U.S. Republicans navigate the new politics of energy abundance

Walker speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma CityBy James Oliphant OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Reuters) – U.S. Republicans have had to watch from the sidelines as the Obama White House has taken political credit for America’s unexpected energy boom and tumbling gas prices. Now it has left their presidential candidates scrambling for a way to reclaim leadership on an issue the party once seemed to own. “We’ve got an abundance of supply,” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said this week in Oklahoma at a gathering of putative Republican candidates for next year’s presidential election.

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