Republican presidential hopefuls are criticizing President Barack Obama for postponing the decision on TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich emphasized the project's role amid turmoil in the Middle East. "The president of the United States cannot figure out that it is ... utterly irrational to say, 'I'm now going to veto a middle-class tax cut to protect left-wing environmental extremists in San Francisco,' so that we're going to kill American jobs, weaken American energy, make us more vulnerable to the Iranians, and do so in a way that makes no sense to any normal, rational American," Gingrich said.

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