During the 2008 vice presidential debate, Joe Biden complained about how gas prices were so high at the time that the average “Joe” couldn’t afford to fill up his tank.

During the Oct. 2, 2008 vice presidential debate with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Biden was asked by moderator Gwen Ifill to comment about deregulation.

In his answer, then-Senator Biden took the opportunity to relate a conversation he had at a gas station with “a guy named Joey” who said he couldn’t afford to fill up his tank:

“So deregulation was the promise. And guess what? Those people who say don’t go into debt, they can barely pay to fill up their gas tank.

“Biden Complains People ‘Can Barely Pay To Fill Their Gas Tank’ – Back In ’08 Debate,” Craig Bannister, CNS News, yesterday.

Mr. Obama plans soon to introduce his energy and environment team, which will include Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu as energy secretary and former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner as White House energy adviser.

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“Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” Mr. Chu, who directs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in September.

“Times Tough for Energy Overhaul: Struggling Economy, Falling Oil Prices Complicate Obama Team’s Agenda” — the Wall Street Journal, December 12th, 2008.

Under my plan, energy costs will necessarily skyrocket

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