Bachmann Adds Health Care To Spending Limit Pledge

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) —Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann signed a pledge Monday opposing any increase in the U.S. debt limit, after adding her own stipulation on health care.

The GOP presidential hopeful signed the “cut, cap and balance” pledge in Columbia after adding that Congress must cut off funding and repeal the health care overhaul passed last year.

“Obama added to our spending problem by adding trillions of dollars to our debt. Without the repeal of Obamacare, we can’t hope to have real economic reform,” she said. “I pledge to you as president of the United States of America, I will not rest until we repeal Obamacare. I have the resolve and titanium spine to do just that.”

Bachmann had avoided signing the pledge for several weeks, saying as late as last week that it didn’t go far enough.

The pledge signed by eight other Republican candidates says the federal government should not borrow more unless there are immediate spending cuts, enforceable spending caps, and Congress passes a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget.

Bachmann became the ninth GOP presidential candidate to sign. Five Republican governors have signed it, including South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said last week that he won’t sign because he opposes such pledges in general.

The U.S. House is expected to vote on the tea party-backed “cut, cap and balance” plan on Tuesday, though it’s sure to stall in the Senate. Even if it manages to pass, Obama said he would veto it.

Under the measure, if all the conditions are met, the debt ceiling would be raised.

Bachmann said she signed the pledge to support U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint’s plan to fundamentally transform the way Washington spends. However, she said emphatically she wouldn’t vote to raise the debt ceiling even if the conditions were met.

“Even if we pass this bill, that doesn’t necessarily follow that we must increase the debt ceiling. I continue to stand strong and will vote no on increasing the debt ceiling,” she said. “We should never continue to spend and borrow money we don’t have.”

Bachmann’s spokeswoman said later Monday she was unsure whether Bachmann’s insistence she wouldn’t vote to raise the debt ceiling means she’d vote against the bill.

Bachmann hopes to make the vote. But she has several events in South Carolina on Tuesday. The last public event, a rally in Aiken, is scheduled to conclude about 2 p.m.

Earlier this month, DeMint said on CNN that he was disappointed in Bachmann for not signing. DeMint has turned the pledge into a threshold test for 2012 presidential hopefuls seeking his support. However, Bachmann said she felt “absolutely no pressure to sign.”

She attributed her delay in signing to needing to think it over thoroughly.

“I’ve always stood firm on these principles,” she said, adding she talked with DeMint as he drafted the plan. “I was in the midst of launching my announcement for presidency of the United States. I believe in actually reading the bills before we sign them. I read the bill. I talked this over. I thought about it quite a bit, and I believe that Jim is exactly right. We need a fundamental restructuring in the way Washington spends our money.”

Bachmann was set to talk later Monday with religious leaders gathering at a Renewal Project event. The group tries to keeps a low profile with meetings that are closed to the media.

“They want to be able to communicate, probably, in an unvarnished way,” said Oran Smith, who runs the Palmetto Family Council in Columbia.

Bachmann won’t be alone among Republicans addressing the group in Columbia. Freshman Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is speaking Monday night and presidential hopeful and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich will speak Tuesday.

The group held a similar gathering in Iowa in March attended by Bachmann, Gingrich and then-hopefuls Alabama Gov. Haley Barbour and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

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  • Gimme a break

    Oh good, I can sleep tonight.

  • nobama!

    People should care obama is running the United States in to the ground and making jokes while he is doing it.We cant afford obama

    • King

      Your Bush is the one who ran our country into the ground ! Obama is the one
      cleaning up the mess he made !

    • What???

      Good, we get to hear from the tea party fanatics again.
      Obama is driving us in the ground and the sky is falling. We are all going to die because of Obama care. Obama, Obama, Obama.
      You all sound like stalkers when talking about him. I don’t know if you hate him or are so obsessed with him that you cannot talk about anything else.

  • drts

    I’d pray to God to make it stop but I know He’s as good as endorsed her.

    • Tan pup

      If that’s the case, I’m becoming an atheist.

  • quentin

    Wish I had kept that X-rated text message and picture she sent me but it was awful spooky. .

  • bb

    We cannot afford to pay for Bachmanns free health care and lifetime retirement, but I do not see her setting limits and giving up her entitlements. She is a hypocrite!!!!! Really, Bachmann get off the public dole!!!!!

    • drummer

      And take your husband with you.

      • Alfred

        So much hate.
        So little substance.

        • E Newman

          What don’t you understand Alfred, your leader Bachmann is a hypocrite! She thinks we, the commons should pick up our own health care bills, why shouldn’t she? She also was against those death panels, but unfortunately when you have a health care system that rewards it’s CEO with billion dollar salaries and continues to pay it’s doctors at the rate of inflation, what chance does the average wage earner have in participating without going completely broke or foregoing the necessary measures to survive? It’s catch 22, a lose, lose proposition for the commons. Bachmann should give up her health care, pension, SS, Medicare and every other form of entitlement the b___h takes from the taxpayer. To hell with Bachmann and her gay husband!

  • litte tin god

    This from a woman who will get a pension from being a House Representative of probably upwards of $100,000 to $150,000 per year as well as permanent and free gold and platinum health coverage for the rest of her life for doing absolute nothing what-so-ever during her tenure. Do you really think she GAS about us low level peons?

  • Alfred


    Defaulting is exactly the appropriate action based on the drunken orgy of spending orchestrated by the Democrats.

    • Idiot Son of a Moron

      Alfred, I’m ecstatic to hear that you’ve waken from your eight year coma. You’ll probably want to get caught up on a little thing called the Bush years!

      • Alfred

        Ah yes, the Democrats controlled congress then also.

        You do know the House and Senate control spending and not the president….right?

        • Alfred

          Although if Bachmann is elected she will likely give us a discount on flowers from any of the metro Bachmanns locations. I’m smart enough to know this.

          • Ann

            That is not the same Bachmann…”s not even spelled the same…get your facts right, oh that’s right, you’re a Republican.

        • Paul Solinger

          Um…Alfred…Republicans controlled congress for most of the Bush years. The Democrats finally controlled the house from 2006-2008, but otherwise it was all Republicans. Sorry to ruin a good right-wing ranting by introducing facts, but it’s what I do.

    • Lake of the Isles Resident

      Alfred, how can you listen to this woman and not cringe? I am a republican and will vote for Ron Paul or Gary Johnson if either is nominated. Otherwise, I am voting independent or Obama in 2012.

      We can recover from default fairly quickly. We have defaulted several times in the past. Both parties are at fault for that.
      But you know what… it will take many decades to clean up after this moron if she ever makes it to the oval office. The damage to our image will be horrid if she is to represent us. Can you picture this woman talking to witty Medvedev, Merkel, Sarkozy or any other leader? She is an uncultured idiot. It’s just plain embarrassing.

    • hmm

      I approve of your message because you were able to use the word “orgy” in it.

  • MrB

    The only thing she has that is made out of titanium is her jaw bone!

  • Lake of the Isles Resident

    What a vile woman. I have never seen a politician with so much merciless ignorance and entitlement. I will do everything in my power to make sure this waste of human dignity is out of her office as soon as possible.

  • Pavel

    Mr.B – GREAT LINE!
    Lake of the Isles Resident – RIGHT ON!

    MB proves she is not qualified for congress let alone President every time she opens her mouth!

  • Robert


  • Angus

    She is the perfect example of:
    “There is no one who is right but you and me
    And I am not sure of thee”.

    She has signed so many pledges she would have no freedom of action if she were elected. I can see it now. She travels to England and asks about Winston Churchill, founder of the Winston Cigarette Company

  • Fed up up North

    I’ve seen a box of hair with more sense.

  • Citizen

    I’ve seen vegetables with more brains! I can’t believe these pledges to a third party are not illegal. She took an oath of office to serve the State of Minnesota and be loyal to the U.S. government. I firmly believe anyone who has taken that oath has no business signing these pledges to unaccountable third parties. Seems like treason, to me. How about some Constitutional law people weighing on the legality of these pledges?

  • What???

    I don’t think the pledges are illegal, just stupid. If you have to sign something to make sure that you stick to your morals that is just plain sad. I do have to give it to Gov. Jon Huntsman for having a “titanium spine” and using his own brain to come up with what he stands for. MB needs to sign these things just to make sure she remembers what she stands for I guess. But does she really stand for anything other than what is “in” with the baggers right now? She seems to change her mind by the week on everything but abortion and Obamacare. I guess it is hard to keep a thought front and center when there is that much room in her head for them to roam around and get lost.

  • Murph

    GOP still trying to shift the blame to others while the ordinary citizens are in dire shape.The top 2% have too much of the country’s funds tied up and out of the economy and MUCH of that out of the country! Stop the bull and give us a break out here.2012 can’t come soon enough!. Murdoch is getting his butt kicked in the U.K. and then WE get a shot at him.The GOP that he also runs will get theirs too,just not soon enough to save us from further misery and swindles! Bachmann is just another symptom of the disease of greed in high places overrun with low lifes!

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