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WaPo: Congressional Republicans turn focus to gas prices

by Lisa Mathias

Washington Post writes about the shift of focus from social issues to ones like gas and energy, as Congressional Republicans attempt to push a temporary highway bill. The WG’s David Winston states that the GOP needs to approach it from an economic standpoint:

So long as Republicans can connect the gas price issue to the broader economy, they have an edge over Democrats, particularly because voters appear to favor a two-pronged approach of more drilling now and pushing for alternative energy sources for the future, Winston said. “There’s a much more realistic sense of we’ve got to meet present energy needs.”

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Dayton Daily News: High gas prices prompt calls to drill, tap in, crack down

by Lisa Mathias

Dayton Daily News writes about the ongoing debate between Republicans and Democrats on how to solve the major issue of rising gas prices. The WG’s David Winston expresses the severity of the problem – that the use of gasoline itself isn’t something optional for most Americans:

“There are certain things with individuals that if they have to cut back, they will cut back,’’ said David Winston, a Republican pollster in Washington and an adviser to Boehner. “Gasoline is not one of them. What are they supposed to do? Go half way to work?’’

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