Newt Ginrich Ad on Gas Prices: Ideas Have Consequences
The ad opens with a wide shot of Washington, D.C.’s skyline with thunder and lightning crashing in the background. The congressional testimony of Energy Secretary Steven Chu is edited to emphasize a 2008 statement in which he called for gas prices to increase to levels similar to those of Europe.
Chu made the remark during an interview with The Wall Street Journal during a discussion about encouraging energy efficiency, but has said since becoming Energy secretary that he “no longer share[s] that view” and that he wants the price of gasoline to go down.
The Gingrich video then transitions to a speech by President Obama earlier this month in Charlotte, N.C., where he warns “the next time you hear some politician trotting out some three-point plan for $2 gas — you let them know we know better.”
Onscreen text then asks, “We do?”
The ad then returns to Chu’s congressional testimony, highlighting a portion where Chu advocates for the Chevrolet Volt, an electric car that has struggled to gain traction in the U.S. market despite heavy federal subsidies. GMC announced earlier this month that it was suspending production of the car.
“Ideas have consequences,” the screen reads.