In weekly address, GOP says Obama "demonizes" domestic energy

Industry analysts claim rising gas prices actually mean the economy is getting better, but the Republican presidential candidates know this will be a tough sell to voters. Whit Johnson reports on how they are using this against President Obama's chances for re-election.

(CBS News) This Memorial Day, both President Obama and the Republicans dedicated their weekly address to American service members; however, the Republican address (in video above) focused mostly on their plan for the economy.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), who represents Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley, said the "blessing of liberty" should be honored. "That is why helping to create jobs and grow our economy will continue to be Republicans' focus in the weeks and months ahead."

The two-term member of Congress said the Republican plan for economic growth "emphasizes long-term growth" and not "short-term stimulus."

Central to the Republican's economic plan is developing American oil and gas production, including the construction of the XL Keystone pipeline.

"The President demonizes home grown energy and pursues tax policies that advantage foreign energy over domestic," Jenkins said.

Meanwhile in his short weekly address (in video below), President Obama said the U.S. needs to "serve" service members who return home with healthcare and access to education.


"We have to serve them and their families as well as they have served us: by making sure that they get the healthcare and benefits they need; by caring for our wounded warriors and supporting our military families; and by giving veterans the chance to go to college, find a good job, and enjoy the freedom that they risked everything to protect," the president said.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama are spending Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery and with Vietnam veterans at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

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