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PHILADELPHIA — Congressional Democrats aren’t on the same page about whether voters will punish them for soaring gas prices in this year’s midterm elections.
Fox News Digital asked several House Democrats about the issue during the Democratic Caucus Retreat in Philadelphia and received mixed responses.
U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman, DN.Y., said he thinks record gasoline prices will play a role in the upcoming midterm elections and wants Democrats to work to fix the problem.
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“I think so, and hopefully we can do something to bring the prices down or put some money in people’s pockets,” Bowman said. “So those are the two areas that I’m focusing on or hopefully going in that direction.”
America should “step up and go full force on renewable energy,” the progressive Democrat said. Pursuing fossil fuel initiatives like the Keystone pipeline, Bowman said, “will literally destroy the planet and ourselves in the process.”
“What’s going on in Ukraine”
Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, told Fox News Digital that he doesn’t believe “the American public, knowing what’s going on in Ukraine, understanding that the American public itself wants to cut off any purchases of oil in from Ukraine by the United States of America.”
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“I don’t think the American public is going to blame one party or another for this,” Green continued. “I think that might become a neutral question, just because the American public is asking Congress to do things that can drive up the price of gas.”
Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, said she wasn’t sure surging prices were a medium-term motivator, before pivoting to talk about the war in Ukraine.
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“I don’t know if they will consider the elections, but certainly, we know, what happened with the invasion of Ukraine, and the sanctions of the things that we are going to have to do are painful,” he said. Beatty said from the stage in response to a question from Fox News Digital.
“They are painful for those in Ukraine,” Beatty continued, adding that it was “necessary” to impose “chilling sanctions” on Russia.
“Watching Russia invade a maternity ward yesterday and seeing what happened with those babies is painful,” she said.
$4.50 a gallon – or more?
Americans are experiencing the highest gasoline prices since the 2007-2009 financial crisis, with the national average gasoline price climbing to $4 a gallon.
Patrick De Haan, head of oil analysis at GasBuddy, told Fox News Digital that the national average is heading toward $4.50 a gallon and “could rise,” depending on how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Geltrude & Co. founder Dan Geltrude was even more pessimistic.
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Geltrude told Fox News Digital he thinks prices will hit $5 this month and could even hit $10 unless the Biden administration boosts domestic oil production.
“It wouldn’t surprise me,” he said. “So until the United States decides, or this administration decides that we’re going to pump more oil, that’s not going to change. It’s not. Fuel costs are just going to keep going up. “
Fox News Digital’s Jessica Chasmar contributed reporting.