The Corner

Bachmann: ‘The Music is About to End’

“The music is about to end.” So says Rep. Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.), a potential 2012 presidential contender, about the upcoming debt-ceiling vote.

Bachmann, in an appearance on Fox News Sunday this morning, argued that the Congress should not extend the limit. “We can’t live that way,” she said. “This game is going to be over.”

Bachmann, a leader in the Tea Party movement, noted that she was not “advocating defaulting,” but instead hoped to prod the Treasury Department to get the country’s fiscal house in order.

“I am not calling for default,” she said. “What we would do is prioritize spending.”

Turning to the House GOP budget debate, Bachmann said that she is concerned about the Medicare cuts in both the Ryan budget and in the Republican Study Committee’s budget.

“I put an asterisk on my support,” Bachmann said when asked about the proposals. “I am concerned about shifting the cost of burden to seniors.”

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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