Republicans have criticized President Obama for rising gas prices during his administration, but as governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney once remarked that “we’d be a lot better off in this country if we had European gas prices,” the New York Times reports. Romney also wrote that he “shared my own dream for a super-efficient commuter vehicle” when he met with an advocate for fuel-efficient vehicles and often talked about such a plan, Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) told the Times. “He was ahead of his time and very progressive,” a former Romney appointee said. As a candidate, though, Romney has backed off such advocacy, instead pushing for more domestic oil drilling.