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Government shutdown causes lower gas prices

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Politicians in Washington continue to bicker over the government shutdown. The President said "Let's stop the excuses let's take a vote in the House let's end this shutdown right now." House Speaker, Rep. John Boehner said "What the President said today was if there's unconditional surrender by Republicans, he will sit down and talk to us. That's not the way our government works."

While tempers are rising, gas prices are falling. In 18 states, regular unleaded is going for under 3 bucks a gallon. It's not that low in the Bay Area, where the average is $3.19 in Tampa, $3.28 in Sarasota, and $3.42, in Gainesville.

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Drivers are enjoying the price break. "Tremendously, considering I have a family, it's hard, right now times are tough right now," said Vince Gonzalez, as he pumped gas at a Tampa Citgo station.

William Gibson uses an app to track gas prices and find where they are lower. He hopes to save $5 to $10 a week at the pump.

When asked if he knew why prices are dropping, he offered: "No idea. Absolutely no idea. I'm guessing it might have something to do with the government shutdown, but I'm not really too sure," he said.

Right answer. "The summer driving season is over. We're also using a cheaper fuel blend. Issues overseas in the Mideast have died down a little bit. And then we have the government shutdown which is putting a big damper on the economic outlook," said Jessica Brady with the AAA Auto Club South.

If a fall getaway is in your future, the debt ceiling deadline could mean better news for drivers. "I think if we do default, we're gonna see gas prices and oil prices plummet." she said.

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