MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann returned to Minnesota Thursday, speaking to the national convention of the American Legion at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Bachmann repeatedly criticized President Barack Obama’s foreign and domestic policy at the hall, which was about a third full.

“As President, I will assure that those who serve today as well and in the past will have the highest access to the best care both in health, mental health and rehabilitative care that the world has to offer. And that begins, I believe, by repealing Obamacare,” said Bachmann.

Bachmann offered strong praise for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, suggesting she would provide the same type of leadership as President.

She harkened back to hard-willed efforts by former President Ronald Reagan to confront the Soviet Union and communism, and pointed to the strong campaign Thatcher headed to regain control of the Falkland Islands.

“It took two very strong leaders on the world stage, one a woman and one a man, to reverse the course of their respective countries,” Bachmann said. “We should heed the lessons that they hold for those who seek to wreak havoc on peace and on democracy across the world today.”

Throughout the campaign, Bachmann’s staffers have tried to limit reporters access to the candidate. That was the case again Thursday as there was a shoving match when reporters tried to ask the candidate questions.

In a video captured by WCCO-TV, a reporter can be heard saying, “can you please keep your hands off us,” after being shoved by Bachmann aides. The Bachmann campaign insists they limit access to the candidate to protect her safety.

As Bachmann left, WCCO-TV did catch up her. While she has slipped in the polls with Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the race, she says the campaign is going well.

“We’ve just been delighted,” she said. “Just wonderful responses across the country, so we’re thrilled.”

The latest CNN polls shows Perry is leading with 24 percent support of likely voters, compared to 18 percent for Mitt Romney and 10 percent for Michele Bachmann.

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Comments (29)
  1. kman says:

    Mrs Bachmann I thought you Liked to be compaired too a Mom.Guess we can’t play the Obama has nevered served card with you because your in the same Boat

    1. Don_J says:

      I think you mean “Mother Goose” or “Mommy Dearest”.

  2. Don_J says:

    So… she hasn’t heard or didn’t know that most Brit’s did not approve of Margaret Thatcher or her “shoot first ask questions later” foreign policy… also, it’s becoming clear that Mrs. Thatcher was “owned” by one Mr. Rupert Murdock.

  3. Steve says:

    Thatcher is an imbecile too

    I had no idea.

  4. Hmmm says:

    I love it. Please keep her in the headlines media. Thank you.

  5. Joker of Spades says:

    That chick is clinically insane. All there is to it. I am not saying I’m an Obama surporter, but Bachmann is actually INSANE.

    1. Frank Furter says:

      She’s not insane. Robots can’t be insane. They don’t have hearts, souls, or brains.

      It’s about time we elected our first Robot President!

      1. Betty says:

        I didnt know Dayton is running for President?

    2. idtapit says:

      She might be insane, but she’s smoking hot!

  6. CBS MInnesota says:

    WCCO-tv is censoring again!

    1. Swamp Rat says:

      What gives? My comments are not being posted. Maybe they are above the censors’ education level.

      1. jeff says:

        the censorship here is sooooo freakin’ arbitrary. it makes no sense. hahaha love it.

  7. Murph says:

    The only thatch that Michele has is between her ears! After all that twisting and turning what ever thought that comes out her mouth bears no resemblance to what it was to begin with.It’s too bad she is such an airhead ,she has a great future behind her!

  8. Duuuuuuffy at it again eh says:

    HTG – this chit isn’t worth writing about.
    She’s a worthless piece of something – enough said

  9. Carl says:

    Our gutless prez could learn a thing or two from Thatcher!

    1. Bin Laden says:

      learned a thing or two.

      Maybe three.

      1. Oh wait says:

        He’s dead, ain’t he.

  10. G Dog says:

    Becky Thatcher is a more accurate comparison.

  11. Iconoclast says:

    No……..Just…………..No. The woman is not even qualified to run a lemonade stand. She’s simply plain Craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy!

  12. Just A Thought says:

    And the teabaggers support her? Are they all insane?. I am not on the Obama bandwagon but please GOP get your heads out of your arses and put up a viable candidate.

    1. Carl says:

      Romney or Perry will do just fine against Obama the one-termer

      1. Char says:

        what about Ron Paul, no one every even talks about Ron Paul he lost to her by less than 200 votes.

  13. Get A Grip says:

    “I will always use the full resources of our military to bring about a quick and ready resolution to achieve victory.”

    Pandering…war is not quick & easy for that matter it’s even more difficult to determine a victory. How do you know when terrorism is defeated? They aren’t organized armies…or nations we are fighting against today.

    By her words, we will totally pull out of the Middle East in 2012 unlikely MBS.

  14. DJM says:

    interesting headline twist / spin to compare a political anarchist ( Bachmann ) with the European equivalent of an American centrist (Thatcher).

  15. Eesh says:

    Can’t we just “pray the Bachmann away?”

  16. Angus says:

    Anyone notice that everytime there is a photo of Motor Mouth in a crowd she is surrounded by old white people? Maybe because she is also senile

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