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WH retracts claim that Gingrich 'is lying'

Associated Press Published: March 13, 2012

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney retracted his suggestion yesterday that Newt Gingrich "is lying" when he says that a change in energy policy could lower gas prices to $2.50 a gallon.

"I shouldn't have gone to motivations," Carney told reporters during the press briefing. "I should have asaid that anybody who said that doesnt know what he's talking about."

Carney was moderating a barely-veiled attack on Gingrich. "What [President Obama] is not willing to do is to look the American people in the eye and claim that there is a strategy by which he can guarantee the price of gas will be $2.50 at the pump," Carney said yesterday.  "Any politician who does that is lying." Gingrich has built his campaign in recent weeks around energy policy proposals that he says would lower gas prices to $2.50 a gallon.

On Fox and Friends this morning, Gingrich said he did not want to debate Obama's "spokesman," but offered to debate energy policy with the president "in any gas station."

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