A rally in Kilgore Saturday drew the attention of budget minded East Texans, with the common goal of no more pain at the pump. The solution they say is simple, drill more domestic oil. State representatives and Congressmen Louie Gohmert joined the rally at Kilgore City Park, calling it Drill Here, Drill Now. The common message was that something needs to be done now to ease gas prices.
"There are people that I know who are on very limited incomes that are trying to decide whether they're going to pay the mortgage and the bills and groceries and this is not helping anybody," said Kilgore resident Gary Tebbe.
"We need to drill here drill now and end up paying less at the pump," said Gregg County Republican Chairman Keith Rothra. "This $4.00 a gallon thing just doesn't get it." The rally is connected with former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich and his American Solutions organization.
"We drill here, drill now pay less, lets get what we can to help ease our needs," aid Gohmert. Many East Texans say they want to put pressure on Congress to open up oil rich areas to domestic drilling because they are sick of paying those high gas prices.
"I think it's just basic economics, or mathematics, the more supply we have the lower prices go, and so if by drilling everywhere we can drill we can increase the amount of oil that's coming in then our price goes down at the pump," said Tebbe. It was a decidedly Republican turnout, with many supporting the McCain camp for his support of drilling. They want relief at the pumps, and they hope their voices are heard.