Could the price of gas be the October surprise?

October 18, 2012

Every gas station is now affiliated with the Romney campaign because, every time voters fill up their tanks for the next two weeks, they’ll be asking themselves if they want four more years of $60-a-tank gas. Discuss.

14 Responses to Could the price of gas be the October surprise?

  1. satted on October 18, 2012 at 5:18 am

    I disagree… I think we have a short term price reduction so a few voters forget the real cost. And I think come December… $5.00 per gal average.

  2. CapnJim on October 18, 2012 at 5:46 am

    We’ve had high gas prices for months now so that’s already baked into the election cake. Gas prices aren’t going to change any minds in the last two weeks before the election – unless they spike up dramatically which I don’t see happening.

    • unclefred on October 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

      What is not baked in to the election cake is the irritation from the high gas prices. This is emotional not intellectual. Think of fingernails on a blackboard or a squeaky furnace fan. Every time you hear it it annoys you all over again. I agree that gas prices are not going to change currently decided voters minds, but they will continue to influence undecided voters until they decide.

  3. Rafael on October 18, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Is a large part of this issue the devalued dollar? if so, any short term reduction will not happen. That said, the only chance of possible reduction is to produce and refine oil domestically. That would mean the oil companies may not be making as much money if required to sell domestically.

  4. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on October 18, 2012 at 6:08 am

    The media has resolutely avoided coverage of gas prices as much as possible.
    Today…big yahoo story on slight declines in price and how it will help Obama. Grrr.

    • Rafael on October 18, 2012 at 6:26 am

      It is of no concern to me that the media isn’t covering it…Reality speaks more as I open my wallet to pay these high prices. And not just gas, food, electricity, etc. As I always chant, the Democrats say they’re advocates for the poor, but their fiscal and green policy is anti-poor. It drives them to greater poverty! Now this is something I would want the media to cover–war against the poor being waged by Democratic policies.

  5. lcs on October 18, 2012 at 6:36 am

    No way will, or can, the cost of gas prices be reduced to any noticble degree. Gas is almost a lost leader to many stations as their profit comes from sales from their convienence stores.Daily they monitor the prices of their closest competitors and, often, will lower the price below their cost. Ask yourself this: what business owner want to do anything to support Obama?

    • MikeN on October 18, 2012 at 11:21 am

      The gas companies set the prices, not the local stations.

  6. setnaffa on October 18, 2012 at 7:16 am

    They found the missing unemployment claims…

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on October 18, 2012 at 7:25 am

      Your headline is better than theirs 🙂

  7. MikeN on October 18, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Oil companies might even run up the prices the week of. They ran them down before the 2006 elections.

  8. Trent Telenko on October 18, 2012 at 9:12 am


    The point about voters and Obama’s gasoline prices is the answer to this question —

    “Who are you going to believe on Gasoline prices? Me or your lying eyes?”

    It is a case of “The Eyes Have It!”

  9. RedStateGal on October 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Gas is mysteriously going down. In MO, down from 3.80 last week to 3.50 this week. I didn’t hear about a strategic oil reserve release; however, Obama’s Middle East friends definitely don’t want Obama to lose to a candidate who will actively work towards America’s energy independence.

  10. bobo on October 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Well the CA refineries are back online so that relieves some of the price pressure but oil prices remain unchanged so there’s really no reason for much more of a drop.