Looks like Newt Gingrich is getting into the right-wing, "let's-all-hate-on-the-Chevrolet-Volt" bandwagon.

During a campaign stop at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, the trailing Republican candidate said, "Let me start from a simple premise that Oklahomans will understand: you cannot put a gun rack in a Volt," Talking Points Memo reports. It appears that Gingrich is trying out a new attack line, as Raw Story is reporting that he used a similar line at an event in Suwanee, GA. There, he continued, "There is no reason not to believe that we couldn't stabilize with American production by drowning demand in supply the old-fashioned, free market way. There's no reason we couldn't have a stable price around $2 or $2.50 [per gallon]."

Nope, no reason at all, right?

*UPDATE: Well, that didn't take long: a video to prove otherwise can be found after the jump.



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      Ian Bruce 伊恩·布鲁斯
      Sorry Steven. I thought you'd posted the video the article was referring to. Watched your video... Nice Remi, but seriously dude... you should think about securing that ordnance.
      marcopolo
      • 9 Hours Ago
      @Ian Bruce depends on what you're huntin'.....
      Ford Future
      • 9 Hours Ago
      Nut Gingrich, and all Republicans, Once Again Against American Independence from Oil.
        EZEE
        • 9 Hours Ago
        @Ford Future
        All of them.....hmmmmm, let's see...stereotyping...name calling ....closed minded.... Yep, a liberal!
          gpmp
          • 9 Hours Ago
          @EZEE
          Lest you forget the 'fag is just a schoolyard taunt' comment by Coulter
          gpmp
          • 9 Hours Ago
          @EZEE
          By that definition Coulter, Beck and Limbaugh, et al. would be liberals
      • 9 Hours Ago
      If you need a gun rack your driving the wrong vehicle :) No one car will suit everybody's needs. That's why they make sedans, coupes, roadsters, pick-ups, SUV's and minivans in assorted sizes. Just as no one car design will work for everyone no one power source will either. There is plenty of room on the road for gas, diesel, CNG, and electric powered cars.
      Twitter
      • 9 Hours Ago
      In other news, Obama says all we need to do in inflate our tires, and we will not need to drill for any more oil.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would hope that a university with emphasis on christianity would not be so stupid as to approve of such a comment. are oklahomans that stupid? or did newt just err.
      mylexicon
      • 9 Hours Ago
      I think I've read all 70+ comments, yet no one has any idea what he's saying. Volt is not for everyone. That's it. Volt is not a truck. It isn't suitable for hunting. It doesn't jive with the gun rack culture. Plug-in sedans; therefore, are not a panacea, and they won't be adopted by everyone. I understand OK might as well be a foreign country to most people, but it shouldn't be hard to figure out how sooners live. The video is funny for the gun rack content. The layman's understanding of the oil market is oversimplified and a bit ridiculous. Doesn't mean it won't ultimately prove correct, but it isn't deep enough to be a credible predictor. Furthermore, we need cheap oil for a litany of reasons. Mainly to reduce our trade deficit issues, and to stimulate domestic industry. CAFE is going to happen one way or another. It's either going to force a society, addicted to cheap oil, to drive fuel efficient cars or CAFE is going to make sure an efficient society doesn't relapse (1990s) if demand in the developed world starts falling steeply. We might even want OPEC to cut production if prices fall b/c expensive oil puts inflationary pressure on the renminbi, which might force China to let the RMB float more aggressively.
        Nick
        • 9 Hours Ago
        @mylexicon
        mylexicon Are you aware that plug-in systems can be integrated into any kind of personal vehicle, including trucks and SUVs?
          mylexicon
          • 9 Hours Ago
          @Nick
          Of course. But that has nothing to do with whether or not a plug-in sedan will appeal to country folk in OK. It also has nothing to do with whether or not a slumping political candidate would engage in cultural politics to sway fellow conservative southerners. Most importantly, the Volt's probable lack of appeal at a Republican convention in OK, and a politician's desire to grand stand amongst his constituents, definitely have nothing to do with whether or not plug-in vehicles will be supported by consumer demand. Why people insist on shoehorning these unrelated phenomena into a make-shift conspiracy is completely beyond me. The eclectic collage of culture, politics, and market-based economics, forced into existence by unreasonable human impulse, is something I rebuff, regardless of which political camp is responsible for the subterfuge.
        Tysto
        • 9 Hours Ago
        @mylexicon
        "The layman's understanding of the oil market is oversimplified and a bit ridiculous. Doesn't mean it won't ultimately prove correct, but it isn't deep enough to be a credible predictor." Your MOTHER's not deep enough to be a credible predictor. "Furthermore, we need cheap oil for a litany of reasons." Good luck with that. Reality has a well-known liberal bias.
          mylexicon
          • 9 Hours Ago
          @Tysto
          The insolvency of Social Security and Medicare are part of liberal bias? The oil price collapse in the mid-80s was a liberal bias? Stagflation was predicted by liberal economists who thought the Philips Curve couldn't shift? It was liberal soothsayers who predicted that politicizing income tax would create a system where 50% of Americans paid income tax and 50% did not? As far as I can tell, liberals accurately predicted no WMD in Iraq. Betting on 50/50 coin flips seems to be a task best suited to the liberal bureaucracy.
        Arun Murali
        • 9 Hours Ago
        @mylexicon
        I think you dont understand what comments have been written here. Agreed Volt is not for every one. No one is forcing you to buy one either. But that does not make it useless. Which is what the comment wants others to sub-consciously believe. There are probably over half a million people in US alone who are capable of buying one and will find Volt as a perfect car for their daily use. If you were in reality you would have already realized that there is no Cheap Oil. Even though US can revert back to pre 1990's consumption of Oil there are other fast growing nations with large number of people who need large amount of oil(you seem to think China is the only other nation). Even if the whole world reverts back to pre 1990 levels, the price of the fuel is still going to be high. We have already replenished most of the cheap wells. More expensive drilling techniques became possible only because the fuel prices are high enough. This means we have to start looking, thinking and adapting sustainable alternatives. What better day exists than today to do some good change. Considering the absence of cheap oil a little change in lifestyle would be nice and welcome. One last thing, the world cannot and will not revert back to pre 1990's levels of fuel consumption for the next 30 years and not without the help of plug-in cars.
          mylexicon
          • 9 Hours Ago
          @Arun Murali
          I never said the Volt was useless so the lack of understanding probably isn't coming from me. I'm aware of what is happening in the oil industry. We've just ended a 3 year business cycle of prolonged contango from borderline unreasonable policy in the USO ETF. The hedge funds and derivatives traders who were laying waste to the USO ETF are not quite ready to pop the bubble, and they are putting all of their eggs in the $150 oil basket to capitalize on the issues in Iran. The hope is that these issues will continue to dog oil production long enough for demand in the US and Western Europe to continue stoking the fire of oil speculation. If the contango bubble pops, and the Iran situation isn't as profitable as speculators hope, what is the equilibrium price of oil? $90? $80? What if we add the Keystone XL pipeline? What if US oil demand continues dropping at 4%-6% per annum? I'm not saying we should bank on low gasoline prices, but the best economic situation for our country is high fleet fuel economy and low oil prices. Rooting for anything else is counter-productive? Now that CAFE 2025 are in place, it is political brinksmanship to block initiatives that might reduce the cost of oil.
          marcopolo
          • 9 Hours Ago
          @Arun Murali
          @Arun Murali Maybe it's a misprint, otherwise,.. could you tell me how an Oil well is 'replenished' ?
      LiteNRG1
      • 9 Hours Ago
      Newt, are your almost literally the only hope in winning over the independent voters like myself back to the republican party. I love alternatives energies but not Obama because he help pass alot of harmful regulations which have created "fuel price like" uncertainties for business' large and small (they are the real drivers of the economy). I like his ideas but please don't be like rest in your party (like Faux news).
      Herman Blackman
      • 9 Hours Ago
      “Chevy runs Deep” into the taxpayers pocket. Chevy Volt. GE is sitting on windmills waiting to be subsidized so they can provide unreliable, expensive power. Soon after his appointment by Obama, Immelt announced that GE will buy 50,000 Volts in the next two years, or half the total produced. As the corporation qualifies for the same tax credit, we just shelled out $375,000,000, $7500 per car , to a company to buy cars that no one else wants, so that GM will not tank and produce even more cars that no one wants. And this guy is the chair of Obama’s Economic Advisory Board?
        Nick
        • 9 Hours Ago
        @Herman Blackman
        Blah Blah Blah... 1) We don't "shell out" $7500 per car, it's a tax credit. 2) The Volt SAVES up to $30,000 over 10 years compared to an ICE. 3) Your ICE car sends over $30,000 to Saudi-Arabia over its lifetime, while the Volt has the capability to keep this money here. 4) You are a narrow-minded, blabbering fool. Sincerely, NIck
          DarylMc
          • 9 Hours Ago
          @Nick
          Everyone pays to protect ourselves from a percieved threat from terrorists but who is going to protect us from the ignorance of people like Herman. But I suppose it is no reason to be too sad since despite their utter stupidity humans have thrived and slowly worked to address the problems they create.
      paulwesterberg
      • 9 Hours Ago
      But can you put confederate flag stickers in the rear window?
      Ryan
      • 9 Hours Ago
      The video of the gun rack in the Volt is awesome. What a great response to a typically narrow-minded comment.
      GR
      • 9 Hours Ago
      Oddly enough, you also can't put a Gingrich in the White House.
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