Bachmann Restates $2 Gas Pledge, Backs Off of Everglades

Sunday, 04 Sep 2011 12:05 PM

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Rep. Michele Bachmann restated her pledge to reduce gas prices to $2 a gallon, saying that the Obama administration’s reliance on foreign oil increases consumer costs.

Bachmann, god, everglades, gas“We can bring the price of gasoline down but not with the current policies of this administration,” the Republican presidential candidate said on “Face the Nation” on CBS.

Last week, Bachmann stirred the ire of some with her support for drilling in Everglades National Park in to help reach her $2 goal. She walked that back a bit under questioning from host Bob Schieffer.

“The United States needs to be less dependent on foreign sources of energy and more dependent upon American resourcefulness,” she said. “Whether that is in the Everglades, or whether that is in the eastern Gulf region, or whether that’s in North Dakota, we need to go where the energy is.

“Of course, it needs to be done responsibly,” she added. “If we can’t responsibly access energy in the Everglades, then we shouldn’t do it.”

On another topic that landed Bachmann in hot water last week, she said she was speaking metaphorically when she referred to Hurricane Irene and a Virginia earthquake as God’s way of getting politicians’ attention.

“Obviously, I was speaking metaphorically. That was clear to the audience. It was clear to me,” she said in response to Schieffer’s questioning.

She was defending this comment she made last week in Sarasota, Fla.: "I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake. We've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending."

After an outcry Monday, her campaign issued a statement saying she was joking.

She shifted to the metaphor explanation on “Face the Nation,” saying that “the American people have been desperately trying to get the president’s attention, and he’s not paying attention . . . they’re trying to get the president’s attention and that was the metaphor I was making.”

Schieffer persisted, asking Bachmann whether she believes that “God uses weather to send people messages.”

She responded: “I believe in God. I’m not ashamed to say that I believe in God. I’m a woman of faith and a woman of prayer, but the comment that I made right then was a metaphor. That was very simply what I was doing.”

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