President Obama used his weekly address to acknowledge the rising cost of gasoline – and to criticize the Republican presidential candidates for their campaign-trail message on gas prices.

“We hear the same thing every year,” Mr. Obama said about the Republicans. “Step one is drill, step two is drill, and step three is keep drilling.”

He took a direct hit at presidential candidate Newt Gingrich who has re-focused his campaign message on energy costs on which he offered tough critiques of the president. Gingrich promised if elected that gas prices would go down to $2.00-$2.50 per gallon.

“Since it’s an election year, they’re already dusting off their three-point plans for $2 gas,” Mr. Obama said.

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