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On Energy Policy, Another Shift For Romney

•, by Tamara Keith

The GOP candidates for president have seized on high gas prices as a line of attack against President Obama, largely saying the answer is more domestic oil drilling. But one of those candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, used to have a position at least somewhat at odds with that.

"You see, when he was running he talked about how his energy policies would cause energy prices to skyrocket," Romney said last month at a campaign event at Bradley University. "And when told that gasoline prices had jumped, he said that he would rather see them go up gradually."

Romney was referring to a 2008 interview that then-Sen. Obama did with CNBC's John Harwood. When asked if high gas prices could help us, Obama said he would have "preferred a gradual adjustment."

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