MITT ON THE PIPELINE – AT 10:21 A.M. ET: Mitt Romney does know a good issue when he sees it. He's piling on Obama, properly, because of Obama's rejection of the Keystone pipeline. From The Hill:
Mitt Romney drew a line in the oil sands on Friday, focusing on the controversial Keystone pipeline project opposed by the White House and saying, “I will build that pipeline if I have to myself.”
Romney blasted Obama on a range of policies during a speech to the Republican National Committee’s State Chairmen’s National Meeting in Arizona, but singled out the controversial project that would route Canadian oil sands south to Gulf Coast refineries.
The White House earlier this year rejected making a decision on the pipeline until the project had been reviewed, a process expected to take at least until after the November elections. But House Republicans this week, when pushing through legislation to extend needed federal transportation program funding, included a mandate to approve the pipeline.
Romney pledged that he would expand drilling for gas and oil as president and would buy oil from Canada.
COMMENT: Well done. But Mitt must be on guard. As we wrote at Urgent Agenda, Obama might well find some magic reason to reverse himself and approve the pipeline before the election, taking credit for it. Mitt must then insist that it was his, Romney's, pressure that forced the decision and say that this is the kind of action America will get when he is president.
So far I'm impressed by the way Romney's daily operation has been run. He has a sharp staff that watches everything that happens, and responds immediately. Keep it up.
April 21, 2012