Politifact Virginia: Gas price increase

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) –  Gas prices are already a hot campaign topic, and former Senator George Allen, who's running for his old seat -- believes President Obama is to blame.

Here's what he said, in a recent radio interview: "We have high gasoline prices which are costing us about $30 more for each fill-up than the cost was when President Obama came into office."

We know gas prices are high, but have they gone up that much? According to the reporters at Politifact Virginia the ad is "mostly true".

Let's take a look at the numbers. In January of 2009, when the president was inaugurated, the price of gas was $1.83 a gallon. Today, the price is averaging $3.44; a jump of $1.61. Based on a 20 gallon gas tank, the price has gone up $32.20.

But that doesn't tell the whole story. How much does President Obama have to do with the change? According to analysts, who Politifact Virginia Reporter Sean Gorman spoke with...not very much.

"We spoke with a couple of gas price analysts and they scoffed at the notion that the president deserves blame to this, they noted that the president whether they are a republican or a democrat, typically have little control over gas prices," Gorman said.

You can see all the information behind this week's Politifact Virginia report on their web site, www.politifactvirginia.com. 

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