(Headline USA) Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., claimed this week that high gas prices don’t matter to those who drive electric vehicles, including herself.
During a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Tuesday, Stabenow said that she recently drove from Michigan to Washington, D.C., in her electric vehicle and didn’t have to think about gas prices once.
“I do have to say, just on the issue of gas prices, after waiting for a long time to have enough chips in this country to finally get my electric vehicle, I got it and drove it from Michigan to here this last weekend and went by every single gas station, and it didn’t matter how high it was,” she said.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI):
“On the issue of gas prices, I drove my electric vehicle from Michigan to here last weekend and went by every gas station and it didn’t matter how high it was.”
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 7, 2022
Stabenow added that she is “looking forward to the opportunity for us to move to vehicles that aren’t going to be dependent on the whims of the oil companies and the international markets.”
Her remarks came as gas prices in the U.S. reached a new high of $4.91 per gallon on Tuesday, according to AAA, which is a 61-cent spike from the previous week.
Several other Democrats, including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, have floated electric vehicles as “reasonable” alternatives to high gas prices – despite the fact that the average cost of an electric vehicle is more than $50,000.
Republicans blasted Stabenow, calling her out-of-touch.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) says she drove her electric vehicle past every gas station and it didn’t matter to her how high the price was.
Median income of my constituents in #PA16: $54,627. Avg. EV price: $60,000.
Democrats don’t understand the problems of everyday Americans. pic.twitter.com/4DZBS7F5Of
— Rep. Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyPA) June 7, 2022
Let them buy Teslas! https://t.co/t1EYStXiw7
— Kyle Smith (@rkylesmith) June 7, 2022
If MI voters & everyday Americans needed further proof @ how out of touch & elitist these electric limousine liberals are, just listen to Democrat Sen. Stabenow brag about not having to pay for gas while millions of Americans suffer in this #BidenGasHike pic.twitter.com/Xag5tnO8Ai
— PARIS (@PARISDENNARD) June 7, 2022