Obama Says He Wants Lower Gas Prices for Reelection

The president and his administration have argued for higher energy prices in the past, but the president pooh-poohed the idea at his press conference today when asked directly if he wants gas prices to go up - citing his reelection bid.

Ed, just from a political perspective, do you think the President of the United States going into re-election wants gas prices to go up higher?...is that, is there anybody here who thinks that makes a lot of sense? ...I want gas prices lower because they hurt families.

Just last week, the energy secretary reminded congress that lower gas prices are not the goal of the administration - getting off of oil is.