Bachmann: 'I've Been a Fighter'

Rep does victory lap after big win in Iowa straw poll
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2011 9:56 AM CDT
Michele Bachmann: 'I've Been a Fighter'
Michele Bachmann speaks at the Iowa Straw Poll which is being held at Iowa State University August 13, 2011 in Ames, Iowa.   (Getty Images)

If you can't turn the channel this morning without running into Michele Bachmann, do not adjust your set: The Minnesota rep is taking her victory lap on all five major network shows, reports Politico. Highlights:

  • On her leadership: "I've been on the front lines, and I have been fighting. I was the first member of Congress to introduce the repeal of ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank. I led for the last two months against raising the debt ceiling, against the (2008) TARP vote, the $700 billion bailout. Issue after issue after issue, I've been at the tip of the spear, and I've been a champion for people on these issues. I've been the fighter."

  • On her chances with independents and Dems: "This won't be just a conservative election. This will be an economics election. People will want to know who can turn the country around. That will be the big question."
  • On the Tea Party: "It stands for the fact that we're taxed enough already. We shouldn't spend more money than we're already taking in. And, third, we should act within the Constitution. That's a pretty mainstream agenda that most Democrats agree with."
  • On her vote against raising the debt ceiling: "I am unwilling to accept the new normal of ramped-up spending. We have to grow economy and reduce government spending. That's how we'll get to balance."
  • On taxes: "I haven't gone to one place in Iowa or South Carolina or New Hampshire where people have said, 'Please, raise my taxes, they aren't high enough already.' Never happen. People are very upset and nervous about where the economy is."
(Read more Sunday morning talk shows stories.)

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