White House Corrects Biden’s Inaccurate Brag About Gas Prices

President Biden during a campaign-style speech Friday at a Democratic National Committee event boasted about the three-month decline in gas prices and jobless rate.
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 13: U.S President Joe Biden gives remarks during an event celebrating the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act on the South Lawn of the White House on September 13, 2022 in Washington, DC. H.R. 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 was passed by the House and Senate and later signed by Biden in August. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Fact-checkers noticed the president in the speech used inaccurate figures on pump prices and unemployment.
  • Biden said: “Gas prices are down, $1.30 a gallon. And in 41 states plus the District of Columbia, the average gasoline price is less than $2.99.”
  • No state has an average price under $2.99 per gallon, according to figures from GasBuddy and the American Automobile Association.
  • White House acknowledged inaccuracy and corrected official transcript after an inquired about the claim.
  • Forty-one states and the District of Columbia have an average price under $3.99, not $2.99.

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