Mitt Romney Talking Sense On Gas Prices In 2006

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March 22 2012 8:06 AM

Mitt Romney Talking Sense On Gas Prices In 2006

Oh what a world it was in the mysterious days of 2006:

At moments, Romney went so far as to make high gas prices out to be a welcome reality for the foreseeable future, one that people needed to learn to live with. When lieutenant governor Kerry Healey, a fellow Republican, called for suspending the state’s 23.5 cent gas tax during a price spike in May 2006, Romney rejected the idea, saying it would only further drive up gasoline consumption. “I don’t think that now is the time, and I’m not sure there will be the right time, for us to encourage the use of more gasoline,” Romney said, according to the Quincy Patriot Ledger’s report at the time. “I’m very much in favor of people recognizing that these high gasoline prices are probably here to stay.”
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Smart stuff. Of course at the time he was an incumbent Republican in Massachusetts and Republicans were running congress and the White House.

Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.