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In General Election Ads, It's Game On Over Gas Prices

•, by Brian Naylor

The Republican presidential primaries may not officially be over, but political ads on both sides have moved on to the general election.

With gas prices averaging just under $4 a gallon, President Obama's re-election campaign released a TV ad this week defending the president's energy policy and directly attacking GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.

The ad and another by Romney show that gas prices have already become a general election battleground.

Blaming the Obama administration for the recent rise in gas prices is a favorite tack among all the Republicans running for president. Newt Gingrich has promised $2.50 per gallon gas if elected. And Romney has called on Obama to fire what he dubbed the "gas hike trio": the secretaries of energy and interior, and the EPA administrator.

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