Gov. Ducey: Biden’s Energy Policy Needs to Ramp Up US Production

Gov. Ducey: Biden's Energy Policy Needs to Ramp Up US Production Gov. Ducey: Biden's Energy Policy Needs to Ramp Up US Production Gov. Doug Ducey, R-Arizona (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Fran Beyer | Sunday, 17 July 2022 10:50 AM EDT

GOP Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Sunday blasted President Joe Biden’s energy policy, arguing the United States should be ramping up its own supply.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Ducey, chair of the Republican Governors Association, urged Biden to “lead from the White House” in dealing with rising gas prices.

“What he could do is open up the Keystone pipeline,” Ducey said. “What he could do is work with America's energy leaders and provide more supply of fossil fuels, of clean energy and solve this crisis. He's going to have to make that decision.”

Ducey said for those reasons, he won’t lower gas prices in Arizona “that’s temporary or a gimmick or puts my successor in a terrible spot with the voters.”

Ducey is backing Karrin Taylor Robson in her primary gubernatorial race against Kari Lake — calling Lake’s run as “all an act.”

“Robson is the real conservative. She's the real deal… And I think Karrin Taylor Robson will be the best person to be a fresh, new leader for the state of Arizona. Her opponent, on the other hand, bears no resemblance. Her campaign or even her personal interactions with me to anything she's done over the past 30 years. … She's been putting on a show for some time now. And we'll see if the voters of Arizona buy it.”

On the Pennsylvania race, however, Ducey dodged the question of whether the RGA would support Doug Mastriano, saying races should be “about the future.”

“We’ll make those decisions targeted on a basis on how we can have success and results,” Ducey said of the Pennsylvania race.

“We go into states where people have moved numbers, build coalitions and we win those races,” he said, adding: “This is about the 2022 election cycle. … I want somebody who can win that general election because I believe with success in 2022, the general election is the Republican Party's for the taking.”

Ducey also fiercely defended his state’s education stipends to every Arizona student.

“These are not vouchers,” he said. “This is a scholarship for all 1.1 million of Arizona students. And I'm not concerned about the wealthy families. I'm concerned about the poor families.”

“Fifty years ago, politicians stood in the schoolhouse door and wouldn't let minorities in. Today union-backed politicians stand in the schoolhouse door and won't let minorities out,” he charged. “It's time to set these families free. They are trapped in failing public schools and now they will have a way out and they'll be able to learn, grow and climb the economic ladder.”

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