By Andrew Restuccia - 03/12/12 05:54 PM EDT
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar took to the White House briefing room Monday to defend President Obama’s energy plan after a new poll suggested high gas prices are eroding the president’s approval numbers.
Salazar insisted that Obama is reviewing short- and long-term actions to lower gas prices, while also noting that there are no quick fixes to the problem.
Monday’s briefing is a strong indication of the White House’s concern over high gas prices, which have emerged as a threat to the president’s reelection.
Republicans have sought to pin the blame for high prices at the pump – which AAA said reached an average of $3.80 a gallon nationally Monday – squarely on Obama’s shoulders.