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Tumbling Gasoline Prices Diminish Issue for Obama Critics

The 17-day slide in gasoline prices this month may diminish a campaign issue that President Barack Obama’s critics have frequently raised though the decline is unlikely to sway undecided voters.

Republican Mitt Romney has cited higher prices at the pump as evidence Obama’s energy policies have failed. During the Oct. 16 debate with Obama, Romney said gasoline costs had doubled since the president took office in 2009.