Reporting from Washington —
President Obama spent Wednesday morning talking about fluctuating gas prices with auto workers in North Carolina as his campaign doubles down on its effort to frame Republicans as out of touch with problems of the middle class.
Speaking to workers at the Daimler truck plant in Mt. Holly, Obama complained that Republicans in Congress haven't gotten behind his proposal to cut subsidies for big oil companies.
And on the campaign trail, he said, other candidates aren't offering realistic solutions to reducing reliance on foreign oil.
"We're not going to be able to drill our way out of the problem of high gas prices," Obama said. "They can stand up for the oil companies, or they can stand up for people."
The remarks came as Republican Mitt Romney reached out to conservative voters and asserted himself as the eventual GOP nominee in the wake of Super Tuesday victories that included a narrow but significant win in the swing state of Ohio.