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A real issue!

By some strange accident, a real honest-to-goodness issue has emerged from the miasma of the 2008 Presidential campaign: John McCain and then Hillary Clinton proposed a temporary suspension of the federal tax on gasoline. Barack Obama opposes it as a gimmick which will benefit oil companies but not provide any real savings for consumers.

The tax stands at a little more than 18 cents a gallon (about 5 percent of the current cost of gas) and is used to fund highway and bridge construction and maintenance.

Talking Points Memo has a video of comments by Obama, Clinton and others on the Sunday TV talk shows. Do you think the woman in the audience questioning Hillary was planted by the Obama campaign?

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