By Edgar Linares, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann told WCCO’s John Williams, “It’s always and honor and a privilege to listen to a president, no matter which party, deliver an address to the congress and the nation.”

On Tuesday night Bachmann gave the Tea Party’s first-ever rebuttal after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. She blasted President Obama on what she called an “unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt.”

On Wednesday, she continued to drive home that point.

“The deficit will be the worst in the country this year. We’re looking at about $1.5 trillion in deficit, in addition to what we’re already spending,” Bachmann said.

Bachmann said to fix the problem she would cease the increases in spending and put the budgets back to the levels of 2006.

“We’ve been borrowing money up until this point from China and from Japan, but that borrowing can not continue,” said Bachmann.

WCCO’s John Williams Interviews Michele Bachmann

Comments (41)
  1. Don Grandgenett says:

    John: I would wish you would remain neutral when interviewing our legislative representatives. Listening to you at about 11:40 I was very upset with your approach. Shame on you for being so one sided. I’ve been a regular WCCO listener, but after today you totally turned me off.

    1. John Dunning says:

      I do not think John W was one sided as i listened the interview. He asked a specific question and Bachmann just would not answer it. Instead, as always she blames the other side without offering a specific solution to fix the problem.

      John D

  2. Kathy says:

    No one gets anywhere trying to ask Bachmann a question. She has her assault against Democrats agenda and that is all you ever get from her. John was trying to get her to comment on any specific plans she had to do anything about our financial problems. She refused to answer and kept changing the subject. I have never heard her engage in a meaningful conversation. She just attacks and blames others. She tells out right lies all the time and never recants any of them. She is a hate monger.
    I don’t know how any fair minded broadcaster has a chance on public radio. . Either you are a conservative attacking the hated liberals or you won’t have a job on public radio.

    1. MNNice says:

      And you’re a democrat – aren’t you? It’s obvious you’re so one sided because it’s “all the time” and “never”. You ask for fair minded but you obviously are not so yourself. The media has been so liberal for so long it’s probably a shock for you to have someone give an accurate accounting of what happened. So what if it happens to not slam Bachmann because she’s Republican. You just want her to be pushed down in any type of venue whether she’s said something positive or not.

      1. Ignorance must be bliss says:

        Have you not heard? She claims herself not to be Republican anymore, she is in the tea party so the point you bring up is mute.

      2. Dave says:

        You mean moot, not mute, you idiot. You’re an embarrassment.

      3. Ignorance must be bliss says:

        So nice of you to correct my misspelling. Also nice to know that you are so forgiving. Thanks for voicing your views here and contributing to the conversation. So the idiot is the person that has no opinion and not the person that is just spewing hatred for no reason huh? Might want to take a long look at yourself and figure out why you are so mad at the world. Someone needs a hug I guess. Just have to add that it must not have taken anything away from my comment since you knew what I meant though.

  3. Joni says:

    Normally I have to turn off the TV or change the channel on the radio if I know Michelle Bachmann is coming on. She is a JOKE! She does tell out right lies and she is a Hate Monger! I love you John, and I wish I would have heard the Broadcast. If a politician like her makes it to the White House -EVER, I will move out of this Country!

    1. Dave says:

      Good, please leave. I’m sure you won’t however, just like the Hollywood elite who have threatened this in the past. A president deserves respect no matter what party they’re from, you are obviously the hateful one here. Any fair minded person can see that.

  4. Tea Anyone? says:

    CCO..I LOVE ya…but is there a question on your job application that asks, “Do you think Paul Wellstone was ‘Too Left'” And if the answer is NO..the application continues? WDFL…that SHOULD be the call letters…..

    Still I LIKE Michele. I know she has her agenda and sometimes gets a little aggressive….but can you BLAME HER? I am not saying Dem’s are the ONLY ones to blame…there are plenty SPENDING Repub’s as well….Things NEED TO CHANGE!!! And the Tea Party is the MOST IMPORTANT Political movement in the last 50 years! (Quoting Jason Lewis…who I agree with!!!)

    1. Ignorance must be bliss says:

      Tea Anyone?
      Yes, I can blame her. This can and should happen when you have someone who has lied, and continues to lie about very basic issues. You can also blame someone for having an agenda that has nothing to do what so ever with the American public and more to do with getting your name out to others for a (what I will assume will be a comical and short lived) Presidential bid. She has not addressed any issues that she has ever campaigned for (other than the wanting to repeal the health care bill) and this includes all her years in office. She has fabricated stories that have no factual proof. I would also blame her for skirting issues and trying to change the subject every time she gets into a bind instead of stating that she does not know the answer. What kind of a person cannot say that they do not have the information on a subject if they have no idea what they are talking about? A leader, she is not even at the caliber of being a follower but apparently there are some people out there that have less of an intellect than she does as they for some reason follow her. Do not get me wrong, she has some good ideas, but unfortunately these ideas would not work even if this country was in perfect order.

      1. Hmmmm...Tea says:

        OK.. we can “agree to disagree”…….I just really think the “argument” of her “making up facts” is SO UNTRUE. The #’s she brought up in her speech were 100% correct! She was ASKED by people who I am SURE checked her facts to TALK to the NATION after the Prez talked….so I think she is on an agenda to become prez? With Tim Pawlenty and other QUALITY candidates like that…..she has NO CHANCE, and I am sure she is the 1st one who is SMART enough to KNOW this!
        My point…..just saying she “makes up this stuff” is SO UNTRUE! She may spin (in my opinion VERY little) information to benefit her argument, but the arguments she brings up have a valid place in today’s tax and spend govt…that we KNOW is NOT working…..

      2. Ignorance must be bliss says:

        Is ThE CaPs BrOkE oN YoUr CoMpUtEr?

  5. shirley says:

    Bachman should probably do her home work before she opens her mouth . She’s another one who avoids the media or any one who questions her suggestions.

    1. OK...Sure... says:

      OH! Shirly..I’m SURE your RIGHT (or I mean LEFT….) I’m SURE she just walks into this stuff BLIND with NO FACTS….making them up as she goes along….And she AVOIDS the media? LOL….do you WATCH TV? PLEASE Bachman Bashers…PLEASE leave responses like this… only strengthens our position!

      1. Ignorance must be bliss says:

        Nice, just like she does you skirt the issue and do not support any facts that she is doing anything correct. Do you write for her? Cause that sounds just like her speech did. She might as well just come out and say, I know you are but what am I?

      2. :-) says:

        You forgot “Nanny Nanny BooBoo!” Again…those of you thinking she just pulls this stuff out of the air are CRAZY! You are the SAME people who think:
        “5/4 of people have problems with fractions”
        is a TRUE comment!

      3. Ignorance must be bliss says:

        You do understand that you can change your screen name as many times as you want and it still does not mean that there are multiple people on your side of the argument don’t you?

  6. Pavel says:

    Kathy, Joni and Shirley – You got it right! Enough said!

  7. Edn says:

    Look at the facts before criticizing. Where is the deficit? What happened to all the stimulus money which went out? How in the world do you think the same amount of doctors are going to help all those on Obamacare without someone paying for it? We will ALL be paying the price, regardless of what you think. Do your homework. Michelle does not have all the answers. I don’t know who does. Just look at the facts. Stating them out loud gives you a label. Isn’t it time to really look at the facts instead of blame blame blame? I am sick and tired of it.

    1. Ignorance must be bliss says:

      Look at the facts. Have you looked at the facts yet? I am looking at the facts right nwow, are you? PLEASE LOOK AT THE FACTS. What is your point?

  8. Goob says:

    Life long politicians,corporate greed, and attorneys are killing this country….

  9. vj in mn says:

    Enjoy your 5 minutes of stardom, Michele. Even some tea partiers are wondering how you got to be their spokesperson. I feel a rift coming on…

    1. 5 or 15 says:

      5 min…Hmmm….she’s a 3 term SENATE member! $10 Obam is a SINGE term Prez!

      1. vj in mn says:

        Senate? Uh, no. And even as a representative, I’d argue she has spent more time on self-promotion than on her constituents! (Luckily not in my district!)

  10. Jaquelyn Mack says:

    That woman is an idiot, I wonder who bought her election? If she runs for president I will be applying to Canada for refugee status.

    1. Abagail Virginnit says:

      Whay ya expect from a floozy on an acid trip?
      The world has had its share of fruitcakes and insane filk but this bonkers head is as messed up and far out there as anyone has ever been.
      Just a floozy doozy bonkers nut case.

      1. BONG says:

        What is an “insane flik”…..

        All I can say….that’s why they call it DOPE!

      2. MNNice says:

        Just another liberal who’s a hater. You don’t see this much nonsensical argument from the Republicans. Just proving our point once again…

    2. Mr T says:

      If you haven’t left for Canada because of the current president, then you’ll probably end up staying. Most Americans will sit on their couches and criticize either the left or right depending on which “news” outlet was more effective in shaping their opinion.

      I got a hunch that as long as your cable is still working you’ll stay in this country because attending political action activities to try and help change things isn’t an option for people like you, it’s much easier to click the channel to Oprah’s new TV station and hate half the country

  11. Ben says:

    Seriously, how can anyone take Bachmann seriously? I’m a strong Republican and I’m disappointed that my party allows her this sort of latitude. We need thought-provoking leadership, not some loony off on a rant.

  12. Todd says:

    Check Pretty anything this woman says is a lie. She hears it on Fox news and considers it a fact. She is an idiot and her only objective is to a) dis Obama and the Dems and b) to get her face in the limelight.

    1. WOW! Keep it up! says:

      LOL..So..what your saying is she goes online..or on TV and reports “facts” she see’s there? Unlike YOU, who got this information from a WEB SITE? LOL….

      If you REALLY think she sits at home with a bag of Doritos’s and a Mountain Dew and writes ideas down in a little notebook, using THOSE as her “facts” for the arguments she uses? WOW! You REALLY have NO CLUE!

      AGAIN….Bachman Bashers…..KEEP IT UP! You TRULLY are making a case you are the truly ignorant ones here!

      1. Ignorance must be bliss says:

        I would trust before I would trust ANYTHING I see on fox news.

      2. DING Another point says:

        WOW! Again….keep it up bashers……you bring up a 2-bit web site over a MAJOR News Agency……

      3. Lock the kooks up says:

        Me gads dude – she is NOT BRIGHT enough to write down what she spews out. I suspect she has some secret foster kids that are under the age of 7 who do the writing. She just tries to read and then speak it – which obviously doesn ‘t work. Maybe she can’t read on top of talking? Not sure….
        Think she’s taken the checks she recieved from the State and County for the foster kids she’s had, and given them back to offset the deficit …..yeah sure dude. LMFAO

  13. TB says:

    The difference between the deficits comes from the fact that Obama put in the war dollars and she does not.

    She avoids any media that does not let her say what she wants and if faced with a direct question she does not have an answer to will start on a diatribe against the liberals.

    She does not want to give a direct answer to how to fix things because then she would have a specific group mad at her.

  14. jim says:

    To all you that do not appreciate Bachmann, what does she say that’s a lie? It’s not enough to just spout, mumble and grumble, let’s hear some specifics. Until then, Bachmann is the greatest politicain ever from Minnesota!

    1. feeling mighty sick of Goofy says:

      jim —- you got a brain???? 😉

  15. Alien Bachmann says:

    The issue of Canadian federal subsidies for sports facilities just won’t die, no matter how many times PM Stephen Harper tries to stick a stake in it. Harper is PM of a Socialist country. Even he says no to earmarks for private enterprize.

    Wheres Bachmann, wheres her opinoin os this issue? Ehh? A billion for a billinaire owner, millionaire players, tv-networks an their play by play broadcasters. Yet 200 million for healtcare is so wrong? Schools are closing? Modale says is not an election year. Believe me voters will not forget.

  16. Bob says:

    Is there a history tutor in the house? ‘Cause Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-MN, needs one bad. The Tea Party fave said that “the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States….Men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in this country.” This is a blimp from her speech at the Tea Party gathering in Iowa. This woman wouldn’t know the truth even if it slapped her in the face. She is an embarassment to women and Minnesota.

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