How's this for bold? Congresswoman Michell Bachmann, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination who won the Ames Straw Poll last weekend, has just stated that one thing we'd get with a Bachmann Administration is – ready? – cheap gasoline. According to Politico she said:

The day that the president became president, gasoline was $1.79 a gallon. Look at what it is today. Under President Bachmann, you will see gasoline come down below $2 a gallon again. That will happen.

Today, said the average price for a gallon of gas is $3.58 per gallon, says the American Automobile Association.

The devil, of course, is in the details, and Bachmann did not explain how she would get the price of fuel down. She's a supporter of drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but doesn't seem to actually understand how much oil experts think is there. Then there's the fact that opening up ANWR wouldn't reduce prices as the pump quite that quickly (if at all). In 2008, the Energy Information Administration said (PDF):

Additional oil production resulting from the opening of ANWR would be only a small portion of total world oil production, and would likely be offset in part by somewhat lower production outside the United States. The opening of ANWR is projected to have its largest oil price reduction impacts as follows: a reduction in low-sulfur, light crude oil prices of $0.41 per barrel (2006 dollars) in 2026 for the low oil resource case, $0.75 per barrel in 2025 for the mean oil resource case, and $1.44 per barrel in 2027 for the high oil resource case, relative to the reference case.

Oh, and then there's this. Still, a return to $2.00/gallon probably sounds good to some voters, right?

Regardless of where you sit on this issue, you can check out Bachmann delivering her gas price pledge in a brief video after the jump.





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      avconsumer2
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a republican, she lost me @ pledging to ban all forms of porn. Everything else out of her mouth just sounds like the aliens talking in Mars Attacks now. "Gak. Gak gak gak. GAK gak GAKgak!!"
      Classic_Engr
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm an independent voter, but a fiscal conservative, and socially more liberal. (Gay marriage? Who cares, let 'em get married and suffer with the rest of us, it's not a national issue.) The conservative Republicans in my old neighborhood were men, real men of integrity. They were war vets that had gone back to college after serving our great country with honor, started a business, kept a close eye on their expense accounts, bought the nice house at the end of the block, and a nice car that they kept for YEARS. They watched every penny, and they were calm in every neighborhood storm and scandal. They were cool, collected, wise men that I admired. Too much of the new GOP, on the other hand, has become the biggest collection of ignorant, regressive, fear-mongering, "God fearin'", snake oil salesmen and women you could toss into a baffoon convention. They don't know our country's history, or how our economy or government work,s and yet they seem to proud of not caring! The facts don't matter to them. They know that the secret to winning votes from the under-educated masses is to act like a game-show host and YELL over the facts until you can't even hear them. He or she who yells the loudest wins. Afterall, who wants a smarty-pants Republican or Democrat for president? Nah, they want "someone who would be darn golly good fun at a BBQ." Good grief Charlie Brown, run for President.
      Mike Thepittbull Mis
      • 3 Years Ago
      thats one thing I hate the most about politics, making promises they can't keep.
      wtrmlnjuc
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm Canadian, and let's be real. Presidency does not gain you control of everything. There are laws, billls, and other **** put in place by previous presidents that future presidents have no choice with some of these ongoing things. They have to consider everything about the country, and whenever something goes into place officially, it's not neccessarily immediate. People aren't like that. Lowering the price of gas would only create a larger demand for gas. Economies of other countries that depend on gas exports would mot be experiencing ad much growth. Larger demands would drain oil supplies faster and there may not be fast enough delivery of this resource to keep up with demand. The push towards electricity may become smaller because gas is cheaper.
      rbroadnax92
      • 3 Years Ago
      YOU MUST CHECK OUT THAT LADY IN THE PINK WITH HER DAUGHTER TO HER LEFT (RIGHT IN THE VIDEO) AT THE VERY END. HER DAUGHTER CLAPS IN APPROVAL AND HER MOM GIVES HER THE LOOK AT THE LAST MINUTE LIKE... "CHILD PLEASE"..... HILARIOUS!!!!!! P.S. THIS WOMAN IS NUTS!!!
        rbroadnax92
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rbroadnax92
        THE FUNNY THING IS IS THAT IN THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE VIDEO, THE WOMAN IS CLAPPING IN APPROVAL OF WHATEVER WAS SAID PREVIOUSLY AND THEN AT THE END, SHE IS LIKE... THIS BITCH IS CRAZY!
      delsolo1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not boast she will balance the budget in two years like Reagan did.
      willyk52
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now that Ms bachman has solved the gas price problem, she can work on the health care cost thing.
      GasMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why can't we get a conservative candidate that is not frickin' stupid? Is it too much to ask for someone who is well-read, can think logically, and can pronounce nuclear.
      Billy
      • 3 Years Ago
      As the old sayings go 1) The proofs in the pudding> so show me how you can get it to 2.00 dollars a galllon, more important, if your such a good american, then tell us and we're do it now..LOL 2) talk is cheap > send me 1 dollar and i will send you back 2 dollars, just dont ask me how or when your get that 2 dollars...For real if I thought she could do this I would vote for her but I know it is just cheap talk with no proof to back up her statments.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bachmann turning overdrive?* Nobody can give you more than what I can promise. Any politician going out there with a promise like that is naive. Or they just plain that the US of A is nation of doped idiots. I wonder which is worse but any option makes that person totally unsuitable to be in an any major office. (for the younger folks here, there was a Canadian band called Bachman Turner Overdrive)
      Connor McLane
      • 3 Years Ago
      I try so hard to be politically moderate but god almighty does she make it hard. I'm going to stop here so I don't make an all caps rant about the shocking stupidity of that clip.
      JoeyMazz
      • 3 Years Ago
      So much for breathable air...
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