Bachmann won’t back off $2 gas promise

If you thought Michele Bachmann would back off her sub-$2 gas claim, you better think again.

The Republican candidate stood by her promise of gasoline under two bucks despite receiving criticism from the public and even some of her fellow presidential candidates.

“The price of gasoline the day that Barack Obama took office was $1.79 a gallon,” the Minnesota congresswoman said during an interview on America’s Morning News radio program. “If the price of gasoline was $1.79 a gallon just two and three years ago, certainly we can get it back down to that level again. Why wouldn’t we be able to do that? We’re a ‘can-do’ America.”

The Tea Party candidate, who won the Iowa Ames poll last week, made headlines last week after she promised $2 gas if elected president. (In case you missed it, here is what she said.)

Bachmann pointed the blame for the high gas prices on President Barack Obama’s policies and failure to tap oil and natural gas resources inside of the United States.

“What Barack Obama has done is lock up America’s energy reserves,” she said. “We’re the No. 1 energy-resource-rich nation in the world. We have more oil in three Western states in the form of shale oil than all the oil in Saudi Arabia. That doesn’t include the Bakken oil field in North Dakota or the eastern Gulf region or the Atlantic or the Pacific or Anwar or the Arctic region.”

She said the United States could tap its oil and gas supply to provide Americans with a cheaper, stable alternative.

“Energy could be one of the most stable, accessible forms of resources for business in the United States,” she said. “And we would create millions of high-paying jobs instantly.”

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The Washington Times added a little bit more detail to Bachmann’s $2 gas promise.