Kerry Statement on Impact of Gas Prices on Middle Class and Saudi Gas Pledge
April 19, 2004
For Immediate Release
Lake Worth, FL
During a town hall meeting in Florida today where he outlined the relief he offers middle-class families struggling to keep up, Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry made the following statement in response to reports that Saudi Prince Bandar pledged to wait to boost oil production and lower gas prices until before the November election:
"Right now there are people all over this country who are literally going through their purses and their pocketbooks - looking behind the sofa, under the cushions - to find the pennies and the extra money to be able to pay the additional costs of gasoline. They are giving up choices for their kids, giving up choices for their families to pay the extra $30-$50 a week in order to be able to pay for gas. Those aren't Exxon gas prices we see ladies and gentleman, those are Halliburton prices and we deserve a break in this country.
"Unlike George Bush and his friends at the Big Oil Companies, I'm going to work for a real energy policy for this country that decreases America's dependence on foreign oil and helps lower the costs to American families."