On NBC's Meet the Press, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned Congress against a repeat of last year's debt ceiling debate, saying, "It would be good for the country, if this time, they did it with less drama and less politics and less damage to the country than they did last summer,” he said, referring to the GOP's reluctance to raise the debt ceiling last August until an 11th-hour agreement with the Obama administration. He said the debate led directly to "a precipitous drop in consumer confidence and business confidence." Those drops in confidence were like what you saw in a typical recession. It was very damaging, completely unnecessary, and very avoidable.” Geithner also addressed increased gas prices, which he blamed on "global economic growth" and “concerns about Iran." A reduction in gas prices therefore hinged, he said, on “whether our broad efforts to bring Iran to the table and deter Iran from pursuing its nuclear missions are successful.”
Michele Bachmann also appeared on Meet the Press, using her appearance as an opportunity to further critique Hilary Rosen for her infamous "never worked a day in her life" comment made about Ann Romney: "I thought it was shocking and insulting," Bachmann said. "I think women are going to be very upset." Still, Bachmann has yet to throw her full support behind Romney, offering, "I'm very seriously looking" at the possibility. "I want to unite the party," she added.