WASHINGTON (AP) — On the eve of her entry into the 2012 GOP presidential race, Rep. Michele Bachmann said “scare tactics” are being used by those warning of an economic calamity unless Congress raises the government’s borrowing limit by an August deadline.

The three-term congresswoman from Minnesota 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.

Bachmann, a tea party favorite, planned to kick off her campaign Monday in her Waterloo, Iowa, her birthplace. The Iowa Poll released Saturday night by The Des Moines Register showed her in a statistical tie with Republican rival Mitt Romney among likely caucus-goers.

In an appearance Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Bachmann said she found the poll gratifying but noted that the race for the nomination was just beginning.

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.

President Barack 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.

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

Geithner, she said, “can very simply pay the interest on the debt first, then we’re not in default.”

Geithner has dismissed the idea that the U.S. could avoid a default by just paying the interest on the national debt and picking which bills to pay, contending that even trying to do so would roil financial markets and make it more expensive to finance what the government does owe.

“There is no responsible path that avoids default, avoids catastrophe to the economy, that has us decide as a country, we’re going to stop paying all our obligations so we can pay interest,” Geithner told the House Small Business Committee last week. “It doesn’t work. It’s not workable. And it will not relieve Congress of the obligation of raising the limit.”

Bachmann said she wasn’t willing to allow the government to keep borrowing money and putting the country into a worse state.

“One year from now, we’ll be back, having this same conversation,” she said. “That cycle has to stop.”

Although she once suggested that ending the minimum wage would be a boon to employment, Bachmann declined to say she would advocate that position as president and instead would ask a group of economists to consider the idea.

“I think everything needs to be on the table right now, every part of government,” she said.

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Comments (57)
  1. real tough says:

    This just confirms what we were taught growing up. Literally anyone can aspire to be president of the United States.

    1. Jake says:

      I guess you are referring to obama.

      1. King says:

        Bachmann is a joke, she spends more money on her hair and make-up
        then I do on my house payments !

        1. Queen says:

          Did you mean trailer?

    2. stop her says:

      It cost Minnesota tax payers seventy-five-billion dollars for her to appear on CBS this morning. We MUST stop this out of control woman!!!!

      1. Guy says:

        WOW – Really?? 75 BILLION. Amazing.

        You realize that the bi-annual (thats TWO yearS) budget for the entire state
        is 34 (or 35.8 for libs) BILLION – right. You are claiming that she managed
        to spend TWICE the budget on one tv show?


      2. Matt says:

        I am normally here to bash idiot GOPs, however that comment makes me question your IQ…

    3. A.Franken says:

      Go ahead & start hatin’….Michelle Bachmann will be our next U.S.President..She’s easily the most qualified,intelligent,experience candidate in decades..She deserves to win..Go MB!!!

  2. Carl says:

    She’s there to make Romney sound reasonable. She certainly can’t survive a general election.

    Praise Jebus, God hates false eyelashes, Amen.

  3. Jake says:

    I would love to see Michellte become either Prez or VP, just so I could see and/or read about all of you hateful libs jumping off of bridges or cliffs, or rioting in the streets like the hockey fans in Vancouver.

    1. Carl says:


      The lady believes the world was created 6,000 years ago, that our children should be taught this myth as fact and yet wants to abolish the Department of Education. My guess is, Jake, if your hopes are realized democracy would be replaced with a religious state that would assist liberals off the bridge as policy.
      Theocracy is bad regardless of the source of fairy tales it’s built on.

      Praise Jebus, God hates an enlightened citizenry, Amen.

    2. lefty says:

      Jake are you and the rest of the dolts out there actually that moronic to believe what comes out of this idiots mouth is by any means factual or reality

      1. Jake says:

        LOL, I’d rather have her as my next door neighbor than the likes of YOU, that’s for sure.

        1. Carl says:

          Michele isn’t running for “neighbor.” She wants to be President despite holding views that are at best medieval and at worst a form of treason. Anyone that would replace democracy with a religious state is a danger to the country. You can choose your President, you can’t choose your neighbors.

      2. Citizen says:

        @lefty. I believe MB has an agenda; I believe she is being financially supported by some wealthy backers who find her controllable. I also find the media is complicit in this by continuing to keep her stories in the news and her inane quotes. She embraced being leader of the teaparty because those were the only crazies around she could get to follow her. That alone has given her media coverage. She is first and foremost for herself and is a media wh0re. I remember one pretty crazy leader who emerged prattling to the people, saying things they wanted to hear, sounding a little crazy, but stroking the right people and the media in the 1930’s. Repeat lies and half truths long enough and often enough, and people believe them.

    3. Steve says:

      Yes Jake she is the liberal worst nightmare. Funny thing, she has more experience in her false eyelashes like one poster commented than Obama has in his half white half black body. You remember when he when to Ireland to proclaim his whiteness. Other times he is catering to the blacks and the hispanics which are his base of support. I was told by one person he voted for the democrats because they would extend unemployment and the repulicans would not forceing him to look for a job. He has been on it for two years and spend most of the day in the bar. He is another typical Obama supporter. Lazy, waiting for the check at the end of the month.

      Note to Michelle, You go girl Might not agree with everything you say, But your better than any democrat in office.

  4. Shirl Mann says:


    1. Dann P says:

      That is just a completely MORONIC statement! Her Inlaws recieved farm subsidies, years ago (similar to what you’d take for ETHANOL) Not her… Her husband is a Christian Counselor.

      I see you THINK you’re a ” A PRETTY SMART BUNCH OUT HERE ” but the reality would show a thinking person otherwise. But then, liberals, I realize, are not really into reality. More fantasy is all we get from you folks.

      1. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

        Her husband Marcus runs a “pray away the gay” clinic where he tells young gay teens that god hates them unless they stop being gay. Then the kids go home and blow their brains out or hang themselves.

        We really need that guy roaming the White House, don’t we…

        By the way, Michele Bachmann looks like Skeletor and Maria Shriver had a baby that didn’t survive birth… Yuck.

  5. Ronald Raygun says:

    See in the picture what she is doing with her fingers? She is showing how much knowledge she has aquires. A teeney weeny little bit.

  6. lefty says:

    I just wish there was some way to keep this idiot in Waterloo with the rest of the ignorant repubs. Then cut the cord to the TV camera so we would not have to see or listen to this ignorant out of touch moron anymore. I think she has had a major health problem like a stroke or something she could not get this stupid without some help.

    1. Carry says:

      Yup your the typical left wing moron. Stupid statement. Now go back to bed and don’t for get to take your meds.

      1. barrys better than you says:

        Unlike your brilliant right wing “take your meds statement”? I’ll shut up now, I have to go and “drink the Kool-aid”.

  7. See BS says:

    The people who say mean things about Michelle, are the same people who run to management or HR if you say something wrong about women or gays at work.

    1. Paul Solinger says:

      And your point is?

    2. Ogie Oglethorpe says:

      What is it you have to say about women or gays at work?

  8. Righty says:

    Be careful what you ask for…ya just might get it visited upon…you:)

  9. Oh sooo fed up says:

    BS: oh yeah.
    Want to see that at work, just work for the state for awhile…Affirmative action rules.
    It may be the law of the land…but that fact doesn’t make it good policy.

  10. Dave P says:

    She doesn’t know U.S. History, she’s afraid to debate a Middle School Student from N.J., and the people of Iowa have given her high numbers in the polls? Do they not realize what goes on in the state just to the north of them? This woman does not belong in Congress let alone the White House. Seems every 4th year our choices become worse. To bad the average man on the street can’t afford to run for office. We need people more in touch with the real working class. Not these rich snobs.

  11. dotherightthing says:

    Hey maybe Rush Limbaugh will run as her vp, the could be known as the Nazi teaairrhead party, What are you doing Iowa…you just blew air into a monster who’s ego just grew ten feet, hmm wait a minute nix that if she wins the nomination Obama is sure to win. , hey michelle donald trump could be your economic adviser hes perfect he knows all about bankruptsy law lmao

  12. Citizen says:

    @Dave P. We certainly do not need rich snobs who have lived on the taxpayer dollars, then deny it, and then criticize others who need those dollars. How the electorate continues to believe these lies and continues to be conned, is beyond me! But, I’ve read enough books on the subject to know that if you repeat a lie long enough, it becomes a fact. Or maybe if the media pushes this demented woman on the electorate long enough, they will vote for her. Her break with reality is truly scary.

  13. real tough says:

    This will be fun to watch. She’s a bit short of being smart and has firmly entrenched, often silly, beliefs, which she’s not afraid to put out there. Buckle up. It’s going to be a wild one, at least until she has her Paul Revere moment. Was he really warning the British about the evils of abortion?

  14. Norge says:

    So many lies, and hateful propaganda full of more lies and mis-truths from the so-called party of “toerance and peace”!!! Shame on you!!! Why can’t you stand and reasonably argue with the FACTS that Bachmann sets forth for discussion? Oh thats right you have no facts to support your positions…just ‘feelings’…maybe you shoud run Barbra Striesand out to debate?? So much hate for a Christian, so much hate and lies and the bearing of false-witness against a women who primary goal is government and defined by the US Consittution. One must wonder what the HATERS stand for if they lie and and desrespect her values so much?? Treason must be high on their “to do list”…much like their messiah in the White-House. Michelle would trounce Obamamama in a general election, hands down. It will be fun to watch the mice follow the pied-piper off the cliffs though. Obamamama win? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

    1. real tough says:

      Knock it off Michelle. I know that’s you.

    2. Citizen says:

      Some of us would like the U.S. to remain a strong country and the leader of the free world. If someone the likes of Bachmann would get elected, you can bet our enemies would be invading our shores–physically and financially. You, Norge, forget that a large part of being powerful as a person and a country is the perception of others. I can see our enemies salivating at the election of someone as incompetent and weak as Bachmann. Her values are hers–she should not be shoving them off on others. Remember that old separation of church and state and FREEDOM FROM religion as well as the freedom of religion.

    3. DeCaf Norge says:

      I won’t waste my time to “reasonably argue” with the someone who can’t even spell Constitution correctly. (Shame on you!)

    4. littletingod says:

      The “facts” are that Bachmann generally doesn’t have a clue what she’s saying until it’s out of her mouth. Then she has to defend what she has said to the point of saying she never said it.

      Bachmann definitely shoots from the hip. Her problem is that she neglects to get the gun out of the holster and ends up shooting her foot 98% of the time.

    5. King says:

      Christians don’t use there brians, all they how to do, is follow like sheep.
      They surely can,t run a goverment, all they want to do is start another religious

  15. the crux of the biscuit says:

    Poor Iowans, breathing in too much atrazine. Again……

  16. Angus says:

    Bachmann is a religious fanatic but that is ok with the conservatives because she is a Christian fanatic. Boy, if she was an Islamic fanatic the conservatives would all be screaming that we can’t have her in the White House. Remember, we are not a Christian nation – treaty signed in 1797 specifically stated we are not a Christian nation.
    Why does WCCO promote Bachmann every chance they get and we never hear of her mistakes, lies, ignorance from them? Oh, right, she is the darling of the rich white people. Frankly, CCO, I call it pimping.
    What is her program other than cut taxes and government but she never says how. Trite mottos, limited knowledge, let’s all hear it for the female redneck

    1. real tough says:

      ‘CCO isn’t promoting Bachmann, but it’s no coincidence that its other main stories are about a flood and an invasion of bugs. Paging Moses.

  17. Looking for a Politician who really is worth a vote. says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong. When a family cares for Foster Children, do they not receive Subsidies? How much would one receive from the Government over time, if they raised 23 Foster Children?

    1. Guess says:

      That is why she has enough of our tax money to run for President.
      That would be a good question for Chris

  18. Carl says:

    Scare tactics?

    The woman claims god will punish our whole country if even a few don’t obey some ancient notion of biblical correctness. That’s not just crazy, it’s the biggest scare tactic of all.

    Praise Jebus, God hates the enlightenment, Amen.

    1. travis says:

      don’t forget the time when she said health care reform is just a way to kill off old people. She wasn’t trying to scare anyone though… just showing us the facts (I am lieing).

      1. George says:

        That was Sarah Palin you nimrod..

        And she was correct.

  19. Make My Day says:

    I say raise it and get us that much closer to the melt down that is sure to come. I’m ready… idoubt any in this forum is… good luck suckers!

    1. Carl says:

      Any chance we can just base public policy on facts rather than myth or retribution?

      Praise Jebus, God hates kindness, Amen.

  20. Make My Day says:

    The paranoia is in bloom, the PR
    The transmissions will resume
    They’ll try to push drugs
    Keep us all dumbed down and hope that
    We will never see the truth around

    Another promise, another scene, another
    A package not to keep us trapped in greed
    With all the green belts wrapped around our minds
    And endless red tape to keep the truth confined

    They will not force us!
    They will stop degrading us!
    They will not control us!
    We will be victorious!

    Interchanging mind control
    Come let the revolution take its toll if you could
    Flick the switch and open your third eye, you’d see that
    We should never be afraid to die

    Rise up and take the power back, it’s time that
    The fat cats had a heart attack, you know that
    Their time is coming to an end
    We have to unify and watch our flag ascend

    They will not force us!
    They will stop degrading us!
    They will not control us!
    We will be victorious!

    1. real tough says:

      I give up. Where’d that come from?. Too few grammatical errors to be from Palin or Bachmann. Looney enough, though.

  21. GOP=Fools says:

    Wasn’t she born in Hawaii? The Kenyan part of Hawaii, I mean. Then she moved to New Hampshire where the “shot heard ’round the world” occurred.

  22. Carl says:

    Bachmann believes the Noah’s Ark story is fact but refuses to accept proof of global warming. No amount of reason can reach this fanatic.

    Praise Jebus, God hates science, Amen.

    1. Al Gores lightbulb says:

      Excuse me. The global warming farce is now “Climate Change” Get with it.

  23. Angus says:

    If CCO isn’t promoting Bachmann and the right wingers why are they having stories every single day about her? Why did they give Timmy the Twerp the 9 to 10 Friday mornings for his show with soft questions but Gov. Dayton you get 7 to 8 on Saturday morning?
    Why does CCO have 1 announcer who is a minority on radio and tv and that is at noon during the week? She is a toke but she is also far superior to some of their main line announcers.

    1. TeaLover says:

      that’s one minority too many for my tastes! Go MB!!

  24. George says:

    Do NOT raise the debt ceiling. When someone irresponsibly maxes out a credit card you do NOT give them more credit.

    Force the government to make large cuts quickly.

  25. Citizen says:

    @George. I assume you are talking about the U.S. debt ceiling. It will be raised because it has to be, otherwise, the REAL shot heard ’round the world will be in the bond markets. The GOP delusional posturing over the deficit won’t just affect the U.S. but the entire world–financially. If you think world leaders won’t remember that the GOP did this, well, payback is a b-tch.

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