts behind America’s energy production potential and points out why becoming an energy production powerhouse would benefit Americans in almost every aspect of their lives:
“Every time you can lower the cost of energy, you make it easier for us to have manufacturing and you lower the cost of living…We have a lot more jobs, and we need a growing economy with a lot of new jobs, because we want to be a country where America works best when Americans are working…We are not a country of food stamps and welfare. We are a country of the work ethic, of a job, of take-home pay, of opening up our own business. And this kind of energy program will do just that.”
This is an interesting “Hail Mary” play for Gingrich, who is kind of an after thought right now. Rick Santorum is the “not Romney” flavour of the month, but people still don’t like Mitt Romney any more than when Newt Gingrich was the “not Romney” flavour of the month…both times. Will this work? Could a third time be the charm?