White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today acknowledged that he went too far Monday when he said anybody who suggests a strategy exists to reduce gas prices to $2.50 a gallon was “lying.”
Carney was clearly referring to Newt Gingrich, who has been repeating up and down the campaign trail that he can reduce gas prices to just that level.
Carney’s breach of political etiquette occurred during the regular briefing for reporters. At today’s briefing he amended his remarks.
“I should have said, anybody who says that doesn’t know what they’re talking about,” Carney said.
The White House and President Obama have for more than a year called for more “civility” in politics.