Twitter slapped President Biden’s tweet with a fact check Sunday morning, providing some more context to his claim about low gas prices.
“Right now, the most common price at gas stations across the country is $3.19 per gallon,” Biden tweeted. “That’s progress.”
Below the tweet, Twitter added some clarification on what “common” gas prices mean. 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 prices, meaning it happens to be the most frequent across the US but is not necessarily incorrect.
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Politicians ultimately have an interest in citing the most common gas price, given that it tends to be lower than the national average and diminishes the higher price.
The issue has become a major headache for Biden and Democrats generally going into this week’s midterm election.
Biden has had a particularly thorny relationship with oil companies since taking office. Late last month, the president major oil companies’ recent earnings were criticized, urging them to invest profits in increasing US production and lowering consumer prices or face possible restrictions.
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Biden, arguing that oil companies’ recent profits were a “windfall of war” in Ukraine, said he thinks they have a “responsibility to act in the interest of their consumers, their community and their country.” He urged them to direct some profits to boost their US production and refining capacity and to lower gas prices Americans see at the pump.
The average price of gas when Biden took office in January 2021 was $2.37 per gallon according to the US Energy Information Administration.
FOX Business’ Aislinn Murphy contributed to this report.