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St. Peterburg, Florida -- Gas prices in the Tampa Bay area are closing in on some all-time highs.

The current average of $3.88 per gallon for regular unleaded is nearly 30 cents higher than this time last year.

"Very frustrated.  I do about 30,000 miles per year driving, so I pay a lot of money for gas," said Kristine Baker of Pasco County.

The near $4 gas is fueling a new TV ad from Obama backers, running in Florida and six other states, slamming Mitt Romney for his connection to oil companies.

The ad is in response to a recent ad blaming the President for rising prices at the pump.

It's clearly set up to be a key issue between now and November.

But will the constant questions, debating, and campaigning about gas prices lead to a candidate making specific promises on how to lower them?

University of South Florida political science professor Dr. Susan MacManus said that wouldn't surprise her.

"That's always the hope of the electorate is forcing the candidates feet to the fire.  Make them commit, then if elected hold them accountable," MacManus said.

Gas prices were also a hot topic during the 2008 campaign, when chants of "drill, baby, drill" broke out.

"That was the only time that the McCain-Palin ticket was leading the Obama-Biden ticket," MacManus said.

But four years later we're still stuck in the same spot.

Nearing record high prices.

"I don't think there's a whole lot they can do.  It would have been done by now," Baker said.

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