republican presidential candidates getty Republican presidential candidates respond to Twitter's $2 gas question, Ron Paul makes a bad joke

For nearly two hours, 8 Republican presidential candidates exchanged barbs and slammed the policies of President Barack Obama under the intimidating wings of a retired Air Force One at the Ronald Reagan Library.

Healthcare, jobs, debt and national security dominated discussion, but when moderators Brian Williams and John F. Harris opened the dialogue up to online questions from Twitter, the subject turned gas prices — and a very particular promise from representative Michele Bachmann.

The face of the Tea Party, Bachmann has pledged to bring gas prices down to $2 a gallon if elected. She reaffirmed her commitment to bring prices back down, while most of her peers laughed off the idea that a president has that kind of power.

And then there was Ron Paul. The U.S. representative, doctor and author tried to get in a sarcastic response just as he was running out of time.

“I can get you a gallon gasoline for a dime,” he exclaimed, in a voice better suited to an old prospector.

Intrigued, Williams let the three-time presidential candidate continue.

“You can buy a gas for a silver dime,” he continued. “A sliver dime is worth $3.50. It’s all about inflation!”

Eye-rolls ensued.

Posted by:Mikey O'Connell