WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann said Sunday her bid to unseat President Barack Obama shouldn’t be viewed as “anything personal” against the Democrat — he’s “just wrong” on his policies for America.

In an interview with The Associated Press on the eve of her entry in the 2012 GOP presidential race, the Minnesota congresswoman said she does not foresee problems moving from frequent naysayer to the country’s proposer-in-chief. She said voters can expect her to propose an economic agenda that includes cuts to corporate taxes and phase-outs of taxes on inheritances and investment earnings.

Her economic turnaround plan will also include a repeal of unspecified environmental regulations, she said.

“Look, I love the environment. I love clean air, clean water. I’m a sportswoman. I love the outdoors. We will keep that. But the EPA has been an expansion department,” she told the AP from outside her girlhood home in a now-gritty Waterloo neighborhood, where she says her Democratic parents taught her lifelong sensibilities.

Of Obama, she said, “I don’t have anything personal about our president. But he’s just wrong. But his policy prescriptions have been wrong.”

The nothing-personal message was a departure from her 2008 comments questioning whether Obama had “anti-American” views. She has said she wishes she framed her criticism differently.

Bachmann, a tea party favorite, planned to kick off her campaign Monday in Waterloo where she has been greeted with a new poll predicting she’ll be a force in the state that opens the GOP nomination context. The Iowa Poll released Saturday by The Des Moines Register showed her in a statistical tie with Republican rival Mitt Romney among likely caucus-goers.

The poll showed Romney with 23 percent support and Bachmann with 22 percent among those who said they were likely to vote in the nation’s first Republican nomination contest. The top five included Georgia businessman Herman Cain, at 10 percent, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, with 7 percent each.

Speaking later to hundreds at a nearby ballroom, Bachmann effusively mentioned her Iowa roots.

“We need more Waterloo. We need more Iowa. We need more closeness, more families, more love for each other,” she told her enthusiastic crowd.

The audience soaked it up.

“She’s one of `us.’ There are too many of `them’ in Washington and not enough of `us,”‘ said insurance salesman David Alderman. “I think she’s got star power. She’s a frontrunner right now.”

Earlier Sunday, Bachmann had harsher words for those warning economic calamity unless Congress raises the government’s borrowing limit by an August deadline.

“It isn’t true that the government would default on its debt,” Bachmann told CBS’ “Face the Nation.” She later added, “It is scare tactics.”

Instead, she said the U.S. could avoid a default by paying only the interest on U.S. obligations while lawmakers work on a deal to cut spending dramatically as part of a new debt ceiling.

Such an approach has been derided as unworkable by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

Obama planned separate meetings Monday with Senate leaders as negotiations on trimming spending and raising the debt ceiling moved into a new stage. Talks among lawmakers of both parties ended last week when Democrats and Republicans reached an impasse over whether there should be any role for additional revenue in reducing the deficit.

Officials say the nation’s borrowing will exceed its $14.3 trillion limit on Aug. 2 and that economic shockwaves around the world would result from the first financial default in U.S. history.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments (35)
  1. Darrow says:

    Obama is destroying the economy.

    1. King says:

      Your Bush pushed your county back 20 years ! Obama is on the right track.

      1. Buck says:

        You been in a coma the last three years?

      2. Take out the trash in 2012 says:

        Go girl go. Yes……………..

  2. D says:

    Another Regret might be the way she Lied about the last election candidate for the Senate Seat. Lies Lies Lies… Why SMEAR another person to get your way? Lies Lies Lies,,, Shame on you M. Bachmann

  3. Carl says:

    This from a woman that believes the world was created 6,000 years ago. No, it’s nothing personal Michele, you’re a religious extremist that shouldn’t be allowed near the Department of Education let alone the Oval Office.

    Praise Jebus, God hates the enlightenment, Amen.

    1. Cindy says:

      She has a law degree and has a post-doctorate degree in federal tax law. Sort of kicks the shot out of your GED doesn’t it?

      1. Citizen says:

        And a law degree means you are sane? All a degree in tax law means is that she will know better how to stick it to the taxpayers than all the other lawyers who are politicians. And many politicians are lawyers–an over-representation of the profession, there.

        1. Cindy says:

          The reason a lot of poliiticians are lawyers is their job in congress is to write law. Bachman is a demacratic nightmare because she stands for all things good in society. She is gaining in the polls and all the personal attacks from the left wing loons don’t seem to be sticking. I think you could learn something from a hard working, well educated, stong women.

          1. Citizen says:

            @Cindy. She is a nightmare. See my post below on her position on the U.S. debt ceiling. Take a world view, Cindy. The U.S. doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

            1. Citizen says:

              P.S. Cindy. Our founding fathers were not just lawyers, but businessmen and farmers for the most part. They seemed to do just fine writing the U.S. Constitution. Doesn’t take lawyers to write law, just advise the people who do write the law. Paul Wellstone was a college professor and a great Minnesotan. Now I can’t wait to hear the good Christians who post here, speak ill of the dead.

          2. Joseph Rodela says:

            She’s nothing but a couch politician with a rich husband, a King James version of the bible and nothing to do but pump out offspring like human cattle. People like her lead cults, not nations.

          3. Okay...sigh says:

            “…because she stands for all things good in society.” – Is she running for President to somehow realign the American people to conform to what she stands for? Republicans baffle me. They make loud remarks about how we MUST get government out of our lives and they also make loud remarks about how government MUST conform to their moral views. In my opinion we need to stop trying to police these countries differing ways in which they wish to live and deal with issues such as the economy, the budget, and jobs.

      2. dkauls says:

        Has a law degree from a defunct law school. Went to work as an IRS agent, not a plum legal job. You can tell from listening to her that she is not a smart woman, certainly not smart enough to hold the world’s most important job. She has morphed from IRS agent into hating the IRS, much as she apparently found Jesus at the age of 16. Also apparently has had another conversion: from taking subsidies and handouts to railing against them. This will all come crashing down on her.

      3. Carl says:

        Actually, I have a degree in medicine, am board certified and currently a partner in a practice which specializes in pediatric surgery. We care for anyone regardless of their politics, ethnicity or gender orientation and without the imposition of any religious beliefs. Compare my education with Michele’s as you will.

        Cindy, I would prefer a President that lives in the modern world and not the middle ages. One that bases her public policies on facts rather than ancient mythology and one that doesn’t fear God’s wrath when a fellow citizen doesn’t behave as she believes one should. Bachmann’s education is irrelevant compared to her religious zealotry. She is the American Taliban.

  4. Rico Suave says:

    First we all thought maybe he really was a communist mole, because of the company he kept, his shady background and who his heroes were. I think now most people agree that he’s just a totally inept and clueless egomaniac. Not sure which is worse.

  5. Humble says:

    Bachmann isn’t really that much different from Obama. They both voted for the illegal,unconstitutional Patriot act and they both want wars to go on forever and they both belive torture is a good thing. No difference here, move along

  6. Kirk Allen Larson says:

    Crazy………Crazy for Feeling……….

  7. Tom says:

    Bachmann’s family has recieved hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments from the federal government in the form of farm subsidies,but then she criticizes people who take handouts from the federal government. She’s going to have do some ‘splainin’ on that.

    1. Neil says:

      She has, stop reading the dem spam daily and you would know.

  8. Johnson says:

    Bush Doubled the national debt and the Republicans raised the debt ceiling 14 times during the Bush years.

    Funny how republicans have such short one sided memory.

    Obama will get re-elected no problem on 2012. Bachman’s a candidate.. what a joke for the republican party…

  9. Denny says:

    She is one of the leaders in mud slinging,can’t believe anything she says,If you think we’re in trouble with Obama,wait till this one gets in, you ain’t seen nothing yet

  10. Citizen says:

    Bachmann has already done nothing for the people of her district, she’s never there, yet they reelected her. Makes you wonder if she is using Jedi mind control? Or what… If by some wild and crazy chance she would be elected president, where would she have her office? Somalia? Certainly a tax haven…

    1. Red says:

      She has done exactly what she was elected to do in her district and that is represent their values in healthcare, immigration, taxes, etc. She is a US rep and should be in washington not her district doing her job.

    2. Martha says:

      I live in the sixth and her staff is extrememly accessable. She is suppose to be in washington doing her job. What else can you possible sling at this hard working representative that continues to get re-elected by the people she represents because she is doing a great job.

      1. Citizen says:

        @Red & Martha. Nice to see her constituents come out of the woodwork to defend her extremism. So, that extremism in getting rid of social security, Medicare, cutting the Dept. of Education in order to put creationism and religion in our schools, her belief that the world was created 6,000 years ago and Noah’s ark is a fact, is what her district believes in? She doesn’t want the U.S. debt ceiling raised? Really? So the U.S. will default on its debts, and the real shot heard ’round the world will be in the bond markets. If the U.S. debt ceiling isn’t increased the financial markets of the entire world will be affected, yet that is exactly what Bachmann is proposing. If you, Red & Martha, think there will not be payback to the U.S. from world leaders and other countries for that financial crisis, well, I have a bridge for sale in Brooklyn for the two of you.

        1. GCR says:

          Citizen, I have lived in her district for many years. If I put my dog on the ballot with an R next to it’s name he would get elected.

          1. Citizen says:

            And your dog would be better qualified than Bachmann. LMAO!

  11. Yep says:

    I can’t wait to see her get ripped apart. I hope she wins the nomination.

  12. BeenThereDoneThat says:

    For all those complaining about the Bush Era financial mess….remember we had Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic controlled house and Senate. Bush’s biggest problem is that he should have used his veto pen more.

  13. JOHN says:

    If she wants to run for president fine her priviledge to do so,BUT she was elected to be a congresswoman from MINNESOTA and that is her job and where she draws her pay and minnesota is under represented in DC and this state needs all the help it can get for a number of reasons there fore i think she she should resign her position because runing for the presidency is a full time job and we should find a full time representive from minn not iowa.

  14. Joseph Rodela says:

    Queen of the harpies puts on her best human skin costume to try and lead the US into The dark ages. If she is supposedly seriously representing Christian Republicans, I’d rather be a Communistic National Socialist Misanthropic Satanist than be remotely related to any party that she has wrapped around her twisted little wretched finger. People like her lead cults, not nations.

    1. Really says:

      Thank you I could have not said that better myself.

  15. BeenThereDoneThat says:

    I guess being POTUS is a very demanding job…so maybe someone should tell the current one who has been out campaigning relentlessly maybe he should go back to DC and work on the budget.

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