Fox Advises GOP To Try To Cash In Politically On Gas Prices

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Doug Schoen: Gas Prices Could Prevent Obama From “Benefitting From The Drop In The Unemployment Rate.” On the February 16 edition of Varney & Co. Fox News contributor Doug Schoen said that Obama is “benefitting from the drop in the unemployment rate to 8.3%, and the growing perception in the polls that things are getting better and ultimately, with the Republican party divided, there needs to be some force outside the system to question that narrative for him to be hurt. Gas prices could be it.” [Fox Business, Varney & Co., 2/16/12]

Steve Doocy: Gas Prices Are An “Opportunity To Disrupt” Positive Economic Narrative. On the February 16 edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy said: “As you look at the price of oil going through the roof, and nobody’s talking about it, this has the opportunity to disrupt what some are saying, ‘oh look, good news for President Obama. The economy is getting better.’ Not if gas prices mess it up.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 2/16/12]

Fox Anchor Hopes High Gas Prices Will Be “Enough To Derail” Obama’s Re-election. On the February 16 edition of Fox & Friends, guest-host Juliet Huddy asked if rising prices are “enough to derail [Obama’s] return to the office.” Fox News contributor Eric Bolling replied: “Well it better be. What else matters? How much we pay for a gallon of gas. How much we pay for a loaf of bread.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 2/16/12]

Steve Hayes: Republicans Should “Point To The President’s Role In Causing These Gas Prices To Go Up.” Appearing on Special Report, Fox News contributor Steve Hayes said: “Republicans have to make an argument. It’s not just that we look at the gas prices. Republicans have to explain what gas prices have gone up, and unlike the White House, which seems to suggest this is random effect, point to the president’s role in causing these gas prices to go up.” [Fox News, Special Report, 2/15/12 via Nexis]

Pat Caddell: Gas Prices Are “A Perfect Issue” For GOP. Fox News contributor Pat Caddell lamented that Republicans are unable to “mount a narrative that has a big idea to it,” and said that the price of gasoline “is a perfect issue” for Republicans. [Fox News, Your World With Neil Cavuto, 2/15/12]

A.B. Stoddard: Rising Gas Prices “Will Be A Good Talking Point For Republicans.” On the February 15 edition of Special Report, Fox News contributor A.B. Stoddard said: “I think the increase of gas prices since President Obama has been in office is high and it will be a good talking point for Republicans. However, I don’t think that it is going to be a driving campaign issue if the economy continues in the direction that it’s going.” [Fox News, Special Report, 2/15/12 via Nexis]

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