Press Release: Pullen: Obama’s Plan Adds Fuel to the Fire

For Immediate Release: April 23, 2008
Contact: Tony Reinhard, (602) 957-7770
Pullen: Obama has the pump wide open

Phoenix, AZ – Although Democrats, including Barack Obama, Harry Mitchell and Gabrielle Giffords told Americans in 2006 they would lower gas prices, costs at the pump are at an all time high and continue to rise.
United States Senator John McCain has developed a plan to immediately help Americans with the rising cost of gas, said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen. Senator McCain’s plan would save American families 18.4 cents per gallon of gas and roughly $6.8 billion in taxes during the summer.
“When it comes to taxes, Barack Obama, Harry Mitchell and Gabrielle Giffords are holding the pump nozzle wide open,” said Pullen. “Rather than reduce the burden on American families, they keep pouring fuel on the fire.”
–          As Of April 22, 2008, The Average Price Of Regular Gasoline In Arizona Was Over $3.40 Per Gallon. (AAA Website,, Accessed 4/22/08)
–          Under Sen. John McCain’s plan, Arizona families would save 18.4 Cents on every gallon of gas.  (John McCain For President Website,, Accessed 4/22/08)
–          Barack Obama has rejected gas tax relief, calling it a “bad idea.” (Nick Timiraos, “Clinton Joins McCain On Gas-Tax Holiday,” The Wall Street Journal’s “Washington Wire” Blog,, 4/21/08)
–          In the Senate, Obama voted in favor of an amendment to add a $32 billion tax hike package to the CLEAN Energy Act of 2007 (H.R. 6)
o   A Heritage Foundation study found this vote alone would have caused gas prices to rise to over $6 per gallon by 2016 (S.A. Miller, “Senate Votes To Raise Auto Mileage Standards,” The Washington Times, 6/22/07)

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