MicheleBachmannCongresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) was in Des Moines, IA yesterday and wrapped up her busy day that got off to a somewhat rocky start with a speech at a reception hosted by Iowans for Tax Relief that had approximately 190 people in attendance.  She noted that her trip to Des Moines has sparked a lot of speculation about 2012.  She said that she had an announcement to make for those of us in the audience.  She said, I’d like to announce, it’s really good to be home.”  So no announcement regarding her 2012 plans yet.

She reminded the audience of her Iowa roots (7 generations of her family lived in Iowa) and immigrant heritage and took an opportunity to introduce herself to likely caucus goers.  In discussing our immigrant heritage as a nation she said that our ancestors didn’t come her for “the promise of a federal handout.”  They came here instead “for the promise of America.”

She spoke at great length about American exceptionalism and her concern of an America that is facing decline.  She asked asked will ours be the last generation to hand off the torch of liberty.  She asked “will we remain an exceptional nation or will be become ordinary.  She noted, “an ordinary American is no America at all.  She warned of our increasing debt that right now our current debt is 60% of the GDP, and it will be at 90% come 2020.  She said that if we are going to get Obamacare repealed it must be done in 2012.  That we need to retake the Senate, and that we need a “strong, bold constitutionalist conservative” as President.

She noted that Iowa will be the first to decide.  She said she trusts Iowans with that vote.

You can watch the entire speech below:

She was also taking questions from the media after the event.  You can watch below:

She said that she will be part of the process in Iowa. Whether that be as a candidate or campaigning for someone else is the million dollar question.

14 comments
  1. How do people like her even get a foot in the door. What is it about stupid that Teapublicans are so attracted too? Looks seems to be their highest priority because it sure isn’t brains.

    1. Well done, mdoll. You’ve managed to post a message that is divorced from any substance and is simply a load of insults and talking points.

    2. Wow, liberal rule number one make her out to be stupid. What an asinine statement.

      Regarding a foot in the door – anybody can come to campaign. It doesn’t mean she’ll win. We don’t even know if she’s going to run. So what foot in the door?

  2. I’m sure Bachmann is aware that the debt rose every single year under Reagan, and every single year under Bush, despite his keeping the wars off the books? And that the Obama administration has created more jobs in two years than Bush in 8? And that repealing health care reform will COST 260 billion over 10 years instead of the savings predicted by the CBO, a non-partisan group that the GOP never doubted until their figures conflicted with the GOP fear message. So you keep spreading that fear, Michele. There is still a limited audience for that. The rest of us ‘ordinary Americans’ will keep working, paying taxes, and voting for people who will move our country forward, not back to the 50’s.

    1. And somehow this makes Obama doubling down on it ok? Don’t quite understand your logic. You are right that Obama created more jobs than Bush. Under Bush the private sector created jobs… under Obama government has been expanded. Now you take those government jobs away how many jobs has he really “created”? Now would you like to compare how many jobs were lost under an Obama administration compared to Bush?

      Now I won’t defend Bush’s spending, he was no fiscal conservative and he did help contribute to the debt.

      But I’m sure you understand two wrongs don’t make a right.

  3. There’s a lot to admire about Michele Bachmann. But one thing about her is very troubling IMO. Why is she attending the gay-friendly CPAC? I’m glad that DeMint had the courage to join other conservative organizations and pull out.

  4. There’s a lot to admire about Michele Bachmann. But one thing about her is very troubling IMO. Why is she attending the gay-friendly CPAC? I’m glad that DeMint had the courage to join other conservative organizations and pull out.

    1. I work for an organization that is boycotting it as well, but I can see why somebody in her position wouldn’t want to avoid it. Most of the people who attend aren’t going to be with the GOProud group.

    2. I work for an organization that is boycotting it as well, but I can see why somebody in her position wouldn’t want to avoid it. Most of the people who attend aren’t going to be with the GOProud group.

      1. Why would somebody in her position not want to avoid it? Besides, CPAC is more libertarian than conservative anyway. I would think that any solid conservative would want to stay away. Even if her intentions are good, attending looks very bad and hypocritical IMO.

        It doesn’t matter whether those who attend are going to be with the GOProud group IMO. If the KKK had a group at CPAC, would Bachmann or anybody else be attending? I don’t think so. By attending, the implication seems to be, “Well, the presence of GOProud isn’t really so awful.” At the very least, she should give a statement explaining the reasons that she’s attending in spite of the boycott, and also make a statement saying that she sharply disagrees with the agenda of GOProud. Otherwise, her silence implies assent.

        And I will not support anyone who attends that event. I’m not giving potential candidates a free pass anymore.

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