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The Romney quote was part of an article published Thursday in The New Republic, in which Romney was quoted arguing against a suspension of the Massachusetts gasoline tax.

"I'm very much in favor of people recognizing that these high gasoline prices are probably here to stay," Romney said, according to the Quincy, Mass., Patriot Ledger.


The article also details an instance in which Romney supported quadrupling fees on wholesale fuel deliveries, leading to an increase in prices paid at the pump, and occasions where Romney admits that global market pressures result in price spikes. Democrats Thursday said Romney was now deriding the president for saying the same thing Romney did as governor in 2006.

Gingrich went on to blast Romney as unable to "distinguish himself" from President Obama, saying the former governor was "ill positioned to take advantage" of a Republican political opportunity and advocate for new oil drilling.

Gingrich has made rising gas prices the centerpiece of his campaign over the past month, hammering the theme in campaign appearances and through social media. Earlier this month, Gingrich and the White House dueled over whether Gingrich's plan to drive the price of gasoline down to $2.50 per gallon by expanding drilling offshore and in federal lands was feasible.