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Bachmann: ‘Have Real Hope’

Michele Bachmann began her speech by poking fun at CNN’s decision to ask this or that questions during Monday night’s debate.

“I learned a couple of things in that debate,” Bachmann said. “Newt Gingrich likes American Idol. I learned that Ron Paul favors the blackberry. And I learned that Herman Cain likes deep dish pizza.”

“I was a little nervous, and didn’t know if they were going to ask, boxers or briefs.  A girl never knows,” she joked.

Much of her speech focused on the Tea Party movement and its concerns.

“The Tea Party and all of America has one goal, and it’s this: that Barack Obama will be a one-term president,” Bachmann said.

Noting that she herself was from a lower middle class background, and had done a variety of jobs (including driving a bus) to put herself through college, Bachmann talked about the fears of Americans that the economy wouldn’t surge back. She noted the high unemployment rates, focusing on the black and Hispanic communities.  She talked about how if the national debt was divided, the average American would now owe $46,000, up from $35,000 when Obama was inaugurated.

She talked about the spending battles ahead for Republicans, including defunding Planned Parenthood and NPR and “the heart breaker of them all: cowboy poetry festivals.”

Bachmann also fought back on the criticism that Republicans wanted to dismantle Medicare, criticizing Obama for failing to have any plan to save Medicare. “Obama’s gift to senior citizens right now is to steal from them $500 billion from Medicare,” she said. “That’s not going to wash in the United States of America.”

She wondered out loud if Obama’s plan was to let Medicare continue down the path to bankruptcy.

“I think very likely — and I’m speculating –I think very likely what the president intends is that Medicare will go broke, and ultimately that answer will be Obamacare for senior citizens,” Bachmann said.

Speaking of Obamacare, Bachmann was ardent in her determination to repeal the bill. “We will repeal Obamacare,” she said, noting that she was first House member to introduce a bill that would repeal Obamacare. “Have hope. Have real hope.”

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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