Mitt Romney Vows To 'Get Us That Oil From Canada That We Deserve'
Mitt Romney vowed that Canadian oil will flow into the U.S. if he becomes president in his victory speech in Michigan on Wednesday night.
"I'll get us that oil from Canada that we deserve," Romney said to a crowd of supporters after narrowly beating Rick Santorum in the primary held in the state in which he was born.
Twitter users on both sides of the border reacted to Romney's comments with amusement.
"Canadians, in case you missed it tonight: Romney: "I'll get us that oil from Canada we deserve!" Don't worry, our drones attack swiftly," wroteleft-wing filmmaker Michael Moore on Twitter.
Romney was referring to delays in the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline which would bring oil from Alberta's oil sands to U.S. refineries.
U.S. President Barack Obama blocked the construction of the pipeline in January, after pressure from environmental groups.
The decision was attacked by Republicans, who said the project would generate jobs and decrease America's dependence on Middle Eastern oil.
Last night's speech wasn't the first time Romney mentioned Canadian oil and Keystone. Romney accused the President of pandering to environmentalists when the pipeline was first rejected. "By declaring that the Keystone pipeline is not in the 'national interest,' the president demonstrates a lack of seriousness about bringing down unemployment, restoring economic growth and achieving energy independence," the candidate said.
The oil comments don't mark the first time Canada has made headlines during the Romney campaign. Canada, of course, figures prominently in one of the most stubborn stories about Romney, that of Seamus, the family dog who traveled on a Canadian road trip on top of the Romney family car.
Romney was also recently caught driving around Michigan touting the American auto industry in car that was actually manufactured in Canada.