Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, aiming to revive his stalled GOP presidential drive, on Saturday promised cheering Republicans in California – home of the nation’s highest gas prices – that his energy policies will deliver the country $2.50-a-gallon gas, enough royalties to pay off the national debt, and “at least 8 million new jobs.”

By contrast, said Gingrich, President Obama’s energy policy, outlined last week in Miami, is a “stunningly dishonest” plan by an “intellectual left winger” who believes in the “fantasy” of small cars and high gas prices.

“One of our jobs is to make sure the American people really understand what he really wants to do,” he said.