Rick Santorum Falsely Claims The Obama Administration Has Put A Stop Sign On Oil Drilling

I'm sure this CNN GOP primary "debate" in New Hampshire tonight is going to keep all of the Democratic fact-checkers busy for a while, with John King looking more like he was holding a speed-dating event where he was more worried about moving on to
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I'm sure this CNN GOP primary "debate" in New Hampshire tonight is going to keep all of the Democratic fact-checkers busy for a while, with John King looking more like he was holding a speed-dating event where he was more worried about moving on to the next candidate than trying to hold any of them accountable for telling one lie after another.

Case in point, here's Senator Rick Santorum on the Obama administration's policies on oil drilling.

KING: All right, let me come down to this. And, Senator Santorum, you mentioned -- you said you have executive experience, as well as your Senate experience. Governor Pawlenty laid out an economic plan. A lot of tax cuts in that plan. Some economists said he had some unrealistic expectations, and he said you could grow the economy 5 percent a year, then 5 percent a year, then 5 percent a year. Do you believe that is a possible? Or is that too optimistic to the American people, who want help but don't want to be misled?

SANTORUM: Yeah, I think we need a president who's optimistic, who has a pro-growth agenda. I'm not going to comment on 5 percent or 4 percent. What we need is a -- is an economy that's unshackled.

And what's happened in this administration is that they have passed oppressive policy and oppressive regulation after -- Obamacare being first and foremost. The oppressiveness of that bill on businesses -- anybody that wants to invest to get any kind of return, when you see the regulations that are going to be put on business, when you see the taxation.

Throw on top of that what this president's done on energy. The reason we're seeing this second dip is because of energy prices, and this president has put a stop sign again -- against oil drilling, against any kind of exploration offshore or in Alaska, and that is depressing. We need to drill. We need to create energy jobs, just like we're doing, by the way, in Pennsylvania, where we're drilling 3,000 wells this year for gas, and gas prices are down -- natural gas prices are down as a result.

KING: OK, I'm going to try to ask all of you to keep the follow- ups to 30 seconds as we -- so we can get more in.

So after one of the worst oil disasters in history, Santorum is demanding that we ease regulations on businesses, which shouldn't be a big surprise since he's not the only one out there doing that by a long shot. And the other things is, sadly, he's lying -- Drill, baby, drill fails: Oil prices soar in spite of sharp increase in U.S. production under Obama.

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