Republicans Christie, Perry, Walker, and Santorum in Oklahoma – May 21, 2015

In May 2015, most of the Republican field gathered in Oklahoma City to speak to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.  With Congress in session, the Senators running for President were not able to attend and sent someone to talk in their place.  Current Governors Chris Christie (New Jersey and Scott Walker (Wisconsin) touched on energy issues, as did former Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Senator Rick Santorum.  Despite the location in Oklahoma, most candidates said true to their standard stump speeches, with occasional references to the importance of energy exports and overbearing federal regulations.

Gov. Christie argued for an “all of the above” energy policy with references to coal and crude oil.  He argued that North America can become “the energy capital” of the world, displacing Iran and Russia as energy exporters.

Gov. Perry said he would flood the world with U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) to send a message to Vladimir Putin.

Gov. Walker argued for lifting the crude oil export ban.

Sen. Santorum argued for lifting the crude oil export ban highlighted the importance of affordable energy prices for manufacturing.  He also said that energy creates good blue collar jobs that should be supported through additional vocational education.