The respective weekly addresses of President Obama and the Republican Party on Saturday credited different causes for some of the same results.
With auto sales at their highest levels since the financial crash of 2008, Obama touted the Detroit auto bailout he oversaw at the start of his presidency.
"Automakers have added more than 640,000 new jobs," Obama said. "We've cut the Detroit-area unemployment rate by more than half. "Seven years ago, auto sales hit a 27-year low. Last year, they hit an all-time high."
In the GOP's weekly address, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., touted what has become known as North American energy revolution, suggesting lower gas prices, not the bailout, are boosting the auto industry. The retrieval of vast amounts of natural gas through hydraulic fracturing, better known as "fracking," has helped the U.S. switch from a net importer to an exporter of energy, becoming one of the top five petroleum producers globally, in the company of Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
"This holiday season, consumers saw the lowest prices of fuel at the pump in seven year," Hoeven said. "A result, more families hit the road, to see loved ones and friends."
"If you like paying less for pump at the gas this year, you need to know that those prices because America is producing more oil and gas," Hoeven said.
"More supply is keeping costs down," Hoeven said.
Hoeven represents the state at the heart of all this new American energy — North Dakota.
"But if Americans want that to continue, we must take proactive steps so that our domestic energy can continue to grow," Hoeven said.
After the Obama administration rejected the the Keystone XL pipeline with Canada in November, Hoeven told the Washington Examiner the move "was a political decision."
Hoeven pointed to legislation he sponsored with Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., that would change the federal process for future transnational pipeline reviews.
Two parties, two firmly contrasting messages on energy and auto sales.