Twitter slapped President Biden’s tweet with a fact check on Sunday morning, providing a little more context to his assertion about low gas prices.
“Right now the most common price at gas stations across the country is $3.19 a gallon,” Biden tweeted. “It’s progress.”
Below the tweet, Twitter added some clarification on the meaning of “common” gas prices. The fact check distinguished between “the most common gas price” – which is $3.19 – and the “average price” – which is $3.80.
The most common is the “mode” gas price, which means it happens to be the most common in the United States but is not necessarily incorrect.
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Politicians ultimately have an interest in quoting the most common gas price, since it tends to be lower than the national average and detracts from the higher price.
The issue has become a major headache for Biden and Democrats generally gearing up for this week’s midterm elections.
Biden has had a particularly thorny relationship with oil companies since taking office. Late last month, the president slammed big oil companies’ recent profits, urging them to invest profits in boosting US production and lower consumer prices or face possible restrictions .
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Biden, arguing that recent oil company profits were a “windfall from war” in Ukraine, said he believed they had a “responsibility to act in the interest of their consumers, their community and their country”. He urged them to direct some profits to increase their production and refining capacity in the United States and to lower the gas prices that Americans see at the pump.
The average gas price when Biden took office in January 2021 was $2.37 per gallon according to the US Energy Information Administration.
Aislinn Murphy of FOX Business contributed to this report.