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Rick Perry: XL Pipeline Decision Shows Obama’s Mixed Priorities

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(GREER, S.C.) -- At a stop on his Main Street walk in Greer on Wednesday, Texas Gov.  Rick Perry argued that the president’s decision to formally reject the Keystone XL pipeline permit shows his priorities are on re-election, not the future of the country.

“It doesn’t surprise me but...again, the president’s focused more on the next election than on the next generation. Getting this country independent of foreign sources of crude from countries that are not our friends is really problematic so, this Canadian oil, there’s a possibility we could lose it to China with that decision,” Perry told reporters in a shop along Main Street.

Perry said he hoped Americans would “become unhinged” with the decision as the country faced the possibility of paying $4 or $5 a gallon for gasoline.

Since December, in his stump speeches, the Texas governor has consistently criticized the administration and Congress for their resistance to the XL pipeline, saying the president should not allow the oil to head to China instead of using it here in the United States.

As he tried to differentiate himself from the president on ideology, Perry called himself the candidate who could provide a “bright contrast” to Obama.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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