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!”