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Cheap gas brings big crowd in Waterloo


Gas was $1.84 per gallon at 3 convenience stores in Iowa for a time Monday.

It was part of a political statement from the conservative group called Americans for Prosperity.

They say the President Obama's economic policies have failed the country.

Many took advantage of the cheap gas.

Louis Lumpkin waited for hours to pull into the Kum and Go in Waterloo.

He says cheap gas may make the difference in the voting booth.

"Knowing that there's people that actually care and understand how the economy is running right now and how people are just not having all the money they need," said Lumpkin.

Jason Fowler also waited hours but Americans for Prosperity's agenda doesn't fly with him.

"The health care thing, I kind of go with that. It helps the lower income people a little bit, the debt was already up there a lot, and I like him as a president. He's not doing that bad a job," said Fowler.

Americans for Prosperity brought its bus and lots of volunteers to promote their stance against the president.

They paid for 150 drivers to get at most 15 gallons of gas each.

That's at most $4000 dollars total.

Drivers were lined up for blocks.

This combined with similar events in Ames and Coralville was intended for every driver - but especially younger ones.

"There's no coincidence that we're going to these college towns because I feel young people have especially been hit hard with gas prices, trying to get through college and in a tough economy, a lot of them have to move back at home with their parents and they can't find a job," said Mark Lucas, Iowa Chair of Americans for Prosperity.

But for Kevin Briden, this one-time discount comes at a great time.

He's unemployed and has a big trip planned.

"I'm really grateful for this. It's going to save me a bunch of money. My daughter's having major surgery in Iowa City tomorrow so I'm gassing up. I really needed the gas for the trip tomorrow so this has been a real blessing for me so I'm real thankful for it," said Briden.

Briden says this only reinforces his vote for Republican Mitt Romney.

Americans for Prosperity hopes this brief respite from high gas prices causes more people to be on their side.

Americans for Prosperity's $1.84 price is based on the price of a gallon of gas when President Obama was sworn into office in January 2009.

However, in the summer of 2008, a gallon of gas cost about $4 per gallon.

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