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Is Obama 'dangerous' because he wants you to buy a Chevy Volt? Newt says yes.

Newt Gingrich is railing against President Obama for using federal money to subsidize hybrid plug-ins like the Chevy Volt, likening the vehicle to 'cultural warfare.' Some Republicans agree.

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks during a town hall at Oral Roberts University on Monday in Tulsa, Okla.

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In an effort to recharge his presidential campaign, Newt Gingrich is taking aim at the Chevrolet Volt

At recent campaign stops in Georgia and Oklahoma this holiday weekend, Mr. Gingrich echoed what is becoming a widespread Republican criticism: The Obama administration is unfairly using federal dollars to give the gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid preferential treatment.

On Saturday, Gingrich told an audience in Suwanee, Ga., that the Obama administration “is deeply opposed to Americans having the right to choose the kind of car they want to drive” and likened the vehicle to “cultural warfare.”

On Monday at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., Gingrich called Obama “the most dangerous president in modern American history” and added, “you cannot put a gun rack in a Volt.”

In the past year, Republicans have similarly taken aim at federal standards to phase out cheap but energy-inefficient incandescent light bulbs, saying that manipulation of markets to promote energy savings has hurt the budgets of everyday Americans. 

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