Durbin: Gas Prices Aren’t End Of The World For Obama

CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) agrees a gas price spike doesn’t help President Barack Obama, but he says so far, it’s hardly a deal-breaker for the president.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, gas prices on Tuesday hit an average of $3.57 nationwide – a 40 cent hike from a year ago.

Durbin said voters are certainly watching.

“Gas prices are a major impact on our economy, on retail sales, and on the attitude of people and the confidence that they have toward the future of the economy,” Durbin said. “So there’s no question that there’s a linkage.”

But Durbin also sees the gas price situation as little fuel for a serious political challenge at this point.

“When I listened to some of the Republican presidential candidates, one said, in the bidding war, ‘I’ll bring the price of gas down to $2.50 a gallon,’ and then Newt Gingrich said, ‘No, make that $2,’” Durbin said. “I think Americans dismiss that as political hyperbole.”

Durbin said while the U.S. is making some headway at reducing fuel use, the country is still vulnerable to gas price hikes from international forces affecting the markets.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

  • Me

    Quite a turn around from 3+ years ago when Durbin and Obama were calling for an end of Republican Rule due to rising fuel costs.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      @Me – spot on !!!!! BRAVO

  • Bob Haaga

    And what has he been smoking

  • franklin808

    I don’t care how high gas prices go, I am voting for Obama and sending a donation. Who would want the GOP back in office giving everything away to big oil?

    • OLD VET


  • john

    Drill, Drill, Drill; then lay pipe lines and build an oil refinery here ,there and everywhere. The only way to get these thing done is to dump Obama.

  • Stop the blame game!!

    I am heir to my father’s estate which is in debt with the City for building violations. I feel like I am Obama and the building is the U.S. economy.

  • Dan Rakow

    Why Can’t We Be Friends,Why Can’t We Be Friends,Why Can’t We Be Friends,Why Can’tvWe Be Friends.

  • THEE Yard Ape

    Hey Durbin – you like to run your mouth so much, how about you challenge Gingrich to a debate??? You are a DISGRACE to this once great nation and should be charged with treason!!!!!

  • Fred

    The GOP dares to criticize when it comes to Big Oil? The Republicans have been in the hip pocket of Chevron & Exxon for decades, voting consistently to let the oil companies do anything they want to do. And in return, 90% of Big Oil’s political contributions went to Republicans. So, when the oil companies raise prices through the roof, Republicans suddenly want to blame Obama??

    • THEE Yard Ape

      You are too full of sh!t to even warrant a good response!!!!! Get your facts staright if you can stop playing with your socialist-mulatto-messiah doll !!!

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