Gingrich Spreads Blame of High Gas Prices to Obama's Cabinet

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Newt Gingrich has slammed Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a new campaign video.

As part of Gingrich's promise for $2.50-a-gallon gasoline, his campaign expanded its blame of rising gasoline prices to Barack Obama's cabinet instead of just the president. It replayed video of Chu at a congressional hearing that had questioned the energy secretary's remarks of a need for the United States to boost gas prices to European levels.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu

Obama appears halfway through the one-minute long video criticizing politicians who tout "some three-point plan for $2 gas."

"You let them know we know better," Obama says in the video. After the comment, the screen goes black with the text: "We do?"

The video then shows Chu touting the Chevy Volt, a hybrid electric car manufactured by General Motors ( GM) and his hope that it "will be adopted."

The video ends after a congressman asks Chu if he owns a Volt, to which Chu says he doesn't own a car.

Chu is expected to testify Tuesday on Capitol Hill to address the Department of Energy's embattled loan programs .

The Gingrich campaign attacks on gasoline prices began more than a month ago as the former House speaker attempted to recapture some attention in the Republican campaign by taking a swipe at Obama instead of his opponents.

The timing of these criticisms has surfaced in concert with the broader uproar about the steady rise in oil futures and fuel prices.

Gingrich's campaign didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the Chu video.

-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.

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