MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — Occupy Wall Street protesters on Thursday disrupted a foreign policy speech by Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann in which she said she would make Iraq pay back billions of dollars the U.S. spent to liberate the country and never let Iran get its hands on a nuclear weapon.

Bachmann was about five minutes into the speech aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in Charleston Harbor when about 30 protesters rose from the audience of about 100 people and began shouting “Mike Check!” They then chanted a variety of complaints as police escorted the Minnesota congresswoman from the podium. She later said she never felt threatened by the mostly college-age protesters.

“You cater to the 1 percent!” they shouted. “You oppose paying hardworking Americans a living wage and refuse to promote realistic solutions to economic problems.” After several minutes, the group walked together off the aircraft carrier shouting, “We are the 99 percent!”

Bachmann was then escorted back to the podium and finished the speech. “Don’t you love the First Amendment?” she asked the crowd.

Afterward, she told reporters that the protesters showed a lack of respect on a historic ship in front of veterans on the day before a national holiday honoring their service to the country.

“It was really ironic that you had a group of young people in what was really a very disrespectful and ignorant move, to take that kind of action in the midst of veterans who have fought to give them the right to do that,” Bachmann said.

She’s been the target of protesters during past campaign appearances around the country, but she said Thursday’s incident was the loudest of all.

Bachman was campaigning in South Carolina ahead of the state’s first-in-the-South primary on Jan. 21. In the speech, she said that if elected she would make Iraq pay back what the U.S. spent fighting the war there.

“We have spent over $805 billion to liberate Iraq. Iraq is not a poor nation,” Bachmann said. “The least Iraq can do is pay back the United States for the treasure we spent on their liberation.”

She added if the United States has learned anything from the experience it should be that foreign entanglements come with high costs and are sometimes difficult to get out of.

“We must be wise and thoughtful before we ever engage in a foreign conflict,” Bachmann said.

The congresswoman also accused President Barack Obama’s administration of taking its eye off of what she said is the most serious threat in the Middle East — Iran.

“Today we have seen a terrible warning about the future state of Iran’s ability to create a nuclear weapon. As president, I will stand with Israel and make sure Iran never gets it,” she said.

Iran warned Israel and the United States on Thursday that it would respond strongly should there be a military strike against its nuclear program. The U.N. atomic agency earlier this week said Iran is suspected of conducting secret experiments for the sole purpose of developing nuclear arms. Iran insists it is pursuing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

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Comments (55)
  1. tan pup says:

    See, it’s not possible to shut her up! However, she leaves like the coward she is! I wonder if Marcus is friends with anyone at Penn State.

  2. One girl talking says:

    So if Tea Partiers did this to Obama you would think that’s cool too, right?

    1. Yeah!!! says:

      Like Joe Wilson during the State of the Union address?

      Or is that something different?

      1. Jake says:

        One word two-word phrase during a speech (while inappropriate) isn’t exactly the same at 30 protesters shouting someone down. But I guess it the right ox is being gored, you’d see them as equivalent.

        1. At Jake says:

          Hmmm – just one Jake. That’s from a so-called professional that was elected.

          You lose sucker …. and I don’t like the manner they do things but love the message. Sleep tight lil’ baby

        2. Deep Thinker says:

          You are comparing apples to oranges……brilliant…

        3. Deep Thinker says:

          @Jake, get a clue, you are comparing apples to oranges…

    2. Skanky gets her dues too says:

      I would – they got a point that is directed to both parties. They weren’t exactly hugging Dayton here either.
      Go folks – you got a vaild message

    3. Corky says:

      Tea partiers don’t break the law & act stupid like this filth does.

      1. Really says:

        Don’t break laws? You mean they when they assulted Ethan Elder on March 27, 2010 for protesting at a McCain rally, while the other whack job Palin was speaking, it wasn’t breaking the law?

        There were no laws broken today and they exercised their right to assemble along with their right to free speech.

        The only stupid act I observed is, well, anytime bachmann opens her mouth.

  3. Non-cents says:

    So again, she babbled but didn’t say anything. “She pledged to cut defense spending if necessary if elected”
    So she didn’t say she would and didn’t say she wouldn’t, and didn’t say whether or not she felt she should or shouldn’t either way. Just sitting there wasting our time stating the obvious.

    I pledge tie my shoe, if necesary.

  4. Murph says:

    One in Ten Americans now have suicidal thoughts! I wonder what the ratio is for the super rich 1 %. Whatever it is,it should be higher. Because if any more consumers are left without sufficient income.Those businesses and banks and investment firms and super rich will see their well of money go completely dry in the blink of an eye! The party of NO ,has to GO!

    1. bobby says:

      Hey Murph, did you want to comment on the story?

      1. Romeo and Juliet says:

        Reading Murph’s nonsequiturs is enough to give one suicidal thoughts.

        1. Swamp Rat says:

          Agreed! Murph is a space cadet from _________; I haven’t figured this fact out yet!!!

          1. Murph says:

            I’m from the old school! If some politician wants to kick me while I’m down.I’ll have little trouble recognizing him by his limp.Fight back again’st those people who have 800 concentration camps waiting for you! Look up REX 84 camps if you don’t believe it.Wake and smell the GOP!

  5. bobby says:

    Yelling “Mike check”??
    If you are going to protest, maybe have a message that you want to get across. This sure makes OWS look silly and childish.

    For the record, MB is an idiot too.

    1. JGE says:

      “Mike Check” was only the beginning of what they had to say. Seriously, you think they interrupted her and all they said was MIKE CHECK!!?? LOL

      1. bobby says:

        That’s my point. I wasn’t there, and that is what the story says. It sounds reasonable enough….What else did they say?

        1. Learn to read, bobby, says:

          Right from the article
          You cater to the 1 percent!” they shouted. “You oppose paying hardworking Americans a living wage and refuse to promote realistic solutions to economic problems.” After several minutes, the group walked together off the aircraft carrier shouting, “We are the 99 percent!”

          1. bobby says:

            The original article only stated the “Mike Check” part. The article got updated with new information at 5:45 pm.

            1. just sayin says:

              I think the writer meant to say, “Mic Check”… to interrupt, like check check, 1 2 3 4.

              Eitherway, a bunch of useless kids without any jobs…….

    2. Deep thinkers here! says:

      @ bobby
      So you like the tea party comment “get your Government hands off my medi-care” better?

  6. Horace Mann says:

    Did someone ask her a logical question?

  7. I'm Just Sayin' says:

    oddly enough, you all seem to support this group disrupting a planned speech to be heard to be heard. If the tea baggers did that to President Obama and treated him as poorly as this group treated MB, would you support their right to free speach over his?

  8. Julie says:

    These barbarous actions belong to Obama. He embraces these people and refuses to denounce such behavior. When Obama was out burning our flag, what was he chanting?

    1. Frankie says:

      Obama would have been 8 years old at the end of the 1960’s protest movement. I guess he was would have been chanting “Heck no, we won’t go” What proof do you have he was at a flag burning (a Supreme Court allowed action)? Is this more of the tell a big enough lie and Jake will believe it as truth.

      1. Julie says:

        Meet the Press … 05/04/08….Obama’s own words…This man hates our country…Michelle even organized burnings…Never hear hate about the big O on WCCO…

        1. Frankie says:

          To dislike the warlike theme in the national anthem is to no way hate the country. He also has commented his viewpoint on the flag was that it was a negative symbol and he then wanted a redsign.
          The limited understanding of anything outside your narrow world view would not allow you to see the difference between dislike the message something sends and the country itself.

    2. deb says:

      Burning our Flag? SO you have pictures? Or are these more false accusations? Your statement proves you know nothing about this movement. It isn’t political and they aren’t endorsing or blaming either party. They are beyond that. They are speaking for the 99% who have no representation from Washington and against the 1% who have gotten wealthy by taking advantage, criminal and immoral actions. People ask “what do they want” They want less greed and more respect for the common man. If we treat all the way we personally want to be treated no one would be demonstrating. They don’t want handouts like doubters like to repeat they want an end to the war, a decent job, decent health care at decent and fair prices, an education, food in their stomachs and a roof over their heads that they can pay for with their own money. Why don’t all people want a better life for themselves and their children?

  9. Kevin says:

    Got to admit…..this is bs. If the Tea Party did anything like this the media would call them racist’s and reference them to a sexual act…..oh….too late……bring on the revolution…..I can guarentee you that I will be stading in the end…..these spoon fed wusifacations will be used as bate…..Bachman may see Russia from her attic…..but she is SMOKING HOT!

    1. yo kevin says:

      she’s a cow and Palin sees Russia …. at least you remembered it was a female.
      you a major league idi ot Kevin …. just sayin’

      1. King says:

        Kevin would vote for Bachman just because he thinks she hot, what a joke !
        Think with your brain for once.

        1. IMA POS Kevin says:

          Have you read his posts? You think Kevin has a brain to use?

        2. oh please says:

          Just as the majority of people (youth) who voted for obama because it was making history… lol!!!!!!!!

    2. Deep Thinker says:

      @Kevin, you will be “stading” at the end? I don’t even know what that means, but I fully believe you stade a lot….

  10. Swamp Rat says:

    At least the “Occupiers” are willing to stand up to Michelle, Minnesota’s for the politically inane!

  11. Mr. Toodles says:

    She is honestly an embarrassment to this state. We ought to ship her and Palin off to Gitmo…

    1. just sayin says:

      And Ventura or Franken aren’t? LOL!

      1. deb says:

        And if you knew what you were talking about, you would know, Al Franken is doing a good job as Senator. Check out what he has done on Net Neutrality and learn.

  12. The Crux of the Buscuit says:

    “carrier USS Yorktown in Charleston Harbor when about 30 protesters rose from the audience of about 100 people”.


    About one third of the crowd was there to heckle her. And she drew a whole ‘about 100’ to her speech. That’s huge! Bet it was less than 90, probably less than 80. She is a looser

    1. LOL says:

      @crux,She is a LOOSER? You are a IDIOT.

  13. OldDirtyHippie says:

    MB brings shame to Minnesota Occupymn brings pride!!!!


    1. Ken says:

      good one, ha ha. We are all very proud of our OM wackos.

  14. Me says:

    Funny, no one commented about Bachmann wanting Iraq to pay us back for invading them. True, Saddam is out but it’s not like they asked us to come over.

  15. Getaclue says:

    Bunch of whiners, get the fire hoses and clean the occupy morons out.
    They have no point.

    1. OldDirtyHippie says:

      What is with the fire hoses fascination? I have seen that term used a lot,got issues?

  16. Bob says:

    When occupiers show up, crime goes up. I don’t blame her for leaving.

    The occupiers are a bunch of felons, rapists, and criminals….

    1. Murph says:

      But Bob,so are the GOP candiates! They just ai’nt been caught,yet!

    2. deb says:

      Bob, can you prove that with facts, figures and victims? Or is it all hearsay from faux news?

  17. j speedbag 64 says:

    the look on shelly’s face ”priceless”hahaha

  18. Can't gripe about what you haven't experienced says:

    This is exactly what I was concerned about. That some immature people with no real life experience, would destroy what the 99% original task was. Those of us who started out working for minimum wage and worked our way up the ladder and remain Middle Class, need to be concerned with those that truly do want a hand out, or not willing to put an effort into life, thus crushing the 99%’s goal. There is never any excuse to show disrespect to our Veterans, either.

  19. fact says:

    I love how dumb you liberals are. Makes me feel so good that I am not like any of you pathetic whiney babies.

    Nov 2012, is going to be a hilarious wake up call for you.


    one of the 99%.

    1. deb says:

      Fact, we’re pretty happy you’re not a liberal too!